I recently flew with my 18-month-old for the first time and it was an interesting experience. London loved speeding up on the runway and taking off, but then she was instantly bored once we reached cruising altitude. After exhausting all the books, toys, and squeezable applesauce packs I managed to bring, she sat on the floor and pulled everything out of our carry-on. And screamed. So…fun.
If I were a more organized mom, I would have packed one of these adorable kid-friendly bags.
Pottery Barn Kids Fairfax Luggage
Preppy stripes are always stylish. And this PB Kids suitcase is made with durable fabric that stands up to kid wear and tear. Roomy pockets, an easy-grip handle, wheels for fast transport and a spacious interior make packing and travel a snap. Plus, you can personalize it with a name or monogram. >> Get it here
Govinci Eva Hard Back Kids Backpack Trolley
This all-in-one suitcase doubles as a drawing table and mobile art display, and provides ample storage for on-the-go essentials. The telescopic handle makes moving through airport lines easy. >> Get it here
Cabin Max Bear Children’s Luggage Carry on Trolley Suitcase
While, sadly, the teddy bear is not included, your little one can tote a favorite stuffed animal or doll along for the ride. The bag also features an external side pocket and bottle holder. An internal pocket makes for easy organization. This water-resistant suitcase is available in a variety of bright, kid-friendly colors. >> Get it here
Keeping kids entertained at the airport is key to traveling happy. Trunki does the trick. This ride-along suitcase has a four-gallon capacity so packing clothes and toys is a breeze. Made from sturdy but lightweight plastic, kids can ride on their own or get pulled through the terminal by mom and dad. >> Get it here
Skip Hop Zoo Luggage
Skip Hop’s Zoo collection features bright, modern designs that appeal to kids and parents. I’m partial to the dog, but the ladybug, bumblebee, monkey and owl are all cute. There’s a useful shoulder strap for carrying when your young traveler tires of wheeling the case. Plus they coordinate with Skip Hop backpacks, lunch bags, tableware and more. >> Get it here
Whether you use them as a carry-on or for suitcase delivery to baggage claim upon your flight’s arrival, these bags should make traveling with your little a little more enjoyable.