It’s that time of year and you’re looking for that perfect backpack for school, but there are so many great school bags available to choose from that it’s hard to decide which one you should buy.
To make choosing a great backpack a little easier we’ve done some research and put together what we think are the best book bags & rolling backpacks for nursing & medical students.
Our decision on the top 9 book bags is based on their average rating, design, durability, functionality and price.
1. High Sierra Swerve Backpack
High Sierra has an excellent selection of back to school gear for students in all areas of learning and the High Sierra Swerve Backpack is a great choice for medical & nursing students that need an all around bag that can hold their books, laptop, lunch and other school gear.
This quality bag is made using fabric and nylon materials and has a multi-compartment design to house everything you need during your school day/night.
The High Sierra Swerve Backpack comes in a wide variety of colors to match your style and personality, and has a fully padded cushion zone to maximize comfort while you move from class to class.
2. SwissGear Travel Gear ScanSmart Backpack
If you’re looking for a spacious bag with excellent organization capacity SwissGear’s Travel Gear Scansmart Backpack is a stylish bag that’s great for carrying books, binders, notepads, a laptop, tablet, cellphone and various accessories all at once.
The bag features a spacious main compartment, separate laptop and tablet slots, numerous zipper pockets, mesh organizers and a water bottle pocket for maximum storage and organization.
SweissGear’s backpack is made from durable polyester material and utilizes comfortable shoulder straps to minimize stress while walking. This bag is available in numerous colors such as black, red, black/blue and black/grey for those with different preferences or style choices.
3. High Sierra Freewheel Wheeled Book Bag Backpack
The High Sierra Freewheel Wheeled Book Bag Backpack is a stylish and functional two wheeled inline backpack with a telescoping handle that allows for easy wheeling.
If you have a lot of heavy books or other school gear that’s a little too unconformable to carry on your shoulders than this wheeled backpack is for you.
It features a multi-compartment design with a single-tube telescoping handle that fits easily into a zippered hideaway nook and is spacious enough to carry a 17 inch laptop. The bag itself measures 13.5 x 20.5 x 8 inches and comes in colors such as moss, black and cherry blast along with several patterned designs.
4. JanSport Big Student Classics Series Daypack
JanSport is a popular maker of everyday backpacks and school gear and the JanSport Big Student Classics Series Daypack is no exception. This bag features a multi-compartment design with ergonomic S-curve shoulder straps for easy carrying.
It has a front utility pocket, two zippered front stash pockets and two large main compartments for uncompromised storage space. It is made from 600 denier polyester and comes in a large variety of colors to match your personal taste.
5. Herschel Supply Co. Pop Quiz
Herschel sells a number of excellent backpacks including this simple, yet high functional Herschel Pop Quiz Backpack.
This backpack is made from canvas material and features a clean design with a roomy main compartment that has a fleece-lined padded laptop pocket and an external front pocket for carrying additional accessories.
A contrast heavy duty bottom, white zipper and classic Herschel logo are prominent on the bag as stylistic accents that improve its overall look. For those who prefer another color this backpack is also offered in black, grey, navy, plaid and other colors.
If you’re a student that likes to travel light, look good and keep things simple Herschel’s pop quiz backpack is an excellent choice.
6. Olympia Deluxe Fashion Rolling Overnighter
Olympia’s Deluxe Fashion Rolling Overnighter combines a spacious handheld bag with an easy rolling bag to provide alternate carrying options for those who need both. Unlike the other rollers in our list this bag focuses on a wide design rather than tall with a 17 x 14 x 8.25 inch design.
This bag has a hideaway retractable handle for easy carrying, a spacious main compartment with an interior padded laptop compartment and a front zipper pocket for easy accessibility. It is made out of Polyester and comes in black/blue, black/purple, black/pink, tulip and paisley designs.
7. Under Armour Hustle Backpack
The Under Armour Hustle Backpack is a quality backpack that is large enough to accommodate a 15″ laptop and several books. It has four exterior pocks and one interior slip pocket along with two side water bottle pockets to help keep you hydrated during class.
It also has adjustable, padded, Heat Gear shoulder straps for added comfort. This Under Armour backpack comes in an assortment of colors and is made using 100% polyester with a UA Storm gear DWR finish to help repel water while maintaining breath-ability.
8. The North Face Vault Backpack
If you’re looking for a convenient backpack with plenty of versatility then take a look the The North Face vault backpack with injection-molded shoulder straps and a stitched-foam back panel for added support and comfort.
This backpack is designed to carry most laptops of up to 15″ and has a large main compartment that can easily fit several school books and binders. A second smaller front compartment allows for better organization of pens, pencils, small electronics and various accessories.
The North Face vault backpack comes in a variety of different colors such as black, grey, blue, red, zinnia/orange and others for those who need a bag that matches their personal style and tastes.
9. High Sierra Powerglide Book Bag
Last but not least on our list of the top 9 school bags for medial & nursing students is the High Sierra Powerglide Book Bag. This bag features an easy store double-tube telescoping handle with a large, multi-compartment design for easy storage.
The bag is large enough to fit most 17″ inch notebooks, has a large front compartment, multiple open pockets and zippered side pockets that can hold water and other school gear. High Sierra’s Powerglide Book Bag comes in black, blue and red variations, and measures 21″ x 14′ x 9″ with a weight of 7.28 lbs.
How to choose the best backpack for your needs
School bags come in a wide variety of sizes, designs and functions, however not all school bags are created equal.
In fact there are a number of important characteristics that determine the quality and utility of a great school bag.
When you decide you’re ready to purchase a backpack for your medical classes consider these important points to help you make a better buying decision.
Comfort and support
A high quality school bag is one that is comfortable and supportive whether worn over the shoulder, carried by hand with handles or traversed across the ground with wheels.
In fact comfort and support are extremely important when it comes to protecting the users back and shoulders from injury, and making it possible to easily get from one place to the other.
A heavy and/or poorly supported school bag will not only make getting from class to class a frustrating experience it can eventually cause you back-pain and even lead to severe injuries, therefore picking a school bag that has proper support can save you both time and pain in the long run.
If you find yourself having to carry a lot of heavy books or other items then consider choosing a bag that can be wheeled rather than worn on the back, or better yet choose a bag that not only has comfortable, durable shoulder straps but also comes with wheels so you can alternate your carrying style based on how much stuff you have to pack in the school bag for that day.
Also keep in mind that you don’t have to pack your bag to the gills when you only need to carry a few items.
Be sure to remove unnecessary books and school items from your school bag when they are not needed, and only carry the essentials to lighten your load and make it much easier to carry your items around.
The size of your school bag is also very important and choosing a bag with adequate space will allow you to easily carry all of your school equipment from class to class.
While you don’t want to choose a bag that’s too large it is important to understand what you’ll need to carry during your school week and choose a bag with adequate space.
Bags with extra compartments and accessibility space can make it simpler to carry your books, laptop, writing utensils, lunch and other items, and allows you to quickly access what you need without messing your bag up or creating chaos and disorganization within the bag.
If you carry relatively few books and/or accessories than you may be fine with buying a messenger bag that you can sling around your shoulder and keep by your side.
Consider the bags durability and water resistance when you decide to purchase a new one because you’ll likely be using the bag for several years and you’ll want one that will last for awhile, and can deal with the rigors of daily usage.
Heavy books, sharp writing utensils and electronics can wreak havoc on a poorly made bag, and will quickly shorten its lifespan.
Rain and snow can also have a damaging impact on your school bag if the material isn’t designed to deal well with this type of weather.
Choosing a bag that’s made out of durable material will not only increase the life of the bag, but it may also save you money in replacements down the line.
If the bag comes with a good warranty it may help you make an easier buying decision as it can significantly lower your risk of losing your hard earned money, due to the bag being damaged from regular use.
If you’re uncertain about the quality and durability of a bag then go with a brand that is well known and trusted at making great bags as this will help you save time and ultimately make the buying process easier on you.
Lastly, the design of the bag is something you should seriously consider since you’ll be wearing/carrying the bag for a long time.
Deciding on a bag that works well with your wardrobe or just looks really cool will help you feel like you’ve spent your money well and reduces potential feelings of buyers remorse for having not chosen a bag that you didn’t like.
As with all of your favorite stuff a nicely designed bag will go a long way towards how satisfied you are with your purchase and it may even get you some cool points (and a little envy) from other medical students at your school.
3 quick tips for buying a great school bag
Whether you’re going back to school or just entering your first semester finding the best backpack for your educational needs isn’t always an easy task.
We’ve previously broken down some of the most important factors on how to choose the right school bag, however there are still a few steps you can take to reduce your risk and maximize your chances of picking an excellent bag.
To make things a bit easier for you we’ve put together our top 3 tips for buying a great school bag.
- Create a must have’s list
- Read online reviews to gain valuable insights and information
- Buy two school bags to save you time and energy
1) Know what your must have’s are
Knowing the difference between your must have’s and your wants prior to buying your school bag can save you a lot of time and stress down the road.
The main difference between a must have and a want is whether or not the feature has a large impact on your physical health, mobility, storage capacity or accessibility.
For example if you have a lot of heavy books that cause you back pain than buying a bag with wheels may be a must have for you.
Conversely buying a bag that has a cool design on it, but doesn’t have those important wheels is just a want, not a must have.
Once you’ve figured out your must have’s and get them out of the way (size, durability, mobility etc.) you can focus on the features that you want (design, accessory pockets, bottle holder etc.)
When you’re finally ready to buy yourself a school bag make sure you don’t sacrifice the truly important factors for the nice to have features.
2) Read online reviews
Reading online reviews can make your buying decision a lot easier and help ensure that you’ll make a great purchase.
Online sites that have lots of customers (such as Amazon.com) offer a treasure trove of great advice, opinions and comparisons that you can use to pick out the right bag for your needs.
The pro’s & con’s, must have and wants, and random thoughts from numerous reviewers will help you determine what is important and what isn’t when it comes to buying a bag.
Best of all the customer reviews on these websites often provide you with insights that you may not have thought of and can put things into perspective from those who have ton’s of experience using various types of bags.
3) Buy two school bags
Now I know what you’re thinking, “why in the world should I buy two school bags”?
Well there are a number of reasons buying two bags is a great idea.
First it allows you to compartmentalize your books, writing utensils, electronics and other school items more efficiently.
If you have different classes on different days then having two school bags means you can use one bag for half of your classes (ex. Monday & Wednesdays) and another bag for the other half (ex. Tuesdays and Thursdays), which will make carrying everything much easier, plus it helps you keep everything organized, so you don’t have to stuff everything in one bag.
Second it helps increase the lifespan of your bags since each bag will be carrying roughly half the load instead of one bag that’s extremely heavy and getting worn out from over usage.
Third if you have some classes that require fewer books or school items you’ll have the option of carrying a second lighter bag such as a messenger bag to school, which can save your back and make traveling from class to class a less stressful event throughout the week.
If you aren’t too concerned with cost then don’t be afraid to purchase a second bag for alternative use as it can make your school life much more pleasurable and less physically taxing.
Some school bags provide you with everything you need to stay organized and prepared for school, however not every bag offers plenty compartment space or pockets to keep everything in place.
Fortunately there are a number of things you can do to improve the organization of your bag and make traversing school a little bit easier.
First and foremost if you haven’t chosen a bag yet and you know you’ll need the room consider getting one that has numerous compartments with both interior and exterior pockets as well as a laptop sleeve, so you can keep everything organized, easily accessible and out of the way.
Second, consider buying some mesh travel bags, which are small and easily fit in your school bag.
These small travel bags are great for keeping items organized as they’re easy to see through and can be used to hold pens, pencils, erasers, loose change, small electronics & wires and plenty of other small accessories, so you’re books, tablet and binders don’t end up swimming in a pool of loose items.
Travel bags are also great because they can be easily removed when you don’t need to carry those items around for the day, which improves your bags overall space usage and can lighten your load a little bit.
Third, purchase a dedicated organizer.
Dedicated organizers are larger then travel mesh bags and have the ability to hold bigger items such as notebooks, loose paper and binders, which can come in extremely handy, especially if you have numerous classes and want to be able to simply take your notebooks and binders out, without causing a mess or leaving them scattered around the house or your classroom desk.
For women a good dedicated organizer is also great for storing make up and toiletries, so you can carry them when you need them and keep them separated from everything else.
If you follow these organization tips you should be able to easily get through your school day, eliminate unnecessary baggage and improve your ability to easily access the things you need with less hassle.