Next up in our 2019 Back to School Shopping Guide, we’re sharing more than 2 dozen of our favorite cool backpack for teenagers in 2019.

As kids head to middle school or high school, they need bigger, sturdier backpacks, better shoulder straps, laptop protection, and of course…totally cool exteriors. Tall order? Perhaps. But we love the backpacks we’re seeing for teenagers this year.

Trends we’re spotting include puffer backpacks and shiny metallic exteriors, skateboarding themes, animé and manga, and plenty of black-and-white.

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Cool backpacks for teenagers: 2019

Gone are the days that teen backpacks meant giving up style — or a sense of humor. Today’s trendy backpacks for teenagers reflect every kind of taste, from sporty to sophisticated, silly to chic, and everything in between.

(We did stay away from the more irreverent ones because hey, we’re still parents. If they want a cannabis reference on a backpack that’s between you two.)

Also be sure to check out some of our favorite backpacks for grade school, which includes tons that your younger teens will probably love too.

Pro tip: Be sure to check the sizes; we didn’t include toddler sizes, but some teens are toting more books to and from school than others, and you want to make sure that a backpack is big enough for all their needs.

Please note that all prices are accurate at time of posting. CMP is an rstyle affiliate.
There has been no compensation in exchange for placement — just the stuff our editors love. 

 

Cool backpacks for teenager in 2019s: Dickies checkerboard backpack

Dickies checkerboard backpack  ($32.90, Hot Topic)
Just like Spicoli would have worn. If he actually brought any books to school.

Cool backpacks for teenagers in 2019: Basquiat Citypack Backpack from Herschel

Basquiat Citypack Backpack ($89.99, Herschel Supply Co)
Wow, we want one for us, too.

Cool backpacks for teenagers in 2019: Guardians of Galaxy BUILT backpack

Guardians of Galaxy 17″ Built backpack ($32.99 on sale, Hot Topic)
Complete with tech sleeves, water bottle holders, and room for anything you “borrow” from The Collector.

 

 

Cool backpacks for teenagers in 2019: Metallic Ombre Backpack

Metallic Ombre Backpack $54, Nordstrom
This 16″ backpack is dripping with 2019 style for teenage girls.

Cool backpacks for teenagers in 2019

RBG Backpack ($69.99, Society 6)
Shannon Smith Design lets your teen carry a favorite shero with them for inspiration all day long.

Related: 10 of the most awesome RBG t-shirts to celebrate the force that is Justice Ginsburg.

Cool backpacks for teenagers in 2019: https://rstyle.me/+8jrMBV799pGdN85ADvnfiQ

Herschel 15″ NBA Settlement Laptop Backpack ($74.99, Herschel Supply Co)
Grab your own favorite team.

Cool backpacks for teenagers in 2019: Modern Snap backpack from everlane

Modern Snap backpack $68, Everlane
If your teen wants a backpack that’s simple and no-fuss but still elegant, this is a winner.

Cool backpacks for teenagers in 2019: Herschel St Germain XL youth Backpack with Laptop Sleeve

Herschel St Germain XL youth Backpack with Laptop Sleeve  ($69.99, Herschel Supply Co)
One of our favorite collabs from Herschel this year yields one of the coolest backpacks for teenagers in 2019.  Also see their many skateboarding themed bags in our backpack guide for grade school.

 

cool backpacks for teenage boys and girls: Jansport new rainbow backpack

Jansport Rainbow Backpack ($41.90, eBags)
Our favorite new style from the trusted backpack brand.

 

Cool backpacks for teenagers in 2019: Burton skateboard bag with webbing to strap the board right to the outside

Burton Kilopack Skateboard Backpack  ($64.95, eBags)
If your kid skateboards to school, this bag has webbing to strap it to the outside, plus a laptop bag to protect what’s on the inside. Xanax (for you) not included.

 

"I can do anything" backpacks from Blended Designs featuring boys and girls of color

Blended Designs backpacks 1954 Collection ($29.95+, Blended Designs)
Named for the year that Brown v. Board of Education was decided, these dozen or so styles of backpacks are all beautifully illustrated with kids in whole range of brown and black skin tones.

Parkland Remy Backpack for Teens in Skylar

Parkland Remy Backpack ($49.99, Parkland Mfg)
Also shown at very top, love the simplicity, and boxy construction at a great price. There are several colors, but we’re digging Sklar, a blush shade that’s not too pink.

Cool backpacks for teenagers in 2019: Yaas backpack by LeSportSac

LeSportSac Essential 45 Backpack in Yaas print ($95)
Honestly, it’s the bubble tea illustration that got us.

 

Cool backpacks for teenagers in 2019: Doughnut Macaroon Colorblock Backpack

Doughnut Macaroon Colorblock Backpack ($80, Nordstrom)
Find 7 cool color combos of this boxy backpack made of travel-ready, water-repellent twill. And honestly, the brand name is hilarious.

Cool backpacks for teenagers in 2019

LeSportSac Essential 45 in Black Liquid Patent ($90.98 on sale, LeSportSac)
So on trend!

Riverdale Backpack: Cool birthday gifts for tweens

Riverdale backpack ($49.90, Hot Topic)
#bughead forever, sniff.

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Cool backpacks for teenagers in 2019: State Bedford 3D check laptop backpack

State Bedford 3D check laptop backpack ($115, State Bags)
It’s like an Escher print come to life!
Each purchase from State donates an equal amount to a US schoolchild in need, in case you needed more reason to shop there.

 

Wu-Tang Clan backpack: Cool backpacks for teenage girls and boys

Wu-Tang Clan Backpack by Boldface ($39.95, Amazon)
Fun backpack at a great price — but best if your teen isn’t carrying 40 pounds of books. Or old LPs.

Cool backpacks for teenagers in 2019: Kipling 15” laptop backpack (

Kipling 15” laptop backpack ($89.99 on sale, Kipling)
Love the contrast of the rainbow logo over the minimalist black and white. These bags hold up forever, too.

 

Cool backpacks for teenagers in 2019

Mondrian #38 backpack  ($69.99, Society 6)
By Rockett Graphics, the perfect backpack for any teen pursuing fine art.

 

Cool backpacks for teenagers in 2019

Fjallraven Laptop Backpack ($110, Nordstrom)
The classic Swedish school bag  is so durable, it will probably outlast the 13″ laptop inside.

Cool backpacks for teenagers in 2019

Dragonball Z Kakarot backpack ($49.90 on sale, Hot Topic)
Cool in that ironic kinda way.

 

Cool backpacks for teenagers in 2019: Black Panther large backpack

Marvel Black Panther laptop backpack ($39.95 on sale at Spencer’s)
Whoa, originally $129…grab this one while you can!

Cool backpacks for teenagers in 2019

Grey Stars Puffer backpack ($80, 7AM Enfant)
You don’t have to tell your kid this was original designed for parents; our teens fell in love with this chick puffy design
that comes in several styles and colors.

 

Coolest backpacks for grade school: Nike Air heritage backpack | Back to school guide 2019 Cool Mom Picks

Nike Air Heritage Backpack  $35 Nordstrom
Stylish but not extra, it’s a great backpack your sporty kid who loves the simplicity of a retro look.

7 styles of metallic backpacks from State Bags | Cool backpacks for school | Back to School Guide 2019

Metallic State Kane Backpack ($85+, State Bags)
So fab, it’s also included in our list of coolest backpacks for grade schoolers and tweens too.
The 6 fab metallic styles this year will sell out fast. Just sayin’.

 

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