School may look a little different this year but you’ve got this! Beginning the school year with new backpacks and lunchboxes can reinforce the excitement and routine of learning. Make sure to start your kid’s school year off with positive vibes with these top-notch backpacks and lunchboxes!
Backpacks for Kids Of All Ages
Want to stand out in the crowd this school year? Get your backpacks and lunchboxes from Cotopaxi. Funky, recycled, and unique, the Tasra 16L Backpack from the Del Dia collection is one-of-a-kind. Using 100% repurposed fabric leftover from other companies, each bag is unique – a hodgepodge of awesome colors. Pick a favorite mix or let them select and send a pack at random, for a total color surprise.
For those who overpack for traveling around town, or have an overnight exploration trip, the Appla 35L Travel Pack will carry anything. It’s perfectly sized for carry-on convenience, loaded with well-designed features, and tough enough to handle years of use. Using the backpack straps, or the side-handle, it can be carried any which way, so mix it up. And like all Cotopaxi bags, the Allpa is all about clever and intuitive storage – protecting belongings in an organized fashion.
Now that laptops and their accessories are the norm for today’s student, you’ll need a few backpacks and lunchboxes to suit the needs of your high-schoolers or college-bound children. Make their routine streamlined for the on-the-go type of lifestyle to go from school to play to back home again. With the Everyday Max Hybrid Backpack, it’s up to the challenge of everyday use while still being super comfortable to carry from class to class and afterschool activities. It will protect your laptop with a fully padded 17.3″ compartment or if you have an iPad or tablet, there’s a separate pocket for that too!
For someone who needs multiple options for carrying convenience, the Everyday Max Hybrid Backpack is the way to go. Easy front access, a separate shoe compartment for those athletic kids, and large side-zippered pockets for water, gadgets, and more. You’ll love the separate shoe compartment that is separate from your other items so nothing gets dirty. As the name says, it’s perfect for everyday use throughout the entire school year.
For those students who travel abroad for their studies, the Grand Travel Backpack is suitable for all the journeys to come. It’s one of the most versatile backpacks with plenty of storage room for those holiday travels in between classes. When you need a well-organized backpack to eliminate the cumbersome and disorganized chaos you call your necessities, the Grand Travel Backpack has your back (pun intended). It has a stylish, urban design and compartments to keep everything neat and tidy.
Get all the space your traveling student needs with practicality, functionality, and efficient storage for all your school and personal needs. Solo-NY is your go-to source for New York inspired designs that couple versatility and style this school season for your older students.
Rough, tough, and tumble, just like those adventurous kids in your life the K-12 Kat Backpack from Red Oxx is a stellar selection for this upcoming school year. Featuring a rectangular design, a ballistic nylon bottom, double-stitched seams, and more, this backpack is as durable as it gets for those kids who aren’t exactly gentle on their belongings. The Kat Backpack provides an internal padded laptop sleeve, front and side pockets for storage, a chest clip for security, and sueded straps for added comfort. Perfect for carrying school supplies, yet durable enough for travel and even outdoor use, the Kat Backpack from Red Oxx is an American made pack that will not only last this year, but for the many school years to come.
Is your little one off to elementary school this year? While this school year may look a bit different for those heading to kindergarten and beyond, backpacks and lunchboxes are still a necessity, whether heading into the classroom or even to the park for those homeschool outdoor science lessons or field trips. Here with the all-new Adventure Collection for kids is TWELVElittle. Known for its fabulous diaper bag totes and backpacks, TWELVElittle has now created a special collection just for the kids. Durable, versatile, and so comfortable to carry, kids everywhere will love choosing their backpack, lunch bag, and matching (or mismatched) pencil case for their first day of school this year.
We love the all-new 12 Little Kids Adventure Collection backpack, lunch bag, and pencil case in camo (also available in pink leopard or twinkle star). Trendy enough to match every child’s style, the 12Little Kids Adventure Backpack is just the right size for your elementary-aged child, while still big enough to carry all of their full-size essentials. With an ID badge that can be clipped to the front of the backpack, a water-resistant exterior, a large front zipper pocket, and side water bottle pocket, and available matching lunch bag and pencil case, this backpack will have your child looking calm, cool and collected all year long. Perfect for travel as well, this versatile back is big enough to store all of your child’s stuff without weighing them down or slowing down their everyday adventures.
Little ones should gear up for all the essentials with LoneCone. Their fun, kid-friendly, and durable products will get you through the elements and this school year with ease. The 17″ Elementary Essentials Backpack is the perfect size for the bigger kids while the 15″ Little Learners Backpack isn’t too overwhelming for even the smallest of preschoolers.
Pick up a matching lunchbox, or a complimentary pair of rain boots too. Of course, it’s choosing a favorite pattern that’s the problem. From dinos to unicorns, sharks, construction, and space, there are so many adorable swatches to choose from. All backpacks and lunchboxes from LoneCone are perfect for your little one this school year!
Even if your kid won’t physically be going back into a school building this fall, we think that every school year should start with a brand new Pottery Barns Kids backpack. This year is no different. Across the country, some school systems are choosing to go back while others are choosing to start with remote learning. Still, some others are planning for virtual education. No matter which direction you choose, having the right backpacks and lunchboxes sets the tone for the year. Given how the last school year ended, we feel like a fresh backpack is just the thing to get your child’s learning off on the right foot.
Durable, functional, and oh-so-playful, the sturdy, roomy Mackenzie backpacks are packed with options for storage! Pockets, straps, and gear loops keep everything in place. It’s made of water-resistant polyester and boasts adjustable padded shoulder straps. It even has exterior straps to hold a Mackenzie Lunch Bag plus exterior side pockets fitted for water bottles. The Mackenzie style is the most efficient and playfully designed collection around. We particularly love the Navy Rainbow Unicorn Glow-in-the-Dark style that is perfect for school and adventures. Personalize it with your child’s name or initials for a smart, extra-special touch.
Kids and “stuff” go hand-in-hand. There is always a multitude of items to carry; be it their coveted books, favorite LOL dolls, or art supplies. Having a place to carry all their favorite items is a must! Garnet Hill Kids is a favorite brand when it comes to backpacks.
There is so much to love about the Eco Signature Backpack, including durability, functionality, and comfort. Each backpack comes in a pattern that is unique but also incredibly adorable. Their ergonomic designs are well thought out including curved adjustable shoulder straps and sternum strap to ensure proper fit. Extra padding in all the right places including back and shoulders allows for extra comfort.
Perhaps, one of the best features is it the sustainable materials used, crafted of poly made from recycled plastic bottles. They also require 53% less energy to produce. Making this the perfect book bag for protecting and preserving our planet for our youth.
The perfect addition to these eco-friendly backpacks is the Eco Lunch Pack. Available in matching prints making this the perfect pair. They are made from the safe eco-friendly processes as the book bags. They are the perfect size for lunches on the go. Add in some reusable Eco Reusable Lunch Set and lunch is all set.
Backpacks and lunchboxes are one of the most important back to school supplies for kids! Your kids need something that is functional, has a lot of storage, but also gives them a chance to show off their personal style. Wildkin has some of the cutest backpacks and lunchboxes for kids of any age! Their Monster Green Pack-it-all Backpack is the perfect size for storing everything your child needs.- including books, tablets, and lunchboxes! This lunchbox is made with a durable and moisture-resistant nylon lining. If anything leaks inside you can easily wash it out without worrying about it being ruined. This green and blue style are perfect for any kid who wants a pop of color as they strut around their fellow students. The Monster Green Pack-it-all Backpack also has a matching lunch box, which will save you time searching for backpacks and lunchboxes. Wildkin truly has so many unique styles for this back to school season. Whichever style your kids choose they will have fun all year long!
Even the littlest of monsters will look adorbs in these Eco Backpacks from Jem + Bea. At only 13″x9″, it’s the perfect size for preschoolers who want to mimic the older kids and carry their own backpacks and lunchboxes. Using regenerated nylon from discarded fishing nets, it’s a sustainable and eco-friendly choice for toting school gear. Eco-friendly and cute? Absolutely a winner!
Lunchboxes and Water Bottles
Backpacks and lunchboxes play such an important role for kids when they head back to school. Kids use backpacks and lunchboxes to not only carry around their food and books but also to display a bit of their personality! Funkins has brought us incredibly cute and durable lunchboxes to make any child’s personality shine throughout the school year! Each lunchbox, including the ultra adorable Pineapples Lunch Bag, is insulated to keep your child’s lunch the perfect temperature all day. They’re also extremely durable with an easy to use zipper that any kid can use!
The Llamas Lunch Bag makes a statement everywhere you take it. If you’re worried about your kids dragging their lunchboxes in the dirt or spilling their drink all over it, don’t worry! These lunch boxes are so easy to clean, either by hand or by throwing them in the washing machine! The most important part of searching for backpacks and lunchboxes is ensuring that your child has enough space. The Shark Lunch Bag and all their other lunchboxes are stretchy and spacious! With a bag size of 12.6Wx11.25″H, you can hold nearly anything inside of them, including a separate bento box for easy organization. Funkins is one of the best places to shop when you’re looking for spacious, soft, and durable backpacks and lunchboxes this school season!
A long time favorite, Hydro Flask is always helping us keep our food and drink cold/hot, insulated, and on-the-go and this year is no different with their all-new Insulated Lunch Boxes. Perfect for integrating into your sustainable lifestyle, Hydro Flask’s water bottles, tumblers, food flasks, coolers, and lunch boxes are all developed to allow you to easily take your food and drink with you no matter where your adventures may lead. This school year we love the Large Insulated Lunch Box for our big kids or teachers. This lunch box is the ultimate in durability, versatility, and convenience. Large enough to store reusable food containers and plenty of snacks, this lunch box is also comfortable to carry. Providing maximum insulation to keep your food cold for hours and a fully lined interior for easy cleanup, this lunch box is perfect for everyday use and even weekend outings of adventure.
Take their water bottle to the next level this school year with the all-new Halex from Blender Bottle. Unlike a traditional water bottle, the all-new Halex allows you to drink in any direction. The Halex’s OmniFlow 3 mode selector nozzle switches between traditional (upright), vertical, or locked mode. With triple wall insulation, a flexible carry loop, and a wide mouth for easy to clean accessibility, the Halex is what your child needs for hydration on the go this upcoming school year or sports season. Featuring an innovative design, comfort grip, and custom fit, the Halex will keep your drink refreshingly cold and easy to access even when on the move.
Hydration is a must whether your kids are headed back to school or homeschooling this upcoming year. From bike rides around the neighborhood to packed lunches for on the go, Zak has a wide variety of healthy and sustainable options when it comes to tumblers, water bottles, and insulated mugs for the whole family. Mom and dad will love the ability to keep their coffee hot and the kids will love their easy to carry bottles for school and sports this fall thanks to Zak.
A few insulated options we love include the Genesis 64 ounce Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Tumbler, the Genesis 12 ounce Reusable Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Tumbler, and the Creston Rose Gold 25 ounce Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Tumbler. The new Genesis Collection provides two ways to hydrate, either through the straw or through an easy to open spout. With features such as a hygienic straw and spout cover, strap for easy carry that also attaches to the mouth of the bottle to keep the lid from being lost, and grooves for a good grip, these insulated tumblers not only keep your drinks cold for hours but also prevent condensation to protect your belongings and keep your grip secure. The Creston Stein similarly sports an easy-grip handle, a press-in lid with silicone gasket to prevent spills, and stainless steel construction to prevent condensation from forming. Parents and children alike will love the sustainable and easy to use food and drinkware options from Zak.
Genesis 64 ounce Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Tumbler | Genesis 12 ounce Reusable Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Tumbler | Creston Rose Gold 25 ounce Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Tumbler
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Nothing is worse than opening lunch to find a half warmed cheese stick and meat that feels like it was warmed in the microwave. PackIt fixes this issue with its foldable, freezable bags with cooling gel built into the walls of the lunchbox. Simply place in the freezer and grab when its time to pack your food. From snack bags to lunch bags to picnic bags, PackIt offers a wide range of products to fit your snacking or meal planning needs.
The PackIt Freezable Classic Lunch Box has a wide array of designs and patterns suitable for children and adults. If you’re looking for something to last your workday, the PackIt Freezable Commuter Lunch Box fits multiple containers and even a larger water bottle! Don’t suffer through luke-warm food and use one of the convenient products offered by PackIt.
The kids are back to school, which means they are going to be eating now more than ever! Instead of wasting your money and buying plastic sandwich bags or plastic wrap for leftovers, make the switch to the more eco-friendly option! Beeswax Wraps from Swoofe are an absolute must-have for kitchen supplies! Their Golden Magnolias beeswax wraps are such an elegant design you’ll want to store and eat everything out of them. These wraps cling to nearly anything and are completely reusable. All you have to do is rinse them with cold water!
Imagine going a full year without purchasing sandwich bags. With Swoofe‘s beeswax wrappers that is totally possible! With 7 pieces in their bundle packs, you will have a variety of sizes that you can use to mold around jars, fruits, cheeses, sandwiches and even pizza! Plus, their Woodland Friends beeswax wrappers are simply so adorable and unique! Making the switch to a more eco-friendly and budget-friendly food storage option is essential this school year.
Kids come with no guarantees except perhaps, they will always be hungry and thirsty. CamelBak provides durable water bottles in a variety of patterns that will fit any lunchbox this fall. The Eddy water bottle is their tried and true for both kids and adults alike. Try it in a variety of styles: insulated, stainless steel, or regular. No matter which type of bottle you fancy, keep them happy and hydrated with Camelbak.
Water breathes life into everything it touches. It has the ability to carve mountains, transform stone, erase the pate. We cannot survive without it. The Avana Beckridge bottle is a must-have to carry this necessity of life with us. Made from food-grade stainless steel, it’s designed to stay free of rust and corrosion. It keeps water cool for 24 hours and hot things hot for up to 12. Best of all, every bottle that is purchased helps support water projects in developing countries.
It’s time to pack up those backpacks and lunchboxes for your little toddler for daycare or preschool! Toss in the Toddler Straw Cup! It gives your babe 12oz ounces of all the goodness you want them to have in a 100% European grade silicone with an embedded stainless steel ring. That means those little chunky hands can’t collapse and destroy it! It comes with a silicone straw top that snugly fits for minimum spillage.
Your kids will love how the Stretchy Universal Silicone Lid Straw Cup feels in their hands. The grip and texture of the 100% silicone cup keeps them engaged and aware of it’s position in their hands. Since it comes as full set with cup, universal straw top, and reusable silicone straw, it’s definitely a compliment to your backpacks and lunchboxes gear.
For those after-school drinks for the older kids, the Silicone Cup Bundle keep their shape incredibly well without the use of glass or plastics. Try adding on the Straw Lid as the must-have accessory to any GoSili and Silikids cup for those run-out-the-door moments. Have fun creating all kinds of color combos with this straw top. Plus, it is always dishwasher and microwave safe! That makes this a no-brainer essential when organizing your back to school backpacks and lunchboxes.
A huge role in searching for backpacks and lunchboxes is organization. When you’re looking for an eco-friendly option to store snacks and sandwiches, Bumkins has just what you need! Their Love, Minnie Disney Sandwich Bags are perfect for any occasion, whether you’re packing a school lunch or making your way to Disney World. The black and white style is classic and timeless, giving the right amount of magic to any child’s lunch. The Love, Minnie Disney Sandwich Bags are made from the same material as Bumkins awarding-winning stain-resistant and waterproof bibs. This makes clean up a breeze! Not only will you save time and money on plastic sandwich bags, but you also don’t have to worry about handwashing them. Simply throw these in the top rack of your dishwasher or toss them in the wash with the rest of your kid’s clothes. Your kids are going to absolutely love bringing Minnie along with them every day to school!
August is just around the corner and for many parents that means preparing for the back-to-school frenzy. For older kids, that means new backpacks and lunchboxes. But let’s not forget about the toddlers. They might not be old enough for school but that doesn’t mean we can’t find ways to include them. For little ones who are still trying to master drinking out of a big-kid cup, consider getting them the 1-2-3 Sip! sold by Miniware.
The 1-2-3 Sip! is a plant-based cup that will carry your little one through all the cup stages. They can start by drinking from a straw. As they master that, the straw can be removed from the cup, leaving a spout for the kids to drink from. And when they’re ready, the lid can be removed. The cup comes with a straw and lid cover that are made with food-grade silicone. Both the cup and its lid are biodegradable. Parents will love that this cup is dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.
When it comes to back to school shopping, backpacks and lunchboxes are definitely at the top of the priority list. Whether you want to be more eco-friendly or to get them excited for school again, these options are sure to be crowd-pleasers! Send your kids back to school in style!
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