Perhaps no one would argue that a tourist backpack for carrying children can greatly facilitate the life of tourists who have recently become parents. Still, the birth of children makes serious adjustments in the lives of people who are accustomed to lead an active lifestyle. Ordinary tourism becomes completely impossible – it is impossible to leave children at home, and a two-year-old child simply cannot walk several kilometers through the forest. But everything changes if you buy a carrying bag.
- Advantages of the backpack and disadvantages
- 2How to wear, fasten
- 3 Characteristics worth paying attention to when choosing
- 4Rating models
- 4.1OSPREY POCO 11 L
- 4.2OSPREY POCO PREMIUM
- 4.3DEUTER KID COMFORT III
- 4.4SALEWA KOALA II INCL. RAINCOVER
- 4.5VAUDE WALLABI
Advantages of the backpack and disadvantages
Since the tourist backpack for carrying children has been actively used for over a hundred years, its benefits are obvious – it definitely passed the test of time. But still, knowing more about him will be very useful.
To begin with, it is perfect for carrying children from 1 to 5 years. Carrying a five-year-old child weighing at least 20 kilograms is already very problematic — even a distance of a kilometer will be a very serious challenge that not every parent will pass. But if you use a backpack, then there will definitely be no such problems – a person with average physical fitness (and tourists usually keep themselves in great shape) will easily cope with such a task.
This is ensured primarily by proper load distribution. As a good tourist backpack, the carrying rests not so much on the shoulders as on the belt. The wide discharge belt carries most of the load onto the belt. The center of gravity of a person practically does not change, and the pressure on the shoulders is reduced to a minimum. Therefore, you can walk a mile per kilometer without experiencing great fatigue.
At the same time the backpack carrying weighs much less, than even the smallest carriages. So, to go with a small child to the store, it will be the best choice – you don’t have to carry a child in one hand, and in the other – an uncomfortable, bulky stroller, going down and up the stairs.
Many models are equipped with a large number of pockets – it is very useful to carry with you a variety of small things, from cookies for snacking for a child to wet wipes, which may be needed at any time.
Disadvantages backpack-carrying almost devoid. At least quality models.
In cheap backpacks-carriers there are often narrow shoulder straps made of soft material – under load they twist and press strongly into the shoulders.
Also, there are models with the wrong design – they deliver a lot of inconvenience to both parents and children.
How to dress, fasten
It seems to some inexperienced users that wearing a tourist backpack for transporting children on their back is as simple as a small city backpack. But do not forget – in these tiny backpacks usually nothing is heavier than a laptop. And the child weighs much more.
Therefore, before you first go for a walk, you need to properly set up a backpack-carrying for yourself.
The principle here is exactly the same as on a tourist backpack.
We will tell about this procedure by points:
- Relax all belts and straps to the max.
- Put on the backpack and place the waist belt on the belt. In most models, the middle should lie just on the pelvic pits.
- Tighten the shoulder straps. After that, the load will mainly fall on the waist belt, removing the load from the shoulders.
- Pull up the shoulder straps so that the load point falls between the shoulder blades.
- Close the chest strap and tighten the sling so that the load rests on the chest, but not too squeezed, does not interfere with breathing.
That’s all. Now it remains only to put the child in the carrier, tighten the belt so that he sits tightly and you can move forward for a long-awaited walk.
Characteristics to pay attention to when choosing
The modern market offers a large selection of backpack-carriers for tourism and travel. As a result, people who buy the first product in their life often make mistakes – later they have to acquire another model, spending extra money.
The special form provides excellent ventilation – this is especially important for hot summer days. Although this tourist backpack for carrying children and has a rather high price, it is in considerable demand.
DEUTER KID COMFORT III
Durable and convenient carrying for long walks or short hikes. Weight is only 3.3 kilograms, and a backpack holds up to 15 liters of useful things. Suitable for children weighing up to 20 kilograms. The special form of the frame allows you to put the carrier on a flat surface so that the child looks around, and the shoulders and back of the parent are rested. Very wide and high-quality belt perfectly distributes the entire weight of the backpack.
A special pocket allows you to have a rain cover or drinking system on hand.
SALEWA KOALA II INCL. RAINCOVER
Very successful model. At an affordable price, it weighs only 3 kilograms, makes it possible to carry a twenty-kilogram child and another 20 liters of useful things. The high-quality five-point belt reliably fixes the young traveler. The discharge belt on the sides is wide and tight, so that the pressure on the body is minimized.
This travel backpack for carrying children on the back will provide the child with maximum comfort – a high back with a comfortable pillow will support the head when it gets tired and falls asleep.
The latest model in our rating is suitable for children under the age of three years – weighing no more than 14 kilograms. The volume of the backpack is also not too large – 12 liters. But it weighs only 2 kilograms.
The special design allows the parent to have access to the child while walking – very convenient if you are walking alone, without accompanying. The back is made of mesh fabric that provides excellent ventilation. Seat height is easily adjustable. The discharge belt has dense wings, thanks to which the load is evenly distributed along the belt.