Packing their own bag can be a big part of the holiday excitement for kids, but finding a case that gives them independence without creating an extra load for Mum and Dad at the airport is a challenge. We've found the best bags, cases and ride-ons to help make you and your mini traveller's journey as easy as possible.

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Best luggage options for children at a glance

  • Best long-lasting children's luggage: Trunki, £50
  • Best multi-functional ride-on luggage: Micro Eazy Ride-on 3-in-1 Suitcase, £124.95
  • Best luggage for short trips: Boppi Tiny Trekker, £49.99
  • Best luggage for maximum space: Cabin Max Bear Children's Trolley Bag, £49.95
  • Best ride-on luggage for younger children: Mountain Buggy Skyrider Luxury, £159
  • Best sturdy ride-on luggage: Samsonite Dream2Go Spinner, from £95
  • Best ride-on luggage for added extras: Stokke JetKids BedBox, £179
  • Best lightweight luggage with great capacity: it Luggage Children's 4-wheel Soft Cabin Suitcase, £35
  • Best luggage for older children: Zinc Flyte 18in Case Scooter,from £95.99
  • Best luggage for Disney fans: Samsonite Disney Ultimate 2.0,£105
  • Best luggage and scooter in one: Mini Micro Scooter Suitcase, £109.95

Wondering what exactly to look out for when buying luggage for your child? Jump to the bottom of this page for our advice.

1. Trunki, £50

– Best long-lasting children's luggage

Amelia the Aeroplane Trunki tester picture

Capacity: 18 litres | Dimensions: L:20.5cm x W:46cm x H:31cm | Weight: 1.7kg | Wheels: Yes | Ride-on: Yes | Awards: Silver, Family travel/holiday product over £25 — MadeForMums Awards 2024

Pros:

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  • Ride-on
  • Plenty of designs to choose from
  • Lightweight
  • Durable

Cons:

  • Strap can feel a bit flimsy

Trunki is a firm favourite with our testers and reviewers, evidenced by its Silver award win at the MadeForMums Awards this year. Our parent testers and editorial judges found it to be a durable and long-lasting ride-on suitcase, perfect for making travelling with kids that much more easier and fun for them. Our parent testers also loved how spacious it was inside.

Parent tester Janet, who tested the Trunki with her 2-year-old son Freddie (pictured) said: "As a parent, you are always looking for new ways to try and save time, space, money etc. I think the Trunki really does fill a gap in the market where there isn't anything remotely similar that can help parents are much. It's plastic, however it feels very strong and sturdy and it has a streamlined and stylish design."

The striking edition from Trunki pictured above is Amelia the Aeroplane, a collaboration with British Airways which is perfect for jet-setting toddlers. There's no doubt children love to be pulled along on these carry-cases (which they can also help decorate).

Available from: Amazon

2. Micro Eazy Ride-on 3-in-1 Suitcase, £124.95

– Best multi-functional ride-on luggage

Micro Eazy Ride-on 3-in-1 suitcase

Capacity: 22 litres | Dimensions: L:27cm x W:44cm x H:60cm (Adjustable handle 85-109cm) | Weight: 4kg | Wheels: Yes | Ride-on: Yes

Pros:

  • Multiple uses
  • Ride-on
  • High weight limit
  • Large capacity
  • Adjustable handlebar

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • No strap for child when being used as a ride-on

Little legs can get tired walking around the airport, especially if you need to check your pushchair into the hold. So the Micro Eazy Ride-on 3-in-1 Suitcase is a fantastic option.

It’s a sleek piece of wheely hand luggage, which your child can ride on top of once they reach 18 months old. It’s '3 products in 1' because, as well as being a ride-on suitcase, the ride on part folds down to become a luggage-approved case which, depending on your airline, you can take on board with you. You can then remove the suitcase altogether and it becomes a slimline, foldable trike. It has a 20kg weight limit too, which is one of the highest for ride-on options on our list.

Available from: Micro Scooters

3. Boppi Tiny Trekker, £49.99

— Best luggage for short trips

Boppi Tiny Trekker tester image

Capacity: 17 litres | Dimensions: L:22cm x W:30cm x H:42cm (handle height 60-72cm) | Weight: 1.5kg | Wheels: Yes | Ride-on: No

Pros:

  • Plenty of designs to choose from
  • Adjustable handle
  • Lightweight
  • Durable

Cons:

  • Limited capacity
  • No ride-on option

These adorable pull-along luggage options from family-run brand Boppi come in a range of 12 cute designs including Dinosaur, Unicorn, Robot, Aeroplane and Tiger. There is a double-zipped inner compartment for smaller and loose items, and the adjustable, walk-along handle has 2 heights to choose from. It also has a free-stand stopper that will keep it standing upright when stationary.

However, it also has the smallest capacity, so may be more suited to shorter trips or UK breaks — particularly as it has no ride-on option to help tired legs on long journeys or in the airport. Although it's lightweight, it has a durable and robust exterior casing to protect your child's valuables.

MFM Head of Consumer Content Christy, who tested the Boppi Tiny Trekker with her 3-year-old son (pictured) said "It's a really sturdy case, with a tough shell, that can really handle being pulled along by a toddler. It's not huge, but I can fit all his essentials for a weekend trip inside and the cute design makes packing and pulling it more fun for him. It trundles along easily and the handle height is just high enough for me to pull, as well as working very well for him – he really enjoys pulling it around."

Available from: Amazon and Next

4. Cabin Max Bear Children's Trolley Bag, £49.95

– Best luggage for maximum space

Tester picture of child with Cabin Max backpack

Capacity: 30 litres | Dimensions: L:20cm x W:35cm x H:45cm | Weight: 1.9kg | Wheels: Yes | Ride-on: No

Pros:

  • Large capacity
  • Backpack and wheeled-suitcase
  • Drinks pouch and teddy compartment
  • Lightweight

Cons:

  • No ride-on option
  • Not many design options to choose from

If your kids feel they're too old to be pulled around on a ride-on suitcase, you can give them some independence with the Cabin Max Bear Children's Trolley Bag. It can be carried as a rucksack, but if it gets too heavy they can pull it along instead. It has handy pouches to give easy access to drinks and there's a compartment on the back for your child's favourite teddy or doll, too – a very cute touch.

Parent tester Hannah, who tested the bag with her 5-year-old son Noah (pictured), said that it "had capacity for literally everything Noah needed for going on a sunny beach holiday abroad. It managed to fit 10 different outfit changes all consisting of shorts and t-shirts, swimwear and underwear as well as a poncho towel and his mask and snorkel kit. We also packed 2 A4 activity packs white fit no problem at all. We used the front compartment for snacks and smaller toys."

Hannah was also impressed by how lightweight and easy to use the bag was, saying that "even once fully packed, my son could either pull it along using the top handle or carry it on his back. The adjustable handle made it easy for a child or adult to roll the bag and it moved over pavements and grass perfectly." The bag comes in blue or pink.

Available from: Amazon and Cabin Max

5. Mountain Buggy Skyrider Luxury, £159

– Best ride-on luggage for younger children

Tester picture of Mountain Buggy Skyrider luggage

Capacity: Not specified | Dimensions: L:57cm x W:26cm x H:40cm | Weight: 3kg (3.5kg with seat) | Wheels: Yes | Ride-on: Yes

Pros:

  • Ride-on
  • Suitable for younger children
  • Removable seat with harness included

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Only suitable until 15kg as a ride-on
  • Only 1 design option

This sleek and roomy, 4-wheel carry-on case turns into a travelling seat for little ones up to 15kg. Although it has a smaller weight limit than the Micro Eazy ride-on (15kg compared with 20kg), it comes with an easily removable, plush lined seat and 3-point safety harness, so it's a better option for younger children.

Parent tester Natalie, who tested the Skyrider Luxury with her 3-year-old son and 21-month-old daughter Emilia (pictured), said that "the seat was comfortable for my baby to sit on in long queues in the airport and for getting on/off the plane. It was actually so comfortable that my 3 year old fell asleep sitting on it. It also doubled up as a seat when eating in busy restaurants in the airport."

It's lightweight (even with the seat unit), comes with a build-in security lock and has great manoeuvrability with a foot brake for extra safety. Natalie also said the Skyrider Luxury was "easy to manoeuvre on most surfaces. It was so handy for wheeling baby off the plane and through the airport. It's a decent size inside — we put 2 children's backpacks in there."

However, she did warn that "it can be a little difficult to move over dips in the ground and when moving from one surface to another. Also, the zip pull sometimes got stuck near the wheel."

Available from: Mountain Buggy and Kiddies Kingdom

6. Samsonite Dream2Go Spinner, from £95

– Best sturdy ride-on luggage

Samsonite Dream2Go ride on suitcase in Toby Tiger deisgn

Capacity: 30 litres | Dimensions: L:21cm x W:52cm x H:38cm | Weight: 2.1kg | Wheels: Yes | Ride-on: Yes

Pros:

  • Ride-on
  • Plenty of designs to choose from
  • Lightweight, large capacity
  • Made from recycled materials
  • High weight limit

Cons:

  • Expensive

Similar to the Trunki, the Dream2Go range from Samsonite offers vibrantly coloured ride-on cases, such as Tiger Toby (pictured), Puppy P and Giraffe G.

Although it is lightweight, it's also sturdy and durable with hard side construction and proves extremely resistant to accidental bumps. The case is suitable for 3-8 year olds. Like the Trunki, it has a removable shoulder strap that can be used to pull along your child, or carry it around easily. It also, reassuringly, has a 2-point slider lock to make sure the case stays closed when a child is using it as a ride-on.

With the outer shells made using at least 70% recycled material, using green electricity for production, the Dream2Go range also gets the thumbs up for eco-conscious design.

Available from: Samsonite

7. Stokke JetKids BedBox, £179

– Best ride-on luggage for added extras

stokke jetkids suitcase

Capacity: 20 litres | Dimensions: L:20cm x W:46cm x H:36cm | Weight: 3kg (including mattress) | Wheels: Yes | Ride-on: Yes

Pros:

  • Can use as an in-flight bed or footrest
  • Lots of colour options
  • Ride-on

Cons:

  • Strap can be flimsy
  • Expensive
  • Mattress takes up space inside

This clever luggage option from Stokke is a ride-on, carry-on and sleep-on suitcase all-in-one. Your child can pack their essentials, ride on it through the airport and then, once on the plane, the box turns into a seat extender that, depending on your child's age and height, allows them to use it as an in-flight bed or footrest.

It fits most standard economy seats in aircrafts and has been officially approved for use by some airlines, such as Virgin Atlantic. When being used as a ride-on, there's a top handle to hold onto and a foot ledge to provide comfort for your child if you're pulling them along.

The case itself is compact and parent tester Anita, who tested the JetKids BedBox with her 2-year-old and 4-year-old children warns that it may not be spacious enough to fit everything you need: "Because this luggage is also intended as a foot rest, it comes with padding to put on the seat, so that already took a chunk of space. Capacity wise, it is no replacement for your carry-on luggage. No matter how small, a carry-on can hold more than this. I tried to fit a few nappies, changes of clothes and a couple of activities for a 6 hour flight for 2 kids. Having said that, if you're flying fewer hours, if you only have 1 kid, it may be OK."

Available from: Stokke and Natural Baby Shower

8. it Luggage Children's 4-wheel Soft Cabin Suitcase, £35

— Best lightweight luggage with great capacity

it Luggage Children's suitcase unicorn and dinosaur designs

Capacity: 23 litres | Dimensions: L:20cm x W:29.5cm x H:46cm | Weight: 1.95kg | Wheels: Yes | Ride-on: No

Pros:

  • Large capacity
  • Good value
  • Lightweight
  • Durable

Cons:

  • Only 2 design options
  • No ride-on option

This ultra-lightweight suitcase is a great option for older kids who want to get involved with packing and then carry their own bags — at 1.95kg it's one of the lightest options on our list.

Inside is a flat packing interior and there's a zipped pocket on the front to keep airport essentials close to hand as you're travelling. The adjustable handlebar and 4 swivel wheels make it easy for your child to push it through the airport. It's even light enough to be carried if needed, with accessible handles on the top and side of the case.

At £35, it's also the most affordable option on our list and offers really great value considering its sturdiness, capacity and great features. There are 2 cute embossed designs to choose from: pink unicorn or green dinosaur (both pictured).

Available from: itLuggage, Argos

9. Zinc Flyte 18in Case Scooter, from £95.99

– Best luggage for older children

Zinc Flyte Frazer the Fox

Capacity: 25 litres | Dimensions: (Scooter unfolded) L:60cm x W:33cm x H:75cm, (Scooter folded) L:626m x W:33cm x H:48cm | Weight: 3.5kg | Wheels: Yes | Ride-on: Yes

Pros:

  • Ride-on
  • Plenty of designs to choose from
  • Large capacity
  • Can be pulled along if your child doesn't want to scoot

Cons:

  • Expensive

You won’t have to worry about constantly calling 'keep up!' if your child is zooming through the airport on a Zinc Flyte case scooter.

It also folds down neatly, making it suitable as carry-on luggage. It's suitable from 4 year old, but unlike the Cabin Max Bear Children’s Trolley Bag, which is suitable for 3 years+, your child won't have to carry or pull the weight of the bag – they can just scoot. The case itself is waterproof, has a soft, squashy front and can be pulled as a suitcase if your child gets tired of scooting. The scooter has a safety lock, printed grips made for little hands and a rear brake.

Available from: Amazon and Zinc Sports

10. Samsonite Disney Ultimate 2.0, £105

– Best luggage for Disney fans

Samsonite Disney Ultimate 2.0

Capacity: 20.5 litres | Dimensions: L:23cm x W:32cm x H:46.5cm | Weight: 1.7kg | Wheels: Yes | Ride-on: No

Pros:

  • Large capacity
  • Durable
  • Lightweight

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • No ride-on option

Mickey and Minnie fans will love pulling these wheely carry-on cases around the airport. Another pick from Samsonite, the cases have an eye-catching design as well as being easy to manoeuvre and excellent quality.

At 1.7kg, it weighs the same as a Trunki but has slightly more storage space inside (20.5 litres). It's also one of the more expensive options, more than double the price of the Cabin Max Bear Children's Trolley Bag or the Trunki.

However, you can expect the durability associated with a brand like Samsonite. There are 3 designs to choose from, Mickey & Donald, Minnie Mouse and Spider-man, and you can buy matching backpacks, too.

Available from: Amazon, Samsonite and Luggage Superstore

11. Mini Micro Scooter Suitcase, £109.95

– Best luggage and scooter in one

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Capacity: 13 litres | Dimensions: (Scooter unfolded) L:38cm x W:30cm x H:49-70cm (Scooter folded) L:25cm x W:30cm x H51cm | Weight: 3.3kg | Wheels: Yes | Ride-on: Yes

Pros:

  • Adjustable handlebar
  • Light-up wheels
  • Built-in scooter
  • Built-in kickstand
  • Weatherproof
  • LED light-up wheels

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Limited capacity
  • Only one colour option

With the sleek good looks and clever design you'd expect from Micro Scooters, this nifty suitcase with fold-out scooter is a dream come true when trying to convince little children to keep up at the airport or train station.

Parent tester Emma, mum of our child tester Mariella, 4 and a half (pictured), said "the light-up wheels got squeals of delight!" The instructions are clear and switching between the suitcase and scooter mode is pretty simple, although you do need 2 hands to do it."

Emma praised the "clever design," in particular the built-in kickstand so the suitcase stands up on it's own, adding that "anything that encourages a child too pull their own suitcase is popular with me!" She also rated the ride-ability, commenting "it's really easy to ride and doesn't feel too heavy, even when there's stuff in the suitcase," although felt that the limited height settings for the handlebar made this more suitable for children at the younger end of the recommended 2-6 year age range.

Emma felt it was ideal for days out or a "short UK break, such as a self-catering holiday, where it would be useful to bring a scooter."

Available from: Micro Scooters and John Lewis

What to look for when choosing children's luggage

Size and capacity — How much can you fit in the luggage? Some children's luggage options, especially those designed to be carried onto the plane, will have limited capacity and may be better for smaller items for the journey itself — such as entertainment for the flight. Others that are larger may be able to fit all of your child's holiday wardrobe inside. Also, look if there are any compartments — is there an easily accessible space to put small, loose items? Does it have any extras such as a bottle holder? If you do want luggage for your child that you can take on the plane as hand luggage, check that it's small enough. Most of the options on our list are suitable as carry-on luggage, but do always check with your airline.

Weight — Check how heavy the luggage is — will your child be able to pull it or carry it themselves with their belongings inside? If it's a ride-on and you're pulling them along, how heavy is it to do? Also, if you're travelling by plane, think about how much of your luggage allowance it will take up.

Wheels — Does it have wheels? Designs with wheels may be slightly easier to pull (or push) along than more traditional backpack styles that may be too heavy for your child to carry on a long journey. If your child gets bored or tired and you need to carry or pull it for them, is it easy to do? It may be worth also considering the handle height — if it's not adjustable then it may be harder for you to pull it if you need to.

Is it a ride-on? — Luggage that your child is able to ride on as you pull them along can be a great saviour for little legs on long journeys. There are plenty of ride-on options out there — some that you sit on, like the traditional Trunki, and now even scooter and trike designs. Check the weight limit of the luggage too, most are suitable to approximately 7 years but some may be less than that. Look at the different options and consider whether a ride-on may be the best option for you. If it's not a ride-on, consider how easy it will be for your child (or you) to carry or use.

Materials — How tough and durable is the luggage? How easy to clean is it? If you're travelling, accidents and spillages may happen and it's good to know if any fabric elements are machine washable. Also, check how sturdy the handle is. If it's flimsy then navigating a busy airport may be even more difficult — especially if your child is pulling it.

Style — There are many fun luggage options available for kids, as well as more traditional ones. If you're looking for something cute and appealing for your child's luggage then there's plenty of designs to choose from — from Disney characters to animals and even dinosaurs.

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When selecting our 11 best car seats, we considered size, capacity, materials used, weight, style, ride-on ability, extra features and whether it is worth the money. Most seats on this list have also been tested by parent testers with their children.

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