Cool backpacks for big kids: Back to School Guide 2013

One of our favorite annual traditions is shopping for a cool new backpack with our big kids to get them excited for the school year. With any luck, these picks should last you beyond a year–or at least give a second kid some joy with a gently used backpack next September. We’ve found cool backpack ideas for grade schoolers through early teens. Also: Good luck getting a say in choosing things, the older your kids get. You’ve been warned.

Best Big Kid Backpacks on Cool Mom Picks: Stars and Stripes

Stars and Stripes Bag with 1967 Label ($55 at Jansport)

Best Big Kid Backpacks on Cool Mom Picks: Zebra Fur

Fur Zebra backpack (PB Teen, $79)

Best Big Kid Backpacks on Cool Mom Picks: MadPax Blok

MadPax Blok Pak (Kitsel, $60)

Best Big Kid Backpacks on Cool Mom Picks: Baggu Recycled Canvas

Recycled Cotton Canvas Backpack ($42, Baggu)

Best Big Kid Backpacks on Cool Mom Picks: Jansport Vintage Floral

Vintage Floral Canvas Backpack ($35, Jansport)

Best Big Kid Backpacks on Cool Mom Picks: Kipling Raychel

Kipling Raychel backpack (eBags, $69.99 on sale)

Best Big Kid Backpacks on Cool Mom Picks: Blue Robot

Blue Robot Backpack (SoYoung, $49.99)

Best Big Kid Backpacks on Cool Mom Picks: Upcycled Harvest

Upcycled Harvest III Backpack made from pre-consumer airbags ($120, Keen)

Best Big Kid Backpacks on Cool Mom Picks: Jansport Base Station

Base Station Laptop Backpack ($100, Jansport)

Best Big Kid Backpacks on Cool Mom Picks: Fjall Raven Kanken

Fjall Raven Kanken Backpack, durable and moisture resistant, this is the classic Swedish schoolkids’ backpack. ($75 at Fjall Raven)

Best Big Kid Backpacks on Cool Mom Picks: PB Teen Black Camo

Black Camo Backpack (PB Teen, $33.50)

Best Big Kid Backpacks on Cool Mom Picks: Colorblock Dashpack

Colorblock Dashpack (Lands End, $44)

Best Big Kid Backpacks on Cool Mom Picks: Superbreak Mixup

Superbreak Mixup Backpack Set ($50, Jansport)

Best Big Kid Backpacks on Cool Mom Picks: Hello Kitty Denim

Hello Kitty Denim Backpack (eBags, $40.50 on sale)

Best Big Kid Backpacks on Cool Mom Picks: Herschel Parker

Herschel Parker laptop bag (eBags, $57.99)

Best Big Kid Backpacks on Cool Mom Picks: Wildkin Striped

Wildkin Striped Backpack (eBags, $25.99)

 

For more cool ideas for back to school, don’t miss the rest of our 2013 Back to School Shopping Guide!

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Best school lunch snacks

Best preschool backpacks

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Cool Mom Staff

We spend our time looking for cool stuff so you don't have to. Hope this one fits the bill.