Backpacks are back in fashion. There’s a bunch out there which is great news for mums. I have been in search for the perfect handbag for more than twenty years and I’m sure it doesn’t exist. A decent backpack or dayback comes close to it though. Not only are backpacks better for posture they have a lot of pockets. You can fit a lot in them. Many are also waterproof so you can guarantee things stay dry – from nappies to your phone.
The added benefit of backpacks for parents is that you have two hands free. I usually have a shopping basket in one hand and a toddler’s in the other.
So what are the best packpacks for mums? I’ve tested a few and these are my favourites.
Kipling City Pack
My Kipling citypack is my go to handbag at the moment. It is rainproof and has a four external pockets for all my bits, as well as a good sized main compartment. It also has a key chain which is essential for me as I can never find my keys. It sits comfortably on one shoulder or both. This provides all the functionality of a traditional day-pack but looks luxurious. It’s perfect for work as I can fit in a couple of notebooks or tablets, basic makeup, purse, two pairs of glasses and a water bottle. It’s space is deceptive. It’s big enough that if I want to shove in a nappy and a bag of wipes I can do, which is great if we’re just nipping to the shop.
Bebamour Nappy Changing Backpack
If you want a nappy bag with plenty of room that is comfortable to carry, then the Bebamour Nappy Changing Backpack is for you. This bag is HUGE but very light. The straps are wide and padded so you can wear it all day without discomfort. It has four separate external compartments, plus a massive main compartment with a nappy mat and two sections for bottles or wipes. This is definitely one for those who go out all day with their little one as you can get a lot in there without noticing the weight. It’s great if you need to carry extra clothes with your too, especially during potty training stage or muddy walks. Unlike regular backpacks this one also has some clips to attach it to your buggy. It’s rainproof although I’ve not taken it out in torrential rain so I haven’t tested that. It’s a good bag if you want substance over style.
Mountain Warehouse Merlin Backpack
If you do a lot of walking, then a more traditional backpack or daypack might suit you. The Merlin from Mountain Warehouse
has a good sized inner compartment, with a separate padded section for a tablet or small laptop. There’s a pretty small 12l which you can get a lot in it and is fine for day to day activities, and if you o my need a couple of nappies and a pack of wipes, snacks, glasses and purse – a few smaller bits too. There’s also a 23l which is the perfect size for a day out or if you need to fit in a change of clothes or two (thinking potty training stage here). You can wear them all day too as the back is padded so as you walk you don’t get bumped by it. I love taking this one to work in the summer as I can pop my trainers in and get a walk in. There’s even a port for your earphones so you can keep your phone dry in the bag should it start to rain.
These are just a few of my favourite bags. What’s your best “mum” bag?
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