Mum-approved carry-on bags that will make your next trip a breeze

Don’t let your luggage hold you back.

If you’re exhausted just from the idea of the hustle and bustle at the airport all while trying to manage your little ones, it’s high time to invest in the ideal carry-on bag that will make your next trip, a simple one.

Being a mum means being a pro at staying organised, so we’ve found some of the best carry-on bags on the market that will get you checked in, through security and lounging at your gate with ease.

The best carry-on bags for parents

If you’re searching for the ideal carry-on bag, you’re in luck because we’ve taken care of the research for you and discovered the ultimate options that flawlessly blend style with practicality.


Louenhide Nora Nylon Tote Bag

$109.95 at The Iconic

Crafted with both style and functionality in mind, this spacious tote bag features multiple compartments, perfect for stowing away diapers, bottles, and all your on-the-go essentials.

The durable nylon construction ensures longevity, while the adjustable straps provide comfort on long days. It also has a handy back strap that can be attached to your suitcase for hands-free movement.


Prene The Sunday Baby Bag

$169.95 at The Iconic

The Sunday Baby Bag is the ultimate companion for busy parents and bubs on the move. This large tote bag comes with fourteen (yes, you read that right) storage pockets to keep everything organised, and includes a matching mini bag and baby mat that fit neatly in the base compartment.

Made from durable and easy-to-clean neoprene with a stylish grey marle design and black accents, it’s both functional and fashionable.


Laura Jones Betty Baby Bag

$109 at STRAND

Made from a faux leather material, this handy bag will not only hold all of your inflight essentials but your little one’s too.

It has detachable pouches, a padded change mat for on-the-go and so many organisation pockets to keep all of your bits and bobs in the right places.


Prene The Bec Bag

$169.95 at The Iconic

Made in collaboration with our Australian mum style icon, Bec Judd, this best-selling tote is as sleek as it is functional.

It has 10 internal pockets for all of your on-the-go essentials and can even be used when the kids can carry their own stuff!


Beis Weekend Bag

$181.28 at Revolve

This best-selling bag has been described as the perfect “Mary Poppins bag” by reviewers.

It can fit all of the essentials you need for your travels, held compactly and well-organised through its ample storage.


Carry All Weekender

$295 at July

With four key pocket areas, you’ve got easy access to everything you need, whether it’s for work, travel, or just your daily routine. There are front pockets for your smaller stuff, a main compartment for all your essentials, and even a padded laptop pocket to keep your tech safe.

Plus, there’s a QuickPass™ pocket for your must-grab items. You’ve got options too – comfy leather handles or an adjustable shoulder strap and pass-through band for hands-free action.


Marcs Miles Canvas Holdall

$149 (usually $249.95) at Myer

Pairing durable navy canvas with black leather detailing, it’s built to handle the demands of family trips. With ample space for overnights and weekends, it easily accommodates everything you and your kids need.

The zip-top closure and large front pocket offer easy access, while the short carry handles and removable strap with a comfy black leather holder make it a breeze to carry – even when you’re juggling little ones.


Chelsea Overnight Bag

$249 at Antler

Invest in this high-quality weekender bag from Antler that cuts down on your need for multiple pieces of luggage. Not only does this bag have ample room for weekend trips away, but it’s also perfect for travelling parents who need to carry a bit more on board than your average Joe.

Fit the kid’s toys, changes of clothes, snacks and more, not to mention your own things with room to spare.

What to consider when buying a travel bag

Parents have a lot to think about when it comes to going anywhere with kids, let alone overseas or interstate, so here are some helpful tips to consider when shopping for a carry-on bag that you can take on your travels.

  • Make sure it’s tough enough. Bags go through a lot, especially during the crazier moments like during travel. So, finding a carry-on that can handle being tossed around also means you won’t need to go shopping for another one anytime soon.
  • Can you clean it without any hassle? Life gets messy, especially when kids are in the mix. Being able to give your bag a quick clean and having it hold up against spills is essential.
  • A practical bag is a lifesaver for any parent. Check if it’s a breeze to stay organized with handy compartments and pockets. Trust us, these little things can make a big difference.
  • Just because it’s practical doesn’t mean it can’t be stylish. There are an array of bags out there that nail the chic, sleek, and functional trifecta.

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