Back to School Gear Guide 2015

When it comes to back to school gear, backpacks are absolutely an essential. The real question is what backpack is best suited for your child? Are you looking for something that will stand up to the test of time and wear and tear? Maybe your child has their heart set on a whimsical or trendy backpack. Or perhaps you are in search of a backpack that is made without the use of PVC. Luckily, we have rounded up 6 awesome backpacks for you to check out. Be sure that when school is in session this year your child is prepared!


Hadaki Coated Cool Backpack


A subsidiary of Kalencom, Hadaki creates eco-friendly bags for everyday life. Based out of New Orleans, Hadaki products are made with its charm and flair in mind, using bold prints and vibrant colors that bring out the fun in life. Hadaki makes each and every one of their products with functionality and fashion in mind, without ever using toxic materials.


Hadaki’s water-repellant backpacks are fun, stylish and practical for school-aged children, teens and even adults. With a roomy interior, multiple storage pockets and a protective laptop interior pocket, these eco-friendly backpacks will be your child’s favorite back-to-school gear!

Features You Will LOVE

  • Spacious zippered backpack with multiple interior and exterior pockets for storage
  • Interior laptop pocket, secured with a buckle for ultimate protection
  • Roomy interior with storage space for books, supplies and a key ring
  • Exterior zippered front pocket
  • Exterior net pockets on either side, perfect for water bottle storage and more
  • Cushioned back padding and adjustable, padded shoulder straps for superior comfort
  • Water repellent exterior and interior that can be easily wiped clean
  • Eco-friendly materials – AZO-free – Phthalate, DEHP, DBP and BOP-free
  • Comes in a wide variety of vibrant, fun patterns and designs
Perfect For

Hadaki backpacks are not only perfect for any school-aged child, but also for adults! With a variety of designs, there’s a perfect Hadaki backpack for everyone. 

Babiators Rocket Pack Backpack


Babiators is one of our all-time favorite companies – from uber-cool sunglasses for babies, toddlers, and big kids, to their new Rocket Pack backpacks. The company believes its products should always be the highest quality yet affordable, as well as safe, durable, and stylish – and the Rocket Pack is no exception.


If you’re on the hunt for a seriously durable backpack for your little one, the Babiators Rocket Pack backpack should be at the top of your list. Made from tough, military-grade fabric, this is one backpack that will last through the entire school year and beyond. Apart from the durable nature of this backpack, it just looks cool!

Available in Blue Angels Blue (shown here), Galactic Gray, and Popstar Pink, there’s a color choice to suit anyone’s fancy. Its small size makes it perfect for your little one heading to preschool, but still has enough space inside for all the gear needed for a full day of school.  

As with all Babiators products, they stand by the Rocket Pack with an impressive guarantee: if your child breaks or loses the backpack within one year of purchase, Babiators will replace it for free. 

Babiators is also offering all Daily Mom readers a special 30% discount this back to school season. Simply enter DailyMom30Off for 30% off their entire site, from August 1 – 31.
Features You Will LOVE

  • Multiple pockets, pouches, loops, and storage areas, to keep gear organized and easy-to-find
  • PVC-free
  • Padded, adjustable straps, and padded handle
  • Chest clip to keep backpack secure when your child is wearing it
  • Military-grade, durable fabric
  • Available in three different colors
  • Comes with Babiators exclusive Lost & Found Guarantee: they’ll replace any lost or broken Rocket Pack within one year of purchase
  • Exterior: 80% polyester 20% nylon, lining: 100% polyester
  • 8 x 5.5 x 12 inches
  • Ideal for ages 18 months – 4 years 
Perfect For

The Rocket Pack backpack is great for your littlest one who is going back to school, or perhaps going to school for the very first time. We love this backpack for little ones in daycare, or children going to preschool. 


Rocket Pack Backpack


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Kanken Mini Backpack By Fjällräven



Fjällräven is a company that has stood the test of time, launching their first backpack in 1960. They were one of the first companies to commercially make and distribute framed backpacks. Now, they have expanded to a company that wants to find innovative solutions to common problems in order to make the outdoors more enjoyable for everyone. They strive to produce comfortable and durable yet timelesss outdoor equipment.   


The Kanken Mini is the smaller version of the original Kanken, making it perfect for kids. The Kanken was designed for Swedish schoolchildren in 1978 and to this day is still a well-loved and iconic bag. Because of the different sizes of the Kanken, you can choose the one that best suits your child’s age.

Features You Will LOVE

  • Functions as either a bag or a backpack
  • Removable seat pad, reflector in logo and front/side pockets
  • Name and address label on inside of pack
  • 30 plus different color options
  • Made from durable Vinylon F fabric 
  • Repels moisture better than any other synthetic fabric
Perfect For

The Kanken Mini is perfect for children of all ages. It is the best backpack for parents and children who want a no frills, high quality bag that will stand the test of time.


Kanken Mini


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Personalized Light Up Fairy Wing Backpack from Chasing Fireflies


Chasing Fireflies was created to celebrate childhood, as well as parenthood. Do you remember the first time you ever rode a bike, or had ice cream for dinner? Sure, it was fun when you did it, but, as parents, it’s way more fun to experience your child’s “firsts” with them. They’ve taken great care in selecting magical children’s products that are sure to charm, surprise and delight your child, and you!


Watch your precious little pixie flutter off to her first day of school with this adorable Personalized Light Up Fairy Wing Backpack by Bixbee®. Woven into the pretty wings are LED lights that can light up, flash or turn off thanks to a switch tucked in the outer pocket. It also features her name, written in glitter on the top flap. In addition to being every little girl’s dream backpack, for every backpack purchase, Bixbee will donate a schoolbag with supplies to a child in need. 

Features You Will LOVE

  • ID holder
  • Reinforced stitching
  • Easy zipper pulls on water-resistant fabric
  • Adjustable shoulder straps
  • 2 pockets in the lined interior
  • 11″ x 9″ x 4″
  • Requires three 1.5 V batteries (included)
Perfect For

The Personalized Light Up Fairy Wing Backpack is the perfect backpack for your ultra-girly-girl who loves anything and everything sparkly and whimsical. It will surely turn heads at school, and is truly one of a kind.

Garnet Hill Backpack Collection


Garnet Hill is a company of humble beginnings that has grown to be a full-service mail order catalog offering everything from children and adult clothing to home decor and accessories. With a firm belief that a company is only as great as the people who work for it, Garnet Hill stands by their craftsmanship, quality, and a sense of integrity with the way that the business is run and the customers are treated. Although originally only known for their introduction of flannel sheets to America, Garnet Hill is now well-known for their refreshing styles and fine products


Garnet Hill offers a wide variety of lunch bags and junior and full-size backpacks, suitable for students of all ages. Treat your little learner to a unique bag that will stand up to the wear and tear of whatever the school year brings. The backpacks are designed ergonomically, so your child will be as comfortable as they are stylish. The backpacks will tote all of the school necessities, with little compartments for whatever else they would like to bring along!

Features You Will LOVE


  • Suitable for ages 7 and up
  • Built-in organizers
  • Fits a 4″ binder
  • Sliding chest strap
  • Padded & adjustable shoulder straps; padded back panel and top handle for comfortable wear
  • 360-degree reflective features for safety
  • Made to last with rugged, easy-to-clean 600-denier fabric & double-strength 1200-denier fabric on bottom
  • PVC-free

Backpack Jr.

  • Suitable for ages 4 and up
  • Two compartments (one is large enough for a standard folder)
  • Built-in organizer
  • Kid-friendly attachment loop for the Garnet Hill Lunch Pack
  • Padded & adjustable shoulder straps; padded back panel and top handle for comfortable wear
  • 360-degree reflective features for safety
  • Side pockets with grommet vents
  • Made to last with rugged, easy-to-clean 600-denier fabric & double-strength 1200-denier fabric on bottom
  • PVC-free

Lunch Pack

  • Insulated chamber keeps food and drinks cold
  • Mesh interior pocket with Velcro holds an ice pack, utensils, or lunch money
  • Outer pocket with reflective border
  • Fits a 20 oz. water bottle
  • Easy-to-clean, 600-denier fabric
  • PVC-free
Perfect For

Garnet Hill’s Lunch Packs and Backpacks are great for students of any age. Children from preschool to high school will love the vibrant prints and enjoy choosing bags for school that perfectly suit their personality.

LEGO City Construction City Nights Heritage Classic by LEGO Bags


LEGO Bags are designed by Carry Gear Solutions, a design firm that’s synonymous with both quality and value. Since 2007, Carry Gear Solutions has worked with the LEGO Group to design, manufacture and distribute safe, quality bags for kids that are PVC, phthalate, lead and toxin free. All LEGO Bags are created with kids in mind, from their ergonomic designs and kid-friendly layouts, to their bright, colorful, LEGO-inspired themes.


There are lots of school supplies kids “need,” but one of the few things they really need is a backpack. A backpack will travel from home to school and school to home several times a week. A backpack will carry lunches, homework, forms and artwork. A backpack will fit on your child’s small shoulders and body, making them look so big and yet so little at the same time. A backpack is important — and it’s crucial you and your child choose one you both like! The creators of LEGO Bags know what kids like: fun designs, bright colors, and most importantly, LEGOS. Their line of backpacks feature fun LEGO scenes with city workers such as policemen and firefighters, construction workers, sporting matches, astronauts, ninjas and superheroes.

The LEGO City Construction City Nights Heritage Classic bag is perfect for the construction-obsessed kid. It’s bright yellow, with a fun cityscape complete with a giant crane, tall skyscrapers and a hard-hat-wearing LEGO man working a jackhammer.

Features You Will LOVE

  • One large zipper compartment with an interior slip pocket (great for those important papers kids are famous for misplacing!); a front zipper pocket with an organization panel for pens and pencils; and a side mesh pocket where your child can stash a water bottle
  • Ergonomically padded, contoured shoulder straps
  • Soft poly tricot on shoulder straps and padded haul handle
  • Adjustable front sternum strap to help balance the load on your child’s small shoulders
  • 360 degree reflective feature to increase visibility
  • PVC, lead and phthalate free
Perfect For

The LEGO City Construction City Nights Heritage Classic bag by LEGO Bags is great for any student in preschool, kindergarten or elementary school. The backpack is roomy enough to fit a lunchbox, folders and multiple books, which is helpful once your child starts getting homework. The bag’s durable design can stand up to wear and tear, so your little construction worker can use it for years to come!

This year, be sure to stay up to date with all of our Back to School Guides!

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Jessica is a holistic health counselor and work from home mom living in the middle of nowhere USA with her sweet little boy! She suffers from a serious case of compulsive globe-trotting and is always counting the days until her next move or adventure. You can often find her trying to get in her exercise in by lunging through the park while chasing after her very energetic little boy! She is constantly fueled and energized by her love for healthy eating and occasionally copious amounts of caffeine.

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