Best high school and college backpacks for students in 2023

Finding the best back for students is an important endeavor. Students carry around a lot of stuff, like books, laptops, hoodies, water bottles - the list could go on for ages. They need a sturdy, roomy backpack that will survive the school day being thrown around and filled with all manner of things. Of course, every student has different needs. Some need a protective laptop sleeve, others a good place to fit gym clothes and shoes. We've found the best student backpacks we can find, and put them all here for your perusal - here are the best high school and college student backpacks around.

The best backpacks for students

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Our top three picks for this year

Our favorite backpack is the Mancro Laptop Backpack for Travel. It's got a slot for just about everything, like a built-in laptop sleeve, a phone pocket, and even an anti-theft pocket for your valuables. There's even a bigger option for bigger laptops, and its relatively low price makes it a very solid option for anyone.

If you want something slimmer, the YOREPEK slim computer backpack is a compact option that also has enough space for all your gear. There's even a little USB port on the side that you can hook your portable battery up to, and then use to charge your phone or headphones.

And if you're a frequent flier, you're going to love the SWISSGEAR 1900 ScanSmart. It's big enough to hold a 17-inch laptop, clothing, and all your gear, plus it's TSA-friendly.

Tammy Rogers
Buying Guides and Deals Writer

As the Buying Guides and Deals writer for iMore, Tammy puts over a decade of experience in finding the best prices of Apple products to work, helping you save money on the equipment that you want. An audiophile at heart, she loves all things audio and visual, but you’ll also find her drooling over the latest Macs and MacBooks. With a Masters in screenwriting, Tammy likes to spend her free time writing feature-length and TV screenplays or driving digital cars around virtual circuits, to varying degrees of success. Just don't ask her about AirPods Max - you probably won't like her answer.

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