The 22 best back-to-school backpacks for students of all ages in 2022

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The 22 best back-to-school backpacks for students of all ages in 2022

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Roll up your beach towel and put away the cute swimsuits. The bell is ringing and it’s time to head back to school for the fall season!

While everyone may not be excited to bring out the school supplies, we can almost guarantee there’s one common love: back-to-school shopping.

During this outing, you get to choose all new jeans, a pair of spunky new shoes and even a fun backpack.

Will you opt for a pretty floral print backpack or a skater-boy checkered vibe? Whichever you go with, it’s going to celebrate who you are and what you’re about — so make it count!

We listed the best back-to-school backpacks below to help you or the student in your life find the perfect pick. The best backpack brands range from The North Face and Patagonia to Vans and Disney. Pair it with a cute lunchbox for the full ensemble.

Best backpacks for college

1. The North Face Borealis Backpack, $99

The North Face backpack
The North Face

Made with easy-access pockets, an overhauled suspension system and super cute color options, this The North Face option is a must-have. It also makes for the perfect travel backpack for college and beyond.

2. Sprayground Shark Central Outpost Backpack, $70

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Nothing is cooler than this Sprayground backpack. Sure, the adjustable straps and the water resistant fabric is amazing, but just look at that shark design!

3. Patagonia Atom Tote Pack 20L, $79

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If you’re looking for a compact option, then this sturdy, water repellant Patagonia option will more than do the trick. Plus, we can’t get enough of the color blocking.

4. lululemon Pack It Up Backpack 21L, $128

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You already know lululemon makes some of the best athletic wear out there, but did you know the brand makes amazing back packs too? This Pack It Up style is one of our favorites, and it comes in both pink and black.

5. Fjallraven Kanken Classic Backpack, $78-$80

Yellow backpackAmazon

Fjallraven makes just abut every single colored backpack under the rainbow — and we couldn’t be more excited about it. Want one in deep yellow? It’s yours. What about pastel pink? You can snag that one too.

6. Vans Old Skool H20 Check Backpack, $40

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Choose your fighter — er, backpack color. Available in pink and white, black and white, purple and white and more, the choices are limitless.

7. Under Armour Hustle 5.0 Backpack, $39, original price: $55

Under Armour backpackAmazon

Athletes, this one is for you. Fit your laptop, books, pens and sneakers in this carry-all Under Armour backpack.

8. Vera Bradley Cotton Xl Campus Backpack, $93

Vera backpackAmazon

Made with organic cotton and featuring a chic and secure design, this Vera Bradley backpack is sure to get compliments. Choose from other designs as well.

Best laptop backpacks

1. Herschel Heritage Backpack Pro, $140

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Made with a velcro zipper pull and padded shoulder straps, you can look forward to all-day comfort. Best of all, this backpack comes with a 15/16-inch laptop sleeve to protect your electronics.

2. Nike Sportswear Essentials 20L Backpack, $80

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Available in cream, black and gray, this Nike backpack it a do-it-all find. Featuring a large laptop sleeve, a phone holder and roomy compartment, you’ll have all of your storage needs met.

3. Matein Travel Laptop Backpack, $24, original price: $42

Amazon backpackAmazon

Make sure your precious laptop is safe from harm with this thick-padded laptop. Details include a USB port, three various compartments, front and side pockets, hanging clasps and more. Choose from just about every color you could imagine.

4. Osprey Nebula Everyday Commute Backpack, $120

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Available in various volumes, each Osprey Nebula backpack features a laptop sleeve, padded storage, multiple organizational pockets and more. Make it unique to you by choosing your favorite color.

5. Carhartt 21L Classic Laptop Daypack, $40

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Made with a large main compartment and complete with a 15-inch laptop sleeve, this Carhartt backpack will become an everyday essential.

Best kid’s backpacks

1. Jansport Half Pint Mini Backpack, $25

Jansport backpackJansport

Sparkly and sweet, this mini backpack is the perfect size for your little one. They can adjust their shoulder straps, enjoy a front utility pocket and one main compartment.

2. Loungefly Star Wars Baby Yoda Backpack, $67, original price: $80

Star Wars backpackAmazon

The kiddo in your life will fall in love with this “Star Wars” Yoda backpack. The detail is impeccable, and you don’t even have to travel to a galaxy far away to snag it.

3. Shop Disney Minnie Mouse Heart Backpack, $35

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What’s cuter than a heart-felt Minnie Mouse backpack? Nearly nothing comes close! Look forward to a cute Disney design, a sparkly red heart pocket and Minnie’s iconic signature scrawled across the front.

4. Adidas Classic Backpack, $45

Adidas backpackAdidas

Inspired by dance, this juniors’ backpack features plenty of outer pockets, padded straps and a top handle. And let’s not forget about the adorable colorway!

5. L.L.Bean Deluxe Book Pack, $55

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Make sure your young one has the best backpack on the block. Featuring clean lines and organizational features, this backpack will come in handy time and time and again.

Luxury backpacks

1. Louis Vuitton Trio Backpack Monogram Canvas, $2,320, original price: $3,180

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If you’re not looking to spend the full $3,180 on a Louis Vuitton backpack, then take a whopping $860 off this blackout option. There’s no doubt that you’ll be the best dressed in the halls.

2. Coach Court Backpack In Signature Canvas, $159, original price: $450

Coach backpackCoach

It doesn’t get more chic than this. We are obsessed with the sleek look of this gold and dark brown option, but you can also shop sweet colors like pistachio green, sky blue and white.

3. Michael Kors Medium Rhea Monogram Coated Canvas Backpack, $358

Michael Kors backpackSaks Fifth Avenue

Complete with three compartments and a gorgeous vanilla color blocking, there’s no surprise as to why this Michael Kors backpack is beloved by many.

4. Supreme SS 21 Backpack, $255-$300

Supreme backpackFarfetch

Complete with pockets and a trend-forward design, this nylon Supreme backpack will have you lookin’ fly.

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