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The “Ready to go” Kid Backpack

We recently posted a simple infographic of a typical Forest School backpack and all it’s accessories and thought this topic deserved a little more attention.



I don’t know about you, but my days are usually filled with running errands, getting in a run (w/ or w/out the stroller and a dog), letting my son run wild on his own, grabbing a bite to eat, heading to the in-laws, exchanging clothes, shoes, toys and other items and then of course forest school and not to forget weekend warrior trips to the beach or mountains or the occasional flight, bus ride, boat ride etc…

The ‘ready to go’ pack has become an essential not just for a day at forest school but every excursion we the adventuring parents make.

And I’m sure like me, you have gone through the stages and transitions of what items go in what bag(s). There’s the tote bag insert, the full on diaper bag, the mom/dad backpack. and the ridiculous number of other bag-like things we own that have served at one point or another as a vessel for wipes, diapers, snacks, toys, bottles, extra clothes, shoes, hats, sunscreen, bibs, did I say wipes? And don’t forget more snacks.

Once your child is ready to attend forest kindergarten they are likely ready to wear their own pack, this means it’s time to let them carry most of their stuff (and some of yours). The key to an efficient (not overloaded) kid backpack is keeping the essentials and changing out the ‘as needed’.

Obviously the lists below are here to serve as suggestions and guidelines – we and our babes are all different humans with different ideas, desires, needs, wants etc…So take a look at ours and create your own essentials list!

Essentials List:

Backpack :

Our recommendation here is that you go kid sized and outdoor oriented. Why? Well the size might be somewhat obvious – get it so it actually fits your child and they can comfortably carry it.

Avoid school backpacks and go for outdoor styles as they come designed to be work for longer period and with additions like waist and chest straps to help keep it on them. Also, outdoor style packs have well placed water bottle holders, extra pockets, and clips for all the fun stuff. You won’t regret it.

See our ‘Kids-pack’ review for a few to consider.

What’s Inside:

Reusable everything!


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>>As a full time Forest Kindergarten we do appreciate well made gear. In no way however do we feel a need or desire to influence our families or readers to purchase any gear in particular. Rather, we aim to share our opinions and knowledge based on our years of outdoor experience, our outdoor preschool experience and our experience as parents. We do not receive sponsorship nor are we compensated in any way by any brands we post about.<<


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