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How to make your backpack


NOTE: BP4K does not accept backpacks openly from the public.

This is due to security and quality control concerns. We do host ‘Build a Backpack Day(s),’ where we work with local communities to source and build backpacks so please stay tuned for updates if you are interested.

The following information is for Build a Backpack Day participants only:

We have worked closely with Government agencies and non-governmental organizations to provide backpacks that have what refugee children need most.

There are 2 steps for making backpacks for BP4K:

Restricted Items:

– No military / guns or toys

– Nothing political

– No nuts or potential allergens

– No food, meats, seeds, vegetables, fruits, etc., besides item #3 below.

Additional Considerations:

– Backpacks are for kids aged 2-12 years old

– Please indicate somewhere on the backpack whether its for a boy/girl and the intended age range.

– New items only, sorry. We cannot accept used items for numerous reasons.

– Please following packing list carefully. No extra items.


Full Packing List:
  1. Packable blanket that can fit into the backpack along with all the other items, age appropriate size. Baby swaddling blankets are too small. No large towels.
  2. Candy / candy bars / chocolate (this is popular, Ghirardelli a FAVORITE)
  3. Goldfish and/or crackers
  4. Small packages of wet wipes and/or tissues – no chlorox or strong household cleaner types.
  5. Socks, 2-3 pairs
  6. Underwear, 2-3 pair
  7. Toothbrush and toothpaste
  8. Hair comb or brush
  9. Small stuffed animal (beanie baby sized)
  10. Refillable water bottle (12-16 oz) NEW only
  11. Hat and gloves*. Summer hat, baseball caps, new only.
  12. Body wash travel sized, all in 1 type (Shampoo and body wash)
  13. Washcloth
  14. Sketchpad & markers (crayons and or colored pencils, age appropriate)
  15. Rubik’s cube, fidget spinner, or pop-it toy*
  16. Matchbox car (boys) or small doll (girls)*
  17. Hair tie (girls)
  18. Small pack of feminine hygienic products (for girls 10yrs +)

Once your bag is ready, reach out to your local contact and we will have further instructions

Bag Do’s and Don’ts

Specific supply items needed:

From time to time we find our inventory requiring a specific item or two that may be difficult to source or extremely expensive in a particular market. As a solution, we ask you to acquire these items and they will be transported through our normal logistics networks. Please contact logistics@backpack4kids.org if you would like to contribute a single item supply pack to BP4K.

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