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Best Bulletproof Backpacks for Adults and Kids

We get it. We all have our favorite briefcase, backpack or tote bag. They’re trendy, functional, and help you pack just the right amount of stuff to go about your busy day-to-day life. But there’s a lot of things that go bump in the night, and with the social unrest of today, being prepared to protect yourself and your family makes more sense than ever before.

You never know when your child may be present during a school shooting or other dangerous active shooter situation. You need to make sure they survive by upgrading their backpack to a ballistic bulletproof model, capable of reliably protecting against gunfire and knife attacks while maintaining the appearance of a normal, everyday backpack.

To help we have gathered the world’s safest ballistic bulletproof backpacks for personal protection. Each of these bulletproof backpacks are designed to be both practical and stylish, while effectively and reliably protecting the wearer from ballistic threats. Ideal for work and school, these bulletproof backpacks are perfect for everyday use, being lightweight, agile and comfortable.

Available in a wide range of styles and protective ratings, we have a ballistic bulletproof or stab proof backpack that’s perfect for virtually any purpose or occasion. Remember, it’s better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.

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Bulletproof Titan Deep Freeze Backpack Cooler

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Bulletproof Puma Challenger Backpack

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Woman wearing a Bulletproof Solo New York Varsity Region Backpack

Bulletproof Backpack

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Bulletproof Backpack for Kids

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JanSport Bulletproof Backpack front view

JanSport Bulletproof Backpack

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Woman wearing an AR-15 & AK-47 Protection Lightweight Bulletproof Backpack back view

Lightweight Bulletproof Backpack | AR-15 & AK-47 Protection

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Bulletproof Diaper Bag Backpack

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Children's Bulletproof Backpack for School with Blue camouflage pattern

Children’s Bulletproof Backpack for School

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Black Level 3A, 3 and 4 Options of Bulletproof Backpack Insert

Bulletproof Backpack Insert | Level 3A, 3 and 4 Options

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Man pulling out a Black Level IIIA Armor Panel inside an Armored Backpack Tactical Assault Bag

Tactical Assault Bag + Level IIIA Armor Panel – Armored Backpack

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Black Hondo Patrol Bag + Level IIIA Bullet Resistant Armor Panel Insert 11" x 14" side view showing stuff out

Hondo Patrol Bag + Level IIIA Bullet Resistant Armor Panel Insert 11″ x 14″

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Man pulling out a Level IIIA Armor Panel Insert 11" x 14" inside an Ultimate Patrol Bag

Ultimate Patrol Bag + Level IIIA Armor Panel Insert 11″ x 14″

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Black Amazing storage with a compact design Ultimate Patrol Bag side view

Ultimate Patrol Bag – Amazing storage with a compact design

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Realtree camo Bulletproof Fieldline Pro Series Matador Hunting Backpack side view

Bulletproof Fieldline Pro Series Matador Hunting Backpack

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black Ultimate Assault Pack

Ultimate Assault Pack

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Bulletproof PUMA Kids’ Meridian Backpack

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Black Bulletproof Carhartt Legacy Standard Work Backpack front view

Bulletproof Carhartt Legacy Standard Work Backpack

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Bulletproof Backpack Black

Travel Backpack + Level IIIa Bulletproof Armor Plate Package

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SwissGear bulletproof backpack and TuffyPacks Level IIIA Ballistic Backpack Shield

Tuffypacks Swissgear Scansmart Backpack + Level IIIa Bulletproof Armor Plate Package

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Ally One Concealable Bulletproof Backpack Armor Insert

Angel Armor Ally One Level IIIa Bulletproof Concealable Backpack Armor Insert

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First Responder Bulletproof Backpack with Bulletproof plates

First Responder Military Tactical Backpack + Level IIIa Bulletproof Armor Plate Package

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Black body armor panel for bulletproof backpack

Bulletproof Panel Flexible Armor – Fits Plate Carrier or Backpack

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BulletSafe Bulletproof Backpack Panel

Bulletproof Backpack Panel

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Frequently Asked Questions About Bulletproof Backpacks

Are Bulletproof backpacks legal?

Bulletproof backpacks are 100% legal to carry on your persons. There are no laws against owning or carrying bullet proof backpack inserts. Only convicted felons are not allowed to wear bullet proof armor on their persons. If you obey the laws and have no previous convictions, you are entitled to wear/use/carry a bulletproof backpack

How do ballistic bulletproof backpacks work?

Bulletproof backpacks work by adding extra ballistic plates or panels to the backpack. Generally these are either stitched into the material during manufacturing or plates can be inserted by the owner after purchase. The range of plates varies from hard body to soft body weaves but all help to increase resistance to ballistics fired.

How much do bulletproof backpacks weigh?

Weights for different ballistic bulletproof backpacks will vary based on the inserts and NIJ Level of protection. As mentioned different types of hard or soft plates are options and each manufacturer is different. All bulletproof backpacks should be labelled letting the user know the weight of the backpack while empty. Bear in mind that the starting weight needs to be manageable for the carrier as once you add contents such as books and stationary, the weight is going to increase.

Do I Need A Bulletproof Backpack?

This comes down to personal choice and also whether you think it may save your life someday. It is typically an extra safety barrier that might give you a little more peace of mind. You would hope to never use it but would glad to have it in a bad situation.

You should consider deeply if it might be added protection worth investing in for you or a family member. It also is far more inconspicuous than a bullet proof vest and the backpack can be used as normally as part of your daily routine.

School goers, government workers, people working in public areas are at a higher risk of something bad happening on their day to day. Investing in a bulletproof backpack might just save a life!

Do Bulletproof Backpacks Really Work?

If used correctly your chances of survival in situation involving guns greatly increases with bulletproof protection. Whether it be a bulletproof vest of backpack, you have a 95% survival rate by having armor panels on your person. If worn correctly you clearly have much better odds and a higher rate of protection then without.

How Do I Use A Bulletproof Backpack?

Hopefully you never have to. However, in a bad situation, the aim would be to make yourself as small a target as possible. Curling into a ball behind your backpack is advisable as the protective armor panels will offer great resistance against projectiles. Also be mindful to protect your head and torso behind your bulletproof backpack as exposing these body parts to oncoming fire may be fatal.

Can A Bulletproof Backpack Stop An Ar-15?

If your backpack has an NIJ Level rating of three or four as is standard then yes it can stop an AR-15. Your backpack can withstand fire from an AR-15. Always check the rating of the NIJ level on your bulletproof backpack before purchase though.

Can I Bring A Bulletproof Backpack On A Plane?

In general yes, you can bring a bulletproof backpack on a plane. You are not allowed to wear it onto the plane or in the Airport but you are allowed to carry it either as a carry on or a checked bag. This rule may be overridden by security or the TSA as you pass through Airport security as they have final say on all potential security risks. It’s advisable that if you plan to travel with a bulletproof backpack, that you contact the Airport first and discuss any do’s or don’t’s that they may have prior to visiting the airport