Back-to-school supplies: 13 backpacks you can buy online this season
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Whether you’re a college student or browsing backpacks for a toddler going to kindergarten, there’s a smart product out there worth considering.
Read on for a roundup of backpacks for students of all ages and design preferences.
There’s enough variety here for everyone – and plenty of great options.
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Check out this table of 13 options.
JCPenney Fuel Deluxe Lunch Combo Backpack, from $19.99
Do you have a child in your household who brings lunch to school?
This backpack and matching lunch bag come in a variety of colors and designs, including Deep Cobalt with a floral pattern and Fog Blue Pearl (pictured above) with unicorns, cupcakes, stars, hearts and more.
The backpack has two main storage compartments and an interior technical pocket, as well as two side hydration pockets. The lunch bag is insulated and removable.
ChampsSports.com Youth Nike Brasilia JDI Mini Backpack, $25
A solid pick for a preschooler, the Nike Youth Brasilia JDI Mini Backpack features a cute speckled animal print design and is easy to carry for little kids, thanks to padded shoulder straps.
It also has zipped pockets and an outside pocket to store a water bottle.
PersonalizationMall.com Embroidered Construction Kids Backpack, $29.99
Young builders can be thrilled with this construction-themed backpack featuring the name of your choice on the front flap.
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Ideal for kids aged five to eight, this bag is made with a machine-washable nylon lining and a 100% cotton/poly quilted twill outer shell.
Use it for a youngster at school or store it with belongings for a sleepover at grandma and grandpa.
STM Goods Myth Backpack, $119.95
Cleverly designed SlingTech technology in this bag suspends your laptop away from the edge of the bag; that way it doesn’t bump while you’re on the go.
Organized interior pockets seem ideal for pens, calculators, eyeglass cases and more.
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Plus, the backpanel and yoke system helps distribute the weight of your carry to prevent back pain and neck and shoulder strain.
It also has a water repellent coating.
Bespoke Post United Backpack by Blue EcoTransit, Alpine Blue, $98
This find on Bespoke Post and made by United by Blue may be ideal for the eco-conscious student.
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It’s made from recycled materials that keep plastic out of the ocean. United by Blue cleans up a pound of ocean trash for every piece sold.
On the storage side, there’s room for a full-size laptop (in a designated sleeve) and an outside pocket for a water bottle, as well as a zippered pocket. The heavyweight, water-resistant poly canvas is built to last for many seasons to come.
Topo Designs Rover Classic Pack, $99
For the student who appreciates both fashion and function, consider this rugged model from Topo Designs.
Made of durable recycled nylon, the water-resistant bag fabric upper with a strap closure has stretch side pockets, an internal laptop sleeve and a large front zip pocket.
Choose from a wide range of colors, from solid olive to a combination of blue and khaki.
struck. Backpacks, from $68
For art and design connoisseurs, there’s minted.’s new line of backpacks, which can be personalized with a leather name tag or monogram for an additional $15.
Shoppers can choose from a small size for grades K-2, or classic sizes with a leather base suitable for grades 3-9.
Some choices include Baumbirdy’s Go Bananas print and Tati Abaurre’s Pink Flight print.
All designs are designed by independent artists to suit any student’s taste or style.
BJ’s Wholesale Club Kenneth Cole Reaction Pack-of-All-Trades Multi-Pocket 17″ Laptop and Tablet Backpack, $99.99
Ideal for students looking for a stylish way to carry their laptop, this bag fits most laptops with screens up to 17″ in a padded pocket, offers plenty of zippered accessory pockets and comes with with padded and ergonomic shoulder straps.
Bonus: There’s a vertical trolley tunnel that fits over most luggage for easy, hands-free carrying during travel.
Namuk Eon 14L backpack, $129
For those looking to splurge with a young outdoor enthusiast, this pick for kids ages 2-12 might be worth considering.
The waterproof backpack is made with textile fibers that are up to 15 times stronger than steel, according to the brand’s website.
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It also has reflective drawstrings for visibility in low light which also compresses the bag when the load is lighter. The inner liner can be easily removed for cleaning or to use as a seat cushion on the next trail adventure.
Some additional features: removable waist straps, a bottle holder and the OEKO-TEX 100 certification, which indicates that it has been tested for harmful substances.
JCPenney Adidas Excel 6 Backpack, $39.99
Another JCPenney option is for the athletic student.
It features two side mesh water bottle pockets that can hold up to two 32-ounce bottles to keep kids hydrated throughout the workout; a laptop sleeve up to 15 inches; and four exterior zippered pockets to keep kids organized.
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Plus, there are padded shoulder straps, 100% recycled polyester, and a lower price for a name brand.
Hanna Andersson Classic Backpack, $40
For the backpack, choose from bold designs like the space-themed Interstellar or Blue Checkerboard.
This sturdy backpack offers enough space to hold all of your little one’s essentials. In addition, the ergonomic shoulder straps make this bag very comfortable on children’s small frames.
Pair it with the Hanna Andersson Classic Lunch Bag ($20.80) for a complete back-to-school set.
R. Riveter Corbin Backpack, $298
Another splurge item: For the forward-thinking college or grad student, there’s the Corbin backpack, which is handcrafted in America by military wives.
It is made of premium leather and water resistant canvas. It’s available in black, fatigue green, freedom green and riveter camo – and has several handy zipped and open pockets.
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The bag can be worn as a backpack or converted into a messenger style bag. The namesake of the bag? Margaret Corbin, an American soldier who fought in the American Revolutionary War.
Lola + The Boys Backpacks, from $36
Order one of these awesome backpacks from LolaAndTheBoys.com, Nordstrom, Kitson, and Maisonette (they’ll also be available soon on Amazon).
With whimsical designs like the Rainbow Holographic Mini Backpack ($48), Bunny Pop-It Fidget Backpack ($36), and Navy Space Adventure Backpack ($40), there are a solid range of options to choose from.
Note: the brand is aimed at children from 2 to 14 years old.