The 9 Best Kid's Rolling Backpacks

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This wiki has been updated 26 times since it was first published in April of 2017. Kids these days often need to lug a great many items to and from school, like books, a laptop, lunch, and sports gear, so investing in a quality rolling backpack with ample pockets can help them to stay organized, as well as prevent back strain. On a safety note, students are advised to carry these by the straps in crowded hallways to prevent others from tripping. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. High Sierra Powerglide

2. Puma Axis

3. Jansport Driver 8

Editor's Notes

July 31, 2019:

As sturdy as your child’s current school backpack might be, he or she might be a good candidate for a rolling backpack. A sturdy selection will help with posture and general comfort, especially when your kiddo is buckling under the heavy daily load of books, laptop, lunch, clothing, a change of shoes... and the list goes on and on. Each of the selections here is highly maneuverable and ergonomic, and will surely lighten the burden.

The newly added, black Puma Axis is great for kids who may be losing interest in backpacks that feature highly colorful and/or cartoon character designs. However, they can still go with their trim color preference of white, silver, pink, or red. It’s sporty and made of durable polyester that’s easy to wipe clean. The adjustable shoulder straps mean the bag can grow along with a kid, and the main compartment conveniently features dual zippers, which can come in handy when your child is trying to get unpacked by his or her locker before the impending morning bell. The multiple pockets also help kids to know exactly where everything is, down to their electronics (chargers and cords included), water bottle, or a pair of eyeglasses.

The High Sierra Powerglide, another new addition, is a tried-and-true solution suitable for high school or college students who have a lot to carry, need multiple pockets to organize it all, and don’t want to strain their backs getting all of their books and other gear to school each day. It sounds like a tall order, but this one is up to the task, with 2,350 cubic inches of storage space, including dedicated laptop and media pockets, a headphone port, pen pockets, and a plastic key hook. It has smooth-rolling, corner-mounted, all-terrain wheels and a molded kick plate for stability. The telescoping and handle folds up neatly when not in use and is kept under a protective, zippered cover.

The Jansport Driver 8 is another selection with which you can’t go wrong, and it holds an impressive amount of gear – 2,175 cubic inches’ worth, to be exact. Its two large main compartments help your child to stay organized, and it also provides a spot for organizing supplies like pens, a ruler, and so on. The padded laptop sleeve comes in handy when books are being shoved in, in a hurry. The inline skate wheels make for smooth maneuvering, and the retractable handle provides comfortable padding.

Special Honors

L.L. Bean Rolling Deluxe Book Pack This rigorously tested selection is made to handle heavy loads with ease, thanks to reinforced pockets and smooth-rolling wheels. It’s designed for kids ages 13 and up, and comes in black, dark plum, navy, or moss- or mint-colored camouflage. It’s newly updated to include water bottle pockets, easier-to-navigate zippers, and more organizational features.

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Karen Bennett
Last updated by Karen Bennett

Karen Bennett lives in Chicago with her family, and when she’s not writing, she can usually be found practicing yoga or cheering on her kids at soccer games. She holds a master’s degree in journalism and a bachelor’s in English, and her writing has been published in various local newspapers, as well as “The Cheat Sheet,” “Illinois Legal Times,” and “USA Today.” She has also written search engine news page headlines and worked as a product manager for a digital marketing company. Her expertise is in literature, nonfiction, textbooks, home products, kids' games and toys, hardware, teaching accessories, and art materials.

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