Baby Sherpa for Travelling - By Catherine Shaw
Active families need to look no further than the Baby Sherpa Backpack when next planning their travels. The four-in-one, ergonomically designed backpack was created by Canadian parents who couldn't find a comfortable hands-free bag to carry the paraphernalia that accompanies a child and their own outdoor equipment.
Noting that many parents end up carrying several different bags to meet the various needs of the family, the designers set about creating the ultimate in organisation: a backpack that acts as a cooler bag, nappy store and video/camera bag, and that still has space for clothes and toys. Wide, padded shoulder and sternum straps, and a detachable hip belt balance the bag's weight close to the body's centre of gravity. This means the large leg and hip muscles do the work and even heavy weights are comfortable to carry for long periods.
The inside of the bag is divided into compartments, including a secure internal zip pouch for storing important documents and money, while the easy-to-clean exterior sports toy loops, key clips and bungee cords for water bottles or sweaters. The sensible black or navy blue colour means even fathers won't mind toting this piece. Brad Pitt has been spotted with a Baby Sherpa, assuring the bag A-list status.
Measuring 48.3cm x 30.5cm x 17.8cm and weighing 1.2kg, the Baby Sherpa meets all airline carry-on luggage requirements - and its cooler compartment is handy for carrying canned mini-meals in anticipation of delayed flights. Water resistant, the Baby Sherpa also includes a large nappy-changing pad (66cm x 43cm) and a first-aid box compartment. Although not cheap, the bag's multifunctional and durable design make this one backpack the whole family will continue to use well past the baby stage.