Rewind the clock a few decades and kids made do with packing their bits and pieces in mum and dad’s suitcase. Not now. Today’s little ones have a whole world of child-focused luggage to choose from, ranging from the award winning Trunki to My First Samsonite’s themed collections of cases that seem to come in just about every shape and size possible.
Older kids are catered for too, ranging from the Smiggle Barrel Bag, aimed at girls, while the SuitSuit BoomBox has a special appeal to pre-teen and teenage boys.
Below, you’ll find a round-up of the best of them, so that when you decide to invest in extra luggage for your offspring this summer, you know you’re getting value for money, practicality, durability and hopefully a bit of fun.
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10 best children’s luggage
10 best children’s luggage
1/10 Trunki Benny
Trunki rose to fame after being featured on the UK TV series Dragon’s Den in 2006 and the brand is now synonymous with kids’ ride-on cases. This kitty one was designed by the founder Rob Law as a one-off for his cat-loving partner. It’s an online exclusive, so only 600 will be made. £39.99, trunki.co.uk
2/10 Kelty Grommet Backpack
The 15-litre Grommet, designed for children aged 5 to 10, has ample padding on the back panel and straps so it’s comfy for them to carry their own luggage to the gate. The compartments and pockets mean it will double up as a good school bag too. £39.99, amazon.co.uk
3/10 Micro 3in1 Luggage Scooter
Combining a micro-scooter, suitcase, trolley and built-in, integrated Bluetooth-enabled speakers – it was designed in conjunction with a DJ – this luxury case will give older kids and teens some serious airport kudos. One for them to put on their wish list. £349.95, micro-scooters.co.uk
4/10 Smiggle Barrel Bag
This easy-to-carry, lightweight holdall is a great option for pre-teen and teenage girls. Available in five vibrant prints, it will do just as well for sleepovers as for school trips and it could work as a gym bag too. £22.50, smiggle.co.uk
5/10 Content & Calm Traykit Collection Children’s Rucksack with Travel Bug
This child’s hard-shell rucksack includes a fold-down play surface and the various padded straps double up as a fastening to the back of a car or airline seat. It also includes all manner of exciting travel accessories, including passport holder, travel tags, toy, mirror and stationery set. £37, qvcuk.com
6/10 GoVinci Trolley
How do you keep kids busy in airport queues? How about a pull-along trolley that doubles up as a drawing table and display for your child’s artwork? It’s easy to clean if they get a bit pen-happy. Also available in pink. £34.99, baby-luxe.co.uk
7/10 Skip Hop Zoo Luggage Bag Owl
This sweet design has become popular among celebrity mums. Their best bit of kit yet is this roll-along suitcase that is perfectly proportioned for little ones. The detachable shoulder straps mean they (or, let’s face it, you) can carry it hands-free when they get tired. £39, halfords.com
8/10 Case Cuties London Sticker Bus
Another ride-on case from a brand known for durability, this fun four-wheeled, pull-along trolley comes with a pack of stickers for children to personalise their buses. They can pull it along themselves with the child-sized handle or there’s a detachable shoulder strap for you to take over if need be. £69.99, caseluggage.com
9/10 My First Samsonite Fruits Collection
Like their adult-sized offerings, Samsonite’s fun fruit-themed collection is built to last. This hard-shell cabin bag comes with a two-year warranty and will be a nice hand-me-down when your child has grown out of it. £78, samsonite.co.uk
10/10 SuitSuit BoomBox
This doesn’t just look cool – it’s also really high quality. The boom box inspired case has a top-notch interior with mesh lid compartment, packing straps and pockets, and there’s a locking trolley system, comfortable handle and two-way zip fastening. £118.99, surfdome.com
Verdict: Trunki has become a household name in families with kids and with good reason. Their designs are pure genius and the Trunki Benny is no exception. For older kids, we absolutely love the Micro 3in1 Luggage Scooter, although you’ll need deep pockets to afford one.