Back to school might look a little different this year, but a backpack is a versatile item. 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 arena, 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.
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.
$54, 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
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 Disney Mickey Mouse Junior Backpack
This slightly smaller pack is a bit more manageable for little learners, and the grey and navy blue Mickey Mouse print is SO appealing. Plus, the backpack is made from 18 recycled water bottles for an extra dose of feel-good.
$55, available at gapcanada.ca
Jansport Mono Superbreak Backpack
We absolutely adore these monochrome backpacks, especially in of-the-moment shades like Moon Haze, Crabapple and Mustard. The Jansport style and durability continues to amaze – it’s a classic for good reason.
$45, available at jansport.ca
UO Tie-Dye Backpack
The tie-dye trend continues on strong, even making an appearance on this pack. The colours and style will work for even the most minimalist kiddos, and we love the metal zipper details on the back zippered pocket.
$64, available at urbanoutfitters.com
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.
$40, available at chapters.indigo.ca
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
Old Navy Printed Backpack
Pompoms and a rainbow print? We never stood a chance. There’s also substance behind the sizzle – the back and shoulder straps are padded and external pouches are great for water bottles and other gear.
$33, available at oldnavy.gapcanada.ca