20 kids' backpacks to keep all their gear organized

Plus, the coolest supplies to get kids excited for back to school.

Gearing up for back to school starts with one of these great kids’ backpacks. Not only are they cute but they’re also functional for lugging lunches, water bottles and library books. But the right backpack has to do more than carry all your kid’s essentials—it also needs to be comfortable. So what should you look for to ensure a good fit?

Choose a bag that is properly proportioned to your kid. Most preschoolers don’t need a full-size backpack so look for something smaller that they can carry on their own. Most elementary school kids will need a backpack big enough to hold their lunch, water bottle, books and a folder. Your best bet is to take your kid shopping so they can try on different bags to check the size and to make sure it suits their style. (So resist the temptation to buy a bigger bag that’ll last a few years; it can cause back and neck pain.)

Other things to keep in mind: The bag should have wide padded shoulder straps for adequate support; a padded back for comfort; water-resistant material that’s durable and lightweight; and for extra safety in the winter, reflective straps that help your kid stay visible.

Now let’s start shopping!

1. Stephen Joseph Unicorn All Over Print Backpack

Pink backpack with unicorn motif and teal accents

Photo: Mastermind Toys


2. Wonder Co. Camo Shark Backpack

Blue backpack with camo shark print

Photo: Indigo


3. Jetstream Children’s Backpack

Navy and pink floral backpack

Photo: Walmart


4. Pep Rally Dino Wild & Co. Backpack

Dark blue backpack with green dinosaur and camo motif

Photo: Staples


5. Gap Recycled Rainbow Junior Backpack

Pink backpack with dark pink rainbows

Photo: Gap


6. Herschel Into the Sea Heritage Backpack

Black backpack with colourful sea creatures

Photo: Herschel


7. H&M Patterned Backpack

Colourful abstract-patterned backpack

Photo: H&M


8. MEC Cub Daypack

Red and blue colourblock backpack

Photo: MEC


9. Coco Village Venice Backpack and Pencil Case

Light orange backpack with palm tree design and brown leather accents

Photo: Coco Village


10. Adidas X Lego Classic Backpack

Black, red and blue colourblock backpack with yellow zippers

Photo: Adidas


11. L.L.Bean Blue Flowers Original Book Pack®

Colourful floral pattern backpack with grey accents

Photo: L.L. Bean


12. Skip Hop Zoo Clark the Crocodile Backpack

Green crocodile shaped like a crocodile

Photo: Skip Hop


13. Tracker Watermelon Backpack

Backpack with watermelon print design with pink accents

Photo: Tracker


14. Stephen Joseph Space All Over Print Backpack

Blue backpack with red accents and space motif

Photo: Mastermind Toys


15. Pottery Barn Mackenzie Aqua Sunshine Glow-in-the-Dark Backpacks

Light green backpack with yellow smiling suns and rainbow buckles

Photo: Pottery Barn Kids

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16. Burton Ballad Blue Summit Jumble Backpack

White, navy and orange abstract mountain pattern

Photo: Burton


17. Pep Rally Butterfly Be Cool Be Free Backpack

Pink backpack with colourful butterflies and red accents

Photo: Staples


18. So Young Under the Sea Backpack

Canvas backpack with green and blue sea creature motif

Photo: So Young


19. Fjallraven Kånken Me Mini Customizable Backpack

Colourblock backpack in customizable colours

Photo: Fjallraven


20. Skip Hop Strawberry Spark Style Backpack

Red backpack with black seeds and green and white accents

Photo: Indigo


21. Faber-Castell Jumbo Grip Neon Colour Pencil

Pack of five jumbo neon pencil crayons with grips

Photo: Faber-Castell


22. Staples Rainbow Push and Pop Bubbles Pencil Pouch 

Fidget popper pencil case in rainbow colours

Photo: Staples


23. Mastermind Toys Foodie Stationery Set

Foodie-themed stationary set with ruler, eraser, notebook, two pencils and tape

Photo: Mastermind Toys


24. OOLY Yummy Scented Glitter Gel Pens Set

12-pack of glitter gel pens in assorted colours

Photo: OOLY


25. Lego Dots Hard Pencil Case

Hard blue pencil case that you can customize with Lego Dots

Photo: Lego


26. OOLY Dainty Donuts Vanilla Scented Erasers

Six colourful erasers shaped as donuts

Photo: OOLY


27. Crayola Clicks Retractable Markers

10 colourful retractable markers

Photo: Crayola


28. Mastermind Toys Blue Space Bookmark

Blue bookmark with dinosaurs in space and a yellow tassel

Photo: Mastermind Toys


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