Gear up for good grades: 8 kids backpacks and schoolbags for back to school

Send your budding scholar on their way with style and ease.

It seems to creep up faster and faster each time it comes around, but the annual back-to-school shopping spree is just around the corner. Textbooks, stationery, drink bottles, school shoes, lunch boxes – the list of things your little scholar needs during the school day goes on and on…

But however does one transport their arsenal of educative aids from school to sport to playdates? Why, with a trusty backpack, of course!

The best school bags for kids and teens in Australia

With design, practicality and affordability in mind, we’ve rounded up some of the best kids backpacks and schoolbags that’ll see your kid going back to school (or preschool) with style and ease.

The best school bags for teens


Joymoze Cactus teen backpack, $74.26, Amazon

Preparing for school is no longer a prickly topic of conversation between kids and parents with this catcus-patterned backpack. Featuring multiple pockets, easy-to-clean durable fabric and adjustable comfort straps, your kid can get from A to B in comfort and wild, wild western style.


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Fjallraven Kanken laptop backpack in Ox red, $209.95, The Iconic

This Kanken backpack from award-winning Swedish brand Fjallraven is an ergonomic and durable pick for the school year. Featuring a laptop pocket, multiple compartments, twin top handles and more, this water and dirt-resistant school bag looks stylish on any kid’s shoulders.


bellroy backpack

Classic backpack, $199, Bellroy

The classic backpack from Australian-based sustainable brand Bellroy has all the bells and whistles – so much so, you might find yourself ‘borrowing’ it on the regular… Made from water-resistant material with pockets for valuables and a laptop, plus a three-year warranty, this backpack would make a great back-to-school investment.


The best school bags for kids


Penny Scallan Dino Rock medium blue backpack, $41.97 (usually $59.95), Myer

Budding palaeontologists will be well-equipped for a day of field research and adventure with this cotton canvas backpack from Penny Scallan that features a dino print. And with adjustable straps, a bag tag, two front pockets as well as an external drink pocket, this backpack also ticks all the boxes for comfort and convenience.



Sunday’s Daughter personalised backpack, $72, Hardtofind

This personalisable and timeless rucksack comes in five chic shades and is perfect for the creative soul. Equipped with a foldable main pocket, front pocket and adjustable straps, the walk to school will be made a breeze.



Solesmith children’s fox rucksack, $47.69, Hardtofind

This foxy backpack is as reliable as it is cute. With a zippered main and front side pockets, adjustable shoulder straps and customisable fox print, this bag has all the functionality boxes checked.


The best preschool bags for toddlers

country road backpack

Country Road natural gingham backpack, $69.95, Myer

An understated design that’ll also go with Mum or Dad’s outfit, this gingham Country Road bag is a great companion for preschool.



Until Suck UK jetpack backpack, $99.95, Hardtofind

3-2-1 take off to school in style with this space-themed rocket backpack. Fit with adjustable straps, a main internal pocket, external ‘jet’ pockets and a handle, the orbit to school is made that much easier.


What is the best type of bag for school?

While personal preference and daily needs play a crucial role, the ideal school bag should strike a balance between functionality and comfort. Spacious backpacks reign supreme for heavy book hauls, offering ergonomic support and compartmentalisation to keep things organised. Though, if your kid is just off to preschool, a quality bag that is easily identifiable as theirs and has enough space for lunch, a hat and bottle, will be sufficient.

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