Traveling with children has its rewards — fun family bonding, seeing the world through your kid's eyes, and losing yourself in a childlike sense of adventure, to name a few. It also comes with a tiny challenge: packing and schlepping a lot of extra stuff. Make that part of the journey a little easier on yourself by equipping your young globe-trotter with his or her own suitcase. In fact, your little one may even be inspired to pack and tote the bag themselves — with a smile. Whether your travel companion is a tot or tween, boy or girl, we've got an awesome piece of luggage (or two!) to entice them to do just that.
1. Lassig About Friends Rolling Suitcase
How cute is this Lassig rolling suitcase, featuring cheery, dancing bears? The 18-inch bag meets most international and domestic carry-on size requirements, plus it boasts a zip-around toy pocket and a water bottle pouch. In addition to a robin-egg blue hue, it comes in pink.
2. Mima Ovi Trolley Suitcase
Kids' luggage doesn't have to be cutesy. Proof: This 18-inch hard-shell rolling bag has an ultra-modern style, plus it's practical. Chocolate milk (or whatever the spill of the day) wipes right off. The handle has three height positions, so your 5-year-old will probably still be pulling this Ovi suitcase when he or she is 10.
3. Stephen Joseph Classic Rolling Luggage
With this sweet piece of Stephen Joseph luggage, she'll be ready to roll. It's light, easy to maneuver, has an extendable handle, and complies with carry-on size regulations. And even with a trim design, it still holds plenty. There are lots of little compartments to stash travel essentials, as well as those little treasures children always seem to pick up on trips. The whimsical unicorn design is done up with touches of glitter, so you can be sure your on-the-go fashionista will be strutting through the airport in style.
4. Popatu Trolley Rolling Backpack Set
Could there be anything more appropriate for a first cross-country flight than the Popatu airline rolling backpack set? This cheeky charmer lets your little one stuff the engine on either side with snacks, toys, or tiny travel treasures. The fuzzy aircraft detaches from the trolley to become a bonafide backpack, plus it's machine washable.
5. Skip Hop Zoo Kids Rolling Luggage