Tripp’s holiday range is its best-selling collection, and there’s a lot to love about these hard-shell suitcases. Made from tough polypropylene, they’re incredibly durable but equally lightweight. The cabin sized case is ideal for kids and measures 55cm x 40cm x 20cm, plus there are medium and large versions for teens or parents.
Whether you’re navigating the airport with a toddler or packing your pre-teen off on their first residential trip, choosing the right kids’ luggage for the occasion will make the journey a whole lot easier.
And while finding the best kids’ luggage will primarily come down to the age and stage of your child, there are a few things worth looking out for if you’re shopping around...
Size matters, for example, if you’re in the market for hand luggage – so pay close attention to your airline’s specific size requirements. Weight is also worth factoring in, particularly when it comes to rucksacks and backpacks. Find something that’s both compact and lightweight, and older kids may be convinced to share the luggage load.
For travelling tots, anything that makes the journey more fun is a winner. That means bags covered in colourful designs, pretty patterns, and cute characters – as long as they’re durable enough to stand up to plenty of knocks and bumps.
Lastly, the big one for little people is multifunctionality. When you’re already carting around things like buggies, baby changing bags and hefty car seats, a suitcase that ticks more than one box – or provides a comfy place for your little one to sit – is a godsend. Thankfully there are clever ride-ons, scooter suitcases and two-in-one trikes designed with exactly that in mind.
How we tested
We looked for luggage options right across the board – from kids’ travel rucksacks for short camping trips, to kids’ cabin bags for long plane journeys. Our only criteria was that the luggage must be transportable by a child, and our shortlist includes options suitable for all ages from tiny toddlers up to travelling teens.
We had our young testers check that zippers were easy to use, trolley handles were easy to retract, and luggage was easy to carry independently. We also factored in cost, durability, and style – because if they love it, they’re more likely to carry it.
The best kids’ luggage for 2023 are:
- Best overall – Tripp holiday cabin 4-wheel suitcase: £59.50, Tripp.co.uk
- Best for toddlers – Trunki Dudley the dinosaur: £44.99, Trunki.co.uk
- Best for older kids – Hype blue splat small suitcase: £74.99, Justhype.com
- Best ride-on suitcase – Micro Scooter easy ride-on suitcase: £119.95, Micro-scooters.co.uk