Children’s hiking backpacks are an element with a strong symbolic value. They are a fundamental piece to keep all those things that allow us to make an excursion with total autonomy, and the children see us as we take it, as we take out everything necessary to have a good time: food, drink, shelter … It is highly recommended that they start carrying their own backpack loaded with little weight at first (some food, juice …) with the aim of transmitting the values of responsibility that implies its use, and not so much for practicality. Carrying a best hiking backpacks for kids will make them look more like adults, making them feel like a member of the team.
In order to facilitate the task of having to choose a rucksack adapted to the youngest children specifically for excursions or hiking in the mountains, we leave you with the best hiking rucksacks for children so that you can easily choose the one that best suits your age and size.
There are three important factors to bear in mind when choosing a children’s backpack:
- Dimensions of the rucksack
- The capacity of the backpack
- Characteristics of the backpack
1) SIZE: The backpack should never be longer than the child’s back.
When we are asked what age a backpack is for it is very difficult to recommend the different models of backpacks for the different ages of the children, since the measures of the children vary a lot. Our 8 year old daughter has classmates younger than her and others much taller. So the best way to guess the size of the backpack is to measure the child’s back. We tell you how to do it: To find the maximum length of the back you must measure the distance between the line of the shoulder (where the straps of the backpack are supported) to the waist (at the height of the navel) and add 5 cm. The backpack should be 5 cm below the shoulder and up to 10 cm below the waist.
2) CAPACITY: choose the backpack according to the days of the excursion.
The capacity of the backpacks is measured in liters, and these are the recommendations of the experts for young people and adults, and our recommendation for children (between 4 and 12 years). Important: the rucksack should never weigh more than 10-20% of the child’s body weight, so regardless of the days the excursion lasts, you should choose a rucksack whose capacity cannot exceed the recommended weight.
3) CHARACTERISTICS: comfort and sections
Choose a comfortable and comfortable backpack that adapts to the needs of the child according to the activity or the age. For example, if your child is only going to go for one or two nights of camp, he doesn’t need a big backpack and you can choose one that will also be useful for day trips (this option assumes that the sleeping bag will have to be loose or tied to the backpack). Or if the child is going camping and hiking it is important that the backpack has ventilation and a good hip belt to distribute the weight of the backpack.
Some features to keep in mind
- Padded and adjustable straps
- Adjustable straps for the backpack to grow with the child
- Chest and hip belt to help transfer some of the weight of the backpack.
- Back Ventilation
- Access to the interior of the main compartment
- Outside and inside pockets
- Rain cover
- Compatibility with hydration system