It’s amazing how quickly kids become independent and it’s not long before they’ll want to cart around their own stuff just like dad does. Backpacks are a great way to teach kids responsibility and to help them get their things ready and organised just like everyone else does. Whether it’s for school, play, entertainment or playing sport, a bag they love will go a long way…
Explorer – Trains
Great for family trips the Trains Explorer bag from Babymel is both fun and practical. Its bright patterned exterior comes printed with old-fashioned steam trains, station signs and traditional suitcases. It can be purchased as a single backpack or as an explorer version, which includes a clip on insulated lunch bag. All very useful, especially as you can keep both bags together like a double backpack or use them separately for shorter trips.
The lunch bag is made from easy wipe material and includes a cutlery and bottle holder. The padded straps make it comfortable for little shoulders and the external pouches and pen pockets give them dedicated places for all their bits ad pieces. The explorer range has seven designs to choose from and is perfect both for school and adventures with the family.
Babymel, www.babymel.com, £28
Zoo Pack – Giraffe
Great designs for little people, Skip Hop continues to produce fun, vibrant and practical solutions for kids. Perfect in size, the zoo pack will fit all a youngsters essentials in with room left over for food and drinks. There are two external compartments with the mouth of the giraffe designed as an insulated pouch for snacks.
There’s a useful side pocket on the outside for drinks and additional pockets inside to house pens and toys. Great for younger kids, this rucksack is designed with an easy clean lining, padded adjustable straps and a useful name tag. The little animal features, like the giraffe ears, face and leaf style zips are charming additions and will be a real hit with the kids.
Skip Hop, www.johnlewis.com, £20.75
Personalised Appliqué Name Back Pack – Red
This name backpack is great for your older kids and perfect for school. The personalisation adds a touch of cool and you can choose up to nine letters to put on. First name, surname or just initials, you decide. Whatever age they get to, kids love their names on things and personalising something they can use everyday makes it special. The bag is durable and hardwearing with padded straps, a back panel and front zipped pocket.
Great to use as a sports bag or generally for school, it’s big enough to fit an A4 sized folder in. Even with the fabric appliqué lettering, it can be washed inside out at 40c to keep it looking nice. Available in a range of colours for the bag and lettering, it’s a backpack that they won’t easily grow out of and will last the test of time.
Pink Pineapple, www.notinthehighstreet.com, £18