We already told you about some great gadgets to get for your dorm and home office. But one of the most important things to shop for “Back to School” is bags to carry your gadgets in. This includes backpacks, laptop bags and messenger bags. Gear companies have been more concerned about keeping your gadgets safe. Check out some of our fave bags
Backpacks for Back-to-School
Chrome Industries Welded Rucksack (Backpack)
This bag is one that can take it all. Rain, snow, cold weather, the Chrome Industries Welded Rucksack uses the same technology as Coast Guard boats to deliver the most durable waterproof protection for the least amount of weight. Another great thing about the Welded Rucksack is that you can wear it many ways. You can wear it as a backpack, carry it in hand or even strap it on to your bike!
Price $88 and up
Incipio Expat Nylon Backpack
The Expat Backpack from Incipio fits laptops with 15″ screens and is available in 4 colors (black, grey, blue, and red). It has ergonomic shoulder and sternum straps combined with vented back padding for extended use.
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STM Bags – Drifter
If you’re looking for a bag to get your major tech and smaller gadgets around, the Drifter from STM Bags is a great choice. Made for laptops with screens up to 15″, the Drifter doesn’t stop there for storage. It has special compartments for your adapter, phone chargers, battery backs, and even room for your tablet. If there’s a downpour open the bottom pocket and you have the rain cover for the drifter. Your gadgets remain dry and safe!
Price: $110 and up
Waterfield Designs Staad Laptop Backpack
This elegant backpack from Waterfield Designs has a very luxurious style to it. These bags are meant to have a more designer look. . Plushly-cushioned interior pockets for laptop and tablet keep main compartment organized. Swing to one side for quick access to keys or phone in angled, zippered side pockets. Choose from tan waxed-canvas or black ballistic and a choice of black, chocolate or grizzly premium leather for the striking flap and accents.
Price: $319 and up
Eagle Creek Universal Traveler Backpack RFID
The Universal Traveler Backup is great for traveling or daily use. With durable ballistic fabrics this backpack will last you more than one school year. It’s spacious enough to hold laptops with 17″ screens and a tablet. It has organizational compartments and outer pockets for quick access to things.
Chrome Industries Classic Messenger
Chrome is trusted to build high quality bags messengers can use. Chrome’s Classic Messenger bag is a great example. This simple yet stylish messenger bag has durable synthetic suede that gives it a nice touch. Like all of Chrome’s messenger bags these are made with hanging bucket liner construction to provide complete water resistance when securely closed.
Eagle Creek Rush Hour Laptop Messenger Bag
Lightweight and with 20% expansion, this messenger bag is sized to fit a 15” laptop. With padded laptop and tablet sleeves and an RFID blocker pocket, rest assured that you can travel with confidence with Eagle Creek. Anti-Theft: a Passport-sized RFID Blocker pocket for ID protection
Digital Safe-Zone: Padded, e-fleece 15″ laptop sleeve and tablet sleeve, plus electronics pocket
Personal Safety: Reflective accents and light attachment loop for dusk and nighttime visibility
Eagle Creek Convertible Laptop Handbag
This is a great bag to have when you’re going to be loading and unloading. When unfolded it can hold up to 15″ laptops. If you’re loading up on , open the bag; and when unloading, just fold it back down. The external zippered pocket is big enough to hold a small tablet.
Waterfield Designs Cozmo Laptop Bag
Just like the Staad Laptop Backpack mentioned above, the Cozmo laptop bag from Waterfield Design is about more than utility. It’s about an elegant look. There are 3 different sizes to choose from and different materials as well.
Price: $189 and up
Sleeves and Slim Cases
Sleeves are equally important in keeping your laptops and tablet safe.
Knomo Knomad Mini
The Knomad Mini Organizer sleeve from Knomo is the ultimate sleeve for toting your small tablet, battery packs, USB drives, and cards. It’s great for when you’re on the move and have lots of little trinkets to bring along. Right now it’s only available for small tablets (8″ and smaller) but soon other sizes will be available. It’s available in 4 colors.
Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Laptop and Tablet Sleeves
We recently reviewed the sleeves from the Eagle Creek Pack-It system. The Specter sleeves come in bright colors and in various sizes to fit your every need. The sleeves are thin yet protective. They are light too, making it easy to tote around.
Price: $18 and up
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