Best backpacks for back to school for kids and adults

Athleta Kinetic Backpack


The new school year is about a month away, which means it’s the right time to get a new backpack. Whether your child is going back to school or you’re going back to school yourself, we’ve found the best backpacks for carrying laptops, books and more.

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State Kane kids travel backpack, $95

Fjallraven Kanken classic backpack, $79

Away The Everywhere Zip backpack, $195

Below, the best backpacks for back to school, perfect for kids and adults. Check out these backpacks at a variety of price points from Amazon, Hunter, Away and more. They come in a variety of styles and have features that include laptop sleeves, USB ports for charging and more.

State Kane kids travel backpack



This cleverly constructed backpack for kids holds a 13-inch laptop, along with books, pencils and folders. Side pockets can house two water bottles, while a front pocket adds even more storage space. Find it in a bunch of other colors and prints too.

State Kane kids travel backpack, $95

Fjallraven Kanken classic backpack



This Fjallraven backpack is 16 inches tall — large enough to fit most laptops, tablets and any other personal belongings. The zippers are covered by thick, water-resistant flaps that make it that much harder for water to get in your bag. This adult backpack is available in 39 colors.

Fjallraven Kanken classic backpack, $79

Hunter kids backpack

Hunter Kids Backpack


Light rain is no match for this water-resistant backpack from rainboot brand Hunter. Choose from four colors in this kids’ backpack.

Hunter kids backpack, $65

Herschel Heritage backpack

Herschel Heritage Backpack


This classic Herschel backpack has a sleeve for an up to 15-inch laptop and an internal media pocket with a headphone port. Its zipper pulls are made of pebbled leather and it has a front compartment with a key clip.

Herschel Heritage backpack, $65

JanSport SuperBreak One backpack

JanSport SuperBreak One Backpack


Keep it simple and affordable with this JanSport backpack that comes in 26 colors and prints. This lightweight backpack has a front pocket with a built-in organizer.

JanSport SuperBreak One backpack, $36

Parker Clay Mari backpack

Parker Clay Mari backpack

Parker Clay

At $398, the Mari backpack may the priciest pack here, but it’s also the only bag made from premium, full-grain leather. On top of being naturally water-resistant and durable, this backpack will develop a beautiful patina over time.

The Mari backpack has a padded 15-inch laptop sleeve, two built-in water bottle holders and six pockets. It also includes stroller clips, making it a solid choice for parents.

Parker Clay Mari backpack, $398

Kroser laptop bag with USB port 

Laptop bag with USB port

Kroser via Amazon

This chic laptop bag features a built-in USB port for charging on the go — you just need to add a power bank. (You can buy a 10,000 mAh Mophie Powerstation battery on Amazon for $35.)

It’s a sleek step up from a casual backpack, while still providing plenty of storage. This bag can be carried like a briefcase, purse or backpack, and has room for both a laptop and tablet.

Kroser laptop bag with USB port, $28 after coupon (reduced from $43)

Mophie Powerstation battery pack (10,000 mAh), $35 (reduced from $50)

Dakine Split Adventure 38L



The Dakine Split Adventure backpack offers plenty of space and compartments for all your belongings. Its unique, split-level design makes organizing your items a breeze. Compartments include a laptop sleeve (big enough for a 17-inch computer), a tablet pocket, a shoe pocket, organizer pockets and a bonus storage compartment. The pack is made of recycled nylon and polyester, and features a water-repellent finish — handy in case you get caught in the rain. Prices vary by design. 

Dakine Split Adventure 38L (cascade camo), $105 (reduced from $150)

Away The Everywhere Zip backpack



The Everywhere Zip backpack from luggage brand Away offers a minimalist look. It’s constructed of water-resistant nylon material with leather trim, and is available in four colors. As for functionality, an interior, padded laptop pocket holds a 15-inch computer (with the help of a magnetic locking zipper). Other pockets hold water bottles, documents and miscellaneous essentials.

The backpack zips open like a clamshell, offering easy access to all your items. 

Away The Everywhere Zip backpack, $195

Athleta Kinetic backpack



This recycled nylon backpack from Athleta has a laptop back pocket, a zippered front pocket, a shoe-storage bag and compartments for two water bottles. 

Athleta Kinetic backpack, $139

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