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Best Kids Carry on Luggage in 2019: Hot Trends in Kids Luggage
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The Best Kids Carry On Luggage for 2019

There are so many options when it comes to children’s travel bags and the best kids carry on luggage! If you are looking for the best luggage for kids, you have come to the right place! From ride on luggage to kids suitcases on wheels, to kids hand luggage and kids hard shell suitcases, this post will outline the types of luggage you may need on your next trip with your children and hopefully make it easier for you to narrow down all of the cute carry on luggage options and the functionality of the ever popular children’s ride on suitcase!

Part of the fun and excitement of travel is the suitcase! Kids love carrying their backpacks or pulling their suitcases through the airport; the airport itself is part of the adventure! After trying plenty of options and as my kids needs have changed, I have put together a list of the best kids carry on luggage to help you make your decision on what to get your kids for your next trip!

 

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The Best Kids Carry On Luggage Comparisons

 

 

The Best Kids Carry on Luggage Comparison Chart

 

NameImageSizeWeight
Trunki The Original Ride-On Suitcase12"L x 8"W x 8"H3.8 lbs
Skip Hop Zoo Toddler Kids Insulated Backpack11"L x 5"W x 12"Hn/a
Skip Hop Zoo Little Kid Luggage12.5"L x 7”W x 16"Hn/a
Deuter Kikki Backpack15”L x 20”W x 16”D12 oz
Deuter Kid's Backpack10 oz
Heys Marvel 21 Inches12 x 21 x 9.5 inches6 lbs
Rockland Luggage Melbourne 20" Expandable Carry On13 x 20 x 10 inches6 lbs
Rockland Owl 20"13 x 20 x 10 inches6 lbs
American Tourister Star Wars 21" Spinner21 x 14.5 x 9.5 inches8.8 lbs
American Tourister Disney 18" Upright Hardside
18 x 13 x 8 inches4.5 lbs
Lassig Trolley Children’s wheeled bag11.5 x. 7.5 x 18 inches 4.4 lbs
Deuter Junior Backpack - Kid's
15 x 9 x 6.5 inches 12 oz
Aerolite Under Seat Wheeled Trolley Luggage16.50" x 13.80" x 7.80" 3.5 lbs
Zinc Flyte Kids Luggage Scooter 15"23cm x 28cm x 43cm6 lbs
Zinc Flyte Kids Luggage Scooter 18"26cm x 33cm x 48cm7.5 lbs
Kids Scooter Luggage 21"22 x 13 x 15 inches12 lbs

 

 

Top Kids Carry on Luggage: Toddler & Preschooler

There are so many options today for the best kids carry on luggage. There are several variables that go into what we pick for our kid’s small carry on luggage including, the length of the trip (is it a one week holiday or months of travel), the length of airplane travel (is it a two hour flight to Disneyland or an overseas flight to Australia requiring connections), the age of your children (obviously you would not give a two year old the same kids carry on backpack as a ten-year old, nor would you need to pack the same things for them  you can check our our great packing list for toddlers and preschoolers for packing ideas or snacks), and finally, your own comfort level in the children’s bags you will be carrying. Because in the end, you know that in order to get through the airport, you might just be carrying your children’s luggage!

Airplane Activities for kids!

One of the popular things to put into our kids carry on luggage is a pack of post it notes and markers! It lets them be creative! My 6 year old loves making “pokemon” cards and having a battle! If you want more ideas, check out Airplane Activities for Kids!

 

 

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Trunki Kids Ride on Suitcase

 

Trunki ride on suitcases turn eyes in every airport! They are absolutely adorable and also functional. They are great for toddlers to kindergarteners and have enough room for kids to pack their travel essentials. The Trunki suitcase is for more than just airplane travel. They are perfect for sleepovers, weekends and even as a toy to play with at home! My kids have spent hours playing with their trunki in the house! They are 17″ x 11.5″ x 8″ meaning they will meet airline stringent carry-on sizes and are super lightweight!

 

What age is this appropriate for?

  • Toddlers to Kindergarteners

Why we love it?

  • It’s FUN! Trunki suitcases are made in a variety of colours and styles for your first toddler suitcase and everyone who looks at it thinks it is the cutest luggage around! It is a great choice for carry on luggage for toddlers!
  • It’s FUNCTIONAL! The Trunki has plenty of space for toys, clothes, diapers and snacks for your flight or travel plans. It is easy for your child to pull it through airports on this kids ride on suitcase and it is also quite easy for adults to pull children down long terminals if their little legs get tired and you are traveling without a stroller.
  • it’s DURABLE! The hard sided case can stand up to a preschooler’s best attempts at squishing it. Whether it is riding on it, or pulling a sibling, or sitting, climbing or jumping on it, the Trunki has survived my two boys! It is also great if you have anything you don’t want to get squished in a backpack!
  • It’s a TOY! Often times, airports require a lot of waiting, whether it be to drop luggage or to board the plane, the Trunki provides entertainment that no other backpack can do on its own. Without opening up the case (we do not do that until we board the plane), kids can run, chase, pull and play to get out some extra energy before a flight or while waiting in line!

What we don’t love?

  • Your child cannot put it on their back to have free hands (and either can you, if you end up carrying it, but it does have a long shoulder strap option to throw it over your shoulder.
  • If you have rambunctious preschoolers, the Trunki can crash into things (or people) as kids run through airports
  • No water bottle storage (except inside the case)

 

 

 

Skip Hop Backpacks and Kids Rolling Suitcase

 

Skip hop is one of my favorite choices for toddlers and preschoolers. Whether it is a Skip Hop Toddler Backpack or a larger Skip Hop rolling suitcase they are loved by hundreds of families. Skip hop is known to make whimsical designs and use quality materials in their backpacks and suitcases and their prices will not break the bank! Having a small front pocket is a definite plus for an easy to access snack or wipes and both the backpack and the rolling suitcase have an outside water bottle pocket.

 

What age is this kids carry-on luggage appropriate for?

  • Toddler and Preschooler

 

Why we love them?

  • FUN animals for kids to pick from bees, to monkeys to penguins make this cool luggage something your toddlers or preschoolers will want to wear or pull through the airport!
  • AFFORDABLE kids carry on luggage price point for kids product. We all know travel is not cheap for a family. So if keeping costs down are a concern, a backpack like the skip-hop is a cheap luggage bag and also does double duty for preschool!
  • HANDS FREE: choosing a Skip Hop Backpack or your children’s cabin luggage keeps them hands-free to hold your hand in busy airports
  • It is the perfect SIZE for toddlers and preschoolers to carry their own things. Our kids love wearing their backpacks (even around the house) and filling them with treasures. The backpacks are 11″ x 5″ x 12″ and the rolling suitcase is 12″ x 7″ x 18″ making it nice and narrow for strict carry on requirements on some airlines.
  • There is a water bottle holder on the outside which is great to pack a reusable water bottle for airports or day trips
  • If your child tires of carrying it, its easy to throw these kids bags over your shoulder or use a clip to attach it to your backpack or carry on while traveling. We always have a few of these clips hanging off our bags!

 

What we don’t love?

  • While the Skip Hop backpack is quite durable, the pull for the zipper did break ( after daily use ). But that does not stop us, my kids have used these packs daily for daycare for over a year, and only very recently did the yellow banana tear off the monkey backpack.
  • The handle is 13″ on the rolling carry-on which makes it short for adults to pull.

 

    

Deuter Kids Backpacks

 

Deuter is a well known and respected brand when it comes to backpacks. Their kids line is no different. With over 100 years of designing outdoor gear, if you are looking for something durable for a carry on backpack for your kids, consider a Deuter backpackin the appropriate size. Choose between the Kikki, the Pico, or the Schmusebar.

 

What age is this kids carry on luggage appropriate for?

  • various sizes of kids travel luggage from toddler to school aged children

Why we love them?

  • DURABLE for travel, hiking or daily use for school. This is a miniature version of an adult deter pack, and made with the same attention to quality.
  • SAFETY FEATURES… on this kids cabin bag such as reflective tape for when you are out after dark
  • There is water bottle storage on the outside of the bag, which is great because we always bring our own water bottles to the airport.
  • CHEST STRAP which keeps the straps positioned properly and helps distribute weight for older children’s heavier packs

What we don’t love?

  • There is not much we can say about these packs that we do not love except that compared to the other preschool and toddler carry-on products, Deuter backpacks offer less color selection. Also be careful with the sizing, the Penguin bag is definitely toddler to preschool size, not large enough for school aged children.

CHECK REVIEWS AND SEE PRICES BY CLICKING HERE.

 

Best Kids Carry on Luggage and Luggage for Kids: Ride on Suitcase Trunki and Skip Hop Backpack at the airport

Best Kids Carry on Luggage and Luggage for Kids: Trunki Suitcases and Skip Hop Backpacks are a staple on our trips!

 

 

Best Kids Carry on Luggage: School Aged Kids Carry On Suitcases

 

My oldest is in grade two, and the toddler backpacks are looking pretty small on him now, but the typical school aged kids backpacks can sometimes look huge, so the goal is to find something that fits for kids ages 6-10 and after 10 then can usually use the same size as an adult without it looking huge. There is some adorable Disney kids luggage for this age group, and it is an ideal age for a backpack or a rolling suitcase as a choice for the best kids carry on luggage for your luggage for children. What my kids use somewhat depends on what I am bringing. If I have a backpack, they will probably have rolling luggage or visversa. This age group is often more picky about girls luggage and boys luggage and there is a plethora of options. Here are a few.

Heys Marvel 21 Inches, Comics for Boys

 

This Heys 21″ rolling luggage is the latest favorite of my 7 year old. At 21″ x 12.5″ x 9.5″ this carry on luggage for kids is fine for carriers that do not have small carry on restrictions. Its design helps it stand out if you want to get the larger one as a checked bag. It has four spinners which my kids like so they can push it if they do not want to pull it. It has one side that zips closed which means it can be opened during the trip without everything being spilled out your journey!

Why we love it?

  • Spinner luggage with 4 wheels is easier for kids as they can push it if they do not feel like pulling it
  • The design is attractive to boys and easy to pick out in a crowd or pile of luggage
  • Hard cases are my favorite type of luggage and I have never had a problem with Hey’s not standing up to rigorous travel

What we don’t love?

  • Check your airline restrictions as some airlines, especially low cost airlines, require smaller cabin bags

CLICK HERE TO SEE PRICES AND READ MORE REVIEWS.

 

Rockland 20 Inch Kids Rolling Carry on Luggage

 

This Rockland 20″ Kids Spinner Luggage is priced perfectly for occasional use. It has great reviews on Amazon and is extremely lightweight. It is 20″ x 13″ x 10″ and also features the inside zipper pocket. It comes in dozens of fun prints, not just the owl print in the photo above!

What we love?

  • This luggage is extremely light, which is great for kids and when you fly on airlines with weight restrictions, its lightweight design means you can pack more without going overweight.
  • Spinner luggage is my suggestion for kids as it is easy to carry
  • Dozens of fun prints to suit your children’s style and making it very easy to identify!

What we don’t love?

  • Check with your airline if the dimensions are allowed. While most airlines do not check, I am always careful.

CLICK HERE TO SEE PRICES AND READ MORE REVIEWS.

 

Rockland 20″ Melbourne Expandable Carry on Luggage

 

With its super lightweight design and dozens of color choices, the Rockland 20″ Melbourne Carry On is a great choice for your pre-teen or teen who needs functional luggage, but does not want the cute designs. It has 4 spinner wheels making it easy for kids or all ages to pull and its size is ideal for most ages. It is 20″ x 13″ x 10″ and also features the inside zipper pocket.

What we love?

  • This luggage is extremely light, which is great for kids and when you fly on airlines with weight restrictions, its lightweight design means you can pack more without going overweight.
  • Spinner luggage is idea for travel with kids as it is easy to pull (or push for little ones)
  • Plenty of color choices for your kids to show off their style but not make it look like it is made for little kids.

What we don’t love?

  • While it is the same as most other carry ons, check with your airline if the dimensions are allowed. While most airlines do not check, I am always careful as carry-on restrictions are getting tighter and tighter.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE REVIEWS ONLINE

 

American Tourister Star Wars 21inch Kids Rolling Suitcase

 

The American Tourister hard sided 21″ luggage is a fun way to let your children show off their favorite characters when they travel. With various Star Wars designs, this spinner luggage is great for older kids after they transition from preschooler luggage. If my kids had to choose their favorite kids luggage, it would be one of these Star Wars designs! It is a larger carry on, good for longer trips and comes in at 21″ x 14.75″ x 9.5″

Why we love it?

  • Spinner luggage is much easier for kids to use in my opinion. Younger kids can push this type of luggage rather then pull the handle and if you have boys like me, this often turns into a game with their carry on.
  • The cute designs allow your children to show off their sense of style and it makes it super recognizable.

What we don’t love?

  • It is a bit on the larger side, so check with your airline if 9.5” is allowed. Some airlines require 8” cabin luggage.

CLICK HERE TO SEE PRICES AND READ REVIEWS.

 

American Tourister Disney 18inch Kids Luggage on Wheels

 

Kid friendly designs from Disney make the American Tourister 18″ luggage a fun, and easy to recognize choice for your kids.

 

Why we love it?

  • This airplane luggage is the perfect kids hand luggage as it is smaller than a typical carry on. It makes for a perfect carry on, or overnight bag and for the light packers, it could hold all of your children’s things for your vacation! (I am not one of those people haha).
  • I love how half of the case has a zip closure so you can put all of the things you will not need on the flight on one side, and it is not disturbed by opening and closing the case en route to your destination.
  • American Tourister makes cute kids character suitcases for boys and girls so picking them out is half the fun!

What we don’t love?

  • The handle is short on this style of kids carry on luggage so if mom or dad have to pull it, it is a bit of a pain.

Click Here to read more reviews on the American Tourister 18″ on Amazon.

 

Lassig Trolley Children’s wheeled bag

 

Why we love it?

  • I fell in love with the look of the Lassig Trolley and their adorable luggage designs for kids.
  • This kids pull along case is less than 8 inches wide so can likely fit under many airplane seats and should meet even the most stringent carry on requirements.
  • Its two height handle means mom and dad can pull their kid’s hand luggage bags if needed! The laundry bag bonus is great for those carry-on only travellers!

What we don’t love?

  • This style of cute kids luggage has one main compartment. You may find your child digging through its contents to find what they are looking for, so make sure you put their essentials in last or consider a small backpack to accompany them.

 

Trunki Suitcases | Best Kids Carry on Luggage Comparisons | Childrens Trolley Suitcase

At 5 years old, he does not think he has outgrown his Trunki rolling carry-on. This has been a travel staple for us since he was 2!

 

Kids Backpack Carry Ons

I wanted to add a couple backpacks as options for carry on bags for kids, as it leaves their hands free to help with their main suitcase and also makes travel days less hectic. There is no need to pick up the suitcase for them as you walk up the steps to an airplane, or step aboard a train, they can climb into a taxi with their backpack and leave it at their feet when you travel by car! It generally does not take up space in the trunk, and for the North American traveller who is travelling in Europe, their trunk space is much smaller than what we are used to at home!

Deuter Junior Kids Luggage Bag / Daypack and Hiking Bag

 

The Deuter Junior Kids Luggage Bagworks for travel, as a daypack, as a school bag and for those getting into hiking. It holds 18 litres and is designed for children over 5 years of age who have graduated from the preschooler sized bags. It has the chest strap that kids love, outside water bottle holders and plenty of pockets.

Why we love it?

  • This versatile bag can last your children as they grow. A kindergartener can carry it, yet it is not too small for a 10 year old to use it as well.
  • Need to throw it on your back, just let out the straps a bit and it fits for mom and dad to carry!
  • the Deuter junior kids luggage bag is designed for comfort and I love the small outside pockets, perfect for an iPod or a small toy.

What we do not love?

  • There is not much to say about what we do not love about this bag, Deuter is known for creating great bags, and we would love to have this one on our travels!

 

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE REVIEWS ONLINE

 

Best Kids Scooter Luggage

 

Have you ever seen a child scooting through the airport on a scooter! As a parent, having a child as young as two making their way down a long airport hallway with ease is any parent’s dream! Watching them carry their own items with ease is even better! Scooter luggage is gaining in popularity all over the internet as parents are asking what to get their children for an upcoming trip! Scooter luggage is definitely a great option if walking is a challenge at the airport and you do not have hands to carry your kids (or they are too old to carry!). They can turn the airport from a hassle into a fun day for your kids!

Toddler Scooter Carry On

 

Toddler Scooter Luggage is for the little travelers and is designed for 2 to 4 year olds.

What age group is this for?

  • Ages 2 – 4

What do we love about it?

  • Cuteness overload is one of our favourite things about this scooter luggage! Available in boys and girls designs, it is an effective way to get your child to make their way to the airport gate themselves, then it folds up and goes into the overhead bin!

What we do not like?

  • If you toddler is not wanting to use it, carrying them, and the scooter can be a pain in the butt! So think about your own child before you invest in this ride on suitcase!

 

Child Scooter Luggage

 

What age group is this for?

  • Ages 4-8 max weight 110 lbs

What do we love about it?

  • Cuteness overload is one of our favourite things about this scooter luggage! Available in boys and girls designs, it is an effective way to get your child to make their way to the airport gate themselves, then it folds up and goes into the overhead bin!

What we do not like?

  • If you toddler is not wanting to use it, carrying them can be a pain in the butt, but the versatility of this case makes it a winner overall!

Buy Scooter luggage here

Hope this helps you narrow down your search for your next holiday when you need carry on luggage for kids. Keep in mind your own child’s needs, what you plan to pack in it, and whether it is functional as the best kids luggage for your child

 

Looking for more kids travel advice? Check out some of our other popular articles:

Airplane Snacks for Toddlers

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14 thoughts on “The Best Kids Carry On Luggage for 2019

  1. Maddy

    I don’t have children but I’ve seen loads of kids at airports with Trunki’s and they look so fun. I know loads of friends with kids who would find this comparison post really useful so thanks for writing it 🙂

  2. Sara Broers

    This is a timely post. Someone wanting to know what to give a traveling family for the holidays, this answers a lot of questions for them. Any of these pieces of luggage would make traveling fun for any kid.

  3. Katy Clarke

    Great timing – I was just looking at these today for some upcoming trips. We have twins so I’m all about making things easy. The Trunki’s look a bit cumbersome to me. What do you think.. we have 3 year olds

    1. Lindsay Nieminen Post author

      My 5 and 3 year olds LOVE them! They hold more than a backpack, and they fit under the seat! they are easy to carry for mom and dad too! We usually bring just ONE for both kids, but they end up fighting over it! So when we do Carry on only, they get a trunki each!

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