12 Excellent Kids’ Travel Bags
For most parents, mobility and durability are key when purchasing luggage for their kids. The more wear and tear it can handle, the better — especially when it comes to zippers, which often indicate the general quality of the bag.
You’ll also want to consider whether the luggage is easy to handle. Can your child safely pull it along without falling? How smooth are the wheels on uneven surfaces? A ride-on toy may look fun, but you won’t want to buy it if it endangers your child.
Finally, it helps to inspect the material to ensure it’s lightweight but sturdy enough to protect your child’s belongings. The last thing you want is a shreddable bag — or a bag that’s too heavy to carry. With these factors in mind, here are 13 children’s suitcases for kids ages 3 to 9.
i-baby Kids Luggage Carry On 18 Inch Upright Hard Side 3D Cartoon Face
This hard-shell suitcase doesn’t monkey around — beyond the cute design, it offers side-mounted skate wheels for easy mobility, adjustable retractable handles and a two-year warranty. Sized just for kids, it’s easy to maneuver at super-low heights. Characters include duck, monkey and owl.
To buy: amazon.com, $50
Skip Hop Zoo Little Kid Luggage in Giraffe
iPlay, iLearn Kids’ Luggage & Backpack Set
Great for weekends away and sleepovers, this toddler luggage features a locking telescopic trolley handle for pulling along, multi-directional wheels and a lightweight hard shell. Created by an early childhood teacher and mother, the backpack slips over the suitcase handle for easy mobility.
To buy: amazon.com, $60
Dora the Explorer Cruizer
Designed for children ages 3 to 7, this luggage features multi-directional front wheels for easy maneuvering, large fixed rear wheels for stability, and two carry handles. The roomy interior makes packing a cinch, and best of all, children can ride on the Cruizer when they get tired.
To buy: irvsluggage.com, $49
MaxToy SUV 3D Roller Bag
She may not have a driver’s license yet, but she’ll be ready the hit road in this hot-pink 3D design. With a three-wheel system made for handling stairs and uneven surfaces, this durable, lightweight bag is great for the airport, school and weekends away.
To buy: irvsluggage.com, $70
Bontoy Traveler Suitcase in Beagle
Who wouldn’t want a suitcase shaped like a cute Beagle puppy? This sturdy kids’ luggage features rubber wheels for an ultra-smooth ride; the front wheels spin 360 degrees so even a toddler can steer it. To take it on trips, just press the front button to extend the handle and pull the toy along.
To buy: amazon.com, $119
Your child will fall in love with this Vespa-inspired suitcase, which features fully functional steering for zipping around at home and the airport. A tow strap allows parents to carry it, and it easily fits in overhead bins. Available in blue and pink.
To buy: amazon.com, $57
Yodo Convertible 3-way Kids’ Rolling Luggage in Shark
Perfectly sized for school or an overnight stay at Grandma’s, this playful luggage set is designed to grow with your child: It can be used as a diaper bag, backpack, suitcase and more. The padded front pouch allows easy access to snacks; the thick panel on the back hides the shoulder strap when the bag’s being used as luggage.
To buy: amazon.com, $36
Heys America Hello Kitty 2 Piece Expandable Luggage Set
Packing space is plentiful in this hard-shell expandable luggage, which features a zippered divider and matching beauty case for on-the-go touch ups. An elastic strap on the back allows easy attachment to the luggage.
To buy: amazon.com, $93
Zinc Flyte 15-inch Kids’ Luggage Scooter in Sid the Cyclops Red
Your kid will fall in love with this squishy one-eyed monster, which offers plenty of room for travel essentials and doubles as a cool scooter to boot. Just warn your child to avoid sharp turns — one review noted the steering requires strong hands and the bag has a tendency to tip forward.
To buy: amazon.com, $70
Trunki The Original Ride-on Suitcase in Terrance Blue
Let your child’s imagination run wild with this tow-along plastic trunk, which doubles as a ride-on toy. Perfect for airplane and car rides, it’s just the right size for stowing under a seat and comes with a five-year warranty just in case your child enjoys it a little too much.
To buy: amazon.com, $50
Heys America Kids’ 2-piece Luggage & Backpack Set in Ladybug
This adorable two-piece set was created with children in mind, so the playful designs are protected by a clear layer of coat. Carry-on approved, the case avoids scraping the ground thanks to its protruding inline skate wheels. The zipper closure system ensures your little one’s belongings stay put.
To buy: amazon.com, $70
Away The Kids’ Carry-On
Now your little one can be your matching mini-me when traveling in style with Away carry-ons. Sized perfectly for your budding jetsetter to tow along themselves, its unbreakable hard case also means you don't have to worry about the wear and tear your child will likely impose on it. Bonus: a built-in battery ensures the iPad will always be charged up for hours of in-flight entertainment.
To buy: awaytravel.com, $195