As back to school is in full swing, I wanted to share my favorite bags and backpacks for the school year. I used totes all through college but switched to a backpack for law school because the books were so heavy. However, at the end of the year, I got an LL Bean Medium tote and began using it as my book bag. I attribute my switch back to a tote bag to the fact I had bigger gaps between classes, so had an easier time switching out books. I personally prefer totes to backpacks, but backpacks are sometimes more practical and can be stylish as well.
Madewell Leather Transport Tote | I used this bag in college and love it. I still have it with me in Virginia, but I don’t use it quite as much because sometimes it feels heavy if I need to carry a lot. You know how some bags you can fill to the brim, but it doesn’t feel super heavy? This isn’t one of them. However, this bag is durable and can hold quite a lot! I have the open top, but I recommend getting the zipped version if you worry about your bag tipping over and such.
Madewell Canvas Transport Tote | I haven’t personally used this bag, but I imagine it’s similar to the leather version. I love canvas for bags because it’s pliable and comfortable on the arm. I’m not sure how the canvas feels when it’s filled, but I love the green canvas enough to consider it!
LL Bean Boat & Tote | I recently got this bag. I’d been eyeing it for a few years and finally decided to bite the bullet. I am so happy I did! The bag is a great size, not too huge, but not too small. It fits a ton. I used it mostly during my finals study period, and I was always amazed how much I shoved in it… and it never felt heavy. Again, I have the open top, but I also think a zipped top is a great option for school! I’ve definitely had my bag spill over in the car, and it’s not ideal!
Longchamp Le Pliage Tote | Though I’ve been eyeing this bag for years as well, I haven’t purchased it yet. However, I know a ton of people who swear by this bag. My Co-Chair on Honor Council in college used the red version and thought it was the greatest thing ever! So while I can’t say it’s worked for me, I know enough people who love it to include it in this roundup.
Madeline & Company ‘Slim’ Backpack | I saw a post about Madeline & Company a few years ago when she first started and thought her backpacks were really awesome. The only thing I didn’t love was the shape! However, she recently released a slim version that I think would work super well for college or law school or another graduate level degree. I love the faux leather version and I really admire the creator!
Hershel’s Heritage Backpack | I saw this backpack all over my college campus! I also see it all over the undergrad campus at William and Mary. I’ve never personally used it, but I know it is a popular brand that is in constant demand. They have so many fun prints and colors!
North Face Women’s Recon Backpack | I use North Face for my backpacks ordinarily and I usually really like them. They always have tons of storage and room, which is great for busy college students running from class to meetings to outings with friends. As a graduate student, their backpacks are great for fitting a lot of books, research, and notes.
What’s your go to bag? What’s your favorite from the bags featured here?