From classic knapsacks to unique lunch bags, we've rounded up our favorite affordable options so you can send your kid back to school in style.
By Kris Anne Bonifacio
Step aside, earthlings. We found a backpack fit for sci-fi aficionados and fashionistas alike. But if the silver is too extraterrestrial for your kid's taste, the pack comes in a variety of other colors.
This pouch is too good to eat. Each sandwich half contains a zippered pocket large enough to hold keys, ID cards, a cell phone and money—so your kid will never go hungry at lunch time.
The classic L.L.Bean backpack is a schoolyard staple, known for ample storage space and durability. The deluxe version comes in 14 colors and patterns with the option to monogram. Extra credit for the personal touch.
This quirky shoulder bag has plenty of pockets and an amusing design that's sure to stop traffic.
Ditch plastic baggies for a more stylish and eco-friendly option. BUILT's reusable bags are the perfect size for a sandwich or a single portion of snacks. The best part? They're dishwasher-safe.
JanSport redefines personalization with this blank-canvas backpack that comes with a tie-dye kit. You and your kid can customize the backpack for a fun art project before the first day of school.
The adjustable cross-body strap makes this deep tote super-functional for school, weekends and sleepovers.
Cute detailing, a roomy interior and plenty of pockets: We know a show-and-tell–ready bag when we see one.
Want to ensure your kids keep their gadgets safe? Outfit them with Foof's line of soft, lightweight Sherpa fleece cases and sleeves for MacBooks, iPads and iPhones.
Functional and fashion forward thanks to handles and an adjustable shoulder strap for days when she's hauling lots of books home.
With her stylish glasses and schoolgirl plaid bow, Hello Kitty is ready to hit the books and be the top cat in class. (And so will your teen!)
Inspired by classic Chuck Taylors, these nifty pencil cases can hold plenty of pens, markers and highlighters. Talk about a step in the right direction.
A removable strap allows your teen to wear this laptop sleeve like a messenger bag or carry it in a backpack.
These oilcloth, personalized, reusable bags are waterproof and insulated so food stays at a safe temperature until lunchtime.
Perfect for the kid who likes a more rugged design. The military olive canvas and simple black star give it a cool vintage look.
The classic Nintendo Entertainment System may be a thing of the past, but your kid will get points for retro-cool style. The front panel is reversible, so fans can wear their gamer pride two different ways.
Originally published in July 2012 on FamilyCircle.com.