Top five backpacks for kids

Top five backpacks for kids

Selecting a backpack for hiking or camping can be a daunting task. You want to make sure that it fits well, carries enough equipment, but isn’t overloaded. You’ll want to ensure that they have some essentials with them like a jacket and water. They’re also going to want to carry some non-essentials too… my four-and-a-half-year-old daughter insists on carrying her favourite doll “Molly” with her head sticking out so she can see.

Here are the top five backpacks recommended for kids:

1. The nearly-new backpack your neighbor handed down to you

Your neighbours are great people, they’re outdoorsy, friendly, and kind and have probably handed down at least one backpack to you right? Sure, it’s probably at least one size too big, and might be the wrong colour, but is your kid really going to notice? We once received a backpack from some friends of ours that had old trail snacks still inside! The best part about hand-me-down backpacks is handing it down to the next family who will make good use of it when your family is done with it.


2. Your kids’ school backpack

If your kid is school age, or kindergarten age, or even preschool age, they probably have a backpack for school. Take that! You already know that it fits them, can store the right ratio of water/clothes/toys and looks great on that long walk to school. Sure it might not be in style right now, or shiny new, of even designed for hiking/cycling/climbing but it’ll do the job.


3. That old adult one you have that doesn’t quite fit you anymore but might fit them

If you’re an avid outdoors person you have at least one old adult pack kicking around the house, try it on your kid and see if it fits. If your kids are young enough you can sweeten the deal by telling them they “get to use Mommy’s backpack”.


4. The super expensive one from the trendy outdoor store

I love buying new gear as much as the next guy, but I’m also cheap frugal with spending. On the rare occasion that my wife can convince me to spend money I like to go all out and get the top of the line gear. Top of the line gear is usually worth the investment, in my experience, gear from reputable outdoor companies is well made, and backed up with a rock solid warranty. I have jackets and packs now that are 10 years old or more and still going strong.

You might want to try:

LittleLife Animal Lunch Pack – Bee, Yellow

Deuter Junior Backpack – Kid’s Petrol/Arctic

Deuter Junior Daypack


Sidenote, the Deuter Kid Carrier 3 pretty much kicks ass. It’s not a backpack for your kid, so much as a saddle for you, but it’s comfy and has pillow they can drool on while they sleep

5. Your backpack

Just get them any old thing, because let’s face it, you’re going to carry most their shit anyway!


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