This is in no way sponsored or affiliated with Jansport, this is just something our family really does that works for us. Our oldest son has a summer birthday, so for his birthday before he started kindergarten, our gift to him was an ‘adventure backpack’. We bought a basic, dark-colored Jansport backpack because of their lifetime guarantee.
I actually have one I used all through high school, college, and it’s still going strong—although I have sent it in for a repair once. We started him off with one patch from a local park that we often go to, explaining that him that when our family goes on adventures, he can collect patches from places we go, to sew on the backpack.
I prefer to sew them on, even though the patches are often thick and difficult to sew, in the case that we do have to clip the patches off and send the backpack in for repair or replacement. While we do a lot of outdoor activities, usually the patches we get are from state or national parks, which usually ends up being one or two a summer.
My goal was to find a backpack that would last a long time, rather than buy a cheap plastic one with a cartoon character on it that we would end up replacing every year. So far the patches have been the main souvenirs we end up purchasing on trips, which keeps more clutter
out of their room too.
What kind of souvenirs do your kids get on trips? And what kind of backpacks do they use for school?