Backpacking with kids, generally means allowing the kids to fully participate in the hike by providing them with their own backpacks. It's important that children participating in a hike have the right equipment for their abilities. The right kid's backpack will have a great fit, accessible design and easy adjustability.
The REI Comet closely mirrors traditional internal backpack design while adding a number of features that kids love. The pack is narrow and top-loading, but its exterior is full of easily accessible mesh pockets. The Comet even has pockets on the waist belt so kids can gather rocks or store snacks. In early 2010, the REI Comet cost $89.50.
Kelty Tioga Jr.
The Kelty Tioga Jr. may be one of the most iconic beginner's backpacks of all time. With a wide open top compartment and generous side pockets, it's no wonder that the Kelty Tioga Jr. has been a popular pick for young scouts and other junior pioneers for decades. Plus, the Kelty Tioga has an expandable frame, making it ideal for the rapidly growing camper. The Kelty Tioga typically costs around $70.
Deuter Fox 30
Essentially a pared-down version of Deuter's popular internal-frame backpacks, the Fox 30 are for kids who are wanting a more adult pack. The Fox has an 1800 cubic inch capacity and a bottom sleeping bag compartment in addition to the standard top-loading access. Deuter's Fox 30 currently (January 2010) sells for around $90.
Another classic kids' backpack, the Jansport Scout is most noticeable for the huge zipper that opens a full-wall of the backpack. This makes the Jansport one of the easiest kid's packs to load. The Scout also features water bottle pockets and an adjustable frame that serves as an excellent lashing point for sleeping bags. The Jansport Scout can be found for $50 (January 2010).
Article Written By Louie Doverspike
Based in Seattle, Louie Doverspike has been a professional writer since 2004. His work has appeared in various publications, including "AntiqueWeek" magazine, the "Prague Post" and "Seattle Represent!" Doverspike holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Hamilton College.