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Small Backpacks

Small backpacks provide a convenient way to carry smaller loads while leaving the hands free to open doors, text, or shop. Most have a large center pocket for storing notebooks or electronics and include several small pouches for pens, pencils, and other necessities. When considering a smaller backpack, take a look at the selection of bags, backpacks, and briefcases at Staples®.

Reasons to Choose Small Backpacks
Small-sized backpacks weigh less than larger ones, which makes them ideal for long walks and for smaller children. The weight of one of these bags distributes along the whole of the back, which helps make the pack feel lighter. The small size makes it easier to weave in and out of crowded spaces and go up and down stairs without dragging a case behind. Most have adjustable straps to ensure a comfortable fit. Small packs fit easily in overhead storage compartments on planes and buses, so users can avoid long lines at baggage checks. The petite and medium backpack sizes also make it simple to locate items in the bottom of the bag without needing to unpack and repack all of the contents.

Options for Small Backpacks
Regardless of the size, backpacks come in different shapes. Bags for children feature colorful characters to suit hobbies and personalities, and most feature mesh exterior pockets for holding water bottles and snacks close at hand. Office bags have a rectangular shape to hold tablets, laptops, and document folders. Fashion bags come in multiple shapes and include spacious interior pockets for wallets and makeup, and slight front pockets are ideal for cash and cell phones. Other types of small bags include hiking styles with metal frames that hold up under heavy equipment but are small enough to not weigh down the users.

How Do You Clean the Exterior of Small Backpacks?
Some backpacks feature washable materials that clean up when users run them through washing machines, which makes cleaning easy. Some require spot cleaning for best results. Check the interior label or cleaning instructions from the manufacturer. For spot cleaning, use a solution of warm water and dish detergent and a soft brush to scrub the exterior. Let the bag hang to dry. When using a washing machine, putting the backpack in a small washing bag prevents buckles and zippers from causing damage to the machine. Run the bag through a delicate cycle and then hang to dry.

How Do You Size Small Backpacks for Toddlers?
Choose a small and lightweight design for young children. The top of the pack should go no further than the shoulders and the bottom should not be longer than the waist. Consider padded straps that prevent pinching and irritation. To avoid possible back strain, make sure the pack has two straps that distribute weight evenly instead of a single-strap design.

Where Should Small Backpacks Sit on Backs?
A small backpack should hang close to the body and in the center of the back to prevent shoulder and neck fatigue. Adjust the straps to pull the bag up to the center of the back.
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Manhattan Portage Waxed Canvas City Lights Small Field Tan (1403-WCN FTAN)
Item : 2119426 / Model : 1403-WCN FTAN
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  • Color/Fabric Type: Field Tan / Original Wax by Martexin
  • Cross-body strap and belt loop
  • Dimensions: 8''x6.25''x2"(W x H x D)
48.99 $48.99
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Vangoddy Bonni 2 in 1, 15.6" Laptop Protector Shoulder Bag Backpack (Black)
Item : 2435266 / Model : NBKLEA581
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  • 2 in 1 design lets you transform the bag from a shoulder into a backpack at moment's notice
  • Top Carrying Handle , Adjustable Shoulder Strap , Heavily padded, tuck away backpack straps
  • Silky, smooth nylon tapestry reinforced with shock absorbent foam padding to maximize protection
31.59 $31.59
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Samsonite Xenon 3 Small Backpack Black Ballistic Polyester (89435-1041)
Item : 24216371 / Model : 89435-1041
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  • Constructed of rugged 1680 denier ballistic polyester for durability
  • Top carry handle micro injected top with neoprene padded grip
  • Quick stash pocket for sunglasses and personal electronics such as iPads and Tablets
49.99 $49.99
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Samsonite Modern Utility Small Backpack Charcoal Heather Ripstop Polyester (89576-5794)
Item : 24216358 / Model : 89576-5794
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  • Front pocket features full organizer and tricot lined tablet sleeve
  • Main compartment features a mesh zipped pocket
  • Padded drop in laptop compartment for 13 inch laptops
59.99 $59.99
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Chill-Its® High Visibility Hydration Pack, Low Profile
Item : 198528 / Model : 13156
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  • Material: Durable 600D water resistant rip stop polyester shell
  • Applications: Fire/rescue/EMT, construction, freight/baggage, oil/gas refining, drilling/mining, landscaping/grounds
  • Capacity: 2 ltr/ 70 oz. / 2.2 hrs
40.89 $40.89
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Vangoddy Plush Monkey Kid Backpack, Brown (PT_KKIBKP002_MO)
Item : 24292478 / Model : PT_KKIBKP002_MO
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  • Removable Plush monkey.
  • Adjustable shoulder straps perfect for your little one
  • Size: 9.25" L x 3.5" W x 11.5" H
11.99 $11.99
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Token University Backpack Small Black (TK-906 BLK)
Item : 2118937 / Model : TK-906 BLK
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  • Color/Fabric Type: Black / 1000D CORDURA Classic fabric
  • Backpack straps
  • Dimensions: 13''x9.5''x3.5"(W x H x D)
59.99 $59.99
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Vangoddy Bonni 2 in 1, 15.6" Laptop Protector Shoulder Bag Backpack (Red)
Item : 2435261 / Model : NBKLEA582
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  • 3 in 1 design lets you transform the bag from a shoulder into a backpack at moment's notice
  • Top Carrying Handle , Adjustable Shoulder Strap , Heavily padded, tuck away backpack straps
  • Silky, smooth nylon tapestry reinforced with shock absorbent foam padding to maximize protection
31.59 $31.59
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Manhattan Portage Midnight Hunters Backpack Burgundy (1905-MDN-Z BUR)
Item : 2119389 / Model : 1905-MDN-Z BUR
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  • Color/Fabric Type: Burgundy / 90% Cotton 10% Poly Blend Midnight Fabric
  • Backpack straps
  • Dimensions: 13''x9''x4.5"(W x H x D)
57.19 $57.19
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American Tourister Nickelodeon Paw Patrol, Multicolor, Polyester, Backpack, Small (108922-6604)
Item : 24274881 / Model : 108922-6604
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  • Features front-panel organization
  • Large Interior main compartment
  • Water Bottle Pocket
19.99 $19.99
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American Tourister Marvel Spiderman, Multicolor, Polyester, Backpack, Small (108918-5059)
Item : 24274873 / Model : 108918-5059
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  • Features front-panel organization
  • Large Interior main compartment
  • Water Bottle Pocket
19.99 $19.99
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Moleskine, myCloud Bag Series, Scarlet Red, Polyester, myCloud Smallpack (HBG401512)
Item : 2406406 / Model : HBG401512
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  • Color: Scarlet Red / Material: Polyester
  • Padded backpack shoulder straps with optional top handle for hand carry
  • Dimensions: 11" x 13.75" x 4.75"
149.99 $149.99
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Manhattan Portage Midnight Hunters Backpack Grey (1905-MDN-Z GRY)
Item : 2119388 / Model : 1905-MDN-Z GRY
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  • Color/Fabric Type: Gray / 90% Cotton 10% Poly Blend Midnight Fabric
  • Backpack straps
  • Dimensions: 13''x9''x4.5"(W x H x D)
55.69 $55.69
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Manhattan Portage Midnight Hunters Backpack Black (1905-MDN-Z BLK)
Item : 2119390 / Model : 1905-MDN-Z BLK
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  • Color/Fabric Type: Black / 90% Cotton 10% Poly Blend Midnight Fabric
  • Backpack straps
  • Dimensions: 13''x9''x4.5"(W x H x D)
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Manhattan Portage One57 Backpack Green (1235-N GRN)
Item : 2119035 / Model : 843531050515
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  • Color/Fabric Type: Green / 1000D CORDURA Classic fabric
  • Backpack straps and nylon carry handles
  • Dimensions: 16''x9''x4"(W x H x D)
259.99 $259.99
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Manhattan Portage Kid Backpack Small Navy (1906 NVY)
Item : 2119386 / Model : 1906 NVY
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  • Color/Fabric Type: Navy / 1000D CORDURA Classic fabric
  • Backpack straps
  • Dimensions: 13''x10.5''x4.5"(W x H x D)
44.99 $44.99
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Token University Backpack Small Red (TK-906 RED)
Item : 2118930 / Model : TK-906 RED
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  • Color/Fabric Type: Red / 1000D CORDURA Classic fabric
  • Backpack straps
  • Dimensions: 13''x9.5''x3.5"(W x H x D)
59.99 $59.99
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Token University Backpack Small Pink (TK-906 PNK)
Item : 2118931 / Model : TK-906 PNK
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  • Color/Fabric Type: Pink / 1000D CORDURA Classic fabric
  • Backpack straps
  • Dimensions: 13''x9.5''x3.5"(W x H x D)
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Manhattan Portage Kid Backpack Small Black (1906 BLK)
Item : 2119387 / Model : 1906 BLK
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  • Color/Fabric Type: Black / 1000D CORDURA Classic fabric
  • Backpack straps
  • Dimensions: 13''x10.5''x4.5"(W x H x D)
44.99 $44.99
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Token University Backpack Small Orange (TK-906 ORG)
Item : 2118932 / Model : TK-906 ORG
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  • Color/Fabric Type: Orange / 1000D CORDURA Classic fabric
  • Backpack straps
  • Dimensions: 13''x9.5''x3.5"(W x H x D)
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Dickies Mini Festival Backpack, Dog Check (I-00364-131)
Item : 2454137 / Model : I-00364-131
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  • Dog Check print 300D polyester
  • Adjustable webbed straps, web haul loop
  • Overall Dimensions; 10"x8"x4"
16.99 $16.99
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Dickies Mini Festival Backpack, Pixel Game (I-00364-053)
Item : 2454139 / Model : I-00364-053
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  • Pixel Game print 300D Polyester
  • Adjustable webbed straps, web haul loop
  • Overall Dimensions; 10"x8"x4"
16.99 $16.99
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Samsonite Modern Utility Small Backpack Vintage Navy Ripstop Polyester (89576-0661)
Item : 24216362 / Model : 89576-0661
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  • Front pocket features full organizer and tricot lined tablet sleeve
  • Main compartment features a mesh zipped pocket
  • Padded drop in laptop compartment for 13 inch laptops
59.99 $59.99
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Vangoddy Bonni 2 in 1, 15.6" Laptop Protector Shoulder Bag Backpack (Purple)
Item : 2435265 / Model : NBKLEA583
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  • 4 in 1 design lets you transform the bag from a shoulder into a backpack at moment's notice
  • Top Carrying Handle , Adjustable Shoulder Strap , Heavily padded, tuck away backpack straps
  • Silky, smooth nylon tapestry reinforced with shock absorbent foam padding to maximize protection
31.59 $31.59
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