A rucksack for school needs to be big enough to fit the essentials. For toddlers, this may mean lunch, snacks and a few toys, for the older kids, they will need to fit books, laptop and larger binders, so it's important to find the one for you.
We've put together our top ten rucksacks for different ages, so your child will start school completely prepared. Size is important, but you also need to consider comfort, durability and price too. Have a read below to find the one that's perfect for your child.
The big, well-known brands such as Smiggle, Hunter and Fjallraven supply the best bags. For primary school children, to fit their coloured pencils, pens, a pencil case, lunch box and a drinks bottle, these brands are the best to go to. However, there are plenty of choices below to have a browse through.
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Kidadl's Top Pick
1. Fjallraven Kanken Kids Backpack
These backpacks are exceptionally designed, which is why they have a hefty price tag! With sizes suitable for toddlers up to adults, these are a great buy for any child at any age. They are extremely hard-wearing and can be worn as a backpack or carried using the handles. The square design optimises space, meaning large books, laptops and binders can easily fit and there is also a removable seat pad to stop anything in the backpack from poking you. The reflective logo is good if you're wearing your backpack at night.
You can also put your name and phone number on the special inside label, which means you can be easily contacted if you lose it. Not only this, but the Kanken rucksacks have been proven to straighten backs and improve postures, which is another positive for this backpack.
- Price: £85
- Classic square design
- Straps or carrier handles
- Removable seat cushion
- Reflective logo
Best For Toddlers
2. Skip Hop Zoo Pack Dragon Bag
This funky backpack is perfect for small wearers, and the stand out design means you will always be able to spot your dragon fan by their bag. This is just the right size for toddlers to take to preschool or nursery, with enough space for snacks, lunch boxes, toys and any else they may need.
- Price: £20
- Age: 3+
- Adjustable padded straps
- Insulated front pouch
- Easy to clean inner lining
- Mesh pocket for bottle
Best Backpacks For Under 10s
3. Classic Smiggle Bag
This classic school backpack is the perfect addition to the school attire, and it has the classic Smiggle branding that every child loves! With two compartments to fit books, pencil cases, lunch and much more, this is a great size for a school day. The carry handles and straps are all padded and adjustable for extra comfort, and it has a mesh side pockets on the outside to avoid leakages.
You can even buy a matching lunch box.
- Price: £15
- Age: 3+
- Adjustable straps
- 2 main compartments
- Funky Smiggle design
- Double zipped
4. Amazons Basic Classic Backpack
This Amazon's choice product is great value for money. For only £14, this lightweight backpack serves all your child's needs and fits all the essentials for school. It is just the right size to fit a laptop, large notebooks and binder folders.
With a variety of colours available, there are school bags for girls, boys, everyone and anyone.
- Price: £14
- 2 compartments- main and smaller front pouch
- Adjustable padded straps
- Side pouch for water bottles
5. Eastpak Padded Backpack
These padded school backpacks are the perfect size to fit essentials- perhaps more suited to older children. Its long-lasting durability is also a plus when buying a school bag.
- Price: £33
- Main compartment and a front pouch with zipper
- Padded back and straps
6. Dakine Kids Grom Backpack
These backpacks were once a surf brand, so you can be sure your Grom will withstand anything! There is plenty of space for all of the school essentials, with a padded computer pouch and external bungee strap to make even more space. The dual mesh pockets are perfect for holding a water bottle and ensure it stays upright to avoid leakages.
They also come in a range of colours so there is something for everyone.
- Price: £26.95
- Padded computer pocket
- Reflective details
- Safety whistles
- External bungee strap
- Dual mesh pockets
Best Rucksacks For Design
7. Hunter Original Kids Backpack
These backpacks for school look very grown-up and sophisticated on your kids. They are a great design and you could even have matching backpacks if you fancied buying the adult version too! This water-resistant backpack is great for taking on an adventure, or just on a school day, as the padded straps allow for comfortable wearing and the square design fits all the essentials.
- Price: £45
- Classic Hunter design
- Water-resistant backpack
- Padded straps
- Internal label for your name
- Available in a variety of colours
8. M&S Kids Water Repellent School Backpack
This kids school bag is an excellent design for use with young children as it is super easy to clean. The easy wipe clean material means any mess is very quickly cleaned up, and the water repellent material means that any rain water will clean off the mess on the outside too.
With padded straps for comfort, a chest strap for additional security, and an adorable dog pattern, this is an excellent buy for your child off to school. There is even a special identification tag to write their name on, so there is no chance of losing it either.
- Price: £20
- Large A4 folder capacity
- Wipe clean material
- Padded shoulder and chest straps
- Stationary and water bottle compartments
Best Backpacks For Safety
9. Little Life High Vis Kids Dinosaur Rucksack
Available either in a dinosaur or unicorn design, this little life bag is great for safety out and about. Whilst it looks super funky, it is also very practical. It has a padded grab handle at the top to hold on to little children running about, and high visibility, reflective material for use at night or when walking around near cars.
This is perfect to take to school and for great visibility if you walk to or from school in the winter months. It fits all your little one's essentials and keeps them safe!
- Price: £14
- Age: 3-6
- Large singular compartment
- Padded grab handle
- High visibility, reflective material
- Funky dinosaur design
10. Cool Bell Anti-Theft Backpack
This backpack is great for any kid with a flair for tech, and even better for preventing anyone from stealing it. There are no pockets on the outside and have double zips to open the main compartment which are hidden away, so any unwanted access to this is virtually impossible.
Inside there is one large compartment and smaller organisational pouches within this, which means everything has a place. There is also a USB charging point fitted into the backpack so you can charge on the move, making this is perfect for teens too.
- Price: £42.67
- Large component
- Double zip
- USB charging port
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