After what feels like the longest summer ever (or the shortest, if you’re a kid) school’s back, baby! And if your kids are anything like our kids, their worn, filthy backpacks–and worse, lunch bags–are still gathering dust, and maybe even a little mold in the corner. Our first instinct? Out with the old and in with the new! Little scholars gotta schlep their stuff in something and they may as well do it in style.
Here are 12 backpacks and lunch bags that’ll put a spring in their step and help them rule the school:
Time to ditch those grungy old backpacks for these cool new alternatives
So Hip It HurtsDesigned by Spanish artist Ricardo Cavolo, this sleek pack from Montreal's Frank + Oak Creator Series is lightweight and loaded with pockets for serious stowage.
$69 at Frank And OakFrank And Oak
Go For GloThis nylon number from J.Crew has (literally) got teeth. It even glows in the dark – cool comfort when the sun sets at 4pm.
$72 at J.CrewJ.Crew
Cuter Than ThouToronto-based SoYoung makes its gear from dishwasher-safe raw linen. This Pixipop-print lunch box is insulated and comes with a handy messenger strap so it's less likely to get left on the bus.
$37 at SoYoungSoYoung
Furry & FabulousPerfect for preschoolers, this friendly Muppet-like monster is made of soft faux fur and will hold all their adorable bits and bobs. Manamana.
$36 at ZaraZara
Old SchoolVancouver's Herschel Supply Co. is legendary for its stylin' bags. This yellow taxi-print lunch pack gets an A+ for being insulated, easy to clean and big enough to hold sammies and snacks.
$30 at West Coast Kids
Roomy For ReadingDesigned by a high school senior looking for a stylish way to tote textbooks, this preppy pack has gold hardware, poppy stripes and a flat bottom so it won't tip over. Harvard, here they come!
$144 ($115 USD) at madeline & companymadeline & company
Shark Attack!Made from organic cotton, Fluf's ethically-produced zippered bags are breathable and machine washable, so they'll avoid that funky smell most lunch containers seem to get by October.
$29 at FlufFluf
AstronomicalThis bold beauty from Hunter is kind of like the Cadillac of backpacks. Water-resistant with parachute clips, it comes in a very celestial space camo print. Not cheap but it'll probably last until the next eclipse.
$195 at HunterHunter
Ice Cold!What's cooler than being cool? PackIts freezable lunch bags. Store it overnight in the freezer and that PB & J will stay chilled for up to 10 hours. Hey ya!
$16 at AmazonAmazon
Retro RucksackVans x Peanuts cotton pack features an all-over Woodstock print that's so fetching, even Joe Cool would be impressed.
$50 at Simons
Once You Go Bento…Plain ol' ham and cheese just won't cut it. Montebento's Tresor lunch box comes with two leak-proof compartments that are perfect for vegan, gluten-free protein balls with a side of organic edamame.
$24 at Chapters IndigoChapters Indigo
Carry For A CauseTOMS vegan, old school packs have padded sleeves for laptops and come in fetching prints like forest camo and metallic snow spots. And for each bag purchased, the company donates to anti-bullying programs. Gold star.
$65 at Toms