Our top 60 picks of backpacks for children and teens that reflect Mighty Girls' diverse interests in a wide range of colors and designs.
Whether you're looking for a new backpack for school, need something to tote stuff for sleepovers, or want a heavy-duty, high-capacity daypack for hikes and traveling, it's important that the bag you pick can take everything your Mighty Girl has to throw at it! At the same time, backpacks are a fun way to reflect a child's interests and a tween's or teen's personality. The best backpacks are the ones that both go the distance and capture the wide array of interests of the Mighty Girls in our lives!
With that in mind, we've put together a selection of our favorite backpacks for kids, from toddlers to teens. In the first half of this blog post, we've showcased a variety of backpacks in fun, colorful patterns that cover a wide variety of themes ranging from animals to science, and then in the second half, we've shared some of our favorite backpacks featuring Mighty Girl characters, including site favorites such as Captain Marvel, Wonder Woman, Moana, Star Wars, The Incredibles, Inside Out, and Doc McStuffins. We're confident there's one every Mighty Girl will love!
And, to help your kids feel prepared for school -- whether they are just starting out or are heading back to middle or high school -- you can also find many encouraging books, as well as girl-empowering school supplies, in our Girl Empowerment Back to School Guide.
Empowering Backpacks for Mighty Girls
This dragon's got your back! This adorable mini backpack from Lakeausy is the perfect pick for any Mighty Girl who dreams of befriending a mythical creature. At 10 by 8 inches, it's just the right size for the littlest kids, and the included safety tether provide reassurance for caregivers if a child is prone to running off on adventures!
Everyone's favorite forgetful fish makes an appearance on this backpack that's just the right size for toddlers and preschoolers! This 12 by 10 inch backpack is colorful and provides plenty of organization with a double-zippered main pocket, two front zippered pockets, a side Velcro-closure pocket, and a side mesh pocket. It's perfect for all her amazing adventures.
"Fun meets function" with these cheerful backpacks from Skip Hop! This 10 by 12 inch unicorn backpack features dimensional accents, bright colors, and helpful organizational tools like an insulated snack pouch and a mesh bottle pocket. These backpacks are BPA, phthalate, and PVC-free.
Fans of the Vampirina TV show — or the original Vampirina Ballerina book — will love this mini backpack that's just their size! This 10 by 8 inch backpack is compact, but still holds plenty of supplies for the day. Adjustable straps make it comfortable to wear. For another option for bigger kids, check out the Vampirina backpack and lunch box set.
Get ready for back to school with flair with these animal backpacks from Skip Hop, the perfect choice for little kids! This 12.5 by 9.5 inch backpack is just right for toddlers and preschoolers, and includes an insulated front pouch to keep snacks and lunches cool. Kids will love the bright colors and dimensional accents, too! A variety of different animal designs let her show off her personality with this pack.
This busy little bee is ready to join your Mighty Girl on her back to school adventures! This backpack from Skip Hop is sized just right for younger kids; at 12 by 11 inches, it provides enough space for the basics but is still easy for her to carry. An insulated front pocket gives her a spot to keep snacks or lunch cool.
These 100% cotton exterior quilted backpacks from Stephen Joseph are perfect for kids on the go! These 12 by 9.5 inch backpacks have a magnetic closure that makes it quick and easy for little hands to access everything they need. The cotton exterior is easy to personalize with embroidery or patches. Kids will love the variety of colorful designs; parents will love the interior lining that makes cleanup a breeze.
Show your love for your favorite Disney character with this Dory backpack from American Tourister! This 14 by 8 inch backpack is perfectly sized for little travelers, whether they're off to school or heading around the world, and the large zippered main compartment, zippered front organizer pockets, and two mesh side pockets provide plenty of space no matter where you're swimming off to! This high quality backpack with colorful, cheerful graphics is sure to be a favorite.
This is the perfect solution for active, busy kids! This compact backpack is only 10 by 14 inches, but it packs a lunch in an insulated cooler pocket, plenty of room for supplies in the main pocket and pencil organizer, and even a spot for a drink in the side drink pocket. Breathable mesh on the straps and lumbar section make it comfortable to wear, and it's available in over 20 bright colors and designs.
She can roll her way to school with these character backpacks from Yodo! These 15 by 12 inch backpacks — which are big enough inside to hold a folder — can be used as a backpack, a handbag, or a rolling bag, depending what works best for your child. Dimensional accents make the characters come to life, while plenty of pockets and organizational features make it easy for her to keep everything where she needs it.
She'll be able to carry everything she needs in one compact pack with this backpack from Wildkin, which includes an insulated, food-safe pocket for snacks. This compact 10 by 12 inch back includes a mesh pocket for a water bottle and reflective tape for night-time safety. Best of all are the fun designs, featuring everything from mermaids to dinosaurs.
Head off to school with a friendly butterfly or ladybug on your back! These cute and colorful backpacks feature lots of pockets for storage and dimensional accents just for fun. At 13 by 10 inches, they're just enough bigger for the extra things a school-aged child needs, without being overwhelming on a small frame. One dollar from each backpack sold will be donated to a children's scholarship program.
Head off to school with Peppa Pig with this officially licensed backpack! This 13 by 11 inch backpack is just the right size for Peppa's young fans, but the large main compartment, front zippered pocket, and two mesh side pockets provide plenty of room for everything a preschooler on the go needs. Bright colors and sturdy construction will make this backpack a favorite all year long.
She can carry everything she needs with this high quality backpack from Lone Cone that comes in a variety of unique prints! These 15 by 11 inch backpacks are large enough to carry a notebook or folder in the main pocket; an inner sleeve protects small tablets. Large zippers make it easy for kids to open and close, and the zippered outer pocket provides an easy spot for things she'll need on the go. Plus, parents will love that these backpacks are made from 100% non-toxic materials. If you also need a lunchbag, check out the Lone Cone Insulated Lunch Tote.
With a little more space for older preschoolers and kindergarten students, but still compact in size and colorful, Crocodile Creek's 14 by 12 inch backpack offers plenty of fun designs that kids will love. Horses, dinosaurs, and more adorn these high-quality backpacks, all in bright, kid-friendly colors. They're perfect for preschool, camp, and more.
Who wouldn't love a backpack that turns them into a superhero? SuperME backpacks are bright and stylish, but they also hide a secret: a cape in a hidden pocket! Add the included coordinating mask and your little hero is ready for action. The backpack comes with a Velcro SuperME hero patch, but additional patches are available for sale to customize your bag. It's 11 by 13 inches, lightweight, and water resistant -- perfect for first adventures in the great wide world.
Who wouldn't smile to see Olaf's grin every morning? This nylon backpack uses dimensional accents to add a little extra something to the Frozen character's design. At 12 by 10 inches, with an 8 by 10 inch pocket, it's big enough to carry the necessities — whether it's winter or summer! Two side mesh pockets let you tote a drink too.
With fun, colorful designs featuring everything from animals to construction equipment, these compact backpacks are perfect for preschoolers to second graders! Whether your child loves space or mermaids, there's a pattern here for her. These 15 by 12 inch backpacks are made of 600 denier nylon so they're tough enough to stand up to a busy school year.
The J World New York Lollipop rolling backpack is perfect for elementary school kids to tote all their stuff! This 18 by 13 inch backpack comes with padded shoulder straps as well as wheels and a comfortable handle, so kids can choose the most comfortable way to transport what they need. Kids will love the colorful patterns and handy storage pockets, while parents will love the durable 600D polyester and the reflective tape for better visibility on dark mornings.
The exuberant Vampirina can be your Mighty Girl's daily companion with this officially licensed backpack and lunch bag set! The 16 by 12 inch backpack features a graphic of Vampirina and Demi, with the text "best friends"; it includes adjustable straps and side mesh pockets for water bottles. The 10 by 8 inch lunch bag clips on to the backpack for easy transportation. Younger fans can also check out this Vampirina Mini Backpack.
All the features of larger Eshops backpacks in a size that's more comfortable for younger kids! This 16 by 11 inch backpack includes plenty of handy pockets, plus an outer layer that's water resistant to keep the weather from raining out your school day. It's just the right size for all the necessities without being too big for elementary aged kids.
You can show off your personality at school with this backpack from Lily & Drew! This backpack is available in two sizes: an 11 by 9 inch backpack with a tech sleeve that can hold a 9.5 by 7 inch tablet, and a 15.5 by 11.5 inch backpack with a tech sleeve that can accommodate a 14 inch laptop. External pockets on each backpack provide handy places for snacks, water bottles, glasses, and more. Parents will love the durable 600 denier oxford fabric and heavy-duty zippers; kids will love the quirky prints!
High Sierra's popular Loop backpack is now available in a scaled-down version! The High Sierra Mini Loop is 14.5 by 10.5 inches, just the right size for younger kids to tote everything they need, or for teens and adults who need a lot of carrying capacity in a small package. Just like its larger counterpart, it's built to last, with 600D Diamond Ripstop Duralite Fabric with a water resistant coating, so it'll hold up to a busy school year.
For a combination of durable construction and compact size, this backpack is the one! This 16 by 11 inch backpack uses UA Storm material for a highly water-resistant exterior, while a padded back panel and contoured adjustable straps make it comfortable to carry. In addition to several organizational pockets, this backpack also features a tricot lined phone pocket and two side water bottle pockets.
Get ready for a heroic school year with this Wonder Woman backpack! She'll love the 16 by 12 inch backpack features iconic Wonder Woman styling, complete with gold foil accents and its own detachable cape. A large main compartment and a front pocket provide plenty of space for school gear. It's sure to be a hit with any superhero-loving Mighty Girl.
Let Pusheen's friendly face keep you company during a busy school year! This 100% polyester, 17 by 12 inch backpack features dimensional features, including Pusheen's ears and whiskers. Adjustable shoulder straps keep it comfortable, while a large main zippered compartment and two front zippered pockets help kids keep things organized. Kids will love the friendly face, while parents will love how durable this backpack is, perfect for toting everything she needs.
Sssssss....BOOM! Minecraft fans will love this Creeper backpack. This 18 by 12 inch backpack is huge both in size and organization: three big double-zippered compartments, some with organizers pockets, provide plenty of places to keep things. It's one creeper you'll be happy to see!
Why not pick a backpack that looks like it was pulled right out of a comic book? This Loungefly backpack features an all-over print of Wonder Woman comic panels that's sure to delight any fan of this iconic superhero! This 17 by 13 inch backpack is made from polyester canvas, with sturdy zippers on the main compartment and the front pocket.
It's not just little kids who want to show off a love of outer space — and this space-themed backpack from hotstyle is the perfect option for tweens and teens! Vivid galaxy designs on this 16 by 12 inch backpack are available in four different colors. The large main compartment includes a padded 14 inch laptop sleeve and a back-wall zippered pocket for secure storage of small items. On the outside, there's a front zippered compartment, a zip pocket on the back for quick access to bus passes, IDs, etc., and two side pockets for water bottles, umbrellas, and more.
Find your way at school with this Loungefly backpack featuring a colorful Moana print! This 17 by 13 inch backpack is made from study polyester canvas with durable zippers on both the main compartment and the front pocket. It even has an interior tech pocket for your laptop or tablet!
Whether you're off to school or hitting the trails, the 18 by 13.5 inch Jester backpack from The North Face is a great option! Two large zip pockets, a sleeve for a 12 inch laptop, and a front accessory pocket with an organization sleeve ensure you can keep plenty inside, while the bungee cords on the exterior allow you to loop in a rain jacket or other supplies. Plus, The North Face's FlexVent system ensures great ventilation when it's on your back, making it comfortable for the long haul.
With a variety of fun and inspiring prints, this casual daypack is the perfect choice for busy days on the go! This 17.75 by 12 inch daypack is made of high-grade 1200D waterproof nylon, and has two main zippered pockets and one front zippered pocket. A padded back and adjustable shoulder straps make it comfortable to wear, while the choice of prints, featuring a wide range of interests from chemistry to music to anatomy and more, is sure to make it a favorite.
This durable but lightweight 18 by 12 inch daypack is perfect for carrying everything you need for a busy day! High-quality, water-resistant nylon fabric and a double-zipper design make it convenient and sturdy, while fun colors and patterns will make it a hit with kids. Multiple interior compartments make it easy to stay organized -- and to find that paper you need to turn in.
Show off all of Wonder Woman's favorite superhero tools with this backpack from Bioworld! This 16 by 10 inch backpack features a print of Wonder Woman's braces, lasso, and emblem on a dark blue background. Plus, the main zippered compartment, front zippered pockets, and side water bottle slots help you keep all of your own tools at the ready!
Is it bigger on the inside? This TARDIS backpack is sure to be a hit with Doctor Who fans! This 100% polyester backpack is 16 by 13 inches and includes a front zippered pocket to keep you organized. Vibrant colors and great details make this backpack accurate enough to please any fan. Allons-y!
Simple is beautiful with this backpack from J World that has clean lines but comes in a huge array of colorful patterns! This 17" by 13.5" pack can hold a 15" laptop safe inside its lined interior, while the exterior zippered pocket and two drink pockets keep other supplies close to hand. Ergonomically shaped, padded straps make it comfortable to carry, while the vivid designs will make it stand out.
Lovers of ocean life will adore this backpack from Animal Face with a photorealistic dolphin print! The graphic is printed on felt fabric, giving it a sense of depth that adds to the realism of the image. At the same time, this 17 by 12 inch backpack doesn't sacrifice carrying space, providing both a large main pocket and an exterior pocket that's perfect for pens, pencils, calculators, and other supplies.
Vans and Marvel collaborate to create this backpack, the perfect choice for any Captain Marvel fan! This 100% polyester, 17 by 13 inch backpack features Captain Marvel's distinctive emblem and a red and white checkered front pocket. It's a great option for anyone who wants to go higher, further, faster this school year.
Show off your love of this spunky little droid — and the Star Wars franchise — with this R2D2 knapsack from BioWorld. This 100% polyester knapsack has a drawstring closure and features two front pockets for storing a couple of extra bits and pieces. Adjustable straps make it comfortable — which is a good thing, since you'll want to wear it everywhere!
With sleepy sloths, intriguing equations, music notation, and more, there are plenty of unique prints to choose from for this daypack. At 17.5 by 12 inches, it's the perfect size for a long day or an overnight trip, and the 1200 denier waterproof nylon ensures all of your stuff stays clean and dry. Two large, lined main compartments and one small front pocket provide plenty of organization, but the real appeal will be the fun designs!
This is one super backpack! The 17 by 13 inch Incredibles SuperBreak backpack comes in seven limited edition prints featuring everybody's favorite crime fighting super family. Like all SuperBreak backpacks, it has a large main compartment, front utility pocket, and padded adjustable straps. It's sure to be a hit with fans of the Incredibles, both young and old! For another option for Incredibles fans, check out this Incredibles Backpack with bold graphic styling worthy of Edna Mode.
Doctor Who fans will love this sturdy and detailed canvas TARDIS knapsack from Bioworld! This 15 by 13 inch knapsack includes a drawstring closure and two front pockets — sorry, sonic screwdriver not included. It's tough enough to handle plenty of adventures in school, travel, and more.
Fans of this complex DC Comics character can pay tribute with this subtle Harley Quinn knapsack design! This 15 by 12 inch knapsack has two small outer pockets and a drawstring closure on the main compartment. Plus, thanks to the sturdy fabric and construction, it's ready to last for the long haul.
Festooned in Wonder Woman's brilliant colors, this 15 by 12 inch knapsack from Bioworld is perfect for fans of the iconic DC Comics superhero! With a pattern of white stars and a gold Wonder Woman logo on a blue field, accented with red pockets and gold trim, this is a knapsack that really stands out.
Conquer the day with this Captain Marvel backpack from Bioworld that's big enough to hold a 15" laptop! This 18.5 by 14 inch backpack is big enough to carry everything she needs for a busy school day. The large main compartment has a padded laptop sleeve to keep your tech safe, while the front zippered pocket makes it easier to organize.
Chances are this backpack will look familiar — Jansport has been making popular gear for 30 years! The SuperBreak backpack comes in a wide variety of colors and designs and is one of their most popular products, and it's easy to see why: at 17 by 13 inches, with comfortable padded straps, it's perfect for carrying a day's worth of supplies. Best of all, Jansport offers a lifetime warranty on all their products.
High Sierra's Loop backpack is perfect for day-to-day or for more adventurous journeys! This large, multi-compartment backpack is 19 by 13 inches, and includes a dedicated tech compartment for a laptop or tablet, as well as a media pocket with a headphone port. You can even carry extra gear with the heavy-duty hook and bottom straps. Over three dozen colors and designs provide her with lots of choices.
Let Totoro keep you company on the road with this large, well-organized messenger bag featuring the mascot of Studio Ghibli. This durable grey messenger bag is 12.5 by 10.5 inches and comes with an adjustable shoulder strap. With zippered and flap pockets in multiple places, plus a top flap that clips closed, you'll easily be able to access items when you need them, and keep them secure when you don't.
Your teen need a backpack that can handle anything she can throw at it — and this backpack from Under Armour delivers! Made with UA Storm material that resists water without sacrificing breathability, this 19 by 14 inch backpack includes a laptop sleeve that can hold a 15" laptop. Adjustable, padded straps make it comfortable to wear, and she'll love the vivid colors and patterns.
Take the Triforce with you everywhere you go with this messenger bag that plays homage to the classic video game series! This officially licensed 16 by 12 inch bag is black with silver images and trim. Two inner sections allow you to keep items in order, and one of them provides a strap to hold a laptop up to 15 inches. A small zippered compartment provides easy access to a cell phone, bus pass, and other necessities.
You can pack a lot in this oversized, multi-compartment backpack design from High Sierra! At 19.5 by 13 inches, there's little that won't fit — including your laptop or tablet, in a dedicated tech sleeve. You can even bring along your music with a media pocket with headphone port! High Sierra's monster hook and bottom straps allow you to bring along extra gear that won't fit in the pockets. With a wide variety of modern, bright designs, she's sure to find one she'll love.
Additional Recommended Resources
- For Mighty Girls heading off on their first day of school, check out our blog post The Big Day: 25 Picture Books About Mighty Girls Starting School.
- For books to guide elementary school Mighty Girls through some of the challenges and adventures they'll encounter, visit our blog Back to School Time: 40 Books About Mighty Girls' Adventures at School.
- For guides to help tweens and teens set out on a new year of adventure, check out our 50 Essential Guides for Mighty Girls in Middle School, High School, and Beyond.