The battle between tote bags and backpacks has been a long one. Sure, backpacks equally distribute weight across both shoulders, but the best tote bags for school are comfortable and versatile—with the added benefit of expressing parts of your personality. Want to go to class and spontaneously stop by the farmer’s market on your way home? A cute basket bag is the ultimate multi-tasker. Are you the parental figure in your friend group? Give in to your inner coastal grandma with L.L. Bean. Or perhaps you want to pay homage to your favorite show? Skip the graphic tee and rep your fandom on your shoulder.
Because they follow a simple shape and construction, totes are often sleek and lightweight. Plus, by carrying your bag on one shoulder, you don’t have to do the cumbersome move of removing your backpack entirely to retrieve something. Simply reach in and grab whatever you need. Need money for the bus while in a full sprint? Easy.
So if your go-to school bag is a little bit busted (or is one new textbook away from detaching from the handles entirely), it’s time to welcome something new. Ahead, find the best tote bags for back-to-school this year.
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