Best Backpacks for Back to School

Whether you are looking for your pre-schooler's first ever school backpack, or you need something robust and on trend for your high-schooler, we've rounded up the best backpacks on the market for back to school!



Perfect for Pre-schoolers...

This can be a hard one to get right as at this age the kids are still so small and they struggle to carry much weight. Here are a few of our favorite small and fun designs on the market.


1. Skip Hop Animal Backpacks, $20

These animal-themed backpacks are both adorable and practical. They are small, but big enough to get the essential change of clothes, water bottle and lunch inside. So many cute animals to choose from and a very affordable price.



2. Pottery Barn Mini Backpacks, $39.50

Pottery Barn backpacks are always immensely popular and that's for good reason. They come in a range of sizes and so many fun patterns, including lots of well-known TV and movie themes. The mini size is perfect for pre-school kids and you can even personalize it to make sure it doesn't get lost.



3. The North Face Youth Sprout Backpack, $35

This one is a little on the expensive side at $35, but with North Face you know you are getting high quality materials which will last. This particular backpack is recommended for kids ages 2-4 years old and comes with a Lifetime Guarantee.



Practical but Still Fun for Elementary Kids...

Ok so now your kids need something a little bigger to hold their lunch, snack, water bottle, homework and additional things which get sent home on a daily basis. But don't forget the backpack still needs to be fun and colorful at this age!


1. LEGO Bags Brick Backpack, $55

Obviously we have a bit of a fondness for all things LEGO so we had to include these super fun brick backpacks! They are available in 15 different colors and are even made out of premium quality recycled PET fabric. Perfect for any LEGO-loving kid.



2. Wildkin 15 inch Llamas & Cactus Backpack, $35

Wildkin have a great selection of fun patterns, and also a really good range of sizes to choose from. We love how they regularly update their themes to ensure that your kids can grab the latest trend, whether it be unicorns, rainbows or llamas!


3. Mifulgoo Kids Waterproof Backpack, $25

This is a super comfy option with the added bonus of it being waterproof. It has reflective fabric for safety, plenty of compartments and room for school folders and even a laptop if necessary as they get older.



Durable and Cool for Middle & High School...

As kids get older it becomes less about the fun bright colors and more about the subtly cool factor. It's also important to buy quality materials which can withstand heavy contents and bigger lunches!


1. Fjallraven Kanken 15 inch Laptop Backpack, $115

Yikes that's a pretty hefty price tag! But there is a reason for it: this backpack has been carefully engineered to help alleviate back pain. In modern school days kids are expected to carry not just their books around, but also their laptops. This backpack has all the support and padding needed to protect both your child's laptop, and their back! The minimalistic design is also very appealing to teenagers.



2. Patagonia Arbor Classic Pack, $99

This 25L backpack has a great selection of compartments, as well as a cool and classic look. We love that it is made from a durable and water repellent material, as well as there being a padded sleeve for laptop storage. Available in 7 earthy tones.



3. JanSport Right Pack Backpack, $60

JanSport are a household name when it comes to backpacks. They are simple yet stylish, and also decent value for money. The Right Pack comes in a huge range of basic colors, as well as funky patterns which means your child can get exactly what they want. This is an iconic backpack, with the suede leather bottom adding extra durability.



So keep an eye out for those Back to School Sales, there are some awesome backpacks out there waiting for school to start in a few weeks!




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