20 kids' backpacks to keep all their gear organized

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

By Sadiya Dendar

20 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!

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

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

This article was originally published on Aug 15, 2022

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