5 best backpack bets for back to school

Posted at 3:18 PM, Jul 06, 2016

One of the most important buys for back to school season is the backpack.

A good backpack needs to be durable, yet lightweight. It needs to hold everything a successful student needs, but not be big and bulky. And, of course, a backpack needs to reflect a student’s personality and style.

With the back to school shopping season already underway, now is the perfect time take advantage of some early savings and grab one of these best backpack buys:

The Leaper Casual Lightweight Backpack Set: This three-bag set comes with a laptop bag, backpack and messenger bag for one reasonable price. Choose from the medium size ($36.99) or the large size ($37.99). The padded straps offer a comfortable fit for students even when the bag is full. One user review said she carries “three textbooks, a three-subject notebook and a folder. The backpack didn’t even look overly stuffed.” The side pockets holds water bottles, pencil bags, calculators and more.

The JanSport Right Pack Backpack: JanSport is one of the most popular backpacks for students of all ages thanks to its ability to take a beating and stay strong. The nylon construction means it can withstand a variety of weather conditions and heavy use. Many students use this backpack over multiple school years. With 28 colors to choose from, there is a style for everyone to appreciate. The simple backpack design does not depend on a lot of pockets. Instead, it maximizes space with two large interior pockets and two traditional, smaller zipper pockets on outside.

The AmazonBasics Backpack: If you have a younger student or are looking for basic bag, then consider the AmazonBasics product line. Its appearance may be “no-frills”, but there are still multiple pockets are varying size (which can fit up to a 13-inch laptop), including side pockets for a water bottle. The adjustable, padded straps make a custom fit easy and comfortable for all students. The AmazonBasics Backpack comes in two sizes and are available in seven colors. With a $13.99 to $15.99 price range, there isn’t a much better buy than this backpack.

The Hmxpls Unisex Boho Style Backpack: Want a backpack that taps into a student’s free spirit? This backpack offers bohemian style with a good helping of practical substance. Weighing in at just one pound, this bag still provides plenty of space to carry books, a laptop, a wallet and a water bottle to keep a busy student hydrated. Product reviews highlight the backpack’s “goes with everything” style, its multiple pockets, the ability to hold a small laptop and the color variety. The Hmxpls Boho Style Backpack costs $18.99, which is among the best prices on this list.

The Skip Hop Zoo Little Kid Backpack: Whether your student is a little kid (or a kid at heart), this backpack is adorable and functional. Buyers can choose from a butterfly, cat or unicorn bag. All bags have  mesh side pocket that adjusts to fit a juice box, sippy cup or water bottle. The front pocket works well for snacks and even has extra space for pencils and other supplies. There is an insulated pouch for snacks and padded, adjustable straps. The best part for parents of little ones: the bag’s lining is easy to clean.