Last year, American families spent an average of $560 for back to school supplies.
Backpacks for school can cost a bundle.
We show you how to save money and buy the best ones, in tonight's It's Your Money report.
For parents and kids, it's time to pick a pack without breaking the bank.
"We looked at 29 backpacks and we evaluated them for fabric durability, water resistance, how much they held, and then we also had kids rate the packs," Kathleen Huddy Textiles Director for the Good Housekeeping Institute says.
North Face's $69 Borealis was head of the class. It's more expensive than some, but good housekeeping says it's worth the extra money.
"This bag did really well in the water resistance test. It even has a water resistance zipper here, so when the rain comes down it won't get in. They even thought to put covers on the major zippers to protect from the rain, and they have a very highly organized section for all of your school supplies. The Riff by Kelty was very popular with the kids because they like the front adjustable straps where they could put a jacket, the dual water bottles, and the fact that it wasn't too big. They could put things in it but it didn't overwhelm them," Huddy says.
The $40 Cordura StudyHaul by Lands End easily held 15 pounds of gear.
The North Face's Borealis backpack also got high marks from Good Housekeeping's testers because it did well in the lab's "abrasion" tests.
That means this backpack will hold up if it gets thrown to the sidewalk or dragged on the ground.