Best Teacher Bags
There are so many options out there for teaching bags that I had trouble narrowing down my list to just a few. I know, as teachers, you have lots of things to cart from work to home and back again, so it is important to have a bag that can do the job. Every teacher has different needs in a bag, so I’ve broken up the bags into three categories: Totes, Laptop Bags/Totes, and Messenger Laptop Bags. If you are a male teacher, don’t give up hope. The Messenger and Backpack Laptop Bag categories are where you want to look. Hopefully everyone can find one that fits their needs and style!
Thirty-One Organizing Utility Tote
The thirty-one organizing utility tote is the most popular bag among teachers. Almost every teacher blog talks about the love for this bag and how much stuff it can hold. Isn’t that what every teacher wants, a bag that can carry all those papers, planners, pens, books, and coffee mugs? The organizing utility bag can do all that and more. Plus it comes in at a great price of only $35 and a choice of 15 of the cutest patterns, colors, and designs. There is also an option to personalize your bag with your name, initials, or icon.
The size of this bag is approximately 10.25” H x 15.5” W x 6.5” D. It has one main compartment with seven side pockets, giving you many options for storage and organization. These pockets are great for water bottles, coffee mugs, cell phone, keys, pens, etc. Two of the side pockets have elastic, allowing you to store various sized items.
The only downside I see to this bag is, if you carry a laptop or tablet, there is no specified place to put it. A normal laptop bag has a padded area to keep them safe, this bag does not. I’m not saying you couldn’t put a laptop or tablet in this bag, but you may want to get a sleeve for safety. Also, this bag has an open top. That means no way to close it, but it does have a flat bottom and should stay upright.
Overall, I love this bag! It’s super cute, has lots of pockets for organizing, and a large compartment for all those papers to grade and plans to write. A great choice for all teachers and anyone who just needs an everyday bag for running around town.
Lands End Tote (Large)
Lands End has some great totes that are excellent quality and loved by teachers. I’ve chosen the Large Natural Zip Top Canvas Tote Bag. There are other sizes and options without zippers if that’s what you need, but the size and zip top are why I like this bag. Large enough for all your teacher stuff, papers, planners, books, and room for your lunch, purse, jacket, etc. Plus a zip top to keep it all in. Coming in at only $41.50, this tote is a great buy for your money.
This large tote size is 22 ½” W x 9 ½” D x 17” H, bottom 14 ½” W, handle drop 9”. Made of tough 24 oz. canvas that allows the bag to stand on its own, water-resistant base and trim, and reinforced, rip-resistant bottom and handles. Has four inside pockets for organization and that all important zip top. This tote comes in a natural/tan color with the option of 9 accent colors on the bottom, top, and straps. Also, there is an option to personalize this tote with a monogram of your name or initials.
A downside to this bag, along with the Thirty-One tote, is that there isn’t a place for a laptop. So, if you plan on carrying your laptop or tablet, check out my other suggestions for laptop bags or get a sleeve for your laptop for protection. Also, the handles on this bag are not super long at only 9”. What that means is, from the top of the handles to the top of the bag is only 9”. Some reviewers said it was a little short, but all still love the bag.
This tote is a great option for those of you who carry a lot of stuff and need a strong bag to withstand the load. Large enough for all your teacher things, including a lunch, purse, jacket, or umbrella, so you only have one bag to carry. The interior pockets keep you organized and the zip top ensures everything stays inside.
LWalker Lands End User Review:
“I bought this bag as a gift for a fellow teacher. I purchased the large bag and it was large enough but not too big. Especially loved the zipper top!”
SOLO Vintage Leather Laptop Tote
If you’re looking for a laptop bag that is professional looking and stylish, this is the tote for you. This leather laptop tote has plenty of room for all you need to carry back and forth from home to school and look great doing it. Has a flat bottom so the bag stays standing when you put it down. The dimensions for this bag are 16” x 14” x 5.5”. That being said, this bag is very tall. So, something to think about if you are on the small side. The height does have an advantage because you can fit a good amount of stuff in there. Always an important factor for teachers.
With all that space, you have a padded side sleeve that holds up to 15.4” laptops. If you have a larger laptop, some people have said they just put the laptop in the main bag compartment and that it is padded enough to be protected. I even found one person who had a 17” MacBook Pro who said the computer slot is a little small, but they could still get the velcro strap closed. Inside the bag you find it lined in blue vinyl with inner side pockets for organization and plenty of room for power cords, files, books, or planners. While not as big as the totes mentioned above, this bag still has lots of space. On the front of the bag you find a zip down organizer pocket that can be used for your cell phone, wallet, or keys for easy access. The drop length on this bag is 12.5”, making the strap the perfect length, even when wearing it over a winter coat. This bag also has a slide pocket on the back that can be used to attach it to rolling luggage. Great for flying or a weekend trip!
The all leather exterior is beautiful, well made and should last a long time. A downside to that is it’s made of leather, so it isn’t an all-weather bag. It also has an open top with just a leather strap that cinches it together. So, you will definitely need an umbrella for those less than perfect days.
“In the Middle" teacher Review by Amazon user:
“I love the soft leather and dark brown color. I love the vertical design. I love the size--as a teacher, its perfect for toting home folders full of student's papers to grade and still have room for my wallet and what-nots, so I only have to carry one bag. The straps are the perfect length to carry the bag on my shoulder.”
Vera Bradley Laptop Carryall
This is another one of those bags that teachers love. The Vera Bradley Laptop Carryall really can carry it all. With a curved top and three separate zippered sections, one exclusively for a 15” laptop, you have all the storage and organization you need. Outside of the bag has two pockets for cell phone, keys, or wallet and two slip pen holders. The dimensions of this bag are 15” x 12” x 4” with a 12½” strap drop and comes in 13 colorful patterns and designs.
These well made fabric bags are great for all your teaching needs. Has a padded spot for your laptop and two other zippered pockets. The middle pocket is great for folders, files, notebooks, and more. The other pocket has room for a lunch, water bottle, or purse, has two small pockets that could be used for a cell phone or keys, and two slip pen pockets. So much room and organization! Perfect for school or everyday use while you run errands or go to lunch with friends.
Overall, this is a great choice for teachers who love colorful, cute bags, but still want organization. Your laptop will be well protected and you still have room for all those papers to grade, so get to it!
crazyneighbor Review by Vera Bradley User:
“Great bag for teachers!
I have been looking for a bag to carry my Macbook Pro 13' and iPad to school along with my student papers. This bag is perfect! My laptop, being smaller, fits nicely in the middle pocket, well protected and my iPad and extras go in the two others. I really like that the pocket zippers and my cell and teacher keys go in the outside pockets. I'm going to a convention this week and plan for it to be my "go-to" bag for all my teacher and tech needs.”
Timbuk2 Commute TSA-Friendly Messenger Bag
If you’re looking for a messenger style bag for your laptop, this is the best one around. This bag fits 13” to 15" laptops depending on the model you choose, which comes in size small, medium, and large. Made of durable ballistic nylon fabric and waterproof TPU front flap makes it great for all those back and forth trips from home to school.
The Timbuk2 Commute Messenger has a separate laptop, iPad, and power cord section that zips open and can lay flat for easy access and organization. Each slot has a velcro strap to keep everything safe and secure. This feature is also great for flying, just unzip laptop area and lay flat to quickly get through airport security. There is also a main interior compartment, separate from the laptop area, with a document sleeve, three pouches, three pen sleeves, and two elastic mesh water pouches and that’s just around the outside. With all of that there is still plenty of room for books, planners, lunches, stacks of papers, a jacket, etc. The front flap has four pockets, two with zipper closures for your keys or wallet. The design of the symmetrical strap is very comfortable and distributes the weight of the bag well, keeping it from digging into your shoulder. Comfort, style, and durability, what more can you ask for?
This bag is great for teachers who need to carry a laptop and want plenty of room for their books, files, planners, etc. Very durable and the various model sizes lets you get the ideal bag for your needs. Perfect for male and female teachers!
Targus XL Rolling Case
What do I like about this bag? There are three things that make this bag ideal. First, this bag is a rolling laptop case. Great if you carry a lot of heavy things and don’t want to have to carry it on your shoulder. Next, it has handles, like a briefcase, for easy pick up to transfer from ground to car or desk. It also has a removable padded strap so you can carry it over your shoulder if you so wish. Lastly, it has three separate zippered areas for your laptop and organization.
The Targus has two top-zip main compartments, one of those being a padded laptop area that fits most 17” notebooks. So those of you who have a larger laptop, start cheering now. The other zippered compartment has slots for cell phones, small personal items, or office supplies and room for files, folders, books, notebooks, etc. There is also a U-zip front pocket with ID holder, pen slots, and zippered pockets for organization of other odds and ends.
With dimensions of 19" x 8.5" x 19", this is a large bag. But this allows for the large laptop area and room for that all important large second compartment. Made of water resistant nylon material, this case is lightweight and can easily be used for work or travel. Has a three-stage telescoping handle and inline skate wheels for easy mobility.
If you’re tired of carrying heavy bags back and forth from home to school and back again, this wheeled bag is the perfect choice. Just load it up with all those heavy teacher books and stacks of papers to grade and roll away. I love that it also has the option to wear on your shoulder if you absolutely have to pick it up and carry it, let’s say, through some gravel or grass. Another great bag option that is not gender specific! Looks professional and gets the job done.
Anonymous Customer Review by ebags.com user:
"The item is everthing and much more than you promised. it look great and is so durable. i will buy another one when i need to replace this one. The best deal I could find and I reserched for several days on the internet and in several stores. I could not find another product that came close to the value and durability this case has."
If you don’t carry much of anything with you except for a laptop, the Incase Campus is the perfect bag. It’s the minimalist approach to backpacks. This bag has a faux fur lined laptop sleeve to fit up to a 15” Macbook Pro and a separate slip pocket for an iPad or tablet. There are also interior slip pockets for your laptop charger, a mouse, pens, and other electronic devices. Great for keeping everything organized. No more worrying about things sitting at the bottom of the bag get tangled. There are also two front zippered pockets that are great for your keys, phone, headphones, and things you don’t want to get lost in the main compartment.
The shoulder straps and back panel are padded with breathable mesh for integrated airflow that provides ergonomic support for comfort. There is also carrying handle on the top of the bag for easy pick up. The Incase comes in a few different colors: black, dark grey, fir green, and fuschia. The colors are great and stylish.
The Incase is a small, slim backpack with dimensions of 15.75” width, 11” height, 4.75” depth and a weight of 1 pound. That gives you room for your laptop, iPad, chargers, mouse, one or two textbooks, a few folders, and a notebook, plus whatever small things you can fit in the front pockets. Not much room for more than that, so if you need to carry a lot of things, this isn’t the bag for you. As long as you know that the Incase is not a large bag, you shouldn’t have too many complaints. It does what it’s made to do, carry your laptop, iPad, electronic accessories, and a few other daily essentials.