Many people ask me how do I manage to travel lots now that I have a baby in tow, my answer is always ‘put the baby on your back and do what you normally do!'. Of course there are limitations to this, we avoid late nights because baby Isla gets overtired and we are not taking her up Kilimanjaro next month because it would be too high and too cold for her. But generally our travels are just as active and adventurous as they ever were!
On our recent trip to Sri Lanka we lugged our stroller (or ‘baby car’ as they call them there!) from place to place. However, instead of being a means of transportation for the baby, we filled it with pots of formula and bottles of water. In fact, I am considering leaving the stroller at home for our next trip because we used it so little. Strollers can’t climb volcanos or trek through jungle or take a leisurely walk along the beach. Strollers are a pain in the bum quite frankly, they are bulky and restricting.
Baby Isla much prefers being in the baby carrier anyway. I have reviewed several carriers now, the Ergo Adapt was fantastic when she was first born, the Babybjorn Outdoors One worked perfectly when hiking through rainforest in Costa Rica, and more recently we tested out the Kiddy Adventure Pack when hiking up Sigiriya Roack in Sri Lanka. Isla has loved all three carriers but now that she is getting bigger we are in need of a bit more support, particularly for long hikes.
The Adventure Pack is quite a big bigger than the carriers we are used to and I was a bit nervous that it may put a lot of strain on my back and be heavy to carry, but I couldn't be more wrong! Whilst it obviously does weigh a little more, at only 2.8kg it's light enough not to be burdensome. It's also really comfortable, it has a soft padded waist belt and shoulder straps which were nice and comfy. It's also easily adjustable, allowing hubby and I to swap between us easily and without too much faff. Furthermore, it's super comfy for baby too. Isla is fastened in securely with the height-adjustable 5-point harness system, which gave me security when climbing the many steep stairs to the top of Sigiriya rock. The seat is nice and spacious and allowed Isla to freely move around, something she can't do as much in our smaller carriers.
There is an integrated sun and rain canopy which can be extended depending on all weather conditions, we used this to shelter Isla's face from the sun. There are various pockets, with a drinks holder at the side for quick access which can be useful, although I would be cautious about putting anything of any value in the back pockets due to the fear of pickpockets. There is also a handy stand that can be automatically folded in and out so that the carrier can be safely set down with the child inside at any time- it also makes a useful seat!
The back pack retails at £179 which I think is a pretty good price for the quality. I walked several miles and climbed up over 660feet wearing the carrier (and Isla) and there was no sign of any aches and pains at the end of the day which was pretty impressive. Isla also managed to have a nice long sleep during the climb back down so she must have been comfy! The only real negative was the size, we can roll our smaller carriers up and place them in our hand luggage but we had to check this carrier in (I don't think we would have gotten away with taking the carrier and the stroller through as hand luggage). It does have handles to make carrying it easy and it does fold (kind of) flat, but it took some adjustment to get used to the size compared to what we were used to.
All in all though, the carrier was a big hit and we will most definitely be using it again on our future trips!
Psssst! By the way, I have recently designed a flight log book to allow your kids to record all of the journeys! If you're looking for a special way to record your children's travel memories then head over to Amazon to take a look!