Over the past couple of years we’ve had a number of travel and day packs for the kids.
All have been well used, tested all over the place- near and far. We share our expereince of our favourites for young ones between 2 years old to 7 or 8 year olds.
We adore our trunkis, a great travel bag, which packs in lots of fun. However, the most practical travel bag for kids is a rucksack.
One pack we’ve used a lot is LittleLife’s penguin pack, which has proved it’s worth in the car and as a school bag too.
However, for days out, city trips, roaming in the woods I pack my kids’ three super-functional kids backpacks:
Jack Wolfskin Kids Moab Jam (top, left)
My 7 year old has been using and abusing hers for 9 months and we have deemed it brilliant: great support, good capacity and lots of practical features with the side pockets, reflective strips, hook for a cycle light, space for a hydration pack and more. As a parent, I initially chose it for its back support- it has a semi rigid back, which helps with air circulation and also load distribution in this 10l backpack.
LittleLife Alpine 4 Kids Daysack (top, right)
This is 6 year old’s and although it isn’t packed full of features like the Moab Jam, as the price reflects (£20), it functions brilliantly. The size is perfect for a 4-8 year old. I really appreciate the strong chest strap, which ensures that the whole rucksack still functions as a harness, meaning I can grab my child by his bag if he slips on a trail, or is about to step out onto the road. The harness will hold his weight.
Jack Wolfskin Buttercup (bottom, right)
The Buttercup was the best sized rucksack we found for our 3 year old. Itis very practical and stores enough for the little adventurers. This backpack is a good shape and size for young children out and about, be that in the woods or the city sightseeing. The back has padding, but no real structure to it, however the straps are nicely contoured and there’s a chest strap to ensure an ergonomic fit.
For youngest travellers we can highly recommend the LittleLife Toddler daypacks (bottom, left)
These come in different designs- dinosaur, ladybird, Disney and lots more. The shark daysack used to be my Littlest’s rucksack from when he was about 18 months old. We were really happy with this first rucksack for toddlers that doubles put as a set of toddler reins; it often had a nappy, some wetwipes, some snacks in and a small toy or two. The only reason we swapped when he was 30 months old was to fit a full change of clothes, rain gear, snack & drink in the rucksack he was carrying.