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They’re the Wheel Deal! The Best Rolling Luggage for Kids

by Kitty O’Callaghan


They’re the Wheel Deal! The Best Rolling Luggage for Kids
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Part of being a parent means being your family’s designated Sherpa, carrying multiple bags and guiding everyone to their final destination. Fortunately, kid-sized rolling luggage can lighten your load and help your child feel like a big kid in charge of his own stuff. Most luggage manufacturers make rolling suitcases specifically for kids that fit all shapes, sizes and budgets. You can find everything from small travel backpacks with wheels and cartoon-print luggage with telescoping pull handles to hardside rolling luggage with spinner wheels and luggage that doubles as ride-ons for kids who, inevitably, stop halfway through the terminal like they’re Teamsters on strike. 

 

 

Best Affordable Rolling Luggage: Yodo Zoo Toddler Backpack With Wheels

 

Best Snack-And-Go Rolling Luggage: Oversee Rolling Luggage

 

Best Suitcase And Backpack Rolling Luggage Set: Crckt Kids 2-PC. Printed Set

 

Best Ride-On Rolling Luggage: Trunki Original Kids Ride-On Suitcase

 

Best Disney Rolling Luggage: Mickey Mouse "Go Explore" Rolling Luggage

 

Best Rolling Luggage For Animal Lovers: Skip Hop Zoo Little Kid & Toddler Rolling Luggage

 

Best Bargain Hard-Side Rolling Luggage: Costway Backpack School Travel Trolley

 

Best Personalized Rolling Luggage: Mackenzie Hard Sided Spinner

 

Best ‘Smart’ Rolling Luggage: Away Kids Carry-On

 

Best Backpack Carry-On With Wheels: Tilami 18-Inch Rolling Backpack

 

Best Outdoors Rolling Duffle Bag Luggage: Eagle Creek Load Warrior 20 Duffel Bag

 

Best Splurge Luggage: Tumi Voyageur Osona 16-Inch Compact Carry-On

 

Best Rolling Luggage For Sports Fans: Hey America 16-Inch Hardside Luggage

 

 

 

How to Choose the Best Rolling Luggage for Kids

 

To choose the right roller bag for your kid, first consider where the luggage will be used as well as your own child’s age and personality. Rolling luggage adds convenience to all modes of travel, from planes, trains and automobiles to campers and cruise ships. Air travel, however, comes with certain restrictions that you need to keep in mind for maximum convenience. Each airline has its own rules for carry-on luggage, with most allowing bags around 21 inches long, so you’ll want to make sure whatever bag you choose will fit on board. For shorter trips where you don’t have to pack lots of clothing, you can get away with a smaller, soft-sided roller bag that doubles as your kid’s activity and snack bag to stow underneath the seat. Or you might consider a kid-sized luggage set, which offers one roller bag for the overhead compartment and a matching backpack for under the seat.

 

Whatever option you choose, have your child take his new wheels for a spin before you say yes. Do the wheels roll easily? Does the handle feel too heavy? Does it stay in place when it’s extended and does it easily retract? Does your child have an opinion on the color or cartoon character on the bag (always a possible deal breaker!)? Taking the time to find the right bag won’t guarantee a smooth journey, but whatever happens, your kid’s luggage can roll with it.

 

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Best Affordable Rolling Luggage

Yodo Zoo Toddler Backpack with Wheels

Price:$33.00

Great for a weekend trip, this playful 9.5” x 4.5” x 14.5” inch polyester roller bag/backpack offers a lot for the money, including an interior zip pocket, two outside mesh pockets and a padded front pouch. And a clever back panel tucks backpack straps away from the wheels.

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Best Snack-and-Go Rolling Luggage

Obersee Rolling Luggage

Price:$60.00

This super-light Obersee roller measures 16” x 11” x 8.5”, has a roomy interior with elastic clothing straps and mesh pockets inside and out. But it’s the integrated front snack pocket that is the real selling point of this rolling luggage. It is an easy-access, fully insulated zipper pocket for stashing supplemental snacks, which can be a real lifesaver during unexpected delays.

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Best Suitcase and Backpack Rolling Luggage Set

Crckt Kids 2-pc. Printed Set

Price:$160.00

This two-piece soft-sided set comes in many different print patterns and has an array of zippered storage pockets, mesh pockets, as well as a handy bungee cord to bring a pillow or blanket along (‘cause your little one’s going to need a nap at some point). The backpack is 14" x 10.63" x 20.75" while the carry-on measures 16.5" x 12" x 5" ; 5 lbs.)

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Best Ride-On Rolling Luggage

Trunki Original Kids Ride-on Suitcase

Price:$50.00

This four-wheel-drive suitcase carries clothes and kids (up to 75 pounds)! Riding on the back, little travelers can hold on to the horns and either scoot along using their feet or ask their parents to pick up the slack — yes, there’s a pull strap. Beyond the entertainment factor, the Trunki, which measures 17.5” x 8” x 12.2”, is a practical roller bag that’s lightweight (3.53 pounds) and offers a roomy interior.

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Best Disney Rolling Luggage

Mickey Mouse “Go Explore” Rolling Luggage

Price:$45.00

For Mickey Mouse fans, the “Go Explore” is a good-looking kid’s case, packing in adult features at a great price. The hard-sided rolling luggage, which measures 14” x 16” x 9”, has a retractable push-button handle, interior cross straps, and four 360-degree spinner wheels. We know what your kiddo will be toting on your next trip to Disney!

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Best Rolling Luggage for Animal Lovers

Skip Hop Zoo Little Kid & Toddler Rolling Luggage

Price:$35.00

Skip Hop’s Zoo line offers an animal menagerie, so your child can pick out a favorite friend (we love the fox). All of these 12” x 5.5” x 16” polyester-canvas designs offer the same features: a front zipper pocket with a mesh divider, a side water bottle pocket and a retractable handle. They also come with a separate shoulder strap just for parents, when your kid needs a break or you need to sprint to your gate.

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Best Bargain Hard-Side Rolling Luggage

Costway Backpack School Travel Trolley

Price:$43.00

The Travel Trolley hard-side suitcase and backpack set features an ABS plastic shell with a protective film to go the distance, while the interior keeps things tidy with one zippered side compartment and an open area with elastic cross straps. The telescoping pull handle with three locking heights for a perfect towing angle and 360-spinner wheels. The suitcase measures 16'' x 12'' x 8.5” while the backpack is 12'' x 10'' x 4.7''.

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Best Personalized Rolling Luggage

Mackenzie Hard Sided Spinner

Price:$110.00

Kids love feeling special, like things are made just for them (hey, don’t we all?), and the personalization options for Pottery Barn Kids rolling luggage offers tons of embroidered fonts to choose from. Fortunately, this 13" x 8.5" x 16" bag’s style is matched by substance: The hard-sided luggage has spinner wheels, an adjustable metal handle, nylon zippers, a zipper interior panel and cross straps. We’re partial to the heart-print design, but there are lots of other styles available in the collection.

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Best ‘Smart’ Rolling Luggage

Away Kids Carry-On

Price:$195.00

What’s “smart” about this lightweight, 18” x 12” x 9” hard-sided carry-on from trendy luggage line Away is its USB port and rechargeable battery, a real plus when airport outlets are scarce and your kid’s iPad is at 2 percent. (Heaven forbid!) Another non-tech feature that is also smart is the interior compression system — a flat, zippered panel—that lets you squish clothes underneath for more storage space.

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Best Backpack Carry-On with Wheels

Tilami 18-inch Rolling Backpack

Price:$67.00

This 12.9” x 8.3” x 18.9” oversized roller backpack has a long traveling life. It has multiple zipper pockets, an elastic-top mesh water bottle pocket with attachment latch and a telescoping handle that totes up to 30 pounds. Two backside wheels transform it into a tilt-and-go roller bag (backpack straps tuck behind panels when not in use). But the best feature has to be the unfortunately named, but accurate, “antifouling” base, a hard plastic underside that keeps the rolling-bag fabric from fraying or absorbing anything that’s “foul.”

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Best Outdoors Rolling Duffle Bag Luggage

Eagle Creek Load Warrior 20 Duffel Bag

Price:$229.00

This expandable 20.25” x 14” x 8” duffel bag on wheels can go anywhere, but it’s particularly useful for hiking or camping trips. The outdoor-friendly features include water repellent ripstop fabric, a bungee strap for carrying a bike helmet or rolled-up jacket, and multiple carry handles in addition to the aluminum pull-up handle. Well, what are you waiting for? Let’s hit the trails!

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Best Splurge Luggage

Tumi Voyageur Osona 16-inch Compact Carry-On

Price:$650.00

Clearly this high-end nylon and leather trim carry-on is not your usual kid’s roller bag, which is why it might just be worth the splurge. The 16” x 14” x 7.5” size is perfect for kids to pull, and it comes with luxury perks like interior padded pockets for a tablet or laptop, and a cell phone and a backside sleeve to stack it onto a larger roller bag’s pull handle. It also come with a “Tumi Tracer ID tag” (you register the bag with Tumi) that can help locate the bag if it’s lost or stolen. And since this luggage is a splurge, that’s a good thing.

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Best Rolling Luggage for Sports Fans

Heys America 16-inch Hardside Luggage

Price:$50.00

For anyone with a ball-crazy kid, you can take your pick of a roller bag that fits his favorite sport: baseball, basketball or soccer. Since it does not have easy-access outside pockets, this 13” x 7” x 18.5” hardside case is best for car trips or checked through on flights.