The Best Backpacks for Teens and Tweens
Summer is officially here! That means tons of adventure and vacations! The #1 go-to bag for travel and for every day is now the backpack. Not surprising, though, because the backpack is not only comfortable, but it’s roomy and easy to take a lot of essentials with you. It’s a perfect accessory for back to school and for the holiday breaks and vacations in between. Summer is here but before you know it, it will be time to go back to school Make sure you are prepared now for the first day back. I know. Too soon. But getting ready to go back to school doesn’t have to be a bummer! For one, the back-to-school shopping is going to be awesome (especially with all the super cute school supplies we have spotted!) and not to worry, we will be making great posts in the upcoming weeks ahead to get you ready for back to school. For now, we’re going to start with our personal favorite, the backpack. And to top it off, one of our personal favorite brands, the new ‘It Bag’ to have (and one you will be seeing a lot of, we’re sure of it!).
What: Fjallraven backpacks. Originally designed for Swedish school children in 1978, the Fjallraven Kånken has since become one of the most well-loved and iconic backpacks for teens around the world
Why: Backpacks are the perfect daily rucksack. They’re perfect as day packs when traipsing through Europe, camping at Coachella, hiking through Hawaii or heading back to school. These school backpacks are perfect for any teen because of the simple design, variety of sizes and selection of colors. I used mine on a recent trip to Ireland and Scotland and it was perfect for carrying essentials such as a water bottle, money and my phone.
Who: In the 1950’s, 14 year-old Åke Nordin, an avid outdoor -loving kid from Örnsköldsvik in Northern Sweden decided the backpacks available to him were unsatisfactory. So like any enterprising kid, he took matters into his own hands. Åke built his first framed backpack in his basement with his mother’s sewing machine. Using strong cotton fabric for the pack, he attached the wooden frame using leather straps and used calfskin for the support straps. This frame evenly distributed weight across his back so the pack did not end up uneven, pear-shaped and uncomfortable. It also meant he could carry more weight with ease. Åke’s innovation quickly caught on and in 1960 Fjällräven became the first to commercially make and distribute framed backpacks.
Cool design, but even better for your back: Straight backs are happy backs. 🙂 Kånken was launched in 1978 to spare the backs of school children. Back problems had begun to appear in increasingly younger age groups and shoulder bags were popular then. Wearing a backpack to school that is comfortable and well-balanced means less strain on the back. Because of it’s comfy design and functionality, the backpack has become our most prized possession for school and for travel.
The Brand’s Name: Fjällräven means Arctic Fox in Swedish, honoring the small and highly adaptable animal that lives in the Swedish mountains.
Why we them: The durability and simple design of Fjallraven makes these easy to love. They are the perfect backpacks for tweens and teens alike, and their unisex design makes them perfect for men and women. They are available in a wide variety of colors and sizes, so they are perfect for everyday use, photographers, professionals, students and travelers on the go. They are made from durable Vinylon-F fabric, which repels water and moisture better than any other synthetic fabric.
The Kanken Mini is PERFECT size for a purse or for young girls (or boys!) for school
TIP: Buy only from a reputable or authorized seller! There are a lot of fake Fjallraven backpacks going around online, so check seller feedback before buying.
How to make sure your FJallraven backpack is AUTHENTIC?
- Peek inside the Fjallraven backpack and you’ll see a tag waiting for your name 🙂
- The front packet on the outside should include a Fjallraven pamphlet
- Zipper pulls are clearly marked
- Fox logo stamp on all rivets
- Front logo is reflective
- Check sewing, a real Fjallraven is precisely sewn. Any crooked sewing is a sign of poor craftsmanship.
- Fabric is stiff and slightly waxed. Not thin.
- Three tags in different languages
Back pocket should have a foam pad inserted:
Fjallraven Kanken Mini Daypack in a variety of colors! $60, Amazon.com
Fjallraven Kanken No. 2 Backpacks, feature leather trim details $109 Amazon.com