Nothing takes us back to the first day of school like a brand-new backpack. It’s every kid’s must-have to kick of the year and the best (and most useful!) accessory for that Insta-worthy first day pic.
We’ve rounded up eight of our absolute favorite, insanely adorable, and totally functional backpacks for kiddos from the preschool crowd all the way up through to bigger kids. Your biggest problem is going to be choosing which one to pick!
We cannot say enough good things about the ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE Zip & Zoe line of backpacks, lunch bags, and drink bottles from Babymel. Vibrant, ultra-cool designs, toddler and big kid sizes, and lots of zippers and pockets to hold everything and anything your little one will need to rock back-to-school. Each item even comes with its own unique accessory—everything from a figurine key chain to a musical tag.
Pro tip: The mini backpacks feature a toddler “safety harness” (read: baby leash) to keep your little one close by until they’re ready to roam free. No judgment here, mama—you gotta do what you gotta do.
SoYoung’s Raw Linen Backpacks stand out as a beautiful, eco-friendly alternative to some of the synthetically-made backpacks available this season. Made from 100% raw linen and available in an assortment of simple, charming designs (dinos or foxes, anyone?), these packs are sturdy and completely machine washable (??). They’re perfectly-sized to hold just the right amount of stuff, and the padded straps make them easy enough for a toddler or bigger kiddo to comfortably carry.
It’s pretty much impossible not to smile when you lay your eyes on Ferguson the Fox. Skip Hop, a brand we’ve come to love, doesn’t disappoint with their newest backpack for the preschool set. Great design, durable material, and a roomy main compartment makes this a go-to bag for back to school.
There is pretty much nothing that Hanna Andersson makes that we don’t ❤️, and these backpacks are no exception. Small, medium, and large sizes mean that toddlers through bigger kids are covered; lightweight-yet-rugged fabric means that these packs will stand the test of time. And the patterns—ahhh, the patterns! We couldn’t love them more.
Pro tip: These can’t be thrown into the washing machine, so we recommend you spot clean instead. The fabric is stain and water resistant, though, so you shouldn’t have to fight too much dirt!
Did you know that these iconic Scandinavian adult backpacks came in mini sizes? Well, now you do—and you’re welcome. The Fjallraven Kanken Mini is practical, functional, and beautiful: pretty much the perfect design trifecta. It’s also water resistant, so your little guy can stomp those puddles without fear!
For a more unique pack, check out the the Herschel Survey Backpack, which was inspired by classic scouting bags. Ideal for kids 3 to 6, this pack comes in too many awesome hipster patterns to count. (I mean, come on with this. And this!) Magnetic closures, lots of zippered pockets, and the signature striped fabric liner make these bags seriously too cool for school.
Pro tip: Some pack styles feature leather straps, while others use rubber instead, which we thought was a pretty thoughtful option.
Pottery Barn Kids’ backpacks are insanely popular for good reason: they are durable, they are well thought out, and they are downright adorable. From toddler all the way through big kid and featuring about a zillion pockets, straps, and gear loops, PB’s bags really get the job done. 2017’s new crop of kid-friendly patterns include rainbows, glow-in-the-dark moon and stars, alphabet, and neon dinos, just to name a few.
Pro tip: Add a monogram so your little’s bag will stand out on the coat rack!
We can’t stop swooning over these packs since we first laid eyes on them a few months ago. The Big Kid Courage backpack just could not be cooler. The crinkle nylon keeps it durable and lightweight, and the spacious main compartment is roomy and easy to open. But the best part? Iron-on patches! We told you—swoon!
Pro tip: Need more patches in your life to decorate your pack? Who doesn’t. You can snag them here.
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