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13 cool backpacks for teenagers going back to school

Essential school bags from the prettiest to the most practical

Carla Challis

One of the best things about going back to school, apart from seeing friends, has to be choosing a new school bag. And with a new school term, you and your teenager are probably doing some back-to-school shopping. One thing will be different this year, though – your teen's bag will need to be coronavirus-friendly; that means plenty of pockets for storing face masks for teens, hand gel and a washable bag or one that can be wiped down the minute they step through the door. Whether they want a school bag that's got plenty of room, a school bag that will charge their phone too or a cool classic, get ready to impress your teen with our edit of the best school bags for teenagers going back to school.

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Best school bags for teenage girls

Big enough for schoolwork and sportswear, we love the lush pink of this Nike backpack and who doesn't adore a matching pencil case, too?

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Nike Elemental Backpack, £24.99, La Redoute

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Simple and stylish, we love the khaki shade of this Topshop backpack. It's nylon too, so can be wiped down with ease.

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Nylon Backpack, £20, Topshop

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For the eco-conscious teen, this Lefrik backpack will tick all the boxes – it used to be a plastic bottle!

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Lefrik Backpack, £50, Urban Outfitters

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Holographic backpacks are big news for autumn; we love them for being wipe-clean and reflective come winter.

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Luminous Backpack, £23.93, Etsy

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Best school bags for teenage boys

Break up the black with this grey backpack, perfect for school essentials and PE kits too.

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Nike Elemental Backpack, £24.95, ASOS

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If your teen was into tie-dye during lockdown, this unisex Eastpak backpack should keep them happy come term time, too.

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Eastpak Nylon Backpack, £45, Selfridges

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You can't beat a classic camo print. It's wipe-clean (tick) and roomy enough for all of his stuff with plenty of pockets to keep things separate. 

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Camo Backpack, £19.57, Adidas

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Best school bags that will fit a LOT in

This black number has everything your teen will need; pockets, a laptop sleeve and even a hidden back pocket for valuables. Genius.

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Bali Backpack, £64.99, Gandys London

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Looking for something on the larger size? M&S' jumbo school bag should be big enough; it also has a side pocket for a water bottle, is water-resistant and comes in plain black if your teens' school has a strict dress code.

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Jumbo School Bag, £30, Marks & Spencer

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For the teen who needs a BIG school bag, this one has serious space plus compartments for dividing all their school stuff.

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Multifunctional backpack, £19.99, Mango

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Best school bags for the tech-obsessed

Along with a USB charging port, this backpack boasts anti-theft features - just what your teen needs if they're carrying about their tech equipment. With one big pocket containing multiple sleeves, they can stay organised while safe too. Will fit a 15inch laptop or tablet.

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CoolBELL Anti-theft Backpack, £42.37, Amazon

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Not only is this a cute design, it has a clever USB charging port for charging phones and tablets plus a pouch for any smaller essentials.

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Canvas Bag, £21.99, Amazon

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Along with the all-important USB charging ports, this backpack is a tech-lover's dream - there are sleeves and pockets galore to store tablets, laptops, keyboards, gaming gear, headphones...

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DJ Marshmellow Backpack, £13.99, Amazon

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