11 best kids' suitcases they'll want to push themselves

by Joost Nusselder | Updated on:  August 29

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When you travel with the whole family, it is useful - but also great fun for the kids - to give them their own suitcase.

And I speak from experience when I say that there are very handy and beautiful children's suitcases for sale, for the very little ones to the older children.

Fortunately, nowadays all suitcases have (often manoeuvrable) wheels, but there are some that you may not know yet, that can really come in handy during a plane trip with children.

Best children's suitcases rated

In this way, with some good advice from you, your child can pack his own suitcase and choose which clothes and shoes to travel with.

Traveling is much more relaxed when the kids can carry their own luggage when needed, or when a tired little one can sit on the suitcase and be pulled along. And you don't have to carry your pretty heavy toddler on your arm.

The overall best children's suitcase is this JetKids by Stokke Ride-On trolley proved. It's certainly not cheap, but did you know that in just five easy steps you can turn this beautiful suitcase into a cot too? Plus with the stickers your child can personalize his trolley to his own taste.

I will definitely come back to this 'best suitcase in different categories', but I will first introduce you to my 'best children's suitcase list' ...

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Overall best kids suitcase: JetKids by Stokke Traveling with the JetKids BedBox from Stokke

 

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Best Cheap Kids Suitcase: Frozen ANNA & ELSA Trolley Beautiful suitcase from Frozen with Anna & Else best cheap budget option

 

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Best trolley for your child: Captain America Backpack Best trolley child- Captain America Backpack

 

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Best hand luggage for your child: Pink owl kids scooter trolley Best carry-on child- Pink owl kids scooter trolley

 

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Best suitcase child of 2 years: FREEUP Kids ride on Best suitcase child of 2 years- Free Up Kids Ride
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Best suitcase child 3 to 4 years: Trunki Ride-On Hand Luggage Boy has packed his own Trunki suitcase for 3-4 years old

 

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Best suitcase child of 5 years: Avengers TrolleyBest suitcase child of 5 years - Avengers trolley
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Best suitcase child of 6 years: Skip Hop Zoo Unicorn suitcaseBest suitcase child of 6 years- Skip Hop Zoo Unicorn trolley
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Best suitcase child of 7 years: American Tourister Disney WavebreakerIron Man Disney Wavebreaker suitcase for children from 7 years

 

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Best suitcase child of 8 years: Take Me Away Mickey London Nice Dinsey Mickey Mouse suitcase with London print

 

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Best suitcase for teenagers and students: Amazon BasicsBest Suitcase for Teens and Students- Amazon Basics
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What do you pay attention to when buying a children's suitcase?

Are you planning to purchase a children's suitcase, then it is good to think about a number of things.

There is a really good suitcase or trolley for every age, but maybe you have extra wishes regarding size, maneuverability or other extras, maybe you want the suitcase to be portable as well, over the shoulder (with detachable shoulder strap?) or as a backpack.

You may want to start with a small suitcase, but you can also opt for a suitcase that may seem a bit large now, but which your child can use for years.

A few tips that can play an important role in choosing your own suitcase for your child:

Note the features of the case:

Read also: Nice toys for holidays | 19 tips for baby, toddler and toddler

Best suitcases for your child reviewed

I have a few nice options in my top list of children's suitcases. I will discuss them in detail here with you.

Overall best children's suitcase: JetKids by Stokke

Traveling with the JetKids BedBox from Stokke

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This solid ride-on trolley from JetKids by Stokke is equipped with swiveling and shock-absorbing front wheels.

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I think it is a beautiful and unique suitcase, because the suitcase is so versatile; your child can not only sit on it and pull his own suitcase, but also be pulled along, and he can also sleep in it.

It also becomes a bed for the plane!

With the sturdy detachable shoulder strap, the suitcase can be carried by the parents and pulled along. Little ones can also pull the trolley themselves well with the special children's handle.

The suitcase – available in soft pastel shades – has a hard cover and the interior offers space for all important travel essentials.

Check out how versatile this great kids' suitcase is:

In five simple steps, a standard economy class seat is transformed into a first-class seat on board any aircraft: it becomes a wonderful bed for your little one.

The ride-on comes with two sheets of decorative stickers to personalize it, the color of this version is 'Blue Sky'.

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Best cheap children's suitcase: Frozen ANNA & ELSA Trolley

Beautiful suitcase from Frozen with Anna & Else best cheap budget option

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This cool Disney Frozen Trolley is a dream for every little girl!

For a small price you have a very nice trolley for your child, which Anna & Elsa will of course like to take with you on a trip.

This soft case trolley is equipped with a pull-out pull rod, two wheels and two handy legs. It can be closed with a zipper.

You can easily fold it, so that this lightweight trolley disappears from view after the holiday.

The length is 38 cm. high and 28 cm. wide with a depth of 12 cm. Suitable for children aged 3-7.

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Best trolley for your child: Captain America Backpack

Best trolley child- Captain America Backpack

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My choice falls on the sturdy Captain America Backpack trolley, because of its various options. The dimensions are 30 x 48 x 18 cm.

The ergonomic and adjustable padded back straps of this backpack give your child maximum wearing comfort while traveling, but if your child prefers to use the backpack as a trolley, that's fine too.

After all, there is a good pull rod with a nice handle on it.

The backpack trolley has three large zip compartments and is decorated with the recognizable Captain America star. Perfect for children to travel with, but also to pack their heavy school supplies.

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Best carry-on for your child: Pink owl kids scooter

Best carry-on child- Pink owl kids scooter trolley

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The Pink owl kids scooter is specially designed for toddlers and slightly older kids.

My choice for 'best hand luggage' fell on this cool owl, because your child can not only pull it, but can also scooter with his own suitcase! When folded, this trolley conforms to all international flight dimensions and fits in the luggage rack of the cabin, but also under the seat.

I think the price is only fair, when I consider design, durability and safety: the solid exterior is water and scratch resistant and the wheels roll well and are shock absorbing.

The robust and adjustable aluminum handle makes riding and scootering comfortable.

The flexible inner pockets are ideal for smaller items. The case has crossed straps inside and a good zipper.

The scooter is easy to fold and lock. You can convert the scooter into a trolley in no time. In addition, your child will enjoy the scooter at the airport.

The sizes are 38 x 20 x 19,5 cm. and it is suitable for kids from about 4-5 years old. This trolley comes with a lifetime warranty!

As a bonus, your little one receives a free neck pillow with this briefcase, all ready for a long flight.

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Best suitcase child of 2 years: Free Up Kids Ride

Best suitcase child of 2 years- Free Up Kids Ride

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This expensive, Free Up Kids ride trolley is again a ride-on suitcase for your little one from about 2 years.

Your child can comfortably place their feet on the supports on the sides, which is a big plus compared to the Trunki Ride-On and the Jetkids by Stokke. 

It can last a very long time, because at first it is only a suitcase on which your toddler can sit, with a grip, but later it is a fairly spacious trolley case for a child up to about 10-12 years old.

This suitcase can also be carried over the shoulder by parents or older children.

I chose the bright color yellow, but it is available in many beautiful colors! 

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Best suitcase child 3 to 4 years: Trunki Ride-On Hand luggage

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The plastic Trunki Ride-On Hand luggage suitcase in the shape of a ladybug is 46 cm high and has a unique and funny design. The ears are unique and serve as a handle for your child.

Your child can sit on it while waiting and drive it around when boredom sets in. Children enjoy traveling much more with this suitcase.

What I like about this suitcase is that safety comes first at Trunki. It has been designed to prevent tipping over.

See the suitcase in action at the airport here:

The price of this cool suitcase is also great!

The maximum load capacity is 50 kg. and the size is 46 x 30 x 21 cm. Perfect for children from 3-4 years old, up to 6 years old.

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Best suitcase child of 5 years: Avengers trolley

Best suitcase child of 5 years - Avengers trolley

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Your kid's favorite Avengers characters on his own travel trolley, my 5 year old nephew got these for his birthday and loved it! 

But do we as parents think so too? Well, the Avengers Trolley is also a backpack at the same time and both good to carry and to roll for a 5 year old. There is a good chance that your child will do everything himself during the trip!

I think this small trolley is well priced and cool, but the best thing is the place for drinking bottles on the side.

You know what a bottle of water costs at the airport, so you can quickly fill the thermos before the flight and save a lot of money. 

The carrying handle is collapsible and the trolley has a zipper in the main compartment and a second large compartment, also with a zipper, useful for games and things or snacks for on the go.

The trolley has wheels and adjustable straps to carry it as a backpack, if necessary to school. 

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Best Suitcase for 6 Years Child: Skip Hop Zoo Unicorn Trolley

Best suitcase child of 6 years- Skip Hop Zoo Unicorn trolley with child

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The Skip Hop Zoo Unicorn suitcase has a soft cover, but one made of sturdy canvas. So he would be fine in the luggage hold.

It is easy to handle for a 6 year old, although it is a bit on the small side. This trolley has a folding handle and yippee… also an elastic bottle pocket on the side.

The trolley has a strap and can be carried over the shoulder by a parent, you 6 year old can of course also wear it as a backpack.

Use the zipper pocket on the front to store your smaller items. It's a bonus that it's BPA-free!

This Zoo suitcase has the perfect dimensions as hand luggage and is also sturdy enough for daily use, for example to school, but certainly also with some heavier items in it. Nice detail: the zipper pullers are rainbows!

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Best suitcase child 7 years: American Tourister Disney Wavebreaker

Iron Man Disney Wavebreaker suitcase for children from 7 years

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The tough Disney Wavebreaker Spinner Iron Man from the quality brand American Tourister is 55 cm high and has a capacity of 36L.

With its height and retractable handle, it is suitable for a child of about 7, but also for teenagers or as a second suitcase for adults. This trolley is particularly popular with Iron Man fans.

The special texture ensures that the exterior is better protected against scratches. On the Spinner 67 & 77 cm. however, there is a TSA lock, not this one.

Inside the suitcase are cross straps, you have a divider with zipper and a separate compartment for smaller items.

Enough space for clothing, suitable as cabin luggage and what I find especially interesting is the very good quality that this brand offers.

By the way, this model has different prints and themes, so choose the one that appeals to your child the most.

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Best suitcase child of 8 years: Take Me Away Mickey London

Nice Dinsey Mickey Mouse suitcase with London print

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Super fun and durable children's suitcase, the Take Me Away Mickey London: a 75 cm high American Tourister from the 'Disney Legends' series.

This large Spinner with four swivel wheels can hold up to 88 liters, the dimensions are 75 x 52,5 x 31 cm.

This ultra-light, hard-shell case with its extendable handle features a unique Mickey in London print. Ideal for enthusiastic kids who love this iconic Disney character.

The case has a fixed TSA combination lock and is made of sturdy polycarbonate. There are two compartments that provide plenty of space for clothes and accessories.

Suitable for an 8-year-old, as well as teenagers and adults.

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Best Suitcase for Teens and Students: Amazon Basics

Best Suitcase for Teens and Students- Amazon Basics

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The large hard-shell suitcase Amazon Basics trolley is for the teenager who still travels with you, but who may also need the suitcase when student life approaches.

Or for your (almost) adult child, this is a great suitcase for teenagers +.

This suitcase is a 'serious suitcase' and has little to do with the children's models I've already shown you. Still, it is worth considering if you want to buy a durable and spacious suitcase for an older child.

I chose this one because of its reasonably good price and its luxurious 4 double spinner wheels, which allow it to rotate 180 degrees and is easy to handle.

This trolley is nice and spacious – it is no less than 78 cm high – and can increase by 15% in volume by opening the outer zippers.

The hardcover is scratch resistant and made of good quality, thick ABS (thicker than other cases in the same price range).

The inside is lined and has 3 zipped compartments for storing small items.

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This Amazon customer gives 4,5 out of 5 stars:

Good protection and also sturdy and good value. This is the first suitcase I have that has 4x wheels and it is super convenient to move around not only at airports but when traveling to/from stations etc.

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When is a ride-on suitcase better?

If you are flying with several children and you will have to travel some distance – think of check-in, to the gate, to the taxi or car rental at your destination – then a ride-on is almost indispensable.

So if you have enough space at your destination to transport another hard suitcase, the ride-on is a good idea. (the luggage space at your destination can sometimes be very limited)

Different types of ride-on luggage

There are several ride-on luggage solutions:

Trunki ride on versus Jetkids by Stokke versus Free Up Kids ride

The similarities between these 3 beautiful ride on suitcases?

They are all ride-ons! You can pull your little one and sprint to the gate in a hurry ;)
they all have a hard cover, all three are sturdy and have a beautiful design, each in its own way.

Yet they are very different from each other; the Trunki is very original with its sympathetic muzzle and colours, and much cheaper than the Jetkids by Stokke and the Free up; the Jetkids is unique, however, because it can become a bed and the Free up is a comfy ride-on with the necessary support for a toddler or toddler, with a little more luggage space.

The Trunki Ride-On Case has built up quite a reputation for quality and reliability, and your child can use it from toddlerhood. Your child can choose between several fun animals. The Trunki can hold 18 l., the dimensions are 46 x 30 x 21 cm and its weight is 1,7 kg.

The Jetkids by Stokke weighs 4 kg and is therefore quite on the heavy side, but that is of course due to the bed. The sizes are 46 x 36 x 20 cm, the space that remains for clothes, etc. is not too big.

The Free up can hold 25 l. dimensions are 50 x 50 x 25 cm (for the larger version applies: 36 l. – 59 x 58 x 25 cm. Its weight is 3.3 kg and it can hold up to 30 kg. (for the larger version, it weighs 3.9 kg) and can handle a maximum of 40 kg of luggage).

If you are looking for a suitcase that is not for a few years: the Free up can last longer than the Trunki and the Jetkids.

FAQ

Is it okay to buy a hard or soft suitcase?

While soft suitcases are resistant enough to survive a plane trip these days, hardcover suitcases are safer for the harder or breakable items you take with you on a plane trip.

If you travel by car, a soft suitcase is fine.

What makes ride-on suitcases so great for kids?

Firstly, little ones love to be able to pull their own luggage on wheels.

Often the ride-on suitcase shapes and models are also very attractive to them. For example, they have the shape of an animal or fire engine.

But best of all, when their little legs get tired, they can be pulled along on the suitcase by mom or dad.

Conclusion

Pleasant and convenient traveling with children is no longer as difficult as before with these nice suitcases!

If your child is involved in choosing the suitcase and perhaps also packing, it can lead to a nicer and more relaxed journey.

I have seen that especially the little ones enjoy traveling with their own suitcase, but they can occasionally sit on their suitcase and be pulled along.

They are also less bored if the suitcase can be part of their game.

Read also: On holiday with your baby: with this checklist you have arranged everything

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Joost Nusselder, the founder of Speelkeuze.nl is a content marketer, father and loves trying out new toys. As a child, he came into contact with everything around games when his mother started the Tin Soldier in Ede. Since 2016, he and his team have been creating helpful blog articles to help loyal readers with fun play ideas.