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It's one of the most exciting school essentials to buy: your kids' backpack. Whether they're headed to preschool with snacks and nap essentials or rocking the halls of the elementary school, they need something that's fun and functional. It's also nice if it lasts longer than a single school year. So, how to choose? Well, the best backpacks for kids are big enough to haul all of their supplies without weighing them down or making them look like an unsteady turtle.
And since there's an overwhelming amount of choices out there, here's a pro tip: Choose a few kids backpacks that you love, then let them pick out their favorite! (And don't forget the perfect first day of school outfit!)
From toddler backpacks that will last kids for years to the best and cool backpacks for kids for the first day of school, we've rounded up a selection that makes it easier to choose. (Maybe.😉)
Best toddler backpacks
Best Kids Backpacks
A version of this story was published December 1, 2021. It has been updated.
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