Part of back-to-school shopping is finding the best backpack for your child. Here are this year’s top-rated backpack options.
L.L. Bean Deluxe Book Pack
This backpack from L.L. Bean combines most of the features both parents and kids look for: It has a durable, weatherproof construction thanks to its ripstop nylon fabric and storm flap, a padded back panel with lumbar support, and multiple pockets for organization. Its ergonomic design equips padded, adjustable, and curved straps, along with a waist belt that tucks away when it’s not in use. Available in nine colors.
North Face Youth Recon Squash Backpack
The North Face Youth Recon Squash Backpack is designed for kids ages six to ten. This durable backpack is made of polyester with a durable water-repellent finish. It features a comfortable stitched-foam back panel for daily use, mesh water bottle pockets, and an internal name label.
Fjallraven Kanken Classic Backpack
A stylish backpack option to start your child’s school year is the classic Kanken by Fjallraven. They can stash away their school supplies in the main zippered compartment and store smaller items in the front zippered pockets and two open side compartments. It’s made from the brand’s proprietary Vinylon F material, which the brand claims is dirt and water resistant, and easily wipes clean
The JanSport SuperBreak’s classic silhouette is free of the bells and whistles commonly found on many other kids backpacks. Available in more than 30 colors, this backpack has one main compartment, a front utility pocket and a side water bottle pocket.
JWorld New York Sunrise Rolling Backpack
If your child sometimes wears their backpack and other times rolls it along, this one from J World is a great choice. This convertible wheeled backpack offers the load carrying ability of a rolling bag with wheels and the portability of a school backpack. It has a durable rubber bottom that’ll withstand dragging on hard floors and pavement. For extra durability, it’s made from ripstop polyester fabric with a metal frame and reinforced edges.
Mountaintop Kids Backpack
Mountaintop’s kids backpack is made of a water-resistant polyester material that can withstand unexpected rain showers. Ideal for kids ages three to six, it has a main compartment to hold books, folders, and other school essentials and has an elastic mesh pocket in the front for additional storage.
North Face Jester Backpack
If your child carries a laptop or tablet to school, the Jester backpack from The North Face features a padded laptop sleeve that can protect their tech from falls, bumps, and contact with other gear inside the main compartment. The brand also boasts a padded back panel and breathable lumbar panel certified by the American Chiropractic Association. Available in 16 colors.
Terra Thread Zem Mini Backpack
Sustainability can still be part of your child’s school supplies. This option from Terra Thread is certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard and is made from heavy-duty 14-ounce organic cotton canvas. It’s available in 14 colors and patterns and you can machine wash it in cold water for added peace of mind.