The 10 Best Kids Luggages of 2021

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Whether your kids are spending one night at Grandma’s house or you’re planning a full-on family vacation, getting your kid their very own luggage can be helpful. With their own suitcase, they’ll be able to help pack, carry, and be responsible for the bag.

Your child’s age, budget, and your family’s plans will dictate the type of luggage that is best for your kid. The good news is most luggage is long-lasting and made to withstand the wear and tear of travel.

Use this guide to find the best luggage for kids.

Our Top Picks
This luggage set is affordable, attractive, useful, and available in a ton of color combos.
Thoughtfully designed and well-sized for kids, it's sure to hold up well with lots of travel and is quite roomy.
Built to last, this suitcase is made with a durable polycarbonate hard shell and has 360-degree spinner wheels.
It’s not a huge bag, but is big enough for small kids, especially for short trips or an overnight getaway.
All four bags are lightweight and for easy storage at home, the bags fit into one another.
Made of rugged, weather-resistant polyester, the spacious bags are easy for kids to tote and use.
For longer flights, it can open up and turn into a snuggly bed that fits on an airplane seat
Small but mighty, your toddler will feel like a mini jet-setter with their very own rolling luggage.
The bag is sure to fit in any overhead bin and won’t take up lots of space in a car trunk.
Your big kid can move through the airport with the telescoping handle or use the padded shoulder strap and handles.

Best Overall: Rockland Luggage 2-Piece Set

Affordable, attractive, useful, and available in a ton of color combos, this two-piece set is a perfect introduction for your child's luggage. Included in the set are an upright expandable wheeling suitcase and a carry-on. The smaller bag works perfectly for an overnight tote or as a carry-on while going on a longer trip.

With two wheels, the suitcase is easy to navigate through an airport. Reviewers praise this set and note that the suitcase is surprisingly roomy and even fully packed, it still fits in an overhead bin.

Best Splurge: State Bags Logan Suitcase

State Bags Logan Suitcase

Thoughtfully designed and well-sized for kids around 6 to 10 years old, this splurge-worthy suitcase is sure to hold up well with lots of travel and is quite roomy. The 360-degree spinner wheels make it a cinch for younger kids to tote the suitcase. Parents appreciate the two main interior compartments that have an elastic strap, a zippered flap, and a mesh pocket, so your kiddo will stay well organized.

Kids love that the outside pocket features a bunch of slip pockets and designated spots for art supplies, notebooks, and other travel goodies. A special side strap will hold your kiddo’s water bottle or stuffed animal.

Best Hardside: Away Carry On

Away Carry On

Built to last, this suitcase is made with a durable polycarbonate hard shell and has 360-degree spinner wheels. While it is on the more expensive side, Away offers a 100-day trial and an extensive lifetime guarantee.

This suitcase is best for older kids who will likely travel a lot or would work well as something kids and parents could share when they travel separately. Sized to fit in most overhead compartments, the suitcase is compact enough for car trunks or train travel.

Best Budget: Crckt Kids Carry On

Crckt Kids Carry On

Well-priced, choose this carry-on bag for younger kids who want to tote their own stuff. It’s not a huge bag, but is big enough for small kids, especially for short trips or an overnight getaway.

Available in two prints, the carry-on bag has two in-line wheels for easy rolling and plastic feet to keep the bag upright. For a longer trip, there is a matching duffle bag and backpack sold separately in the set.

Best Set: Apelila Four Piece Set

A great value, the entire family will be ready for any kind of travel with this set that includes four hardshell suitcases. Included are 18-inch, 20-inch, 24-inch, and 28-inch upright bags. All four bags are lightweight and feature 360-degree spinner wheels and telescoping handles.

For easy storage at home, the bags fit into one another. With more than 15 color choices, pick anything from standard black, glam rose gold, or bright yellow.

Best Monogrammed: Pottery Barn Kids Mackenzie Luggage

Mackenzie Luggage

Travel out of this world with a fantastic glow-in-the-dark spinner suitcase covered in awesome galaxy designs. Made of rugged, weather-resistant polyester, the spacious bags are easy for kids to tote and use, thanks to 360-degree spinner wheels, thickly padded handles, and sturdy nylon zippers.

For an additional cost, the bag can be monogrammed with your kiddo’s name. Since monogrammed items can’t be returned or canceled, make sure this is the bag your kid will want before you place the order.

Designed to do it all, this luggage functions as a suitcase, ride-on, footrest, and bed. Kids will love zipping through the airport while riding on the top of the suitcase. Parent reviewers say it’s easy to pull and get ready for lots of jealous stares as you whiz through the terminals.

Once on the plane, the bag fits under the seat and easily functions as a kid’s footrest. For longer flights, it can open up and turn into a snuggly bed that fits on an airplane seat. The bed is best for kids 5 years old and under, but the suitcase and ride-on style is appropriate for kids up to 7 years old.

Best for Toddlers: Skip Hop Rolling Luggage

Small but mighty, your toddler will feel like a mini jet-setter with their very own rolling luggage. While it is mini, parent reviewers find the bag has plenty of room for little ones to pack enough clothes for a quick getaway or use it as a carry-on bag packed full of toys, stuffies, and art supplies.

Made of sturdy poly-canvas fabric, the bag is lightweight, has two inline wheels, a retractable handle, a front zip pocket, and a mesh bottle pocket.

Best Carry On: CALPAK Carry On

Calpak carry on

Your forgetful tween will never lose this rose gold carry-on bag. Sized just right for shorter getaways, the bag is sure to fit in any overhead bin and won’t take up lots of space in a car trunk.

The hardshell case features compression straps to keep everything in place, a TSA-approved lock, 360-degree spinner wheels, and expands up to two inches for those overpacking moments. With a just-right sizing and stand-out color, this bag is sure to be a hit.

Best for Big Kids: L.L. Bean Rolling Duffle

LL Bean rolling duffle

Older kids will love the flexibility and longevity that an L.L. Bean rolling duffle provides. Made to withstand the elements, this duffle is designed out of rugged nylon material. The base has two wheels and is designed so the bag can stand up on its own and not topple over.

Your big kid can move through the airport with the telescoping handle or use the padded shoulder strap and handles. Bigger kids can keep all their gear organized with lots of internal mesh pockets. Great for trips, camps, or other needs, the joy of the duffle is that it can easily pack away when not in use.

Final Verdict

The Rockland Two-Piece (view on Amazon) set is a budget-friendly option that allows your kiddo to pack everything they will need for a fun vacation. If you are traveling with a toddler, the Jetkids by Stokke (view on Nordstrom) is innovative and designed to meet all of your little one's needs while also acting as a roomy suitcase.

What to Look for When Buying Luggage for Kids

Size 

Buying luggage for kids can be tricky because you want something spacious enough for their belongings but not so big they can’t manage it on their own. You want luggage that will last a trip to grandma’s house while also staying durable during a plane or train ride. Consider where your family travels and how often, and then begin to factor in some important details. 

If your family travels by plane frequently, finding a suitcase made with a hard shell will help it last during check-in, and they’re perfect for older kids. For the younger children in your family, find a suitcase that is small enough for them to manage on their own but can still hold their clothes and the small toy they want to bring with them. 

When you’re traveling by car, you need to ensure that everyone’s luggage will fit in the trunk or storage area of your vehicle. For planes or trains, many suitcases are made as a carry-on size, but it really depends on how long your trip will be and what you need to take with you on your journey.

Durability

Whether you’re putting the luggage into your vehicle’s trunk, overhead compartment on the train, or checking it in at the airport, luggage should be durable to withstand any impact. Frequent fliers know just how hard luggage can be thrown around so finding something that’s long lasting is vital. Or, if your luggage falls off your hotel’s luggage cart, you need it to hold up during any incident. 

Luggage are made from many different materials, from fabric to hard outer shells. When it comes to durability, luggage with a hard shell would work best for those who fly as luggage can be strewn about during check-in. They are great if you’re taking any important belongings with you that you need to keep protected. 

Fabric-made luggage work well, too, but you may see wear and tear quicker than luggage with a hard shell. It’s possible for the fabric to rip during an impact and may also be harder to clean than hard shell luggage. If you’re on the fence for a decision, consider how you’re traveling and if you’re taking any important valuables with you.

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Maya Polton is a former marketing manager and current freelance writer who covers food, home, and parenting. She’s also the mom of an 11-year-old son, 8-year-old son, and 3-year old daughter. Maya’s family hasn’t traveled much in the last year but when they do, her crew uses a mix of luggage she got as wedding gifts and some newer duffle bags. When flying, she prefers to use wheelie bags but for a car trip, stacking duffles is much easier in the back of the minivan.

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