Our Pick Of The Best School Bags for Kids

Are you planning on buying a new school bag for your child? There is such an extensive range of school bags available, it can often be daunting trying to decide which one to buy, especially if you want it to last more than a few months. Here is Our Pick of the Best School Bags for Kids this year, and we’re pretty sure your kids are going to love them as much as we do!

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#1. Spider-Man Rucksack

Is your little one more Peter Parker than Bruce Wayne? Let them celebrate all things Spidey with this colourful Spiderman Backpack that’s perfect for your little heroes heading back to school from Marks & Spencer, ideal for holding all the back to school bits and pieces.

Features Include:

  • Comfortable, adjustable straps
  • Top Handle
  • Wipe Clean

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#2. Disney Frozen Rucksack

This Disney Frozen Rucksack will be a real hit with young Frozen fans. They won’t be able to “let anything go” with this Princess Elsa themed backpack, perfect for housing books, pencils and all of their homework. In fact, they’ll most likely run into school without a backwards glance, eager to show it off.

Features Include:

  • Comfortable, adjustable straps
  • Top Handle
  • Wipe Clean

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NB M&S have 20% off selected schoolwear for a limited time online and in selected stores from June 7th to July 3rd 2016.

#3. Jansport

The Jansport collection of school bags are durable (my son’s has lasted for years!), comfortable and practical, and are always winners with parents and kids. There’s an extensive range of colours available too, so there is sure to be one to suit everyone. And once they start to get a bit grubby, just pop into the washing machine and they’ll look as good as new again!

Features Include:

  • One large main compartment
  • Front Utility pocket with organiser keeps essentials handy
  • Straight-cut padded shoulder strap
  • 2/3 padded back panel for cushioning comfort
  • Web haul loop


Available from from £35.00; $37.

#4. Roxy Shadow Swell Backpack

This range of Roxy school bags are super colourful and sure to appeal to fashionistas! They are strong and durable and roomy enough to fit A4 size folders.

Features Include:

  • One large main compartment, and secondary compartment
  • Front Stationary pocket to keep essentials handy
  • Side Holder for water bottles
  • Top zip pocket for mobile phone/keys
  • Adjustable padded shoulder straps


Available from from £36; $37.

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#5. Ridgeway

The Ridgeway School Bag range is hard wearing and comfortable. Most parents we talk to find that they last for years, so be sure to buy a colour that will grow with them.

Features Include:

  • Adjustable Padded Straps
  • Front Zippered Pocket
  • Top zip pocket for mobile phone/keys
  • Side Holders for Water Bottles
  • Large Main Compartment


Easons Online have a small range of Ridgeway School bags including this Blue Backpack for €33.99.

#6. Quicksilver 1969 Range

Quicksilver’s 1969 range of rucksacks are durable and practical, due to the large number of compartments and zippered pockets. They come in a stylish range of muted colours, and will last your growing child’s needs for many years.


Features include:

  • Ergonomic, padded, adjustable shoulder straps
  • Two main zippered compartment
  • 2 Side Pockets
  • Zippered Front Pocket
  • Reflective Logo for added safety in the dark

Available Amazon UK with prices starting at £42; from $39.95.

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#7. Vans Old Skool Unisex Backpack

If your child is a fan of Vans footwear, then they are going to love this ultra-cool Old Skool backpack. It’s hard-wearing, long-lasting and has plenty of room for all the school essentials. It can also be used as a laptop bag.

Features include:

  • Adjustable padded straps
  • Large Main Compartment, Front Pocket
  • Zippered pockets internally


Available on £24.44;

#8. Ridge 53

The high quality and durable Ridge 53 Backpack is multi-functioning, making it ideal as a schoolbag, laptop bag or rucksack. It’s got oodles of compartments and a foam back for comfort. We particularly love it for it’s practical waterproof raincover, which is ingenious when caught out in a shower on the way home from school.

Features Include:

  • Foam Back Panel and Shoulder Straps for Added Comfort
  • Zipped Pockets on both sides
  • Integrated Waterproof Raincover
  • Reinforced Easy Lift Top Handle
  • Interior Organiser Pockets
  • Secure and Durable zips
  • Triple Stitching at all Stress Points


Available on £34.99.;

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#9. Eastpak Padded Backpack

With a simple design, the Eastpak backpacks are a super durable range of bags that will endure many years of lugging heavy books to and from school. Better yet they are waterproof so no need to worry about the homework getting wet! And there’s an extensive range of colours too.


Features Include:

  • Padded Back &  Shoulder Straps for Added Comfort
  • Hard-wearing Zipped Pockets on both sides
  • Main compartment with front pocket
  • Secure and Durable zips
  • Waterproof

Available on from £24; $41.

#10. Veevan Emoji Backpack

The Veevan Emoji backpack is too cute not to include on this list! And it’s practical too with full support back panel and padded adjustable straps. Roomy and waterproof, this bag should meet your child’s needs for a few years.

Features Include:

  • Front Zip Pocket
  • Water Bottle Pockets
  • Full Support Back Panel & Padded Shoulder Straps.
  • Top small pocket for sunglasses or other small essentials


Available from £21.99; $29.99.

Our Pick Of The Best School Bags for Kids

Over to you! Can you recommend any great school bags to add to this list? Let us know in the comments below.

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Jennifer, our Editor, has 1 son and admits to munching a Cadbury’s Turkish Delight now and again.