Kids Backpack Review: Skip Hop Zoo & GoVinci

I’ve come to the conclusion that kids backpacks are the way forward when travelling.  I love the idea of the Trunki but I’m fed up of having to wheel/carry it myself.  At least with a backpack, my daughter is happy to sling it over her shoulders and tootle through the airport.

My two daughters and I recently put 3 backpacks to the test:

Skip Hop Zoo Little Kid Backpack (HKD $199)

You will see these backpacks everywhere.  This is because they are well made, kids love the fun design and they are also well priced.

Not my kids

Not my kids

The backpack has a 2 sections; an insulated front pocket with a mesh divider and the main pocket which is fairly large.  There is also a mesh water bottle pouch on one side.

The straps are padded and easily adjustable.

There are some cute additional features like the inside name tag (useful given the ubiquitous nature of this backpack!) and also matching zip pulls which help little fingers open the backpack.

The only problem with the pack is that whilst it’s perfect for travel and every day life, it’s probably not big enough for school e.g. a homework folder

GoVinci Backpack (HKD $289)

In keeping with this bag’s name, the GoVinci backpack lets your kids display their artwork on the front (my daughter was very excited about this feature).

Daisy & Go Vinci Backpack

This backpack is extremely sturdy and the hard outer shell allows kids to use it as a drawing table which is useful in transit.

Inside there’s lots of room with a mesh pocket divider.  The shoulder straps are nicely padded and even have safety reflectors.

Similarly to the Skip Hop Zoo, it won’t be big enough to double as a school bag.

Skip Hop Zoo-Let Mini Backpack With Rein (HKD $135)

This is a mini version of the Zoo Little Kid Backpack and is absolutely adorable.  There is one main inside pocket and a mesh pocket on the side.

Zoo Let Backpack

Sky refused to cooperate with product testing

Check out this well behaved model instead

Check out this well behaved model instead

The padded straps have an extra clip bit at the front to help your toddler keep the pack on.

The backpack also comes with a removable rein which is a brilliant idea, especially for steering them through airports.

What should I buy?

Whilst the Skip Hop Little Kids Backpack is better value for money, I feel the Go Vinci is more unique.  Given its heftier price tag, the Go Vinci would be a great gift for birthdays, Christmas etc.

I love the idea of the Skip Hop Zoo-Let Mini Backpack but my 20 mth old was not interested in wearing it!  Clearly she hasn’t inherited her mother’s love of bags…

All three bags are available in Hong Kong from Toys R Us, Mothercare, Bumps to Babes, Dymocks and other leading retailers.


Jetlag & Mayhem was sent the backpacks for review.  I was not paid for this review and this is all my opinion!

1 comment

  1. Kari

    These are very cute! I love that they have the string to help you steer them and keep hold of them. My kids are teens but they would’ve loved the little animal characters when they were little. Over from SITS Sharefest – enjoy the weekend!

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