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Parents know that when shopping for the best kids' backpacks for back-to-school, the "P word" is imperative. And by that, we mean pockets. The more, the better, to hold all your kid's papers and pencils and Pokemon cards, oh my.
Another factor to keep in mind: durability. A backpack should be solid and practical, as opposed to flimsy. When toting around books and folders, a lightweight tote bag just won't do. And it should be made of fabric that's as stain-resistant as possible.
Here are some of the best backpacks out right now that deliver on both of practicality and durability.
"They're durable and have plenty of pockets and a laptop sleeve for keeping organized AND they donate to kids and families impacted by rare childhood diseases," said one mom. Sold!
This fun color-block backpack is sure to get your little one excited for school again. For every bag purchased, State donates a fully-packed backpack to American children and families in need, according to the brand.
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Another editor is a fan of these bags, and the wings just make you soar, right?
"The material is amazing and the color is absolutely gorgeous," wrote one reviewer of their bag.
"We are all JanSport here," said another mom, of this back-to-school staple.
This is a go-to for athletic kiddos.
This spacious backpack has a 4.6-star rating on Amazon and also boasts a waterproof exterior for those days when you forget to pack an umbrella (they'll be oh-so-thankful that their homework wasn't ruined).
Large enough to fit a laptop, this is the perfect backpack for your high schooler. Its vintage style is available in 18 different prints and colors.
"Bought this for my junior high school son. He needed something a little larger this year and it's perfect," one Target reviewer wrote. "Also, I love the durability of the Swiss Gear products! My high school son is on year 3 with his backpack!"
This compact bag boasts a reflective trim and two-zip closure for school and outdoor wear.
It's back-to-school time ... again! This year, the TODAY Parenting and Shop TODAY teams came together to make the transition from summer vacation to schoolwork mode as seamless and easy as possible. We're bringing you the best back-to-school supplies, tips and tricks — all in one place.