Best Custom Mini Backpacks 2023

by Albert Varkki updated 04-24-2023

best custom mini backpacks

All good things come in small sizes, and the same is true for mini backpacks.

But you can make them even better by customizing them.

Browse our top picks for custom mini backpacks below:

Best Custom Mini Backpacks 2023

Here are the best custom mini backpacks for 2023 by type and style:

Best Custom Mini Leather Backpack

bella small leather backpack in tan

Winner: Bella Mini Leather Backpack

If you like a traditional mini backpack style, in premium quality leather, then the Bella is for you. It's cute and stylish, and feels really high quality, as it's made from full grain leather (the best you can get). It can be customized with a message or image, to help really make the backpack your own.


  • Full grain leather
  • Petite and stylish leather backpack.
  • Adjustable shoulder straps
  • Multiple internal pockets.
  • Durable cotton lining and YKK zippers.
  • Handmade in Italy
  • Can be personalized

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Best Custom Mini Satchel Backpack

minerva leather backpack

Winner: Minerva Leather Mini Satchel Backpack

For something slightly different, why not consider a backpack purse like this Minerva bag. It allows you to benefit from the convenience of a mini backpack, while also using it as a purse for other situations. It can be customized with your own initials, image, or a sentence, helping to make this bag very special.


  • Full grain leather
  • Adjustable shoulder straps
  • Can be used as a backpack or a purse
  • Magnetic snap closures.
  • 10 inch tablet pocket.
  • Durable cotton lining and YKK zippers
  • Handmade in Italy
  • Can be personalized
  • Available in tan or black leather.

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Best Custom Small Backpack

liberty tan leather backpack for women

Winner: Liberty Slim Leather Backpack

If you want something a little larger than a traditional mini backpack, then the Liberty is for you. It's a slimline traditional backpack, and can fit a 14 inch laptop inside (unlike most mini backpacks). It's again made from full grain leather, so you'll really feel the quality. And it can be customized with your own unique spin.


  • Full grain leather
  • 14 inch laptop sleeve.
  • Multiple front zipped compartments.
  • Adjustable shoulder straps
  • Durable cotton lining and YKK zippers.
  • Handmade in Italy
  • Can be personalized

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Best Material for a Mini Backpack

With so many materials to choose from, picking the right one for your backpack can be tough. You should think about the weight, strength and durability of your desired backpack, as well as whether it’s waterproof and weather resistant. This is why it’s important to compare all of your different material options.

Leather - Leather is by far the best material for a mini backpack, though it is one of the more expensive materials out there. It can be made using the hides of goats, cows or pigs - but cowhide is the most common. Leather also requires a little bit more maintenance than other materials, but the benefits are that it’s comfortable and durable.

Canvas - Canvas backpacks are very popular, and it’s a fashionable material to use. They are sturdy and durable, more so than cotton, and they are extremely versatile.

Vegan Leather - For those who prefer to avoid animal products, vegan leather backpacks are an option. The quality of vegan leather is not as good as real leather, but they do look very similar. Vegan leather is water resistant and affordable, but less durable than real leather.

Cotton - Cotton is often used for backpacks because it’s soft, light and inexpensive. It’s an easy to clean material and these backpacks are perfect for casual occasions. Unlike leather, cotton does tend to fade over time, and it’s susceptible to wear and tear.


Waterproof Materials for Backpacks

If you want a backpack that’s going to stand strong against mildew and water, you need to make sure that the material is waterproof or water resistant.

There are a lot of options including leather, neoprene, polypropylene and nylon.

Choosing a high quality and waterproof backpack means you can relax and not worry that your belongings are going to get wet. If you want to avoid anything inside your backpack getting wet completely, choose one made of PVC or TPU.

What Should You Put in a Mini Backpack

There’s a lot that you can store in a mini backpack, and it’s good to start with a pouch or two to keep your essentials safe. Instead of having your cosmetics moving around, a pouch ensures that they are easy to find. Plus, it’s easy to switch from one bag to another when you have handy pouches.

Cash - Though you might use a card or your smartphone to pay for things normally, it’s helpful to have cash on hand for emergencies.

Water Bottle - There is no denying that staying hydrated is key, so make sure to put a water bottle in your mini backpack. There are a lot of stylish water bottles available, some of which are sure to match your backpack.

First Aid Kit - You never know when an accident is going to happen, which is why having a first aid kit is always helpful. It’s there if you get a headache, cramps or any kind of pain, or if you cut yourself. Remember, your first aid kit should also include any prescription medication you might need when you’re out and about.

Lotion - Nobody wants to deal with dry skin after washing their hands, so add lotion to your backpack.

Hair Brush - Avoid any hair mishaps by packing a hair brush. It’ll keep your hair looking its best throughout the day. It’s also a good idea to add a hair tie or clip too.

Mints or Gum - If you like to have fresh breath, be sure to add mints or gum to your backpack.

Hand Sanitizier - It’s never been more important to carry hand sanitizer around with you. You can find mini bottles that are ideal for putting in a mini backpack.

Tissues - Whether it’s a runny nose or sticky hands, tissues always come in handy.

Face Mask - There are still a lot of places out there that require you to wear a face mask, so have a spare one in your mini backpack.



How Do You Wear a Mini Backpack?

One of the most important things to remember when you are buying a mini backpack is to find one that’s made using high quality materials. This could mean breaking the bank for a designer bag, or hitting your local thrift shop; it depends on what works for your budget. It’s also important to find a bag that looks grown up and suitable for your age, as you don’t want to look like a child walking around with a backpack on their way to school.

You can play around with texture a lot with mini backpacks, and this is usually more versatile than buying one with a busy print. Leather, canvas and suede are all popular materials, and these work well for any style or age group. In fact, you might even find a backpack that uses more than one of these.

When you are trying to work out the right size for your backpack, choose one that’s large enough to carry your wallet and phone, but small enough to carry in your hand or throw over your shoulder easily.


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Author: Albert Varkki
Albert Varkki is the co-founder of Von Baer. He understands leather products as a consumer, supplier, and a manufacturer, helping you with the inside knowledge you need, to choose the perfect leather product for you. Connect on Linkedin

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