When you are shopping for schoolbags you have to think about a surprising number of things:

  • It needs to look reasonably cool
  • It needs to be durable, but not too heavy
  • It needs to be compact but sit comfortably on your back, even when packed
  • It needs to be made from water and dirt resistant material
  • It needs to have a compartment for a laptop a phone and cables
  • There needs to be at least one large space for study books and papers
  • It needs pockets for snacks, money and other valuables.
  • A mesh on the side for a water bottle and umbrella is sometimes useful
  • Ideally it also has a place for a name tag, and a clip to attach a key.
  • It might even have a built-in pocket for a battery to charge your laptop or phone
  • You may want wheels and a handle to pull it along

In general, i recommend you don’t go too cheap because it is a false economy. The risk is that you will be buying a new schoolbag every 3 months, as they are subject to a lot of wear and tear, and it needs to be well-made. If you can find one with a 1-year guarantee, that may come in useful.

Here are some good bags you should consider:

Practical, classic design, backpack

Matein best backpackLaptop backpack, $29.99, Matein

Advantages

  • Simple, practical design
  • Space for a laptop
  • 1 spacious compartment
  • Front compartment with many pockets, pen pockets and key fob hook
  • Anti-theft pocket to protect valuable items
  • Side pockets for water bottles and umbrella
  • Adjustable and padded shoulder straps
  • Built in USB charger allows you to put your power bank and recharge your laptop/phone anytime.
  • Water resistant and durable fabric with metal zippers.

Vintage design backpack

best backpack modoker

Vintage Laptop Backpack, $24.98, Modoker

Advantages

  • Vintage design
  • Space for laptop and books
  • 4 more pockets
  • Side pockets for water bottles and umbrella
  • Adjustable and padded shoulder straps
  • Lightweight

 

Cute laptop backpack, shoulder bag, pencil case set

best backpack leaperLeaper laptop set, $30.99

Advantages

  • Cute, cool design
  • Space for laptop and books
  • Side pockets for water bottles and umbrella
  • Separate shoulder bag and matching pencil case
  • Adjustable and padded shoulder straps
  • Durable canvas materials
  • Lightweight

 

Classic retro shoulder bag

best backpack fred perry

Fred Perry classic shoulder bag, $60.06

Advantages

  • Very cool design
  • Space for laptop and books
  • Hand wash material
  • Large pocket for laptop and books
  • Interior back wall pocket
  • Long adjustable shoulder strap

 

Lighten-up floral laptop backpack

best backpack vera bradley

Vera Bradley lighten up laptop backpack, $76.60

Advantages

  • Cool colorful design
  • Space for a laptop, books and 3 other compartment
  • Side pockets for water bottles and umbrella
  • Adjustable and padded shoulder straps
  • Water resistant, and durable fabric with metal zippers.
  • Machine washable
  • Fade resistant to keep the vibrant look

 

Extra-Large Nike backpack

best backpack nike

Nike Brasilia 7 Backpack (Extra-Large), $54.90

Advantages

  • Cool design
  • Space for a laptop, books and other compartments
  • Side pockets for water bottles and umbrella
  • Adjustable and padded shoulder straps
  • Water resistant, and durable fabric with metal zippers.
  • Nike brandname

 

Extra-Large practical backpack

best backpack outjoyOutjoy large capacity school backpack

Advantages

  • Large and practical
  • Stylish and multi-functional design
  • Space for a laptop, books and other compartments
  • A lot of side pockets for water bottles and umbrella
  • Adjustable and padded shoulder straps
  • Water resistant, and durable fabric with metal zippers.
  • Special pockets for valuables and wallet