This February will be our first trip without a stroller. We have a 9 year old and us two adults going. My fantasy is going to the parks with just the clothes on our bodies and our wristbands but realistically we need to bring some stuff in with us. (ASD kid needs headphones, a small sensory bag, at least one water bottle for us to share, first aid kit… Ok ibuprofen, let’s be honest.) Also in February I know we’ll be wearing jackets/coats/hoodies all morning but as soon the sun peeks out we’ll be too warm to wear them and I just don’t want to be carrying them all through the parks in my arms.
My thought was to bring a small cinch-type backpack (We have one that we bought on our last Disney trip when we needed something to carry our stuff that we didn’t want to leave in the stroller. “Webbing” straps about an inch thick. Not a string-cinch-backpack.) And also packing a foldable backpack in there for when we want to take our jackets off but not hold them all day.
Do you have any suggestions for a foldable backpack that holds its shape? Especially against the back? Have any better suggestions for this situation?
What I don’t want is:
-a big ol’ backpack that gets heavier as the day goes on. (Our current backpack stash ranges from a small Vera Bradley purse-sized backpack to hold essentials, to a large backpack that we use as our carry-on luggage.)
-a cheapy-cheap backpack that is going to be uncomfortable and shift everytime you take a step.
-a crossbody anything. It hurts my shoulder to carry all that against one side of my neck.