The Back to School Essential: Bags Packed with Style

Get ready for the school year with these stylish backpacks from brands that have your back! The perfect accessory to complete your first day fit, here are the top backpacks, duffels and packs.


A backpack is a student’s number one companion. It does the literal heavy lifting, carrying everything from books and snacks, to a laptop and gym clothes. Finding a backpack that’s functional and stylish is very much important, here is our top picks to compliment your back to school look!

Herschel is carrying the past into the future. New classics are made with EcoSystem recycled fabrics, updated silhouettes and modern feature sets for today’s journeys. Stylish and practical, these Herschel styles are a go-to choice! Did you know? by 2024 almost all Heschel bags will be made with recycled fabrics. Shop our assortment of Herschel backpacks.

Inject your back-to-school look with a burst of colour with this playful, yet practical JanSport backpack. Featuring an interior laptop sleeve, side water bottle pocket and padded shoulder straps, it will quickly become your functional bestie.

This classic backpack is functional, comfortable and reliable! The same classic design since it debuted in 1978, and remains just as popular today. Available in an assortment of colours, the perfect bag for school and day trips. The Kanken backpack makes a lifelong companion.

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Duffel Bags

Perfect for taking to the gym or weekend trips home from school, a duffel bag offers tons of space for your running shoes, workout clothes, snacks, water bottle and more.

A streamlined version of your typical duffel bag, this sleek Nike duffel bag is roomy enough to lug everything you need but without the bulk. There’s a double zip main compartment that can fit your sneakers and clothes, and there’s a zippered front pocket for other essentials like your phone and keys. Bonus: it has a removable shoulder strap, so you can carry it more than one way.

In a classic silhouette, the Herschel Eco Novel Duffel bag is all about the details. Featuring a removable shoulder strap and the brand’s signature shoe compartment to keep those germs off your clean clothes, the bag is also made with 100% recycled fabrics.

Perfect for the avid gym-goer, this Under Armour duffel bag has been crafted to be lightweight and durable. With padded shoulder straps, dual water bottle slip pockets, and a large vented pocket with organization you’ll be prepared wherever you plan on going.

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Crossbody Packs & Accessory Bags

Incredibly versatile, crossbody packs have less space than your traditional backpack, making it perfect for short runs to the coffee shop or library. The best part is many can be carried in multiple ways, like over the shoulder bag or around the waist.

Add a little colour into your accessories with the Cotopaxi hip pack. Made from recycled polyester, the fabric is water-resistant meaning a little rain won’t drench your essentials. The main compartment is easy to access and there’s even an interior fleece-lined pocket for your phone.

This versatile Herschel crossbody bag can be worn crossbody or as a clutch, after you remove the clip-fastened strap. Featuring an external storage sleeve, and internal sleeves with a hidden key clip, it’s the perfect size for quick outings.

Don’t let yourself end up with a sad lunch and invest in an insulated lunch bag like this stylish one from JanSport. The large main compartment will keep your food hot or cold, and there’s an interior pocket for utensils or a napkin.

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Check out our complete Back to School Guide for everything you need to head back to class in style!