Kid’s Camping Backpacks
Kid’s camping backpacks can vary widely in price, and they also vary in the number of features. Parents should look for a convenient size for children, durable construction to take the inevitable bumps and scrapes, and easy to manipulate zippers and straps. Good resistance to water intrusion is an important consideration for rainy day hikes. A look at the features of five brands of camping backpacks for kids shows why they have enjoyed popularity among the public.
Lucky Bums Youth Sherpa Multi-Night Backpack
This backpack is made specifically for younger hikers that may need additional features as they expand their horizons. The pack has a top-loading compartment and internal cover pocket. It can accommodate hydration units, has a rain-fly for visibility and includes a safety whistle. The unit is made of 400/600 polyester with a polyurethane coating. Dimensions are 26” x 4” x 15”. The price is under $150.
Osprey Kid’s Zip 25-Litre DaypacK
The Osprey Kid’s Zip 25-Litre Daypack offers features for the trail, as well as for school and travel around town. Designed for younger kids, the pack measures 8” x 10” x 17”, pack weighs only one pound and offers interior pocket for laptop and documents. The harness is fleece-lined for extra comfort. The front bungee system allows children to carry additional clothing. The price is under $60.
Zerd Outdoor Nylon 35L-45L Extensile Travel Camping Hiking Mountaineering Climbing Backpack Daypack
This backpack is made of 600D waterproof, scratch-resistant nylon. The Zerd backpack is a good choice for children and youth, measuring 13” x 7” x 23”. It has padded, breathable back and shoulder material and multiple components for storage. The pack weighs 2.6 pounds. The price is under $40.
Watershed Animas Waterproof Backpack
The Watershed Animas backpack measures 15” x 26” x 8 inches deep, with rugged 840 denier nylon construction treated with a polyurethane coating for waterproofing. The seams are RF welded, and the pack has a Zip Lock Seal for extra waterproof capability. The pack weighs only three pounds unfilled and is available in red, black and clear. The cost is under $150.
Walkabout 12L Litre Rucksack Backpack Daypack Bag for Walking Running Hiking
The Walkabout 12L Rucksack offers a lightweight, easy to handle pack for day hikes, school and other outdoor activities. It measures 17” x 8” x 7”. The pack is made of 100 percent polyester, with outside pockets, bottle pockets and inside security pockets, one for easy plugging in of iPod headphones. The airmesh back provides a cushion on the back for easy carrying. The price is under $70.