Best Rucksack For Travelling With Kids: American Tourister #UKFTB

Despite being well versed at travelling with kids, would you believe I still make some rookie mistakes?  Well, it’s true and when American Tourister heard that my day trip skills were definitely lacking they decided to help me out.  I was delighted when they agreed to take the issue in hand for me.

There have been lots of times I’ve taken the kids out for the day or on holiday and I have not taken a rucksack with me.  I will have my usual day bag, which will be enough to hold my purse, phone and other small essential items.  To start off with this looks like all I will need for the day ahead.

American Tourister urban groove rucksack review  - best rucksack for travelling and days out with kids

As they day progresses, the kids decide they want to palm their coats and toys off on to me.  Next, I need somewhere to put a half drunk bottle of water and the remains of their lunch, just incase they decide to come back to it later.  All of a sudden my hands are full and by bag is fit to burst.

Very quickly I become a walking pack horse trying to juggle all these bits and bobs that I’ve suddenly acquired.  All of a sudden trying to take a few photos turns into the Krypton Factor and you can forget corralling a pair of unruly kids around the play area with any degree of success.

It often means a lot of stopping, putting everything down, sorting out what needs to be done, then picking it all up again until the next time we need to stop, which will probably be around 2 minutes later.

American tourister rucksack review

The American Tourister Rucksack we were sent solved all these problems in one convenient travel bag.  We put it to the test on our visit to Hamerton Zoo Park during the summer and it made for an awesome hands free experience.

I had all the room I needed in the 3 sections of the rucksack to carry a homemade packed lunch, everything the kids needed for our visit including spare clothes and wipes, and somewhere for my essentials including the phone and purse. There was also room left over incase I acquired anything extra during the day.  As well as being great for carrying all the travel essentials, it’s super comfortable to wear as well.

American tourister rucksack straps

It’s a well made lightweight rucksack, perfect for travelling and days out.  It’s also a great bag for university students, especially those who ride bikes.  I can say this with confidence as my son seems to have acquired my American Tourister rucksack and is using it for going to uni.  It’s perfect for helping being noticed on the roads as well as providing a secure waterproof bag to keep his uni work and equipment in during the day.

I would have loved to keep hold of this American Tourister rucksack a little longer, as it was perfect for days out and weekend breaks but I’m also glad my son is able to put it to good use too.

We were provided with the American Tourister Urban Groove Rucksack for the purposes of this review, but all thoughts and opinions are our own. 


Zena Goldman is a UK based travel, family & lifestyle blogger who left her 9-5 job behind in the not-for-profit sector to follow her creative dreams and enjoy a more flexible family life. She began writing Zena’s Suitcase in 2011 and shares the holidays and adventures she goes on with (and without) her 2 young daughters. She wishes her son would join them more often but he’s carving out his own dreams now and enjoying university life.

Since beginning Zena’s Suitcase she has worked with a number of brands and also has a regular monthly feature in the ASDA Good Living Magazine feature, ‘Ask The Expert’ where she shares helpful parenting tips. In 2018 she was also a finalist in the prestigious BIBs Awards for Social Media.

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  1. October 3, 2017 / 9:16 am

    This rucksack looks perfect for any family holiday. You can never have too many pockets I think in a bag!

  2. October 3, 2017 / 10:08 am

    This rucksack looks great. I love all the different compartments in it. Perfect for everything I have to save for the kids when we go out 🙂

  3. Margaret Gallagher
    October 3, 2017 / 10:51 am

    Always after good quality rucksacks
    So useful for all our outdoor persuits

  4. October 3, 2017 / 7:59 pm

    This looks great for days out, I like all the different compartments and I do find a rucksack is a lot easier to take out x

  5. October 3, 2017 / 10:00 pm

    I love the colour of this rucksack, and all the compartments. My hubby always takes a black backpack, but this looks much nicer.

  6. Sidrah Ahmed
    October 3, 2017 / 11:36 pm

    I love this rucksack it looks very lightweight and lovely design

  7. October 4, 2017 / 11:01 pm

    I like the fact that the rucksack is light weight. That is great for travelling.

  8. October 19, 2017 / 3:55 pm

    I like to use a rucksack that is lightweight, durable and has more compartment. By the way , which size rucksack do you prefer for a three days travel ?

  9. Kayleigh Watkins
    November 6, 2017 / 9:06 pm

    A lovely review, it has just enough storage compartments without being to big and bulky xXx

  10. September 26, 2018 / 11:59 am

    Good review!
    Such a Great post! I like traveling but it becomes delighted with the backpack. Backpack Is the essential part of any tour. The clear backpack idea you provide it well works. This is the perfect blog for me as a travel lover. Please do not stop, keep it up. Please post this awesome blog after some days. Thanks for sharing the awesome tutorial with us.

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