10 backpacks under $20 for back-to-school season

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It’s been one rough year for kids, students, teachers and parents who are now gearing up for the back-to-school season. 

Whether you’re a college kid getting ready to move into your first-ever dorm room or you’re a parent sending your little one off to elementary school, there’s a lot you probably need to check off your to-do list before the first tardy bell of the school year. 

One thing that every student, regardless of age or school level, will have on their must-buy list is a brand new backpack. And the one place that does backpacks well — in addition to everything else you’ll need for going back to school — is Walmart

From back-to-school deals on clothes and shoes to one-stop shopping for school supplies and dorm furniture, you can pretty much find everything you need to hit the classroom at Walmart. And with Walmart+, you can get all your must-haves without even having to leave home. For less than $13 per month, you can get free shipping on all your Walmart orders, no minimum spend required.

And if backpacks that don’t break the bank are at the top of your school supply list, you’ve come to the right place. Walmart’s backpack selection has everything you need, from waterproof backpacks to clear, mesh and see-through backpacks and everything in between for unreal prices. 

Take a look below at some of our favorite backpacks at Walmart for under $20. 

1. Everest Classic School Backpack, $10.88 (Orig. $13)

If a classic backpack is what you’re looking for, you can’t do much better than this Everest backpack. It’s designed with a spacious main compartment for books and notebooks and includes a front zippered pocket for pencils and smaller items. It’s also easy on the shoulders with its padded straps. Get it in various colors.

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2. Eastsport Mesh Backpack With Front Pocket, $9.88

This Eastsport mesh backpack might not look like much, but it boasts plenty of space for all of your school supplies. It includes a roomy main compartment and smaller front pocket as well as two side pockets. And with its mesh see-through design, you’ll never waste time digging through your bag. Get it in 12 different color combinations.

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3. Eastsport Clear Unisex Backpack, $11.99

The ’90s are back and better than ever with this Eastsport clear backpack. It’s designed with a spacious main storage area and a front zippered pocket. The shoulder straps can be adjusted for either a child or an adult, too. Get it in nine different color combinations.

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4. Everest Basic Backpack, $19.28

Whether you’re looking for a basic backpack for yourself or your little one, this Everest Basic backpack has everything you need. Get it in 11 colors to find the right fit for your style.

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5. Gearonic Anti-Theft, Water-Resistant Backpack, $19.99 (Orig. $49.99)

For a bag that does it all, reach for this Gearonic backpack. It is water-resistant, scratch-resistant and includes an opening for a charging port. It includes one spacious main compartment that has an open pocket with a Velcro closure to store your laptop or tablet along with a small zippered inner pocket. On the outside, you’ll see two small zippered closure pockets as well as two pockets on the side. Get it in blue or gray.

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6. Ozark Trail Stillwater Backpack, $14.97

This Ozark Trail backpack can pull double duty as a school bag or an outdoor bag. It includes multiple compartments for all of your essentials, a fleece-lined media pocket and two side water bottle sleeves.

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7. Everest Journey Backpack, $14.99 (Orig. $19.99)

The Everest Journey backpack is both functional and stylish. It’s made with a vegan-friendly suede bottom for extra durability and includes a spacious main compartment that features an open pocket for a laptop or tablet. Get it in five different color combinations.

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8. Wonder Nation Color Block Backpack, $12.99

This color-block backpack from Wonder Nation is not only stylish, but it’s also super practical. It includes plenty of pockets for all of your school essentials, from books and notebooks to pencils and a water bottle. Its padded straps are easy on the shoulders, too.

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9. K-Cliffs Lightweight Backpack, $16.98

This lightweight and water-resistant backpack from K-Cliffs includes one large main zippered compartment and a smaller front zippered compartment. It also includes a bungee system on the front that can be used in all kinds of ways, like hooking carabiners.

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10. Eastsport Campus Tech Backpack, $16.94

This Eastsport Campus Tech backpack might be the most versatile backpack for your day. Use the side mesh pockets to store a water bottle or an umbrella when you need it fast. It also includes a padded tech sleeve in the main compartment for your laptop or tablet. And it includes a padded back for ultimate comfort. Get it in black, gray or purple.

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