An essential piece of back to school gear is definitely your kid’s backpack. But can’t be just any backpack. Your kids will need something big enough to haul their lunch kit, library books and homework, but not so big that they topple over backward while carrying it. They need something comfortable, durable and most importantly – stylish! We’ve gathered some great backpacks that are full of spunk and personality, just like your little.
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It’s no secret that we love Herschel Backpacks. We’ve had an adult sized one for a few years and we love the kid-sized version for our littlest littles. They hold up great and come in a multitude of awesome prints and patterns. These stylish backpacks come with a front pocket (perfect for recess snacks) and some designs have an internal pocket that we’ve found perfect for separating library books from lunch kits. These bags are the perfect size for ages 3 – 6. From 44.95 at Indigo.
State Kane Backpack
This is a statement backpack if we’ve ever seen one! The State Kane Backpack in Rose Splatter is an eye-catching way for your kiddo to haul their stuff to and from school. But in no way is this bag form over function. It’s got loads of organizational pockets and it’s made from water-resistant material. Plus, for every State Kane backpack sold, a backpack stuffed with educational goodies is given to a kid in need. Now that’s one cool backpack. Sized for kids 5 – 12. $59.95 from Indigo.
Skip Hop Forget Me Not Backpack
Not only does the Skip Hop Forget Me Not Backpack come with a coordinated insulated lunch kit, it also has a handy window on the front of the bag that shows the lunch kit inside its own compartment. That means your kiddo won’t easily forget their lunch at home and you’ll never have to do the midday lunch drop-off again! The Forget Me Not backpacks are great for preschoolers and kindergarteners. $49.95 from Indigo.
Parkland Bayside Backpack
The Bayside Backpack by Vancouver-based Parkland Design comes in a fantastic variety of fun and modern prints. While we are partial to the modern geometrical design of Blue Tangent, we know a kid that would flip out over the Critter design. The interior divider helps keep everything organized while the exterior power-mesh water bottle holder ensures drinks stay upright and away from their precious artwork. Great for kids aged 5+. $39.95 from Indigo.
Roots 73 Backpack
This backpack is a workhorse. With two front zippered pockets, a large main zippered compartment, laptop compartment, pencil organizer and three exterior mesh pockets, your kiddo will have space to stash everything they need for school and then some! The padded straps mean that even if they load up their bag extra-full, it won’t hurt their shoulders. This is a full sized backpack, great for kids heading into grade 2 or higher. $79.99 from Bentley.
Tera Gear Doodle Backpack
Sometimes simpler is better. We love that the Tera Gear Doodle backpack comes in solid colours, that way your kiddo can personalize it with fun patches or a variety of backpack charms. This sturdy bag has one big main compartment and one smaller exterior zippered pocket, great for stashing extra pencils and snacks. This full sized backpack is perfect for kids heading into grade 2 or higher. $28.00 from Real Canadian Superstore.
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By: Michelle Hughes