Types of Bags to Carry to College

The summer sure has flown by and back to school season is officially upon us! For all of you heading off to college, there is probably a checklist full of items that you need to purchase before your first day of classes. As part of that, don’t forget to get yourself a good bag you can carry around campus! Students often are not quite sure what type of bags to carry to college. As a result, today we are going to talk about some of the most common and comfortable bags for students.

Messenger Bags

Do you want to know what is great about messenger bags? Aside from the fact that they make excellent bags to carry to college. Messenger bags can fit many items inside of them. Store your laptop, textbooks, and other school supplies, and still have room for your water bottle, wallet, and some snacks when you are on the move. Another positive, you can take your messenger bag anywhere with you, not just to class. They are perfect for a day out running errands or going to your internship.


You cannot go wrong with a backpack. A sturdy backpack will give you plenty of room to be able to carry your laptop, notebooks, and textbooks throughout your college campus. More than likely, much of your time will be spent walking around campus, which means that you need to take a few things into consideration as you choose a backpack:

  1. Purchase a backpack that is waterproof. Rain days are not going to let up just because you need to walk from your dorm to the biology lab. Choose a backpack with a water-resistant material to avoid soggy school supplies. While you are at it, slip an umbrella into your backpack and keep a pair of rainboots in your dorm just in case! 
  2. Material durability is very important. The last thing that you want is to be rushing to the lecture hall when a strap on your backpack breaks! It is important to choose a material that will be able to withstand wear and tear.  Go with a material such as cotton canvas, nylon, polyester, or leather.
  3. Comfort is key. First things first, find a backpack that is proportional to your body. This will help to ensure that the weight of the contents is balanced properly on your back and shoulders. The last thing you want is back pain! Next, check for padding on the shoulder straps and back of the backpack. This will help in reducing any strain and allows for a neutral arch to your back.
  4. We cannot stress this enough – Organization. We get it, no one wants to carry around a larger backpack. However, you do not always have the luxury of going back and forth to your dorm room in between classes. With that in mind, choose a backpack with multiple compartments. This way you can organize your materials for each class, giving you easier access to what you need on the go.

Tote Bags

If you are looking for a stylish option that you can use just about everywhere, then you need a tote bag! A high quality canvas tote bag is sure to withstand the weight of your laptop and school supplies. Although they may not look as large as a backpack or messenger bag, they can sure fit a lot! Plus, you can find totes in just about any color variation. Go with a more neutral style, and whether you are headed to class, the gym, work, or the store, it can be paired with any outfit. What more could you ask for!?

When it comes to bags to carry to college, there are plenty of options available to you! Just remember to pay attention to the quality of the stitching, the material used, and the comfortability. Finding one that matches your personal style is just an added bonus! Have questions about any of the Enviro-Tote® messenger bags, tote bags, or drawtop backpacks? Reach out to our team of knowledgeable Sales Representatives. We would be happy to assist with any questions  and help find the right product for you!

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