Best Backpacks, Schoolbags and Lunch Bags

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.


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Mix It Up

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The iconic JanSport backpack gets an upgrade with colorful interchangeable front pockets.

Superbreak Mix-Up Backpack (shown in purple night/zebra mix up), jansport.com, $50


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Going Places

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This roomy backpack inspired by the New York City subway unzips in the front to revel a cool image of the Brooklyn Bridge. It includes side pockets perfect for storing lots of gear.

Downtown BK Bridge Backpack, mojo.com, $48


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To Tie For

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This durable bag is large enough to haul all of your teen's essentials while still being so fashionable. You can give the bag a personalized touch with a monogram for an additional cost.

Gear-Up Purple Tie-Dye Messenger Bag, pbteen.com, $45


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Fine Dining

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The LunchBlox makes it easy to pack food—portioned containers snap onto a blue ice tray, keeping lunch favorites cool.

LunchBlox Kids, rubbermaid.com, $16


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It's in the Bag

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This classic lunch tote come in a variety of colors—and best of all, it insulates food for up to four hours.

Gourmet Getaway Lunch Tote (shown in Dot No. 9 ), builtny.com , $25


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Bread Winner

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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—your kid will never go hungry at lunchtime.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Pouch, fredflare.com, $12.50


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Class Act

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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.

Deluxe Book Pack (shown in red), llbean.com, $39.95


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Hot Wheels

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This quirky shoulder bag has plenty of pockets and an amusing design that's sure to stop traffic.

Play It School Shoulder Bag, modcloth.com, $44.99


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Flower Power

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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.

Sandwich Bag (shown in Mini Dot Black & White), builtny.com, $7.99


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Tote-ally Versatile

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The adjustable cross-body strap makes this deep tote super-functional for school, weekends and sleepovers.

Duck Bag (shown in Neon), baggu.com, $26


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Tribal Touches

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Cute detailing, a roomy interior and plenty of pockets: We know a show-and-tell–ready bag when we see one.

American Rag Handbag Karina Backpack (shown in shifting sand), macys.com and in select Macy's stores, $44


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Just in Case

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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.

Kiku Makura MacBook sleeve, foofshop.com, $40


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Teacher's Pet

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With her stylish glasses and schoolgirl plaid bow, Hello Kitty is ready to hit the books and be the top cat in class.

Cat's Out of the Backpack, amazon.com, $31.36


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One Foot Forward

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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.

Converse Shoe Pencil Pouches, coolpencilcase.com, $22.95


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Quilty Pleasure

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A removable strap allows your teen to wear this laptop sleeve like a messenger bag or carry it in a backpack.

Quilted Carrying Case for 15.4" (shown in denim blue), belkin.com and in select stores, $29.99


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Lunch Aid

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These personalized, reusable oilcloth bags are waterproof and insulated, so food stays at a safe temperature until lunchtime.

Cabana Lunch Bag, tannerbananer.com, $28


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Stars and Stripes

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Perfect for the kid who likes a more rugged design. The military olive canvas and simple black star give it a cool vintage look.

Rothco Vintage Canvas Backpack with Star, amazon.com, $36.49


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Game Change

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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.

Nintendo Reversible Messenger Bag, thinkgeek.com, $36.99