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Our 9 best backpacks for school

Kids heading back for the new term? Here’s our rundown of the perfect school bags to kick off the new year with. 

While it is largely your child’s hard work, focus and commitment to their education that will get them through the school year, a great starting point is having the right equipment. Of all the equipment, choosing the right backpack might be one of the most important decisions you and your children will make. Your trustee backpack needs to see them from September to June and be able to hold all their essentials while staying comfortable for the long haul. With our versatile range of school backpacks, we’ve got rucksacks that can handle hikes, backpacks that can hold over 20 litres, and a great selection of sports bags for when your little one gets involved in school sports.

Best school bags for primary school

Whether they’re starting out or feel like they need something new, your kids’ primary school backpack will help them handle their new independence and responsibilities better than ever before. Here are the school backpacks we think will best do the job.

24 litre black essential backpack

24L Backpack Essential

There’s no better way to get your little ones organised than a backpack with a good amount of pockets. Although its main feature is its volume, Kipsta’s 25L Backpack Essential has six pockets, including a front pocket, main pocket, boot pocket and bottle pocket. It’s also made from weight and abrasion-resistant materials. Using the eco-friendly button dyeing method, it comes in various colours, including navy blue, Bordeaux red, carbon grey and dark aubergine.

17 litre blue essential backpack

Essential 17l Backpack

Whether it’s carrying several school books or their football kit, the 17 Litre Backpack Essential from Kipsta is a spacious option that will serve your child throughout the school year. Made with abrasion and weight-resistant materials, it comes with adjustable straps, a padded back, and four pockets, including separate ones for boots and a water bottle.

5 litre child's walking backpack

Child's Walking Backpack - 5l

The hiking equivalent to the 17 Litre Backpack Essential, this backpack is durable and lightweight that will take your child the distance this school year. The Kids’ Hiking Backpack MH100 5 litres from Quechua has a great deal of space and is designed with a foam back, S-shaped shoulder straps and chest straps, all of which are perfect for children. It also includes a water bottle pocket, a zipped pocket and a mesh pocket for good measure. The toughness of a hiking backpack teamed with the space and comfort required for the journey to school and covered by our Ten year guarantee is the perfect go-to for many.

Best school bags for secondary school

When your little ones start growing into little adults, likely, both their workload and their active life will also be developing. It also means that the school backpack demands will be greater, so we’ve put together a small selection that will easily deliver on those.

Adults Adidas sports backpack

Adidas Unisex Sports Backpack

Whether for books or after-school sporting activities, this classic bag made by the classic brand will not let your child down. The Black Adidas Unisex Sports Backpack has 23 litres of space, adjustable, padded handles and straps that suit all different body types. Also available in blue, both backpacks are made from 100% recycled polyester.

Quechua MH100 Mountain walking backpack

Mountain Walking Rucksack - mh100

For secondary school kids with a whole lot on their plate, this one's for them! Built for those that enjoy the odd hike, the lightweight MH100 Mountain walking rucksack has 20L of space and the support and comfort your busy children need. Equipped with wide straps, adjustable waistband, thumb loops and AirCooling ventilation technology that will keep your child cool and collected throughout the day, the MH100 impresses. Moreover, the bag includes several pockets (1 exterior, one interior, one water compartment, two mesh side pockets and one belt pocket) and the main compartment with a front opening for quick access to the bottom of the bag. The fact it's included in our 10-year guarantee can also be passed down to your younger children if needed.

Quechua NH550 country walking backpack

Country walking backpack nh550

Got yourself a secondary schooler that wants to do it all? The flexible, ventilated Country Walking 20-litre Backpack NH550 will support their journey. With two thick ventilated, honeycomb-textured back pads, padded shoulder straps, a chest belt, and two thumb loops, the backpack will provide them with the carrying comfort they need; with a capacity of 20L litres, it’ll be able to carry what they need. The bag has a pocket selection that includes two flask holders, isothermal and telephone pockets, meaning your child can stay organised whatever day of the week. It’s also designed in a way that’s kinder to our planet using ‘dope’ dyeing, a process that uses much less water than the traditional dyeing processes. Included in our 10-year guarantee selection.

Best big school sports bags

It’ll probably be a side consideration, but it may be worth having a separate sports bag for all your children’s sporting gear. Fortunately, we’ve got the range you need to find the right one.

15 litre lightweight drawstring bag

15L Shoe Bag Light

Let’s start small. If you don’t want your child putting muddy boots or balls in their backpack and all their books, then go for Kipsta’s 15L Shoe Bag with a drawstring or Bootbag, which comes with handles. Both styles are ultra-compact and, when folded up, uses minimal space in your kids’ backpack.

35 litre red sports duffel bag

35L Sports Bag Essential

This bag is ideal for PE or games lessons; it is designed with ventilation technology, so even if your child's kit sits around all week, it'll remain well-aired and won't cause too bad a smell. The 35L Sports Bag Kipocket from Kipsta is durable and compact (with the ability to fold into itself) and has three compartments (1 main pocket, one side pocket and one pocket for personal items). What more could you ask for in a school sports bag?

75 litre blue sports duffel bag

75-Litre Sports Bag Essential

Last but certainly not least, it’s the Kipsta’s 75-Litre Sports Bag Essential. If your child’s involved in several different sports throughout the week (or plays a sport with a large amount of equipment), this will do great. Not only is it split into four different ventilated compartments, making separating different apparel and equipment easy, but Kipsta’s 75-Litre Sports Bag Essential can also be folded into its side pocket, making it easy to transport when not in use. It’s made from a material that not only withstands the abrasive rigours of regular use, its colouring is done using dope dying, meaning that little water is wasted in the production of each bag.

Make sure you've prepped your little ones for a little extra convenience, functionality and style and browse our range for the full kit. There's plenty to choose from from various brands, materials, sizes and styles. Get the Decathlon-approved today.

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