10 Best Back-to-School Laptop Backpacks

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Students carry a heavy burden. They need to move books, tech and food from class to class. In many ways, a backpack is their most important organizational tool. However, not all of them are equal. The best bags have water-resistant builds, adjustable straps, a ventilated back and plenty of compartments. 

But it can't be ignored that your backpack is as much a fashion statement as it is practical. It should reflect the tastes and interests of the student. Whether they are athletic, fashionable or intellectual, there is a bag that matches their personality and needs. If you’re looking for the best options on the market, we’ve got your back.

JanSport Right Pack Backpack

This iconic JanSport backpack comes in more colors than Skittles, plus it holds almost anything. There is a front stash pocket for school supplies, tech accessories and important documents along with a utility pocket for keeping organized. The suede leather bottom adds some visual flair while padded shoulder straps will make sure your arms don't fall off carrying heavy books. 

Herschel Supply Co. Heritage Backpack

Another classic, the Herschel Supply Co. Heritage backpack has a timeless, refined design. It's also practical, featuring a slot big enough to hold a 15-inch laptop and another front pocket for smaller items, like keys, supplies or electronics.  If you're not a fan the traditional black-and-brown color scheme, there are dozens of other options that are sure to fit your personality. 

Kaukko 22.4L Rucksack

This Kaukko rucksack is a classy party up front and a sturdy carrying-aid around the back. Its top-down leather straps, which loop into silver buckles, gives it a deft sense of style that’s similar to the more expensive (and popular) Herschel bags. But the Kaukko focuses on comfort: a big, soft pad and comfortable shoulder straps reside on the back. The Kaukko rucksack’s available in 20 different color and material combinations, some of which include a free pencil case that matches the shade and cloth of the bag.

Adidas Classic 3S II

This backpack is pure class. The straight lines, clean surfaces and Adidas' iconic three-striped logo come together into one sleek looking backpack. Im especially fond of the white and black color scheme, which reminds me of Copa Mundial, the legendary soccer cleat. Looks aside, there are plenty of reasons to buy your kid this backpack. For one, the main zippered pocket has plenty of room for folders and notebooks. Also, there is a padded sleeve that can fit up to 15-inch laptops. 

Modoker Vintage Laptop Backpack

For fashionistas of academia, we chose the Modoker Vintage backpack. The bag's fabric is a smart look of denim and brown leather accents, and it mixes practical features (roomy interior pockets, dedicated laptop pouch, exterior slots for beverages and umbrellas) with comfortable add-ons like honey-comb cushions on the straps and an out-facing USB port to charge a smartphone as you walk. No power device included, but you can find excellent portable chargers at our partner site, Tom's Guide. 

Alienware M15/M17 Elite

You don't need to own an Alienware laptop to appreciate the M15 Elite and M17 Elite backpacks. Designed specifically for PC gamers, these bags have a large, fleece-lined compartment that can house even the largest gaming machines, including Alienware's own Area-51m. Better yet, a plush upper accessory pocket has a divider so you can put your gaming accessories on one side and your sunglasses on the other. The M15/M17 Elite is already a stylish backpack but you can add your own flair using the valor patch panel. 

Osprey Nebula Daypack

Osprey is best known for its outdoor gear — primarily hiking backpacks — but the Colorado-based company also offers a popular lineup of everyday packs. The Nebula daypack is the perfect choice for students who need a large capacity main compartment to carry heavy books and notebooks. This lightweight pack has a ventilated back panel, a small heat embossed top pocket, and dedicated, padded laptop and tablet sleeves. The 34L backpack comes in five color variants: Nordic (dark) Green, Komodo (brown) Green, Black, Anchor Grey and Cardinal Blue.  

HP Duotone Backpack

What better place is there to protect your new HP laptop than in HP's own Duotone backpack. This bag is all about offering a ton of style at a super low price. While the Duotone might seem simple and streamlined from the outside, a closer inspection reveals a ton of great features, like an outer zippered pocket, water-resistant materials and a padded pocket that can house a 15.6-inch laptop. 

Everki Titan

This monstrous backpack can fit a 17-inch workstation with room to spare. In fact, with a capacity of 40 liters, you can stuff clothes, books or whatever else you need to carry around into its main compartment. Fortunately, there is a pocket for everything else, including a felt-lined slot for your tablet. The Titan is both rugged and smart. It comes with a water-resistant weather cover and its collapsable design is TSA checkpoint friendly, so don't worry about taking out your laptop. 

SwissGear 1900 Scansmart

The SwissGear 1900 is an incredibly popular backpack among students, and for good reason. Thousands of five-star online reviews are more than enough evidence of its brilliance. But how can a backpack be such a beloved item to so many people? It's simple. This TSA-friendly bag has loads of compartments, it is made of durable polyester, and it offers separate pockets for your laptop (up to 17-inch) and tablet. What else could you ask for? 

Author Bio
Phillip Tracy
Phillip Tracy,
Phillip Tracy is a senior writer at Tom's Guide and Laptop Mag, where he reviews laptops and covers the latest industry news. After graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Phillip became a tech reporter at the Daily Dot. There, he wrote reviews for a range of gadgets and covered everything from social media trends to cybersecurity. Prior to that, he wrote for RCR Wireless News and NewBay Media. When he's not tinkering with devices, you can find Phillip playing video games, reading, listening to indie music or watching soccer.
Phillip Tracy,