Luggage Favorites for Families Part I

Anti-Theft Baggallini Large Hobo at Westin Sarasota in Florida

Families need a certain kind of luggage at their their disposal and they basically need to fall into only categories: sturdy & functional. The reality is that when you have to pack for a whole gaggle of kids, you need something that isn’t so much stylish but gives you the “emergency kid item” like diapers or gluten free snacks within easy reach when you need it most. Lucky for you, however, I have scoured the luggage landscape to come up with this list of functional, tough, AND great looking luggage favorites. Although we always say here at Kid Allergy Travel that new luggage isn’t necessarily a must….the right luggage items sure do help!

We had so many travel products on our love list that we have broken this series down into multiple parts. This post features 3 trusted Brands in Part I of Luggage Favorites for Families: Herschel Supply Company, Baggallini & Travelpro. #affiliatelinks

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Herschel Supply Company

The Canadian design driven global accessories brand offer up stylish luggage, accessories and fashion.

Heritage Backpack

This is one of those bags that I have had a crush on – I originally found it in a store in Fort Worth, Texas. Then, I saw it in the Terminal shopping area of the Tampa airport in Florida. What do I love the most? The really stylish pattern and fact that it is still packed with bunches of function too.

Heritage Backpack

Heritage Backpack

Shown on – Male / Female Signature striped fabric liner 15″ laptop sleeve Pebbled leather zipper pulls Single front pocket with key clip Internal media pocket with headphone port Classic woven label

Youth Retreat Backpack

I love that Herschel Supply Company has youth sized bags perfect for you kids to carry their OWN luggage!

Retreat Backpack | Youth

Retreat Backpack | Youth

Signature striped fabric linerAdjustable drawcord closureMagnetic strap closures with metal pin clipsFront storage sleeveWoven interior name labelClassic woven label

Chapter Travel Kit

We wanted Kid Allergy to start taking more responsibility for carrying his allergy related items needed when we travel. We wanted something that didn’t look like a cosmetics case and was sturdy for kid carrying and large enough to handle all the basics. This one is perfect!

Chapter Travel Kit

Chapter Travel Kit

Signature striped fabric linerInternal mesh storage sleeveWaterproof zipper detailed main compartmentFront zippered pocket with pebbled leather pullClassic woven label

Trade Luggage | Carry-On 

When you travel as much as we do you need a suitcase that can withstand a lot of shoving, throwing and cramming. This hard sided Herschel carry-on is stylish and sturdy.

Trade Luggage | Carry-On

Trade Luggage | Carry-On

Molded ABS hard shell exterior Accepted as a carry-on by all major airlines Black and white striped fabric liner Two-way exposed zipper Split design with zippered mesh storage and garment cross-straps Retractable three-stage locking trolley handle Four multi-directional dual polyurethane wheels Inset Travel Sentry® Approved TSA combination zipper lock Embossed rubber diamond and classic label

Novel Duffle | Mid-Volume 

I was tasked with finding a sturdy duffle bag able to fit a weekend worth of camping gear for my son’s class trip that was not a roller board variety. This Herschel Nova Duffle fit the bill and offered something beyond function because I liked the look enough to keep it around for future adventures.

Novel Duffle | Mid-Volume

Novel Duffle | Mid-Volume

Signature striped fabric liner Internal storage sleeve Two-way waterproof zipper Reinforced and articulated carrying handles Removable padded webbing shoulder strap Signature shoe compartment Classic woven label

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This American women’s accessories brand was started by two female flight attendants and focus on function and style for your family travels.

The Anti-Theft Line of Travel Handbags

We traveled with the Anti-Theft Large Hobo for over a month in Southeast Asia and we absolutely fell in love with this line of Baggallini travel crossbody bags. You can read more about our experience and our thoughts about the Baggallini Anti-Theft Handbag here.

Carry All Tote Bag

We love that it is lightweight & water resistant perfect for the beach or pool and has a zipper to keep items secure.

Packing Cubes

This is a new phenomenon for our family and we can’t seem to get enough of it! For anyone who hasn’t given packing cubes a go we highly suggest you take the plunge for your next vacation. We were determined to keep luggage to a minimum to reduce costs during our month long Southeast Asia tour. Packing cubes were vital to helping me save space and keep stuff organized for me and the boys! Oh and make sure to get varying sizes like this one below—you will find different baggage pieces require a different combo to make work.

Cosmetics Case Trio

We used these for our trip around Southeast Asia and boy did we fall in love. Having three different sizes worked well for this adventure because I needed lots of go to pouches that could hold the things I needed in a jiffy. This is also the first time I traveled with a clear bag for liquids instead of my old trusty plastic baggie (yeah, I know crazy right?). Check out the full review for the Baggallini Cosmetics Case Trio here.

4-Wheeled Rolling Tote

We love that this encourages our kids to take care of their own luggage during travel! This on board suitcase is water resistant, has 2 levels of adjustments for the length of the handle for shorter children, and has 4 wheels to make maneuvering around tight corners easier.


TravelPro is the original founder of the Rollaboard luggage and is a brand our family has used for years. Plus, this is the choice of over 90 airlines for their crew & personnel so you know this stuff is high quality.


We used this for our long term family travel trip to Southeast Asia. Super compact and lightweight making it the perfect travel item for carry-on only for international travel. Durable too–still looks like new after over a month of travel.


It’s PINK! Yeah, I know I’m just focusing on the looks but how adorable is this? Plus, it matches my laptop—which also happens to be pink too (do you see a trend in my purchases?). But, seriously, I like where the computer is stored in this bag and also like that there is an additional compartment to put all the kids stuff in that separates if from mine. Because yes—-I STILL carry everyone’s stuff when we travel.

Oh–and if you are looking for something more neutral never fear–TravelPro has you covered with plenty of low key colors that still look stylish and maintain their function that I love.

Crew Versapack

This new Crew Versapack is like a roller board plus packing cube had a baby! Talk about a product packed with functionality. We absolutely love that this carry-on features zip-in organizers that allow you to personalize the way you pack. Although this isn’t something we have personally tried ourselves we hope one of you give it a whirl on your next adventure and update us on what you think about it!

TravelPro Luggage Sets

I love a deal and if you are traveling with a whole family these luggage sets are perfect for upgrading your current travel items at a reasonable cost. We love that we can always find the right combo of travel items at a good price with this brand. They have combos featuring every type of baggage imaginable and the heavy discounts on bundling products this way save in the long run.

Travelpro Luggage Maxlite 5 20″ Lightweight Carry-on Rolling Duffel Suitcase

Sometimes you need the girth of a duffle but don’t wanna lug it around per se. We love these for quick weekend away where clothing is casual like the lake or hotel with a pool. Perfect size for me to pack my stuff and both boys like swimsuits, coverups and flip flops.

Still not inspired enough? Check out my #FoundItonAmazon page for Luggage Used for Family Travel – this is actual stuff we have used and loved. Various brands and various price points with current prices via Amazon so don’t give up on your quest to find #greattravelgear !