“ Brand: Kids Travel 2 / Type: Hard suitcase / Size: 20" „
The Mrs has bought this suitcase for our daughter who is 4 and although it looks a little big for her at the minute I know it is going to be a huge success and be used for many years.
The Mrs bought it because whenever we go away we tend to put our clothes all in one big suitcase and they can get mixed up and we decided it was time to have our own separate cases to make unpacking easier and also to help encourage our daughter to get involved in packing and feel independent. She had lots to choose from but wanted to buy something which would last a long while and wouldn't just be seen as something for our daughter to have whilst she was little. This design is very girlie but not in a young girl way so will hopefully stay appealing to our daughter until she is older too.
It is a hard suitcase which is ideal so that whatever is inside is protected well. i also think a suitcase like this is more hard-wearing so when it's bashed around it will be easier to clean if marks get on it and it will protect what's inside even if it's thrown into a holder more than a soft one would be. Even though it is hard it doesn't make it very heavy, which would be a problem in terms of weight for flying.
It is 20 inches high so not a huge bag but it holds plenty. Our little girl loved having her own case and choosing what to put in it. There was plenty of space for clothes and toys and a blanket, she loved getting to fill it up herself! It is a good size for children. It is quite tall for her at the moment and she did struggle to pull it herself but I know in a couple or years time it will just be perfect for her. It could be fine for other children her age but she is quite small for her age.
Our little girl loves how it gives her some independence and she enjoys trying to pull it herself! the handle is an expandable one which you push down when you have finished with it, this is quite smooth to do and once up it stays up so you won't suddenly have it collapse whilst you're in the middle of pulling it.
This is a great suitcase and I can see us buying something similar in a few years time for our little boy.
Not long before our recent trip to California, I realised that we would probably need to invest in some new luggage and as my daughters are getting that bit older I thought that they would appreciate each having their own small case. I did not want to buy a typical child's case as I wanted something that would probably last a long time and therefore it would need to appeal without being too little girlish (if you know what I mean!).
Therefore I visited my favourite website, and after a short search decided on the Kids Travel 2 Hard suitcase On Wheels. I chose one that was hot pink with flowers for Natalie and the other was purple with retro flowers for Rachel. As soon as I spotted them I knew that my girls would absolutely adore them and that they would also be very easy to spot on the baggage carousel!
The suitcase has a fabric patterned exterior, comes on wheels and has an extending handle. This is just a pull out and push down type of handle but is very easy to manage as my eight year old and her six year old sister soon proved. They were very much a dab hand at extending and closing this handle many times after two airports and five hotels. The cases are also very easy for them to manage to pull along on their strong rollerblade style wheels, even when they are very full, which meant that the girls were able to be a great help in all our travels - which pleased us all greatly! The cases really glided over all manner of surfaces very smoothly.
The size of the suitcase is Height 55cm, Width 37cm and Depth 20cm which gives it a capacity of 40.5-50 litres approximately. In layman's terms that means that you can actually fill it with quite a lot of stuff and certainly everything that a small girl needs for a two week holiday with room to spare. This is almost definitely helped by the suitcase's ability to expand. This extra space is created by unzipping the top part of the case which allows the lid to move upwards probably creating a couple of extra inches of space.
The inside of the case is lined and there are also a couple of zips that allow you to create a couple of extra compartments. This was useful for separating things like wet swimwear when we moved from one location to the next.
Although we only bought them before our recent holiday I can definitely say that these cases are able to withstand a great deal of wear and tear and moving about. They were packed and repacked on five occasions, withstood the baggage handlers at Heathrow, Los Angeles, and San Francisco airports, went on seven car journeys and endured the indignity of being shoved on two carousels! If only suitcase could talk... After all that they still look almost as good as new and there are no marks or scratches or rips on the fabric exterior but perhaps just some slight scuffing on the plastic that surrounds the wheels! I don't think that is at all bad for what we have put them through!
As I said at the beginning, I chose the case because they were so attractive, lovely floral patterns on bright backgrounds that look really funky. My daughters fell in love with them the moment they saw them and wanted to pack straight away even though it was at least two weeks until our holiday! However, even though my little girls love them, I'm sure that grown up girls would love them just as much as well. Also, they were really easy to spot on the carousel - there was not a similar suitcase in sight so we did feel quite unique!
The only other thing to mention is the price. I bought these on Amazon at the beginning of July and they cost £29 each. I know that you can get cases for a lot less than that, but none that are attractive as these and I do want them to last well into my daughters' teenage years which going by their performance so far, they definitely will. I really do recommend them.