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Mom’s Best 10 Back to School: Best Backpacks of 2020

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Whether your child is ready for big kid school, headed to daycare or just needs a stylish bag for their essentials, we’ve got you covered! We’ve searched high and low and found the sturdiest, trendiest and most loved picks for back to school. These bags all come in a variety of sizes, styles and prices so you can pick the very best option for you and your little ones. We’ve got kids of all ages covered, from daycare, elementary and beyond. We’ve got your back!

Herschel has become a popular brand in the last few years for their simple, stylish and timeless backpacks. Available in an abundance of sizes and styles, this mini version is geared towards kids and is sized for children ages 3 to 6.

Perfect for daycare all the way up to early elementary, this backpack will last for years. Available in a wide array of stylish colors and designs, they are sure to please you and your child. This well-made pack is essential for the stylish kid who loves a classic style with great details. Made with your child in mind, this backpack fits little ones comfortably and ergonomically!

This popular backpack made in Sweden is beloved for its classic design as well as its durable, innovative material available in an abundance of bright colors. The Fjallraven Kanken makes mini and standard sizes, both which are great for kids or adults! Whether you need an everyday pack with ample storage to hold your children’s belongings or your child needs a sturdy backpack for school, this dirt and water-resistant pack can handle it all. Easily wiped clean.

This pack comes with a front pocket as well as two side pockets to easily keep organized. This backpack for kids is woven with adjustable straps ensure comfort when wearing on the back and a top handle is convenient when you quickly need to grab and go. This dependable pack is sturdy enough to endure school life and lightweight enough to be used for quick daily outings. The Kanken backpack is a stylish investment worth every penny!

This classic backpack has been our go-to for years to come! Jansport is a dependable brand many families rely on year after year. With a wide variety of basic and more intricate designs to choose from, they’ve got your picky kids covered. This American made backpack is roomy, durable and comfortable backpack is a great option for kids of all ages. This quality backpack is made with back and strap padding to ensure lots of great support. A myriad of pockets guarantees that you have plenty of space to stay organized. For kids that need lots of space for schoolbooks and homework, this backpack is for you!

With a plethora of designs to choose from and more added frequently, the Skip Hop Zoo collection will surely have a design to please your little one. With matching characters for backpacks, lunch bags, utensils and much more, you can mix and match as you please. This backpack is not only fun and adorable; it is a fully functional, sturdy and durable backpack that will meet all of your needs. Perfect for daycare, preschool or even a playdate at the park!

This small but roomy backpack is perfect for those days you need a few essentials for your little and even a few for you. Whether you need space for your daily essentials or your child needs a little help carrying all their little treasures, this backpack is for you! Includes a roomy insulated front pouch and a mesh side pocket for drinks and more. Easy to clean. Adorable little features and a great design! Comfortable for your little or you to hold on to. Sure to be loved by all!

This durable backpack comes in a variety of adorable design, all that come with coordinating lunch boxes, napmats and bedding to mix or match with! Several sizes and styles also available so you and your little can pick exactly what meets your needs. Wildkin offers a one-year warranty ensuring that you’re set, all year long.

This roomy backpack also has plenty of space with a plethora of pockets to keep your little student organized! Its padded back and adjustable, padded straps also make sure that your child is comfortable. Sturdy enough to last everyday at school and stylish enough to go to the park and beyond. This backpack will last through whatever you need it for!

The Sugarbooger Kiddie Play Pack is an adorable backpack perfect for kids. Designed to easily be used by children, this attractive pack is available in many whimsical prints that your child will love! Its unique design and durable, waterproof material means it will stick around for years to come. The perfect size to hold your child’s essentials, it can be used for everyday, for preschool and beyond. This colorful brand has all of its great designs available in lunch boxes and plenty of lunch essentials to mix and match. Machine washable to tackle even the worst messes. Comfortable straps and a convenient carrying handle.


Got a Disney loving guy or gal? Loungefly has an entire line of Disney backpacks suited for all ages! From Disney princesses to Star Wars, you are sure to find the character your child will love from this collection! Whether your child is using this backpack for school, for a trip to Disney or for you to use daily to hold all of their gear, this multi-purpose backpack will suite all of your needs. Easily wiped clean, the durable nylon material is made to last.

The padded, adjustable straps means you or your little will have the perfect fit while remaining comfortable. The roomy main compartment has space for all your essentials while the smaller front pocket helps keep you organized. The beautiful, vibrant artwork on this great quality bag will definitely be a favorite for years to come. Loungefly even has matching pencil cases and wallets, as well as a variety of backpack sizes and styles to mix and match!

This trendy bag comes in a variety of basic colors and prints. Best for children 7 and up, this stylish bag has an inner drawstring as well as a top flap with magnetic closures. This spacious bag has several interior pockets, including a padded laptop sleeve, and an outside pocket. The interior comes lined with a sturdy, colorfully striped material that your child will love.

The strong, well-padded straps distribute weight evenly so your little one remains comfortable while ensuring this backpack lasts even when stuffed to the brim. Even the heaviest school books will be carried effortlessly in this lightweight bag. The great design, quality and durability of this sleek bag will make this your go-to backpack for years! 

This adorable line of backpacks comes in a variety of kid-friendly designs and styles. From robots, dinosaurs and an array of underwater animals, your child will fall in love with these whimsical backpacks! Their matching accessories and lunch boxes will be a big hit.

Sure to last you years to come, the sturdy nylon/canvas material is easy to wipe clean, is stain-resistant and even machine washable! An interior zippered pocket will help keep your little organized while the exterior side pockets hold your essentials. Padded straps and a padded back make sure your little one stays comfortable all day long. Your child will love these stylish designs while you will adore this easy to clean, comfortable backpack!

This well-made backpack from Vans is the perfect backpack regardless of your needs! With lots of fun, funky designs to choose from, you will fall in love with this amazing bag. The sturdy material will withstand it all! The interior has a multitude of pockets and even has a padded laptop sleeve.

The comfortable, adjustable straps are padded to ensure your child is comfortable no matter how much homework the teacher sends home! This lightweight bag will fit your little one perfectly, without creating any extra bulk. You and your child will fall in love with this amazing backpack!


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28 Responses

  1. THese are all super-cute! I’m curious to know how much they cost, and how durable they are? (I.e., have you actually tested any of them on day-to-day, year-to-year use?) I’ve only ever gotten LLBean backpacks for my kids because I know, back from my own days as a student, that they stand by their stuff/will return or replace at ANY time if something starts to fall apart!

  2. Thanks for posting this. I’m actually looking for a new backpack. I love Jansport backpack’s but really wanted to Disney lounge fly one and now that you’ve said that they’re good I’m going to get one.

  3. Thank you for doing all this research. It is hard to find a sturdy backpack for children. It seems like every year I am purchasing new backpacks at the beginning of the year (which is fine) and then in the middle of the year because the first one broke.

  4. Sam at Thiswaymommy.com
    I’m not there yet as my kids as young, but thank you for such detailed recommendations.

  5. Skip Hop backpacks are the best for toddlers. My son is into animals and they have so many different options to choose from.

  6. That hedgehog looking one is ADORABLE! I still have a couple years until either of my kids start school, but I know I’m going to love picking out school supplies for them. I always loved doing it when I was little! Haha.

  7. I appreciated the thorough details! This really got me thinking about when my pumpkin starts going to school :'(

  8. These are some fantastic bags! My nine year old needs a new backpack after retiring his Jansport (it’s been a trooper since kindergarten!), and I’ll definitely look into these options.

  9. Such cute options for backpacks now! In my day, it was just about which color you wanted–not a lot of fun patterns! Thanks for sharing!

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