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How do you choose a student backpack?

As a University or Higher Professional Education student, you want to start your studies with a new backpack, of course. But how do you choose a student bag and which properties should a backpack for University actually have? In this article, we'll give you tips for choosing the best student backpack.

Choosing a student backpack

School bags

To choose the best student bag for you, it's important that you ask yourself the following questions:

  • What's the size of your laptop?
  • How many items will you take with you to your studies?
  • Do you want to pack your student backpack in an orderly manner?
  • Will you go to school by bike?

What's the size of your laptop?

Laptop compartment

Whether you study at a Higher Professional Education or a University, you need a laptop for almost all studies. The size of the laptop compartment you need depends on your laptop. Close your laptop and measure the laptop from the top left to the bottom right. To calculate the size of the laptop compartment in inches, multiply the number of centimeters by 0.39. We recommend that you round up the result, so that you can be sure that your laptop fits in the student bag.

How many items do you take with you to your studies?

Backpacks up to 30 liters

Before choosing a student backpack, it's important that you know how much stuff you want to take with you. Most studies require a laptop, several books, and a notepad or agenda. Do you have few or only small books? A student bag of 20 liters would be a good choice. Do you need several books at the same time? If so, we recommend a backpack of up to 30 liters.

  1. Does the backpack have padded shoulder straps?
  2. Does the backpack have a sturdy, padded back panel?
  3. Does the backpack have a chest strap?

A backpack doesn't necessarily have to meet these requirements, but it makes carrying a slightly heavier bag a lot more comfortable.

Do you want to pack your student backpack in an orderly manner?

Backpacks with multiple compartments

Do you take several small items to University? In that case, it's important that the backpack has different compartments. This allows you to organize your supplies, so you have them quickly at hand during the lessons. There are also backpacks with a u-shaped opening, for easy access to all your belongings. This is useful when you want to easily take a laptop or notebook out of your bag. Another advantage of these backpacks is that they can often hold more stuff than backpacks with a straight opening, for example.

Do you ride your bike to school?

Ventilated back and chest strap

If you ride your bike to school, it's important that the backpack is comfortable. Padded shoulder straps and a chest or hip belt ensure that the backpack doesn't cut into your shoulders and stays in place while you're riding your bike. In addition, a backpack with ventilated back isn't an unnecessary luxury for students. The ventilated back ensures that your back stays cool while riding your bike. This way, you won't have a sweaty back when you arrive at school.

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