Monday, April 18, 2016

What’s in the Backpack: Allpakt Review

When I saw this product, I knew I would love it before had even received it! It was created by
co-workers and friends, Helen Lee, who met a couple, John & Cindy Mahoney, the three of them conceived the idea on a vacation, While sharing a drink, they talked about the joys of traveling with little ones and the backpacks full of things that they would pack to make airplane travel just a little more enjoyable for everyone! And out of that conversation, the AllPakt was born!

So what exactly is the AllPakt? Well, quite simply it is a backpack full of toys and activities for preschool aged children to keep them busy!

The cute blue backpack (it also comes in 5 other colors) came full of age appropriate activities,
toys and crayons including a magnetic play board and magnets, modeling clay, a hand puppet, a
CubeBot (more about this below), reusable activity cards and a dry erase pen , a doodle pad, a
tray for your lap (or tray table) a book, Wikki Stix (one of my favorite items to travel with), and
travel wipes!

So what did they grab first? Mattias, my 4 year old, went straight for the Cubebot, a robot made of wood and elastic. A superhero addict, Mattias was happy to pose and then fly his robot around his seat and crash land it back on the tray table!

Markus, my two year old, went right for the dinosaur magnetic board and was happy to stick and unstick the dinosaurs and eggs all over the prehistoric play scene.

What was my favorite?  Once we went through and checked out everything, the Usborne activity cards were a hit for all of us. Large, high quality cards, which you could write on with a dry erase marker, kept the boys happy for over an hour! They were full of mazes, coloring activities and basic letter games that were perfect for preschool ages children. Markus was even able to a lot of the activities such as “draw wheels on the car” or “finish the picture of the butterfly!”

There was also lots of room for me to pack some snacks for the kids My staples are things like fishy crackers, granola bars, apples (for domestic flights only), or fruit snacks. I was even able to fit their “lovies” in the bag. For Markus it is a small blankey and for Mattias it is a bunny and a small blankey! I clipped a empty reusable water bottle for filling once past security, on to the handle of the backpack and we were set for our flight! I probably could have fit a spare change of clothes (always a good idea when flying with kids) if I had not put both kids snacks and lovies in the same backpack!

When traveling with a preschooler or toddler, it is important to keep in mind the “weight” of the
backpack. The idea is for them to carry it themselves, so if it is too heavy, you will be the one with it on your back! The AllPakt is 1.5 kg when packed (3 lb. 5 oz.) with the included contents.

But if you do end up having to carry it yourself, do yourself a favor and attach a carabineer clip to one of the straps and you can easily hook it to your bag or case in seconds!

Now that we are home, this adorable backpack will live in our car for road trips and we can refill it with snacks and new treasures on our next vacation!

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