Best luggage for kids: LittleLife Wheelie Suitcase review
The girls and I had a few great foreign trips in 2018 including a European cruise and week in the Italian Lakes with Al Fresco Holidays. I’ve been keen that, at the age of five and three, the kids start packing and carrying some of their own belongings, especially as Mr Tin Box couldn’t join us for these two trips. My hands were already well and truly full! So what’s the best luggage for kids to unburden travelling parents?
We were sent a pair of LittleLife wheelie suitcases to review. Read on to find out what we thought of these cute kids duffle bags on wheels.
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LittleLife wheelie bag review: the packing challenge
In order to put our Ladybird and Dinosaur* design LittleLife wheelie suitcases through their paces prior to going on holiday I thought I’d challenge the Tin Box girls to pack them for a five night trip. I chose five nights as that’s the average time we’re usually away from home.
I supervised Baby while Tot filled her own bag with five jumpers, three pairs of trousers, a swim suit, one pair of shoes, one t-shirt and two pairs of knickers – the ideal holiday wardrobe, ahem! She also popped in a story book and her favourite, well-loved cuddly toy.
Here’s the slightly more trip appropriate packing list for Baby’s suitcase:
- Five pairs of knickers and socks
- Three vests
- Two pairs of PJs
- One skirt
- One pair of trousers
- A pair of shorts
- Five t-shirts
- One jumper
- A swim suit
- Two books
- A toy
So how did the LittleLife Wheelie Suitcase stand up to our five night challenge?
We managed to get everything we needed for each of the girls into the 20 litre bag and had space for an extra couple of nights with some tight rolling and clever packing.
I’d definitely use these suitcases for a summer holiday. If we needed wellington boots, extra jumpers and spare waterproofs then the girls would have to borrow some luggage space from me.
Kids cabin luggage suitcases
I had intended to put Tot’s wheelie suitcase into the aeroplane’s hold during our flight to Italy in the summer. But some unplanned repacking meant we brought it into the cabin instead.
This was no problem on our flight with Flybe, which restricts cabin bags to 55 x 35 x 20cm. The suitcase fitted perfectly under the seat in front of ours.
To be honest the bag is deeper than 20cm, but because we had other luggage going into the hold I don’t think the check in staff were too worried either on the UK or Italian sides. Other airlines may not be so accommodating!
How does the LittleLife wheelie suitcase compare to other luggage for kids?
We also have Trunkis and the girls love them too. However, as someone interested in how useful the luggage is rather than just its entertainment value, I much prefer the LittleLife wheelie bags. You can pack them and re-open the bags without everything falling out, which means you can use them more for longer breaks.
It’s not just a novelty – however useful that is when you are trying to keep kids amused at the airport. The prices are similar if you buy them through the official brand websites. But it is possible to pick up Trunkis for cheaper*. My vote for the best kids luggage still goes to LittleLife.
Here’s some more product facts for you:
- Each bag comes with a two-stage telescopic handle
- There’s a handy name label inside the handle zipper
- It has an internal accessory pocket
- The main compartment holds 20 litres
- Weight: 1.4kg (3lbs.1oz)
- Dimensions (packed): 35 x 25 x 45cm
- Suitable for ages 3+ years
- Retail price: £49.99 (but keep an eye out for deals)
Our verdict on the LittleLife Wheelie Suitcase
The girls think these animal-themed suitcases are great fun and were keen to give them a road test. They had no trouble dashing around with the bags fully loaded with their well chosen (and not so well chosen) holiday essentials.
I rate the LittleLife Wheelie Suitcases because they are practical with an element of fun and we can pack them like proper luggage with clothes and a few items to keep the kids entertained while we’re on holiday. I might actually win back some of my suitcase space!
In terms of the bags’ price (RRP £49.99), the LittleLife Wheelie Suitcase* is a bit more expensive than other luggage for kids on the market but I would argue it is more practical and comparable with good quality adult hand luggage.
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Disclosure: we received our own LittleLife wheelie suitcases for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. This post also contains affiliate links. This means if you click on a link marked with a * and make a purchase then I may earn some commission. This does not affect the price you pay.
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