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It’s that time of year again when kids are saying goodbye to summer and getting ready to trek back to the classroom. What better way to do that than with a brand-new backpack for school? Here are our favourite picks.
1. A ‘pack perfect for the outdoors or the classroom
This classic-looking rucksack comes with lots of storage space, including a padded compartment for a an iPad or laptop. Thanks to the chic khaki colour, you’ll never notice if it gets a little grubby during the year.
“The internal drawstring opening on this bag makes it super easy for kids to get their lunch bags and gym shoes in and out,” says senior editor Claire. Outing backpack – $60, Burton.com
2. Perfectly playful Peppa Pig backpack
Just when you think your kid couldn’t get more obsessed with Peppa Pig, Hunter has designed this brightly coloured backpack that’s perfect for any Peppa fan. The limited edition ‘pack comes in three colours and has comfy padded straps that are perfect for small shoulders.
“It’s cute but not tacky. And because it’s made from water-resistant nylon, it’s both durable and easy to clean,” says senior editor Simone. Peppa X Hunter backpack – $75, Hunterboots.com
3. A backpack fit for a princess
Your week-by-week guide to preparing for back to schoolYour kid doesn’t need to worry about their back getting sweaty from lugging around all their books thanks to Diller’s Honeycomb Breathing Hole design. The ventilation allows for airflow on their back during extended periods of wear. With this super cute unicorn, your kid is bound to be the envy of the whole playground. Diller Children’s Backpack – $36, Amazon.ca
4. A psychedelic rainbow backpack
The classic JanSport gets a groovy new update with this psychedelic backpack. The rainbow tie-dye design is super playful and fun, and the backpack itself is light yet durable. JanSport Superbreak Backpack, Red Multi Hippie Days – $40, Staples.ca
5. Flower power backpack
Kids can hold onto summer as little bit longer as they transition to fall with this sweet floral ‘pack from Parkland. Aside from being pretty in pink, it’s sustainable too! Each bag repurposes seven water bottles and features a 100 per cent recycled polyester exterior.
“This bag is sleek but roomy, and I love that its exterior is made of 100 percent recycled plastic,” says intern Chris. Parkland Remy Backpack – $55, Parklandmfg.ca
6. A dragon backpack (fire-breathing not included)
This dragon is definitely more cute than fierce, which is probably why we like it so much. It may be sized for a preschooler, but it’s definitely not lacking in space. With tons of pockets and adjustable pouches, there’s room for lots of snacks and school supplies.
“The water bottle pocket is surprisingly secure, and the front pocket is large enough to cram with all my mom stuff (wallet, lip balms, scrunchie, etc.) when we’re out on the weekends,” says deputy editor Jess. Skip Hop Zoo little kid Backpack -$30, Well.ca
7. A jurassic classic backpack
This heavy-duty backpack from MEC is sized for elementary schoolers. In addition to being super roomy, it comes with a built-in name label so you’ll never have to worry about making sure your kid takes home the right bag.
“I’m always tempted by the cute mini-backpacks for preschoolers, but they’re not actually big enough for my kindergarten kid’s homework Duo-Tang. I like that this bag fits the folder but is still narrow enough for his body,” says senior editor Ariel. Eyas Daypack- $50, Mec.ca
8. A ‘pack that lets the force be with you
If your kid loves Star Wars, this may just be their dream backpack. With sequins that flip to reveal a different design, your little one can switch up his look to match his mood.
“I love this bag for my six-year-old. It’s the perfect size, and it brings together two things he loves: the flip-sequin trend and Star Wars. Plus, it has many of the features I look for, like sturdy side water bottle pockets, adjustable straps, a top handle and a front zip pocket,” says editor-in-chief Kim. Star Wars Flippy Sequin Senior backpack – $55, gapcanada.ca
9. A mini backpack that’s big on space
This sunshine-hued backpack is the perfect cheery colour for autumn. Size-wise, it may look tiny but don’t be fooled; any toddler or preschooler will find it has plenty of room for all their essentials.
“The size is perfect for toddlers on the go, and you can make the straps longer and wear it yourself,” says contributing editor Claire. Fjallraven Kanken Mini backpack – $90, indigo.ca