Back-to-school season is here and that means shopping for new backpacks for those pint-size humans heading off to class again (or maybe even for the first time). Anyone who knows me knows that I love a good backpack, so when I started shopping around for cute backpacks for my preschooler, I had a field day. There are some seriously cute backpacks under $20, and I'm not going to lie, I was wishing they made some of them in grown-up sizes.
My daughter's preschool backpack last year basically served as an art project delivery device. It brought home all of her glittery, gluey, painted creations, which meant it was constantly being thrown through the wash. No matter how cute a backpack is, if you can't easily clean it, it's not a good idea.
If you have older kids, I can only imagine that you need to consider durability too. I can distinctly remember how hard it felt to cart around textbooks when I was a kid. Maybe that's not even a thing anymore with iPads and tablets in classrooms, but still, you want your kid's backpack to last the season, and hopefully more.
So without further a do, here are 11 affordable backpacks that will totally rule the school.
This little backpack is perfect for little ones with tiny shoulders. My 18-month-old loves hers. Plus, it's insulated so it can double as a lunchbox. The best part is that from now until August 15, 10 percent of all Parkland online sales will go to Pharrell's non-profit, From One Hand to AnOTHER (FOHTA), which helps underprivileged and low-income children across the country.
This funky transparent backpack has a sweet backstory. It's part of a capsule collection from art class and the Museum of Ice Cream now available at Target. You also won't want to miss their sweet banana-printed pack, that's part of the same collection.
This backpack may be camouflaged but it totally stands out from the pack. The best part is that it's designed to disperse the weight of the schoolbag to reduce strain on the trapezius muscle. It's also available in pink and blue colorways.
This pack is all about keeping it simple. It's available in 8 different colors, so whether your kiddo likes basic black or hot pink, you'll find one that suits their needs. Plus, it has ergonomic straps so you know it will be comfy.
This animal pack is just the cutest thing ever. In addition to the giraffe style, it comes in bumble bee, elephant, dog and dino. Aside from just the general adorableness, I love that it has kid-friendly buckles.
Also available in purple, this simple backpack is pretty basic, but unique enough that your kid will be able to ID it quickly, even when it's drowning in the pool of bags that all their classmates have tossed to the side of the playground. Fun waits for no one.
This faux leather backpack is technically for women, but your minimalist kid (those exist, right?) will love how timeless it is, and especially how much their colorful keychains and pins will pop against it.