The 10 Best Backpacks & Bags Under $50 to Sport This School Year

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* Look fresh on the first day of school without going over budget
* Backpacks and bags for every style
* All backpacks are under $50

Getting a new backpack is one of the most exciting parts of starting a new school year. But picking a bag that can carry all your essentials, look great, and match your ideal price point can be a struggle, as there’s seemingly endless options. To help find a bag that will put some pep in your step on the first day of school, we rounded up the best backpacks and bags that you can buy now for less than $50.

1. Jansport Popcorn Lunch Bag

Carrying your lunch in a separate bag is a good idea. Not only can you leave it in a locker while you move from class to class, you don’t risk ruining your book bag with a spill. This popcorn lunch bag is way more fun than a brown paper bag, and it features insulation to keep your food warm or cold.

Lunch Box Funny Jansport Image courtesy of Tillys


2. Neon Riot Nasa Fanny Pack

Fanny packs have made a comeback, but most people are now sporting them as a crossbody bag around their shoulder rather than around the waist. If you don’t have too much stuff to carry, we recommend giving the new trend a try this year.

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3. Champion Fanny Pack

Another great fanny pack is this style from Champion. It features the trendy Champion logo boldly printed on the front, and a versatile grey, blue, and red colorway that looks especially good with sporty outfits.

Grey Fanny Pack Champion Image courtesy of Tillys


4. Dickies Colton Backpack

This checkered backpack by Dickies offers a statement-making look that you can still wear with every outfit. It’s also a good size for carrying multiple school supplies, and it even comes with a laptop sleeve, book pocket, and a few extra pockets for gadgets, accessories, and a water bottle.

Pattern Backpack Dickies Image courtesy of Tillys


5. Vans Old Skool II Backpack

Vans always does a good job of making throwback style look modern, and this Old Skool backpack is no exception. It showcases a vintage-inspired colorway and a classic, minimal design that looks great with just about any style.

Vintage Backpack Vans Image courtesy of Tillys


6. Jansport Black Label Backpack

You can’t go wrong with a classic black Jansport backpack. They’re affordable, durable, and extremely versatile style-wise.

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7. Jansport SuperBreak Backpack

While minimal backpacks are great, a statement making backpack like this pineapple Jansport can be fun choice for those who prefer bold accessories. It features a repeating pineapple pattern on a white background that adds some color to your outfit, and might even break the ice with your future best friend.

Pattern Backpack Jansport Image courtesy of Tillys


8. Adidas Originals Trefoil Backpack

The bold logo trend started by street-wear lovers and hypebeasts is showing no signs of slowing down this fall. If you still don’t have a great logo piece (or want another) go for this classic Adidas logo backpack.

Adidas Backpack Logo Image courtesy of Tillys


9. Champion Free-Form Tote

Another great tote bag for students is this sporty style by Champion. It showcases a very modern, athleisure-inspired look and is roomy enough for all of your school essentials.

White Tote Bag Champion Image courtesy of Tillys


10. Benrus Scout Backpack

If you’re looking for a vintage-inspired bag, go for this timeless Benrus Scout backpack. It features a polyester build with vegan leather details that give the backpack a subtle throwback look.

Vintage Backpack Black Image courtesy of Tillys