On the Go: Anatomy of a Carrier Pack

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

The Carrier Pack

And by carrier, we mean of both kid and accoutrement. The Deuter Sport Kid Comfort III ($289) is an ergonomically-correct backpack carrier for kids. Weighing only 7 pounds 10 ounces, its design evenly distributes the weight you're carrying, has plenty of cushioning (for you and your cargo), allows for a wide range of movement, and has pockets and storage compartments tucked in all over the place. And, oh yeah, it really does come with its own teddy bear.

For Bugs

Safe enough for everyone, plus it smells good. The All Terrain Herbal Armor Insect Repellant ($5) is DEET-free, made with citronella, soybean, peppermint, cedar, lemongrass and geranium oils, and comes in a 2-ounce pump spray bottle.

For Slurping

This NALGENE Toddler Grip-n-Gulp drinking bottle ($8) carries 12 ounces of fluid and is built with a sipper valve for spill-proof carrying.

For Tenderfoots

BlisterMedic makes this first-aid kit for the feet ($12). It comes with 24 adhesive dressings (of pre-cut and shaped moleskin), GlacierGel multi-day hydrogel dressings, plus alcohol wipes and antiseptic towelettes.

For Grub

The Light My Fire 6-piece meal kit ($20) is BPA-free and includes two plates, spill-free cup with lid and measurement lines, spork, small waterproof box, combined colander and cutting board. It's dishwasher and microwave safe, plus it floats!

For Baby Grub

They call it the Go Toob ($9). Made by humangear, it's a 3-ounce squeezable travel tube made from silicone. It's perfect for packing and serving baby food (on the trail or in an airplane).