Back to school might look a little different, but the best backpacks are versatile. Some kids will be headed back to school in person and will need a bag to tote around all the usual items. Others might be using their sack for different adventures, rambles in the woods, heading to outdoor school, or as a means to organize and contain their virtual learning supplies. No matter the venue, come September these bags will help the kiddos organize and transport all their supplies in a variety of styles, hues, and patterns in keeping with the times.
Here are our picks for the best backpacks for this year:
It’s a little bit skater, a little minimalist, and rugged to the core. The canvas construction promises to last the school year and then some, and the neutral colours are perfect for all tastes. We love that the pack doesn’t look huge or sloppy, and yet still holds a laptop and all the other important items.
$59, available at urbanoutfitters.com
Baggu Drawstring Backpack
This sweet drawstring backpack has been popping up everywhere in the past few weeks – it’s safe to say it’s on our trend list – and that we may have to pick one up for ourselves, as well.
$59, available at chapters.indigo.ca
Cotopaxi Batac 16L Pack – Del Dia
We can personally attest to how amazing these packs are, plus they’re made with remnants of other packs in true sustainable, waste-not fashion. We’ve used them as school bags, to lug around swimming gear, as packs for day hikes, and as the perfect car bag for road trips. Plus, the people who sew them have complete creative control over the colours selected – pretty cool!
$79, available at mec.ca
Mygreen Pineapple Backpack
The best backpacks are ones kids love to carry. These lightweight, water-resistant packs not only come in a wide array of fun, colourful patterns, there’s also the choice between sizes: one fits a 13-inch laptop, the larger a 15-inch. Lots of pockets round out the offerings.
$31, available at amazon.ca
GapKids Junior Backpacks
This slightly smaller packs are a bit more manageable for little learners, and the colours and licensed prints are SO fun and appealing. Plus, the backpacks are made from 18 recycled water bottles for an extra dose of feel-good.
From $59, available at gapcanada.ca
Jansport Mono Superbreak Backpack
We absolutely adore these monochromatic backpacks, especially in of-the-moment shades like Moon Haze, Crabapple, and Mustard. Jansport is known for producing the best backpacks and their style and durability continue to amaze – it’s a classic brand for good reason.
$45, available at jansport.ca
Jansport Full Pint Mini Backpack
This smaller pack is perfect for the younger set who want to be just like their older sibs. It’s also perfect for older kids who are looking for the popular mini bag. It holds the essentials without being too heavy.
$40, available at jansport.ca
Puffer Black Camo Backpack
What can we say? We’re smitten with this puffer backpack. Durable polyester and nylon combine with metallic and camo elements for a seriously sharp-looking bag.
$54, available at namery
Vaschy Lightweight Backpack
We’re super pleased to have found a great-looking pack at a price point that doesn’t break the bank. There’s a colour here for everyone, and the style has a timeless appeal.
$28, available at amazon.ca