Back to School: Durable Backpacks for Kids

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August 01, 2019

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Head Back to School in Style

Backpacks are Back-to-School essentials, but they are more than utility, they’re also a fashion piece! From glow-in-the-dark options to throwback styles, the opportunities are endless for your little student to rock their unique style. Here are 10 great picks that will be sure to turn heads in the hallway.

Wanderwild "The Explorer"

These backpacks were designed by two moms in Colorado and they thought through every detail. Perfect for elementary school-aged kids with growing bodies, the bags are water resistant with ergonomically designed straps and fidget tabs for kids to play with. Plus, the moms give a portion of the proceeds back to families in need.

BUY IT: Amazon, $48

Perry Mackin "Charlie"

Not every kid likes a wildly patterned backpack, so this chic and preppy style adds flair without flash. Its small size makes it perfect for elementary school kids. The bag is water-resistant for those puddle jumping days and the front straps have magnetic closures, making it super easy for little hands to open.

BUY IT: Amazon, $48

SMARTY Clear Backpack

Many schools are requiring clear backpacks for safety reasons, but safe doesn’t have to mean boring. These durable, clear backpacks still sport accents of color and aren’t harsh to the touch like other hard plastics. It’s great for middle and high school students and has room for all of their books plus and a laptop sleeve big enough for a 15-inch computer.

BUY IT: Amazon, $41

Justice Ombre Initial Shaky Backpack

This backpack hits every style trend and is perfect for the kid that wants to shine bright. Kids can customize the pattern with their initials and there's a key loop to add charms or keychains.

BUY IT: Shop Justice, $40

Herschel Supply Co. Heritage Kids

We love this brand for adult bags that range from fanny packs to weekenders. Their kids’ backpacks are fun but not over the top, like with this subtle “later gator” alligator print. Lots of little details like easy pull zippers and a fabric-padded inside (to keep electronics safe) are what makes this bag so great. This version is perfect for kids 8 and up.

BUY IT: Zappos, $40

Parkland "Franco"

Care about the environment? Us too. That’s why we love that the exterior of these backpacks is made entirely from recycled water bottles and Parkland makes their leather diamonds from apples. How cool! If that wasn’t enough, the company supports various charities—and even with all the good they're doing, they don't skimp on style. We are partial to the “smile” bag giving off a super friendly vibe.

BUY IT: Parkland, $30

Nintendo Gameboy Backpack

There is no doubt that nostalgia is “in,” so why not go full force with this old-school Nintendo Gameboy backpack. The outside looks just like the real thing, but inside the backpack has a few modern perks like a laptop sleeve, a headphone port, and a reflective trim on back straps and side pocket for added safety.

BUY IT: Target, $30

L.L. Bean "Discovery Glow"

You know this is a good bag if it’s made by an outdoor-focused company. The material is weatherproof, and the backpack offers spine support with a padded back and lumbar panel. But your kids will mostly care about the cool adventure designs that GLOW IN THE DARK. We are partial to this inspirational reminder to Explore More.

BUY IT: L. L. Bean, $40

Bixbee "Firebird Flyer"

Any pattern or style your imagination can dream up is probably found here. The backpacks look a little different than your traditional bag; they are more horizontal, making them ergonomic for little bodies. Take launch with a rocket-winged backpack or fly away with butterfly wings in these whimsical packs. For each backpack purchased, Bixbee will donate a backpack filled with school supplies to kids in need around the world.

BUY IT: Bixbee, $50

Jansport "High Stakes"

Jansport has been making backpacks forever, so you know you can trust the quality of their bags. This design has us dreaming of summer—even in the harshest winter months. The bag is super durable and has a front pocket that makes it easy to organize all of your little tchotchkes.

BUY IT: Jansport, $42

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