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Best Backpacks for Students

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My favorite part of going back to school was 'back-to-school' shopping. Picking out pens and pencils, notebooks, folder, clothes, and of course, a stylin' backpack! With backpacks, however, you want something stylish yet functional. You want one that can handle everything that is thrown at you whether it be a ton of books or your laptop. Check out our collection of the best backpacks.  

Best overall

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JanSport Big Student Backpack (opens in new tab)

Anything and everything

If pockets are the name of the game, then the JanSport Big Student Backpack is the one you should consider. This bag includes two large main compartments, a utility pocket, stash pocket, water bottle sleeves, and much more. This bag will be able to hold the kitchen sink and anything else you need. 

Best basic

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Herschel Heritage Backpack (opens in new tab)

No frills design

What if you don't need a bag that can carry everything you own? That's where the Herschel Heritage comes into play. It has a basic, no-frills design that will carry only the essentials throughout your daily travels. Inside the main compartment is a laptop sleeve and enough room to throw some extras in, and there's a zippered pocket in the front for your smaller items.

Best tried and true

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The North Face Recon (opens in new tab)

Always reliable

Head onto any campus and chances are you'll see loads of North Face bags everywhere. This is for good reason: The North Face is one of the most trusted and reputable brands, and the Recon is one of the company's best backpacks. Forget worrying about your shoulders or back getting worn out with the FlexVent molded shoulder straps. Plus, there is a large mesh pocket for convenient storage and a large main compartment for your laptop and more. 

Best for laptops

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Mancro Anti-Theft Travel Computer Bag (opens in new tab)

Keep it safe

Throughout the school year, you're bound to end up carrying many valuable items. This Anti-Theft Travel bag from Mancro helps keep your items secure with the included lock with a pin code that you can set to whatever you want. The bag also makes it possible to have a portable charger in the bag, and a small pocket to run a cable, so you can keep your phone charged up. 

Best stylish

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Timbuk2 Parkside Backpack (opens in new tab)

Just a backpack with a little flare

Timbuk2 has been around for quite some time, so it knows what it's are doing. The Parkside Backpack is one of the flagship offerings, with its ventilated back panel and extras such as a loop for attaching lights. The Parkside is large enough to house a 15-inch laptop, along with providing different ways to organize your daily carry. 

Best roller backpack

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High Sierra Powerglide Backpack (opens in new tab)

Save your back

It can be really frustrating and painful to lug around a backpack all year long with little reprieve. The High Sierra Powerglide changes that with the built-in wheels, which transform this into a roller-bag. That, combined with the support for 17-inch laptops and myriad of pockets, the Powerglide will help you power through the year.

Get ready for the school year

It can be tough gauging what backpack will be the best one to survive the school year with you. However, when it comes to something like the Jansport Big Student backpack (opens in new tab), this will handle just about everything you throw at it. With its huge pockets and comfortable straps, you'll be able to cram everything you need in just one bag and be able to keep rolling throughout the year. 

If you are looking for a backpack that can keep up with everything that is thrown at you, then you'll want to take a look at the SOCKO Convertible Backpack (opens in new tab). This bag includes two shoulder straps for a traditional carry, but it can also be transformed into a briefcase-style with a shoulder strap and handles on the side. There are many different pockets and compartments, including one for up to a 17-inch laptop, a tablet compartment, and more pockets than you'll know what to do with.

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