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Top 10 Tween Backpacks

The Tween Backpacks That Will Be Trending This Back To School Season

The Tween Backpacks That Will Be Trending This Back To School Season

Q: What’s the ultimate back to school essential for every tween girl? A: The backpack. While they're necessary for holding all of your tween's books, binders, pens, and more, they're also a major fashion statement (even if they don't want to admit it). That’s why it’s important to find the perfect backpack that will suit you AND your tween's needs, meaning durability, comfort, spaciousness, and—of course—style. Since there are a plethora of options to choose from, we've narrowed it down to our Top 10 using our data-driven algorithm. The following backpacks are picked based on best-selling buzz, editorial selections, and real user reviews, so you know they'll be loved by your tween and meet your mom-approved checklist. Read on for the most fashionable, functional bags to buy your tween for the school year. Opening image: urbanoutfitters.com

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August 15, 2019

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The Rankings


Pottery Barn Teen Gear-Up Rainbow Tie Dye Backpack

Our Score

LOVED FOR: Parents and kids love that this was made with durability and comfort in mind.

FUN FACT: These feature one-of-a-kind prints drawn by Pottery Barn's San Fransisco design team. 


Lululemon Set To Focus Backpack

Our Score

BEST FOR: A backpack that's water-resistant and easy to clean

LOVED FOR: Its fashionable designs and roomy features


Rockets of Awesome X State Backpack in Pastel Rainbow

Our Score

BEST FOR: A statement backpack full of color and fun

LOVED FOR: Having lots of compartments, being lightweight, and affordability 


Target 16" Velvet Patch Party Kids' Backpack

Our Score

USERS SAID: "This backpack is nothing short of unique and adorable. My daughter absolutely loves it. She can carry her folders, tons of girly trinkets and her lunchbox (soft sided) inside. It's well made and stitched well."

BEST FOR: A backpack that's loaded with personality


Urban Outfitters UO Canvas Backpack

Our Score

LOVED FOR: These 100% cotton canvas bags are soft, light, and minimalistic.

USERS SAID: "I recently purchased this backpack, and I am in love with it! It’s a good size backpack and fits all my materials for school. It also has a laptop sleeve for my tablet which was a huge plus!"


Kipling Seoul Go Large Backpack

Our Score

LOVED FOR: Known for its great quality bags, Kipling's backpack is durable, lightweight, and roomy.

BEST FOR: A backpack with tons of compartments and pockets for holding all your tween's school supplies


Herschel Heritage Backpack

Our Score

USERS SAID: "Great quality backpack at a great price. Not to mention that it looks good too. Material is heavy duty so it can stand up to the elements. A versatile backpack as well that can be used in numerous circumstances and situations."

BEST FOR: A backpack that will withstand years of use


JanSport Superbreak Backpack

Our Score

BEST FOR: A backpack for every occasion—school, sleepovers, travel, and more

LOVED FOR: JanSport's made its name for being a trustworthy company. They deliver on bags that are comfortable and built to last.


The North Face Jester Backpack

Our Score

USERS SAID: "I love this backpack because the thick straps help to make it more comfortable. I also love the size! It's not huge so it helps me from over packing and making it to heavy. It has multiple pockets to help keep all of my smaller items organized and easy to locate."

LOVED FOR: Its sturdiness, classic design, and many compartments 


Fjällräven Kånken Water Resistant Backpack

Our Score

USERS SAID: "My daughter is a 5th grader and she wanted this backpack in the frost green color. Upon arrival she was thrilled. She likes that the straps are adjustable and figured out how to adjust them herself. She also likes the optional carrying options with the handles on top. It looks small but is roomy enough to hold standard 1-2-inch binders and regular folders very easily. Great purchase, excellent construction."

BEST FOR: A fashionable everyday backpack that won't go out of style

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