Best Kids Backpacks for Back-to-School 2018

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Best Kids Backpacks for Back-to-School 2018

It's time to make your move and score the perfect school bag! Picking out just the right backpack for the year is one of the best things about being a student. But with so many options these days, it can be hard to determine which schoolyard staple to get.

We've done the work for you and found the cutest and coolest back-to-school bags for your kiddos — scroll through and take a look! Whether your little scholar wants a sturdy, monogrammed bag for their laptop, your trendsetter desires a sparkly unicorn theme, or your cool kid wants a skater vibe, we've got all those bags and more on our handy backpack list. Order online and be the hero of your household!

01

Best for the Space Case

Best for the Space Case

This galactic backpack is out of this world! A fun print isn't the only thing going for this Cat & Jack bag. The space backpack features plenty of practical pockets as well as whimsical touches; the back of the bag reads "hello world." It's 17" tall and includes a laptop pocket and adjustable straps. Perfect for the elementary school student.

02

Best For A Cool Superhero

Best For A Cool Superhero

The Pottery Barn Kids Spider-Man backpack glows in the dark! With four different size options starting with the adorable pre-k size (best for kiddos 36-42" tall), plus optional personalization, you'll really get your money's worth. 

And your child will feel extra cool on the school bus. The size small is great for kindergarteners approximately 43-49" tall, the large and rolling options fit kids over 48" tall.

03

Best Classic with a Tech Twist

Best Classic with a Tech Twist

Kids these days have so many school supplies to lug around, not to mention tech (Chromebooks, anyone?). This sturdy classic from Lands' End can easily handle hefty gear. There's even a foam padded tablet/ laptop sleeve inside. 

Made from durable, waterproof polyester, this bag also boasts a foam-padded back and padded, reinforced shoulder straps. All the extras are also included: lunch box loop, grab handle, reflective accents, zippered compartments, and mesh side pockets for water bottles. Plus a llama, if you wish! 

You can "Make It Personal" by adding a monogram and/or embroidery. The large is 19.5" so pretty much everything fits in this bag!

04

Best for Little Unicorn Fans

Best for Little Unicorn Fans

This iridescent mini backpack is perfect for pint-sized scholars, or trendy tweens in on the mini backpack craze. The lined "Gwen" unicorn backpack measures 10" tall and 8" wide and is about 3" deep. The front features a unicorn with rainbow hair and glittery horn, and the two zippered pockets have gold hardware. 

OMG! Accessories also has an adorable "rocker" unicorn backpack, as well as other critter-themed bags. Peruse French Bulldogs, flamingos, llamas, leopards, robots, pandas, cats, and more on their site. Free shipping sweetens the deal.

05

Best for the Lil’ Hipster

Best for the Lil’ Hipster

The streamlined Kanken backpack from Fjallraven is pricey, but oh-so-nice. The classic Scandinavian design has been around since the 70s, and the modern Kanken features the added bonus of water-resistant Vinylon fabric. 

At 14" tall (16L volume), this bag fits most laptops. A foam insert is included for cushioning, or to be used as a seat. Another great bonus: the Kanken comes in over 20 cool colors! Aside from the classic version, this bag is also available in a mini size, 15" and 17" laptop sizes, and a few other styles.

06

Best Bright Bag

Best Bright Bag

Yowza! This neon yellow Cat & Jack backpack is sure to stop traffic. It's simple, but bright. At 11" tall, this bag is best for ages 3-9. It features a large main compartment, plus an exterior zip pocket and adjustable straps. 

07

Best for Fantastic Wizards

Best for Fantastic Wizards

No matter what house your child identifies with, there's a Pottery Barn backpack for them! Kids can pack up and head to Hogwarts (or their local elementary school) with one of these magical bags. The roomy canvas backpacks are adorned with house-related patches and feature laptop pockets, a handle, and adjustable straps. 

Get the maroon Gryffindor, or opt for a navy Ravenclaw, green Slytherin, or gray Hufflepuff bag.

08

Best for the Pastel Pal

Best for the Pastel Pal

Ju-Ju-Be's collaboration with Sanrio has resulted in a super sweet line of pastel bags. The Be Backed Backpack is perfect for elementary school students — it features a lifetime warranty, for one thing. 

Not only is this bag adorable; it's practical too! There are myriad pockets and zips, including a media pocket. The Teflon fabric protection helps repel stains, and the fabric features Agion treatment which repels bacteria growth. The 14.20L bag is 16.5" tall.

09

Best Modern Classic

Best Modern Classic

A sturdy backpack that comes in a variety of great prints and colors, Herschel bags are both trendy and classic. The kids' size (9L) is perfect for ages three to six while the youth size (16L) is great for seven and up. A media pocket and headphone port will win over the tech-obsessed kiddo, while parents love the clean design.

10

Best Quality Backpack

Best Quality Backpack

L.L. Bean is "Guaranteed to Last" and this well-made school bag adheres to that motto. The Original Book Pack has been a brand favorite for nearly 30 years! The weatherproof nylon backpack is 16" and 23L (perfect for ages six and up) and available in five colors.

It features Scotchlite reflective material for high visibility and a water bottle pocket (a new addition). If you want a durable classic, go with this guy.

11

Best For Whimsical Little Ones

Best For Whimsical Little Ones

A top-seller from Skip Hop, this whimsical llama backpack is great for little kids. The smaller 12" size is perfect for preschool or kindergarten. The Skip Hop Zoo Pack has plenty of pockets, padded straps, and a write-on name tag. Skip Hop also sells coordinating utensils, water bottle, lunch bag, and more. Plus they have lots more animals to choose from! Check out the adorable panda, bee, hedgehog, and more.

12

Best for the Skater Kid

Best for the Skater Kid

The Old Skool Backpack from skate brand Vans comes in an assortment of cool prints, like checkered, neon palms, and this black camo. The 22L capacity bag is 16.5" tall and features one main compartment plus a front zip pocket with organizer. Simple and classic! 

13

Best For Stylish Treks

Best For Stylish Treks

Outdoor apparel brand North Face has a colorful take on the classic student bag. The Back to Berkeley backpack features fun accent colors and a vintage design. It's lightweight and water-resistant — this one's got it all! Available in four color combos, and there's also a mini version (19L) for grade schoolers. (The original size (25L) is a good fit for older kids and teens.)

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