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Five Best Kids Backpacks to Make Your Kids Experience the Real Fun in Hiking and Camping

Updated on September 21, 2010

We all love to play camping inside our house and on our backyard when we were small because we love the feeling of having our own house, our own world, our own small furniture and our toys as our guests. These memories can really warm our hearts because we played with our siblings and even dad and mom sometimes joined in the fun. Therefore, it is inherent to us that we would like our children to experience real camping so that they can savor how it feels to camp with real nature and bond with us as their parents.

For children, hiking can be most fun if they can bring along their own backpack, camping apparel, camping gear, camping bottles and have their own hiking shoes. We want them to feel as early as possible the benefits of appreciating nature and they can do that by being one with the natural world themselves. However, you must consider that kids (consider ages 7 to 12 years old) have lower stamina and fragile bodies than adults so if they can hike along with us they must not be burdened with their own camping gear and therefore they should have the right backpacks. Here are the tips you should check out to ensure that your kids’ backpack will be very suitable for them and not cause them troubles.

· Check the backpack first before buying it if it fits the size of your child. Avoid buying one that is too big or too small so the most practical way is to bring your child along when buying the backpack. The backpack should be close enough to the body of the child when he wears it and the ideal height of the backpack should be about 2 inches above but not below 4 inches away from the waistline.

· Select the lightest backpack but it must be durable and reliable. Bottom-leathered backpacks can be more durable but heavier than canvas or plastic backpacks so if you choose the leather type, don’t put too many kids’ essentials in there.

· The shoulder straps must be wide, adjustable and well padded and it’s perfect if there could be a waist belt which can be needed when hiking up on the mountain.

· Ensure that the backpack you choose is about 10% of your kid’s body weight so if your kid is around 50 pounds, the bag’s weight must be about 5 pounds only.

· Finally, ask your child if the backpack is comfortable on his back. The bag must not sag too much and the spread of the whole body of the backpack must be well spread to the kid’s back.

These are the basic reminders which you must always remember when buying your kid or kids with backpacks because you don’t want their backs to be strained or else they may not enjoy the camping experience. Check on the following backpacks as they are carefully selected because of their durability, efficiencies and just right for your child’s age and needs.

Urban Sport High Quality Polyester Student School Backpack/ Outdoor Backpack/ Sports Bag - 4 Color Options
Urban Sport High Quality Polyester Student School Backpack/ Outdoor Backpack/ Sports Bag - 4 Color Options

Urban Sport High Quality Polyester Student School Backpack/ Outdoor Backpack/ Sports Bag - 4 Color Options

This is can be used by small or bigger kids and ideal for light camping. It is made with tough polyester fabric that is almost water resistant. It is ideal to use for outdoor backpacking, daypacking, hiking, tent camping or even using it as a school backpack. It has adjustable padded shoulder straps to make the kids feel more comfortable even walking for hours. It also has 2-mesh bottle water pockets and a carry haul handle. The main compartment and second compartment have dual zippers so the kid will not have a hard time opening and closing the backpack. It also available in four colors and these are the black, blue, red and gray models. The kids will love it because it is more solid, easy to carry on their shoulders, does not have much dangling straps like other hiking backpacks and they may see it as an ordinary school backpack although it is tough as a hiking backpack.

Mountainsmith Youth Scout Backpack

This backpack is made with 420-denier velocity nylon fabric, 840 denier ballistic nylon reinforcements and its frame is of solid aluminum frame for toughness. It is made for bigger kids and for those kids who are serious with their backpacking. The external-frame can store 3,356 cubit inches of light items because the storage space are bigger. It has 2 load adjusters, adjustable foamed shoulder straps and a supportive waist belt. It also has a sleeping bag sling that is designed along with a quick-release hardware. The young hikers can go on miles with these backpacks because they are more comfortable on their backs, very light and its side and back pockets have so many things to contain. They can bring along their water bottles, MP3 player or an iPod, handy video game and so on. It is also equipped with a medium rain cover, an air mesh back panel plus a safety whistle as an additional safety precaution.

Coleman Kids' Backpack
Coleman Kids' Backpack

Coleman Kids' Backpack

This backpack is very simple to be a camper’s backpack but very ideal as a kid’s outdoor backpack because of its many features. It is durable, roomy and really made to fit any kids’ size. It is durable because it is made with 600D polyester fabric that is very tough, soft and comfortable on the back. It has a 20 liter capacity so it is excellent for a day’s hikes and very ideal as school backpack. It has one main pocket for the kid’s gadgets, an internal side pocket as an extra room for smaller items and water bottle pockets. If you are looking for a best fitting backpack for your kid so that he can go light and comfortable during hiking, this one is good at it. It can fit snugly against the kid’s back and it can readily be adjusted as the kid grows. This backpack can actually last for years and will never go out of style.

Rothco Khaki Vintage Mini Backpack 9162
Rothco Khaki Vintage Mini Backpack 9162

Rothco Khaki Vintage Mini Backpack 9162

For kids ages between 7 or 10, all they need is a mini backpack. This Rothco Vintage Mini Backpack can carry all the kid’s necessities. It has padded shoulder straps, a patented stone washed khaki canvas with a star in the middle, and it can contain lots of items in it. It also has two water holders for sure hydration with compression straps for easy access to the bottles. Even adults can carry it as extra backpacks because it is light, roomy, very durable and look very sporty. Some people have this during their mountain biking, day backpacking, or simply strolling in the park just for the convenience of carrying the necessary everyday items. The kids will love it because they are very comfortable to carry and solid with its structure.

Kelty Starfish 600 Backpack
Kelty Starfish 600 Backpack

Kelty Starfish 600 Backpack

This is one of the kids’ favorite when it comes to backpacks. This is because of its design, colorful fabric, comfort and efficiency as a camper’s and school backpack. It is made from nylon so it is a natural tough backpack. It has a large front pocket for the kid’s gadget, has a shove-it pocket and two side mesh pockets that can carry 2 bottles of water. It is also unique because it has its own detachable hydration system that can carry 1.5 liters of water so that makes it a real camper’s backpack for kids. It can be used even by kids younger than 7 years old because they are light, mini and cute to the child’s eyes. This can be the child’s best companion wherever he or she goes traveling outdoors, in the cities or even abroad with you.  

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