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April 21, 2024

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Things We Like This Summer: Creative Backpacks!

For outings, sporting events, day camps, sleepovers, family vacations and beyond, EVERYONE loves a cool backpack. Here's a fun collection with something for everyone.

Sakroots Entrada Backpack: Multi Mosaic Wanderlust | $98
The very fabric of this backpack feels so durable that even the toughest student (teenagers included!) will have a hard time roughing it up! The bottom half also has a zipper to shorten the height of the bag or extend it back out for taller items to fit inside. There's a front zipper pocket, laptop compartment and several interior pockets to keep everything organized. You'll especially love the matching pencil case and how it opens up nicely to reveal everything inside. This style includes a cute llama keychain and tassles, too.


Ages 18 months – 7 years | $45
Here's a fun and brightly colorful backpack for kids. The preschool set will love the animal themes, too. Choose from a monkey, dog, bear, bat, horse and more. This lightweight backpack features two side pockets; adjustable, lightly padded shoulder straps; a zipper outer pocket that doubles as the animal's mouth; and full lining. You'll love that it's washable, too. The bag also comes with a removable name tag and mesh laundry bag to protect it in the wash.

Keep your style, Mom! This trendy blush-colored diaper bag features eight pockets — four apiece inside and outside — and a matching changing pad to keep you light on your feet while on-the-go with your little one. The side pockets can hold a bottle or sippy cup, and the bag is the perfect size for a quick trip out. You might even use it for anything other than a diaper bag as well. It's too cute to put down!


The techie in your family is gonna flip for this nifty backpack. There's nothing worse than being on-the-go or on vacation with your devices going dead. This Lifepack bag is your savior. Not only is it roomy to tote your essentials regardless of the occasion, but it has a built-in solar power system that you can plug any of your USB devices into so you'll never be without a charge! In addition to the integrated USB charger, it also features a retractable lock to keep your stuff safe, Bluetooth speakers for your music-listening pleasure and a high-speed power bank that can give you six full phone charges. The speakers promise up to 96 hours of non-stop listening.


Clear bags are what's in when it comes to security at sports' events, concerts and more, and The Smarty Company has become the industry leader for quality, innovation and style. You can breeze through security with this strong baby including reinforced stitching and a military-grade bottom. Available in two sizes: Medium (16.5 x 12.4 x 6.25) or Large (18 x 13 x 6.75). There's a huge water bottle pocket, double-padded shoulder straps, a mesh organizer for devices and pens along with a zipper pocket for keys and more. You're gonna love it!

This adorable collection of zoo critter backpacks will be your toddler's favorite thing! Choose from dozens of styles, animals and insects, and splurge for a coordinating rolling suitcase if you're taking to the skies. Super cute, these are best-selling, highly recommended packs!

This stylish bag is perfect for Dad with Baby in tow. The high-quality bag comes with many cool features. Regardless where you go with Baby, you'll have everything you need, including a handy roll-out changing station. The anti-microbial and liquid-repellent material is convenient for those occasions when bottle spills and baby blowouts happen. There is plenty of room for all the supplies you'll need to tote along, and there's even a compartment for your laptop and other gadgets. You can easily snap it to your baby's stroller, and the straps convert it into a backpack, too.

The Explorer: Heart Burst | $48
Your bubbly kid will love this backpack covered in hearts. This water resistant pack is 15" x 11.5" x 5.5" and features reinforced seams and handles for rough little ones, padded straps for added comfort, chest straps for security, front pocket and two side mesh pockets for water bottles and even fidget tabs for wiggly fingers! It's just the right size for little kids heading into kindergarten, but may be a little small once you go up in grades and the workload increases. You'll love the oversized flap over the front pocket, too, because it's the perfect spot for monogramming!

BRAVERY Backpack | $85 (on sale NOW for $29.50!)
Awarded a top spot on the NBC Today's list of Best Kids' Backpacks, this Fenrici backpack features a well-padded back panel, wide mesh shoulder straps, and adjustable sternum strap to help reduce strain and keep your child comfortable. There's even an interior laptop compartment. There's more, too — 5 percent of net proceeds from the purchase of one of these backpacks is donated to the global non-profit organization Global Genes to fund the research and education for childhood rare diseases.

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