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The 5 Best Kids Hydration Packs

Kids Hydration Packs

Every mountain biker needs a hydration pack, and that includes even the littlest shredders. Here is our round-up of the best kids hydration packs on the market.  Pick one, fill it up with aqua, stuff it with some snacks, and send it out with your kiddo on their next ride (or hike).

Camelbak Mini M.U.L.E

Camelback M.U.L.E

Camelbak is the brand synonymous with hydration packs, and the M.U.L.E is an iconic mountain biking staple. Enter the Mini M.U.L.E, a smaller but just as efficient pack for young riders. The pack features a 1.5L water bladder, a bike tool organizer pocket, multiple zippered compartments, and reflective strips.

Price & Where to Buy:

$50.00 USD
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Camelbak Scout

Camelback Scout

This is the pack my little boy loves, and he picked it out himself—which tells you it has kid appeal. It also happens to look very cool. The Scout has enough capacity that it can even double as a backpack for school. It has plenty of room for stashing treasures discovered on the trail which can also be its downfall—fill it up and it’s heavy.

To learn more, read my full review of the Scout.

Price & Where to Buy:

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Camelbak Skeeter

Camelback Skeeter

The M.U.L.E and the Scout might be fancy, but the Skeeter is the practical pack in Camelback’s kid lineup. Perfect for kids who just need water, what the Skeeter lacks in pockets it makes up for in weight, manageability, and affordability.

Price & Where to Buy:

$40.00 USD
$27.18 USD
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Osprey Youth Moki

Osprey Moki

An Osprey is what I wear when I go ride, and I totally stand behind this brand. The Moki comes in bright, fun colors and has a “front shove it” pocket that makes it easy for kids to get to essentials. For families riding around at night, it also has an awesome blinker light attachment for added safety.

Price & Where to Buy:

$49.95 USD
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Osprey Hydrajet Hydration Pack

osprey hydrajet kids hydration pack

This is the biggest pack on the list which makes it perfect for long day excursions (or even an overnighter).  To help keep things comfortable when carrying a heavy load, the Hydrajet has fleece lined shoulder straps and a hipbelt to help distribute the load.  This is the pack we grab for bikepacking trips.  Just make sure you buy it for older kids (6+) as the torso length is longer than the other packs on this list.

Price & Where to Buy:

$69.95 USD
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Things to consider when picking a kids hydration pack

Looks—Let’s be honest, most kids want a hydration pack not for the water but for the cool factor. All the packs we’ve listed here are pretty stylin’, but you might want to give your kiddo final say. Choosing a hydration pack is fun.

Reservoir Size—This refers to how much water the pack can carry. All the packs we’ve listed hold 1.5 liters which is just about right for most kids. Preschoolers can probably survive on a half-filled pack. Older kids going for longer rides (over 2 hours) might consider graduating to a small adult pack.

Total Capacity—The larger the capacity, the more stuff it can fit. This is a double-edged sword. Kids love “stuff” and it is nice for them to be able to carry their own jacket and a snack (or three). That said, the more stuff you can fit in the pack, the heavier and more cumbersome it becomes.

Kids Hydration Pack Comparison Chart

Still not sure which of these packs is best for your child?  Here’s a simple comparison chart to help you choose.

BrandModelMSRPReservoir SizeTotal CapacityTorso Length
CamelbakMini Mule
$50.00 USD
1.5 L91 cu in12 in
CamelbakScout
$60.00 USD
1.5 L670 cu in14 in
CamelbakSkeeter
$40.00 USD
1.5 LN/A12 in
OspreyMoki
$50.00 USD
1.5 L92 cu in13 in
OspreyHydrajet
$70.00 USD
1.5 L915 cu in15 in

 



7 thoughts on “The 5 Best Kids Hydration Packs

  1. Thank you for making this awesome chart! I am deciding between the Camelbak Mini Mule and the Osprey Moki for my 6 year old son. Can you tell me more about the pockets and space available?

    Thanks!

    • Hi Kala, There’s not a ton of space in either–but enough for a jacket and a snack. The Moki has slightly more space. Both packs have two zippered pockets; one big one and one little one.

  2. Hi,

    Thanks for the article! I’m thinking of getting a pack for my nearly 2 year old (he’s two on boxing day) as I’m working at a music festival over Christmas and it is hot here in oz! I’m not sure if any of them are small enough for him to manage. Any advice?

  3. Hi ~ Looking for hydration packs for my grandchildren; hoping it will make hiking with grandma a little more fun. I am deciding between the moki and the mini mule and I just can’t decide. One grandchild will be 6; on the huskier side and the other 4, very tall and thin. What are the main differences and which would you choose? Thanks ~

    • Hi Cynthia,
      First off, what lucky grandchildren you have. Love that you are taking them to do active things outdoors! My personal preference is the Osprey Moki, just because I prefer the bite valves on the Osprey packs and I think they are less prone to leak. Both are about the same size so that shouldn’t be a deciding factor for you.
      -KB

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