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Do you remember YOUR first backpack? #Giveaway {CAN}

We all can remember our first days of school. There was so many new things, new clothes, new friends and new school supplies. I am sure we all have stories about our many firsts at school.

Having recently moved my parents, during unpacking I came across my old lunchbox. It was an old brown plastic box that I placed “space” stickers all over. I remember bringing it to kindergarten everyday thinking it was the coolest lunchbox ever.

staples backpack

Then there was the backpack. Yes, we all had them. At the beginning of the year we would go to school on the first day with it overflowing and our mothers would hope and pray that our stuff would come back in one piece. At the time, that backpack was huge, however, upon retrospect it actually was not all that big. It was a plain yellow backpack, with a small pocket in the front. I will not forget the day my mom brought it home and surprised me with it. She shared with me that this was the bag I would bring back and forth to school everyday. Seeing that yellow bag made me full of excitement knowing that I would be going to school.

Today I can remember my daughter’s first days of school.  Heading off to school with their purple butterfly backpacks.  They were super exited to call that backpack their own. Even their lunch boxes were their own and all the other children wanted to have a cool lunch box. I guess it is just a family tradition to have cool backpacks and lunch boxes.


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  1. Judy Cowan says:

    I believe my first backpack had Strawberry Shortcake on it.

  2. Shelley H says:

    pretty sure I didn’t have a backpack :(

  3. Florence C says:

    We had book bags with a shoulder strap. Never had backpacks back when I went to school.

  4. Terri O'Donnell says:

    My childhood backpack was just as big as I was and it was neon pink & yellow

  5. Anne Taylor says:

    I, honestly, do not remember having a back pack. I think I was born before they were invented lol

  6. DARLENE W says:

    My backpack for school was just a black canvas bag with an over the shoulder strap

  7. We didn’t use backpacks when I went to school so I think that kids are very lucky today.

  8. My backpack was a hand me down from my brother.

  9. stacey dempsey says:

    We didnt have backpacks when I went to school lol we just carried our books and we had paper bagged lunches and pencil cases. When I got older we just had sort of tote bags we used or stuffed everything in our purses lol

  10. I’m so old, we didn’t have backpacks back then, we had bookbags instead. I do recall having a blue bookbag with brown leather straps and silver buckles.

  11. I remember it being pink, but not much more than that. My lunch pail though was an awesome metal one with The Muppets on it…i still have it in my kitchen.

  12. Wendy hutton says:

    I never recall having a backpack but then I did go to school in the 60’s-70’s, the only bags we used were ones that mom made us to carry our stuff in

  13. My childhood backpack was a neon pink nylon backpack.

  14. a hand me down from my older siblings

  15. Maria Medeiros says:

    My first school bag was blue, it was like a suit case with a little handle and had a clip in the front.
    I posted it on Instagram.

  16. marie catherine says:

    I remember having a old school red school bag.. it was so 80s

  17. Our Son had cars and our Daughter loved Princess

  18. Linda Bradshaw says:

    we didn’t have backpacks. I had a gym bag that was really cheap and ugly. I was so embarassed.

  19. just a plain old black functional backpack wiht my school crest on it

  20. Teresa Claire says:

    I didn’t have a backpack as child…I had a satchel and a plaid tin lunch box that I loved! My Mum emigrated to BC from England in 1963 so my style may have been a little British :)

  21. Mine was pink with flowers

  22. sarah jackson says:

    Seems like so long ago lol , if I remember right I had a red back pack , must have been smaller then what I thought then … felt like it was soooo big lol

  23. Maegan Morin says:

    My parents were kind enough to get me a new one every year but the one that I remember the most was when I was in the 4th grade I got a denim backpack and I was so proud of it. At the time denim everything was in and i just thought it was great.

  24. Erin McSweeney says:

    I believe my backpack one year was wonder woman…should have saved it might be worth something now haha

  25. kathy downey says:

    I never had a backpack I carried my books in my arms

  26. Elva Roberts says:

    I would choose ‘Lego Star Wars- A New Hopel’

  27. Red plaid!

  28. Shelley N says:

    I never had a backpack. I just carried my binders books and pencil case in my arms.

  29. I don’t remember my backpack; just my orange mork and mindy plastic lunchpail.

  30. Carole Dube says:

    I didn’t have a backpack, I had a Army bag it was the fashion item in high school.

  31. My first one I absolutely hated: it was a kakhi green canvas rucksack (like a hiking one). All my friends had cool ones, and I was so ashamed of mine.

  32. I honestly don’t remember having a backpack as a kid! I think I had a patchwork bookbag.

  33. Suzanne G says:

    I guess I am giving away how old I am as actually we did not have back packs when I went to school. I know my grandson would love it if I won him this back pack.

  34. I don’t remember my backpack but I remember my lunchbag and that was a Holly Hobby one! I loved it!

  35. I had a cooler that I used as a lunch box… and my backpack was whatever was on sale at biway!

  36. I never had a backpack in school. They were not popular then. Instead I used a gym bag made by Adidas

  37. I remember having a very light purple backpack. The color is all I remember… but it was an awesome backpack

  38. It was a matching Gremlins backpack and lunchbox!

  39. I remember my first backpack from kindergarten. It was small and pink. I used it until it was frayed and had a hole. I loved it so much!

  40. I had scooby doo

  41. Christine D says:

    I honestly don’t even remember. But if I could choose now it would most definitely be Hello Kitty. I’ll probably buy one for my daughter when she starts school!

  42. Doris Calvert says:

    Never had a backpack when we went to schoold you just carried your books.

  43. Decorated by permanent felts, loaded with heavy text books, agenda and loads of letters from friends :-) no cells phones then!

  44. I don’t remember what it was like.

  45. My first was a Barbie backpack!

  46. I remember it being pink.

  47. Elaine Buonsante says:

    In grade one I had a school bag different from my classmates. It was a beautiful turquoise blue sachel.

  48. I usually had a pink backpack!

  49. Andrea Amy says:

    I honestly do not remember my back packs BUT I do remember my lunch kit. I had one of those plastic lunch box kits with the handle, and that came with a matching thermos. Mine was blue and had snoopy on it :)

  50. Miriam Wilton says:

    i had one of those awesome army surplus backpacks with the two buckles 😀

  51. Jen C AKA @JusticeSadie says:

    It was Blue with flowers! I loved it!

  52. My first bag was an ugly red duffle bag!

  53. Carol Denny says:

    It had a broken zipper.

  54. SweetPanda says:

    My childhood backpack was plain grey, very tall and sturdy

  55. Mine was a Barbie lunchkit – pink plastic lunch box with a matching thermos. Loved it!

  56. Ooops! I misread the question as lunch kit instead of backback. Too early in the morning for me! lol!
    My childhood backback was a red Canada backpack from Roots. I felt very sporting and possibly, Olympian when I wore it. :)

  57. it was small and had little kittens on it!

  58. …the cheapest one that my mother could find…or the one from last year – money was tight, very tight.

  59. Mine was a gym bag! one of those old school adidas ones…. with the long strap!

  60. mine was an used on from a neighbour. wasn’t very pretty

  61. i don’t remember the backpack, but I do remember the nasty bright orange lunchkit….

  62. red and made of leather!

  63. I had a jean winnie the pooh backpack

  64. Audrey Skinner says:

    We never had backpacks but I do remember that my bookbag was like a suitcase and so heavy.

  65. We didn’t have backpacks. I used a khaki canvas bag.

  66. gloria konelsky says:

    I was in school before the advent of backpacks-we carried everything in our arms!

  67. Andrea Williams says:

    Never had a backpack for school that I can remember. My kids have gone through many over the years and having three boys we’ve mostly had a version of some superhero every year!

  68. Deanna Barkley says:

    I didn’t have a backpack when I was a child. I didn’t own one until I was an adult and then it was just a simple black one.

  69. Belinda McNabb says:

    I can’t recall ever carrying a back pack. I can remember school bag that was more like a tote bag

  70. Melanie B says:

    I honestly have no idea.. haha.. my mom doesn’t remember either.. lol

  71. My first back pack was a thin red and yellow plain simple backpack with a big M on it, because it was from McDonald’s.

  72. Monique L.S. says:

    I don’t remember my grade school backpacks very well. My highschool one was an army surplus canvas bag. It was great and could handle a lot of weight, which helped with all those textbooks.

  73. i had a plain pink one

  74. Jennifer P. says:

    I didn’t have a backpack when I was a kid, I had a pink sport bag that I wore on my shoulder, and it had a picture of a clock on one end.

  75. My ‘pack was navy blue, and functional.

  76. No backpacks when I was a kid! Used a nice blue one in university, though!

  77. Eva Mitton-Urban says:

    I had a grey ackpack with *Bay City Rollers” emblem on it with peace signs….from the *1960’s*.

    Eva Mitton-Urban

  78. i never had a backpack in those days! Just carried books in my arms.

  79. Mike Mottishaw says:

    My childhood backpack was pretty unassuming, just a brown heavy canvas but it did have a few super-hero patches like Batman & Spiderman as I recall…

  80. I don’t recall a backpack in elementary school, but I do remember the one I had in Grade 7 – it was white and was from Roots.

  81. I had one of those canvas army style bags for all of junior high and high school

  82. Elizabeth Nicholson says:

    My first backpack was an Olympic on from MacDonalds.

  83. nancy stokell says:

    I carries my books in my arms

  84. Oh wow! I really dont remember from being very young, but as a teen it was a blue and orange pack from Canadian Tire.. that is all I can recall :)


  86. Lori Bazan says:

    I used an addidas sports bag

  87. Marie Constantineau says:

    It was so heavy.

  88. Colorful with monster trucks everywhere.

  89. kelly young says:

    just a plain old back pack

  90. BobbiJo Pentney says:

    I am not sure I remember. I remember a bionic woman lunch pail.

  91. We had little box cases. No backpacks in early 80s!

  92. It was red and white and not very big.

  93. Oh my, its so far back in time! I think I had a denim one at one point…and the straps kept breaking on me because my books were so heavy!

  94. I didn’t have a back pack. I had a shopping bag

  95. Lynn Clayton says:

    All the kids had my little pony and pink me I wanted turtles and I got turtles I was the only girl with turtles and I loved I became friends with allot of boys that year

  96. lisa bolduc says:

    I remember having a jean backpack, and then one of those side messenger bag ones, so bad for the back

  97. It wasn’t like they are now, mine was plain and flimsy…

  98. kimm coleman says:

    I remember having a shoulder bag that was green

  99. mine were always black, that way I knew it would match anything

  100. I remember when I went to Grade 1 I had a red & white stripe bag–it was more like a kiddie briefcase. I thought that was the neatest book “bag” ever!!!

  101. Kayla Gilbert says:

    I have seen pictures, but I honestly don’t remember my first backpack.

  102. I had a gym bag that was big and bulky.

  103. Angela Mitchell says:

    It’s interesting but I cannot recall a single backpack I had as a kid. The oldest backpack I can remember is one I had when I was in college and I still have it!

  104. Julie Bolduc says:

    Oh man its been 20 years I cant remember barbie I think???

  105. I definitely didn’t have a backpack when I went to school. We either just carried our books or put them in a shopping bag, lol.

  106. I had an Adidas gym bag

  107. I remember my backpack from the second grade, it was a 90210 back pack!

  108. Juliee Fitze says:

    I can’t remember if I had a backpack or not that was a long time ago.

  109. Robyn Bellefleur says:

    I only had a small gym bag.

  110. I honestly can’t remember what my backpacks were like!Probably something very basic.

  111. Tricia Hope says:

    My first backpack was a Kway literally a bag made out of nylon with no support.IT SUCKED!

  112. didn’t have a backpack back in the day it was a gym satchel

  113. I can not remember my first backpack but I do remember have what I would now consider a straw over the shoulder beach bag. They were pretty cool when I was in grade 9 . . .

  114. Karina H. says:

    Pink and purble with barbies on it

  115. I had the best back pack! It was custom made by my Mom in beige then she took sequins and made a rainbow to a pot of gold on the back. Must have taken her forever to make!

  116. My backpacks were always from MEC. Definitely sturdy.

  117. It had hello kitty all over it

  118. Disney princesses hahah

  119. krystyl olson says:

    It wasnt my first, but I remember my favorite backpack was Demin with a red velour lining, and I loved putting pins on it (those big, bright tacky button pins)

  120. I think my first backpack was rainbow bright. Well that’s the first one I remember.

  121. I had a blue Outbound pack!

  122. Kristi Renout says:

    I have no idea what my backpack was like. My son’s is cute though, it’s bright and colourful, but with skulls on it.

  123. Beth Rosell says:

    It was pink and huge to hold all my books that I carried around everywhere.

  124. I dont remember what the backpack looked like. I just remember back in about grade 1 a can of pop exploding in it as I walked to school. WHAT A MESS!!!!!

  125. Viv Sluys says:

    I can’t even vaguely remember what my backpack was like! Well, I know my high school backpack was bright yellow. My daughter had a Disney princess one last year.

  126. Susan Hanley says:

    I didn’t have a backpack. I carried my books in my arms.

  127. Took me awhile to think about. Blue, plain, nothing special.

  128. I had a canvas bag with leather straps….would love to have it back again :)

  129. Katharine W says:

    The only one I can remember is the green canvas style ones back in the eighties with multiply pockets and draw string to close it.

  130. I use to use those big canvas bags that we would write on and draw on! Oh boy ,does that ever bring back memories!!

  131. wow, i really can’t remember! I think at one point I may have had one with a Strawberry Shortcake character motif – but i know as I got older, they became much more plain and I probably just stuck with a non-descript black.

  132. my backpack was heavy!

  133. I have no idea! Too long ago. My son though has a little red one.

  134. Chris Stockford says:

    batman one!

  135. Glenda wong says:

    I didn’t have a back pack in the olden days.

  136. Susanne McCarthy says:

    I remember a Barbie bag with rollerskates on it!

  137. Mine was a big, light and dark blue backpack with lots of pockets. Just plain, no characters or fun accessories….but I loved it anyways.

  138. Kristine Ewald says:

    IT was a boring pink color !

  139. Jennifer L. says:

    I had a turquoise one that I used for years. My mom was so happy when I finally agreed to get a new one. It was pretty ratty by that point.

  140. Doreen Lamoureux says:

    Wow, I had girly colours like pink, purple and white.

  141. black, usually from bentleys.

  142. I don’t remember having a backpack ~ just carried my binders.

  143. it was an adiddas blue gym bag, i dont recall having a “backpack”.

  144. Andrea Lamont says:

    I honestly can’t remember ever having a backpack. I’m sure I did, but apparently they didn’t matter that much to me lol

  145. I didn’t have a backpack, just a brown plastic book bag that only lasted a few months then I used a canvas bag that my mom made. By the time I was in grade 4, I just carried books in my arms.

  146. Jocelyne Alldrick says:

    I remember a smurf one!

  147. My back pack was black with polka dots.

  148. I had a Barbie backpack. I loved it!

  149. I don’t remember having a backpack in elementary school but I do remember a multi coloured tweed sort of backpack in high school.

  150. I cant remember any of my backpacks!

  151. I don’t remember what my first backpack was like.

  152. I had a messenger bag as my backpack.

  153. Lets just say…they didn’t want to wear them…lol
    Not cool Dad

  154. I had a big backpack with My Little Pony on it.

  155. No backpacks, but wouldn’t mind a stylish one.

  156. I had a camo backpack. Loved it.

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