There are three things that we consider when we’re shopping for a backpack: Does the kid wearing it love it? After all, they’re going to have it for the entire year. Is there enough room? It’s going to carry everything they need for the year to come – and finally, is it going to last? Backpacks need to be durable, made well, and last through the year because I don’t want to have to shop mid way through the season to replace a broken bag.
Here are a few of our favorites (quality + style wise)
Vans off the Wall: Aloha Yoda ($29) | this winners/homesense find was a top pick for Olivia this year, coming in at only $29 (lower than the retail price because, Winners) and was a surefire way to tell that this six year old has a nerdy father who introduced the force to this one at a young age. I like the bright blue, the sturdy feel of the pack and the fact that it’s small enough for a six year old to carry with ease.
Herschel Supply Co. Patterned Backpacks ($40) | Herschel supply co backpacks outlast. We’ve had one that we use on trips for ages now, and it’s still in great conditions. I love the patterns of these packs, but keep in mind they’re a bit on the larger side (so better for bigger kids).
Skip Hop Forget me Not Backpack ($29) | Skip hop has brought out three fun designs this year for kids backpacks. They’re $40 (you can also find coupons and sales) and come with the lunch bag making it a simple one stop shop for back to school. Find them at places like Chapters Indigo, Well.ca and local boutiques.
Little Life Toddler ‘Ladybug’ Backpack ($36) | For little kids (this is a tiny pack) this is perfect to house a change of clothes, or those treasures that they seem to find while going to and fro. We’ve packed enough in it for an overnight trip to Grandma’s (tiny clothes) and it comes with the optional harness that parents can use if your children (unlike mine) will walk when they’re attached to someone. This one would be the perfect daycare or preschool pack, where they’re not yet expected to bring home lot of the stuff that older kids come home with. You can pick this one up at MEC. Bonus? It’s easy to wipe and wash!
So Young ‘Fawn’ Backpack ($42) | Classic style, you can buy this pack at Well.ca and make it even less expensive by using the easy to find $10 off coupon codes. These backpacks are traditional, sturdy and the perfect size for little children. I love the designs, and the fact that you can find matching lunch bags to compliment the style. The down side? Winter, spring, mud and a light colored backpack.
Did I miss any adorable, must-haves? Share your favorite brand of kids’ backpacks with me to inspire me for next year!