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New Year, New Adventures: Back-to-School Backpack Guide 2023

 DLK is here to help your little one get ready for their first day. #backtoschool (

With the school year right around the corner, this might sound familiar: 

Kids: “I’m not going back to school”

Also, kids: “Can we get new stuff?”

As much as you love your kiddos, you’re probably ready for a much needed break, haha… we feel you! The school year is quickly approaching, which is why we’ve got you covered with cool new backpacks for your little bookworm. 

We understand back-to-school shopping can be overwhelming, especially with all the new styles hitting shelves and our kids growing faster than we can keep up.. To make your job a little easier, we created a backpack guide with all the compartments and essentials your kid will need. The right backpack will depend on a number of factors, including carrying capacity, features, and sizing. Here’s a few of our top picks to help you choose: 

Sugar, Spice, and Everything Mice

Reading Iron On Patch, Hoagie Money Coin Pouch & Sticker, Archibook Stickers & Coloring, Googly Eye Mini Notebook, Mouse All Over Backpack, Little Peeps Tommy Toadstool

From the new Bobo Choses AW23 Collection… the Mouse All Over Backpack is a super rad backpack for school days and everyday. This bag features adjustable straps, a front and side pockets, and an all over mouse design. It’s stylish, spacious, and a bit nostalgic as it reminds us of a particular mouse and his love of dreams. 

Mini Tribes are the Best Tribes

Mini Monster Eco Backpack, Ricecrunch Carrot Mini Plush, The Notebook, Cosmos Pioneer, The Eye Graphite Sketching Pencil Set

Have a little explorer on your hands? The Mini Monster Eco Backpack is crafted in a regenerated nylon – ECONYL® – created from disused fishing nets and ghost nets lost at sea (how dope is that?!) We love a design that is both sustainable and cute, especially when it comes with monster features and contrast straps. 

From Classic to Cool-Kid Approved

Corduroy Color Block School Bag, Pocket Notebook Set, Riceleon Lion Plush, Design Letters Mechanical Pencil, Lunch Money Coin Pouch

Fun fact… the earliest traces of corduroy can be traced back to ancient Egypt, making it one of the oldest fabrics in the garb. As such, the distinctly ribbed textile has lived many lives – a luxurious insulator for medieval nobles, a hardy uniform for 19th century factory workers, a fixture in the wardrobes of ‘60s preppies and ‘70s rockers. This fall, corduroy is once again at the forefront of fashion, offering countless ways to enjoy the fabric’s outfit-enriching texture (and we couldn’t be more excited about it!).  

For school days and everyday, the Corduroy Color Block School Bag is super rad featuring adjustable straps, a front pocket, and a cool corduroy color block design. Perfect for girls and boys (they can even twin!). 

Different is IN

Green Smoothie Small Backpack, Thermo Insulated To Go Cup, Hot and Cold Thermo Bottle, Googly Eye Mini Notebook

Maybe your child would like a really unique and chic backpack… the Green Smoothie Small Backpack comes in a light green, quilted and made of soft polyester. It’s waterproof and washable, designed with straps reinforced with nylon bands resistant up to 130 lbs. Feel rest assured that this backpack will make it through the whole school year. 


Made for Adventure 

The Beltbackpack, Coder Iron On Patch, Skateboarding Iron On Patch, Astronaut Iron On Patch, Soccer Iron On PatchThe Notebook, Bagel Money Coin Pouch, House of Notes, Bunny Snackie, Blue Cotton Candy Watch

Now for my FAVORITE…. The Beltbackpack. This award-winning backpack was designed from a love of travel and adventure. It has a natural rawness to its look and features a main compartment with YKK double zipper, adjustable chest strap, padded adjustable shoulder straps, carry handle, mesh drink bottle sleeve, name label, internal pocket with zip closure, internal sleeve with padding, and velcro closure with two secret pockets! It can be accessorized with Pachee’s iron on patches, designed to encourage and reward kids for their achievements and hobbies (similar to Boy and Girl Scouts!). This backpack supports kid’s young backs and comes with a removable belt bag. Great for school, afterschool, hiking, and more! 

Little Stars, Big Dreams

Coral Skateboard SetPinkity Drinkity Lip GlossPascale Raspberry Sorbet Plush DollArt NotebookDance Legends Alphabet BookPen Pals Washi TapeGoodies Snack BoxFood Lunch BoxShooting Star Recycled Backpack

Comfort, functionality, and style?... yes please!

The Shooting Star Recycled Backpack is a great lightweight bag for preschool or kindergarten. It has a cross chest buckle for an optimal fit and reflective features to provide visibility in traffic (keeping the little ones safe and protected!). The backpack holds a front pocket with a zipper for smaller items and easily closes with a drawstring and front flap-over buckle closure. It even comes with a Bob the Bear keychain for a cute and playful twist.

Little Miss Leopard Print

Leopard Print Panda Backpack, Personal Thermo Bottle, House of Notes, Personal Lunch Box, Homemade Thermo Lunch Box

If your kiddo is obsessed with all things cheetah, leopard, or animal print, the Leopard Print Panda Backpack is a must-have. It features an all over leopard print and the iconic Mini Rodini panda. Now, if only it came in adult size… we would be bringing this backpack to work everyday.              

Shop the Best Back-to-School Backpacks 

We can’t get over all these fun backpacks, from the unique prints and designs, vivid colors, and more. DLK values fashion and function, which is why we have carefully curated a selection of quality (and comfortable!) backpacks for your kids to enjoy. Snatch them up while you can and don’t forget to share your favorites and tag us on Instagram using @designlifekids and #designlifekids. Happy shopping!

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