What size backpack does my child need?
The easiest way to determine the best size backpack
for your child is to measure the width and height of their back. The backpack or rucksack should sit comfortably on a child's shoulders and remain well-balanced to make sure that the weight is evenly distributed. Measure your child's back from the shoulder line to their waistline and then add 5 cms. Ideally, a child's backpack should sit around 5 cms below their shoulders and 10cms below their belly button. We have a range of sizes from Small and Small Plus (S+)
, up to Medium
, all designed for children aged between 3 and 12 years old. The dimensions of each kids' rucksack is clearly shown on every product page, so you can gauge whether it will fit your child's back.
How do I choose a kids' backpack?
Finding the right backpack for your child isn't always easy. You need to factor in their size, how much they will be carrying, as well as making sure you have the right colour corresponding to their school uniform, not to mention trying to incorporate their favourite Disney character! It might seem an impossible task, but Samsonite has a number of great options to help you get the best backpack for your litte one. Anna and Elsa
, Minnie Mouse
, Mickey Mouse
and Donald Duck
backpacks are all on hand to bring the Disney magic to their daily lives, or if they're all about Spider-Man
and Star Wars
, we've got the perfect superhero
or intergalactic option. Our Happy Sammies
collection comes in various cute animal shapes and is ideal for younger children.
What size backpack is good for a 4 year old child?
Samsonite has a range of kids' backpacks which are suitable for children aged between 3 and 6
. These are generally S and S+ size backpacks which are specifically designed for little backs and shoulders. They are often equipped with playful, 3-dimensional elements and come with features to ensure maximum comfort
. Older children can find tailored backpacks for 5 to 12 year olds
What's the maximum weight my child should carry in a backpack?
A general rule is to never to let your child carry more than 10-20% of their body weight
. In practice, an average 6 year old weighs around 20kg (or just over 3 stone), meaning their rucksack should never be heavier than 2 kg (or 2 large bags of sugar). But ideally children shouldn't be carrying too much throughout the day as their bodies are still growing. Samsonite's children's backpacks are designed to be lightweight
which in turn takes away unnecessary carrying weight for your little ones.
Can I get a kids' ergonomic backpack for my child?
Our Sammies Ergofit
range is the creme de la creme of kids' ergonomic backpacks
. With padded and breathable back panels
, padded shoulder straps, sternum and waist straps, your child's comfort will be guaranteed when carrying these around. What's more, they come in great colours and patterns so there's a style for everyone.
Are there eco-friendly kids' backpacks available?
Parents are increasingly concerned with finding environmentlaly-friendly
products for their children, and backpacks and bags are no exception. A lot of Samsonite's backpacks for kids are eco-friendly
, and most are hand washable. Some are even made using recycled materials
, such as our Happy Sammies Eco
range which is made from Recylcex ®, a fabric created using 100% post-consumer recycled PET bottles - that's up to 10 recycled plastic bottles per backpack!