Best high school and college backpacks for students in 2024

New school year, new backpack. Finding the best back for students is an important endeavor. Students need to carry books, laptops, hoodies, water bottles, and plenty more. So, they need a sturdy, roomy backpack. Teens and young adults can be pretty rough on their stuff, so they need a bag that will survive being thrown around a bit. Of course, every student has different needs. Some need tech pockets and a protective laptop sleeve for the best student MacBook, others may need a good place to stow those gym clothes and shoes. College students that are studying far from home will need a backpack with travel-friendly features as well. We've found the some of the best student backpacks 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

A great all-around backpack for students of all kinds 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.

When I was a college student, my parents lived overseas, so I did quite a bit of flying going back and forth from school. I would have loved having the STM Dux 30L Premium Tech Backpack. I have it now, and it's fantastic for travel, with the TSA-friendly padded laptop sleeve accessible from the outside so you can pull it out without opening up the main compartment. Slide this bag right onto your rolling suitcase handle. It's extremely sturdy and has a plush lining and tons of padding so you know your precious laptop is safe within it. What truly sets this bag apart from the rest is the number of compartments (within compartments) that it has, so you can keep all of your important items perfectly organized and separated so cords don't get tangled and keys won't scratch your pricey tech.

Tammy Rogers
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