10 of the best school bags and backpacks

The first day of school and nursery is fast-approaching, meaning it's time to pick a school bag, backpack, swim bag and PE bag for boys and girls in primary and secondary school

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  • 1. Paw Patrol junior backpack, £4.99

    Whether it’s your child’s very first day at school or they are starting a brand-new school year, they probably need a new school bag. 

    You want a durable, versatile bag to carry lunch boxes, PE kits and swimming gear or stationary and these bags will do all that. 

    These are the best school bags for boys and girls for all budgets… 

    Age 3 years +

    A cute backpack based on the hit Nick Jr TV show – this school bag is light, splashproof and suitable from 3 years, an ideal first school bag. Weighing a very light 0.18kg, it has a capacity of 7.4 litres. 

    You can buy a Paw Patrol backpack from AmazonArgos or Matalan

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  • 2. LittleLife Backpack with detachable reins, £18.99

    Age 2 years +

    A furry backpack from outdoors specialists LittleLife, it comes in 23 different designs, from traditional walking packs just like mum and dad's, to character rucksacks like the Gruffalo, Buzz Lightyear and Spiderman.

    The back pack weighs around 200g, and with a 2 litre capacity and it has its own detachable 75cm safety rein. 

    You can buy the LittleLife backpack from LittleLife

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  • 3. Shopkins junior backpack, £3.98

    Age 3 years +

    Shopkins are everywhere now, toys, TV shows, furniture and of course, school supplies like this backpack.  Made of polyester it’s suitable from 2years up to 18 apparently.  

    It weighs just under 82g and has a front pocket for additional storage space and a side mesh pocket.  

    You can buy this bag from SmythsToys R Us or Amazon.

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  • 4. Plimsoll bag, £2.99

    Age 5 years +

    A nylon drawstring bag, that’s perfect for PE kit and, of course, plimsolls, this cheap bag also has a space on the front to write your child’s school name and class details.

    From Shoe Zone

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  • 5. Personalised Kids Messenger Bag - Red

    Age 5+

    Although many schools will provide books bags, you can also get a range of personalised ones where you can add pictures, names and favorite characters.   

    Available at Not on the highstreet

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  • 6. Spiderman backpack with light-up eyes, £12

    Age 5 years +

    This backpack has a 4 litre capacity and front zippered pocket for added storage.  But it is of course the fact that it features Spiderman on the front with special eyes that light up that will be a hit with the kids.  

    Available at Tesco

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  • 7. Minions Unicorn backpack, £25

    Age 5 years +

    It wouldn’t be 2017 without a unicorn making an appearance and this plush backback from the hit movie Minions is so much fun.  It’s shaped like a unicorn and not a traditional backpack style and features on large, zipped compartment. 

    You can get this bag at Claire'


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  • 8. My Little Pony Swim bag, £4

    Age 5+

    A super cute drawstring bag made to stash swimming gear, this bag is quite basic, but will give you enough space for the school swimming kit for only £4. 

    Available at Asda

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  • 9. Cath Kidston Kids Lion Backpack

    Age 3 years +

    We've not seen anything like this lion backpack - which comes complete with a fringe lion's mane.

    There are also adjustable straps, a zip closure and an ID window...

    What it costs: £27, from Cath Kidston

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  • 10. Matalan Infant Boys Monster Check Bag, £10

    Age 3 years +

    A cheap and cheerful bag option - with a big personality!

    From Matalan

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  • 11. Leather colourful satchel crossbody messanger bag, £42

    Age 8 years +

    A multi-coloured leather satchel takes a traditional school bag and remixes it. Made made from waisted lether that would normally end up in landfills, this bag has less impact on the environment, reduces and waste.

    You can buy this bag at Not on the highstreet,

  • 12. Converse backpack, £20

    Age 8 years +

    A hardwearing backpack made from polyester, it has 3 pockets, a large zippered main compartment, stationary organiser and padded laptop compartment.

    Available at Sports Direct or Argos

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  • 13. Adidas tote bag, £24.95

    A sporty shoulder bag with a triple mesh-lined interior it has a main zip compartment, zip pocket, slip-in pocket, padded laptop compartment.

    It also features a small inner zip bag with adidas Women logo on front. 

    You can get this bag at Adidas

  • 14. Lee Cooper messenger bag, £10.99

    A large Messenger shoulder bag with a carry handle to the top, large main compartment, zipped pocket to the front and dual clip fastenings.

    You can buy this bag from Sports Direct  

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Last updated on 7 August 2017

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