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16 kids' backpacks to keep all their gear organized

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

16 kids' backpacks to keep all their gear organized

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!

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1. Wonder Co. Camo Shark Backpack

Blue backpack with camo shark print Photo: Indigo

2. Jetstream Children's Backpack

Navy and pink floral backpack Photo: Walmart

3. Herschel Into the Sea Heritage Backpack

Black backpack with colourful sea creatures Photo: Herschel
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4. H&M Patterned Backpack

Colourful abstract-patterned backpack Photo: H&M

$20, hm.ca

5. MEC Cub Daypack

Red and blue colourblock backpack Photo: MEC

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$40, mec.ca

6. Adidas X Lego Classic Backpack

Black, red and blue colourblock backpack with yellow zippers Photo: Adidas

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

Colourful floral pattern backpack with grey accents Photo: L.L. Bean

8. Skip Hop Zoo Clark the Crocodile Backpack

Green crocodile shaped like a crocodile Photo: Skip Hop
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9. Tracker Watermelon Backpack

Backpack with watermelon print design with pink accents Photo: Tracker

10. 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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11. Burton Ballad Blue Summit Jumble Backpack

White, navy and orange abstract mountain pattern Photo: Burton

12. So Young Under the Sea Backpack

Canvas backpack with green and blue sea creature motif Photo: So Young

13. Fjallraven Kånken Me Mini Customizable Backpack

Colourblock backpack in customizable colours Photo: Fjallraven
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14. Faber-Castell Jumbo Grip Neon Colour Pencil

Pack of five jumbo neon pencil crayons with grips Photo: Faber-Castell

15. Mastermind Toys Foodie Stationery Set

Foodie-themed stationary set with ruler, eraser, notebook, two pencils and tape Photo: Mastermind Toys

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16. Mastermind Toys Blue Space Bookmark

Blue bookmark with dinosaurs in space and a yellow tassel Photo: Mastermind Toys

This article was originally published on Aug 15, 2022

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