Traveling this summer? Whether by car, plane, bus or boat, if you're planning on loading up the family and exploring, we've gathered up our favorite kid-friendly luggage for hitting the open road. Because exploring with kids is fun, but it's even better when they can carry their own stuff. #truth
The best luggage for kids depends on the age of your child and what kind of traveling you'll be doing (plane hopping vs. car ride to Grandma's house). Whether you're looking for hard-sided or soft, big or small, here are a few of our favorites.
SkipHop: SkipHop's Zoo Collection suitcases and backpacks are always one of our favorites. Choose from 18 different animal friends for the backpacks and four animals for suitcases. Both are kid-sized and geared for kids 3+ which means they don't hold a ton, but suitable for a few nights away or to hold activities and snacks for the car or plane. The SkipHope suitcase has a pull-out handle and wheels as well as a detachable shoulder strap so a parent can carry it if needed. The backpacks are just downright adorable and work just as well on the plane as they do at preschool.
Melissa & Doug: Trunki is a hard-sided kid suitcase that can be carried or, get this, ridden. Lightweight (3.8 lbs) but durable (can hold up up to 75 lbs.), your child can pack Trunki with clothes and accessories for the trip, pull it through the airport, or when she gets tired, can hop aboard and grab a ride while a parent pulls. It has a tow strap, carry handles, stabilizers to keep it from toppling over, and will fit in the overheard storage bin. A win for parents traveling by air with kids.
TrendyKid: For more hard-sided options, we love Trendy Kids' collection of suitcase/backpack combos (also available separately). The suitcase has dividing pocket, zip compartment and garment straps as well as a retractable handle with two height options for either kids or adults. The backpack has a lightweight hard shell, adjustable straps and inner zip compartments. If you have older kids, check out TrendyKid's Travel Kool collection specially designed for tweens and teens.
Obersee: If you prefer soft-sided luggage, Obersee provides suitcase/backpack combos that are lightweight, geared for kids aged 3-9, and come in an array of kid-friendly designs. We love that the matching combos don't feel too cutesy for older kids and that the front pocket on both the backpack and suitcase are insulated for keeping snacks cold and easy to access.
Pottery Barn: Once your kids are little bit older and ready to/need to carry more things on their travels, step up in size and sophistication with suitcases from Pottery Barn Kids. The Mackenzie suitcase comes in three different sizes and a dozen different patterns including Gray Gecko and Pink/Gray Geo shown here. The bags have spacious compartments, sturdy wheels, and adjustable pull handles. Plus you can monogram them for that special touch.
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