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The 10 Best Backpacks for Teens

Apr 10, 2023Apr 10, 2023

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Even though it feels like summer just began, it's coming to a quick end. That means it's time to focus on securing everything your teens need for back to school. It's hard to think of when you’re still lounging by the pool, but the first day of school will be here before we know it. One essential that should be at the top of your list? A new backpack that will get your child excited to actually go back to school. If you have no idea where to begin looking for the best backpacks for teens, let us help.

If your teen loves a classic look, check out these bags from Target that will save you money. Plus, you can pick up a few other items on their school supply list while you’re there. Have a child that likes to elevate their style with a simple and chic bag? Gift them this splurge-worthy bag from Dagne Dover this year. Of course, you can also stop at Lululemon for some seriously cool bags. Ahead, see 10 of our favorite backpacks for teens.

Does your teen need a new backpack for the school year? If "yes," head to Herschel. The classic brand has a wide range of bags that your teens will love. We love the Nova backpack. It has a mid-volume size that's easy and casual to carry while remaining stylish. If your student needs a larger size, check out these classic styles for a larger fit.

Lululemon is a top choice among teens (just scroll through TikTok). The "cool" brand crafts quality bags that last through any weather and activities. If your child is heading to class or practice, make sure they have this New Crew backpack for the season. It has different compartments to store belongings, like a laptop or workout gear. There is also a secure pocket that holds a water bottle.

Teenagers are always plugged in and connected, so they’re going to need on-the-go charging resources for their devices. Luckily, this travel backpack has them covered. The Himawari Travel Backpack has a built-in USB port that connects to any power band. The bag is also spacious and can hold lunch, a laptop, and books, so there's no excuse for not doing homework.

Don't worry, there's a backpack for your sporty teen too. This original style from Adidas holds all the back-to-school essentials. The bag has a Trefoil design on the front and a two-way zip closure that makes opening and closing the pack a breeze.

Amazon shoppers love this backpack for back-to-school, and it's no surprise why. The 2-in-1 one pack can be carried like a traditional backpack or by its handles. It comes in over 33 colors, and you can snag this navy shade on sale now at Amazon.

This backpack is made for comfort — it has a brand-specific FlexVent technology that is a suspension system designed to alleviate the weight of what you’re carrying. The bag can hold a day's worth of essentials, according to the brand.

Although this bag is a splurge-worthy pick, your teen will love using this tote as a backpack, especially if they don't love wearing one on their back. The bag is made from organic cotton canvas that leads into an open top compartment. The tote has different sections that are perfect for storing a phone, keys, and other important items. Plus, there's still room for notebooks, too!

Regardless of how old your child is, if they still love patterns, this backpack is a must-have. The cure pattern is age appropriate and not too juvenile to carry to school. If they still prefer solid color over patterns, the Wild and Fable bag comes in six other colors.

For a more "grown-up option," this Jansport classic should be at the top of your list this school season. It's roomy, durable, water resistant, and easy to clean. But hurry, this one is selling out fast at Target.

If your teen wants a customized backpack that showcases their interests, head to Stoney Clover Lane for the ultimate customizable bags. There are over 26 colors of packs to choose from and endless patch options to put on the bag.