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19 cool school backpacks for teenage boys and girls

Essential school bags from the prettiest to the most practical

A decent school bag is high on the agenda for teens at secondary school – and durability, comfort, size, and style are all factors to consider when hunting online. 

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Since it's almost back to school time, take advantage of the many online sales and deals available for school essentials including school uniform offers, stationery for less, and of course, that all-important backpack.

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.

Best school bags for teenage girls 2022

Leopard Backpack, £22.50, Superdry


Leopard never goes out of fashion and this Superdry animal print backpack is as roomy as it is bold, with plenty of pockets too.

Dickies backpack, £35, ASOS


Who doesn't love a stylish backpack? Dickie's putty pink rucksack is roomy and cool in equal measure.

Tie-dye Backpack, £42, Abercrombie


What we love about this Abercrombie backpack is not only the size, but you can buy a matching lunchbox that attaches to the front too.

If tie-dye isn't for you, there's plenty of other patterns including ditsy florals, lightening print and plain too.

tommy & lottie backpack, £35, Not On The High Street


For the eco-conscious teen, this rucksack will hit the mark - it's made from 100% recycled plastic bottles and is available in a variety of colours, including this lush sunny yellow.


Padded backpack, £47, Eastpak


Eastpak's backpack is padded, helping to keep their belongings super safe and protected.

Fjällräven Tree-Kanken backpack, £84, John Lewis


The first Kanken backpack tackled the problem of back pain among schoolchildren, but if you want your hands on the latest edition, their new Tree-Kanken range is made of pine weave (a durable fabric developed from Swedish wood-based raw material).

The backpacks are both stylish and water-resistant and come in a range of trendy colours.

Convertible backpack, £128, Free People


This vintage-inspired bag is convertible so can be carried as a backpack or tote bag, and has plenty of room for all of their school essentials.

Quilted backpack, £27, Pretty Little Thing


This simple design will please even the fussiest of teens.

Hype Holographic 14L backpack, £25, Argos


Hype backpacks are beloved by teens the nation over because they're just cool. They're also a good size, well made and reasonably priced (not that teens care so much about those points). Argos have a good selection in various different colours and designs to suit all tastes: See the full range here.

GUIVITU Girls backpack, £32.99, Amazon


A cute school bag with plenty of pockets to store all your books and stationery - and we're loving the decor pompoms! 

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Best school bags for teenage boys 2022

Smiley Eastpak Padded Backpack, £20, The Hut


It's padded and pretty cool too - teens will love the 90s smiley print.


Skechers Backpack, £31.94, Amazon


We love this classic rucksack from Skechers in a versatile shade of maroon. The bag is lightweight and wearable, and boasts a special compartment for a laptop. 

Nike Element Backpack, £28, JD Sports


Sports fan? He'll love this Nike backpack made from durable, water-resistant polyester that keeps the contents dry and secure. Signed off with bold Nike Swoosh branding to the front, it can even be personalised.

Backpack, £22, River Island


This backpack has a trendy vibe to it plus plenty of pockets for those school essentials.

S-ZONE Starry Lightning backpack, £25.99, Amazon


We love this cool lightning-effect bag which comes with several pockets and laptop compartment. Plus, it's water-resistant so good for days out, not just school use.

Best school bags that will fit a LOT in

Rains backpack, £95, Urban Outfitters


We love this unisex rubberised backpack from Rains; with plenty of pockets for your teens' bits and bobs, it's got a sleek finish that'll suit the most stylish of teenagers.

Herschel backpack, £100, John Lewis


Herschel's backpacks are known for being roomy and having plenty of longevity. It also comes with a lifetime guarantee, so if your darling child does happen to ruin it, you're covered!

Hiking backpack, £39.99, Decathalon


A great choice if your teenager needs a spacious bag. This backpack boasts 13 pockets and an expandable compartments.

Bali Backpack, £69.99, Gandys London


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

Best school bags for the tech-obsessed

DJ Marshmellow Backpack, £16.99, Amazon


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...

Waterproof Travel Laptop Backpack, £20.39, Amazon


This clever anti-theft bag boasts a password lock and a hidden pocket to protect your valuables. It's waterproof, tear-resistant and ideal for kids who need to take a laptop to school with them. 

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