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The best kids luggage of 2024.

From ride-on suitcases to personalized bags, these are the best luggage options for children.

The Best Kids Luggage

Two checkered STATE Bags Logan Suitcases between to kids

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Buying your children or grandchildren their own luggage can help teach independence when traveling. Plus, it allows them to get involved in the family vacation planning process (which is half the fun of any trip).

Based on our own experiences as well as recent consumer reviews, we've compiled recommendations for the best kids luggage in a variety of categories. Read on to see this year's top picks.

Best Overall: STATE Bags Logan Suitcase

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Best Carry-on: Stephen Joseph Rolling Luggage

Best luggage set: iplay, ilearn kids carry on luggage set, best ride-on: trunki kids ride-on suitcase, best scooter: kiddietotes luggage scooter, best duffel bag: wildkin kids overnighter duffel bag.

  • Best Personalized: Pottery Barn Kids Mackenzie Spinner Luggage

(Note: Prices were accurate at the time of publication; they may fluctuate due to demand and other factors.)

STATE Bags Logan Suitcase in colorful heart pattern against white background.

What sets it apart:  Ideal for children of all ages, the STATE Bags Logan Suitcase is the best kids luggage that money can buy – particularly for frequent travelers. Available in more than a dozen patterns, the soft-sided rolling bag features smooth spinner wheels, top and side carry handles, and an adjustable trolley handle. It also offers plenty of organization for the items that matter most to kids (and their parents): There's a separate mesh pocket for dirty laundry; an exterior front pocket for snacks, a tablet and toys; and side straps to secure a water bottle or favorite stuffed animal.

The Logan Suitcase is designed for children ages 6 and up, while the Mini Logan Suitcase is a great option for little kids ages 3 to 5. The latter can even attach to a parent's luggage thanks to a trolley sleeve.

Parents appreciate: Recent buyers rave about the quality of the Logan Suitcase, noting that it's lightweight and easy for their kids to use.

Price: $225 or less for Logan; $190 or less for Mini Logan

Stephen Joseph Rolling Luggage in pink with horse design against white background.

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What sets it apart: This rolling backpack makes the perfect carry-on bag for young kids. Available in a variety of prints – from unicorns and princesses to dinosaurs and airplanes – the bag features several exterior pockets, including one that's large enough for a tablet. It also has an adjustable handle, allowing it to grow with your little traveler. The bag can either be placed in front of your child's airplane seat or in the overhead bin.

Parents appreciate: While some buyers note the handle feels a tad flimsy, they still recommend this bag overall. Parents and kids alike appreciate its design and capacity for a lot of stuff – from clothing to toys.

Price: $75 or less

What sets it apart: With a rolling suitcase and a backpack, this two-piece set is perfect for any type of vacation. The wheeled bag has multidirectional wheels for easy maneuverability and an adjustable handle. Inside, three zippered pockets help organize items like socks, underwear and shoes. The backpack also has interior organization for securing in-flight or road trip essentials. The iPlay, iLearn Kids Carry On Luggage Set is available in four prints: dinosaur, shark, unicorn and vehicle.

Parents appreciate: Recent buyers say they're impressed with the durability of this luggage set, adding that both bags are the perfect size for young kids.

Price: $89.99 or less

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 Trunki Kids Ride-On Suitcase in pink dinosaur design against white background.

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What sets it apart: Of all the ride-on luggage for kids, Trunki has the best ratings and reviews. The award-winning bag functions in a few different ways: Youngsters can sit on the bag and wheel themselves through the airport, using their feet to propel them forward while holding the horn-shaped grips, or parents can pull them using an attached strap (which doubles as a shoulder strap when the bag needs to be carried). Even when you're not on the move, the bag can be used as a seat for tired toddlers.

Inside the bag, elastic straps help keep clothes and toys in place. The Trunki Kids Ride-On Suitcase is available in a variety of fun themes, including a fire truck and a bumble bee.

Parents appreciate: Parents say this bag isn't a gimmick; instead, they note it's a well-designed piece of luggage that works efficiently and holds plenty.

Price: $79.99 or less

KiddieTotes Luggage Scooter in blue "Yeti Monster" design against white background.

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What sets it apart: If your child is too old and/or too big for ride-on luggage, a scooter suitcase might be their speed. This well-rated option from KiddieTotes features light-up wheels and fun designs (think: race car and yeti monster) to enhance the experience. The hard-sided bag also has a telescoping adjustable handle, interior pockets and cross straps for securing belongings, and a durable zipper. When the scooter is folded, the bag can fit under the seat or in the overhead bin on a plane.

Parents appreciate: Parents say this bag is especially useful for keeping kids busy during long layovers.

Price: $149.99 or less

Wildkin Kids Overnighter Duffel Bag with cars, trucks and planes design against white background.

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What sets it apart: Perfect for trips to Grandma's house, this duffel bag holds all of the essentials in one main compartment, plus a small exterior zippered pocket. It also comes with a detachable padded shoulder strap. For select designs, you can buy a matching backpack, sleeping bag and more.

Parents appreciate: Parents appreciate the durability of this bag, as well as how spacious it is.

Price: $29.99 or less

Best Personalized Kids Luggage: Pottery Barn Kids Mackenzie Spinner Luggage

Pottery Barn Kids Mackenzie Spinner Luggage in colorful hearts design against white background.

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What sets it apart: When it comes to kids luggage, many parents default to the Pottery Barn Kids Mackenzie Luggage – and with good reason. This rolling suitcase is available in hard- or soft-sided form, and it comes with the option for monogramming. It is offered in a variety of fun prints, many of which have a coordinating backpack and/or lunch box that can be purchased separately.

The small suitcase is a standard-sized carry-on bag that's perfect for (and can grow with) older kids. The sizing of the large suitcase varies slightly, but it's a great checked bag option. For maximum organization, we recommend one of the soft-sided bags, which feature both exterior and interior pockets. In comparison, the hard-sided bag has one internal zippered compartment.

Parents appreciate: Aside from the option to personalize this bag, parents appreciate the bag's quality and size options.

Price: $199.50 or less

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Amanda Norcross is a family travel expert who prefers to pack light. She's been using the Wildkin Overnighter Duffel for her son – who is now 3 – since receiving it as a gift when he was born. It still fits all of his belongings for weekend getaways and even longer trips, and she recommends it to all parents.

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The Best Kids’ Luggage: Lightweight Suitcases & Backpacks Young Travelers Will Love

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Investing in the best kids' luggage won’t make traveling with children as easy as traveling without them, but it will make the whole endeavor a lot less chaotic. After all, giving them a suitcase of their own can make any parent’s load lighter, literally. The trick is to find a piece of luggage that a kid loves so much, they’ll be delighted to carry it themselves—at least for a while. Our favorite brands not only appeal to a younger aesthetic sensibility, they’re also designed to stay organized and survive even the roughest of toddlers. Ahead, discover the best luggage for children that will house everything from clothes and shoes to beloved stuffed animals (and several dozen packs of animal crackers).

This article is part of Condé Nast Traveler’s first-ever Luggage Week , for which dozens of suitcases, backpacks, and weekender bags were road-tested by our editors.

Which are the best kids' luggage brands?

While there’s no definitive best brand for kids' luggage, the most popular among our informal poll of travel writers with kids is Away . With its reasonable price point, reputation for quality, and numerous colors, its suitcases can appeal to a range of kids, from preschoolers all the way up to college-age.

What is the best kids' luggage for toddlers?

Nearly all toddlers will get tired of pushing their own suitcase after just a few minutes, which is why we love the Trunki Ride On for the littlest traveling tots. When they’re too exhausted to walk, you can plop them right on top and pull them, which means this bag also doubles as a quasi-stroller.

What are the advantages of having kids' luggage?

There are numerous advantages to your kids carrying their own pieces. First, it helps keep the whole family organized, because all of your children’s items are contained in a separate bag. Second, if you’re worried about weight restrictions on checked luggage, it helps to spread out all the clothes and travel gear among more pieces. And, finally, it’s an excellent way to teach a bit of responsibility—just make sure your six-year-old doesn’t accidentally leave hers in the airport bathroom.

Jump straight to the type of kids' luggage you're looking for:

The best hard-sided kids' luggage

The best soft-sided kids' luggage, the best kids' backpacks.

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One way to cut down on complaints from kids carrying their own suitcase? Make it as light as possible. That’s why we’re huge fans of Aussie brand July’s Carry-On Light, which at just 3.9 pounds, is the lightest double-wheel suitcase in the world. Plus, it comes in kid-friendly colors like bright green cucumber and a super fun neon mandarin, all of which can be monogrammed to keep everyone’s bags with their proper owner. And inside, the 32-liter capacity suitcase has two zippered compartments to ensure that everything stays organized.

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Travel writer and author Christine Chitnis swears by Away’s larger-sized carry-on when traveling with her three kids, ages 5–12. “It’s a great size for kids, and so smooth, lightweight, and easy for them to roll around themselves,” she says. On a recent cruise to Greenland with Hurtigruten Expeditions , Chitnis’ 12 year-old son Vijay was able to fit all of his cold-weather active clothing inside it, and for trips that require less bulky items, her kids can “easily get away with two weeks’ worth of clothes, plus a few books, toys, and shoes in the bag,” she says.

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The Trunki might not fit as much as some of our other favorite hard-sided suitcases, but it lands a place on this list for its major selling point: kids can actually ride it. Frequent traveler Paige Baker tested it out on a recent trip to Jackson Hole and loved that it was easy to roll even when her toddler was sitting on it. And while the interior space isn’t huge, “it fits a week's worth of toddler clothes or just all of the fun necessities to keep them entertained,” she says. And, with a variety of styles to choose, from a unicorn to a bumblebee, there’s probably one to match your kid’s personal style. For a similar model for older kids, look into the Micro Scooter Luggage Junior , a favorite of contributor Nila Do Simon that can fit a weekend’s worth of clothes and allows kids to scoot from place to place.

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Writer Jamie Smith swears by this peppy children's suitcase for her eight-year-old son, Adam. So far, he’s used it for a nine-state road trip and international trips to Mexico and the Dominican Republic; Smith loves that it can easily hold 10 days’ worth of clothing. It also wins points for its durability: “My son is rough on everything,” she says. “He’s banged this suitcase up and down steps and has written on it for every trip. It still looks brand new!” Plus, with its bright neon color, it’s nearly impossible to lose track of it.

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No, your child doesn’t need a Rimowa suitcase, but for the chicest young travelers out there, it’s hard to find something cooler than this one. Rimowa’s Essential Lite line is ideal for kids because, like the name implies, the pieces are incredibly lightweight. The smallest model, Cabin U, clocks in at just 4.4 pounds, but can easily accommodate over a week’s worth of clothes and accessories for any well-traveled tot. And with a lifetime guarantee, your kids can be as rough with it as they want: It’ll keep on ticking.

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One of the best parts about kids’ luggage is how many more fun colors and prints there are to choose from, and no one embodies this more than State. My seven-year-old daughter Aveline adores State’s Logan kids suitcase, which comes in styles ranging from rainbow tie-dye to camo. On a recent trip to Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island, she was easily able to roll it herself the whole walk from the ferry to the hotel, and it also fit the generous amount of stuffed animals she insisted on bringing with her. As her mom, I appreciate the separate mesh pocket specifically for dirty clothes.

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L.L.Bean and rugged are essentially synonymous, so it’s no surprise that its duffel is a favorite among parent travel writers. But, regular duffels can get quite cumbersome, which is why the brand’s rolling version is our favorite out of the entire collection. It’s also been recently redesigned with a studier base, so it now stands on its own without tipping over. Other notable features include a water-resistant coating, cinch straps, and padded grab handles. Finally, with over half a dozen colors available, you can get a different hue for every member of the family.

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A wheeled carry-on that actually fits under your seat? It’s no longer a myth, thanks to Delsey’s square-designed Chatelet Air Underseater. Baker also tested this model with her child and loved its understated color (that won’t show toddler messes very easily). While its smaller size means you’re not lugging this one for a multi-week trip, Baker says it can handily fit enough for a weekend stay. It was also “very ergonomically friendly in that it wasn't too large, long, or bulky when pulling by the handle,” she says.

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Don't overlook the advantages of smaller bags when traveling with kids. Writer Andrea Hoag loves these colorful numbers by Patagonia, which her kids have used for seven years and counting. “These packs have grown with my kids from their pre-teen years to college,” Hoag says. “For being small, they carry an impressive amount of stuff, like a small Moleskine sketchbook, sunscreen , and hand sanitizer.” And, no surprise considering Patagonia’s reputation for durability, they’ve held up well over the years. “My kids are hard on their stuff and these packs survived years of teenagers tossing them under airline seats, using them as makeshift pillows during marathon road trips, and once, even being used as an improvised bungee cord, cinched tight to shore up a backpack whose zipper broke during the last leg of a transatlantic flight,” she adds.

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Writer Alyssa Shelasky is an evangelist for this colorful rolling bag for her two kids, estimating she’s brought it on 20 trips so far, from staycations at The William Vale to The Shore Club Turks & Caicos for a yearly Caribbean trip. Some of her favorite features: how lightweight and easy to wipe down it is, and its budget-friendly price tag. And she’s never worried about scuffs: “Like all things from reliable Lands’ End, it holds up beautifully,” she says. Plus, its design encourages kids to get more involved in the packing process: “There are lots of zips and pockets which kids love (a great mom hack is to have them pack themselves while you focus on your own closet),” she says.

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Perhaps the most ubiquitous travel backpack, judging by both an informal poll of travel writers and, well, just looking around at the airport, is this durable version from Pottery Barn. The Mackenzie comes in a staggering number of prints, from lavender flowers to monster trucks to glow-in-the-dark dino bones, and is also available in five different sizes, which means there’s a model for every aged kid. When my daughter was younger, she loved toting around the mini size as her carry-on —it was just big enough for a few picture books and snacks, but what more do you need as a two-year-old? Parents will also sing the praises of the many straps and gear loops, which help to organize things like sweaters or markers.

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Traveler contributor Jordi Lippe-McGraw is also the creator of this new bag line, which launches this September with a range of products that are perfect for parents and kids (hence, the ‘Pak’). The Companion, the line’s smaller-sized backpack, is the ideal size for kids, but can also be attached to the larger Origin Pak when little travelers need a break from carrying their gear. We also love the luxury touches, like the premium nylon exterior and leather detailing at the high touch points.

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Contributor Juliana Shalcross' tween daughter uses this backpack for double-duty: It’s not only her school bag, but her favorite travel carry-on as well. “It’s a great backpack for tweens and teens as it’s a simple style with plenty of little compartments to stash tech accessories, make-up, and gadgets,” she says. It’s also very durable: The fabric is a recycled polyester that’s also waterproof. And while there are larger backpacks on the market, Shallcross’ daughter makes use of the exterior bungee cords to stash things like a sweatshirt, rather than jamming it inside.

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On a recent trip to Eden Roc Cap Cana , my daughter insisted on bringing this backpack with her, citing its bright color that would match the sun on the Caribbean island. I can’t blame her—one of Stoney Clover’s hallmarks is its wide range of rainbow hues, all in a sturdy nylon fabric. But if you’re familiar with the brand, you’ll know its other draw is how customizable its products are , thanks to a dizzying array of patches that can be sewn to the front. Pro tip: There are a ton of destination patches, which can be fun to collect on your child’s travels.

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Another strong entry in the customizable camp is Becco, which makes duffles , backpacks , belt bags , and more that can all be personalized with patches. The key difference here is that Becco’s bags are fashioned out of a patent-pending hook and loop material (like a velcro), which means patches can be swapped out for every trip (or every day, if your kid so chooses). Currently, my daughter has a tropical theme going for her backpack to get ready for our trip to Four Seasons Resort Nevis , but she also loves spelling out her name with letter patches. Apart from its interactivity, I also love the bag’s padded straps and back, which makes lugging it, even when heavy, quite comfortable.

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The 14 Best Carry-on Luggage for Kids [2024 Guide]

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Good things often come in small packages, and when it comes to kids’ luggage that sizes down the dimensions while ramping up the fun, this is certainly true. Keep your little ones on board and amused with their very own luggage for their next vacation, camping trip, or sleepover.

Before you go ahead and buy a piece of luggage for your kids, there are a few things you should consider when making your decision.

Size and Weight

Kids carry on

Children are smaller than most adults and therefore need cases and luggage with more compact dimensions for them to be usable. The average size of a carry-on case is about right for both younger and older children, but many cases designed exclusively for kids are just a little bit smaller. That said, there should be enough room in the case to house some clothes, toys, electronics, and any other essentials you need to take with you.

When it comes to the weight of your kid’s case, lighter is definitely better . A 4-year-old will struggle to drag an overweight hardside case behind them, no matter how cute and kid-friendly it may appear at first glance.

Hot Tip: Too heavy and you will be forced to carry it around for them, which sort of defeats the purpose, so look for cases that weigh no more than 7.5 pounds ideally.

Material and Durability

Kids carry on material

Most kids’ cases are either made from tough and durable ABS or polycarbonate hardshell components, or some type of wipeable vinyl or other soft, water-resistant materials.

Traditional softside cases and backpacks are often available in a wide range of cute designs featuring cuddly characters and bold designs, but these will not usually be as durable as their hard-sided counterparts. That said, softside luggage will be lighter , even when full, making them easier for little hands to pull or carry.

Hardside suitcases and backpacks , on the other hand, are a supercute child-size addition to full-size adult cases, and they will usually be more hard-wearing and durable. They may last you longer, but they may also be heavier, so consider the size and strength of your child before investing.

Kids carry on wheels

Unlike adults who can carefully navigate the terrain around them, most kids are happy to drag and pull their cases over anything that gets in their way. With this in mind, most child-sized suitcases come complete with spinner- or in-line skate-style wheels that are built to last.

They may be a little bit noisier than the sophisticated wheels found on high-end, full-size cases, but you may be thankful for chunky plastic coverings when your child tries to roll the case over your own feet, and those of everyone else waiting in line with you.

Compartments and Organization

Kids carry on compartments

Most children’s cases do not have too many fussy compartments and pockets to worry about, but you should consider one that can separate certain items. Suitcases, for example, usually come with a zippered divider that you can use to keep clean and dirty clothing apart from each other, while some also offer a mesh pocket that is useful for toys, books, and other essentials.

Kids carry on pockets

With backpacks and carry bags, a front pocket makes light work of snacks and toys, while mesh pockets on the side will keep drink bottles and cups close at hand.


Kids carry on designs

Children are visual buyers and love anything that is covered in their favorite characters. Bright, colorful, and full of fun, Mickey Mouse, Cinderella, Star Wars, Paw Patrol, and many other branded cases are designed particularly to appeal to younger children. There are also plenty of animals, sports, or hobby-themed bags and cases that kids of all ages will love, too.

If you want to ramp up the fun, ride-ons offer a fun alternative to strollers for toddlers on longer journeys and can be pulled along by parents when you need to keep them close by.

Bottom Line: Give your kids the independence of packing their own bags, but keep it fun by letting them use luggage made just for children.

1. A Softside, Lightweight Suitcase That’s Full of Fun

Skip hop kids unicorn luggage with wheels.

Dimensions: 12 x 5.5 x 16 inches

Weight: 2.12 pounds

This supercute unicorn suitcase is perfect for the little princess or prince in your life. Zoo-friendly fun helps your child to gain their own independence when it comes to packing and traveling — on vacation, sleepovers, or just for make-believe.

Made from sturdy poly-canvas fabric, the dimensions of this case are perfectly sized for little ones, while the retractable 13-inch handle is just long enough to make it easy to pull along behind them.

On the inside, the main compartment is spacious enough to carry their most important belongings with them, and the mesh pocket on the side will house their drink cup or bottle perfectly. There is also a handy front zip pocket with a divider to keep snacks and toys within easy reach while on the go.

Available in a choice of Unicorn, Bumble Bee, Cow, or Dog designs, Skip Hop also make matching accessories that your little will love, including lunch packs, straw bottles, snack pots, and safety harnesses.

What We Like

Material is easy to clean

What We Don’t Like

No parent strap if the child gets tired of pulling the case

2. A Cute Little Suitcase for Disney Lovers of All Ages

American tourister disney hardside luggage with spinner wheels.

Dimensions: 21 x 13.25 x 9 inches

Weight: 6.1 pounds

Available in 21- and 28-inch spinner body sizes, this fabulous collaboration between popular luggage brand American Tourister and iconic Disney characters, including Mickey, Minnie, and Cinderella, is a fantastic addition for kids of all ages.

Made from lightweight and durable ABS material, this sleek and sturdy suitcase will certainly last the distance . On the inside, the case features a spacious area for packing clothes, toys, and anything else your youngster will need.

Using the zip-around divider, you can separate the case into 2 separate compartments, making it easy to keep dirty and clean items apart on the way home or simply to help with organizing your packing better before you go away. There are also crisscross tie-down straps that will keep everything in place on the move.

For ease of use when traveling, this case features 4 multi-directional spinner wheels that allow it to roll upright on most surfaces. There is also a beveled push-button-locking retractable handle that can be adjusted to a height to suit you or your child, and the attractive designs are suitable for both boys and girls.

The telescopic handle has different heights to suit your child

Handles can be a little fragile

3. Fun Animal Characters With Lots of Matching Accessories

Stephen joseph classic rolling luggage.

Dimensions: 12.5 x 18 x 6.5 inches

Weight: 2.05 pounds

These fun and colorful character cases are an exciting way to offer your little one some independence while on vacation, on a camping trip, or even just on sleepovers. With a choice of Charcoal Flower, Space, Leopard, and many more to choose from, you can even mix and match with other coordinating products from the Stephen Joseph kids’ luggage range.

Made from strong and sturdy polyester, this case will last for many adventures, and it is easy to wipe down and keep clean between uses . Just the right size for kids, the pull handle is the perfect height for little travelers and it has a big main compartment and plenty of pockets to pack all their clothes and necessities in.

On the inside, there is plenty of space to fit all of their most treasured belongings and enough clothes for a few nights away, while the large front pocket is great for keeping snacks, toys, and electronics close at hand.

With lots of awesome features that young kids will love, this is a great case for your little adventurers.

  • Lots of small pockets for snacks and toys
  • The material could be more durable

4. An American Tourister for Your Youngest Adventurers

American tourister kids’ disney softside upright luggage.

Dimensions: 7 x 12 x 18 inches

Weight: 3.86 pounds

American Tourister makes cases for kids of all ages, and this cute little roller is perfect for the little princess in your life. Made from durable ABS material with a sleek hardside design, you can choose from a host of characters, including The Child, Mickey Mouse, Nemo, Frozen, and Paw Patrol, among others.

Perfectly sized for smaller travelers, the internal space has enough to keep them well-stocked on vacation or sleepovers and is fully lined and detailed with crisscrossed tie-down straps to keep their gear safe on the move .

The monotube pull handle is light enough to be operated by little hands, and the top grab handle is great for parents when loading the car. The single spinner wheels allow the case to roll effortlessly across the floor, while the compact dimensions make it just right for young travelers to pull and push across the concourse.

This case also comes with the signature American Tourister 10-Year Limited Warranty against defects in materials and workmanship, so this model should last your little one for many adventures to come.

  • Variety of cute Disney character designs
  • Zippers can break easily

5. Bright, Fun Backpack for Days Out and Much More

Stephen joseph kids’ quilted backpack.

Dimensions: 13.5 x 12 x 4 inches

Weight: 6.7 ounces

This insanely cute backpack is perfect for days out, trips to school, and even sleepovers, and can also be used as hand luggage for your little one on vacation. Let them keep their toys, electronics, snacks, and drinks close by, wherever you are headed.

Made from 100% cotton, this bright little backpack features colorful characters, and the dimensions are just the right size for your little ones to carry on their backs. You can even mix and match and coordinate with other Stephen Joseph kids’ products, including suitcases, straw bottles, snack pots, and harnesses.

The adjustable button straps help you to ensure that the bags stay snugly on your child’s shoulders and can grow with them as they get bigger. On the inside, there is plenty of space for everything your little one needs, either at nursery, daycare, school, or on the move. There is also a side pocket for easy access to drink cups or special toys, and the backpack can be machine washed when necessary.

Available in a selection of 5 designs, including Unicorn, Bunny, Rocket, and many more, this little backpack is bound to be a firm favorite with both you and your child.

  • Spacious backpack with comfortable straps
  • Could do with more internal pockets

6. A Suitcase and Backpack Combo for Cute Kids Everywhere

Goplus 2pc kid luggage, 12 inch and 16 inch kids carry on luggage set.

Dimensions: 18.8 x 12.5 x 9.2 inches

Weight: 6.13 pounds

Offering lots of luggage space across this suitcase and backpack combo, these are a gorgeous addition for any little one who likes to travel. Lightweight and perfect size for smaller hands to handle, this flexible combination can be used for vacations, sleepovers, and even just on playdates.

Made from durable polycarbonate, ABS, and nylon , these pieces can easily withstand the knocks and bumps of travel and daily usage. Easy for your child to open and carry or pull along behind them, both the suitcase and the backpack will help your child to enjoy a sense of independence as they get to pack their own belongings in their very own luggage.

Available in Lion, Owl, or Dinosaur designs, the coordinated sets will be the envy of all the other kids. While the suitcase can comfortably carry enough clothes and essentials for a few nights away, the backpack is perfect for packing toys, electronics, and other fun things that no little one would want to be without.

The multi-direction wheels on the suitcase support 360-degree rolling for super-easy movement, and the dual-tube adjustable pull handle will help your little helper to find the perfect height for them.

  • The backpack can be worn or stacked on wheelie cases
  • The exterior can scratch easily

7. The Perfect Bag for Baby Ballerinas

Girls tutu ballerina pink duffle bag.

Dimensions: 12.8 x 7.1 x 7.1 inches

Weight: 9.1 ounces

The gorgeous little ballet bag is perfect for your little prima ballerina, princess, or other tiny divas. The pretty pink material and a supercute ballet dance design make this an excellent choice for little ones who want to feel like a princess when they travel.

Short handles make this easy to carry, even for little fingers, and the adjustable shoulder strap can be used by parents and is designed to prevent your back and spine from pressure, even when the back is full.

Made from breathable, waterproof material that is lightweight and easy to clean, parents will love the practicality of this little bag as much as kids love the look of it. With a spacious main compartment and a double metal zipper, this is a safe and practical way to carry your little girl’s belongings with you.

But wait — that’s not all! This cute little bag with the ballet dance embroidery design also holds a little secret. Each bag comes with a necklace as a gift, which your little one will really love.

  • Waterproof, lightweight, and easy to clean
  • Smells a bit of plastic

8. A Luggage Set for Little People

Unicorn kids carry-on luggage set with spinner wheels.


  • Suitcase: 11.5 x 8 x 18 inches
  • Backpack: 13 x 10 x 4.5 inches

Weight: 6.95 pounds

This awesome unicorn luggage set comes complete with a kids’ hardshell suitcase and a bonus backpack, perfect for taking on vacations, camping trips, and sleepovers, too. With playful designs and sized to suit younger children, this is a great little luggage combo for the little people in your life.

The suitcase is made from ABS plastic and designed to be lightweight yet still durable. On the inside, there is plenty of space for all your children’s favorite things , and the zippered divider will help to create 2 different spaces to keep items well-organized.

There is a useful storage pocket to keep smaller items safe and compression straps to prevent contents from moving around in transit. 360-degree spinner wheels make it super easy to roll along beside your baby, and the telescopic handle makes finding the right height setting easy.

The bonus backpack is perfect for school or nursery, or even as a diaper bag for younger children. It has a good-size main compartment and a practical layout, making it perfect for keeping your kid’s most treasured items close at hand.

Available in a pretty pink unicorn design, this is a great choice for little princesses everywhere.

  • 360-degree spinner wheels for easy rolling
  • Too small for more than a short trip or overnight stay

9. A 3-Dimensional Animal Case for Kids

Rockland jr. kids’ my first hardside spinner luggage.

Dimensions: 11 x 13 x 17 inches

Weight: 5.24 pounds

This super-fun suitcase with 3-dimensional animal characters is made from a hard-sided, incredibly durable, polycarbonate shell , and is available in a range of animal themes. Your child can choose from Frog, Dinosaur, Ladybug, Monkey, Puppy, Shark, Turtle, and Owl designs to match their favorite creatures.

The perfect size to be handled by your little one, this case features 360-degree spinning wheels to make it easy for them to pull along behind them while in transit. It also has a telescopic handle that is designed to be just the right height for children.

On the inside, the case offers plenty of space to carry everything they need for shorts stays away. With a zippered divider to separate the space, and 2 compression straps to help keep clothes and belongings to stay in place on the go, this is a great case for the littlest adventurer in your life.

  • Adjustable handle for kids and parents
  • Handle can sometimes come loose

10. A Hardshell Suitcase for Kids, Complete With a Matching Backpack

Heys kids’ travel tots suitcase.

Dimensions: 18 x 13.5 x 9 inches

Weight: 2.5 pounds

This 2-piece travel combo is perfect for little ones and features a hardshell suitcase and a bonus backpack. Available in several different designs including Unicorn and Bumble Bee, your little one will love going away with this supercute luggage set designed just for them.

With a shiny hardshell case, this suitcase has plenty of room to keep all your kid’s favorite clothes, toys, and items close at hand. The zippered divider helps to separate items, while the compression straps help to keep items in place in transit.

Lightweight and easy to maneuver, children will love wheeling their case around behind them on the supersmooth in-line skate wheels. The extendable handle is also designed with kids in mind and has compact dimensions to meet the needs of little hands.

The bonus backpack can be used for travel or as a school bag, diaper bag , or even used for toy storage. With a beautifully lined interior, and enough space to carry books, toys, and electronics, this is a great addition that makes a fun and funky travel set for little people.

  • In-line skate wheels for smooth rolling
  • The handle could be sturdier

11. A Case and Travel Bed All in 1

Jetkids by stokke kids suitcase and portable bed.

Dimensions: 18 x 14 x 8 inches

Weight: 7 pounds

This fantastic-looking state-of-the-art suitcase offers first-class luxury for your little ones. With just about enough space to hold your child’s most essential items, this ride-on suitcase is designed to be used as an in-flight bed or leg rest.

Striking Scandinavian looks will appeal to stylish parents, while the ride-on feature will keep your kids amused in the airport. The seat extender is designed to fit most standard economy aircraft seats  and will create a larger surface area for your child to rest in. The mattress and the soft side panels help to create a super comfy space for your young traveler, and you can still use your airplane seatbelt when sleeping.

Super easy to get around on, the shock-absorbing front swivel wheels allow for supersmooth travel across the concourse, while the adjustable strap makes it easy for your child to pull behind them. There is also a foot ledge for tired feet on long journeys.

Best suited to children between 2 and 7 years of age, this is an innovative and incredibly good case and travel bed that will keep your child comfy and well-rested on the move, with all of their favorite items close at hand.

  • Fun for kids at the airport pulling or riding on the case
  • Bed mattresses could be thicker

Hot Tip: Check out our full review of the JetKids by Stokke BedBox .

12. The Original Ride-on for Fun on the Go

Trunki original kids ride-on suitcase and carry-on luggage.

Dimensions: 17.4 x 8 x 11.2 inches

Weight: 3.53 pounds

Brightly colored and full of fun, these character cases are a firm favorite with kids all over the world. Perfect for vacation, sleepovers, and even for storage at home, this model offers plenty of room to keep your kids well-dressed and entertained. Whether they choose to pull it, ride on it, or carry it, these supercute cases are small enough to fit overhead lockers and light enough to be carried by your kids.

On the outside, the patented secure catch locks are easy enough for your toddler to open, while still being secure enough to keep their gear safe. When little legs grow tired, they can sit on the comfy saddle, and the horn grips can be used to steer the case through the airport.

When it comes to packing, the Trunki features an internal pocket for keeping the special treasure safe, as well as elastic straps for teddy bear seatbelts and a spacious 18-liter capacity to keep little items of clothing well-organized.

The ingenious Trunki strap doubles as a leash for kids to pull their own case along with them, and can also be used for parents to pull tired tots when it is time to ride. The strap can also be used as a shoulder strap by grown-ups looking to speed things up in transit.

  • Multi-functional strap for parents
  • Hinge clips can pop open easily

13. Roll, Carry, or Wear on Your Back — a 3-in-1 for Little Ones

Yodo zoo 3-way kids rolling luggage or toddler backpack with wheels.

Dimensions: 9.5 x 4.5 x 14.5 inches

Weight: 1.8 pounds

This cute little case can be wheeled as a roll-along, used as a carry bag, or worn as a rucksack. Perfect for you little adventurer, this colorful, character case has a 3-in-1 multi-functional design that can grow with your toddler. Perfect for use at school, nursery, or on playdates, this deceptively spacious bag can even be used for sleepovers.

Made from durable and easy-to-clean materials, this case features a large main compartment that allows for super quick access to your child’s clothes, toys, books, blankets, electronics, and other belongings.

The double zips are also easy for little hands to get to grips with. The padded front pouch is perfect for keeping special items close at hand, and the mesh pockets at the sides can be used for keeping drink cups, bottles, and snacks within easy reach.

Let your child choose how to carry their gear. The additional thick padded panel at the back will hide the shoulder straps when your little one wants to use it like a suitcase , and these can be easily released to be carried or used as a backpack.

The gorgeous designs come in a range of colors and animals, including owls, sharks, and many more, while all of the cases feature cute little accessories such as animal feet and ears.

  • Cute range of colors and animal designs
  • Quite a small bag for travel

14. A Grown-up Case Designed Especially for Children

Gurhodvo kids luggage .

Dimensions: 21.61 x 14.45 x 9.45 inches

Weight: 5.18 pounds

Let your little one travel like a grown-up with this lightweight but incredibly durable hardside suitcase. Perfect for trips away, summer vacations, and sleepovers, your child can carry their own belongings with them on the go. Made from high-quality ABS, this case is shock-resistant enough to withstand the knocks and bumps of air travel.

On the inside, the case has 2 separate and incredibly useful compartments, and there is a zippered mesh compartment that is useful for keeping hold of your child’s favorite toys, books, and electronics. There is also an elastic crossbelt that keeps your kid’s belongings in place in transit.

With child-friendly dimensions, this case can easily be wheeled alongside your little one, and the 4 wear-resistant wheels offer a smooth and quiet ride . The retractable telescopic handle with a push-button has 3 different height settings, and there is also a comfortable handle on the top for parents to use when lifting.

  • The suitcase rolls smoothly pushing or pulling
  • Might be a little heavy for young toddlers

Whether you choose a smaller version of a grown-up suitcase, a character case, or a bag that suits your child’s favorite hobbies, having their own luggage will help them to be more independent and feel involved in your travels. Whatever your little one loves, there will be a suitcase, travel bag, rucksack, or combo that they are going to love.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which brand is best for kids' luggage.

There are a few brands out there who make fun and versatile luggage for kids. Some of the best are:

  • American Tourister
  • Stephen Joseph

Is hardside or softside luggage better for kids?

Hardside luggage tends to be more hardwearing and durable when it comes to kids’ luggage but softside alternatives are usually lighter. Hardside cases are also easier to clean as you can wipe them down.

Can a child have a carry-on bag?

Airlines usually allow a child to bring their own carry-on provided they are a ticketed passenger with their own seat.

What is the best carry-on luggage for children?

Bright, colorful, and full of fun, Mickey Mouse, Cinderella, Paw Patrol, and many other branded cases are designed particularly to appeal to younger children. There are also plenty of animals, sport, or hobby-themed bags and cases that kids of all ages will love, too.

One of our favorites is the American Tourister Disney Hardside Luggage with Spinner Wheels.

Are there wheels on a child's carry-on?

Unlike adults who can carefully navigate the terrain around them, most kids are happy to drag and pull their cases over anything that gets in their way. With this in mind, most child-sized suitcases come complete with spinner or in-line skate-style wheels that are built to last.

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About Amar Hussain

Amar is an avid traveler and tester of products. He has spent the last 13 years traveling all 7 continents and has put the products to the test on each of them. He has contributed to publications including Forbes, the Huffington Post, and more.


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We like the Rockland Jr. My First Hardside Spinner for little kids and the State Bags Logan Suitcase for big kids.

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Family trips can be stressful, but they're also tons of fun, especially when your kids are excited about the adventure . One way to spark the interest of your travelers-in-training is to get them involved in the packing process — with their very own luggage.

Fit for burgeoning wanderlust, children's luggage is not only small but also lightweight and easy to pull, often with cute designs or bright colors. To help you find the perfect suitcase for your little ones, we tried 19 options over a months-long testing period, evaluating each for organizational features, maneuverability, durability, style, and value.

Beyond our own assessments, the cases were packed and pulled around by real kids with big opinions. These are the best luggage pieces for children, according to our tests.

Best Overall, Little Kids

Rockland jr. hardside spinner luggage, dinosaur, carry-on.

  • Organization 3.5 /5
  • Maneuverability 5 /5
  • Durability 5 /5
  • Style 4.9 /5

This petite suitcase is not only cute but also durable and easy to pull, with a handle that adjusts from kid to parent height.

It doesn't have any exterior pockets or smaller interior sections.

Our favorite option for younger children is the Rockland Jr. My First Hardside Spinner. This petite-yet-functional suitcase has two main compartments of equal size, including one with a zippered enclosure and one held down with straps.

This suitcase may not have any exterior pockets or smaller sections on the inside, but it's still easy to pack. (If your little traveler loves staying organized, consider getting them a few small packing cubes .) Though it's among the most compact options we tested, we were still able to fit eight outfits, one pair of shoes, one doll, and a stuffed animal.

With four wheels that rotate a full 360 degrees, this spinner suitcase is a breeze to maneuver on pretty much any surface, even for kids under 7. We also appreciate how the handle adjusts to make it easy for both children and parents to pull. Considering the durable construction, smooth-rolling design, and super-cute appearance, we'd definitely pay full price for this luggage.

The Details: 16 x 12 x 10 inches | 5.2 pounds | 1.8 liters | 4 spinner wheels

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Best Overall, Big Kids

State bags logan suitcase.

  • Organization 5 /5
  • Maneuverability 4.9 /5
  • Durability 4.9 /5
  • Style 4.8 /5

With multiple compartments and pockets, your child will use this versatile, smooth-rolling suitcase for years to come.

It's pricey compared to other kid-friendly suitcases, but it'll likely last into the teen years.

For older kids, we recommend this less-cutesy, slightly larger (but not too big) option. The Logan Suitcase has two sizable inner compartments, plus two interior mesh pockets and an exterior zippered pocket. There's also a side strap for easy access to a water bottle or stuffed animal.

This four-wheel spinner rolls smoothly on hard floors and carpets. It also has an adjustable telescoping handle and grab handles on the top and side, making it easy for parents to grab or lift in a pinch.

While the price is on the steeper side for a kid's suitcase, the durable design seems like it'll last a long time, and the relatively simple colorblock exterior could definitely grow with your child and be used into the teen years, too.

The Details: 18.7 x 13.4 x 9.5 inches | 6.5 pounds | 29 liters | 4 spinner wheels

Best Organization

Stephen joseph classic rolling luggage.

  • Maneuverability 4.5 /5
  • Durability 4.5 /5
  • Style 3.9 /5

This affordable, kid-friendly suitcase has a large main compartment, a zippered mesh section, and five exterior pockets.

It's not a spinner, plus the designs may only appeal to younger children.

If your tiny traveler likes to stay organized, go with the Stephen Joseph Classic Rolling Luggage. This suitcase has a large main compartment, a slightly smaller zippered mesh section under the lid, and five exterior pockets. We were able to fit nine outfits, one pair of shoes, a doll, a stuffed animal, a mini football, a tablet, a toy truck, a drawing board, markers, and even a few snacks.

Though it's not a spinner, it wheels around just fine and is easy for a child to pull. This suitcase comes in 19 kid-friendly designs, from monkeys to dinosaurs to unicorns. It may only appeal to younger children, but for such an affordable price, we think it's worth buying — even if you end up replacing it in a few years.

The Details: 18 x 14.5 x 6.5 inches | 2 wheels

Best Budget

Crckt softside carry on suitcase.

  • Durability 4.8 /5
  • Value 4.9 /5

This wallet-friendly suitcase has a spacious interior with various pockets, an adjustable handle, and an easy-to-pull design.

The zippers are sometimes finicky around the corners, and it may not be durable enough to hold up as a hand-me-down.

On a budget? Check out the Crckt Kids' Carry On. This softside suitcase has a main compartment big enough for several days' worth of clothes and a few toys, plus a zippered mesh section under the lid and five exterior pockets perfect for smaller toys, a tablet, and snacks.

We also appreciate the adjustable handle and like how easy it is to maneuver on various surfaces. This luggage seems generally well-made, but the zippers sometimes get stuck around the corners, and it may not hold up long enough to work as a hand-me-down. Still, it's perfect for a young child's first suitcase, and considering the wallet-friendly price, we think it's absolutely worth buying.

The Details: 19 x 11.5 x 7 inches | 4.9 pounds | 35 liters | 2 wheels

Best Ride-on

​​stokke jetkids bedbox.

The JetKids BedBox doubles as a suitcase and a place for your child to sit and be pulled when you don't have a stroller.

Items aren't easily accessible once it's full, so you'll want to unpack it at your destination.

The JetKids BedBox is more than just a suitcase. The ride-on design allows a child to sit on top and be pulled by their parents through a busy airport using the adjustable strap. We like how spacious the main compartment is but, since you have to pack it from the top, you can't access all your belongings without unpacking the entire thing.

This kids' luggage solution feels very sturdy, though it popped open when we dropped it from a ladder and hit it with a hammer. Thanks to the high-quality rotating wheels, it's easy to maneuver and rolls smoothly over hard floors and carpet. You can also reattach the strap and carry it like a shoulder bag, but this option will almost certainly be too heavy for kids.

The Details: 18 x 14 x 8 inches | 6.6 pounds | 20 Liters | 4 wheels

Most Sophisticated

Mark & graham front carry-on luggage.

Mark & Graham

  • Organization 4.8 /5
  • Maneuverability 4.8 /5
  • Style 4.5 /5

Just the thing for a maturing child, this preppy carry-on has a spacious interior and eight spinner wheels.

At nearly 9 pounds, it's on the heavier side for kids luggage.

If your child is too old for the more cutesy designs, they might like the Mark & Graham Terminal Carry-on. This high-quality suitcase has two sizable main compartments with zippered closure, an exterior pocket, and a TSA-approved lock. It's extremely durable, showing no signs of damage when we dropped it from a ladder and hit it with a bat.

This suitcase also maneuvers effortlessly, thanks to its eight spinner wheels, and the grab handle makes it easy to lift overhead. We think the sophisticated, preppy design would appeal to mature kids who are drawn to grown-up things — and although it's definitely an investment, you can expect it to hold up through the teen years.

The Details: 22 x 14 x 10 inches | 8.8 pounds | 4 double spinner wheels

Travelers Club Kids' 5 Piece Luggage Travel Set

  • Durability 4 /5
  • Style 4.2 /5

This reasonably priced five-piece set includes a matching suitcase, backpack, lunchbox, neck pillow, and luggage tag.

Older kids might quickly outgrow the cutesy patterns.

We also like this five-piece luggage set from Travelers Club. It comes with a small carry-on suitcase, a backpack, a lunchbox, a neck pillow, and a luggage tag, each featuring a matching kid-friendly print. The hardshell suitcase seems very durable, with high-quality zippers and spinner wheels that roll smoothly on various surfaces — even grass.

We like that a child could use all coordinating items on a single trip or select a piece based on their current needs. The only potential drawback is that the designs are aimed more at younger kiddos, so your child might outgrow the luggage in a few years.

The Details: 18 x 12 x 9 inches (suitcase), 15 x 10 x 5 inches (backpack) | 7.5 pounds (total) | 4 spinner wheels

Other Kids Luggage Pieces We Liked

Costway 2-piece Kids Luggage Set : This two-piece set includes a suitcase and a matching backpack. The backpack is great for organization but, while the spinner suitcase is super easy to pull, the wheels feel slightly cheap.

Mima Ovi Suitcase : This two-wheel suitcase is a cinch to pull and turns on a dime. While we like the modish, space-age design, we're not sure it would appeal to kids as much as adults.

Pottery Barn Kids Little Critter Butterfly Luggage : This butterfly suitcase is adorably dreamy. We love the lightweight, balanced, smooth-rolling design but worry the wings will quickly become dingy or get caught in something in transit.

Monos Carry-on Plus : This spacious carry-on is exceptionally easy to pull and turn on its spinner wheels. However, the price range is high for a suitcase for a small child and is likely a better option as a gift for a teen or college student.

We researched today's best kids luggage and chose 19 products to try firsthand. First, we inspected the suitcases' overall capacity, noting the number of pockets and other organizational features. Next, we packed them full of children's items, including outfits, shoes, toys, tablets, and snacks, and assessed how easily accessible everything was for small hands.

Then we tossed the suitcases off a ladder and hit them with a bat to see how well they stood up to damage. Each piece was also evaluated for how easy it is for both kids and adults to push, pull, turn, and lift overhead. The suitcases were scored for organization, durability, maneuverability, style, and value.

Tips for Buying Kids Luggage

Consider the best — and most manageable — size.

The best suitcases for kids to manage themselves are usually smaller than a standard carry-on size (​​22 x 14 x 9 inches). You’ll likely want to get something even more petite for younger children and edge closer to the max for older kids. For instance, a 16-inch-tall suitcase will be lighter in weight and easier to maneuver for a shorter child, whereas something closer to 19 inches might be a better option for a tween. Plus the smaller size is ideal to serve as underseat luggage .

Prioritize durability

Kids luggage is usually more affordable than adult luggage. While it may not last quite as long, you still want to choose something that'll hold up for multiple years — and even better if it can be handed down to a younger sibling when your older child outgrows it. With this in mind, look for a suitcase with a damage-resistant exterior, reliable zippers, a sturdy handle, and durable wheels.

Look for organizational features

You'll also want to keep an eye out for various organizational features, which will make it easier for your child to pack for trips and access their belongings. This may include separated main compartments, a zippered section for dirty clothes, and various interior and exterior pockets.

Yes! Most airlines allow each ticketed passenger to bring one carry-on suitcase and one personal item on flights as allowed by the fare class booked. The only exception is lap children (under 2 years of age), who most likely wouldn't have their own luggage anyway.

You can pack your child's clothes and shoes in their luggage, but some parents choose to combine these items into their own suitcase. If this is your child's first experience using their own luggage, consider having them pack things they want to have on the trip to encourage a sense of ownership and responsibility. This could be a tablet, headphones, small toys, books, a stuffed animal, a special blanket, or snacks.

Your child's name is fine to include, but the parent/guardian should be their own phone number and email address in case the luggage gets lost or misplaced.

Doona Car Seat and Stroller : An all-time parent favorite , this convertible car seat also doubles as a stroller. This is the ultimate travel-friendly stroller/car seat combo for infants and toddlers up to 35 pounds.

Wildkin Jurassic Dinosaurs Backpack : After putting this light kid's backpack to the test , we loved that the capacity is big enough to fit a laptop, folders, a lunchbox, and a water bottle without feeling bulky or cumbersome to carry.

JBL JR300BT Kids Headphones : Keeping kids entertained during long hours of travel is made easier with a reliable pair of kid-friendly headphones . JBL makes our favorite. This pair is conveniently foldable with a soft headband and plush ear cushions.

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The Best Kids Suitcase 2024

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Having the best kids suitcase can make life so much easier getting through busy airports.  Whether you’ve got your hands full with a baby, or you just want your child to start being responsible for their own luggage. 

But what makes the best kids luggage?  There are a lot of different options out there, so how do you decide? 

If you want to buy the best children’s luggage, then you’ll find this article super helpful. 

In this guide, I’ll take you through everything you need to consider step by step to ensure you purchase the best children’s suitcase.  I will help you understand the importance of size and weight and a range of other factors such as wheels and handles.  Lastly, I’ll take you through some of the top-rated kid’s travel bags from some of the best brands, so you can purchase luggage that is perfect for your child.

Whether you are looking for a kid’s hard suitcase or soft, a kid’s large suitcase or kids carry on luggage, top of the line kids rolling suitcase or just cheap kids luggage, no doubt after reading this guide, you will be well on your way to finding the perfect kids luggage bag.

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Page Contents

  • 1 Why purchase a kids rolling suitcase?
  • 2 Best kids suitcase 2024: Rockland carry on luggage set
  • 3 Comparison chart for best children’s suitcases 2024
  • 4.4 Compartments
  • 4.5 Hard or Soft
  • 4.6 Handles
  • 5.1 Trunki Kids Ride on Suitcase
  • 5.2 ZincFlyte Kids Scooter Suitcase
  • 5.3 Rocklands Jr Kids Travel Luggage
  • 5.4 American Tourister Disney Luggage for Kids
  • 5.5 Rockland Carry on Luggage Set
  • 5.6 Baby Joy Kids Luggage Set
  • 5.7 Stephen Joseph Luggage
  • 5.8 Frozen Carry On Rolling Luggage
  • 5.9 Wish Wheeled Kids Carry On Luggage
  • 5.10 Vaschy Toddler Backpack with Wheels

>> Looking for something else?  We have guides on a range of luggage, including: 1. Kid’s Ride On Luggage 2. Carry On Backpack 3. Wheeled Backpack 4. Kids Backpacks 5. Cross Body Bags

Why purchase a kids rolling suitcase?

You probably know that we prefer to travel with backpacks, however from time to time we do still use a suitcase.  In fact, we have the Samsonite Oc2lite which I just love!  There is undoubtedly a time and place for a good quality suitcase. 

So why might you want to purchase a kids rolling suitcase?  Let’s take a look:

  • If you have multiple children, it’s not possible to carry everyone’s luggage, and so at least some of the children are going to have to be responsible for their own luggage;
  • Backpacks can be heavy for little one’s bodies and so are not always practical;
  • Good quality kids travel luggage is easy for a child to manage and move around an airport; and
  • Have you seen how cute some of these children’s suitcases are? Your kids will love being responsible for them.

Best kids suitcase 2024: Rockland carry on luggage set

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Don’t have time to read the complete guide on the best travel bags for kids? If you want my recommendation for kids rolling luggage, then I recommend the Rockland carry on luggage set . 

I just love this luggage for kids because as well as having a range of super cute designs, it’s something that your child won’t grow out of too quickly.   Plus the set is not overly expensive, the bags are both lightweight and are a perfect size for carry on luggage.

Keep reading below to find out more about the Rockland set or click here to check prices now!

Comparison chart for best children’s suitcases 2024

  Check below for a quick overview of the various kids travel suitcase options reviewed in this guide.

Things to consider when purchasing the best kids luggage

What makes the best children’s travel bags depends on a few things.  Let’s look a bit closer at a few of the things you should keep in mind when purchasing a kids travel case.

When it comes to the size of the child luggage you purchase, you will want to consider what your little one can manage.  If your child is only a few years old, then a small toddler suitcase will be your best bet, whereas a child around the age of 10 or so could pretty much manage a regular adult size case.

However, you really should buy a case only as big as you need.  Buying a suitcase too big just adds unnecessary weight that you must carry around as you travel, as well as tempting you to fill it and take too much stuff with you.  Plus if it gets too heavy, your little one will just complain, and you will end up having to manage it as well as your stuff.

You will also need to consider whether you want kids hand luggage or are you looking for children’s luggage bags to check?  If you’re after kids cabin luggage, be sure to check with the airline you mostly fly with to ensure the bag you purchase meets their requirements.

In the table above, I have included the sizes of all the children’s travel luggage reviewed in this guide for your convenience. 

With airlines being strict on the weight of both your hand and checked luggage; it is super important to choose the lightest suitcase, which still meets your requirements.  Some suitcases can be unnecessarily heavy, eating into your precious baggage allowance. At the same time, other suitcases are so light that they don’t offer any protection for your belongings inside.

When considering the weight of your suitcase, you will need to think about a few things.  If you prefer a kid’s hard shell suitcase, you’re going to have to accept that your suitcase will be a little heavier than it would be if it were a soft-side case. 

Quality also comes into play when considering the weight of your suitcase.  If a suitcase is large and cheap, it’s likely not offering your personal belongings much protection.  Whereas a good quality large light suitcase is generally going to be a bit pricey.

As you can see, it’s a bit of a balancing game and will really depend upon what is a priority to you.

In the table above, I have included the weights of all the children’s rolling luggage options for your convenience. 

When it comes to kids luggage on wheels, the number of wheels varies with the most common being two or four. 

For young children (in fact for anyone) the easiest number of wheels to manage are those cases with four wheels.  A kids 4 wheel suitcase is easily moved in any direction, including going around corners with ease.  A light push on the handle is all that is usually required to move the suitcase around the airport and doesn’t require you to hold any of the weight.   Kids 4 wheel luggage does tend to be more expensive though than a two-wheel case.

A two-wheel suitcase requires your child to tilt it to wheel it, and it doesn’t easily go around corners or through narrow spaces.  This, of course, is much harder for a child to manage, particularly a young child.  Two-wheel cases are also rather frustrating as they tend to fall over when left unaided.


Some children’s luggage bags come with various compartments and pockets, both inside and outside for you to organise their belongings.  I don’t think too many compartments are necessary – we prefer to use packing cubes to organise our stuff.  However, a few compartments are worthwhile.

Children’s travel luggage with expandable compartments is great as they provide a place to store any souvenirs your child may have received during their travels. 

Hard or Soft

There are advantages and disadvantages of both a kid’s hard suitcase or a soft suitcase.

Soft shell suitcases of course generally weigh less but aren’t always the best for keeping your belongings well protected – notably cheaper suitcases.  And with kids, of course, they do tend to be a bit rougher with their cases.  The benefit of soft cases is of course, being lightweight they can be easier for your child to move around, and they tend to be much cheaper than kids hard luggage.

While kids hard shell luggage does a better job of protecting their belongings, they do weigh a fair bit more than their soft case counterparts, and they are more expensive too. However, another benefit of hard shell children’s suitcases is it provides somewhere for your child to sit if there are no available seats, which is perfect when you’re waiting for public transport.

In this guide, I have included a range of both kids hard side luggage and soft luggage.

To make the suitcase easy for your child to manage, you want to ensure it has a handle that retracts quickly and easily, as handles that don’t can be a real pain when you are walking through a busy airport.  It’s also recommended that you look for handles that are tall or short enough to allow your child to pull their luggage at a comfortable arm’s length easily.

Also, look for kids spinner luggage that has both top and side handles to make it easier when loading in and out of transport and off the baggage claim carousel.

The Best Children’s Luggage Reviews 2024  

Trunki kids ride on suitcase.

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If you’re looking for toddler luggage, one of the most popular choices is the Trunki children’s ride-on suitcase .  The Trunki is a kid’s ride-on suitcase, so instead of pulling it along, they can ride it through the airport.

Lightweight at 1.7kg and with a capacity of 18 litres, this kids ride on luggage makes an excellent choice for a kids carry on suitcase, with plenty of space for all your child’s belongings.

The Trunki is recommended to be ridden by children from 3 years (although in Trunki reviews customers have reported their children were riding them from age 2) and over, up to a generous weight limit of 50 kilograms.  No doubt your child’s legs will become too long to ride this kids cabin bag well before they hit the 50 kg mark.

The Trunki is designed for the child to ride themselves by holding onto the horns at the front and pushing along with their feet.  Alternatively, children can use the strap to pull it along themselves.  The pull along strap also doubles as a shoulder strap, which is excellent when it comes time for Mum or Dad to carry it.  There is also a top carry handle.

This ride-on suitcase for toddlers comes in loads of different bright and colourful designs, so there’s bound to be the perfect Trunki for your little boy or girl. 

Click here to check the current price and to read more reviews.  

ZincFlyte Kids Scooter Suitcase

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Kids scooter suitcase bags are also becoming super popular, not only with kids for being a fun luggage option but also with parents as they don’t have to carry their kid’s bags around.

The ZincFlyte Kids Luggage bag is a super stylish and fun children’s scooter suitcase that can carry up to 25 litres of luggage and comes in 6 different designs so your child can pick the one that they like best. The bag itself weighs 3kgs so it isn’t too heavy to lift in or out of the car or if Mum or Dad do end up having to carry it for a while.

The build of this kids scooter luggage is sturdy, but the bag compartment is squishy and has a soft, bouncy surface to help resist impact. The scooter deck folds away and locks in place and then it is compact enough to be stored away in the overhead compartment.

Other great features of this scooter suitcase are the stable steering system so your child will be able to manoeuvre it easily and the inner pockets and straps to help keep all the luggage in place while it is being ridden.

So if you are looking for boys or girls luggage that they will love, then definitely check out this one.

Rocklands Jr Kids Travel Luggage

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How cute are Rockland Jr Kids animal suitcases!  Designed for little ones aged between 3-8, your child will definitely want to be responsible for their bags when they have this adorable small rolling suitcase.

These suitcases come in a choice of 8 different animal themed designs that little kids will love.  Inside the main compartment is a zippered pocket and compression straps ensuring there is more than enough room to pack everything your child needs for their trip as well as a few activities to keep them busy on the trip.

The case weighs 2.4kg and with its strong protective casing with a wipable surface, it’s easy to keep clean.  The suitcase also features an adjustable pull handle, roller wheels and a carry handle. 

So if you’re child is starting to show interest in being independent, or you have young children and need your child to be able to look after their own bag, this adorable little suitcase is a great place to start.

American Tourister Disney Luggage for Kids

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If your child is a huge Disney fan, then make sure you check out the American Tourister range of Disney luggage for kids suitcases.

Made from lightweight and durable ABD material, this suitcase has a sleek hardside design as well as two side-mounted wheels, this suitcase is easy to move around and will keep all the contents well protected.  This case weighs just under 2kgs and has dimensions of 8 x 13 x 18 inches providing plenty of room for all of your child’s belongings.  

Other great features of this child’s suitcase are the monotube pull handle as well as a top grab handle, crisscross tie-down straps throughout the interior to hold everything in place and a zip around divider to create two separate compartments.

So if you think a kids Disney suitcase will get your child excited about wheeling their own case, then check out the mickey mouse kids luggage design, Minnie mouse kids suitcase or the frozen kid’s suitcase.

Click here to check the current price and to read more reviews .

Rockland Carry on Luggage Set

The Rockland carry on luggage set is an excellent option for the tweens or slightly older children.  It comes in a stack of great colours and designs and is sure to be a hit with both boys and girls.

This children’s carry on luggage is such a good size with the suitcase having a capacity of 32.4 litres and dimensions of 19 x 7.5 x 13 inches. The main compartment has plenty of room for everything, including internal pockets and there are also additional back and front zippered pockets.  The case itself is made of durable 600D fabric and also features a retractable handle, an inline skate wheel system for easy manoeuvrability and soft top and side grip handles.

The tote back is a great personal item for all your child’s things they need while in flight.  The main compartment is spacious with a capacity of just under 14 litres. It comes with multiple storage pockets as well as a top grip handle and a detachable and adjustable shoulder strap.

So if you are looking for cute kids luggage for older children that can be responsible for their own bags and gear, definitely check out this luggage set.  

Baby Joy Kids Luggage Set

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If you’re just after decent cheap kids suitcases , the Baby Joy Kids Luggage Set is well worth considering.  This great kids suitcase comes with a matching backpack and the two pieces of luggage together make this fantastic value.

These sets come in a range of super cute designs, so you’re sure to find a design your child will just love, whether it’s dinosaurs, unicorns, cars or something else entirely.  Made from sturdy polycarbonate, weighing less than 2.5 kg and with 360 degree swivel wheels, even little kids will find this suitcase easy to pull or push along.

There is plenty of room to pack all your child’s necessities for travelling and the criss cross strap coupled with the zip compartment makes it super easy to keep everything organised.  The matching backpack that comes with this kids trolley bag has the same sturdy hard shell construction so it’s great for protecting kids’ gear from knocks and drops.

Coming in a design, your kids will love, this set is a great choice for those parents after the best toddler luggage for a low price without having to compromise on durability.

Click here to check the current price and to read more reviews.

Stephen Joseph Luggage

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If you are looking for a children’s bag with wheels that is super cute and has excellent storage compartments, then make sure you check out the gorgeous range of Stephen Joseph Luggage .

Made from polyester with multiple pockets to separate all your child’s belongings, this kids wheelie bag would be great for a carry on bag for your child. All the pockets are zippered, so your child will be able to access everything on their own, and the extendable handle and two sturdy wheels mean they will be able to pull it along themselves.  This bag only weighs 1.25 kg, and the dimensions are 7.5 x 19.5 x 11.4 inches, so there is plenty of room to pack everything in without effecting the weight allowance too much.  

This range of children’s cabin suitcase options comes in some gorgeous designs like an adorable owl, airplane, flowers and many more. 

Frozen Carry On Rolling Luggage

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If you have a little one, who is obsessed with Frozen and needs a kid’s trolley case, they can pull along themselves, then make sure you check out this Frozen Carry On Suitcase.

This children’s trolley suitcase only measures 44 x 33 x 22 cm, so it’s easy for even young children to pull along behind them. This children’s luggage on wheels is a hard shell case so you know their valuables will be well protected.  

There is a spacious main compartment and plenty of smaller pockets on this children’s pull along suitcase that will help with packing and unpacking and also give you the ease of quickly pulling out a specific item in the middle of a flight.   There is a large internal compartment with crossover straps and a large zip compartment on the other side of the case.

This is a great lightweight kids travel bag on wheels that would be great for your next family holiday.

Wish Wheeled Kids Carry On Luggage

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The Wish Wheeled Bag is well worth considering for anyone looking for the best carry on luggage for kids, particularly those obsessed with all things pink, rainbows or butterflies.

This children’s cabin case comes in two beautiful designs (rainbows or butterflies). Both are fairly lightweight at just 1.9kg and so easy to manage by little children but still give over 33 litres of space. 

There is a handle to pull along the suitcase and a grab handle on top. The rainbow design case has multidirectional wheels so it can be pushed upright but those who opt for the butterfly design will have to pull the case behind them.

Inside both the suitcases are crisscross straps to keep everything in place and several zipper pockets to separate and organise everything easily.

So if you are looking at children’s carry on suitcases that will stand out from the crowd, then this is an excellent option for you.

Click here to check prices and to read more reviews .

Vaschy Toddler Backpack with Wheels

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If you’re after something super cute for your little toddler, this Vaschy toddler backpack with wheels i s well worth checking out.  It comes in a range of adorable colours and designs and can be used two different ways, so you’ll get plenty of use out of it, not just on holidays.

Not only can this children’s wheeled bag be pulled along behind them, but they can also wear them as a backpack. The five cute and playful designs of these bags make them so appealing to kids; they will never complain about having to carry their bags again!  Being 16.5 inches and weighing only 1.4 kg, it isn’t too heavy so it is entirely manageable for your child, especially with the wheels!

The back of the bag has a thick padded panel to ensure it’s comfortable when worn as a backpack.  There is also a hideaway wheel cover when being used as a backpack and the strap can be stowed away when being used as a rolling suitcase.

Other great features of this kids rolling backpack are the internal mesh zip pocket, an internal divider for books or ipads, padded front pocket and comfortable padded shoulder straps.

So if you are looking for the best rolling backpack for kids that can also be worn as a bag, the Vaschy is well worth considering.

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Whether it’s helping your kids to cross huge airport terminals and train stations once you’re past the stroller stage or exploring city streets with a few of their essential supplies packed for the day, scooter suitcases can make an exciting vacation addition for your little globetrotters.

Essentially a hybrid between a suitcase and a scooter, let’s take a deep dive here into what to look for if you are considering purchasing a scooter suitcase for your next family vacation.

This post is part of our best family travel products series

Before we dive in, you may also want to check out:

  • The best kids travel backpacks
  • Harness backpacks for toddlers
  • The best ride on luggage for little kids
  • Best stroller alternatives for growing kids

How do Kids’ Suitcase Scooters Work?

Essentially, it’s a simple kids’ suitcase on wheels. Still, with the added bonus, the suitcases can be ridden just like your kid’s favourite scooter at home. It’s a fun novelty way for your kids to get around on vacation, but it may not suit every travel situation – so read on to see if it might be the best solution for your kids!

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3 Best Scooter Suitcases for Kids

Pricing guide: $ – under $70USD; $$ – $70 to $150USD; $$$ – over $150USD

Read on below where we give a few more options for different age groups, but these are the top 3 that will suit the needs of toddlers through teens.

Important Features of Kids’ Scooter Suitcases

I bet as a parent, one of the first things you are wondering is, is it actually allowed and safe to use scooter luggage? And is it actually practical or just a cute novelty?

Here’s what we recommend parents look for when considering whether scooter luggage is the right thing for their child:

Scooter size & weight – An extremely important consideration if this is intended as a child’s product. Combining both a sturdy metal scooter with a suitcase is not the lightest of children’s products.

Do factor in the overall weight of the product – plus how much it will weigh once it’s packed with your child’s favourite goodies – will they be able to carry it when it needs lifting (think stairs, lifting onto a security belt at the airport)?

Handlebar height – also consider the handle height of the scooter suitcase. Does it come with an adjustable handlebar that will grow with your child? And can the handlebar retract to make the suitcase compact for stowing?

Maneuverability – hand in hand with the size and weight comes the ride quality and maneuverability. As you are carrying extra weight, it’s important to note that it will not be the same ride quality as their normal small, lightweight scooters.

It’s a little more difficult for kids to zip about and make tight bends when carrying extra weight in front. Make sure they get some practice at home (with weight in the case) before taking on vacation.

Durable material – Choose a kid’s scooter suitcase with a hard outer shell, or durable, stain-resistant material is essential. No matter how durable the plastic, if treated roughly, the case can be susceptible to breakages. Careful treatment of the suitcase zippers is also essential, don’t let kids over-jam the case or tug too hard on the zippers.

Detachable bag/suitcase – some products allow you to remove the suitcase/bag and carry it separately without the scooter. This can be a good option on a longer trip where it may not be appropriate to take the scooter component everywhere.

Using scooter luggage in airports and on planes

You may question whether airlines will allow these to be used. In our experience, we have not heard of anyone having any issues bringing scooter luggage through an airport and onto the plane, as long as the scooter component is folded and ready to be stowed in the overhead compartment.

Don’t let kids ride them onto the aircraft, and do keep a close eye on their riding skills and speed through crowded places like airports and – set the ground rules!

DO CHECK with individual airlines before you fly whether the item is overhead locker complaint size, as it will vary! Most brands say that they are a standard size for cabin baggage.

Generally speaking, the width and depth of all the products we reviewed looked fine, but check the overall height when the handlebar is contracted (indeed, that the handlebar can contract). If it’s too long, you’ll have to stow it underneath, which could potentially damage the case and incur extra charges.

You’ll also need to think about what happens when the item is stowed in the overhead locker. There is a disadvantage to bulkier kids’ luggage that, unlike a small child’s backpack, they cannot simply keep it at their feet throughout a flight.

This doesn’t mean they won’t work for air travel; just be mindful of the limitations of storage, plan ahead and get items your child will need out during the flight before packing them in an overhead bin.

Want to know what to pack in your scooter suitcase? Find our complete guide to the best travel toys for every age group here!

Best Kids Scooter Suitcases – The Details

Best overall scooter suitcase: kiddietotes hardshell carry-on scooter suitcase.

KIDDIETOTES 3-D Hardshell Ride On Suitcase Scooter for Kids - Cute Lightweight Kids Luggage with Wheels - Fun LED Lights

This 2-in-1 scooter and suitcase is cabin-sized, perfect for storing in overhead airplane luggage compartments. With a 25-litre capacity, this case has plenty of room to store all your travel essentials. The soft, bouncy surface is sturdy but squishy to resist impact, and the wheels even light up!

The scooter easily folds away when not in use and includes a sturdy telescopic handle that extended to 30.5″. Suitable for ages 4 years and up to 110 lbs, it comes in several cute designs both boys and girls will love.

Specifications for the Kiddietotes Scooter: 

  • Age Range: 4 to 8 years
  • Dimensions: 34cm x 20.3 x 49.5 cm / 13.5 x 8 x 19.5 inches
  • Handlebar Height: 77cm / 30.5 inches
  • Capacity: 50kg / 100 lbs
  • Weight: 3.5kg / 7.7 lbs

Best Scooter Suitcase for Pre-schoolers: Lascoota Scooter Suitcase

Lascoota Scooter Suitcase, Foldable Scooter Luggage For Kids - Lightweight Kids Ride on Luggage Scooter with Wheels, LED Lights - Astronaut Graphic Suitcase Scooter, Ride On Suitcase for Kids Ages 2-5

With a slightly lighter design but broad deck, we’d recommend Lascoota for your pre-school-aged children through to school age. There are several fun and playful designs to choose from, and the wheels even light up for an extra novelty factor.

With a retractable handlebar and 270-degree steering, it’s great at manoeuvring through busy places and has a decent amount of storage for short trips.

Specifications for the Lascoota Scooter Suitcase: 

  • Age Range: 5 years +
  • Dimensions: 61cm x 38.1 x 48.2 cm / 24″ x 15″ x 19″
  • Weight 6.78 lbs (3.1k)
  • Storage: 0.3 cubic metres

Best Scooter Suitcase For Toddlers: ZincFlyte 18″ Kids Luggage Scooter

(As at our last check in early 2023, the product is only available on Amazon UK, and most design designs have been showing as out of stock for several months; we believe this one has sadly now been discontinued) Try FiFi Flamingo design.

Flyte Scooter Suitcase Folding Kids Luggage - Hardshell, Ride On with Wheels, 2-in-1, 18 Inch, 25 Litre Capacity

The ZincFlyte Kids Luggage Scooter is cabin luggage approved and perfect for your 4 to 8-year-olds (Midi size, they also have a smaller Mini appropriate for 2 to 4-year-olds). With a generous 25L storage compartment, the luggage case itself is durable and impact-resistant. It comes in several different designs and colours to suit your child’s taste.  

In terms of safety features, this kid’s scooter luggage has a secondary lock system for the handlebar, a stable steering system, and both luggage case and deck are securely integrated. 

Specifications for the ZincFlyte Kids Luggage Scooter: 

  • Age Range: 4-8 years old
  • Dimensions (Midi): 26 x 33 x 48 cm / 21.25 x 11.02 x 20 inches
  • Handlebar Height: 75cm / 29.5 inches
  • Product Weight: 3.44kg / 7.58 lbs
  • Capacity: Recommended up to 50kg / 110 lbs
  • Max luggage: Recommended 5kg / ll lbs

Also consider: Flyte Scooter Suitcase Folding Luggage

The super-cute Fiti the Flamingo Case will keep your little ones entertained on the move. With a hard plastic suitcase offering two compartments, the adjustable push-button handle offers two height settings so it can grow with your child, suitable for around 8 years of age.

Specifications for the Flyte Scooter Suitcase Folding Luggage: 

  • Dimensions: 26 x 33 x 48 cm / 10.2 x 12.9 x 18.8 inches
  • Handlebar height: Extends to 75cm / 29.5 inches
  • Weight: 3.4kg / 7.5 lbs
  • Capacity: 25kg / 50 lbs

This product looks to have been removed from Amazon US at the point of our 2023 review check-up – do see, though if it can still be found on Amazon UK

Worth another look: Spider-Man Scootin Suitcase

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Spider-Man fan in the house? This might just fit the bill for a fun novelty case that works as a durable hard-rolling suitcase as well as a scooter. Also available in Batman .

Specifications for the Spider-Man Scootin Suitcase 

  • Age range: 3 to 6 years
  • Dimensions: 55 x 35 x 30 cm / 21.6 x 23.8 x 11 inches
  • Handlebar height: 73 to 82cm / 28.7 to 32.3 inches
  • Weight: 3.76kg / 8.3 lbs

Best scooter suitcase for teens: iubest Scooter Luggage

This is a big step up (in size & price!) from the smaller kids scooter suitcases to some serious travel gadgetry! Yes, even adults have joined the craze of getting around airports and transit stops a little quicker.

iubest Scooter Luggage for Kids/Adult, 50L Ride On Scooter Suitcase Foldable Aluminum Trolley Case Travel Luggage for Business and School Boys and Girls-Black

This scooter is exceptionally strong and stable in a sleek design of stylish black aluminum-magnesium alloy. It offers 5 separate compartments and a total of 50L capacity, so it is super-practical and fun. Choose from 4 levels from 31.5″ to 41″ to meet your height requirement and to ensure your posture is as comfortable as possible.

Although it looks quite large, even smaller children can manage this case with the handlebar at its lowest setting (we would recommend at full suitcase capacity though it would be too heavy for a small child to steer). Easily switch to a grown-up riding with a quick push-button handle.

Specifications for the iubest Scooter Luggage: 

  • Dimensions: 68.6 x 40.6 x 33 cm / 27 x 16 x 13 inches
  • Handlebar height: 4 settings from 80 to 104 cm / 31.5 to 41 inches
  • Weight: 7.7kg / 17 lbs
  • Capacity: 150kg / 330 lbs

Also consider: MRPLUM Scooter Luggage With Suitcase

MRPLUM Scooter Luggage Detachable Ride On Suitcase Scooter for Kids Age 4-15,Carry-On Luggage Airline Approved,Multifunctional Travel Trolley Kids Scooter Suitcase Blue

Delivering a 22L capacity suitcase, it can be used just as pull-along luggage, backpack, or as a scooter/suitcase combo, suitable for a passenger up to 150kg.

Although marketed to adults, the retractable handlebar height of puts it within reach of those who are a little shorter, though the price tag may be a little off-putting vs simply investing in a hard-sided teen luggage set .

Specifications for the MRPLUM Adult Luggage Scooter:

  • Dimensions: 50.8 x 35.8 x 21 cm / 20 x 14.1 x 8.3 inches
  • Weight: 5.8 kg / 12.9 lbs
  • Capacity: 65kg / 145 lbs

So are scooter suitcases going to be worth the investment?

A fun and novel approach to conventional wheeled luggage that will appeal to many families where long transits are involved in their travels. Several attractive and practical options are targeted at younger kids and teens/adults. Still, they are missing a key market for the tween audience who could benefit from a product like this.

Alternatives to Scooter Suitcases

If this sort of luggage appeals but you’re not quite convinced (there’s no way I trust my youngest with a product like this!), we’d also consider ride-on luggage for kids.

Here are some examples, but we recommend you pop over next to our complete guide to kids’ ride-on suitcases to make a proper comparison:

AO WEI LA OW Duffel Bag for Kids Ride-On Suitcase Carry-On Luggage with Wheels suitcase fits to kids aged 1-6 years old (Blue, 20 Inch)

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The Best Luggage Brands to Buy in 2024

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American Tourister

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Each piece of luggage is evaluated by experts in the Lab as well as consumer testers on the go. In the Lab, we look at factors like durability, ease of use and more. We also pack each suitcase with a standard load to see how much it can hold and how easy the compartments are to access. Consumer testers come into the Lab to use the luggage in an obstacle course, where they weigh in on handle comfort, wheel performance, maneuverability and more. Finally, we send luggage out with travelers into the real world for firsthand feedback.

You can learn more about how we test luggage and what to consider as you shop — including how to decide between hardside and softside luggage — but first, here's everything you need to know about our top-tested luggage brands.

Samsonite earns our top spot for the best luggage brand because it has a wide assortment for every preference — from business travelers to vacationers — and has continuously proven to be high quality as we've tested it over the years.

In particular, it stands out for its durability and ease-of-use features: There's been no struggling to open and close the cases, and packing them has been a breeze , thanks to the functional compartments that maximize space. It's certainly not inexpensive, but as direct-to-consumer luggage brand prices have skyrocketed, Samsonite's have remained fairly consistent.

Both hardside and softside styles from the brand have excelled in our tests. We've also been impressed by each of the sizes, including carry-ons, checked bags and underseat luggage. Some of our favorite models include the Freeform hardside (pictured here), the Solyte DLX softside and the Stryde Glyder , which is a checked case that's wide instead of tall so it's less likely to tip over.

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A consumer tester rolling the Samsonite Freeform carry-on through an obstacle course at the Good Housekeeping Institute.

If you're on a budget or you don’t use luggage regularly — i.e., it doesn’t need to be the most durable and you don’t need all the bells and whistles — American Tourister offers competitive pricing and an excellent variety to choose from . There are a lot of options if you prefer bright colors and fun prints, plus there are cases for the entire family, including a Disney collection . Between the designs and versatile offerings, the models are fun, functional and especially ideal for vacationers.

Just note that while luxury hardside cases are usually made of polycarbonate, American Tourister typically uses ABS plastic, which is more affordable but more prone to scratches. Still, it gets high ratings from online reviewers who note that the bags are surprisingly spacious. Another perk: The brand offers luggage sets for an even better value, especially if you need to purchase multiple pieces. Pictured here is the Pop Max Softside set , which at $150 for a set of three, is less than other single cases.

Away is one of the most popular luggage brands on the market, and our testing shows it actually lives up to its hype. Though the brand has a wide range of offerings, we especially love the hardside carry-on.

It's made of 100% polycarbonate that proved to be durable and lightweight in our evaluations — even lighter than some fabric bags we’ve tested. It was also surprisingly spacious and held a full packing load in our review. The company offers a 100-day return policy on unused items; it also offers a lifetime limited warranty on its suitcases that covers any "functional damage."

Besides the main Carry-On model , it comes in variations like a Bigger Carry-On (which the brand says can hold 20% more) and a Carry-On Flex (which has an expandable zipper). We also love the brand's Everywhere Bag , which is a stylish and surprisingly spacious weekender.

READ OUR FULL REVIEW: We Tested Away's Trendy Carry-On to See If It's Worth The Price

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An inside view of Away's The Carry On.

Briggs & Riley

Briggs & Riley bags are pricey — a carry-on can cost over $600 — but they come with a lifetime guarantee that will cover all repairs if the luggage ever gets broken or damaged. They also come with innovative features, such as the brand's signature compression packing system. Bags that have this feature expand to let you pack and then compress down after they're filled. In fact, one of our testers said she packed a week's worth of summer clothes for two people into a compact carry-on, and it easily fit into an airline's overhead bin.

The suitcases also use top-notch construction and timeless designs in a range of styles, including hardside, softside, carry-ons and checked bags. The Baseline Global Carry-On Spinner (pictured here in the 21-inch version) has been a selected as GH Family Travel Award winner for the past two years after travel testers gave it perfect scores across the board. Its nylon fabric also aced our Lab's abrasion tests.

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The interior compartment of Briggs & Riley's Baseline Carry-On, including its easy-to-use expansion button.

It’s hard to find good luggage for under $100, but Amazon’s luggage does not disappoint. There are softside and hardside styles to choose from, plus garment bags , duffels and more. Amazon also boasts extensive testing to make sure their products will hold up, and though the luggage might not the absolute best quality out there, the price can’t be beat.

We were impressed with its hardside 20-inch spinner carry-on (pictured here) when we tested it on our Lab. Our analysts found it to be exceptionally easy to pack, though the ABS material wasn't as scratch-resistant as other models in our tests. Still, consumer testers liked the maneuverability and wheel performance. This style also comes in two other sizes (24 and 28 inches) and can be purchased as a two- or three-piece set.

This luxury brand is on the pricey side but has timeless designs — from hardside to tweed fabric — that never go out of style. In fact, the brand’s marketing and aesthetics are focused heavily on its heritage. It has been a top performer in our tests, thanks to its spacious interior that's easy to pack and its wheels and handles that make it smooth and comfortable to maneuver.

The hardside cases have earned high scores in our tests — especially standing out for being scratch-resistant, lightweight and spacious — but we also love the softside Legend collection (pictured here), which is made of durable tweed fabric and leather trim.

This fashionable yet functional travel brand was founded by actress Shay Mitchell and incorporates smart features designed to make traveling easier. It also has a stunning aesthetic, including monochromatic color schemes in which the handles and hardware match the case.

Pictured here is the Carry-On Roller, its best-selling case that comes in a range of neutral and fun hues. It was spacious for packing and easy to maneuver in our tests, and though it did scuff during use, it resisted dents well during our Lab's drop tests. Another popular style is its Mini Weekender , which can be used as a personal item that fits underneath the airplane seat in front of you.

READ OUR FULL REVIEW: Experts Weigh In on Buzzy Travel Brand Béis

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The Béis carry-on and compact weekender bag being used as a travel set.

This company was founded by a pilot, and it makes luggage specifically for airline personnel who travel for a living. Still, it's just as functional for business and leisure travelers.

The brand primarily sells softside luggage, though it does have some hardside options available. There’s excellent attention to detail that makes frequent flying easier, like cushioning around the handles for comfort, self-aligning wheels that let you roll the luggage in any direction and abrasion-resistant nylon fabric.

The Platinum Elite softside luggage (pictured here) stood out in our Lab tests. Not only was it durable, but it was also spacious enough to hold our entire load with room to spare. The downside was that it was heavier than others, but it's a fair tradeoff for the top-of-the-line features.

This brand increases the fun factor and makes it easier to spot your luggage in a sea of solid colors. There are adorable animal sets for kids' luggage , animal prints for adults and more. There are also options for licensed teams and art (like Britto, shown here), making your suitcase a playful yet functional accessory.

When it comes to materials, most Heys suitcases are hardside and made of polycarbonate and ABS composite. This means it's mostly ABS plastic but has a polycarbonate coating on the outside for added protection. The brand wasn't the most durable in our tests, it but earned high ease-of-use scores.

Style is certainly important when it comes to luggage — it's an accessory, after all — but you don't want to sacrifice quality and functionality. Calpak's cases are both well-made and have unique designs. Though its assortment is tailored with fewer models than some of the big brands, Calpak still has a wide range of materials to choose from, including sleek hardside polycarbonate, printed ABS/polycarbonate blends and ripstop polyester.

Calpak's Ambeur carry-on (pictured here) was one of our testers' favorites; they especially loved the easy-to-use telescopic handle and metallic color. We also found it to be easy to pack and though it wasn't as scratch-resistant as some others we tested (which is expected for ABS composites), it still withstood dents and damage from our durability drop test.


Rolling TUMI luggage through the airport is like a status symbol; the brand is highly recognized for its upscale products for both business and leisure travelers.

In addition to its suitcases , it makes accessories like briefcases and backpacks and has components that make traveling easier, like an anti-slip strap on carrying bags and an extra hook on rolling bags so you can wheel multiple items at once. On top of that, the brand stands out for its unique service offerings, like repairs and luggage registration to help you find lost bags.

We especially love Tumi's Alpha collection (pictured here is the Alpha carry-on ) with its durable materials and removable garment sleeve. One GH analyst who has been using a backpack in this collection appreciates that it fits more than you'd expect and has a versatile design for travel, work and beyond.


If you’re going away for weeks or just have lots to pack, L.L.Bean’s duffels are roomy enough to stuff in everything you need. There are options with or without wheels and lots of sizes to choose from (the Adventure Rolling Duffel , shown here, is incredibly durable and one of our go-to picks for vacations with kids).

The flexible shape of the duffel also allows it to store easily under your bed, so it’s perfect for college students or anyone tight on storage space. It’s also made of sturdy, water-resistant nylon fabric that's made to last no matter where your travels take you — in fact, one of our experts says it's lasted for years without signs of wear. She does note that it's a little more cumbersome to pull than four-wheel spinner luggage and it's spaciousness makes it easy to go over the 50-pound weight limit for airlines, but says it's perfect for packing for two kids.


Monos says its design philosophy is "less is more," — meaning the bags are made to be simple and timeless to avoid passing trends and high quality so they can stand the test of time. Most of its hardside bags are entirely polycarbonate, though some combine polycarbonate and aluminum for increased durability. They also have useful packing features like wide compression straps to help you fit more in the case.

The Check-In Large was a winner of last year's GH Family Travel Awards because of its spacious interior and maneuverability. Testers said it was easy to roll and they loved the sleek appearance. It's also worth noting that the brand has a 100-day return period so you can get a refund if it's not a good fit.

READ OUR FULL REVIEW: Here's Why Travelers Love the Monos Luggage Collection

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Monos luggage shown in three sizes: Check-in Large, Check-in Medium and Carry-on

Eagle Creek

Eagle Creek

Whether you’re backpacking internationally or exploring a national park, Eagle Creek gives you both the convenience and durability you need in a bag. Some have various compartments so you can stay organized (or store shoes and dirty laundry separately), and some bags have backpack straps if you need to be hands-free.

We especially love the Cargo Hauler Duffel for shorter trips: It’s affordable, spacious, lightweight and folds up into a small pouch for easy storage. For longer getaways, the Migrate Wheeled Duffel (pictured here) is larger and has two wheels with a telescopic handle. It also opens wide so you can easily access the contents.

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Eagle Creek's Migrate Wheeled Duffel, left, being checked in at an airport terminal.

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Just because he’s become a dad doesn’t mean your favorite traveler has to also become a homebody. Sure, it can be tougher to get around with a little person pretty much attached to him but it can be done more enjoyably than he might think.

We’ve found a variety of gifts that make travel so much easier with babies and toddlers that he won’t want to go anywhere without them – both the gifts and the kids – ever again.

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He already loves and trusts Doona because of their must-have all-in-one car seat & stroller travel system so he will be thrilled to see that they’ve created the world’s most compact folding trike. Designed for children 10 months to 3 years old, it transforms into five different modes so parents can push little ones in it and leave older kids to ride on their own. So much more fun than a stroller, it will get him and his mini me through the airport without tears. It then folds up easily to toss in an overhead bin. Price: $300

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Getting little ones in and out of car seats can be challenging but Graco has changed the game with a rotating feature that will make Dad’s life so much easier, especially if he’s planning to make frequent stops on a road trip. Of course, safety comes first and this seat protects kids on all sides and can be used rear or forward facing or as a booster. It also has a headrest that adjusts to 10 different positions to keep children safe and comfortable as they grow. Price: $349

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A diaper bag is a new parent essential but Dad is probably more interested in practicality than cuteness. Luckily, this one has both in spades so anyone will feel good about carrying it around, even on the most luxury vacation — especially in sophisticated black. It easily clips onto a stroller and features lots of pockets, pouches and even a mini changing pad. Plus, it features a dedicated safe space for his laptop so he can get some work done while baby sleeps. Price: $215

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Whether they’re waiting for a flight or spending the night in a hotel, this cushy foam mat gives Dad a clean, safe place to put little ones down. It’s even waterproof so he can use it outdoors and clean it right up afterwards. Older kids will get a kick out of the design, with its roads and parks, and will enjoy playing with their own toy cars and trucks on it. Babies will just find it soft and comfortable and dads will be glad they can give their arms a rest. Price: $49.99

Magnetic Me Lake You A Lot Grow With Me Convertible Coverall

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed the child who contracted Australia's first human case of a "severe" subtype of bird flu was likely exposed during a trip to India last month.

The WHO said on Friday, local time, that genetic sequencing showed the avian influenza virus was H5N1 — a strain that circulates in South-East Asia and has been detected in previous human infections and in poultry.

"Although the source of exposure to the virus in this case is currently unknown, the exposure likely occurred in India, where the case had travelled, and where this clade of A(H5N1) viruses has been detected in birds in the past," it said in a statement .

The two-year-old girl from Victoria had travelled to Kolkata in India's state of West Bengal from February 12 to February 19, returning to Australia on March 1, the WHO said.

The child was hospitalised on March 2 and remained there for more than two weeks before making a "full recovery", according to Victoria's health department. 

The WHO said, as of May 22, no close family contacts in Australia or India had developed symptoms.

"Additional information provided by the family indicates that the case did not travel outside of Kolkata, India, and did not have any known exposure to sick persons or animals while in India."

Victoria's Chief Health Officer, Clare Looker, had previously said it was unclear how the child had picked up the virus, but noted when humans contracted H5N1, it was usually from exposure to poultry.

"So either visiting poultry farms or live wet markets, which have birds at them, or if they've had a lot of contact with domesticated birds," she said.

"Occasionally, people can also get it from handling the meat or eggs of infected birds.

"We couldn't identify a clear event that led to this child's infection, but we suspect it's one of those things."

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"H5N1 viruses do not transmit efficiently between humans and I suspect there's an occult animal exposure that led to the infection," Dr Adalja said.

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From 2003 to 2023, a total of 246 cases of human infection with H5N1 have been reported from four countries within the western Pacific region, according to the WHO. Of these cases, 138 were fatal.

"These A(H5N1) influenza viruses, belonging to different genetic groups, do not easily infect humans, and human-to-human transmission thus far appears unusual," the WHO said.

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The best carry on luggage to buy in 2024

By Lauren Burvill and Charley Ward

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All products are independently selected by our editors. If you buy something, we may earn an affiliate commission.

It’s a rookie error that many of us have been guilty of – carry on luggage that’s too large, too heavy, or too uncomfortable to carry. I’m ashamed to admit that, despite having worked in travel for more than 10 years, I recently, and accidentally, overpacked my hand luggage on a flight from Australia to London. Much to the frustration of my fellow Qatar Airlines passengers, I had to do the embarrassing scramble of throwing what I could grab into our check-in suitcases. All that time spent organising was destroyed in a moment of panic.

If like me, you’ve been caught out at check-in, you’ll know that the wrong carry-on luggage can ruin a trip before it even begins. This is why thought and research are required when choosing the right cabin bag for your flight – even more so than for a check-in suitcase. To save you the admin, we’ve found the best luggage to stash in the plane’s overhead bins.

Which is the best carry-on luggage at-a-glance?

  • Best hardshell: Away The Original Carry-On, 55.1X34.8X22.9cm, 3.2kg, £220
  • Best external pocket: Antler Clifton cabin suitcase with pocket, 56X35X23cm, 3.3kg, £220
  • Best light suitcase: July Carry On Light, 54X36X19cm, 1.8kg, £195
  • Best budget price: Aerolite cabin luggage 50x40x20cm, 2.1kg, £59.99
  • Best underseat cabin bag : Cabin Max Manhattan travel bag, 40X20X25, 0.5kg, £29.95
  • Best travel backpack: Bellroy Transit Backpack, 53X36X19cm, 1.1kg, £239

Our favourite carry-on luggage picks for 2024

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How we tested the best carry-on luggage

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Every case on this list has been has been independently tested and reviewed by our editors Charley Ward and Lauren Burvill . We run each piece of carry-on luggage through a test in office, and then pass the cases on to members of the wider team to take with them on a flight for further testing. When testing, we look for overall quality, spinner wheels, TSA-approved locks, design features such as exterior pockets, charging ports or laptop compartments, and value for money. We also assess the weight and size, overall function and visual appeal.

The best hard shell carry-on luggage

Pros: Durable, easy to manoeuvre, compression pad and straps, comes with a laundry bag, multiple colour options.

Cons: Colours sell out quickly, light colours are prone to scuffs and scratches, 0.1cm over the height allowance of some airlines, including Ryanair.

Size: 55.1x34.8x22.9cm

Weight: 3.2kg

Away's recognisable original carry-on case is one of the best on the market – beloved by many of our editors and numerous celebrities, including Margot Robbie and Meghan Markle. As one of the first luggage brands to rethink suitcases through a millennial lens, Away has been cleverly perfecting its cases to combine equal parts style and function. The real highlight of this carry-on case is the quality, particularly the wheels. Inside, both mesh compartments can be firmly secured – one with a zip, the other with a compression system with straps – so there is plenty of packing space and your case will remain neatly organised.

Editor review: “I travel with this Away carry-on case all the time, particularly back and forth from London to Lisbon where I've been living for the last year. No matter how much I pack in this case, it's always so smooth and easy to navigate through busy airports thanks to its spinner wheels and sturdy frame,” Abigail Malbon , acting audience growth manager.

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Pros: Lightweight suitcase, great value price, large range of colour options, multiple compartments inside, luggage sets available.

Cons: Only one of the internal compartments can be fully zipped up, lighter colours are prone to scuffs and scratches.

Size: 55x40x20cm

Weight: 2.8kg

If you're a frequent flyer looking for a zippy hard-shell suitcase, Antler's Clifton cabin bag is a winner. The durable yet lightweight polycarbonate case features a twist-grip telescopic handle, making it very easy to wheel it around the airport at speed. Not only is this case a great size and quality, but they also look smart too, with seven subdued shades to choose from.

Editor review: “I have this case in the mineral colour as part of the full travel set . This case is the one I use the most and it's just a dream to travel with. I really love the two zip-up pouches inside. If you don't travel with packing cubes, these can do a similar job and are ideal for storing delicates and toiletries,” Lauren Burvill , commerce editor.

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Pros: Very light, impressively quiet, smooth action, scratch-resistant shell

Cons: Relatively small side, no laptop sleeve or additional pockets

Size: H54 x W36 x D19cm

Weight: 1.8kg

July asserts that this is the world’s lightest double-wheel suitcase, and while we can’t verify this claim, it’s certainly the lightest one we’ve ever used. As such, we’re crowning it our best lightweight luggage pick. This was much appreciated when manhandling it in and out of the overhead compartments, as was its whisper-quiet action, even while trundling over a notoriously bumpy pavement. This was something that truly impressed me. There are nine colours to choose from, and all July carry-ons and checked bags can be personalised.

Editor review: “I travelled with this recently on a weekend trip to Palma and managed to squeeze in four dresses, my washbag , straighteners and two pairs of shoes. Next time I’ll use some compression packing cubes to maximise capacity further. Overall it feels expensive, with a sturdy handle and strong polycarbonate shell that withstood several knocks on its first outing.” Charley Ward , commerce writer

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Pros:  Lightweight, 100-day trial policy, unlikely to scuff.

Cons:  Colours appear brighter in real life, expandable handle is a little sticky.

Size:  50X33X23cm

The Canadian brand famed worldwide for its sleek backpacks recently launched its heritage hardshell luggage collection, including both checked luggage and a carry-on style. The compact and lightweight suitcases are made from a 100% polycarbonate EcoSystem™ Hardshell, with 70% of each suitcase made from recycled road barricade material. Inside the carry-on, the case has one large mesh zip compartment with an additional smaller pocket and compression straps on the other. We love the simplicity of it all, but be warned: the colours appear much brighter in real life compared to online – the pastel yellow shade, in reality, is closer to a neon tennis ball.

Editor review: “This carry-on suitcase is on the smaller side, but it's perfect for me as I do a lot of short trips. It means I never have to worry about which airline I'm flying with and what dimensions they allow. I've taken this with me on multiple trips, and it's very durable, showing virtually no signs of wear and tear to date. I also personally love the cheerful bright colour,” Sarah James , deputy digital editor.

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Pros: Classic look, garment bag hook.

Cons: Not the most lightweight carry-on, being the heaviest on our list.

Size: 55x38x20cm

Weight: 4.6kg

Leave it to Bric's to create the most beautiful and functional hand luggage on the market. The heritage brand has been crafting travel bags and leather goods out of the  Lake Como  region since the 1950s. Their cabin case is a smaller version of their Bellagio suitcase, with a shell made from lightweight Makrolon® polycarbonate along with vegetable-tanned leather trimmings that not only look smart but also help to prevent scuffing. Inside the lined case features organisation pockets, a padded laptop sleeve and a garment bag hook and space for three hangers. As with all Brics luggage, the Bellagio suitcase comes with a five-year warranty.

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Pros: Organisational pockets, zip-up divider, leather luggage tag, stylish design and interior.

Cons: Lighter colours are prone to scuffs and scratches, doesn't fit within Air France, Ryanair and Emirates cabin bag allowance.

Size: 56X45X25cm

The leather handles with contrast stitching, the little round logo – the little details that made us notice The Portable Porter's carry-on case. Inside there's even more to discover, the biggest surprise being the bespoke monogrammed lining (in the yellow case, it's a cheery multicoloured geometric print) made from recycled plastic bottles. On one side of the case are three pockets, including a full zip divider, and two smaller pockets – one with a water-resistant laundry inside, the other storing a round leather luggage tag. A compression pad and straps are on the other side of the case.

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Pros: Smooth, sturdy spinner wheels and a textured finish add to its overall durability

Cons: No charger, could use a few additional pockets

Weight: 3.7kg

Dimensions: 55 x 35 x 23cm

As with the Aviator Grand, Paravel's carry-on is beloved for more than just its retro Wes Anderson - style designs. It's made using eco-friendly materials, like recycled zippers and a lining crafted out of upcycled plastic water bottles, and comes in beautiful shades like Scout Tan and Safari Green. Inside, one half zips fully closed and has an additional zip pocket of its own, while the other is covered by a compression board. It's a favourite of US Traveller senior editor Megan Spurrell, who has brought it on trips to Mexico City, Lisbon, Los Angeles, and more.

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Pros: Comfortable handle, fairly easy to clean

Cons: Although the beige colour is incredibly pretty, it gets dirty very quickly; I would recommend a darker colour

Weight: 3.8kg

Dimensions: 58 x 40 x 25cm

Béis is a favourite luggage brand for our team over in the US, who’ve tried a number of its softside cases and weekender bags, before getting their hands on its carry-on. Unsurprisingly, it was a hit. “I would recommend this for a traveller who is an exclusive team carry-on member,” US commerce producer Paris Wilson says. She managed to fit at least 14 outfits, plus four pairs of shoes and two purses, inside on a recent trip to the Florida Keys. It’s lightweight and easy to manoeuvre: – “I was able to bring it down from the overhead bin myself as well as move it in and out of the trunk of the rental car easily” – and easy on the eyes as well: “I got so many compliments on how pretty the carry-on was while in the airport and on holiday. The colour is beautiful, it’s an ideal size, and the ribbing on the exterior adds some really cool dimensions.”

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Pros: Smooth glide, TSA-approved combination lock, the expansion capabilities

Cons: Mistaken identity – given their popularity, get a unique colour or add your favourite sticker to the outer hard shell to help identify yours if you wind up checking it

Weight: 3.6kg

Dimensions: 56 x 36 x 23cm

We’ve tried several Away suitcases and the Flex is our pick for overpackers and times you need a little more space. It gives travellers an additional 2.25" of packing space when expanded, bringing the capacity up from just under 40L to 46.7L. Used by US Traveler journalist Lara Kramer for trips including a one-week trip to London, it earned points for rolling smoothly across almost any surface, thanks to its 360° spinner wheels.

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Pros: Lightweight, durable, and easy to move around and lift

Cons: Only available in a few standard colours and there really isn’t anything that stands out about it to help you know it’s yours.

Weight: 2.9kg

Dimensions: 54 x 38 x 23cm

On the other end of the price spectrum, there is this hard side carry-on from Amazon. Thanks to its affordable price, roomy size, spinner wheels, and built-in TSA lock, it has racked up tons of positive reviews on Amazon. Our US associate commerce editor Meaghan Kenny agrees with those reviews, calling it “an overpacker's dream suitcase.”

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Pros: Compression straps and pad, easy to close, really good-looking

Cons: Not quite capacious enough

Weight: 3.9kg

Dimensions: 56 x 35 x 23cm

This particular designer carry-on may ring a bell for Succession fans – Carl Friedrik pieces were featured more than once during the show's run. It's also US editorial assistant Charlie Hobbs' go-to, who has brought it to Mérida in the Yucatan, his parents’ house in Connecticut for Christmas and Easter, to the North Fork of Long Island, and to Chicago. Outside, “This case is gorgeous – beautiful contrasts between the grey of the polycarbonate shell and the delicious slivers of warm leather.” Inside, he says, “There are two very useful sets of compression straps and one (removable, also useful) compression pad which one might as I did mistake for a laptop case at first glance.” And perhaps the highest praise: “After nearly a year of use, it still looks brand new.”

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Pros: Stylish, removable hanging wash bag, luggage tag and jewellery pouch included, vibrant patterned inner

Cons: Only two wheels, relatively small

Size: 47 x 32 x 18cm

Weight: 3.5kg

With their vintage effect, striking leather straps and shiny gold locks, Steamline cases are head-turners. You'll certainly stand out among the boring black cabin bag cohort in the airport – and there are plenty of matching pieces to complete your set. This little carry-on case is lightweight and spacious enough to pack for two nights comfortably, with lots of little pockets to keep your jewellery and travel-sized toiletries easily in hand. We also appreciated the hanging washbag, which was a nice touch and one not seen in many cabin cases on this list. This suitcase handles fine with two wheels, but those used to a four-wheel spinner may balk a little to begin with at the lack of additional function.

The best carry-on luggage with external pockets

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Pros: Multiple exterior pockets, made from fully recycled polyester

Cons: Relatively small

Size: 35 x 55 x 20cm

Weight: 1.9kg

Beloved British luggage brand Antler has given a selection of its best-loved luggage ranges a revamp recently, including its striped soft shell line. The new look is smart and compact, made from fully-recycled polyester with two outer pockets for your passport, boarding pass and in-flight essentials. This suitcase is small but zippy, clocking in as Antler’s lightest carry-on, and carrying a reasonable price tag of £170 – that's £50 cheaper than the brand's cabin-sized Clifton with Pocket. There are three classic colours – black, green and indigo –to choose from, plus two matching larger cases to complete your set.

Editor review: “This soft shell case is on the smaller side of the cabin bag allowance, making it a lightweight, compact option for weekends away, but perhaps not suitable for hardcore carry-on travellers looking to squeeze in a weeks’ worth of gear. While I’m generally team hard shell, Antler’s newest soft side offering feels more robust than others I’ve tried, which I appreciate when I need to pack any delicate or valuable items. The soft outer has another perk, as it helps me squeeze in more items than the same-sized rigid hardside would allow, something especially appreciated given it’s a smaller piece of luggage. I appreciate that it’s made from recycled materials, as well.” Lucy Bruton, social media manager

Pros: Four colour options, multiple internal pockets, outer pocket expands, great value price, one of the best lightweight suitcases we’ve tried.

Cons: 1cm over the height allowance of some airlines, including Ryanair.

Size: 56X35X23cm

Weight: 3.3kg

The zippy and lightweight Clifton cabin case is one of Antler's best sellers. The rolling polycarbonate suitcase has all that you could need for everyday travel – twist-grip handle, double lock, waterproof and mesh pockets inside – but what makes this stand out from other classic hard cases is the external pocket. The full zip pocket features multiple compartments as well as a padded slip pocket that can fit a tablet of 15.6-inch laptop, allowing easy-to-reach storage for all of your on-the-go items.

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Pros: Won’t scuff or scratch, external zip-up pocket with padded laptop sleeve, internal compression pad, smart colour options.

Cons: Minimal internal pockets and zip-up compartments; can be difficult to align the closure and clasp it shut when the case is full.

Size: 55X38X25cm

Weight : 4.3kg

For a case that looks and feels like it means business, Carl Friedrik has you covered. Their carry-on case is all slick and shiny, from the studs lining the opening to the tan Italian leather handles and detailing. The snap-shut locks make this hard shell case stand out from the rest. Instead of fiddly zips, the case is secured with a unique aluminium lock frame – for extra security, you can use the combination lock feature. There is a zip on the external pocket, allowing for easy access and storage of your laptop and documents in the padded sleeve and additional compartments.

Editor review: “My favourite feature is the hard shell outer-casing which contains a convenient and safe pocket for a laptop. The lockable feature means all of your belongings are super safe. The only downside is that if you fill this case to the brim you'll struggle to shut it without fabric getting caught in the clasp,” Sophie Knight , visuals editor.

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Pros: Lockable external zip-up pocket with multiple compartments, expandable zip system, compression. straps, large wheels, USB port charger.

Cons: No compression pad, prone to fingerprint marks, slightly cumbersome to reach the hidden USB port, power bank not included.

Size: 55X40X20cm

Makers of the Swiss Army Knife, Victorinox, have applied the same Swiss precision and innovative design to their luggage range. Their expandable global carry-on is one of their best sellers. It is full of secret compartments and features, from the lockable external pocket with four separate storage compartments to the USB port hidden behind a compartment that folds out to reveal a tiny ballpoint pen, luggage ID tag, and SIM card pin. While some cases sacrifice less main compartment room for the external pocket, this makes up for it with the expandable zip system, offering 20% additional space. Even though the weight is on par with the other cases on the list, this feels like a heavy-duty case thanks to the larger wheels, making it a suitable solution for navigating bumpy cobblestone streets.

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Pros: Range of colours and finishes, zip-up mesh screens on both sides.

Cons: No compression pad, outer pocket does not expand.

Weight: 3.4kg

Engineered in Germany, Horizn Studios specialises in luggage with a lifetime warranty, made from all-vegan materials, and sent to you using neutral shipping. There's a lot to choose from – their Circle One range is made from a plant-based hard shell – but in terms of quality, price and function, our pick is the M5 cabin bag, a partly recycled hardshell case with a front laptop pocket, recycled polyester lining and enough space to last a five-day trip. The cabin bag comes with a luggage tag, and dust protector as standard, with the option to personalise the case or even upgrade to the smart version that comes with a removable charger and compression pad

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Pros: External pockets, lightweight, great value price tag, next-day delivery with Prime.

Cons: Basic design, not the most durable suitcase on our list.

Size: 50x40x20cm

Weight: 2.1kg

When it comes to size, weight, price, design and quick delivery, Aerolite's cabin suitcase (available on  Amazon ) ticks all the boxes. The dimensions of the case fit within most airline allowances including British Airways and easyJet, while the weight of the case comes in at a very light 2.3kg. Of all the features, it's the two outer pockets that make this one a winner, plus it has a great value price.

Editor review: “I've travelled with this case a couple of times on short city breaks. For the price, it does a good job, and the external pockets are handy for easy access. If you load up the case too much, especially the top, when it's standing upright, the case can often topple over. But otherwise, it's a great budget option,” Lauren Burvill, commerce editor.

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Pros:  External zip-up pocket, removable compression pad, laundry and shoe bags.

Cons: Scuffs but comes with a sponge for rectifying, front pocket zipper can be difficult to manage.

Size: 55x35x22cm

Weight : 3.5kg

Born out of Vancouver, Monos approached luggage with a less is more design philosophy, as seen in their sleek carry-on pro case. The hardshell style has three interior pockets and three zippered pouches, all accessed from the front pocket, making it incredibly easy to travel with your laptop and providing a safe place for documents, passports and chargers. I greatly appreciated this feature as it saved me the embarrassment of rummaging through my suitcase on the airport floor. The interior of the carry-on has a removable compression pad and a zippered pocket for flat items. My favourite features were the silver ion-coated laundry bag and the two shoe bags. I recently took the case on a weekend break and loved how the compartments let me separate my different clothing items and create an easy-to-manage laundry bag once I arrived home. Amber Port

Editor review: “I've taken this chic yet practical hardside suitcase with me to Crete, Paris and Chichester (we love a staycation!), and my favourite part has to be the front pocket. It gives me easy access to essential items like my passport, wallet and chargers while keeping them organised and, most importantly, safe,” Amber Port , Audience Growth Manager.

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Pros: Lightweight, adjustable external straps, zip-up dividers, range of colours.

Cons: None that we can see.

Size: 51x32.5x23cm

Weight: 2.42kg

If you're just needing a suitcase to take on weekend breaks, look for durable and roomy styles with trolley wheels that can handle pesky cobblestone streets. This Eastpak cabin case has clever adjustable straps on the outside so you can ensure your luggage will fit within the allocated size allowance.

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Pros: Front pocket, a rarity for hard-shell bags, plus more internal compartments; comes with a removable charger

Cons: Not expandable, so less forgiving for overpackers

Dimensions: 58 x 38 x 25cm

Arlo Skye isn’t an especially well-known suitcase brand in the UK, but it’s a favourite of some of our US team – especially senior editor Megan Spurrell, who has taken it on both weekend trips and week-long adventures. “This bag has never let me down,” she says, crediting its surprisingly roomy inner and sturdy shell: “This suitcase looks sleek, but is totally durable. I’ve checked it on a few occasions, and it always survives being chucked onto the baggage carousel with little to no evidence of the journey.”

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Pros: Lightweight, range of colours, front pocket, handles smoothly

Cons: Expensive, handle takes up quite a bit of internal space

Size: 55 x 39.5 x 23cm

This cabin case has been carefully designed to make light work of whizzing through security. The front pocket opens out completely flat, and three internal pockets are within for your liquids, passport, electricals and a 16” laptop sleeve. As befitting a brand focusing on outdoor pursuits, this is a tough case built to withstand bumps and knocks. A custom-built telescopic handle and ultra-quiet Japanese Hinomoto wheels add to the luxe factor – it’s a very quiet suitcase on the move, and we like the unusual green tone that makes it easy to spot on the carousel.

Editor review: “While The Ramverk Carry-on isn’t the most lightweight carry-on case I’ve travelled with, the consequential sturdiness quashes any hesitance – should it need to go in the hold, it would certainly put up a fight against rougher bag handlers. The telescopic trolley handle comes up to a perfect height, the 16-inch laptop pocket makes it ideal for business travel, and four wheels allow me to keep it alongside me the entire time. My favourite feature is the ability to open the compartment at the front without having both sides open on the floor.” Connor Sturges, digital assistant

The best underseat cabin bag

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Pros: Custom sizes to suit specific airline allowances, laptop sleeve, bottle pouch, multiple colour options.

Cons: Colour options are only in regards to details, suede details aren't ideal for wet weather.

Sizes: Ryanair Size: 40x20 x25cm, Wizz Air Size: 40x 30x20cm, easyJet Size: 40x36x20cm

Weight: under 0.8kg

Cabin Max truly understands the plight of bargain-hunting travellers, having created a line where each backpack meets the exact maximum carry-on size measurements for the specific airline that you’re flying. In addition, their bags feature multiple pockets (including one for a laptop and bottle), adjustable ‘packaway’ straps and air mesh padding. There’s a 3-year warranty too.

The only downside is that if you opt for a larger bag – say the easyJet size – it probably won’t fit in the baggage sizer for either Ryanair or Wizz Air. However, you could always opt for a Ryanair-sized bag to make sure you’re sorted for all options in the future. Chelsea Dickenson , founder of Cheap Holiday Expert

The best carry-on backpack

Pros: Comfortable, multiple storage pockets, laptop sleeve, great as carry on luggage or a day bag, water-resistant fabric.

Size: 53x36x19cm

Weight: 1.1kg

Australian brand Bellroy is a favourite for organised travellers – once you try their popular tech kit you’ll never want to travel without it. Their transit backpack offers up the same clever organisation tricks – compression straps to keep items in place, an external pocket that can hold a water bottle and even a lined pocket to safely store sunglasses. Many of the features are well suited to business travellers, from the laptop sleeve to the thin top compartment ideal for storing a business shirt that’s folded flat.

Editor review: “I recently travelled with Bellroy’s 28L Transit Backpack for a four-day-stay in Venice. By using the roll method I was able to fit two pairs of trousers (including jeans), a pair of slip-on shoes, two tops, a shirt, a dress, and pyjamas in the main compartment, and then my delicates in the zip-up pouch. For easy access, I popped my carry-on washbag in the external pocket. Overall, it was really easy to pack everything I needed while still feeling streamlined and comfortable to carry,” Lauren Burvill, commerce editor.

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Stubble & Co's clever bag that allows you to ditch your suitcase entirely – it's sized perfectly to fit in the airline overhead locker while maximising on internal space. A clamshell pocket makes packing and unpacking faff-free, with no need to dig about at the bottom of the bag. There are plenty of pockets for tech and essentials, and a 16” laptop compartment for those travelling on business. You can also read our full review of this bag.

Editor review: “The Adventure Bag from British B Corp-certified bag specialists Stubble & Co has none of the drawbacks of previous bags I’ve used. It’s big enough for a long weekend, but not too big for daily use, and packed with features: the secret pocket, the padded laptop compartment, the clamshell design, and a special pocket for my frequently dirty trainers (big tick). Using it on a recent trip to Comporta, as well as on my regular overnighters in London, it never felt over-engineered or fussy, and I loved the top compartments for books and gadgets,” Toby Skinner, features director.

Pros: Separate waterproof shoe pocket, trolley sleeve, rain cover for use during wet weather hikes

Cons: A little heavier than average

Size: 55x38x24 cm

Weight: 1.7kg

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This bag looks and feels like it means business. With a 45L capacity, it’s one of the largest travel backpacks we’ve tried, while still fitting within airline carry-on bag requirements. It can be worn as a backpack or a duffle thanks to the removable strap. There’s also a trolley sleeve for times it’s accompanying you and an additional suitcase. We’ve found that you can happily fit a week’s worth of clothes in this bag, and there are compression straps that help keep everything in place. The brand also has some matching packing cubes, sized specifically for this bag, that makes it easier to keep things tidy inside. Finally, a chest strap helps support you if you’re taking this bag on a hike.

Editor review: “I took this bag for a weekend away recently and was impressed by how much I could fit inside – it was considerably more than I could squeeze into my regular suitcase carry-on. For one-bag travel, it’s a really good bet – it’s going to be my new go-to for festival season and on long weekends away, where I need to account for multiple outfit changes in a day. One caveat: I did get caught in some heavy rain at one point and sadly the water seeped inside the bag. It makes me hesitant to pack it during winter travel – keep it for your summer holidays or invest in a waterproof rain cover, just in case,” Charley Ward, commerce writer.

Pros: Very large while still within most carrier’s carry-on size limits

Cons: Not completely watertight in heavy downpours after a certain period of time

Size: 28x18x43cm

Weight: 1kg

The best carry on tote bag

Pros: Two handle options, multiple organisational pockets, detachable drink bottle holder, laptop sleeve, luggage handle sleeve.

Cons: Main compartment has no zip.

Size: 41X30X16.5cm

It’s easy to see why this travel tote bag is a best seller and often sold out. Firstly the size – the large tote has room for 22 litres, plenty of space for packing a whole weekend’s worth of items. When testing it, I managed to comfortably fit four different packing cubes of clothes inside, as well as a wash bag. Then there’s the organisation options – a dedicated laptop sleeve, a drink bottle holder, a pocket for a phone and wallet, as well as a zip-up pocket ideal for storing a passport. There are two external pockets, one that’s hidden and secured with a magnet, as well as a sleeve to slip over a luggage handle, so it can easily sit safely on top of a suitcase. The bag is made from a light machine-washable cotton canvas and comes in natural, navy and black, as well as a small size option.

Editor's review: “I've travelled with this tote a couple of times, using it as my under-seat bag on easyJet flights. As a mum of a two-year-old it's perfect for storing all of the things you need easy access to – there's plenty of room and dedicated pockets for toys, snacks, a tablet, a water bottle. It's also large enough that it can fit a travel potty. When I'm travelling by myself, I can fit multiple outfits and a pair of shoes in very easily by using packing cubes. I have the natural colour and really love how stylish it looks too,” Lauren Burvill, commerce editor.

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There are several Beis totes we love in its roster – the Large Work Tote is another great carry-on option – but its East To West bag is our top pick. It’s made from recycled plastic, has a removable cross-body strap, and is one of the brand’s larger offerings. The top zips up so nothing will spill out, which is handy regardless of whether you’re stowing it under your seat or in the overhead compartment. It comes in four colours to match your Beis suitcase, and a trolley sleeve to attach it to your case in the airport.

Pros: Laptop sleeve, mobile phone pocket, key leash, water bottle holder

Cons: Doesn’t come in as many colours as some of the other Beis totes

The best carry-on luggage for kids

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Pros:  Range of designs, doubles as a ride, easy to clean.

Cons:  Slightly awkward to carry or pull when in a rush.

Size:  46X20X31cm

For tiny flyers, Trunki’s ride-on-luggage is one of the most popular children’s suitcases on the market. Lightweight yet built to last, the case has a storage capacity of 18 litres, allowing plenty of space for toys and books. The real highlight is the saddle design, along with horn grips for stability and a tow strap, so children can ride the case and be pulled along – a great way to kill time in the airport.

Editor's review: “We travelled with this suitcase as my two-year-old son's carry-on bag when we flew to the Maldives . He absolutely loved being pulled around the airport while riding it, which helped speed up the journey from check-in to the gate. The shape of the bag means it won't fit all large hard cover books, so stick to small or soft cover books, and I recommend storing any toys in packing cubes inside, otherwise they can fall out everywhere when the case is opened,” Lauren Burvill, commerce editor.

What size should my carry-on suitcase be?

Tediously, every airline has different size restrictions for carry-on luggage. The good news is that they’re all similar, so unless you have an especially large carry-on, your suitcase should fit in the majority of airlines’ overhead lockers. On average, look for a cabin case around 55 x 35 x 25 cm for maximum peace of mind. We’ve outlined the size restrictions for key British airlines below.

Every airline also allows passengers to bring a smaller underseat bag . These are great for keeping documents to hand, along with your water bottle and any entertainment you want to use in-flight. Utilising this bag properly can also help to keep the weight down in your carry-on, helping you avoid any additional airport fees.

With really clever packing, this underseat bag can even replace your carry-on case on shorter trips. Our commerce editor Lauren Burvill can attest to using just Antler’s Chelsea holdall on weekends away. You can also see our full guide to the best underseat flight bags .

Airline economy cabin luggage allowances

  • Air France: 1 small bag, 40X30X15cm, and 1 large bag 55X35X25 cm, 12 kg.
  • British Airways: 1 small bag, 40X30X15cm, 23kg, 1 large bag 56X45X25cm, 23kg.
  • Easyjet: 1 small bag, 45X36x20cm, 15kg and for an extra fee 1 large bag 56X45x25cm.
  • Emirates: 1 small bag and 1 large bag 55X38X20cm, 7kg.
  • Etihad: 1 small bag and 1 large bag 56X36cmX23cm, 7kg.
  • RyanAir: 1 small bag, 40X20X25cm and for an extra fee 1 large bag 55X40X20cm, 10kg.
  • Singapore Airlines: 1 small bag and 1 large bag where the sum of dimensions do not exceed 115cm, 7kg.
  • Virgin Atlantic: 1 small bag and 1 large bag 56X36X23cm, 10kg.

What is the weight limit for carry-on luggage?

Again, it varies between airlines, but most carry-on weight limits are within seven to 15kg, with the majority sitting around 8kg. EasyJet has the heaviest carry-on luggage limit, at a hefty 15kg. If you tend to overpack, investing in a luggage scale can help you avoid any excess fees at check-in. Skyscanner has put together a useful matrix of weight limits for each airline here but, if you’re unsure, it’s best to check the airline’s website directly before flying.

How much should I spend on carry-on luggage?

Ultimately, this is going to come down to your own personal budget and tastes. But the majority of our best carry-on suitcases tend to sit around the £200 to £250 mark. Designer luggage, such as from the likes of Rimowa and Louis Vuitton, will cost much more. But while you can find cheaper suitcases on Amazon , our best luggage picks boast extras such as lifetime guarantees, long warranties and free repairs – as well as superior build quality and good looks. It means spending a little more at the outset is often worth it in the long run, especially for regular travellers.

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