Best Luggage Bags and Suitcases for Kids Who Want to Travel the World

Traveling with children can be quite a difficult task, but when you add the stress of having to pull your luggage as well as theirs to the mix, you may be heading for trouble. Investing in fun looking luggage bags for your kids may be the difference between a grumpy child and an excited child as you head off to your holiday destination.

No matter how old your child is, when purchasing a luggage bag, you’re encouraging the value of travel with your child. You’re educating them on how to be independent, to look after their belongings and how to be responsible for their things.

When you look at it like that, it’s easy to see that these are all advantages and benefits that will positively affect your child's life. Whether you’re taking a cruise around the world or popping over to the next city to see relatives, there’s always an opportunity to utilize your child’s luggage bag to its full potential.

With this in mind, you’ll soon realize that there is a ton of child-friendly luggage sets available. But with so many to choose from, how can you be sure you’re buying the right one for your child?

To start you off, I’ve listed my favorite luggage sets specially designed for children. These cases are fully-featured and make for the best traveling experience. If you're not sure what makes the ideal luggage bag, my step-by-step buying guide to child-orientated luggage bags will help you make the best decision for your child.

My Favorite Luggage Sets for Kids to Start Their Own Adventures

Are your children ready to go on the adventure of a lifetime? Here are my eight favorite luggage sets that will be your child’s perfect travel companion.

1. Travel Buddies Luggage Set

To start my list, I’ve chosen a great all-around luggage set that your children will instantly love. You’ll immediately notice the vibrant and engaging alien design, aimed specifically at younger children. This fun and quirky graphic design is guaranteed to impress your child.

Made from the highest quality ABS plastics, this set contains two parts. Firstly, you have an 18 inch hard case that is durable enough to protect your child’s belongings, while being lightweight enough to be easily transported by your child.

On the bottom of this hard case is a set of wheels and at the top is a handle which makes for easy transporting, no matter where you plan on visiting. Alongside this superior case, you’ll find a matching backpack. This backpack includes straps and top handles allowing your child to carry the bag around using the method that is most comfortable to them.

What's Great About It: In addition to being extremely lightweight, both the bag and the hard case have adjustable straps and handles. This means that if your child gets tired or needs to nap, the cases can be easily adjusted for an adult to use, so you can take over if you need to.

2. Heys America Travel Tots Kids Luggage Set

Looking for a fun-filled and attractive luggage set that your kids will love? The Heys America Luggage Set is ideal for children, both boys and girls, who are looking for a cute bag to use when traveling.

This set contains both a hard case and an adorable backpack, which are durable and will give you enough space to transport everything you need. The hard case is made out of highly durable poly-carbonate materials and features an adjustable handle and a non-slip set of wheels, making it easy for your child to carry it around wherever they go.

The ABS/poly-carbonate back pack is both lightweight and durable, protecting your child’s belongings from those inevitable knocks and bumps. Both parts of the set have been carry-on approved, meaning you can take these bags on the majority of American airlines without having to worry about paying expensive baggage fees.

What's Great About It: This bag has been crafted from highly durable plastics, allowing it to remain incredibly lightweight. This means your child can maneuver the cases with ease.

3. HEYS Kids 2Pc Travel Tots Luggage Set

This is the second Heys America set to enter my list and for a good reason. This luggage set contains both an 18 inch hard case and a 13 inch backpack that gives you more than enough space to hold and transport all of your child’s clothes, toys, and accessories.

Each part of the luggage set has been carry-on approved, allowing you to take the set with you, no matter what airline you are flying with. This means you can avoid expensive baggage fees. The hard case is made using a highly durable ABS/plastic composite that will protect all your child’s belongings while maintaining its lightweight properties.

The hard case prides itself on its telescopic handle that can easily be adjusted to suit the height of the user. The base of the hard case features a set of durable in-line skating wheels for optimal mobility and contains several internal pockets and storage areas that help your child stay organized.

The backpack is also lightweight and boasts enough storage to keep your child’s favorite toys and books close by, a must on long-haul flights.

What's Great About It: The leading feature of this luggage set is the unique bumblebee design. Suitable for both boys and girls, this is a 2-piece luggage set that will attract your child’s attention, causing them to fall in love with their bags instantly.

​4. Obersee Kids Luggage and Backpack with Integrated Cooler

If you want a luggage set for your children with all the added features you could ever want while still remaining affordable, Obersee has got your covered. Produced using incredibly lightweight nylon and polyester materials, this luggage set is ideal for children thanks to its size, weight and high levels of mobility.

Both the rolling case and the backpack are carry-on approved, allowing you to comfortably board any American airline without having to pay expensive baggage fees.

There are multiple storage options in both the case and the backpack, giving your child plenty of room to store their toys and books. Despite being a material case, the quality isn’t compromised thanks to the high-quality stitching and the robust design.

Ideal for children between the ages of 3 and 6, all parts of this luggage set have been FDA and CPSIA approved, ensuring only the best and safest products for your children.

What's Great About It: Easily the leading feature of this luggage set, the front pocket of the backpack contains an integrated cooling pouch. This is ideal for easy access to snacks while on the move, keeping your child’s drinks and food cool for them to enjoy on their flight, which is very handy for restless children on a flight.

​5. Disney Princess 5-Piece Luggage Set

As the name suggests, this luggage set is more suitable for younger girls, and it’s one that they’ll love to use. This 100% official Disney Princess merchandise set contains five various pieces that make up this high-quality set.

In the set, you’ll find a high-quality wheeled case with an accompanying backpack, a gym-like drawstring bag, a tote bag and a purse. This gives your daughters everything they need to enjoy the trip of a lifetime while learning some valuable, responsible life skills that will positively benefit them for the rest of their lives.

On each piece of the set, you’ll find a collection of graphics that are dedicated to some of the most renowned Disney princesses of all time, giving your child a product that they will love. Each part of the set is made from a plastic/fabric compound that’s highly durable, lightweight and easy to wipe clean should they come into contact with any spills or leaks.

What's Great About It: Specially designed for children aged 3 and above, this set has been created to be as comfortable as possible for your child. The shoulder pads of the backpack include highly padded straps to ensure even weight distribution and maximum levels of comfort.

​6. iPlay Kids Luggage & Backpack Set

Kids love products that are aesthetically pleasing. iPlay know this all too well, which is why they have created this gorgeous luggage set that’s ideal for children aged 2 and above. The set contains both a wheeled bag and a rucksack, giving your child all the storage space they could need.

The hard case is produced using high-quality ABS plastics that are durable enough to withstand those inevitable bumps and knocks while remaining lightweight enough to maximize mobility for your child. This mobility is further increased thanks to the telescopic handle that can be easily adjusted to suit your child.

The backpack itself is also made from the same ABS composite, giving your child extra room to store their favorite things while keeping them easily accessible at all times, ideal for long flights or journeys in the car. Each part of this luggage set has been carry-on approved, ensuring you will never have to fork out for expensive baggage fees.

What's Great About It: In addition to the stunning natural animal design, this case features four wheels on the base of the hard case, instead of the traditional two. This means the case can remain upright and won’t have to be tilted to be moved. Your child can simply grab the handle and walk, ideal if your child has packed heavy toys.

7. American Tourister Disney Star Wars Luggage Set

This is the must-have travel companion for any young fans of the Star Wars franchise. Available in three unique patterns and designs, these 100% polyester cases come with both a wheeled case and a backpack, giving your child everything they need for the perfect vacation.

Both the case and the backpack have zip closures, allowing you to easily access your luggage should you need to retrieve any belongings. This is also fantastic as you can easily add a padlock for an extra layer of security.

The hard case features two in-line skating wheels for maximum mobility, while the front of the case prides itself on its hard rubber stoppers, balancing the case while not in use. The backpack features multiple storage areas that help to teach your child the values of being organized and the integrated water bottle holder helps your child to stay hydrated.

What's Great About It: As the title suggests, easily the best feature of this luggage set is the high-quality graphics. Your child can choose between three of their favorite Star Wars legends, each one replicated onto the highest quality vinyl, giving your child a crisp and professional looking graphic that they will adore.

​8. Cuties and Pals Kids Travel Luggage Set

To conclude my list, I’ve chosen one of my all-time favorite luggage sets. This unisex set includes a hard case and a backpack, both made from the highly durable ABS/poly-carbonate composites, ensuring quality that can easily last several years. The sturdy design of each piece gives your child stability while maximizing mobility, so they can get where they need to be.

Both the case and the backpack feature secure zip closure designs, allowing you to easily access your child’s belongings with the ability to add a padlock for extra security. The hard case boasts a set of in-line wheels for optimal movement, and the front contains a hard rubber stopper, keeping the case balanced while not in use.

What's Great About It: In addition to the fantastic glossy penguin design that your children will love, both parts of the case have been carry-on approved, meaning you can effortlessly take them on most American airlines without having to pay the expensive baggage fees.

My Definitive Step-by-Step Buying Guide to Kid-Friendly Luggage Sets

Now that you know what some of the best luggage sets available are, it’s time to pick the best one for your child. Use my step-by-step buying guide below to learn everything there is to know about luggage sets, enabling you to make the best purchase possible.

Durability

Whether you’re taking your child’s bags with you as carry-on luggage or storing it in the cargo hold, you’re going to want a luggage set that is built to last. Even if you’re using the bag to go on long distance car journeys for your vacations, luggage bags can take a lot of hits along the way, especially if being operated by a child, so you’re going to want to choose a high-quality bag to withstand the knocks.

The most common form of high-quality materials is an ABS/poly-carbonate composite. This is a mixture of plastics that provides maximum durability. What’s more, this composite is extremely lightweight which will help when it comes to mobility.

Alternatively, you can opt for a nylon or polyester fabric bag. To ensure the durability of these bags, always check the seams to see that they will hold.

Mobility

If you were to give your child an adult luggage bag, you can imagine how difficult it would be for them to use it. Child-friendly luggage sets have been specially designed to be as easy as possible for children to transport.

When trying to find your ideal luggage set, look for wheels on the bottom of the hard case. You’re going to want market-leading in-line skate wheels that provide a solid and effortless ride for the case, no matter the weight it is carrying.

Furthermore, consider what kind of handle the hard case has. For your child, you may want to invest in a telescopic handle that can be easily adjusted to their height. If you choose a fixed handle that’s too big or too small, your child will have difficulty using the case.

What’s more, some cases will be adjustable enough for parents to use as well. This is ideal when your family is traveling long distances, as your child may get tired of transporting the case.

Design

As with any child-related product, you’re going to want a luggage set that stands out from the crowd and one that your child will adore. When shopping for the ideal travel set, look for brands of themes that your child loves.

All the cases in my list above come with their own unique themes, some branded towards certain franchises and others being more widespread with simplistic yet gorgeous designs. Choose a design that your child loves as this will encourage them to use the product.

In addition, the structural design of the luggage set should be good enough that it's a good fit for your kids. After all, you don't want your kids' health to take a hit while on the move because of a clearly incompatible luggage set.​

Storage

As you would expect with luggage sets, storage is one of the most important aspects to consider. Whether you’re going away for a few days or a couple of weeks, it’s important to think about how many belongings your child is going to want to take, such as clothes, toys, and books that you know your child is going to need.

With this in mind, choose a luggage set with multiple storage options. This can include pouches, zip pockets, and sleeves that will allow you and your child to easily access the accessories they want to play with quickly.

Additionally, many child-friendly luggage sets will include secure pockets located on the front face of the bag. These pockets are ideal for storing your child’s favorite toys or books, making them perfect for long-haul flights where your child may become bored and need some entertainment.

Carry-On Approved

As all the bags on my list are, you can save so much time and money by choosing a child-friendly luggage set that has been carry-on approved. This term refers to the type of bag or case that can go with you on the plane.

Most airlines around the world will have their unique requirements for the size and weight of what bags you can take on the plane with you. If you get something bigger than these limits and you’ll have to pay the usually expensive baggage fee.

Whether you’re shopping online or at a local store, always check the product description to ensure that your child’s bag can be taken on the airplane with you without having to pay.

Conclusion

Choosing the perfect luggage set may seem like a daunting task. Take your time and create a list of requirements that you want in your luggage set, and you’ll easily be able to find the right one in no time at all.

As well as making your journey to your perfect destination an easy one, you can be safe in the knowledge that your child is also learning some essential life skills that will positively benefit them the rest of their lives.

Happy Traveling!

    Sandra Cobain
     

    Mum of two. Child psychologist. Ardent admirer of art, crafts and cooking. She is the head of content for BestForTheKids. When she's not busy crafting posts & researching about compelling content ideas, she can be spotted playing outdoors with her two adorable children.

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