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Best rucksacks for mums: helping you go hands-free on the school run

Section: Mum Buys
best rucksacks for mums

Have you been looking for a bag that looks stylish, fits everything you need and allows you to have your hands free so you can manage your baby or toddler?

Introducing the humble rucksack. If you’ve used a rucksack changing bag, then you know how useful they are when you’re a mum – and once you’re past the changing bag stage, sticking with a rucksack means you still have all those benefits.     

Whether you're on the school run, commuting, shopping, exploring or just going for a walk with your little one, we can all agree that having a rucksack is super useful.   

While you may no longer need a changing bag, there are still some essential items that won't leave a mum's bag any time soon (we simply can’t imagine life without a pack of baby wipes).    

All our choices combine style and practicality - because one or the other is simply not enough. 

Scroll down to find out which rucksacks we’ll be buying this season.

Best rucksacks for mums 2021:

A simple choice for every day, Miss Lulu’s faux leather black bag is just what you need. With one roomy pocket - that fits practically everything, the simple gold bar detail will give the perfect final touch to any outfit. If black isn’t for you, not to worry. The rucksack is available in a range of other great colours, including blue and grey.  

Review: "Great little bag for the price, currently in between a nappy bag and a normal small bag so this has been perfect, it fits two nappies, wipes, large lunch box, Chilly's water bottle my large ted baker purse my iPhone 8, plus and a few other small bits. I've given it a good tug. and nothing has come off. Great bag for £15 :) the only downfall is it doesn't stay closed."

Keep things simple with this chic black ASOS DESIGN rucksack, with more than enough room to carry everyday essentials for you and your little one. Equipped with adjustable straps, you can fit your bag exactly how you like for optimal comfort. 

Review: "Great backpack for everyday use! The overall quality of the product is very good."

Another Fiorelli bag, we just can’t help it! This time in all grey, this leather-look bag is perfect if you’re yearning for an added edge of sophistication while juggling your little one on a hectic day out. 

Review: "I love this backpack - I wanted a bag similar to what I previously owned but to go handsfree also didn't want it to be too small. I can fit so much in this bag without feeling like I'm being weighed down. I was worried about the zip on this bag, but so far so good, no problems whatsoever. I would highly recommend it."

Sometimes all we want to do is throw on a pair of joggers and call it a day. Well, with this simple black bag equipped with a quilted finish and gold hardware throughout, you can do so while still looking classy and put together. If you prefer a splash of colour, this bag is also available in beige and pink. 

Review: "Love this bag, great quality, looks good and ideal for going out on little adventures with my son to store our drinks and other bits. Recommended to my mom then had to order her one too"

Although this is technically a changing bag, this backpack, come over the shoulder bag has all the storage you need for any day-to-day activities. Whether you need to change bubba's nappy on the go or want to make sure you have all the essentials on a play date, this backpack has everything you need. 

Review: "Great quality, storage and pockets."

If you need to carry a laptop with you as well, this is a great option. It’s made with durable, lightweight, and water-resistant nylon. It also has lots of pockets for all your little one’s essentials.

Review: "This bag is brilliant! I have a mile to walk to work and my handbag was heavy, so I had to carry my lunch separately. This bag is full of pockets, the top opens to reveal a cavernous space inside. Yesterday I carried all my things, lunch bag and meeting folder, there was still plenty of room. It's well made for the money and very smart. The carry handles are great because it quickly converts into a stylish bag to take to meetings rather than a rucksack. The design is seriously great. I can highly recommend this bag as it's versatile, strong, smart and stylish. Delivery was on time, although when it arrived, I was alarmed that it looked very small, but when I opened the package I saw that the bag was folded in half. I love my new bag, and so does everyone else."

Featuring a water bottle holder, interior card slots and key holders - this backpack is everything on-the-go parents need. Whether you're heading on a family staycation, trip to a theme park or dashing to the shops, this rucksack will become your best friend. 

Review: "Excellent backpack with plenty of internal pockets. I like the orange lining. It helps with spotting things. Very comfortable, and the straps adjust easily."

Calling all the proud mama's - support a small business and treat yourself to this gorgeous rucksack. We love that you can personalise this to your own style and taste as you're able to choose the bag colour and the mama print design. 

Review: "Amazing quick service, excellent quality bag. I have a few from different well-known brands. But since purchasing, this is now my go-to bag! Love it! Stylish and practical - what more can a mama want! xx"

Charmore Women Backpack comes in so many different colours that will be hard to choose just one. It's made with waterproof and anti-abrasion nylon which provides long-lasting performance. You can wear it as a rucksack or as a shoulder bag.

Review: "I bought this to take on holiday to leave me ' hands-free' without worrying too much about someone stealing from an outside pocket. It's lightweight, well-made, good hardware (zips) and has a couple of pockets inside as well as the two front side pockets and 'bottle holder' type pockets. The access to the main compartment is a good size but covered when you are wearing it. I bought a Luxjar backpack organiser (small) as I found many of the bits and pieces I wanted to carry got 'lost' in the main pocket. This makes this bag excellent for travel on a plane etc., but means I can take it out for daily use when there's enough space to roll up a waterproof jacket. Very pleased with the bag, and good value for money."

Add a bit of colour to your outfit with this statement backpack. Not only does this have a washable changing mat and seven internal and external pockets, but it's also made from recycled plastic bottles. Making it good for you, your family and the planet. 

Review: "Fantastic quality and beautiful colour. So much room inside and well worth the money."

This Skip Hop backpack is perfect if you’re looking for an extra touch of luxury. It’s made of durable, wipe-clean vegan leather and features multiple pockets to keep you organised.

Review: "Being a first-time mom, I wasn't sure what type of diaper bag I wanted. I was also gifted a total of three diaper bags, and to be honest, I never like the backpack style diaper bags, so I went with the traditional old-school diaper bags. I eventually found myself looking for a new one because I just wasn't happy with the one that I had until I came upon this one. It was the best decision I ever made. Yes, the bag is pricey, and I consider myself a very frugal person. I am very happy I invested in this diaper bag."

  • Author: Marina Avraam Marina Avraam
  • Job Title: Storytelling Executive

Marina Avraam is a Storytelling Executive for Mother&Baby, and she also works on She has a passion for psychology, reading and fashion writing.

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