Best school bags to get ready for the new term (2022)


inding the right school bag is key when it comes to kitting out your child’s school wardrobe.

Whether they’re getting ready to start a new school year, or indeed a new school, they’re going to need something that ticks the box for both style and practicality when it comes to carting all their belongings around.

Thankfully, there are lots of options out there, including a raft of styles that are new in for 2022. Before you buy a school bag, consider which functions are essential and which are nice-to-haves. A school bag with a laptop compartment might be key for an older child, for example, while a matching range of items – like pencil cases and water bottles – is likely to go down well with younger kids.

What should I look for when choosing a school bag?

Depending on the age of your child, there’s a good chance it’ll be them – not you – doing the choosing. But once they’ve settled on a style they like, it’s worth ticking a few boxes to make sure it does what it needs to. If you want it to last them through the school year, for example, pay attention to whether it’s waterproof.

Rucksacks and backpacks are the top choice for school bags because they’re so easy to carry and the straps distribute weight evenly across the shoulders. Not all rucksack straps are created equal, though, so check for plenty of padding, and consider a cross-body satchel or book bag as an alternative for young children. Whatever style of school bag you go for, get them to try it on for size if you can.

Speaking of size, make sure what you’re buying is going to fit all their belongings in. If you want to fit a rain mac, a lunch box, a water bottle, pencil case, and a tonne of books in, for example, you’re going to need a bag that’s up to the job.

Preschoolers and primary-age children will need something smaller of course, as it’s likely they’ll want to carry their bag independently and a full-sized rucksack will probably swamp them. Older children bringing a laptop or A4 folders to school, meanwhile, will need a bag with dimensions to match.

Shop the best school bags below

Hype Multi Coloured Graffiti Drip BTS Bundle

Hype does some brilliant back-to-school bundles and we can’t get enough of this one. You get a school bag, lunch box, pencil case and aluminium drinks bottle, all in an eye-catching paint splatter design.

The brand’s range of unisex bags are a more rounded shape than the rectangular rucksacks we tested, and they feel nice and roomy inside. There’s no internal pocket, just one main compartment and a front pocket. And while there are no bottle holders on the side, there’s one on the thermal-lined lunchbox. With the pencil case and bottle factored in, this is a great bundle at a very wallet-friendly price.

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Next Gamer Backpack

For the mini-gamer, this backpack from Next will go down well whatever their latest obsession. Black with blue and purple accents, it’s covered in a bold gaming headsets and controllers across the front, sides, and straps, with a plain black and lightly padded back.

The netted side pockets have enough stretch to fit a standard water bottle in, and the front pocket can house a regular pencil case. There’s also a pocket in the main compartment for a laptop or A4 paperwork in, so this rucksack could work for all age groups. We particularly like the fact the colour won’t show the dirt easily, and the reinforced and grippy base is a small but clever detail.

Superdry Unisex Printed Montana Rucksack

Superdry has a whole range of new rucksacks that are perfect for older kids and teens entering the new school term. The Unisex Printed Montana Rucksack comes in several different prints, and we particularly like the leopard – which teams a bold patternwith a muted brown colour scheme.

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At 46cm high, this is the biggest of the bags we tested, and there’s oodles of room in the main compartment, meaning this could double up as an overnight bag for sleepovers. There’s a laptop sleeve and a zipped internal pocket in here too, and the zipped front pocket on the outside is also a decent size. Last but not least, the base is reinforced – which will keep it looking new for longer.

M&S Kids Camo Water Repellent School Backpack

The squared-off shape of this rucksack makes carting A4 books and folders around nice and easy, and we love the camo design with contrasting orange accents. It has one main compartment with a separate internal folder pocket, a bottle holder, plus a flat, zipped pocket at the front. The padded straps are curved to fit neatly around the body and give better weight distribution, although the padding on the back panel of the bag itself is minimal.

What’s great about this one is the water repellent finish of the fabric, which will keep the contents inside protected from showers. It’s machine-washable, too, so you can keep it looking fresh throughout the school year.

Smiggle Better Together Book Bag

If you’ve got primary-aged kids, you’ll know that Smiggle is a big deal, and we love the new Better Together book bags. There are five designs to choose from - our top pick is black mix option that’s covered in colourful, smiley rainbows.

The bag has a name label on the back, an easy Velcro opening, and a carry handle – although no shoulder strap option, which we would have liked. Still, book bags are much more difficult to find in the shops than backpacks and rucksacks, so we’re pleased to find some new options for young children with such cute designs.

Fjallraven Kanken Laptop 13’’

If you want a bag that’s going to last, Fjallraven’s instantly recognisable Kanken bags are a great option. They’re expensive, yes, but the timeless design means they’re not going to go out of fashion, and they’re made from durable, water repellent fabric that’s built to last.

The Kanken Laptop bag is a twist on the classic Kanken, and the smallest size fits a 13-inch laptop with just enough space for books and a pencil case too. We found the side pockets just a little too small for a water bottle, but the bag is also available in 15-inch and 17-inch sizes if your child has a fair bit to carry around. There are 14 muted colours to choose from, including a simple black and the latest addition – Foliage Green.

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SchoolBag Buy One Fund One

School in a Bag is an educational charity based in Somerset that sends SchoolBags filled with educational resources and eating utensils to disadvantaged children around the world. When you choose one of their Buy One Fund One bags, you get a black Endeavour backpack from Quadra Bags for your own child, and they’ll send a SchoolBag out on your behalf to a child who really needs it.

The Endeavour backpack you’ll receive is great for older kids, with lots of handy features like a dual-compartment design to separate their belongings, a laptop sleeve, mesh pocket and two water bottle holders. And when your SchoolBag is sent out, you get a tracking number to see where it ends up in the world – plus the knowledge that you’ve helped another child out.

Monsoon Supernova unicorn backpack

Little ones can bring some serious style to school with Monsoon’s new unicorn backpack. While it’s covered in iridescent unicorns and a rainbow of stars, the simple navy-blue base stops it from becoming garish. And the sequinned front pocket – complete with a giant unicorn that disappears when you flip the sequins the other way – is the perfect finishing touch.

We like the neat shape, which makes this big enough for A4 books and all the essentials, but not so big it would swamp a primary-age child. Two water bottle pockets are always handy, and we like the fact this is nice and lightweight, too. That’s until they put all their stuff in it, of course.

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JoJo Maman Bebe Lion Backpack

This mini backpack from JoJo Maman Bebe is designed for kids aged three and upwards. At just 26cm high, it’s not quite big enough for Reception, but it’s the perfect size to encourage them to be responsible for their own bits and bobs on their first day at nursery or preschool.

The backpack has one main compartment and a handy little lion-face pocket at the front, and doubles up as an adorable little lunch bag. The adjustable straps aren’t particularly padded, but as there’s not enough space to fill this with anything particularly heavy, there’ll be no complaints from your little one. We love the fact the bold yellow colour stands out in a crowd, and you can have the bag personalised for an extra £5.

The Cambridge Satchel Co 13-inch Satchel

If you’re looking to splash some cash on an investment purchase for an older child, a leather satchel will last them well past their school years and into adulthood. We love the classic look of The Cambridge Satchel Co’s 13-inch satchel in vintage tan brown, which won’t date or go out of fashion. The bag itself is incredibly robust, crafted in the UK from thick leather and finished with convenient magnetic closures.

There’s a small front pocket as well as the main compartment, and you can upgrade to the 15-inch design to better carry coursework or an electronic notebook. You can even get it embossed with your child’s initials if you want to add an element of personalisation or give it as a very special gift.


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Ultimately Hype’s back-to-school bundle won our top spot – not only does it make life easier because you don’t have to shop for everything separately, but the school bag itself is a great all-rounder in a bold unisex design that we loved. If your child is talking a laptop to school regularly, though, it’s got to be Fjallraven’s Kanken Laptop – just make sure you choose the right size bag for your particular tech.


What type of bag is best for school? ›

A backpack is spacious enough for books and a laptop and compartmentalised so that you can organise your belongings. It's not as quick to access as a tote or a satchel but if you are moving from place to place and you have a lot to carry, it's probably your best bet.

What should I put in my year 7 bag? ›

Choice a rubber glue stick a sharpener pencil scissors and for masks you'll need a ruler a

How will you prepare your bag before going to school? ›

To organise your school bag:
  • take everything out of the bag.
  • throw away the rubbish.
  • put all your school books in a pile.
  • clean and organise your pencil case.
  • put all your things back in.

What is a kind of school bag? ›

The types of schoolbags include backpacks, shoulder bags, electronic schoolbags, and rolling schoolbags.

What color backpack is best? ›

Colour. Choose a colour that goes well with 90% of the clothes you own. Black and navy blue backpacks are safe colours if your wardrobe's colour scheme is white, grey, blue, and black. For those with a more adventurous palatte, you can go for backpack colours like maroon, red, or teal.

How can I carry less things to school? ›

Practical Tips to Lighten School Backpacks
  1. Buy the Right Size. The most effective way to limit how much stuff your children carry is to limit the amount that they can carry. ...
  2. Weigh the Bag. ...
  3. Use Multiple Bags. ...
  4. Use Smaller Binders. ...
  5. Empty the Bag Regularly.
21 Aug 2017

How do you pack a school bag? ›

How to Organize Your School Supplies | Plan With Me - YouTube

What do I need in my school bag? ›

15 Things Every Student Should Have in Their Backpack
  1. Laptop. I'll start with what is no doubt the most important item. ...
  2. Pens and Pencils. ...
  3. Notebooks or Binders. ...
  4. Scientific Calculator. ...
  5. Textbooks. ...
  6. Laptop Charger. ...
  7. Phone Charger. ...
  8. Headphones or Earbuds.
14 Jan 2020

How do I make my school bag lighter? ›

Tips to pack your School Bag

Organizing books daily helps to take out the books that will not be used for the particular day and help reduce the bag weight. Pack only what you can carry. Avoid packing unnecessary things just because the bag can hold them. Place the heavier books closer to your back.

What should I put in my school bag Year 7 UK? ›

Primary school equipment
  • Backpack. The first thing to think about is the bag that they're going to carry everything in. ...
  • Coloured pencils. ...
  • Felt tip pens. ...
  • Pencil case. ...
  • Erasers. ...
  • Drinks bottle. ...
  • Backpack/laptop bag. ...
  • Maths set.

How should I pack my first day of school bag? ›

Here is a checklist of items which should go into your school bag, especially for the first day of school:
  1. Stationery and School Supplies.
  2. Student's Diary or Weekly Planner.
  3. Water Bottle.
  4. Umbrella or Raincoat.
  5. Cash, EZ-Link Card and Keys.
  6. Name Tag and School Badge.
  7. Holiday Homework and Projects.

What should I pack for middle school? ›

The most common items for middle school include pens, #2 pencils, notebooks, wide-rule loose leaf paper, a 3 ring binder, and scissors and tape. Other materials you may need include a USB flash drive, a TI calculator, index cards, a weekly planner, and a stapler.

How do I choose a kids backpack? ›

How to choose the best backpacks for kids
  1. Choose the right size. The biggest mistake we see? ...
  2. Find comfy straps. Make sure the shoulder straps are padded for comfort, and that they're not thin, narrow straps. ...
  3. Look for a sternum strap. ...
  4. Think burly. ...
  5. Watch the weight. ...
  6. Check out the zippers. ...
  7. Look for handy features.

Do black backpacks get hotter? ›

But yes, a black pack will be hotter in the sun. Not just for your gear either, think of your food and drinking water.

Will a white backpack get dirty? ›

I'm going to answer this question about anything white as a whole. Yes, the backpack is going to get dirty. You're going to carry your books in it. You're going to be tough with it.

Is black a good backpack color? ›

Conclusion. Black is always a safe choice for a backpack color. However, if you are going to school or college, you can use any color backpack as long as it follows the dress code. Muted or pastel tones are recommended for the workplace while bright colors can come in handy for hiking and traveling.

How long should a backpack last? ›

However, in general, a backpack can be used for a few years at most, after which things start to fall apart." "It depends on many factors, first is the quality of the packaging and the amount of use. I have a large MacPac (90 liter capacity) that is almost 50 years old.

Why is my kids backpack so heavy? ›

Textbooks and school supplies, plus gym gear, electronic devices, lunches and more contribute to overloaded backpacks. In fact, about 70 percent of kids carry heavier-than-recommended backpacks, researchers reported a few years ago in the journal Applied Ergonomics.

How do you wear a heavy backpack? ›

How to properly wear a backpack - YouTube

How can I decorate my school bag? ›

You can decorate your schoolbag to reflect your personality and interests, or express your creativity. Start a collections of fabric patches from your favorite band or travels, add sparkle with beads, rhinestones, or glitter, or create a one-of-a-kind tie-dye effect.

How can I save space in my school backpack? ›

How to Organize Your Backpack in 5 Simple Steps
  1. Step 1: Start with a clean and empty backpack. ...
  2. Step 2: Organize your school supplies by how often you use them. ...
  3. Step 3: Keep loose school supplies organized in cases or backpack pockets. ...
  4. Step 4: Keep like-subject items together in your backpack.

What are the things in school? ›

List of things in a classroom
  • Desk.
  • Chair.
  • Book.
  • Notebook.
  • Pencil case.
  • Backpack.
  • Scissors.
  • Compass.

What should you bring to high school? ›

High School Supplies
  1. Backpack or Messenger Bag.
  2. Lunchbag.
  3. #2 Pencils.
  4. Colored Pencils.
  5. Pencil Sharpener.
  6. Pens: Red, Blue, Black.
  7. Highlighters.
  8. Markers.
21 Aug 2015

How do you carry less in high school? ›

Go through your class schedule and see exactly what you will need to take with you for the next day. This will ensure that you're not carrying unnecessary books, notebooks or supplies.
Buy smaller versions of what you have.
  1. Get separate notebooks for each class. ...
  2. Invest in compact notebooks. ...
  3. Carry travel sized items.

How do you carry less in a backpack? ›

5 Simple Ways to Pack Your Backpack Lighter
  1. Use a Smaller Bag. This might be an obvious way to scale back on the things you bring with you, but seriously speaking, we'll probably fill it up no matter what size our bag is. ...
  2. Bring Less Clothing. ...
  3. Hold Back on Toiletries. ...
  4. One Pair of All-Purpose Shoes. ...
  5. Fewer Books.
23 Oct 2021

Why do we need a school bag? ›

Comfort– the major worry of any parent is whether the school bag their kid carries everyday is comfortable enough. Especially with the increasing weight showing harm it could cause to students, comfort becomes a priority. A school bag should not be a burden on kids, infact it should provide comfort to them.

Can I dye a backpack? ›

As a general rule, backpacks that are made from natural fibers like cotton, linen and canvas can make use of over-the-counter all-purpose fabric dyes. Synthetic fibers, on the other hand, will need to use specially formulated dyes suitable for high-temperature dyeing of man-made materials.

Can I paint a backpack? ›

Fabric paint or acrylic paint are probably still your best options for painting a backpack. However, you may want to consider a better quality brand of paint if it smudges right off after drying. Some other things you might want to consider are: Wash the fabric first before painting, if possible.

How do you make backpack stickers? ›

DIY Doodle Stickers and Backpack Flair - YouTube

What stationary do I need for year 8? ›

The basics include pencils, a ruler, a rubber, colouring pencils, and a sharpener, although it can be handy to invest in a glue stick, scissors, and colouring pens and paints as well for those hands-on projects and rainy days too.

How do I get ready for school in 5 minutes? ›

Tips for Getting Ready in 5 Minutes When You're Feeling Lazy or in a Rush
  1. Shower at night. ...
  2. Keep your outfit simple, or pick out your clothes the night before. ...
  3. Invest in cute shoes and accessories. ...
  4. Keep your work makeup and clothes separate from the rest. ...
  5. Edit down your makeup routine.
24 Oct 2019

How do girls get ready for school? ›

Wake up early.

Ideally, wake up an hour to an hour and a half before you leave for school. The earlier you get up, the more time you will have to get ready for school. If needed, start going to bed earlier. It is impossible to perform to your fullest potential if you are only half awake during class.

How do I get ready fast? ›

How to Get Ready FAST | Morning Routine Hacks! - YouTube

What is a fact about school? ›

In fact, over 78 million kids, teens, and adults enroll in school each year. There are over 7.2 million teachers not to mention aides and other school staff to help meet the needs of public education. Fact three: Schools greatly vary in size. The largest high school in America has about 8,000 students.

What should I pack for 6th grade? ›

The Best School Supplies for Sixth-Graders, According to Teachers
  • Mead Composition Notebooks, Wide Ruled Paper, 100 Sheets, Assorted Colors. ...
  • Five Star Filler Paper, College Ruled, Reinforced, Loose Leaf Paper. ...
  • Jam Paper Heavy Duty Plastic 3-Hole Punch Folders. ...
  • Staedtler Norica #2 HB Woodcased Pencils, Black.
24 Aug 2018

What do I need for the first day of 7th grade? ›

If they say you don't need anything special on the first day, then bring 2 pencils, an eraser, some paper to take notes on, and a folder to keep loose handouts in. If you want an extra confidence boost, maybe bring a small, inexpensive good luck charm, or wear your favorite nice-shirt/skirt or such.

What should I put in my 6th grade backpack? ›

What to keep in your backpack for 6th grade - YouTube

Can tote bags be used for school? ›

Tote Bags. If you are looking for a stylish option that you can use just about everywhere, then you need a tote bag! A high quality canvas tote bag is sure to withstand the weight of your laptop and school supplies. Although they may not look as large as a backpack or messenger bag, they can sure fit a lot!

Are duffle bags good for school? ›

Duffle Bags

This can be a popular style of bag for students who have a lot to carry. The cylindrical bag can hold more than school supplies. Duffle bags can also store extra clothes or some light gear for after-school sports.

What is the best backpack size for school? ›

Medium: 21 to 30 liters

A school backpack of 21 to 30 liters is suitable for this. This is the most common size for backpacks. The bags have enough space, but are not larger than necessary. Most school backpacks have several small pockets.

Which is the No 1 bag brand? ›

Samsonite, Skybags, American Tourister, and VIP are the four best travel bag companies in India.

Which is the biggest school bag? ›

Starlite Bags, Pullazhi, Thrissur, Kerala, India created the world's biggest school bag measuring 11.13 ft (3.39 m) long including pockets, 13.3 ft (4.05 m) high and 7.6 ft (2.32 m) wide on Dec 20, 2017.

Do you bring a backpack to college? ›

Backpacks are largely considered to be college necessities. Practically every college student uses a backpack to carry around classroom essentials, pack snacks and drinks, and bring along everyday items. Students rarely transport their school materials to class with just their hands.

What is the use of a tote bag? ›

Tote bags are commonly used for carrying shopping. The tote bag's bigger size makes it perfect for transporting essentials and for providing a comfortable and reusable alternative to plastic shopping bags.

What are college bags called? ›

Messenger Bags

Also known as a courier bag or bookbag, the messenger bag is a one-shoulder satchel type bag.

How many types of school bags are there? ›

bag designs are considered: hand bag, shoulder bag, backpack, and rolling backpack. Figure 3 shows a virtual environment in Jack ® for a school and students with different percentiles. Students use different bag types to carry their books to schools. ...

What can I take instead of a backpack for school? ›

Anything But A Backpack Day is when students come to school carrying their supplies in different funny household items.
Anything But A Backpack Day Ideas
  • Laundry Basket. Source: Wadsworth Bruin. ...
  • Dog Crate. Source: Pinterest. ...
  • Pillowcase. ...
  • Bucket. ...
  • Toy Car. ...
  • Shopping Cart. ...
  • Microwave. ...
  • Stroller.
3 Apr 2022

How do I choose a kids backpack? ›

How to choose the best backpacks for kids
  1. Choose the right size. The biggest mistake we see? ...
  2. Find comfy straps. Make sure the shoulder straps are padded for comfort, and that they're not thin, narrow straps. ...
  3. Look for a sternum strap. ...
  4. Think burly. ...
  5. Watch the weight. ...
  6. Check out the zippers. ...
  7. Look for handy features.

How long should a backpack last? ›

However, in general, a backpack can be used for a few years at most, after which things start to fall apart." "It depends on many factors, first is the quality of the packaging and the amount of use. I have a large MacPac (90 liter capacity) that is almost 50 years old.


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