BUYER’S GUIDE Best backpacks for junior

Fab form and great function ― your cool kid will surely dig these top-of-the-class, yet functional carriers.


School is in session ― have you gotten your kiddo a bag that does a first-rate job? You know what we mean ― does his backpack keep his bits and pieces in place, while ensuring that junior doesn’t strain his back or shoulders?

By the way, a good-looking and roomy backpack that’s sturdy can also double as a weekend carrier to hold a water bottle, a change of clothes and your mini-me’s favourite remote-control vehicle while he’s on the go. Secret tip: Find a bag your mini-me will fall in love with and he will be eager to carry it at all times ― which means you won’t have to! 

If you’re still on the lookout for the ideal backpack for your little one, take a look at our picks…


Satch by Ergobag

Price $198
From Scool or the physical store at #03-154 Marina Square, 6 Raffles Boulevard.
What This German-made ergonomically designed backpack literally takes the weight off your school-going kid’s shoulders, thanks to optimal weight distribution. With two aluminium rails for stability, the bag also features a padded waist strap to take any strain off the back. Besides an adjustable back panel and chest straps to cater to your child’s measurements, several cleverly-designed compartments inside hold everything neatly. Available in cheery hues and cute plaid designs.
Parents say Notes dad-of-two Tim Cheng, 35, “The many compartments make sure files and books are not tossed around and the design is constructed for children's backs ―nothing that pinches or comes up too high in the neck. Very comfortable to carry.”


SkipHop Boys' Forget-Me-Not 3 Piece Backpack Set

Price From US$25.99/$36.91
From Amazon
What These delightful animal-themed backpacks (think dinosaurs, bee and giraffes) are sure to be a hit with both boys and girls. This three-piece set includes a backpack, an insulated lunch bag and a reflective clip-on keychain. The backpack has a top flat carrying handle with dual adjustable shoulder straps, a clear front zip pocket, plus two side mesh slip pockets on the outside. The flat base keeps the bag upright at all times, while inside, two large compartments inside has enough room to hold all of juinor’s belongings, including the insulated lunch bag.
Parents say “It’s very spacious and deep. The cool thing about the zip compartment in front is that it is actually transparent, so I can see whatever is inside. It also has a water bottle net holder at the side,” says Steven Kumar, 40, dad to two boys.

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