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Back to School: Unique and Personal Bags

Updated on July 16, 2012

It's that back to school time of year and students everywhere are flocking to big box stores to find that perfect bag be it backpack, tote or messenger bag. That bag has to be able to lug heavy textbooks, protect hundreds of dollars worth of electronics from laptops to iPods and withstand weekends shoved in the back of the closet or stuffed with snacks on an impromptu road trip. On top of all that it has to be unique and reflect the personal style for the person using it. Unfortunately upon arrival at the local Walmart or Target most are faced with three options: a solid black bag devoid of personality, the generic Jan sport backpack that 75% of your classmates will be sporting or a too small back back that would never fit your books and is emblazoned with the image of your little sisters favorite Backyardagin.

But with a little searching online will be sure to turn up the perfect bag that can meet all it's storage needs, be so unique that it's the only one like it on campus, and fall within your budget.


Bag 1

Name: 15.4 inch Laptop Padded Compartment Shoulder Messenger Bag for K-Cliffs Lifestyle

Price: 29.99

Dimensions: 11" H x 16" W x 4" D

Selling Points: Fits laptops up to 15.4 inches, comes in a variety of colors and styles, adjustable shoulder straps

Downsides: While it fits laptops well there isn't too much more room for textbooks and binders.

What People are Saying: "The main pouch for laptops is VERY well padded on the sides AND on the bottom" "It is not only pretty, but very well constructed"


Bag 2

Name: Silver Buffalo MC9001 Marvel Amazing Spider-Man 15-Inch by 12-Inch Messenger Bag, Multi-Color

Price: 29.99

Dimensions: 15L x 12H x 5W

Selling Points: it's an awesome way to show off personality it's like a fun graphic tee but on a bag, It can hold a laptop for school or snacks and comic books on a road trip,

Downsides: There aren't any specialized compartments for laptops or books, the cover is plastic not fabric

What People are Saying: "It's really nice... perfect for someone who loves spiderman. It's spacious.. perfect for putting both laptops and books" "Great graphics, ample size. Highly recommended"


Bag 3

Name: 14 inch Newspaper Pattern Laptop Carry Case / Shoulder Messenger Bag

Price: 22.50

Dimensions: 14" W x 11" H x 1.2" D

Selling Points: Unique and awesome newspaper design, perfect for smaller laptops such as a Macbook Air, Sturdy fabric that protects the computer

Downsides: Small- doesn't fit much more than a laptop and it's accessories, Can't stand up to too much weight

What People are Saying: "This is a suprisingly lightweight carrying case with decent construction." "Love the bag, exactly what i was looking for!"


Bag 4

Name:Case Logic Canvas Messenger Bag

Price: 39.99

Dimensions: 4.2 x 16.5 x 12.5 inches

Selling Points: Sturdy and protective, unique style but neutral enough to personalize it with buttons and patches, plenty of pockets for laptop, books and accessories.

Downsides: tears when stuffed full with heaver items.

What People are Saying: "The price is great and the bag is even better" "It does the job and I still use it today--had it for almost a year."


Bag 5

Name:Timbuk2 Command Laptop Messenger Bag 2011

Price: 84.99

Dimensions: 6.7 x 19.3 x 13.6 inches

Selling Points: Sleek modern style, plenty of storage, comfortable shoulder strap

Downsides: not as much protection and padding for a laptop, barely fits a 15 inch computer

What People are Saying: "The laptop compartment zips away from the main compartment to lie flat (TSA compliance)" "the quality is top notch, it feels very well constructed, it's very functional"


Bag 5

Name:Genuine Leather Messenger Shoulder Bag, an Owl Design, Beautiful and Unique!

Price: 76.99

Dimensions: 11.0"(L)x11.0"(H)x1.5"(W)

Selling Points: Good quality leather, unique and eye catching design, plenty of colors to choose from, good amount of compartments

Downsides: more puse size than backpack size, only holds the bare minimum for school, more for style than storage."

What People are Saying: "The only down side is the leather des not stretch so there is not a lot of room for a load of things.But it's so CUTE!"


Bag 7

Name: Laurex Notebook/Laptop/Messenger Bag (Brown)

Price: 56.99

Dimensions: 15.8 x 4 x 12 inches

Selling Points: Organizer compartment, fits laptops to 15.4", plenty of colors and styles

Downsides: strap shifts on rectangle ring and bunches, large and bulky

What People are Saying: "I looked everywhere for a bag that would be unique, beautiful, and functional and the Laurex bags fit the bill"


Bag 8

Name: Tamrac 1713 Superlights Computer Messenger 17 - For 17" laptops

Price: 74.95

Dimensions: 18 x 3.8 x 13.8 inches

Selling Points: Large enough to fit a 17 inch laptop as well as books, pockets for plenty of accessories including a water bottle, "piggy back pocket" that slips over rolling luggage.

Downsides: may be too large for some needs

What People are Saying: "The bag is Sturdy. Shipping was fast. Would love it if there were more color options, as not many bags of this size available for 17 inch computer"


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      inevitablesecrets 5 years ago from California

      Thanks Motherbynature I hope you and your kids find the right bags for school. There are literally 100's to choose from online. I remember being a teen and hating when a classmate had the same backpack as me so I totally get it.

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      Motherbynature 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      I think this hub is right on time. I have 2 very picky teens who think plain backpacks are embarrassing. The pictures and descriptions are very cool. Thanks.