Where to Shop for School Backpacks at a Great Price2021 Edition

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I End Up Buying My Boys a New Backpack Almost Every Year….

A good school backpack should last the kids a whole year. My boys are really hard on theirs and they only just make it!  Here is my list of the best school bags and backpacks to buy (the ones that lasted me two rumbuncious boys a whole year).

Plus – we give you tips on keeping those school bags in in tip top condition!

Cath Kidston - Medium Backpack - Kids

The Cath Kidston Medium Backpack

What are the Best Backpacks for School?

When looking for school bags and backpacks, there are a few points to consider:

Choose the Right Size Bag for the Child

A small child should have a small bag.  A medium-sized child can go up a size and then high-schoolers will probably require the larger bag as they have additional requirements for school.  A school bag should be fitted when you get it home – the straps adjusted and ensure that the bag sits right on the child’s hip – and that the child isn’t ‘leaning forward’ to counter-balance the weight of the bag.

A bag too heavy or ill-sized can create back problems.

The Thickness of the straps

Adjustable shoulder straps that evenly distributes the weight across the shoulders and back – you also want straps that are adjustable and made of good quality material as this is the first area school bags usually wear.

Is it Washable?

Is the backpack made out of sturdy material that can be hosed out when a banana gets left in there?  Can you pop it in the washing machine?  The cheaper backpacks usually just fall apart in the wash, but you can still fill a bowl with soapy warm water and give them a scrub and hang them out on a washing line to dry in the sun.  Adding a sprinkle of bicarbonate of soda always assists with any offence odours (usually banana).

School backpacks that are made from either canvas or water-resistant polyester can be machine washed on a gentle cycle.

Don’t Expect More Than a Year Out of Them

It is unrealistic to expect a school bag to last longer than a year, especially when kids can be so hard on them.  Parents of boys understand.  If you do get more than a year, well done!

Does it Have The Right Compartments?

I need a school bag that will have a side pocket for a water bottle (of all sizes) – and an outside pocket for school notes and plenty of room inside – divided in half – so one half will fit the lunch box and the other side school books.

Some of the more expensive bags have laptop compartments and phone pockets.

How Can I Make My School Backpack Lighter?

The key to making the school backpack lighter is to choose the smallest required backpack for their school needs.  Kindy kids should have a small backpack, primary school a medium-sized backpack, and high-school and university a larger styled backpack.

Our Tips for Keeping a School Bag Clean:

  • Get your child into the habit of emptying the school backpack out daily.  A rogue banana will have you turfing the bag in no time!
  • If it becomes a bit stinky – put a bowl of bicarbonate of soda in the bottom over a weekend.  This absorbs odours.
  • Backpacks CAN be washed in the washing machine. Just put it in a pillowcase or lingerie bag and wash on a gentle cycle.  Hang it out in the sun to dry (with all the zips open to catch the sunlight and the wind) – and it will be as good as new!
  • Lunch box leaks can really do a lot of damage to school bags.  Make sure any lunch boxes are sealed properly.
  • Ensure the straps fit your child well. Ill-fitting straps are not only bad for your child’s posture but will make your child ‘drop the bag heavily’.  All those concrete scrapes will rip out the bottom of the hardiest of school backpacks.

Best School Bag Brands for Kindy Kids and Daycare Kids:

With the little ones, it is always super cute to get them a character bag that they love – it just makes it easier to get out of the door in the mornings…

Good brands for kindy kids include:

1. Rex London

Fun kids backpacks that are reasonably priced – and sturdy as hell!

Our Picks:

Rex Mini Backpack Bear | Stay at Home Mum Rex Mini Backpack Sloth | Stay at Home Mum    Rex Mini Backpack Ilama $32.95 | Stay at Home Mum

 

3. Sunnylife

Sunnylife is a brand known for its bright and colourful branding, and their school backpacks are no different!  Bright and beautiful like a little kid should have!

Our picks:

Sunnylife - Croc Neoprene Backpack | Stay at Home Mum  Sunnylife - Unicorn Back Pack | Stay at Home Mum  Sunnylife - Jungle Backpack | Stay at Home Mum

4. Izoa Kids

I found this brand when I was searching for really cute kids school backpacks and I love it already.  I wish my boys were small again so I could try some!

My picks:

Izoa Kids - Cali Butterfly Backpack | Stay at Home Mum Izoa Kids - Mermaid Backpack | Stay at Home Mum Izoa Kids - Teddy Bear Backpack | Stay at Home Mum

5. Cath Kidston London

Cath Kidston London has bright designs with a real vintage charm.  Functional and pretty designs that will stand out in the school yard.

Our picks:

Cath Kidston Kids Backpacks | Stay at Home Mum  Cath Kidston Kids Backpacks | Stay at Home Mum  Cath Kidston Kids Backpacks | Stay at Home Mum

Best School Bag Brand for Primary School Kids:

So when kids get to Primary School you can size up just a little bit, but they are still young enough to enjoy the really bright colours and styles. These are all medium-sized bags.

1. Adidas Performance

You know about Adidas – these are the kid’s versions – still super sturdy.

Our picks:

Adidas Performance Kids Backpack - Stay at Home Mum  Adidas Performance Kids Backpack - Stay at Home Mum  Adidas Performance Kids Backpack - Stay at Home Mum

2. Penny Scallan Design

Premium backpacks (but they also have drink bottles and lunch boxes to match – cute!).

Our picks:

Penny Scallan - Medium Backpack - Kids | Stay at Home Mum  Penny Scallan - Large Backpack - Kids | Stay at Home Mum  Penny Scallan - Large Backpack - Kids | Stay at Home Mum

3. Love Mae

The Love Mae brand is designed for longevity and function.  They have a 16-litre capacity and will last and last and last!

Our picks:

Love Mae Backpack ABC | Stay at Home Mum Love Mae Backpack Rainbows | Stay at Home Mum Love Mae Backpack Space | Stay at Home Mum

4. Tiba + Marl

Our picks:

TIBA + MARL - Mini Elwood in Botanical | Stay at Home Mum TIBA + MARL - Mini Elwood in Tiba Boom | Stay at Home Mum TIBA + MARL - Mini Elwood Neon Yellow | Stay at Home Mum

5. Kid Stock

Our picks:

Kid Stock Prickly Pete Backpack | Stay at Home Mum KID STOCK - Polka Parker Backpack | Stay at Home Mum KID STOCK - Super Stripe Backpack | Stay at Home Mum

Best School Bag Brands for High Schoolers:

Kids at high school usually want a name brand, but also a school bag that is big enough to hold a laptop and all of their books – so it needs to be sturdy.  I don’t think you can go past the surf brands – they make excellent backpacks that last and last. Personally – this is what I stick to for my boys!

1. Rip Curl

If you buy 3, you get 25% off!

From left:

BLACK WOMENS ACCESSORIES RIP CURL BAGS + BACKPACKS - LBPNV10090 BLACK BLACK WOMENS ACCESSORIES RIP CURL BAGS + BACKPACKS - LBPNR11619 BLACK WHITE WOMENS ACCESSORIES RIP CURL BAGS + BACKPACKS - LBPPA10431

2. Nike

Nike products are always good quality and sturdy.  I like them for my boys because they are fairly plain and unidentifiable!

From left:

BLACK MENS ACCESSORIES NIKE BAGS + BACKPACKS - CK2674010 BLACK WHITE MENS ACCESSORIES NIKE BAGS + BACKPACKS - BA5727-010 BLACK MENS ACCESSORIES NIKE BAGS + BACKPACKS - BA5305010

3. Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz is an American Skate Brand.  They make really nice boy’s shirts (I buy them all the time for my eldest lad) – but he adores their backpacks too!  Santa Cruz also has a really nifty range of pencil cases, lunch boxes and coolers.

From left:

 

BLACK MENS ACCESSORIES SANTA CRUZ BAGS + BACKPACKS - SC-MAA0830-3BLK BLACK MENS ACCESSORIES SANTA CRUZ BAGS + BACKPACKS - SC-MAA0835-3BLK BLACK KIDS BOYS SANTA CRUZ BAGS + BACKPACKS - SC-YAD0496BLK

4. Rusty

From left:

CRYSTAL BLUE WOMENS ACCESSORIES RUSTY BAGS + BACKPACKS - BPL0442CYB SUNSET PEACH WOMENS ACCESSORIES RUSTY BAGS + BACKPACKS - BPL0442STP DARK ARMY MENS ACCESSORIES RUSTY BAGS + BACKPACKS - BPM0334DKA

5. Billabong

The original sturdy surf brand that we know and love. They make incredible school backpacks that last and last and last!  Oh, and they are cool!

Our picks:

BLACK WOMENS ACCESSORIES BILLABONG BAGS + BACKPACKS - BB-6604001-BLK BLUE WOMENS ACCESSORIES BILLABONG BAGS + BACKPACKS - BB-6604003-BLU STEALTH MENS ACCESSORIES BILLABONG BAGS + BACKPACKS - 9681008ASTEA

6. Roxy

Roxy had so many adorable bags that I couldn’t just choose three. They have lots of girly bags… but so damn cute:

Our pick:

 

Roxy Here You Are Backpack | Stay at Home Mum Roxy Here You Are Backpack Bright White Herbier | Stay at Home Mum ANTHRACITE WOMENS ACCESSORIES ROXY BAGS + BACKPACKS - ERJBP04159-KVJ4

ANTHRACITE NEW TOWN WOMENS ACCESSORIES ROXY BAGS + BACKPACKS - ERJBP04157-KVJ8 ASH ROSE WOMENS ACCESSORIES ROXY BAGS + BACKPACKS - ERJBP04176-MKM0 BRIGHT WHITE ENGRAVE WOMENS ACCESSORIES ROXY BAGS + BACKPACKS - ERJBP04224-KVJ0

7. Quiksilver

From top left:

 

NEBULAS BLUE MENS ACCESSORIES QUIKSILVER BAGS + BACKPACKS - EQYBP03557-BQV6 GREEN ASH MENS ACCESSORIES QUIKSILVER BAGS + BACKPACKS - EQYBP03567-GDW6 PACIFIC BLUE MENS ACCESSORIES QUIKSILVER BAGS + BACKPACKS - EQYBP03556-BGZ6

HONEY HEATHER MENS ACCESSORIES QUIKSILVER BAGS + BACKPACKS - EQYBP03624-YLVH SARGASSO SEA MENS ACCESSORIES QUIKSILVER BAGS + BACKPACKS - EQYBP03556-BSG0 BLUE CORAL MENS ACCESSORIES QUIKSILVER BAGS + BACKPACKS - EQYBP03606-BRS0

 

Getting the kids involved in choosing their own school bag is a great way to make it that little easier to get out the door on school mornings!

Where to Shop for School Backpacks at a Great Price | Stay at Home Mum

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