10 Adorable Rolling Backpacks for Kids
Now that your kids are accompanying you on trips — or even taking their own! — you’re probably in the market for backpacks with wheels. Rolling backpacks for kids are a great way to transport items, and they won't put as much added strain on their shoulders as a normal bag.
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Just remember, while rolled backpacks come in a variety of sizes, they should never be too heavy for your child to pull. A smaller bag will hold less than a larger one, and stay away from a telescopic handle that wobbles when fully extended. In the store, we recommend wheeling the pack around to ensure the wheels are steady and the bag doesn’t topple over.
In terms of cleaning, most bags will feature plastic-y fabric that responds to a damp rubber sponge. You won’t need to throw it in the washing machine or have it dry cleaned. Experts advise air drying your bag to help it retain its shape. Finally, keep in mind that just because a bag looks like a backpack doesn’t mean your child should carry it if it's stuffed to the brim. Many of these wheeled backpacks are larger than normal book bags, so the weight may be too much to handle.
Skip Hop Zoo Little Kid Luggage
Sized just for little ones, this sturdy wheeled backpack features a handy front zip pocket and side mesh pocket for snacks and toys. Kids will love the playful design, matching zipper pulls and name tag — parents will appreciate the removable shoulder strap that allows them to carry the bag when their child gets tired.
To buy: amazon.com, $35
Stephen Joseph Kids Rolling Backpack
This adorable wheeled backpack makes the perfect playmate for little ones and encourages independence. The retractable handle makes it easy for kids to roll the bag on their own, and the size is just right for overnight trips or school. Designs include robot, ladybug, monkey, butterfly, airplane and teal-colored owl.
To buy: amazon.com, $34
Kreative Kids Plush Animal Rolling Backpack
This pint-sized backpack features removable wheels and a locking handle bar for easy transport. Great for overnight stays with Grandma, the stuffed animal can detach from the backpack for play, making it ideal for kids 3 and up. Designs include black bear, brown puppy, green monster, penguin, and pink frog.
To buy: amazon.com, $37
Marvel the Amazing Spiderman Toddler 12-inch Rolling Backpack
You can’t go wrong with Spidey when it comes to rolling backpacks. This Marvel-branded edition features a double-zippered main compartment, two front zippered pockets and adjustable padded shoulder straps. Side pockets keep snacks and toys within easy reach.
To buy: amazon.com, $35
J World New York Sparkle Kids' Rolling Backpack
This sparkly wheeled backpack features a telescoping handle, front and side pockets, and cushioned shoulder straps. The front pocket has built-in organization elements for pencils and the like, and the main compartment is roomy enough to hold a weekend trip’s worth of clothes.
To buy: amazon.com, $40
Ninja Turtles Toddler Rolling Backpack
Sized for pizza-loving toddlers, this rolling bag comes with a matching lunch case. Reviews from parents on Amazon claim it has room to spare and is sturdy enough for long trips. We’re loving the circular front pocket that allows easy access to trinkets and toys.
To buy: amazon.com, $26
Minnie Mouse Toddler Rolling Backpack
Minnie Mouse is always a classic, and your child will adore the pink polka-dot design. The bag features a large heart-shaped front pocket for larger items and a handy top pocket for things like keys and jewelry. Adjustable padded shoulder straps ensure your little one can carry the bag comfortably.
To buy: amazon.com, $35
L.L.Bean Rolling Book Pack Deluxe
Though the brand is known for its reliably sturdy school packs, L.L.Bean also offers a colorful wheeled version that’s recommended for ages 10 and up. It’s made of weatherproof polyester and nylon and features smooth-rolling in-line skate wheels. The reflective trim provides 360-degree visibility while the two-stage retractable handle offers an ergonomic grip.
To buy: llbean.com, $100
BB-8 Rolling Backpack
This clever bag, sized perfectly for little “Star Wars” fans, lives up to its looks. Recommended for ages three and up, the bag stands at 21.5 inches tall and features two mesh exterior side pockets.
To buy: shopdisney.com, $35
Kids Wildkin Print Rolling Suitcase
Your child will go wild for the funky patterns and detachable shoulder straps — you’ll love the roomy compartments, front pocket and side mesh pocket for storing valuables. Patterns include Green or Blue Dino, Blue Heroes (ambulances and fire trucks), Blue Auto, Green Animals and Yellow Construction.
To buy: kohls.com, $30