Deals and Steals: 5 Perfect Bags for College

August 12, 2012

Whether they’re incoming freshman or more seasoned in coming back to campus, August means back to college! And school bags for college campus come in many more shapes and sizes than they did in lower grades. Here are five collegiate bags perfect for hauling around textbooks, term papers, and beyond.

Jansport Superbreak Backpacks

The Jansport Superbreak Backpack (featured) is a classic for students of all ages, and is especially convenient for toting around big campuses. Kohl’s has them in a variety of colors and patterns like zebra, coral, and camouflage. Each Superbreak backpack retails for $ 48, but they’re currently on sale for $ 34.99. Plus, now through the end of today, each item at ships for only 99 cents.

Timbuk2 Commute 2.0 Messenger Bag

Many students have traded in their composition books for laptops; if your college kid needs a laptop bag to carry theirs around, check out the Timbuk2 Commute 2.0 Messenger Bag. This heavy duty bag comes with lots of storage space and is TSA friendly, which is great for both college trips abroad and visits home. This bag retails for $ 110 but you can get it for $ 64.95 at Sierra Trading Post; plus coupon code ACJBTS2 takes an additional 20% off now through September 17, so you can get this bag for $ 51.96.

Ecote Patterned Canvas Backpack

A patterned backpack is a fun way to inject your wardrobe with a fun print you might not otherwise wear. The Ecote Patterned Canvas Backpack is one such carryall; it features a festive and bright graphic print that is sure to perk up even your laziest of college ensembles (hoodies and sweatpants, anyone?). Usually $ 69, it’s currently marked down to $ 49 at Urban Outfitters. Plus, if you spend a dollar more, it will ship for free, so be sure to stop by that clearance section before you check out.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Eazy Tablet Wristlet

Think you can’t swathe your iPad in a designer name for under $ 100? Think again! This Marc by Marc Jacobs Eazy Tablet Wristlet is being cleared out at Nordstrom. It features the iconic Marc Jacobs name and fits first, second, and third generation iPads, which are great for taking to class. Originally $ 128, it’s marked down 50% to just $ 63.90, plus offers free shipping and returns.

Kenneth Cole Reaction Don’t Mess Out On… Single Gusset Canvas Messenger Bag

On the hunt for something a little simpler? The Kenneth Cole Reaction Don’t Mess Out On… Single Gusset Canvas Messenger Bag is a simple, practical messenger bag that is great for men or women. offers this bag for $ 74.99, but now through August 8, you can take an extra 25% off and free shipping with coupon code EMSUPER, which takes the price of this bag down to just $ 52.49.

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