An easy way to get kids excited about heading back to school is shopping for gear. And it all starts with the backpack.
The idea of showing off the perfect bag to friends at school is bound to get almost any kid energized. But there are so many options out there. That's why we've put together a list of 13 of the newest, coolest and best kids' backpacks on the market today.
1. MIFULGOO Waterproof Backpack, $27, Amazon
Spills happen, and generally, if they happen on or in a backpack, you're not going to know about it until you discover a grape juice-soaked homework assignment. Prevent accidents of all kinds with this waterproof backpack that also features reflective straps for more visibility when crossing busy streets.
2. DC Comics Wonder Woman® Backpack, $45, Nordstrom
Kids can certainly use a little boost as they make their way through the school day; give yours a lift with this DC Comics Wonder Woman Backpack that even has its own lasso.
3. Dragon Backpack, $18, H&M
H&M knocked it out of the park when it comes to kids' backpacks. This dragon backpack — which has wings, naturally — is sure to be a hit with the fantasy-loving child.
4. Herschel Supply Co. Heritage, $60, Zappos
Available in 10 colors, the Herschel Supply Co Heritage bag looks great, feels great and gets the job done.
5. SKIP*HOP® Zoo Pack Little Kid Backpack, $20, Bed Bath & Beyond
6. Harry Potter Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry House Backpacks, $40, Amazon
7. JanSport High Stakes Backpack, $42, Zappos
It's a classic JanSport in anything but a classic print. The JanSport High Stakes backpack comes in eye-catching colors like the northern lights pattern above.
8. Pokémon™ Backpack for Kids, $21, Old Navy
If your kid loves Pokemon Go, help them power up with this backpack from Old Navy.
9. Disney Toddler Preschool Backpack 10 inch Nemo Backpack, $10, Amazon
Make sure your little one doesn't get lost like Nemo with this bright orange backpack. Added bonus? It's adorable.
10. Watercolor Tangerine Local Backpack, $40, Toms
Toms helped popularize the "buy one, give one" business model with its shoes. And now, by purchasing one of their backpacks, you'll help the company "provide the training for school staff and crisis counselors to help prevent and respond to instances of bullying."
11. Jinx Minecraft Creeper Backpack, $23, Amazon
Let's be honest, your kid would probably prefer building worlds in Minecraft over studying at school. This backpack helps bring a little bit of that creative world to campus, making the day a little easier.
12. Leaper Cute Thickened Canvas School Backpack, $25, Amazon
13. Ourbag Emoji Backpack, $17, Amazon
Once the first day of school is over, ask your child to point to the emoji on this backpack that best describes his or her day. Hey, it's better than the usual "fine."