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. We asked our Grown and Flown community for their favorites and here are the most popular backpacks for teens and college students.
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With rave reviews for durability, The North Face is the most popular brand for college kids, according to the Grown and Flown community. You might want to consider the North Face Pivoter backpack, which gets great reviews for spacious design and relative affordability. You can see where your teen can store their laptop in a
If your teen has ever owned a JanSport backpack you know they basically never wear out. This one, the JanSport Right Back Pack, is iconic and a best-seller for the brand. It is available in 14 colors that all look fantastic with the suede bottom that makes this backpack unique. Comes with a 15″ sleeve to hold a laptop
3. L.L. Bean
L.L. Bean backpacks are legendary for their durability and design and we think this one, the Comfort Carry Laptop backpack, is a great option for it’s “ergonomic features… like a rigid back panel with extra foam padding and comfortable, breathable mesh straps to create optimum air flow.” The padded backpack sleeve is a key design feature that will help your teen keep their most valuable piece of electronics safe.
This is another popular backpack for teens and college students and this one, the Victorinox Altmont, has a unique design with the laptop accessible through a fliptop compartment.
Take some time to look at the Herschel website to see all the choices they offer in sizes and shapes in their backpacks. Make sure to check out the “collections” for unique designs and, while you are on the site, take a look at the accessories and apparel that you won’t find anywhere else.
We are big fans of everything that Patagonia offers and think this highly-rated Arbor Classic Backpack is the one to consider if your teen or college kid needs to transport bulky books and gym clothes back and forth to class and sports practice.
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 available in lots of great colors, this backpack is both stylish and practical.
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If you are looking for a basic backpack that won’t break the bank, the Amazon Basics Backpack is for you. For $35 it holds a laptop, and has ample compartments to keep your teen organized.
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