There is something festively fun about picking out a backpack in anticipation of a new school year. From preschoolers to parents, everyone needs a pack to carry their goods. Whether you’re looking for something to carry your binders and pencils, your laptop and headphones, or your morning snack and favorite blanket, Daily Mom has found some of the best brands and bags out there and are excited to share our favorites with you!
Lifeproof is a brand that all parents need in their lives. Kids love to get their hands on our devices and teens are ready for their own devices. However, kids break things and smartphones and tablets are not cheap. Lifeproof has what you need to accessorize and protect electronics like smartphones and tablets and they create the most durable backpacks we’ve ever seen to protect everything on the go!
For a backpack that can take on any day, check out the Squamish from Lifeproof. This backpack is compact and comfortable but can hold a ton of stuff. The best part is it is weatherproof. Students walking to class in rain and winter weather won’t stress about their belongings getting damaged and moms can pack up whatever they need for a day of school, activities, and work knowing everything fits nicely and is safe. The water repellant fabric keeps things dry and the brilliantly designed pouches and tie downs keep things organized and in place. Check out all these features:
- 20 L Volume
- 3 L Hydration Reservoir Pocket
- Duel Water Bottle Pockets
- Side Stash Pocket that holds a smartphone
- Sealed and Weather Resistant Laptop Pocket
- Padded Back and Shoulder straps with Detachable Chest Strap
The Lifeproof FRĒ for Google Pixel 2 is the case to protect your phone through whatever the school year can throw at it. If you are a parent sending off a teenager or college student with a new smartphone, do not let that phone leave your house until you have it in a Lifeproof case. The FRĒ protects your phone from drops, spills, dust, and then some. A smartphone is an expensive piece of technology. Ensure that every smartphone in your family stays safe throughout the years you want to use it by protecting them all in a case from Lifeproof. There are cases for Apple, Samsung, Google and LG devices. Unlike some phone cases meant to protect, the FRĒ is a low profile case that keeps things light but is still waterproof, drop-proof, dirt-proof, and snow-proof.
Nothing says it’s time to head back to school quite like the iconic symbol of a backpack. When it comes to backpack gear, L.L. Bean has you covered. With a variety of sizes, colors, designs, and materials, the selection varies but the quality doesn’t waiver.
The Deluxe Book Pack, for ages 10+, the perfect choice for versatility. Whether you’re heading to homeroom or on your way to your after school activity, this backpack has all of the standards plus a variety of bells and whistles:
- 3M Scotchlite Reflective Trim
- Heavy duty zippers with grip pulls
- Wait belt for secure fit
- Weatherproof and reinforced bottom
- Internal file divider
- Two water bottle pockets
With eight color choices to select from, the Super Deluxe Book Pack is perfect for ages 13+. It offers a large cargo capacity, tech-friendly features, and padded back support to assist your shoulders as they lug books across campus. If you’re a parent of an elementary aged child, you know that heavy duty zippers are a MUST if you don’t want to buy a replacement before spring break. This is why the Original Book Pack comes with tough zippers, as well as a water bottle pocket and a large compartment for lunch box storage. Ages 6 and above will delight in the color choices and parents will relish in the quality.
L.L. Bean is known for their outside adventures, their high performance quality, and their vast product selection. For back to school shopping, L.L. Bean is at the top of their class.
The back-to-school season isn’t just for little kids – for your high schooler, college student, or even if you’re going back to the classroom yourself this year, you absolutely need an eBags Mother Lode Weekender Convertible. The exterior dimensions are 22″ x 14″ x 9″, and the inside is bursting with pockets and compartments to help you organize absolutely everything you could possibly need. There’s also a full expansion zipper, allowing you even more space.
You really hit the motherlode with this backpack. It has a laptop compartment with a patented special sling, meant to cradle your laptop and keep it safe from any bumps and bruises you may encounter. There’s a side pouch for easy access to a water bottle, and plush shoulder straps with an adjustable and removable sternum strap to ensure that no matter how heavy your load, the Mother Lode will keep you comfortable.
Available in 8 gorgeous colors (brushed indigo shown here), the perfect Mother Lode Weekender Convertible is waiting for you. Bonus: it also doubles as a carry-on bag, so if your college student is planning on backpacking through Europe, or even doing some weekend travel in the states, there’s plenty of space and it meets airplane carry-on requirements.
Although function may be important to the college students choosing their backpack for the upcoming semester, so is fashion. Many college students want to roam the campus with a backpack that holds everything they need but also shows off their personal style. The Herschel Supply Co. offers tons of backpacks, totes, messengers and more to choose from but one of our favorites is the Lawson Backpack. The Lawson is a simple yet modern cotton canvas backpack that is ideal for your high schooler, college student or grad student.
Not too big and not too small, the Lawson easily organizes all the supplies to get a student through a long day on campus followed by a long night studying in the library. Some things the Lawson backpack can easily store while keeping the backpack neat are:
- Laptop and laptop sleeve
- Laptop charger and accessories
- Water bottle
- Books and notepads
- Writing Utensils
- Gym clothes
- Cell phone
- Rain Coat
The design of the Lawson backpack is a major improvement from the bulky, strappy bookbags of the past. This bag is sleek, contemporary, and classic. Avoid digging through your backpack trying to find something. An exterior pocket makes small, miscellaneous items such as keys, phone, wallet, and headphones quickly accessible. Inside the front pocket youíll find a loop designated for your keys and holders for your pens. The interior sleeve holds a 15 inch laptop, tablet or other slim writing notebooks that you wish to protect and separate from the other contents of the backpack. The padded shoulder straps make toting your Lawson backpack from class to class comfortable and easy on your back. Available in seven color options and designs, the Lawson Backpack is the smart choice for possibly one of the most important items a student needs when heading back to school.
Tula offers a pint-sized backpack for your preschool pupil. Back to School can mean big changes for families across the country. Whether your little one is just starting pre-school or your soon-to-be first-grader is joining the ranks of his older sibling on the way to elementary school, watching our children embark on their next big adventure is both exciting and bittersweet for parents. We are proud of our children for their courage and thrilled to watch them take these giant steps in life, but reminiscent about the days when we were the center of their universe, free from competition and secure in our own ability to keep them safe. Ensuring our little explorers have all the gear they need to tackle the day ahead helps us Mama Bears take a breath and try to let go just a little.
This year as you prepare to send even your littlest off to pre-school we have found the perfect backpack for his or her pint-sized frame, the Tula Kids Backpack. Perfect for children age 3 and up, this high-quality, water-resistant pack is the ideal size for tiny bodies, ensuring the comfort of your little one’s shoulders and back. With adjustable, mesh-lined, padded shoulder straps and a sliding chest clip, this backpack won’t slip on and off as he or she walks (or runs) into school.
Featuring a roomy interior with an additional integrated stretchy pocket inside, as well as two exterior front pockets, your preschooler will have plenty of room for all of his snacks, artwork, rocks, sticks and other prized possessions. Easy magnetic closures make it simple for small hands to open and close the backpack, along with a top handle great for grabbing on the go. An adorable interior name tag makes labeling your child’s backpack simple and quick.
With baby-wearing at its core, Tula has embarked upon a mission of creating high-quality baby and children’s products that are ergonomically-friendly for comfortable and continuous wear. Featuring a wide variety of prints, sizes, and styles, perfect for every palate, your Tula baby carrier or backpack os sure to be loved and cherished for many days to come.
This school year, be ready to fully equip your family with backpacks that are stylish, made of superior quality, and come from trusted brands we love! Let us know what you’ll be wearing on your back this school year by commenting below.
Check back daily to see more of our 2018 Back to School guides on lunch boxes, shoes, fashion, organization, and learning from home!