The battle between tote bags and backpacks has been a long one. Sure, backpacks distribute the weight evenly across both shoulders, but the best tote bags for school are comfortable and versatile – with the added bonus 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 multitasker. Are you the parent figure in your group of friends? Indulge your inner coastal grandma with LL Bean. Or maybe you want to pay homage to your favorite show? Forget the graphic t-shirt and represent your fandom on your shoulder.
Because they follow a simple shape and construction, bags are often sleek and lightweight. Plus, by carrying your bag on one shoulder, you don’t have to go through the tedious process of removing your backpack entirely to retrieve something. Just reach out and grab whatever you need. Need money for the bus for a full sprint? Easy.
So if your school bag is a bit broken (or if a new textbook is far from completely coming off the handles), it’s time to welcome something new. Ahead, find the best tote bags for back to school this year.
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