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These Backpacks Are Useful, Cute As Heck, And All Cost Less Than $30

by Rachel Gariepy
Rachel Gariepy is an experienced Editorial Director for a variety of digital publications including LittleThings and Purple Clover. She has written for, edited and managed teams across multiple lifestyle properties, including sites for celebrity clientele including, but not limited to Jenni (JWOWW) Farley, NeNe Leakes, and Vanessa Hudgens. Rachel has experience wearing many fun and fanciful hats including content strategist, creator, editor and project manager. She, like Mitch Hedberg before her, sometimes wrestles with the idea of wearing a beret. She also enjoys hiking, reading and hanging out with dogs.

We’ve got some important news. Backpacks aren’t just for children and extreme hikers anymore. Backpacks are essential for anyone who travels, works, or generally likes to have a carryall that doesn’t put all the weight and pressure on one shoulder.

(We’re looking at you, cross-body side bags.) Everyone knows that backpacks are useful and utilitarian. But did you also know that backpacks can be cute to boot?! That’s right: There is a new style movement, and backpacks have officially made the cut into the fashion set.

We’ve scoured all your favorite sites to find the most adorable, useful, and affordable backpacks for any occasion. Oh, and we made sure none of these backpacks is over $30, because the truth is, you can find some awfully cute ones for not much money at all!

Shop these under $30 backpacks for style, comfort, and convenience!

Steve Madden Solid Classic Sport Backpack, $29.97

Steve Madden Solid Classic Sport Backpack, $29.97

Let’s start off with a classic. This compact sporty pack has room for all your essentials and looks cool and casual in oxblood.

Buy it at Nordstrom Rack for $29.97.

Vertical Zip Bonded Backpack, $24

Vertical Zip Bonded Backpack, $24

Perfect for an office setting, this hands-free style is fully lined and features an edgy chain detail and a slim strap.

Buy it on Asos for $24.

Nylon Backpack in Blush, $29.99

Nylon Backpack in Blush, $29.99

A carryall never looked so sweet. This nylon backpack fits a 15-inch laptop with ease.

Buy it at Target for $29.99.

Faux-Leather Minimalist Backpack in True Gray, $22.90

Faux-Leather Minimalist Backpack in True Gray, $22.90

Something as sleek as this minimalist style will get you from the office to drinks in seconds flat.

Buy it at Forever 21 for $22.90.

Denim Flap Pocket Backpack, $29.99

Denim Flap Pocket Backpack, $29.99

Large enough to fit all your stuff, cute enough to take wherever.

Buy it on Urban Outfitters for $29.99.

Tropical Print Packable Backpack, $19.97

Tropical Print Packable Backpack, $19.97

Not only will this backpack make you feel like you’re vacationing in the tropics, but it is also packable and easy to stow away.

Shop it at Nordstrom Rack for $19.97.

Metallic Sky Harper Backpack, $24.88

Metallic Sky Harper Backpack, $24.88

The cutest backpack for carrying all of your girly essentials but big enough to fit your book/tablet.

Buy it at Walmart for $24.88.

Foldover Velvet Backpack, $29.97

Foldover Velvet Backpack, $29.97

This wine-hued pack features a soft velvet hand and dual adjustable shoulder straps for ease and style.

Buy it at Nordstrom Rack for $29.97.

Kenox Vintage Laptop Backpack in Seafoam, $24.99

Kenox Vintage Laptop Backpack in Seafoam, $24.99

The ultimate utilitarian backpack for go-getters. But with this one, you don’t have to sacrifice convenience for style.

Buy it on Amazon for $24.99.

Glittery Unicorn Printed Backpack, $22

Glittery Unicorn Printed Backpack, $22

Let your unicorn flag fly! This adorably printed backpack features an allover glittery unicorn repeat and fun tassel details.

Buy it at Kohl’s for $22.

Violet Ray Kendall Backpack in Wine, $29.97

Violet Ray Kendall Backpack in Wine, $29.97

Upgrade your old backpack with this chic, faux-suede sack with contrast piping and convenient exterior compartment.

Buy it at Nordstrom Rack for $29.97.

Black Faux-Leather Daypack, $29.99

Black Faux-Leather Daypack, $29.99

Who says a backpack can’t look like luxury? This modern minimalist style hits the nail right on the head.

Buy it on Amazon for $29.99.

Luna Moth Canvas Backpack, $20

Luna Moth Canvas Backpack, $20

This beautiful illustrated Luna Moth has been printed on 100% cotton canvas and features dual straps and a cinch closure.

Buy it on Etsy for $20.

JanSport Polka Dot Backpack, $21.97

JanSport Polka Dot Backpack, $21.97

Who doesn’t love an allover polka dot pattern? This seafoam green and gray carryall will keep all your essential items in tow and look good doing it.

Buy it at Nordstrom Rack for $21.97.

Psst: If you choose to purchase an item on this list, LittleThings may receive a small cut. Each item and price is up to date at the time of publication; however, an item may be sold out or the price may be different at a later date.