9 Best Toddler Suitcases for Travel

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Travelling with kids can be challenging but buying a good toddler suitcase can definitely ease some of the pain — if you choose the right one.

There are a huge number of suitcases for toddlers on the market — some good, some bad and most somewhere in between. So which to choose?

We’ve narrowed them down to the best toddler suitcases available right now.

There are ride-ons, rolling suitcases, scooters and even one that can be converted into a bed… yep, really. Make sure you check out the buying guide at the end to see which one will work best for you and your family before you buy.

Read on for our best toddler luggage guide!

9 Best Toddler Suitcases

Trunki Ride-on Suitcase

Pros

  • Kids can sit on it and ride along – can take up to 50kg of seating weight
  • Comfortable ‘saddle’
  • Stable thanks to 4 wheel configuration
  • Comes with horn grips to hold on to for steering and tow strap
  • Catches are easy-open yet lockable
  • Has carry handles for when it’s time to carry it
  • Appropriate size for hand luggage
  • Lots of different fun designs to choose from, including a tiger, pirate ship, ladybird, fire engine, unicorn, spaceship and more!
  • Very durable thanks to hard plastic shell
  • Comes with a 5 year guarantee
  • Made in England
  • Can be recycled
  • Good price

Cons

  • Very popular — make sure it’s well labelled if you put it as checked luggage when flying!
  • Capacity is a little limited at just 18 litres

Skip Hop Zoo Rolling Luggage

Pros

  • Many fun designs available, including a butterfly, fox and owl
  • Appropriate size for hand luggage
  • Lightweight (1.02 kg) and easy for kids to pull along
  • Handy front zip pocket
  • Retractable 13-inch handle
  • Free from BPA and Phthalates
  • Good amount of room for clothes and toys
  • Canvas feels sturdy and durable
  • Matching zipper pulls are fun

Cons

  • Best suited to slightly older toddlers who are happy to pull the handle
  • No locks on the zips

Micro Eazy Ride On 3-in-1 Suitcas

Pros

  • 3 products in 1 — hand luggage, ride-on suitcase and even lightweight stroller!
  • Appropriate size for hand luggage
  • Very generous 22-litre capacity case
  • Parent steering handle is adjustable and extendable depending on your height and child’s size
  • Suitable for toddlers over 18 months and up to 20kg
  • You can customise the front of the case with the included owl eyes 🦉
  • Very space efficient thanks to adjustability and foldability
  • Very durable thanks to precision Swiss engineering

Cons

  • A little dull to look at
  • On the heavier side at 4kg
  • Expensive

Samsonite Dream Rider Deluxe

Pros

  • Range of 4 different colour designs to choose from
  • Appropriate size to be taken as hand luggage
  • Can be used as a footrest when you’re on the plane
  • Stable and comfortable to ride on
  • Integrated footrest and handles
  • Easy to manoeuvre
  • Comes with a retractable pull handle and removable shoulder strap
  • Very durable and hard-wearing
  • Very generous 25-litre capacity
  • Top lid makes for easy access

Cons

  • Expensive
  • On the heavier side at 3kg

Zinc Flyte Mini Scooter Suitcase

Pros

  • Scooter-loving kids will love it!
  • Scooter folds away and locks in place
  • Appropriate size for hand luggage
  • Generous 21-litre capacity inside
  • Available in this Mini size (2-4 years) and Micro size (4-8 years)
  • Stable and safe steering
  • Two fun designs available
  • Can be carried and pulled, as well as used as a scooter
  • Reasonably lightweight at 3kg considering it’s a scooter as well as a suitcase

Cons

  • Not as hard-wearing as we’d like on the suitcase component, considering it’s likely to get bumped around a lot as a scooter

American Tourister Disney Suitcase

Pros

  • Ideal for when you need a larger suitcase (to be put in the hold)
  • Perfect for Disney fans!
  • Comes in 3 different sizes
  • Has a 3-digit combination lock included
  • Lots of choices of fun Disney prints
  • Very durable and hardwearing
  • Very easy to pull and manoeuvre
  • Very generous capacity (exact amount depends on the size you choose)
  • Reasonable price considering size and quality

Cons

  • Its size means it’s better suited to older kids if you expect them to pull it around

Boppi Tiny Trekker

Pros

  • Lots of fun designs available
  • Easy to pull thanks to lightweight 1.5kg configuration and smooth rubber wheels
  • Appropriate size for hand luggage
  • Retractable handle can be extended to 2 different heights so will grow with your child
  • Good price

Cons

  • Capacity is a little limited at just 17 litres
  • Doesn’t come with any locks
  • Not as sturdy as we would like

Jet Kids by Stokke BedBox

Pros

  • Can be used as both a ride-on suitcase and transformed into a bed for an airplane seat or a leg rest
  • Very comfortable to ride on thanks to shock-absorbing front wheels, and integrated handle and foot rest
  • Very manoeverable
  • Can be transformed into a bed in just 5 easy steps
  • Fits most standard economy seats
  • Bed is comfortable thanks to included mattress and soft side panels
  • Comes with a multi-purpose strap for easy carrying and pulling
  • Hard shell case is very sturdy and durable
  • Comes with stickers so your child can decorate the case as they wish
  • Generous 23-litre capacity wth more storage room inside the lid
  • Appropriate size for hand luggage
  • Available in a few different colours
  • Reasonable price considering capabilities

Cons

  • Not the most exciting designs for kids
  • Make sure you check with the airline beforehand if they accept it

LittleLife Suitcase

Pros

  • Beautiful unicorn design
  • Telescopic handle is in two stages so will grow with your child
  • Generous 20 litre internal compartment
  • Smooth and easy to pull at just 1.36 kg
  • Internal name and address label
  • Handy front pocket
  • Reasonable price

Cons

  • Doesn’t come with locks
  • Not quite as sturdy and durable as we’d like given it’s made from nylon

What to Consider Before Buying Toddler Luggage

It’s worth considering a few key things before you invest in a toddler suitcase — that way, you can ensure that you’re buying the best product for your child and family that you’ll use time and time again.

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Age of your Child

One of the key things to consider is the age of your child right now and how long you anticipate them using the suitcase.

Some suitcases are better suited to older children — particularly rolling suitcases that can’t be ridden on. These are usually lightweight and easy to pull around for most kids, but consider how long your child is likely going to be happy doing this. Most younger toddlers have short attention spans and are unlikely to have the energy to pull one all around the airport.

If you’re buying a ride-on suitcase and your child is a bit older then make sure to check the weight limit.

The Trunki can take an impressive 50kg, for example, but the Micro Eazy can only take 20kg.

Carrying Capacity

Another important consideration is how much you need to pack in your toddler’s suitcase.

If it’s simply going to be used for a few toys and snacks then you can get away with a smaller carrying capacity, such as with the Trunki or Boppi suitcases.

But if you want to use it to store more than just a few essentials, definitely take a look at the slightly bigger options, like:

  • Samsonite Dream Rider Deluxe (25 litres)
  • Jet Kids BedBox (23 litres)
  • Micro Eazy (22 litres)

If you’re going away for a while and are happy to put the suitcase into checked luggage as opposed to just hand luggage, then you’re going to want to invest in the American Tourister Disney Suitcase which is available in 3 different sizes.

Ease of Use

Regardless of whether you or your toddler are carrying the suitcase around, you want to be sure that it’s smooth, easily manoeuvrable and ideally lightweight.

The Skip Hop Zoo Rolling Luggage is the lightest, weighing in at a fraction over 1kg. It’s very easy to pull around for little ones and for parents too if your toddler decides to abandon it…

But lighter doesn’t always mean it’s the best choice. Some of the heavier suitcases on this list are some of the easiest to manoeuvre thanks to their skilled engineering and useful handles.

The Micro Eazy, Samsonite Dream Rider Deluxe and Jet Kids BedBox are some of the best in this regard.

Ultimately, each suitcase on this list has been partially chosen for inclusion because it’s easy for both you and your toddler to push/pull/carry/ride on so you can’t go wrong.

Fun Designs

We know as well as anyone that a fun design can often be the key to getting your toddler to take ownership over and use their suitcase.

One of the reasons the Trunki Ride-on is so popular is due to the numerous fun, colourful designs on offer that almost trick kids into seeing the suitcase as a toy rather than something boring to carry your luggage.

Trunki lead the charge here but honorable mentions must go to the Skip Hop Zoo Rolling Luggage, Zinc Flyte Scooter Suitcase (the must-buy for all scooter lovers) and the American Tourister Disney Suitcase.

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Durability

Although often overlooked when it comes to toddler suitcases, durability is actually a really important thing to consider — even if the suitcase never makes it into the cargo hold.

Because, truth be told, toddlers can be destructive. Especially if they’re riding on a suitcase or pulling it around after them. They simply don’t have that instinct to protect their belongings that comes to most of us with age and responsibilities…!

This is why we tend to favour toddler suitcases with hard plastic shells rather than soft canvas. They’re simply more likely to last.

Again, Trunki do this really well (especially impressive given their very reasonable prices), but also the Micro Eazy, Samsonite Dream Rider Deluxe and Jet Kids BedBox also rank really well for durability.

The American Tourister Disney Suitcase is probably the number #1 on this list where it comes to durability and hard wearing quality, although you would expect this from such a legacy brand and on a suitcase going into the cargo hold.

If you’re only intending to use the suitcase for very light use, then you can afford to go for a canvas option like the Skip Hop Zoo Rolling Luggage, Zinc Flyte Scooter or the Boppi Tiny Trekker.

Price

Last but certainly not least to consider is price. How much do you really want to spend on a toddler suitcase?

There is a huge range of prices on offer although we would broadly say that you get what you pay for. Cheaper suitcases generally mean smaller carrying capacity and compromises in durability, whereas the most expensive ones — such as the Jet Kids BedBox — come with a lot of mod cons. In the Jet Kids case, that’s the ability to be converted into a bed.

Only you know how much is appropriate to spend on a suitcase for a toddler in your family but perhaps consider how much you think you’ll use it and for how long, as well as how well your chosen product scores in all the categories we’ve set out here.

As far as we’re concerned, the best value for money can be found in the Trunki Ride-On and the Samonsite Dream Rider Deluxe.


What’s your recommendation for the best toddler suitcase?

Head over to our advice section for more tips on travelling with a baby or toddler! You may also want to check out our toddler packing list if you are heading on an extended trip.

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