It was a trip to Disney World that got me thinking. Not only did I schlep my own luggage to and fro, but my 6-year-old wanted nothing to do with hers, which left me stuck literally holding the bags. Before the next trip, I smartened up -- she's now the proud schlepper of her own rolling suitcase.
If you passed on the designer gene to your little girl, check out Barbie Travel Luggage. The rectangular roller ($80 at FAO Schwarz) has a compartment for stashing dolls. For older girls, try F.A.B.'s glitter Techsport backpack ($20 through F.A.B.).
Boys who worship the National Guard will love camouflage duffels with wheels from OP ($30 at www.toyd.com). The bag packs a serious load -- a week's worth of clothing plus your son's entire Power Rangers collection. Smaller adventure seekers will dig the No Rules skateboard backpack ($25 at JC Penney) that comes with a travel-size board. The season's hottest bag? We're betting on the Spiderman backpack ($25 at Cute Toonz). Now, that's a fly way to fly.
FAO Schwarz, 767 Fifth Ave., near 58th St. (212-644-9400); F.A.B. (877-322-2249); JC Penney, Queens Center Mall, 90-51 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst (718-592-1800); Cute Toonz, 372 Fifth Ave., near 35th St. (212-967-6942).
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