Every student needs a good backpack and every parent needs their teen to have a backpack that keeps them organized and that will be durable. Grown and Flown put together a list of their favorite backpacks.
Best Backpacks for College or High School
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Does your teen need a new backpack, one that would replace his grimy bag filled with crumbs and broken pens? These are trendy in a retro sort of way and come in a host of different designs and colors. We love the Settlement backpack for around campus, the Little America Backpack for overnight and the Novel bag for weekends.
I know my son pretty much only needs to bring his laptop to school these days. This KOPACK backpack is perfect for that. It’s lightweight, he loves the look of it, and it’s tear and water-resistant which is perfect for filling with snacks and drinks when he goes biking with his friends.
The Icon Slim Backpack from Incase Designs is a bit of a splurge at just under $150.00. It’s has a modern look, comes in an array of color and features a faux lined laptop compartment. Your college student can carry all of the essentials without the bulk with this backpack.
The Quad Pack from L.L. Bean gets the top nod from the New York Times Wirecutter as best backpack for high school and college students for the second year running. It is sleek and has lots of pockets for everything your student needs to schlep around with them. It’s water-resistant, long-lasting and can also double as a weekender. It also features “Ergonomically shaped, padded shoulder straps with carabiner loops” for comfort.
If you are looking for a basic backpack that won’t break the bank, the Amazon Basics Backpack is where it’s at. For $30 it holds a laptop, and more than enough compartments to keep your teen organized.
We are big fans of Everlane and think that just about ANYTHING you find your grad on their site will be a welcome and stylish gift. This backpack is lightweight and less expensive than the Icon but it also has a padded sleeve for a laptop.
These are not cheap but the quality is excellent and they are very trendy now, especially the Water Resistant option. Timbuk2’s backpacks are great for any guy or gal with a new job who doesn’t want to look like they just stepped out of the classroom and they can be customized (love this!) in their favorite colors. We haven’t had so much fun since we ordered their first Land’s End backpack in elementary school.
Who wants to go to college with an inch of crumbs in the bottom of a grimy backpack? Consider the Fjallraven Kanken Backpack, created with inspiration from The Swedish Guide and Scout Association. Lightweight, durable, water resistant, and in lots of great colors, this backpack is both stylish and practical.
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