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10 Fun backpacks

Whitney Coy is a freelance writer and editor based in Columbus, OH, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She writes frequently for SheKnows, as well as several other websites. She writes on topics including parenting, trav...

Backpacks we love

Skip the boring backpacks this year, mom! Liven things up with these fun picks from SheKnows.

Zoo Pack

Zoo Packs by Skip Hop (Skip Hop, $20) are designed with little kids in mind. They’re super tough, wipe clean and come in tons of fun animal designs. We love this dinosaur bag for little boys, but they’ve got tons more to choose from. Plus, every bag has a matching lunch box available.

Hurley Sync

The carefree surfer look of the Hurley line of clothing is carried over perfectly to this Sync backpack (Hurley, $45). The bright colors are perfect for any beachy girl or guy, and the faux leather bottom helps it stand up against heavy books.

High Sierra Loop

The High Sierra Loop backpack (Altrec.com, $32) is lightweight, but sturdy enough to carry heavy loads. The back is padded for extra comfort, and it comes it several playful colors and designs, both for girls and for boys.

Ship Out 2 Backpack

The Ship Out 2 Backpack by Roxy (Roxy, $64) is just the right amount of hippie, just the right amount of chic. The washed heavy canvas look gives it a retro feel, but it’s built to carry all of their modern gadgets.

Jansport Super FX

Let your daughter show off her wild side with this metallic reptile print backpack from the Jansport Super FX series (Zappos.com, $50). The textured surface adds an extra layer of fun. This backpack only has two pockets — perfect for the student who likes to keep things simple.

Rocket Preschool backpack

Your preschooler will fly into school every day when he has this Rocket Preschool backpack (Pottery Barn Kids, $30) strapped to his back! It’s smaller sized so it won’t weight down the littler kids, and you can get it personalized with his name for an extra charge.

Emphasis pack

Do you have a skater on your hands? If so, he’ll love this Emphasis Pack by Burton (Burton.com, $50). Not only does it have tons of pockets for gadgets and goodies, but it also has a padded laptop pocket and straps on the front made just for his skateboard.

Converse Chuck Patch

He wears Chucks on his feet, why not on his back? The totally awesome Converse backpacks (Macy’s, $40), really resemble the shoes of the same name, making them fun to wear paired together or separately. Choose one in a solid color or pattern for both boys or for girls.

Vera Bradley Campus

We all know Vera Bradley makes fabulous quilted purses and wallets, but did you know she does backpacks, too? The Campus Backpack (VeraBradley.com, $109) is super sturdy and has tons of pockets both inside and out. Choose from several different patterns and colors.

Vans Zigs

The Zigs backpack by Vans (Karma Loop, $50) is perfect for the kid who likes to stand out in the crowd. The zigzag stripes and bold colors are definitely eye-catching, and all the pockets are perfect for holding whatever stuff they feel the need to carry around.

Quick tip

Check with your school for backpack regulations or requirements before you buy.

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