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The best backpacks for work, school, or travel

Bags go in and out of style, but one evergreen favorite is the backpack. Everyone needs a good quality backpack to store and transport possessions comfortably — whether you’re on your way to school, work, or your next great vacation destination.

Backpacks distribute the weight of your belongings evenly while keeping your hands free for handling what life throws at you. The versatility and convenience of backpacks make them perfect for pretty much any type of activity, from learning to commuting to hiking and beyond. The different fabrics and designs found in backpacks vary depending on their users’ needs. Whether you need something to hold and protect your laptop or want a fun bag for day trips, check out our roundup of the best backpacks.

XDesign Travel Backpack

Best overall

The XDesign Travel Laptop Backpack is a large-capacity bag for everyday use. Its antiscratch material, reinforced stitching, and strong handles make it a long-lasting product that is also comfortable and ergonomic.

KAVU Cotton Shoulder Sling Backpack

Best sling backpack

Made from high-quality cotton canvas, the KAVU Rope Bag Cotton Shoulder Sling Backpack is a crossbody bag with many internal and external pockets, as well as a large main compartment. This lightweight backpack is available in a variety of colors and fabric patterns.

Matein 17-inch Laptop Backpack

Best school backpack

This Matein backpack has a specially padded compartment to fit your 17-inch laptop, is Transportation Security Administration-compliant and water-resistant. It has multiple pockets, including an antitheft back pocket to help secure your valuables, and a USB port to conveniently charge your phone.

A reliable, roomy backpack can make all the difference in your day. It is important to have a bag that can store the items you need and that travels with you comfortably and stylishly. These are all important qualities to consider and look for in your next backpack.