7 hiking carriers for treking with little ones

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Playette MiniMeis Hiking Carrier

If you love the great outdoors, adventuring with your child doesn’t have to slow you down – the key to avoiding aching arms or endless piggybacks is a comfortable hiking carrier.

A hiking carrier is a framed wearable backpack with a built-in seat for babies and kids to sit comfortably in. Heavier and more robust than soft regular carriers, they feature adjustable straps, padding in all the right places and handy storage pockets for hiking essentials. These special packs let you travel hands-free while your little explorer enjoys the ride.

Whether you’re off on a serious trek or just a fun family day out, hit the trail with confidence with one of Australia’s top baby hiking backpacks.

7 sturdy hiking carriers for all-day adventures

With so many hiking carriers on the market in Australia, it’s hard to know where to start, so we asked the HUGE Mum’s Grapevine Facebook community which carriers they use. In no particular order, these are the carriers they tried, tested and recommend.


MiniMeis Hiking Carrier

MiniMeis Shoulder Carrier ($269.95)

Suitable from six months to five years of age, the MiniMeis weighs just 1.5kg, making it one of the lightest carriers in Australia. It distributes a child’s weight evenly and folds into a compact 30x30cm unit for easy storage.

Buy now from Playette


Macpack Vamoose hiking carreier

Macpac Vamoose Child Carrier ($299.99)

Safe and comfortable for kids up to 20kg, the Macpac Vamoose has a breathable harness, wide padded hip belt and an adjustable seat that grows with your child. With heaps of storage and a removable day pack, it also comes with a sunshade and rain cover.

Buy now from Macpac Australia


Chicco SmartSupport Child Hiking Carrier

Chicco SmartSuport Hiking Carrier ($160.08)

With padded and vented lumbar support, the Chicco SmartSupport hiking carrier features a lightweight aluminium frame and a convenient built-in kick-stand. The height-adjustable seat with five-point harness keeps bub happy and safe.

Buy now from Amazon Australia


Osprey Karinjo baby hiking backpack carrier

Osprey Poco AG Plus Child Hiking Carrier ($449)

Just what you need on a sunny day, the Osprey Poco AG Plus Child Carrier has a mesh harness and back panel that allows plenty of airflow to keep you and your kiddo cool. It also features an easy-use built-in sunshade that can be stowed when not needed.

Buy now from Baby Village


Panda hiking carrier

Panda Child Backpack Carrier ($440)

The Panda Child Backpack Carrier puts the ‘pack’ in backpack. With seven pockets and 15 litres of storage, you’ll have no problem carrying your kiddo and all the extras you need. The one-month worry-free return policy lets you shop with peace of mind.

By now from Panda


Thule sapling carrier

Thule Sapling Child Carrier ($499)

With a machine-washable ergonomic seat, huge storage compartment and ventilation in all the right places, the Thule Sapling Carrier is perfect for your next adventure. The dual-access design allows you to load bub in from the top or side.

Buy now from Thule


Our Expedition

Our Expedition hiking carrier

Our Expedition Hiking Carrier ($260)

Designed to hold kids from one to five years, the Our Expedition Hiking Carrier gives little adventurers unobstructed views while hiking. It comes with a detachable weather shade and a handy mini backpack for storing essentials.

Buy now from Amazon Australia

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