This is the perfect time of year to make sure your school and work bags are working for you. No matter what they say, there ARE made in the USA backpacks and school bags! These are worth special ordering. Kids to adults, check 'em out. If you need a new one, this is a good opportunity to buy American and get a bag that will last. I searched the web for made in the USA backpacks and school bags then put together a list of my favorites. These are my top picks.  What made these eight selections my favorites? I looked at the size, style, and quality. Price was weighed with the quality of the bag. The more expensive bags have great warranties! Why buy a new bag every year, when you can invest in one that will last?!

Made in the USA School Bags: Seven Picks For Students of All Ages

Tough Traveler

No matter what grade your student is entering, Tough Traveler has a bag of every size suitable for any need. You can find backpacks (like the B'Thello, shown) for books and school supplies, duffel bags for gym clothes and sports gear, and even musical instrument bags! Made in the USA since 1970, Tough Traveler manufactures their bags in New York.

Tough Traveler school backpacks, instrument bags, gym bags | Made in USA

Little Packrats 

The animal-themed Little Packrats school backpacks are perfect for the pre-school or kindergarten student. All bags are manufactured in the USA by CBHstudio, an American company that is woman owned and family run.
Back pack for preschool + K | Made in USA| Little Packrats



The custom line of these ultra-high-quality bags are made in San Francisco. Customize a Timbuk2 backpack, messenger bag, or other type of bag that suits your student's needs with pattern/colors that suit their taste. Choose these bags for the high school or college student who hauls a laptop, needs to stay organized, and values personal style. Please note: only the customized Timbuk2 bags are made in the USA.

Timbuk2 customized bags are American Made! Pick your own colors and patterns. Sweet.

Bags USA

The University Style Backpack, which is made to haul heavy books,  is just one of the many styles of American made backpacks available from Bags USA.

Bags USA | backpacks, duffle bags | American made

Red Oxx

Red Oxx backpacks are suitable for grades K-12. This bag is built to last! The rectangle design fits more books and special attention has been made during manufacturing to eliminate side tearing, broken zippers and straps and a worn out bottom. Red Oxx backpacks are made to order in Billings, Montana and come with a “No Bull” Lifetime Warranty.

Red Oxx Kat Pack backpack for K-12| Made in USA

Green Guru Gear

Green Guru Gear backpacks and messenger bags are made in the USA from upcycled bicycle tubes.

Green Guru Gear | Backpacks, messenger bags | Made in USA


CourierWare messenger style bags are handmade in Vermont. These bags are popular with the older kids and are available custom made in various sizes.

School bags made in USA: CourierWare messenger bags, made in Vermont

Duluth Pack

Duluth Pack bags have been handcrafted in the USA since 1892. The Duluth Pack Standard Book Bag (pictured above) is popular with college and high school students.

School Bags Made in USA | Duluth Pack messenger bag perfect for high school or college sturdent

Check out our other American made school supply guides

Made in USA School Bags for all ages | Backpacks, messenger bags, and more!

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