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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 delicate tote just won't do. And it should be made of fabric that's as stain-resistant as possible.
We did an exhaustive search and here are some of the best backpacks out right now.
1. Fenrici Backpack for Kids, $40, Amazon
"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!
2. Lands' End School Uniform ClassMate TechPack Medium Backpack, $45, Lands' End
I'm a sucker for anything monogrammed, and this kids' backpack is sturdy and durable, to boot.
3. High Sierra Loop Backpack, $34, Amazon
This one comes in a ton of colors and even more importantly, has a ton of pockets.
4. 7AM Voyage Mini Wings Backpack, $44, Amazon
Another editor is a fan of these bags, and the wings just make you soar, right?
5. Fjallraven Kanken Classic Pack, $80, Amazon
"The material is amazing and the color is absolutely gorgeous," wrote one reviewer of their bag.
6. JanSport Big Student Backpack, $48, Amazon
"We are all JansSport here," said another mom, of the back-to-school staple.
7. ONIVA Turismo Insulated Cooler Backpack, $56, Nordstrom
Keeps your lunch hot, your water cold, and your homework organized.
8. MADPAX Dinosaur Backpack, $68, Nordstrom
This spiked sensation is a favorite at my son's school.
9. STATE Bags Bedford Backpack, $74, Amazon
For every bag sold, the brand sends a fully stocked one to a needy child.
10. Under Armour Hustle 3.0 Backpack, $55, Amazon
The go-to for the athletic kids.