KIDS DAYPACKS: UNPACKING A DAYPACK THE KIDS CAN CARRY.

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WHAT ARE THEY ACTUALLY CARRYING IN THERE?!

Child-size packing is even more of a fine art! 
On reflection, longterm travel packing is not that different to packing for a week-long holiday, BUT; you do have to carry it for longer…

The boys carry ‘limpets’ [they can attach to our big packs if need be]. It holds all their special treasures and they carry their own bag on travel-days. It’s important not to overpack, as it just ends up being another bag for the parents to carry. We got the kids bags ready to pack a few weeks out from leaving, and gradually reduced the toys and extra ‘stuff'(!) that was in there as we counted down to departure. Remember – there isn’t any point packing a bag for them if they can’t actually carry it!

We have taken highspeed trains in Japan, hiked to find dinosaur footprints in South Korea, and taken an overnight train in Uzbekistan this year. These are all the kinds of travel days when it is essential that the kids can carry their own small daypack comfortably. And it needs to have things in that they are happy to take responsibility to carry.

IN HARRY’S BAG (6 YEARS OLD):

Longterm travel packing: a flat lay photo of the kids daypack contents.
  • Macpac 16L Limpet Backpack
  • Medium size eBags packing cell (used as toy bag)
  • Budding Builders NZ LEGO Block Buddy 
  • Pencil case
  • Sistema drink bottle 
  • iPad Mini with Lifeproof case 
  • JBL Kids headphones 
  • Macpac Jumper (this lives in their day pack)
  • TheNorthFace Neck Buff
  • 2x lined exercise books/small story books
  • Hat 
  • Sunglasses 
  • Pokémon and Bakugan cards
  • Small collection of matchbox cars and tiny toys

[Dad carries the electronics on travel days].


IN OSCAR’S BAG (4 YEARS OLD):

  • Macpac 15L Limpet backpack
  • eBags Medium size (used as toy bag)
  • Budding Builders NZ LEGO Block Buddy 
  • Pencil case
  • Sistema drink bottle 
  • iPad Mini with Lifeproof case
  • JBL Kids headphones 
  • Macpac Jumper (this lives in their day pack)
  • Scrapbook/small story books 
  • Hat 
  • Sunglasses 
  • Large collection of small-medium dinosaurs
  • Bakugan mini cards 

[Oscar hands over the LEGO and electronics for travel days, but carries all dinosaurs and Bakugan!]

Does that look similar to your longterm travel packing for a kids daypack?

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