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Article: How to Select Kids Luggage For Your Next Trip

How to Select Kids Luggage For Your Next Trip

How to Select Kids Luggage For Your Next Trip

Getting ready to go on your next big trip? Choosing the right luggage can help your children be more independent, learn the value of taking proper care of their belongings, and take some extra weight off of your shoulders. There are plenty of options on the market for children’s luggage, from themed TV show bags, and hardshell and softshell options.

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But how do you make sure that the luggage you choose will be the perfect fit for your child? In this article, we will discuss how to best select children’s luggage for your next trip. We’ll cover all of the factors: size, handling, weight, materials and durability, and color/theme so that you can feel confident choosing the right luggage for your child.

How to Select Kids Luggage For Your Next Trip

Top Factors to Consider


When it comes to kids' luggage, you first need to consider the size of luggage that your child will be able to use. As we all know, the average size of a 6-year-old and the average size of a 10-year-old are quite different. However, there are some 6-year-olds that might be the same size as some 10-year-olds—so we trust that you know your child and their size well.

There are two main options when it comes to size for children’s luggage, those that are 18 inches (standard kids size) and those that are 21 inches (standard carryon size).

As a general rule, 18-inch wheeled bags are typically appropriate for younger kids, and 21-inch bags are usually a safe bet for older kids and teens.

Handling Difficulty

Another factor to consider when choosing children’s luggage is the handling difficulty of the bag. For younger users, bags that spin 360 degrees can be more difficult to maneuver by kiddos who struggle with coordination, which makes straight-wheeled rollers preferable.

But other children prefer spinner luggage because it is less likely to turn and flip on them while on the go. In this regard, use your best judgment with your own child’s motor skills and abilities.


Another factor to consider is the weight of the luggage before packing. Children are not as strong as adults are, and it’s preferable to choose luggage that is already light before being filled with their belongings. This way, you can maximize the number of items your child can pack without having to worry about tired arms, which will end up with a parent pulling the extra weight after all.

According to Healthline, roller backpacks should weigh less than 20 percent of a child’s weight to prefer back, neck, or shoulder discomfort, advice which can be transferred over to roller suitcases. Most kids' luggage is built to be light, but there are certain options that go above and beyond in this department. All Heys children’s luggage weighs under 4 pounds, making it suitable for young children and even toddlers.

Materials and Durability

When considering roller bags, there are pros and cons to both hardshell and softshell options. Hardshell luggage stands out for its durability, making it an ideal choice if you desire a visually appealing, shiny, and long-lasting case. On the other hand, softshell luggage offers affordability and even lighter weight. If you prioritize a combination of vibrant colors, durability, and a sleek appearance, opting for hardside luggage is recommended. Conversely, if you're working with a budget and require a lightweight option, softside luggage may be more suitable for your specific needs.

Colour and Theme

Both age appropriateness and personality factor into this next decision. A lot of the 18-inch luggage on the market is themed with licensed content, which is great if your child has a favorite Disney, Paw Patrol, Marvel or other character that they would like on their suitcase. There are also options for sports lovers, such as Major League Baseball teams and National Hockey League teams. Solid color options are rare in 18-inch luggage but definitely out there if you would prefer more lowkey, neutral luggage for your child.

While the availability of character-themed options is limited in the 21-inch size range, there is an exciting option for Marvel fans—an adult Marvel-themed luggage. Apart from this particular style, most of the 21-inch suitcases resemble those designed for adults. The advantage of choosing this size is that you can find luggage sets that allow your child's suitcase to match your own, creating a coordinated and stylish travel ensemble.

Examples of Kids' Luggage to Consider

For Younger Kids

Heys e-One 18-inch Roller Bag

The Heys e-One 18-inch Roller Bag comes in many different varieties, from Peppa Pig to Paw Patrol to your favorite baseball team and more! It is a hardshell roller bag that weighs just 3.7 pounds.

Heys Basic 17-inch Softside Luggage

The Heys Basic 17-inch Softside Luggage comes in Disney Frozen 2 and Paw Patrol designs. It is a softside roller bag that weighs only 1.7 pounds.

For Older Kids

Heys Glo 21-inch Carry-On Bag

The Heys Glo 21-inch Carry-On bag is a hardshell spinner bag that weighs 6.4 pounds and is perfect for older kids and teens. It comes in mint, white, aqua, fuschia, and lemon.


Choosing the right luggage for your child is essential to ensure a smooth and enjoyable travel experience. By considering key factors such as size, handling difficulty, weight, materials and durability, as well as color and theme, you can confidently select the perfect luggage for your child's needs. At Heys, we understand the importance of providing high-quality luggage designed specifically for kids.

Our range of kids' luggage offers a variety of options to cater to different age groups and preferences. For younger kids, the Heys e-One 18-inch Roller Bag combines durability and fun with its range of designs featuring popular characters like Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol. Weighing just 3.7 pounds, it provides a lightweight and sturdy solution for your child's belongings.

If you have older kids or teens, the Heys Glo 21-inch Carry-On Bag is an excellent choice. With its hardshell construction and spinner wheels, it offers both durability and maneuverability. Available in a range of stylish colors including mint, white, aqua, fuschia, and lemon, it's perfect for older kids looking to express their personal style.

Investing in quality luggage for your child not only encourages their independence and responsibility but also ensures their comfort during travel. All Heys children's luggage is designed with their needs in mind, featuring lightweight materials that make packing a breeze while still maintaining durability. Make your child's next trip unforgettable with the right luggage choice from Heys Luggage.  

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