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The Book Bag

Textbooks? Check. Laptop? Check. Soccer shoes, Frisbee, lunch? Check, check and check. With all the stuff you'll be hauling around campus on a daily basis, the right bag can make all the difference, as long as it's sturdy enough to carry the load. The D-Lux laptop messenger bag from Timbuk2 is constructed of durable ballistic nylon and comes with a high-density foam laptop sleeve and a built-in padded tablet pocket. The North Face's Surge II backpack features a dedicated padded laptop compartment and neoprene tablet sleeve, as well has three roomy compartments.

Timbuk2 D-Lux Laptop Messenger Bag -- $129
www.timbuk2.com

The North Face Surge II Backpack -- $125
www.thenorthface.com