The dreaded phrase “summer is over” is upon us, and that means it’s time to get your back to school shopping done. Laptops, tablets, headphones, textbooks, notebooks, pens, headphones—and don’t forget a school bag to carry it all in. From backpacks to messenger bags for school, carry everything you need for class with one of this year’s stylish high end bags.
1. Lifetime Leather Messenger Bag
Looking for versatility, style and longevity? Look no further than this luxuriously sturdy leather messenger bag. It can be worn over your shoulder, across your body, as a backpack and carried like a briefcase. It has a large interior compartment that’s able to hold a 13-inch laptop, two interior pockets, two front exterior pockets and a side water bottle pocket. With multiple pockets and ways to carry it—plus hand cut and stitched and made from premium top grain leather—this leather messenger bag can easily switch from college classes to a business internship to your international travels.
2. Herschel Supply Co. Little America Backpack
In case you didn’t know, backpacks aren’t just for elementary school, and not all backpacks have superheros and princesses on them. So if you plan on carrying around heavy textbooks, save your shoulders and back and get yourself this modern mountaineering style backpack. It’s spacious and durable. Plus, it comes in a variety of colors and patterns and has an air mesh back padding for comfort and to help prevent back sweat.
3. Always On Side Zip Regan Tote
Beauty and function. There’s nothing more you could ask for when going back to school. This tote comes with a padded interior slip that holds a 13-inch laptop, as well as side zip pockets that extend your bag to fit even more stuff. Its sleek leather design will have you shining on campus and ready to hit up happy hour right after your last afternoon class.
4. RoadRunner Medium Anything Backpack
Sometimes your backpack needs to carry more than textbooks. Sometimes you need it to carry energy drinks and snacks for your late nights studying at the library. The Anything Backpack is literally made for anything. It’s roomy and waterproof, and it has compression straps, dual side pockets and a padded back so loose pens or anything else won’t poke your back. It’s also a great choice if you commute to school on a bike.
5. Vera Bradley Rolling Backpack
If your classes are spread across campus, and most of your walking is on sidewalks, then a rolling backpack is just what you need this fall. The fabrication is soft and lightweight, yet durable, and this backpack features all kinds of storage compartments—two exterior side and two front zip pockets, as well as interior slip pockets, pen slips, a zip pocket, laptop compartment and ID window. Pop the handle up and tuck away the straps to turn this backpack into a vibrant bag on wheels.
6. Peak Design Everyday Messenger Bag
There’s a reason this is called an everyday bag. Although it’s advertised as the ultimate photographer’s bag, it really can be used for everyday use for school and work. There are dividers to hold and separate your stuff and an internal padded sleeve for a laptop. This messenger bag also has a weatherproof exterior, so no matter what the weather is like, your possessions stay dry and protected.
7. HP Powerup Backpack
Don’t you hate when you’re late to class, and then once you get there find out your laptop’s battery is dead? With this backpack, you’ll always be powered up to take notes. With a built-in battery, you can charge your laptop and two other USB-powered devices while carrying them. It even has sequential charging, so you choose the order your devices are charged.
8. Lo & Sons Seville Tote
This is the practical, elegant, travel-friendly laptop tote you’ve been searching for. It has numerous pockets to keep all your school essentials, including a 13-inch laptop, organized and a luggage sleeve to effortlessly slide the tote over the handle to sit on your rolling suitcase. Versatile is another word used to describe this chic tote. When you purchase additional shells, you can adapt your bag and style to fit any occasion your day, week or year calls for.
9. Bolt Crossbody Laptop Bag
If you’re looking for a bag that’s utilitarian and unique, this vertical crossbody laptop bag has your name (figuratively) written all over it. Besides making you the most dapper person on campus, its under-the-flap pocket holds your phone, phone charger and other small items, while its back zipper pocket will hold your paper assignments and conference pamphlets. Perhaps best of all, it’s available in three sizes—small, medium and large—to fit all your laptop, tablet and other school-carrying needs.
10. Sandqvist Erik Messenger Bag
Postmen aren’t the only ones lugging around messenger bags these days. Messenger bags are perfect for school. And if this is the look you crave this school year, give into your cravings and buy this Cordura nylon, leather trimmed messenger bag. Designed for cyclists, it has a detachable waist strap so you can secure your bag on your ride to and from school. It also features a big internal compartment and padded laptop pocket that holds up to a 15-inch laptop.