Best Backpacks

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This 12-inch backpack is perfect for students who are just starting preschool or kindergarten. The unicorn design is super cute and they’ll love the pastel colors and unicorn details, such as the little ears or the shiny horn. The front pouch of this backpack is insulated, making it the perfect place for their lunch or snacks so they stay nice and cool. The material is easy to clean, so there is no need to worry about damage from messes or spills.

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This backpack is perfect for elementary school students aged 6-10. The small size is great for smaller children but can still fit standard-sized folders, binders or notebooks. There are two water bottle pockets on the sides and plenty of exterior zippered pockets for storing small items. An interior name label is handy so your child will never lose her bag. A sternum strap and padded back cushion make this backpack comfortable to wear.

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JanSport prides itself on producing simple yet functional products, and the Big Student Backpack from this brand is no exception. Its canvas fabric is incredibly durable, allowing it to hold up even after months of wear. Meanwhile, ergonomic S-curve shoulder straps help reduce the strain that can come with carrying a heavy load of books and other supplies. Two large main compartments and a padded laptop compartment make it easy for students to carry and organize everything they may need throughout a typical school day.

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JanSport’s Digibreak backpack includes a 15-inch padded laptop sleeve, a lined tablet pocket and a dedicated phone pocket, making it a great choice for tech-savvy high schoolers and college students. Straight-cut, padded shoulder straps along with a fully padded back panel ensure students are able to carry all of their gear in comfort. The many designs and prints range from simple colors to florals, plaids and tribal patterns, making it easy for each student to find a backpack that perfectly suits their personality.

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The Wildkin Kids 15-inch backpack is crafted from 600-denier polyester and a moisture-resistant nylon lining, making it durable as well as easy to clean — two things that are especially important for parents of little ones. It includes two zippered compartments with interior utility pockets for optimal organization. Patterns range from cool camo to sports, sharks and colorful cartoon animals, giving growing kids plenty of opportunities for self-expression.

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The Retreat backpack features a front pocket, laptop sleeve, magnetic closure and internal media pocket with a headphone port. Its larger size and sophisticated style make it ideal for students in middle-school and above.

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The Evercat Cyclone backpack includes an all-around zipper closure with no cords or pulls, making it safer for younger children. Kids will find this backpack, which prominently features the iconic Puma logo, to be cool, stylish and fun. The backpack has a 14-inch shoulder drop, is 15 inches wide and 11 inches tall, making it a perfect size for pre-kindergarteners or early-elementary students. Five slip pockets and four exterior zipper pockets give kids and parents plenty of space to organize schoolwork and other items.

Expert Commentary 

“Today’s student is expected to carry books, a laptop or tablet and other items for the ever-growing list of extracurricular activities throughout the day,” Emily Watts, a licensed counselor and education specialist, says. “Backpacks should be comfortable to carry, right-sized for the academic environment and durable. Over the years I have seen trendy or super-cute backpacks that do not hold up. JanSport and Wildkin are two brands that stand the test of time and should be on every parent’s back-to-school list.”