There’s absolutely nothing cuter than a pint-size human toting a backpack on their back. Amirite?
We bought Evelyn her first backpack when she turned 1. And although I knew she probably wouldn’t be able to use it for awhile, I just couldn’t resist!
Now that she’s 2, we’ve finally been able to put the backpack into action.
I was afraid Evelyn wouldn’t be too keen on the idea of carrying her own stuff, so I pulled out the old Fjallraven this week to give it a test run. I also filled it with a few basic items to see if Evelyn could handle the extra weight. And from the moment she saw it, should couldn’t stop saying “on? on? on?”
Safe to say she liked it! And now we’re in business to let Evelyn start pulling some of her own weight at the airport!
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Best Toddler Backpacks for Travel
When it comes to a toddler backpack, you can’t just go for practicality. There are too many cute designs! So I say, the more bright and colorful the better!
These are a few of my picks for the best/cutest toddler backpacks out there:
What to Pack in a Toddler’s Travel Backpack
So what goes in this backpack? Well, of course, Evelyn isn’t big enough to carry a full load. That’s why these mini sized backpacks are perfect for toddlers! After some testing and practice, I’ve narrowed down Evelyn’s backpack to a few essential items:
Snacks | A few favorites like Cheerios, raisins, and a squeeze pouch or banana. Finger foods can be tucked away in these convenient little storage stackers. Too much more, and the bag becomes to heavy, so I’ll be carrying the back up snacks (you can never have too many snacks).
Sippy Cup | Pack it empty until you get through airport security, and it won’t weigh down your backpack too much, but really relieves a lot of space out of your own bag. I love the simplicity of these ones.
Grab Bag | Awhile back I made it a rule that any “toys” Evelyn brought must fit in a small canvas bag. Finger puppets, flash cards, triangle-shaped crayons (to keep from rolling off tray tables), Grab and Go Play Packs (you can also find these in the dollar aisle at Target), and mini Color Wonder coloring pages all made the cut. It’s enough to distract our toddler for a short while in between iPad time. And although it doesn’t fit in the grab bag, a Water Wow! coloring book is one exception I’ll always allow in the backpack. These things are the best!
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And that’s it! Mom still lugs the diapers, wipes, first aid kit, and a few more snacks. You know, the really heavy stuff. Still, being able to relieve this extra space from my own backpack is a real weight off my shoulders! ?
Which toddler travel backpack is your favorite?