We can only imagine what it might be like to travel with young children and an armful of luggage. Making sure the tickets and passports are in a safe place, but readily available, as well as knowing what items to check into the cargo hold, and then of course, keeping a constant and watchful eye on the little ones.
All of these things must be a shade daunting for not only the first time traveler, but also seasoned globetrotters. We’re sure, though, that moms and dads everywhere, quickly develop time saving techniques to make things go smoother. In fact, there are all kinds of blogs and forum threads that are dedicated to this exact topic.
One of the ways that parents keep everyone occupied is with ride on luggage for toddlers. The cases are so adorable from what we have seen. We know that might be a little gushy for guys to say, but it is true! Looking around, we saw cute dogs, pretty cats, ferocious lions, pink pigs, purple sheep, and lots of licensed characters.
Of course, they only work for very small children, as they are not meant for taller and heavier kids. Probably up until the age of three would be the maximum. Although, you should check the individual specifications because some say for three and above. I guess it depends on the height of the case.
In addition to the wide selection of characters, they are made in various ways, too. Some are plush, others are hard shell cases, while some come in a set of padded bag with suitcase. We saw handles for the parents to use to pull the child while sitting atop the case. There were others that had scooter type slats. Those usually only had three wheels while most models had four. I would think four wheels would be better for both mobility and stability when talking about younger kids.
And, to make it easier for parents with babies, there are even converters so that you can take a car seat and attach it to the wheeled suitcase in order to pull both at the same time. Now that is a huge time saver, plus the baby is safe strapped in its own carriage.
A couple things to look for before buying. This part is courtesy of a neighbor mom with three kids under the age of five.
- Read the manufacturer specs to determine if the case is age appropriate.
- Not all models are certified carry on. They may seem like they are, but you need to check with the airports you are using.
- If you do a lot of traveling, you will want something quite durable. For example, I can’t imagine putting a plush bag into the dirty cargo hold of a bus.
- Look for designs that the child can push themselves, but also have straps or handles for others to pull, too. Foot rests will be a nice feature so the child has somewhere to place the feet when being pulled.
- Case doubles as a toy.
- Should have built in stabilizers for safety so it doesn’t topple over easily.
- Needs a carry strap for when child not using or trying to find seat on bus, train or plane.
One thing that she did mention that is important. If you are traveling somewhere you do a lot of walking on the pavement or sidewalks, ride on luggage for toddlers is probably not the best option. They need smooth surfaces to glide properly, plus it will be very hard to keep it steady with the cracks and dents in the concrete.