Our Pick of the Best School Bags for Kids


June 1, 2023

Picking the right School Bag

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Are you planning on buying a new school bag for your child? 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!

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.

While price is always a factor, durability and practicality are crucial too. Check that the inside compartment can fit the largest of your child’s books and folders – it is incredibly frustrating to find the expensive new school books all dog-eared by week two as a result of being squashed into the school bag.

Once the bag is filled with books, make sure your child tries it on – are the straps comfortable? Is the bag the right size for your child? Don’t leave this until the last minute or you run the risk of your child struggling with a heavy, uncomfortable bag all school year.

Take Your Pick of the Best School Bags

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#1. Jansport Backpack

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The Jansport backpack collection are incredibly durable (my son’s has lasted for years!), comfortable and practical, and are always winners with parents and kids.

There’s a good 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!

Key Features

  • Lifetime warranty
  • 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 Schoolbooks.ie & other retailers worldwide.

#2. St. Right Backpack School Bag

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Available in a range of colours and designs, the St. Right school bags are all made of waterproof material. They are designed fit A4 books and folders and have ergonomically designed straps and handles.

Key Features

  • Comfortable, adjustable straps and ergonomic back support
  • Water-resistant material
  • Sponge reinforced bottom of the backpack
  • 4 chambers and 2 outer pockets.
  • Reflective elements

Available from Schoolbooks.ie and other retailers worldwide

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#3. The North Face Vault Backpack School Bag

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The North Face have an extensive range of school bags and backpacks in a large array of colours and designs. They are made from durable materials and the Vault range has added features perfect for school.

Key Features

  • Padded laptop sleeve within main compartment
  • Front elastic bungee for external storage
  • Internal organisation compartment with zipped and velcro pockets
  • Sternum strap with whistle buckle
  • Padded straps and top handle
  • Reflective tabs

Available from Amazon.co.uk & other retailers worldwide.

#4. Quiksilver 1969 Range

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Quiksilver’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.

Key Features

  • Ergonomic, padded, adjustable shoulder straps
  • Laptop sleeve
  • Two main zippered compartment
  • 2 side zip pockets
  • Zippered front pocket

Available from Amazon UK & other retailers worldwide.

#5. Vans Backpack

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If your child is a fan of Vans footwear, then they are going to love this ultra-cool 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. It comes in lots of different colours.

Key Features

  • One large main compartment
  • Laptop sleeve that fits most 15″ laptops
  • Front zip pocket with organizer
  • Padded shoulder straps
  • Capacity: 22 Liters

Available on Amazon & Vans retailers worldwide.


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#6. HEAD Backpack

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The HEAD 17″ backpack comes with a laptop compartment and a fleece lined mobile device pocket – perfect for school, sleepovers and trips. It comes in a range of designs, perfect for all ages.

Key Features

  • 2 outside pockets – mesh
  • Comes with a reinforced handle and stiff, contoured sponge back
  • Straps are padded sponge and are adjustable
  • Backpack has an output for headphones and an organizer with a key ring in an outside pocket
  • Backpack also has reflective elements

Available on Schoolbooks.ie & other retailers worldwide.

#7. 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 its practical waterproof raincover, which is ingenious when caught out in a shower on the way home from school.

Key Features

  • 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 in a large selection of designs to suit all tastes

Available from Schoolbooks.ie & retailers worldwide.

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