How to Choose the Perfect Kids Backpack for Every Age and Activity

11th Jul 2024

How to Choose the Perfect Kids Backpack for Every Age and Activity

Finding the right kid's backpack can be challenging, with so many options available on the market today. Whether your little one is heading off to nursery or gearing up for secondary school, a reliable kids' backpack is essential for carrying everything they need, from books and lunch to their favourite toys.

A good backpack should be durable, comfortable, and suitable for your child's age and activities. It should also be something they feel confident wearing, whether it’s a colourful design for toddlers or a more stylish, tech-friendly option for teenagers. Additionally, having the right suitcase for trips and holidays can make travel easier and more enjoyable for both parents and children.

In this guide, we've put together some helpful tips and recommendations for choosing the perfect kids' backpack and suitcase. We'll cover the best options for toddlers, school-age children, and teenagers, along with travel gear that suits different activities like family holidays, school trips, and sleepovers.

Choosing Toddler Backpacks (Ages 2-4):


Recommended Product: Samsonite Disney Ultimate 2.0 Mickey Stars Backpack S

Toddlers love to carry their own special items, whether it’s for a day at nursery or a trip to the park. When choosing a backpack for this age group, look for something small, lightweight, and fun.

Material: 100% Polyester for durability and easy cleaning.

Design: Vibrant Mickey Mouse theme with soft fleece ears to spark joy.

Safety: Reflective details and child-friendly zippers for added security.

This Samsonite Disney backpack is ideal for toddlers with its playful design and practical features. The backpack straps are padded and adjustable, making it comfortable for little shoulders, and the cute 3D Mickey Mouse design with soft fleece ears makes it irresistible to young children.

For those who prefer a different style, a Minnie Mouse version of this backpack is also available in our store.


Backpacks for School-Age Children (Ages 5-11):


Featured Product:American Tourister Upbeat Backpack

As children grow, their backpack needs change. They need something that can hold all their school essentials but is still comfortable enough to carry.

Capacity: 15 litres, ideal for carrying books, lunchboxes, and small personal items.

Design: Ergonomic with padded straps and a breathable mesh back.

Utility: Includes a drinks bottle holder and large front pocket for easy access to essentials.

The American Tourister Upbeat Backpack is designed to be lightweight yet durable enough to handle the daily wear and tear of school life. It offers excellent value for money and combines functionality with comfort, making it ideal for school-age children.


Backpacks for Teens (Ages 12+):

Featured product: American Tourister Upbeat 15.6" Laptop Backpack L

Teenagers need backpacks that can carry heavier loads like textbooks and technology, all while matching their personal style.

Durability: Water-resistant polyester construction to withstand daily use.

Technology: Padded laptop compartment, suitable for a 15.6” laptop, with additional organisational features for gadgets.

Comfort: Features a padded back, sternum strap, and water-repellent fabric.

The American Tourister Upbeat Laptop Backpack is great for teens. It not only looks good but is also practical, with a sternum strap to help balance weight and water-repellent fabric to protect against rain.

Finding the right backpack or suitcase for your child means balancing their needs with the demands of their activities. Whether they’re just starting school or heading off on their first trip with friends, the right choice can make all the difference. 

Browse through our selection of kids' suitcases and backpacks today and help your child step out in style and comfort.