65+ "Anything But a Backpack" Day Ideas That’ll Make You a School Legend

Get ready to push the limits of "anything" with these funny and creative backpack alternatives.

Published September 18, 2023
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To show school spirit 15 years ago, all you had to do was layer 12 shirts, four pairs of pants, and as many clashing accessories as possible together. Kids today have turned school spirit into the coolest competition, challenging each other to get away with the boldest and most unique bookbag alternatives.

These “Anything But a Backpack” Days are the highlight for spirit week, and we’re here with some alt backpack ideas that'll help you become a school legend.

22 Things You Can Grab on the Morning Of

Listen, we know those morning alarms just hit different (and worse) on a school day, and that you’re probably slamming the snooze like your life depends on it. And with practice, homework, jobs, and a plethora of other things, you might be way too tired to plan ahead for your spirit days. So if you’re running spectacularly late and didn’t set aside something for "Anything But a Backpack" Day, we’ve got you covered.

@alexandra_15152 what a day #anythingbutabackpack #classof2023 #seniors #spiritday #herricks #fyp Poker Face - Eric Cartman

These are a ton of things you can grab from your house last minute to use instead of your standard bookbag:

  • Trash bag
  • Laundry hamper
  • Briefcase
  • Sewing box
  • Tackle box
  • Trash can
  • Garden pot
  • Cardboard box
  • Cat carrier
  • Kitchen pot
  • Plastic tote
  • Luggage
  • Cooler
  • Mop bucket
  • Shoe box
  • Toolbox
  • Pillowcase
  • Reusable shopping bag
  • Paint can
  • Knitting caddy
  • Blender
  • Magazine holder

27 Quirky Options That’ll Impress Your Classmates

Of course, part of the fun behind an "anything but a backpack" concept is seeing exactly what unusual idea you can come up with. Dig deep into your kid siblings’ toy boxes and rummage through the jam-packed garage. You’re sure to find some treasures like these to wow your classmates at school with.

@professordronie Anything but a backpack day and Adam Sandler day for my dual credit class. #drone #highschool #adamsandler #anythingbutabackpack Love You So - The King Khan & BBQ Show
  • Milk crate
  • Fishbowl
  • Vintage luggage
  • Halloween witch hat
  • Jewelry box
  • 90s style Caboodle
  • Inflatable pool float
  • Radio Flyer red wagon
  • Carved pumpkin  
  • Baby carrier
  • Kid’s oven playset
  • 90s/2000s CD holder  
  • Baby stroller
  • Dollhouse
  • Walker
  • Camping/Travel vest with tons of pockets
  • Golf bag
  • Hanging closet organizer
  • Air fryer
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Sandbox
  • Guitar case
  • Fishing net
  • A single drawer
  • Easter basket
  • Wig
  • Scrapbook

17 Ideas to Become a School Legend

Who needs to wait for the senior prank to turn yourself into a school legend? Whether you’re a fresh-faced Freshman or you’re a senior with one foot out the door, these are some backpack alternatives that are so daring and nearly impossible to pull off that if you happen to make it through the entire school day, people'll be whispering your name for years.

@itzrayray7 The ppl with the casket ateeee #spiritweekatschool #anythingbutabackpack #schoollife Head vs. Heart - kyo
  • Microwave
  • Traffic cone
  • Small safe with lock
  • Urn
  • Recycling bin
  • Tire (without the rim)
  • Bird bath
  • Kayak
  • Power Wheels kid’s car  
  • Shopping cart
  • Toilet
  • Bookshelf
  • Golf cart
  • Unused casket
  • Kiddie pool
  • Bathtub
  • Grill

Have Fun Pushing the Limits on “Anything”

School spirit may look a lot different than it did when our grandparents were in school, but it’s got the same hallmarks of showing off and showing out. If your school’s hosting an “Anything But a Backpack” Day, then now’s the time to go big or go home. After all, what better way to honor the day than pushing the limits for what exactly “anything” means?

65+ "Anything But a Backpack" Day Ideas That’ll Make You a School Legend