best backpacks mainI can hardly believe August is just a short couple of days away already. I’m feeling the pressure to pack in as much fun as I can with my kids before September and back to work/school hits.

I’m also realizing that it’s time to back to school shop before all the great deals are gone, and the perfect backpack is top priority in my house. Finding the best backpack or laptop bag for school to meet your student needs and fit all your day to day essentials will ensure you’re prepared for a successful school day.

You’ll also want to take comfort, safety and any other needs you might want into consideration when shopping for new backpacks. Here’s a look at the best backpacks for school.

Best backpacks for school K-12

In elementary, middle and high school it’s less about if your essentials can fit in your bag and more about what the current trend is or what kind of backpacks your group of friends have. Luckily there are some school bags out there that take functionality and comfort into consideration on top of being stylish and on trend.

Most teens these days have the option to use a tablet or laptop for their school work and many backpacks are now offering a designated tablet/laptop sleeve or pocket.

This JanSport Digital Student 15″ Laptop Day Backpack has a removable sleeve that fits up to a 15” laptop as well as an external tablet pocket that fits up to a 10” tablet.

It’s available in a variety of colours and patterns to suit your personal style and is suitable for all ages. There’s plenty of space for books and binders as well with two large main pockets and a mesh side pocket in the backpack for a water bottle.

Inside the backpack you’ll also find an organizer panel for school essentials like pens, pencils, erasers and calculators. The ergonomic s-curve shoulder straps and padded back panel will ensure comfort for your shoulders and back throughout the school year.

If you have a smaller child who doesn’t require a backpack that needs to fit books and binders, this High Sierra Mini Loop Day Backpack will do the trick. It offers pockets for organization, padded straps and back panel and an internal name tag in case it gets misplaced.

This High Sierra Emmett 2 Day Backpack is larger in size which means students with a full course load and many text books and binders will have plenty of space. Inside you’ll find the TECH SPOT padded sleeve to keep your tablet safe while you’re on the go.

Under the top main closure is an adjustable draw-string closure to keep your items safely contained and in the zippered accessory pocket is a built-in key fob to keep smaller items organized. For comfort you’ll love the padded back and shoulder straps. This backpack is also a great bag option for any travel or school excursions you may be doing.

Samsonite QuincyAnother great option for day to day use is this Samsonite Quincy 15.6″ Laptop Day Backpack. It’s not too bulky and has plenty of space including a dedicated laptop pocket that fits up to a 15.6″ laptop, tablet pocket that fits up to a 10.1″ tablet and a front pocket organizer with plenty of pockets and space for necessities and accessories. The flat bottom of the backpack makes the inside of the bag more roomy and helps it stay upright when placed down on the ground.

I love the extra padding in the shoulder straps as well as the back panel which makes this backpack versatile for other uses such as travel or hiking.

Best backpacks for College/University

Samsonite CampusOnce you hit College or University, you’re taking courses focused on your future career and you want to find a laptop backpack or a day pack to hold all your gear that you’ll need for your courses.

My son’s taking Digital Design which means no need for binders and textbooks but space for tablets, external hard drives, USB sticks and of course lots of snacks and water. Many students also take transit or have a distance to walk which makes comfort and safety a top priority as well.

This Samsonite Campus Professional 15.6″ Laptop Day Backpack has an adjustable laptop system to fit up to a 15.6” laptop and a front pocket for any extras such as binders or textbooks or a tablet. The top handle makes it easy to pick up and the mesh back and mesh adjustable straps will ensure you get the perfect fit to avoid any back strain. As an added bonus it’s TSA checkpoint friendly which makes it a great backpack for travelling as well.

If you prefer to carry a crossbody bag, then this Kenneth Cole Reaction Heathered Hurtle 15.6″ Laptop Messenger Bag might be the right fit for you. It’s made out of heathered polyester and features multiple internal pockets to keep your contents organized. The closures on the front will keep your belongings secure and the exterior USB port with pass through cord allows you to charge your technology. The adjustable padded strap will allow you to find the right fit for comfort and minimize shoulder strain.

A wheeled backpack is the perfect option for a student who has a heavy load to carry and to lessen back strain and pain. This High Sierra Powerglide 17″ Laptop Wheeled Backpack has plenty of space for all those textbooks, binders, accessories and even a 17” laptop.

Inside you’ll also find a deluxe media pocket with port for your headphones. The corner-mounted wheels and hideaway telescope handle make it easy to roll the backpack around or close the handle and use the mesh padded straps to carry it on your back.

The corner guards and a kick plate will ensure your contents are safe and protected and I love that it has reflective strips for students who may be traveling in the evening or early hours.


Kenneth Cole Silky Poly LaptopFor College or University students who don’t need to carry around a huge workload and are looking for something trendy and stylish, this Kenneth Cole Silky Poly 15″ Laptop Day Backpack is a smart option.

The front interior compartment has a padded tablet pocket and there’s two more pockets for all your essentials and a rear padded interior pocket that fits up to a 15” laptop.

The front organizer pocket is lined with a thin fabric that has Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) blocking technology to help protect passports and certain debit/credit cards. The padded shoulder straps will ensure comfort and the gold zippers add a stylish touch to the bag

Finding the best backpack for your student needs is key to getting through your school days with all your essentials on hand. You want to also ensure comfort and good back support are taken into consideration when searching for a new backpack.

You can find a great selection of the best backpacks for school at Best Buy. Check out all of the backpacks & laptop bags and find the perfect bag for back to school.

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