Summer Gear from Pottery Barn Kids

My son, first day of school with his new back pack.

My mom friends know that backpacks are my best friends. From using them as “diaper bags” when my kids were younger to “back packing” around theme parks with all our necessities – our backpacks get just as much as use out of school as in school.

Last year I purchased a Large Fairfax Boy Backpack from Pottery Bark Kids for my son to use during the school year. I bought it because I wanted something that would last YEARS, not simply be used 1 school year and then would have to be replaced. I figured if I bought a quality backpack for a little extra it would last longer – and so far I’ve been right.

The Fairfax for boys is available in Red with Navy Trim, Navy with Green Trim and Green with Turquoise Trim. I chose the Red with Navy Trim, because it matched his school uniform. Then I chose to have it embroidered with his initials ($7 extra), to make it special. The back pack ended up being huge, measuring 12.5″ wide x 7.5″ deep x 17″ high. It even has a second zipper that allows it to have more inside-space – approximately 2 inches – when unzipped.

The Large Fairfax backpack is ideal for children measuring 4 feet or taller. My son was around 3 and a half feet when I bought it at the beginning of the school year. It was cute. But I’d definitely agree that a Small Fairfax Backpack would have been easier for him to use in Kindergarten and probably even first grade.

The Large Fairfax backpack is full of pockets, both on the outside and inside, which makes it useful for holding books, lunch bags, snack bags, pencils, wallets, phones, water bottles – you name it! There is even an MP3 holder and you can thread the earphone wires through a grommet so you can listen to music as you walk. And there are rings on the outside of the school bag to allow complementing lunch bags to “piggy back”. (Lunch bags sold separately.)

For the past year I have had no rips, tears, or stuck zippers. The Fairfax backpack is dependable and sturdy, made from rugged, water-resistant 600-denier polyester. I can’t wait to use it this summer as we head to vacation spots and explore the sites (and sights) around Florida staycation-style.

You can do more than just a monogram with a Fairfax backpack. We recently received a new Fairfax for my other son to use, same size and color as my oldest son’s! But this one was personalized with a Shark – so perfect for summer. Just like the monogram, this one was sturdily done and is quality work! And it helps them easily identify which backpack belongs to which boy! By having a monogram or patch on the backpack, you really allow the children to “own” the item, making it more unique and special for them. Other currently available patches are: turtle, alligator, triceratops, seahorse, hibiscus, and butterflies.

OTHER ITEMS TO HELP YOU GEAR UP THIS SUMMER:

Luggage, check! Ultradurable luggage lets kids travel in style with smooth-rolling wheels, kid-friendly handles and all the room they need to keep essentials organized and accessible when the family’s on the move.

Beach Tote, check! Mermaids, butterflies, bright hibiscus flowers, turtles, sharks and surfboards are appliquéd onto Pottery Barn Kids newest totes, each woven of durable cotton canvas and accented with striped handles and contrast trim. Perfect for trips to the beach, park or playground!

Beach Towel, check! These summer essentials give kids a soft spot for watching waves and drying off. Bright colors and a mix of sea-inspired designs make it fun to pick a favorite. Soft cotton and roomy hoods make Pottery Barn Kids beach wraps a cozy way to wrap up after a dip in the pool or ocean. Beach towels and wraps are available in a variety of sizes to fit every member of the family; they are rated UPF 50+ for UV protection.

Accessories, check! From DVD Player and Travel Organizer to Cooler Bags and Wet/Dry Pouches, Pottery Barn Kids has the ultimate accessories to make spring break travel a breeze!

This is solely the opinion of the Mom Buzz. Other people may have different experiences with the product. And don’t forget to enter my other hot contests so you can win and try buzzworthy products! The Mom Buzz was not compensated for this buzz. The Mom Buzz purchased a Large Fairfax Backpack with Monogram from Pottery Barn Kids in 2011. TheMomBuzz received a Large Fairfax Backpack with Patch as part of this summer buzz.

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