Face it: you’re going to spend more time with your school backpack this year than your BFF — and there are nearly as many kinds of packs as there are kinds of people. You’ve still got summer stuff to do, so we’ve boiled it down to these 10 iconic campus essentials. Peruse, choose…and you’re ready to cruise.
JanSport’s #1 seller, this classic campus pack is a no-frills wonder that comes in 50+ colors. Lightweight and durable, the SuperBreak has a roomy main compartment and an outer zippered pocket to keep smaller items safe.
Equally at home strolling across a college campus or navigating a couloir, this compact travel pack leaves nothing to chance — with a padded laptop sleeve, spacious main compartment and a fleece-lined pocket for your shades.
Don’t let the casual, throwback design fool you—this charismatic carryall is actually chock-full of tech-friendly features, including a fleece-lined laptop sleeve, an internal media pocket and Herschel’s signature coated fabric.
The Refugio will happily do double-duty in the hallowed halls AND the great outdoors. Its roomy main compartment might hold books or a bunson burner; its slim pocket holds either a small laptop or hydration reservoir.
Loved your Superbreak in middle school, but hoping for an upperclassman’s upgrade? The reliable Big Student is up to the task, with two large interior pockets, a front organizer pocket and even a mesh side sleeve for your H20.
Study abroad students, take note: you will love this pack more than your daily double espresso. It’s TSA-friendly and traveler-approved, with loads of smart small-stuff pockets and plenty of room for books and binders, too.
Some version of this leather-bottomed classic has been around since your parents were in college—why mess with perfection? The design has been updated to include a laptop sleeve, but otherwise it’s pure vintage cool.
For everything from school days to sleep-away camp, the Prom Pack is your just-right companion—with a padded laptop pocket, a cozy sunnies sleeve, an organizer pocket and room for exactly as many books as you can carry.
Part urban explorer and part outdoor adventurer, the Access is the perfect campus commuter. it’s got comfy straps, unique back-access pockets and a nifty forehead pouch—plus an attached rain hood to keep it all high and dry.
Classic Swedish construction that puts the mmmmm in minimalist. From its clean, simple structure and sturdy straps right down to that cheeky winking fox, the Kanken is both visually distinctive and deliciously un-designed.