Backpacks vs Tote Bags for College

Backpacks vs Tote Bags for College

It's time to pick a university bag once more. Finding a good bag for a college student is surely a difficult option. Laptop tote bags and backpacks are the two most popular school bags, but which one is best for you?

Should you carry a backpack or a tote? It's an argument that many people have every year before attending high school or college.

Totes have a more professional appearance, and when well arranged, they are excellent bags for a busy woman. A backpack, on the other hand, is much better suited if you have a lot of books to tote or if you require all the small pockets that backpacks provide!

It is, without a doubt, a personal choice, and one that is tough to make. So let’s explore the differences so you will be able to better pick the one suited for you.


Backpacks or Tote bags

If you're someone who carries around a lot of books, laptops, and chargers, this is the bag for you. Backpacks are the most apparent choice. They're lighter to carry (particularly for those who prefer to bring coffee, food, and other items between classes), gentler on our shoulders, and simpler to sprint with if you're running late.

Backpacks are a good choice since they lessen the risk of back problems caused by carrying the excessive amount of books that lecturers ask us to carry. They also feature additional compartments, making it easier to stay organized. They're also more durable: waterproof, stain resistant, and all that jazz. You can find them almost anywhere, but Wake Forest students prefer the original North Face ones, which come in a variety of colors.


Totes, unlike backpacks, are often carried only by collegiettes. From Longchamps to Louis Vuitton, the girls here have it all. These bags are frequently more expensive than a traditional backpack, and they normally hold fewer books. Unfortunately, regardless on how much you try to put into it, the straps are going to snap. Tote bags are more of a fashion statement because they allow you to show off your knowledge of brand names and the latest trends.

Totes, because they are worn on one shoulder, put more strain on the shoulder and back. They do, however, look more chic and cute than backpacks, with a wider range of styles and the ability to look good both in and out of class. Who hasn't been in the awkward situation of walking into a crowded café/mall or riding the subway with their backpack and nutting anyone within a foot of them?

When it comes to picking a cute tote or bag for college, finding the right blend of usefulness, comfort, and style is crucial. Backpacks certainly win when it comes to functionality, but totes clearly win when it comes to style.

Have you ever planned a nice outfit for the day, only to have your backpack throw everything off? With a tote bag, you won't have to worry about that! Backpacks hide the entire back half of a person's outfit, whereas tote bags allow everyone to see the entire 360. Tote bags don't hide any portion of your dress because they're worn on the shoulder. Not to add, tote bags can be used as an accessory to complement what you're wearing.

One of the best things about tote bags is that you don't have to halt in your tracks to get something out. For instance, if you need to get your wallet or a water bottle, all you have to do is reach down to your side. With backpacks, you don't get this privilege because everything is on the other side of your body. Totes are ideal for the typical on-the-go student because of this.

It's not easy walking up those hills to class, and carrying a backpack doesn't make it any better. Backpacks sometimes feel like an extra layer of clothing, especially when it's hot outside. Tote bags, on the other hand, do not have this issue. While your shoulder may become weary, the weight is not directly applied to any portion of your body. This will make your walk to campus feel more like a leisurely stroll rather than a strenuous hike.

But you have to make sure the tote bag you choose has adequate room for your college essentials. The Handbag is usually small unlike backpacks, with barely enough room for books and notepads. If you're going to college with your laptop, you'll need to purchase a case that fits your computer.

However, have you thought of leather backpacks? Leather is known for its quality and durability, but it also has a timeless aesthetic that will 'out-cute' any of the other totes out there. When you think of backpacks, you often think of polyester/nylon book bags. Leather is a terrific option.

Full-grain leather, in particular, has a distinctive and magnificent pattern of almost-distressed, vintage-style appearance. The defects, color variations, and markings on the hide are all one-of-a-kind, and no two bags are alike.

MAHI Leather creates full-grain leather bags that are less expensive than their high-street counterparts since they are manufactured to order and shipped straight from the artisans. This eliminates the costs of hoarding leather and eliminates the need for middlemen who take a cut and inflate the price. Just look around for other full-grain leather purses to see what I'm talking about…

Do what’s most convenient for you. if you want to carry a purse and just carry your book(s) in your arms or can find a tote that does the job, do it. just try it out the first week or two and see if that’s what you like. I also personally like backpacks because carrying everything on my back is more comfortable than in my arms or in a tote.

Perhaps getting both a backpack and a tote and switching between them depending on whether you have a heavy or light load for the day is the ideal solution - though it can be challenging on a student budget.

It all comes down to personal preference at the end of the day. Backpacks are merely an accessory, so choose one that complements your style and attire, as well as one that will hold your books…