Best back-to-school backpacks and bags for 2019

CNET | 8/20/2019 | Joshua Goldman
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If you're stocking up on new tech as you head back to school -- headphones, a laptop or chromebook and other dorm essentials -- you'll likely need something to carry all that stuff in. Here are our favorite backpack picks that fit a variety student needs, from small and simple to big with lots of organization. There's even one that starts off slim and grows for a weekend away from campus.

Note that these products are independently chosen by our editors. All products have been used hands-on and selected based on our testing. Note also that CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site.

Slim - Backpack - People - Life - Day

A slim, stylish and lightweight backpack for people who maybe don't need to carry their life on their back every day, but still have room for all your books and binders. It's broken into three main compartments plus a zippered front pocket for things like your keys, earbuds and wallet.

Two stretch side pockets give you a place for a water bottle and umbrella and there's a luggage handle pass-through on the padded back panel. The rear compartment has a padded sleeve to hold up to a 15.6-inch laptop and another padded pocket in the front compartment can hold a tablet. The center compartment is perfect for a lunch, books and a jacket.

Scope - Pick - Flexibility - Backpack - Compartments

The Scope is a top pick for its flexibility. The water-resistant backpack is broken into three main compartments: A small organizational section in front, a side-loading waterproof 15-inch laptop compartment in the back and a spacious storage space in between. But that center section can be expanded by releasing magnetic side compression straps and opening a zippered gusset on top. That means you can use it for all your tech and books during the week...
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