From the steals to the latest trends…from “super cute” to “last forever”…we’ve got the backpack for every kid.
Editor’s Note: We’ve updated our top backpacks list with this year’s styles and trends.
If there’s one thing that’s worth a little more investment for quality, it’s a backpack (nothing worse than a strap breaking while your child is carrying that heavy load).
Quality backpacks are studier and wash well, and those things are a necessity considering how much they’re used. But…quality comes at many different price points, from the highly recommended Lands End to the trendy Kipling. Those and lots in between will last more than one year and pay themselves back with time.
Note: There’s different trends in different places! If your child is in a school where there are no backpack trends, take your pick from lots of great options below. If there is a trend, it’s worthwhile to look for the backpack your child will feel good about carrying.
Note: Check the backpack sizes! Once your child is in first grade, you need to make sure the bag fits a folder and looseleaf well (this is also relevant in primary or Pre-1A/Kindergarten). The interior needs to measure 14 inches tall for the folder to fit well inside. For second grade and above, it’s best to choose a backpack that’s at least 15 inches tall. Keep in mind that some bags won’t wash well and light colored bags won’t last as long as dark colors.
Super Steals for $10 and Under Be wary—bags at this price point usually tear. We’ve heard stories of people who were busy sewing straps all year. For kids that carry only one or two things (usually preschool), it may make sense, but for school age children, don’t count on them to last. They are great as a temporary option or to buy some time if you’re waiting for a specific one to arrive.
Ali Express, $13+
There are some really cute and good quality bags on Aliexpress. Just make sure to order early enough as shipping can take some time!
Here are direct links to the options shown above (clockwise) : 1.Colored / Swirl backpack (more cute colors here) 2.Blue Canvas Backpack 3. Space Backpack (lots of prints) 4.Denim Backpack 5.Printed Backpack 6.Colorblock Backpack 7.Black Backpack (more colors)
Urban Outfitters has some great and different options.
H&M has some sweet choices.
asos has a nice selection of backpacks.
Fashionable – in all price ranges. They have the biggest selection of STATE bags in great colors and prints.
Ah, yes, kipling… the backpacks that never go out of style and always make you smile (it’s the monkey that does it). Note that Kipling small backpacks do not fit a folder comfortably. The medium backpacks will work for a wide age range of elementary-aged children and the 17-inch holds a laptop.
Move over Kipling…Herschel Backpacks are the new “it” bags (and ssshhh….they’re less costly too!). The Grove is the starter backpack for smaller school age kids, but if your child is old enough to want a Herschel, then you’re probably ready for the mid-sized styles like the Classic Mid-Volume Multipurpose Bag that’s also available in these styles. If you need an extra big backpack (high school? Carry a laptop?), the Settlement Backpack is your pick at the same price point. This “Pop Quiz” style also holds a laptop.
$23-$39 with discount plus personalization
Lands End backpacks are a fav. They’re known for making backpacks that are indestructible with a lifetime guarantee. The monograms, personalization options, and embroidery is super cute too, and it’s really fun to make one your own. There’s usually a coupon available (currently 40% off), so use it! If you like the personalization options, but none of the styles click for you, try Pottery Barn Kids. They’ll also personalize cute backpacks at a similar price point.
The bag of choice for boys.
Below you will find some additional Amazon favorites.
Curious to know what bags are bestsellers this year? See Amazon’s best seller list here.