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Back to school: The best rucksacks for primary school

Section: Nursery & School

With summer holidays in full swing, it’s time to start thinking about the kids going back to school. It's a strange one this year, as some of our children haven't really been in school since March - so new gear is a must. 

It's hard to know what's around the next corner at the moment, but the best and only thing we can do as mums is be prepared - and that means stocking up on all those school supplies ready for their first day back. 

We've taken a look at back to school essentials like notebooks and pencils, but you need something to put it all in - a good rucksack is essential for any child starting, or returning to, primary school. A decent bag should last until the following school year, that's if they don’t sprout up too much.  

Get ahead of the last-minute shoppers and buy all the essentials you need for your child’s new school year now.


The best back to school rucksacks

Mini space rangers, cowboys and cowgirls at the ready! This fun Toy Story 4 backpack is perfect for going back to school. It has plenty of room for everything they need and more. Plus, this bag can grow with your child as it has adjustable straps.

We might be a bit llama-obsessed at the moment (check out our favourite llama stuff here) but we are unapologetic and shall continue by purchasing this wonderful llama rucksack and trying not to keep it for ourselves. 

We love a unicorn, and for little ones starting primary school, this cute rucksack will make them feel more at home. You can get a matching water bottle, too. 

Let the magic begin with this Harry Potter rucksack. If your little one is obsessed with witchcraft and wizardry, this is the best school bag for them. They can carry with them all the equipment needed including their magic wand, a book of spells and invisibility cloak.  

Great for little ones who don't have too much to carry to school, these are easy to carry and don't have fiddly zips to contend with. They come in a range of designs. 

This bag is purrfect for any little cat lovers. The adorable kitty design comes with attached fabric ears. As well as its charming look, there’s also plenty of space for your child to carry their lunch and stationary. Just think how sweet the first-day picture will look with this on their back.

Minecraft Backpack

£18.88 - RRP: £24.99

Help build their future with this brilliant Minecraft backpack. Get your little gamer ready for a new school year and kit it out with everything they need for their exciting adventure. This bag has plenty of room with the main compartment, an inner laptop sleeve and a zipped front pocket.

With a wave of your magic wand and a click or two here and there, you’ll be able to get a rucksack fit for your own little princess. It’s beautiful pink and gold design is wrapped up nicely with a cute bow. Alongside its sweet design, this bag is a great size for everyday use.

We're all about that easy life and this adorable back to school set is everything your little one needs for class in September. We love that in just one purchase you will have a backpack, lunch bag and pencil case. Plus, the matching snow leopard design is just the icing on the cake. 

With so many different rucksacks out there for youngsters, it can be hard to simply pick just one. You’ll find that most have the same functionalities, with a few variations on strap sizes and shapes. Especially for kids, the most important part about a backpack is the design. They want to look cool the first day back at school before running off to play with their friends.

We know how busy it is being a parent, so instead of rounding up the whole family and taking them shopping, you can buy one right now online. Let’s face it, if you go to your local supermarket someone’s guaranteed to have a tantrum (if it isn’t you). Choose from one of my favourite rucksacks for kids in primary school and you can get it delivered in time to try it out before your next adventure.

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  • Author: Lily Anderson Lily Anderson
  • Job Title: Senior Commercial Content Writer

Lily Anderson is a Senior Commercial Content Writer at Bauer Media, where she writes about and reviews products for titles like Mother&Baby, Heat, Closer, What’s the Best and Yours. After earning a BA (Hons) in Magazine Journalism and Feature Writing at Southampton Solent University, Lily has specialised in lifestyle and shopping content.

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