THE BEST SUMMER BACKPACK
Now that my children are a little older, Backpacks admittedly can be a subjective purchase. Some moms may prefer to just use a large purse, and some parents may want something dad and grandparents can also carry. Finally, other parents may be focused on a designer name tag. The Harauposo bag ($130) is one of our favorites because it packs a lot of features into a compact, and easy to carry bag.
Now that my children are a little older, Backpacks admittedly, can be a subjective purchase. Some moms may prefer to just use a large purse, and some parents may want something dad and grandparents can also carry. Finally, other parents may be focused on a designer name tag. The Harauposo bag, Top Cover Backpack ($130) is one of our favorites because it packs a lot of features into a compact, easy to carry bag.
WHO SHOULD BUY THIS?
If you’re OK with any tote or backpack for the job then you may not want to invest in a this gorgeous bag, although we do think bags specially designed for baby duty offer some significant perks, such as organization that keeps must-haves like diapers and bottles in mind.
Parents can benefit from a backpack that’s versatile enough to meet a growing child’s needs and durable enough to use when your baby becomes the big sibling.
HOW WE TESTED
Our mommas here at Blmommy started by speaking with scores of moms to find out what diaper bags they have used and what features they like and don’t like.
We stuffed our pick, the Sweetheart Top Cover Backpack, to the max with everything a mom might need to carry.
- 2 pairs of swimming trunks
- organic sunscreen
- 2 toweles
- sun hat
- change of clothes
- 2 water bottles
- a book for mommy
- a coffee to go cup
- change of shirt for mom
- cellphone and keys
Plus we added our own additions of bug spray, stain remover stick, mom water bottle, hand wash, sunglasses, plastic baggies, and a granola bar or two for mom thrown in. We carried the backpack through a week of play dates, trips to the park, a street fair, the grocery store, and a trip to Grandma’s house. We made sure to treat it as any mom would treat their bag—it was thrown in the trunk, dropped on the concrete, and stuffed with the random extras parents are always throwing in their bag last minute (such as race cars and dinosaurs).
After a week of testing, the Haruhonpo Top Cover Backpack is our pick for best summer backpack because of its long list of terrific features that we couldn’t find all in one bag anywhere else, starting with great organization with 13 storage compartments, and versatility in how you can carry it.
This Haruhonpo Top Cover Backpack has storage galore, absolutely critical in a mom carried bag. There were so many pockets, slots, and zippered compartments that we ran out of ideas for what to put in them (and we are a heavy packer.) The extras such as a different storage bag for the car, 1 insulated bag, sunglasses pocket, and lined cell-phone pocket were unique and useful details. The “mommy pocket,” inside is perfect for keeping keys separate, especially when you can’t be digging for them holding your bag and baby. The cellphone pocket is located right in front of the bag, so you can quickly grab without digging. The bag is a nice compact shape, and even though we packed the Haruhonpo Backpack with everything we could think of, there was still room left over. On its own, the Haruhonpo weighs only around 1 pounds making it one of the lightest bags. Packed full, it weighed in at around 5 pounds, which is still within the range recommended by the American Chiropractic Association.
Another must-have feature was how comfortable the bag is to carry. You can wear the Haruhonpo as a backpack or as a one shoulder, or hold it by the top handle like a suitcase. Either way, the bag has enough options to make carrying a heavy load less stressful on your body. With the Haruhonpo big zipper, not only can you switch the way you carry it, the bag has fluffy memory foam on its shoulder straps.
The perfect backpack also has the ability to make things easy to find. The Haruhonpo Top Cover Backpack has a beautiful lush light-colored lining, as well as a wide zip-open main compartment. The bag’s dimensions are W38cm x H42cm x L20cm. The water-resistant material is easy to clean with soap and water as well.
Some of the well-designed extras include double mesh pockets inside for easy storage, so you do not end up dumping the bag on the ground to find items, pockets that are insulated with , and crumb drains so that junk just falls right out of the bag. Also, it comes in many fashionable fabrics.
One thing isn’t great about the Haruhonpousa though: the price tag is on the higher side at $130. The cost admittedly may be a deal breaker for some. However, the quality of this backpack is obvious. From durable hardware that’s unlikely to get stuck, to the Teflon protective coating on the bag as well as the addition of an extra car bag and insulated bag, every little detail seems well thought out in a way that we didn’t see in most other bags. This bag is built to last for many years, which ultimately could make it a more cost-effective purchase than choosing cheaper in the beginning and then going through multiple bags, which is what happened to some members of the mom group we spoke to.