Our favourite backpacks!

I mentioned in a previous post that each of my kids has been travelling with their own backpack. It’s been a handy way of keeping their belongings (journals, books, collected treasures, etc.) organised, as well as lightening the load of stuff we’re carrying around in our suitcases.

Michael and I also each have a backpack, and again it’s been a great way of keeping things organised. Michael’s backpack has his computer, our chargers, our GoPro camera and other electronics. It also has our guide books, travel documents, and other important stuff. In my backpack is my computer, my journal, and other bits and pieces – including snacks for the kids, a water bottle, chapstick, etc.

I wanted to share where each of our backpacks come from, in case you’re on the look-out for good ones for travel. So here goes…

Ally Capellino backpack

Michael has had this waxed cotton rucksack from Ally Capellino for years – I think I gave it to him for his birthday when he turned 40 (I won’t say how many years ago that was. haha!!). He always wore it on his back as he cycled to work in London every day. It is now much-loved but still in great shape, and has proven to be a worthwhile investment.

Kaos Ransel backpack

I have had this handy Kaos Ransel backpack (which is really a nappy bag!!) for the past year or so. Naomi from The Tipi boutique sent one over for me to test-drive last year, and I’ve loved it so much it has now travelled around the world with me. I’m obviously not using the changing mat bit, but all the other many compartments come in so handy for travelling… and it’s stylish too! (Can you believe that’s a nappy bag?)

Herschel kids backpacks

The three bigger kids have backpacks from Herschel Supply Co., each in a different colour to keep their backpacks from getting mixed up. We love these bags – they’re simple, durable, and so cute! Herschel has small ones for children under six as well as bigger ones for the older kids — and obviously cool ones for grown-ups too! (Yesterday, Quin saw a trendy guy walking with a matching backpack in the Sydney airport – and it made him feel so cool that he had the same one. Cute!)

Annaliv knapsack

As I’ve mentioned before, Marlow has this little rucksack from Annaliv which she loves. It’s great because it’s lightweight and easy for her to carry, and it folds up easily (and takes little space in our suitcase) when she’s not wearing it.

I should really get a photo of all six of us walking through an airport with our backpacks and wheelie suitcases. It must be quite the sight! Anyway, I hope these recommendations come in handy.

Courtney x


Comments (8)

February 18, 2016

I love the Annaliv rucksack for my daughter, in fact I almost bought one at the London Shop-up, but it doesn’t appear to be waterproof, and that put me off. We walk to pre-school in all weathers and I wasn’t sure how this would stand up? What do you think Courtney?

Courtney in London
February 21, 2016

Hmmm… you’re right that it isn’t waterproof. It’s not really even water-resistant because it’s just cloth. I think it’s probably not the best school bag for this reason (especially if you live in London) — it’s better for travel or playdates or adventures to the playground (on sunny days, of course). x

February 18, 2016

I bought the KAOS ransel online and had it shipped to South Africa (via friends as they didn’t yet bring them to my country) as I couldn’t find anything quite like it. I was in love with the style and the functionality. My son was born 19 months after my daughter and I wanted a bag that didn’t sling over my shoulder because I knew I would have two babies in my arms. This bag has been a life saver over the ‘two under two’ months. When i go out without my babies I miss my amazing nappy bag. I’m thrilled it’s on this blog!

April 9, 2016

Courtney, what size did you buy for your oldest kids backpacks? 22 liters?

April 24, 2017

Hi Courtney!

I came to your space here because I figured you’d be most in the know for what I’m looking for (or not looking for…not sure yet!). My daughter has asked for a little rolling suitcase for her 4th birthday next month (which was triggered when our niece visited from Sweden a few months back with a bright pink princess themed one :/). I’m desperately trying to avoid anything like that 😉 we DO travel more than the average family of 5 (soon to be 6), so part of me thinks this luggage idea is alright, though we’ve always had the kids use their mini Fjällräven backpacks (just like my husband used as a child in Sweden ;)). They have been perfect. The size and practicality of carrying them on their backs instead of needing to roll or push anything has made traveling more of a breeze than it would have been otherwise 😉 so I really don’t want to change our system there. But…she’s asked for this suitcase a handful of times now and I’m finding myself torn. Do you have any thoughts? Have your kids used and/or been ok with small rolling luggage? Do you have any fairly affordable and classic ones you recommend? Or should I stick with my gut on the backpacks? :/ I feel like I might be overthinking this at this point, ha!, but when I plan to travel pregnant this summer with 3 kids by myself, I feel like a little overthinking is justifiable ;))

Thank you so much for your help in advance. xx

Courtney in Australia
April 26, 2017

Hi Jessie,
Thanks for your comment. And congrats on baby number 4! How exciting!
In terms of rolling child-sized luggage, we love the rolling suitcases from Herschel: The small carry-on size is perfect for little people and the rolling wheels that go in every direction make it easy for little people to carry through airports. Even Marlow (aged 4) pulls her own suitcase through airports. My kids also have the backpacks too.

Hopefully this helps?
Good luck! xx

July 12, 2017

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May 9, 2018

Hello. My son is nearly 6 years old, and therefore I would need no Diaper backpack. But I find him very nice. Is he also to be used as a normal backpack? And he does not look immediately like a Diaper backpack? Which colour do you have? Navy I find quite a lot. Can decide me so badly. Many greetings, Tatjana

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