Category: Backpacks

The backpack that might convert even the most anti-backpack people

This hard core tote lover hasn’t been so excited about a bag in a very long time, let alone a backpack, but just a few hours into carrying around the new Dakota backpack that our friends at Dagne Dover sent me and I want to tell everyone how great it is. Similar to their totes we featured here a couple of years ago, the Dakota backpack is full of really smart pocket and pouches for everything from small laptop or tech gadget, to your charging cables, make-up, water bottles, even a secret spot for your smart phone or wallet. If it sounds like overkill, or...

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Skateboarding to school just got a lot easier. And cooler.

When we lived in a big city, my kids loved to watch teens skateboarding to school. There was this effortless coolness to gliding along, flipping the board, tossing it over a shoulder, and hopping on a bus. If you think your kids might be a great age for rolling up the sidewalk by your side but don’t want to carry those skateboards home yourself, here’s a great way to combine skateboards with school supplies. Bonus: No more back-to-school backpack shopping. Related: 15 simple, possibly unexpected ways parents can connect with their tween or teen Penny Skateboards is known for well-made...

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What makes back-to-school gifts more special? We’re gonna go with llamas.

If you’ve done any back-to-school shopping lately, you may have noticed, like we have, that llamas are taking over the world. Quietly. And with deceptive cuteness because let me tell you, llamas mean business. The takeover may be inevitable at this point, so I’ve rounded up some of the most adorable llama-themed back-to-school items from around the web that I’ve found. Isn’t it nice when trends are stuff we can say we liked “before they were cool?” Yeah, foxes are kind of 2015. Don’t even get us started on owls. Related: Cool, colorful school supplies to make September more fun | Back to School Guide...

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Cool backpack and lunch box sets that are perfect for tweens or teens

You’ve probably heard of Lululemon, but did you know that they have a special line for girls? Yep, ivivva offers cool activewear for girls, including a new line of backpack and lunch box sets my girls are fighting over. To be honest, it’s not really a line, so much as two sets, but no matter how many there are, they’re definitely very cool. The backpack is very slim but still has lots of room for everything your middle or high schooler needs to carry without it feeling bulky. There’s even a hidden laptop pocket for kids who need to bring...

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The coolest backpacks for preschoolers and little kids | Cool Mom Picks Back to School Guide 2016

It seems like our annual Back to School Guide gets earlier each year, because hey – we’re here for you, parents! Whether you’re already scrambling to get those school shopping lists covered or you’ve got a good month left to track down the best backpack or lunch box or pencil case or kawaii eraser, we’ve got you covered. So we’re excited to kick off our back to school shopping recos with an amazing selection of the coolest backpacks for preschoolers and little kids! We’ve scoured the web to find the most adorably fun backpacks that are sized or designed just for little ones, who don’t...

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The coolest personalized backpacks for kids? We have a serious contender.

Our friends at Tinyme, they of the generous free printables we often publish for our readers, happens to also design some things worth spending money on. In time for back to school, you have to check out their range of personalized backpacks and bags for kids, which is pretty mind blowing. From backpacks of all sizes to mini messengers, book totes, pencil cases, duffels, swim bags and more, you can chose from red, navy or pink and then get ready to spend like, oh, a better part of your day playing around with the hundreds of personalization options.     I cannot stop...

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Emoji backpacks! Your kids want one, trust us.

We can’t believe it’s August and we’re already thinking about back-to-school shopping. Although what’s crazier is that some of you parents have to think about it now because your kids go back to school next week. WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH THIS WORLD? (Sorry, New Yorker here whose kids go back to school after Labor Day.) So as we start to poke around for the coolest school supplies to bring you in our upcoming annual back to school shopping guide, I came across these emoji backpacks and honestly, I just couldn’t wait another week to share them. Seeing how emoji is like the new...

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How to keep your kids from forgetting their lunch boxes. Maybe? Hopefully?

When I saw the brand new Skip Hop Forget Me Not backpack and lunch bag sets earlier this year at Toy Fair, it was like an instant, I HAVE TO TELL PEOPLE ABOUT THIS. And now, at long last, they’re available for purchase from their site, our affiliate Amazon, or indie kids’ boutiques everywhere. The idea is so clever: Backpacks in little kid sizes that is smartly designed with a matching lunch pack that actually fits right into a zippered flap on the outside of the bag with a see-through window. If that window isn’t showing the lunch box pattern on...

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Beyonce-approved backpacks that give back: We’re crazy in love.

Listen, we know how tough it can be to find a fierce backpack for older kids that will last, which is why some of our kids still don’t have the perfect one yet. It’s also why we put together an entire Back to School backpack round-up of the darned things. So you can understand our excitement when Queen Bey herself helps to design a high-end bag that looks like Darth Vader and will last almost as long, while giving a backpack to a kid in need. (Which is a very un Vader-like act of benevolence, of course.) This limited edition...

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A custom backpack our kids can’t wait to design themselves

My kids wear uniforms to school, which makes it hard for them to find ways to express their personalities while staying within the dress code. One great option is of course custom backpacks (and backpack accessories) that reflect their fun spirits, like the new ones we just discovered from Adelaide NYC, already one of our favorite spots for kids’ accessories. They’re pricy, but definitely something we haven’t seen before. DIY backpack in this case means design it yourself, which is definitely easier and less messy than handing your kids a sewing machine and some backpack fabric. Kids can choose from 12 different geometric...

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Herschel toddler backpacks: The kinds that won’t break before circle time

We featured Canadian brand Herschel in our 2013 Backpacks for Big Kids Guide because we’re so impressed with their sturdy construction and stylish design. Now we’re digging on the the Hershel toddler backpacks at My Sweet Muffin, which are slightly smaller but just as long-lasting. because as parents know, toddlers sure are rough on their backpacks for people without homework. I even discovered a faulty zipper on my kindergartner’s first bag–right after he tore off the tags on the day before school started. Yay. With gender neutral colors, padded straps, and plenty of reinforcement, we love Herschel Supply’s Plaid Survey Bag, Cobalt Blue Bag,...

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Cool messenger bags for back to school. For you and the kids.

I love pretty much every part of back to school shopping, but picking out the new school bag might just be the best part. And it’s even more fun these days now that there are so many cool options, like these cool messenger bags (and backpacks) from The Medium Control on Etsy.   If you’re shopping for a big kid or yourself, I’d definitely take a whirl around their cool shop full of fun printed messenger bags and backpacks. I’m partial to the old school turntable bag myself, or the Eames chairs backpack. Monogrammed bags are a cool way to help identify your...

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The Creeper ate my homework!

If Minecraft ate a bunch of your kids’ time this summer, this Minecraft Creeper backpack is the perfect way to head back to school, where sadly, Stampy Longnose videos are not part of the daily curriculum. Of course teachers will not accept “The Creeper ate my homework,” as a viable excuse but that shouldn’t stop your young Minecraft fan from begging for a creeper backpack to start the school year. With oodles of compartments, pockets, organizers, and sturdy double zippers, the Minecraft Creeper backpack from our pals at ThinkGeek is an unusually savvy way to merge video games and a workhorse of a...

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A new hedgehog backpack from Skip Hop. Like that won’t be the most popular thing ever.

Skip Hop is inextricable from my memories of my boys in their early years. My older son started preschool with a frog backpack and ended Pre-K with a very well worn monkey on his back. My three-year-old is currently toting the fox around on his tiny shoulders, but the replacement this September will undoubtedly be the adorable hedgehog backpack. And you may know how we feel about hedgehogs. He was just added to the Skip Hop Zoo Pack lineup this month, along with a pretty butterfly and kids will love them.   Matching butterfly and hedgehog lunch boxes— which Skip Hop refers to as the cutesie “Zoo Lunchies”–are...

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Custom rock star backpacks. Like any kid would turn that down?

Two years in a row, I fell prey to a starry-eyed child who’d discovered the World’s Most Perfect Backpack while shopping for school supplies. By October, it had a broken zipper, ripped netting, and a bum wheel. Nice. This year I wised up and found a personalized backpack that’s built to last but still respects her rock-star style. And now we’re both happy. And that really rocks. Our pals at Psychobaby really rock at making unique, custom apparel and accessories with a wholesome but slightly punky style, and these personalized backpacks are a logical progression for big kids. The...

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Not just backpacks: State GiveBackPacks also help kids who need them.

So here’s something I didn’t know: More than 46 million Americans are living below the poverty line right now. And of those 46 million people, 23% of them are kids. So we’re very happy to support a company that helps kids living in poverty to head back to school knowing someone’s got their back. Don’t miss a limited time discount after the jump! No kid should have to carry their school things in a plastic trash bag. But after witnessing children in NYC doing just that, the husband-wife founders of State were inspired to do something that would make a tangible...

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Summer camp backpacks with serious standout style

The first summer I sent my son to day camp, I tried to cram his lunch, towel, bathing suit, rain jacket, and various other doodads into his cute little preschool backpack. Epic mommy fail. This summer, we are ready with a standout backpack. It’s got plenty of room for camp gear, all with a personality that really pops. We’ve been big fans of MadPax ever since their Spiketus Rex backpacks hit the scene. My son adores his big red BUBBLE pack, which always gets a ton of comments wherever he goes.  Their latest creation, the MadPax BLOK, has a...

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6 of the best of the robot backpacks for kids

It’s 2012, and we still don’t have our jet packs, hovercars, and personal house-cleaning robots. But we have found that robot backpacks are super hot, so we’ve rounded up a fantastic collection of the very best ones, to keep your kid company at school. And no, they do not do homework. Alexander the Robot Backpack is a structured bag sized for ages 5 to 10, with plenty of space for lunch, homework folders, and those old-fashioned “book” thingies. He’s free of PVC, lead, pthalates, and Daleks and is available from one of our favorite little labels, Beatrix NY. Alexander’s...

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Adorable toddler backpacks and big kid backpacks that you won’t be replacing by October

I learned the hard way, as have many parents, that if you buy a cheap backpack for your kid, even your toddler, you will be buying a second (and possibly third) backpack before the school year is through. So now I look for good quality, functionality, and still a cute design. Because another thing I’ve learned: it’s harder for my kids to forget their bag at home every morning if they actually look forward to showing it off. CMP favorite mom-run SoYoung Mother now is meeting all these criteria with an adorable new selection of kids’ backpacks made out...

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A seriously cool backpack for kids

I take backpack shopping very seriously. My kids are hard on their stuff, so by the time spring rolls around, we may need to upgrade what seemed so new and fresh in the fall. I need something durable but slightly more kid friendly than an industrial strength backpack. I’ve loved MadPax spiky backpacks since I discovered them here last year, but I’m happy to see that they now have new options that aren’t quite so, well…spiky. The MadPax bubbles backpack feels like something out of a space expedition. The colors are bright and attention grabbing, which helps to distinguish...

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I vant to suck your homework

If you haven’t yet settled on a new backpack for your older kid yet, I think she’ll probably love this one– at least if she’s a fan of Twilight, or vampires, or True Blood. Which she is. As required by law. The Vampire Orthodontics backpack at Threadless totally cracks me up. Designed by artist Ilia Ovechkin and handcrafted thousands of miles from Transylvania (that’s, the USA) it features a set of vampire fangs covered in braces. Who knows, maybe Edward Cullen wore braces at some point 90 or so years ago to get those choppers looking so perfect. I...

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Vespa, baby!

Sometimes I picture myself like in a movie scene, on the back of a shiny turquoise scooter (yes, in my fantasy it’s turquoise, okay?), silk scarf in my hair, cruising around Europe without a care in the world. That’s not likely to happen any time soon, but I do love these bags that can add a little of that mod-hipster-cool attitude to your daily grind. The vintage styled Vespa travel bags are sturdy and mildly childproof, with just enough bells and whistles to be practical–zipper pockets, mesh compartments and an adjustable shoulder strap. It’s such a fun, casual bag...

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Little kid backpacks without the bells and whistles

I’ve learned that as my kids get older, they will have plenty of time to use their decked out backpacks with the 400 pockets and zippers. And I’ll have lots of chances to clean them out. But for my little preschooler, I’m digging the new simple canvas backpacks from Blabla Kids. We’re already smitten with their handknit backpacks, so it’s nice to have a sturdier canvas option that’s just as cute, but with a little more room for folders, snacks, and a sippy cup too. They even work for older kids, like my 6-year-old, who need a little bag...

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Little Packrats – Now for your big, er, packrats

We’ve long adored the cute, unique little kid backpacks from Little Packrats (now PVC-free, by the way!), but now that some of our little kids are turning into big kids, we’re glad that they’ve added some new bags just for them. The new bigger bags fit all the bigger school supplies, like binders, textbooks, and folders, all with their signature style. The two designs, Hunter the Dog (pictured) and Chloe the Cat, are a little scaled back from the company’s quirky little kid backpacks, and are made from water resistant pthalate-free nylon right here in the USA. Whichever you...

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Children’s backpacks aren’t just for back to school

We’re huge fans of the Dante Beatrix backpacks for almost too many reasons to mention–the eco-friendly materials, the perfect toddler sizing, the adorable designs. How’s that for a start? Now the company is simply named Beatrix NY. And to celebrate their name change, they’ve added two new creatures to their already cute backpack family which both start shipping tomorrow. Meet Lucas the whale and Baxter the dinosaur (shown), the kid-friendly, mom-approved little-kit sized children’s backpacks. They’re here just in time for summer day camp, day trips to the beach (or maybe Grandma’s house–whoo!), or even long car or plane...

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Crumpler does kids’ backpacks and cool moms everywhere go Yay!

You probably already know Crumpler for their sturdy, stylish bags for adults. Or at least you should. But now they’ve gone and shrunk two of their favorites down to kid-size and it’s definitely worth a look. The Baby Pea preschool backpack is for the 2-4 set, and the Baby Anchovy (pictured here) is for those 3-5. Though, truthfully, I think kids up to about age 8 will find the Baby Anchovy backpack perfectly ample for their needs. Unless they’re toting home bags full of bricks or 30-foot dioramas from school. Hope not. Both bags come in a variety of colors,...

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The hottest preschool backpacks for back to school

Still looking for the perfect backpack for your preschooler? You’re in luck. Because recently, CMP editor Liz Gumbinner taped a segment for BetterTV on some of the cutest backpacks for younger kids headed to preschool and kindergarten. Our picks, and all of them PVC free of couuuuuurse: 1. The new Zoo Packs from Skip Hop (featured: Monkey, Bunny) 2. The neoprene backpacks from Dabbawalla (featured: Doggie, Penguin) 3. The new Planet Color by Todd Parr backpacks from 4 Peas, with matching lunch tote. (featured: Love Pink) Click over and watch the segment on BetterTV here. You’ll also find some...

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CMP Does Etsy: Not your everyday pencil cases (But maybe they should be)

We’re so excited to bring you the first of our new weekly Etsy round-ups. Tune in every Wednesday for more delicious handmade goodness. Everyone knows that when you go back to school, it is IMPERATIVE to have the coolest stuff. (Although I believe I had Holly Hobby materials three years in a row). One option is to grab some handmade school supplies from Etsy, like this selection of pencil cases which caught my eye. The little guy up top makes me giggle. I love the teeth. I love the eyes. I love the bright colors. Okay, I admit it....

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Pencil cases for the bookish

I was clicking around etsy this past weekend and discovered this adorable handmade girls’ pencil case that I love for so many reasons. The illustration is beyond precious of course, but the I Heart Books slogan is really the kicker. It comes courtesy of Vancouver’s Kukubee, and I might just need one for myself too. Enough with the “My kid can beat up your honor student” bumper stickers. I want my daughters to be proud of being smart and working hard. Also? Of having cute school accessories. –LizFind handmade pencil cases and more from the Kukubee etsy shop.And for...

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Backpacks and lunch boxes and monograms oh my.

So okay, we’ve been fawning over Dante Beatrix way too much lately. First it was their fabulous eco-backpacks made out of 100% recycled bottles which now come in little kid sizes. Then it was their adorable wheelie bags for kids. Next up it was their super cute BPA and PVC-free lunchboxes that we featured on our Back to School Shopping Guide. But wait – there’s more! Just in time for the school season to start, they’ve got two new items of note – first, their new robot backpacks and robot lunchboxes available exclusively at Giggle. They come in pink...

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