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When choosing a bag that best suits you for college, you need to consider several things. Some of the most common bags used for college (and for travel) are backpacks and tote bags, but do you know the one that perfectly suits you? Let us look at the factors to consider when choosing a bag that best fits your needs.

Consider Style When Choosing a Bag

Backpacks are available in different colors and sizes, but they are limited in style. Generally, backpack manufacturers do not seem to focus on style. They focus on making comfortable bags. As a result, there are many backpacks with padded shoulder straps and even others with chest and waist straps. However, there are leather backpacks that look a bit stylish.

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Consider what matters most to you when choosing a bag. Photo by Wokandapix from Pixabay

On the other hand, school tote bags come in a variety of styles. You might find it easier to match tote bags with your fashion style. A certain tote bag can blend well with your attire, meaning that tote bags maintain that excellent look both inside and outside the classroom. Therefore, someone can purchase a number of tote bags to match with their outfits on different occasions. It may be difficult for a student because most students lack adequate finances and live on a tight budget.

Consider Comfortability When Choosing a Bag

You wear a backpack around your shoulders, and it rests on your back. The shoulder straps on many backpacks are padded to reduce the strain on your shoulders. Additionally, several backpacks may come with chest and waist straps; all meant to enhance comfortability and weight distribution. The straps on most backpacks are adjustable, allowing you to ensure even distribution of weight.

Adjusting the straps is easy, and the ideal positioning of a backpack’s height is about two inches below the shoulder blades up to the waist or just above the waist. The enhanced weight distribution ensures that you are comfortable carrying a backpack, causing no strain on your back and shoulders.

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Backpacks are usually fully adjustable. Photo by Pexels from Pixabay

On the other hand, you wear a tote bag on one shoulder. Therefore, you have to be conscious of the weight of the tote bags. There is more likelihood of shoulder and back strains by the tote bags due to one side of the shoulder supporting the weight. Carrying a tote bag is, therefore, a tiresome adventure. Also, most tote bags do not have padded straps, adding more strain on the shoulder. Repeated carrying of tote bags can therefore result in health problems like back pains.

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There are some fun options when choosing a tote bag. Photo by Iuliia Mikhalitskaia via iStock by Getty Images

Consider Safety When Choosing a Bag

Students usually carry valuable items in their bags. Those items often include laptops, tablets, and other devices. The safety of such devices is paramount. Because a backpack is always on your back and you do not see what happens behind you, it may be difficult to identify when someone attempts to steal from your backpack.

Some notorious thieves have been reported to follow people with backpacks and steal from them. They usually have a razor blade which they use to cut the bottom of the backpack. Before someone realizes it, they will pull something from the backpack and run away with it.

Tote bags are usually on your side, making it difficult for someone to steal from you. You can see everything happening around the bag, and in many cases, you have your hand around the tote bag. This means that if a pickpocket tries to steal from you, you can quickly see them.

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You usually hold onto a tote bag and can keep your eyes on the bag. Photo by anamejia18 via iStock by Getty Images

Consider Convenience When Choosing a Bag

You can get convenience from both the tote bag and backpack. Ideally, both bags allow you to freely move your hands. It means that you can easily use your smartphone while carrying either a tote bag or a backpack. You can also run while carrying a tote bag, even when it is heavy. The same applies when carrying a lighter backpack.

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Make sure you can easily use your devices when choosing a bag. Photo by Candid_Shots from Pixabay

The two bags give you the convenience of carrying your belongings anywhere. You can even carry either bag with your belongings as a carry-on when traveling by air. Generally, students can carry a tote bag or backpack in crowded places.

Bottom-line When Choosing a Bag

Making a decision on which bag to use may be difficult. Some people may prefer a tote bag, while others may prefer a backpack. The good thing is that both can serve more or less the same purpose. You need to decide whether you prefer style over practicality or comfortability over style. When comparing the two, tote bags will always win when it comes to style, but backpacks will carry the day when it comes to practicality. All in all, both will help you to carry books, documents, and any other devices to and from school.

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When choosing a bag that best suits you for college, you need to consider several things. Some of the most common bags used for college (and for travel) are backpacks and tote bags, but do you know the one that perfectly suits you? Let us look at the factors to consider when choosing a bag that best fits your needs.

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