How to choose the perfect backpack for school? High-five if this is the question you ask yourself before starting any school year - from primary to high school - one of the biggest concerns is if your trendy backpack makes those fellas jealous. Well, cool design is one thing (the very important thing, of course), but your backpack also needs to perform its job well and fits your body type too.
Getting a school backpack should not be a last-minute decision, it must be planned ahead in advance so that you will be able to choose the most suitable model.
In this guide from the CabinZero team, we will walk you through very simple steps to choose the right cool backpack for your new school year and some of our suggestions on the popular stylish rucksacks.
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The summer vacation is coming to an end and it is the best time to go on a hunt for a new cool backpack for the new school year. There are plenty of factors to consider when choosing a cool backpack for school like its affordability, design and materials, how much you can fit, number of compartments and versatility.
Affordability - The Number One Factor in Choosing the School Backpack for Teenagers
Most of us have a set budget when shopping for a school backpack (If you don’t, then you should), and if you spend enough time exploring the market, you will definitely find a cool backpack model that is in the price range. Keep in mind that it is not always what you want to buy, but it is also about how much you want to spend on it. Another tip is always to keep an eye out for sales and discounts. Brands and retailers always have plans for a back-to-school sale season, so spend some time researching products beforehand and just grab your chance when it’s on!
Consider the Features You Need for a School Bag
Not everyone shares the same needs and requirements for the backpack they want. While there are many options out there, there is definitely a bag that is just right for you.
Take out a piece of paper and write down all the characteristics you will need in a backpack for the new school year and then try to compare the options. Here are our suggestions on the basic features of a backpack that you might think of:
Design and Materials
Are you on the patterns team or the plain team? In terms of colours, a tip is to take a look at your closet and look for a backpack that would fit with the majority of your style.
Think ahead, if you’re going to use this backpack for more than one school year or use it on other different occasions like travelling or hanging out with friends - it needs to be made of durable materials and comfortable on your back. A majority of backpacks now are equipped with padded shoulder straps and padded in the back area, even with an air mesh system for extra comfort.
Another feature that could be a huge plus is the waterproof or water-resistant fabric, remember you’re going to carry books, notebooks or tablets to school and you definitely don’t want those to be soaked!
Zippers is a good factor to take into consideration as well. Nothing is worse than a backpack with a broken zipper on the way to school!
Think of the number of books and stuff you will be carrying in the upcoming school year. This will give you an idea of the capacity of the backpack - as either a too big or too small backpack might be irritating at some point.
Large capacity backpacks that include compartments for books and folders are ideal, which brings us to the next point.
If you like to keep your stuff organised in your backpack, you probably want a backpack with more than one main compartment - books in one compartment and other stuff like earphones, pens and pencils in the smaller one, for example. Also, don’t forget the side pocket for your water bottle! Are you taking your tablet or laptop with you to school? If yes, look for backpacks that are designed with a padded laptop compartment to secure your laptop/tablet.
A versatile and multipurpose backpack is a good backpack. Why not using your school backpack or cycling backpack for a short weekend getaway or a school field trip?
Products from big brands do not usually wear out easily, but what if they accidentally run into a problem? A good warranty option is a lifesaver at this point. Most brands offer warranty options for problems that are of manufacturer or malfunctioning. If you are getting a relatively cheaper backpack for school from an unknown brand, chances are you will need to pay more for repairs and maintenance.
The brand and the reviews
The brand should a vital role in your decision making of a cool backpack for teenager. A relatively well-known brand would be more likely to ensure product quality and customer service satisfaction, which will be safer for your journey as a buyer. And don’t forget to always look at the reviews to see what others are saying about the products or the brand in general.
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CabinZero Classic Backpack 28L in Azar - A Large Capacity Backpack Choice for School
Sturdy, lightweight and multifunctional, the CabinZero Classic Backpack 28 L in Azar is the must-have basic cool backpack for school if you’re a fan of minimalist design. With a unique twist of the Azar print, this backpack offers a special and sophisticated look for a school rucksack.
The top and side handles are attached to the backpack, which gives you more options in the way you want to carry the bag. With padded shoulder straps and back panel designed with a mesh airflow system, the CabinZero Classic Backpack line offers maximum comfort on your journey to school.
Fjallraven Kånken Water Resistant Backpack
This signature Kanken backpack by Fjallraven is the student all-time favourite backpack for school with its distinctive design and colour scheme. Made out of durable and easy-care Vinylon F 100% Vinylal outer, this backpack is lightweight and resistant to dirt and water.
Designed with an external zip compartment and twin side pockets, enjoy the extra space to organise your stuff in a spacious interior.
CabinZero Classic Backpack 28L in Paisley
Designed in modern trendy colours, the CabinZero Classic Backpack in Paisley is the best-selling basic rucksack for youngsters - featuring a water-resistant coating and a padded laptop compartment.
The CabinZero Classic Backpack 28L owns every basic feature a backpack needs - comfortable straps, water-resistant coating, a padded laptop compartment and other trademark CabinZero backpack features that will make your journey to school comfortable and stylish.
Jansport Right Pack Expressions Scattered Bloom Backpack
Get your school supplies carried in style with the Jansport backpack in Scattered Bloom. Made of durable premium fabric, straight-cut padded shoulder straps, and a web haul handle, this backpack helps you carry your gear with comfort.
The Jansport Right Pack is designed with one large main compartment, a padded 15” laptop sleeve and a front utility pocket - a basic yet very practical design!
The City Adventure Backpack 17L in Spiced Chai
Designed for those who are active on the go, the City Adventure backpack is equipped with reinforced strap construction that can carry heavy loads.
The materials of this backpack comprise 100% polyester and nylon, which is resistant to dirt and easy to clean. With the expandable pocket for your sweaty gear, freely store and organise your school supplies and snacks to school!
Meisohua Easy-Access Backpack for School
This cool backpack model for girls offers a large capacity main compartment with a 15.6-inch laptop pocket, 1 mesh pocket and 2 small interior pockets, 2 side pockets for water bottles or umbrellas, and 1 front pocket to hold items that need to be at reach easily.
This backpack can serve as a school backpack, a casual travel or hiking backpack, or for other day-to-day activities.
Jansport Superbreak Plus in Navy - Perfect for School or Daily Commute
Are you looking for a sporty and minimalist model of a backpack for the next school year? The Jansport Superbreak Plus is designed with a simple yet practical frame that could fit most of your belongings and a 15” laptop.
Vaschy Unisex Classic Water-resistant School Backpack
The Vaschy Unisex Classic Backpack for teens is made from high quality durable waterproof Polyester materials, which will keep your belongings protected and secured in most situations of weather. The padded laptop compartment can fit your laptop or tablet while the main compartment is ideal for holding heavy textbooks.
Pepe Jeans Aris Laptop Backpack
The Pepe Jeans backpack has a large main compartment with a padded laptop sleeve that can fit a laptop up to 15.6”. This cool backpack also comes with a front pocket and matching case, which can work as a pencil case, to maximise the organisation of your school supplies.
The reinforced back with wide padded shoulder straps provide you with comfort in carrying your stuff around for a full day.
Amazon Basic Classic Backpack with Front Pocket
The Amazon Basic Classic backpack offers all it takes for a student’s needs. Featuring the main compartment with double-zipper closure, a padded laptop sleeve and a zippered pocket inside the backpack, this lightweight and durable daypack is compatible with A4 notebooks and textbooks for your school use or everyday outing purposes.
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Cabinzero Classic Backpack 28L in Original Grey
The all-time favourite basic backpack - the CabinZero Classic Backpack 28L in Original Grey is a must-have cool backpack for school if you prefer a minimalist and simple design and colour scheme.
Designed with an exterior compartment, a large main compartment together with 2 other small pockets and a padded laptop sleeve inside, this backpack has what it takes for a nice organisation for your school supplies and personal stuff.
Asge School Bag Luminous for Teenage Boys
The Asge school bag for boys is suitable for travelling, going to school or giving away as a present. It is made with high-quality oxford fabric that is resistant to fading and can protect your belongings from drizzling weather.
This glowing-in-the-dark backpack is made out of classic and lightweight backpack fabric, with multiple pockets and compartments, which can accompany you on different activities like school, hiking excursions or sports.
The North Face Jester Travel Backpack for Men
The classic The North Face Jester backpack is a multifunctional backpack that can be used for schools, travel or other outdoor activities. This sturdy backpack can stand on its own and has a padded laptop sleeve, which makes packing and unpacking easier. Although the design looks more like a daypack, it is definitely suitable for an everyday backpack due to its waterproof features.
CabinZero Classic Travel Backpack in Urban Camo
The CabinZero Classic Backpack in Urban Camo pattern is the ultimate choice for those camouflage fans out there. This original hassle-free basic backpack is made with quality and durable materials that will support you on any journey, whether to school or on expeditions.
Vans Old SKOOL Checkerboard Cool Backpack
Made out of 100% polyester fabric and featuring a 15” laptop sleeve, the Vans Old Skool Checkerboard backpack is the iconic cool backpack from the Vans family.
With the capacity of 20L, the Vans Old Skool backpack fits every of your school supplies and laptop in its big main compartment. If you’re obsessed with checkerboard, definitely a pack you can’t miss!
Eastpak Padded Pak Canal Midnight Backpack with Front Pocket
Featuring a large main compartment with a zip-fastening front pocket, the Eastpak Padded Pak Backpack in Canal Midnight offers a spacious interior for your school supplies, as well as belongings on a weekend getaway.
The padded back panel and adjustable shoulder straps provide your back and shoulders with extra support and make this backpack comfortable to carry. The basic design of this Eastpak pack is key to its minimalism and versatility.
Jansport Big Student Backpack with Extra Compartments
Who doesn’t love a backpack with an optimised design of compartments? This Jansport Big Student backpack is a dream come true for students if you are looking for a backpack with distinctive organisation features.
Featuring a 15” padded laptop sleeve, 2 large side compartments, a front utility pocket, a pleated front stash pocket and zippered front stash pocket. There’s always room for some extra little things you bring to school!
Vans Realm Solid Cool Backpack
The 22L Vans Realm Solid backpack is made out of 100% cotton with 100% polyester trim and lining. It features a zipper large main compartment, adjustable padded straps and a padded laptop sleeve - the basic and solid backpack that can go well with any type of outfit!
Yamtion Water-resistant School Backpack with USB Charging Port
Suitable to carry electronics, this Yamtion school backpack features a 15” padded laptop sleeve as well as a 9.7” tablet compartment to protect your tablet. Another special feature to be mentioned is the anti-theft pocket to protect your valuables such as cellphones, wallets or cards, and a USB port design to charge your smartphone using a power bank.
Calpak Luka School Laptop Backpack with Water Bottle Pockets
The Luka backpack by Calpak features multiple exterior and interior pockets, even a side bottom pocket for your shoes. Made out of scratch-resistant materials, this sleek backpack is designed for either school or work with the laptop compartments, or day trips and commuting.
And that’s a wrap! The bottom line is to think of it as if you were getting a cool backpack to make it your go-to backpack on a daily basis - What features would you need? What style would fit most of your closet? There you go, you’ve made your decision!