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The Best Everyday Backpacks for All Your Daily Activities

Kelsey Sarracino Aug 31, 2023

From juggling school to traveling around town or across the country, being on the go requires one crucial thing—a good everyday backpack. Being able to fit your laptop, lunch bag, gym clothes, and anything else you need for your day into one handy pack is a game-changer. So, if you’re on the hunt for the best everyday backpack, you’re in luck because we’re sharing some of our favorites.


What to consider when choosing your everyday backpack

First and foremost, not all backpacks are created equal. If you’re in a bind, think about what you’ll be using it for the most part. School, sports, storage, all of the above? If you’re carrying heavy books around all day, something with a padded back and ergonomic straps will be the perfect fit. Adding gym clothes or sports gear to the mix? Organizing pockets will be your best friend. Just have a lot on your shoulders? Extra-large compartments will save the day. Above all, a versatile backpack will go a long way and help take the worry out of your daily activities. But these everyday backpacks need to be more than just functional. Trying to choose between classic or trendy, old school or in fashion, can be a big decision. Whatever your style is, we’ve got something for you. 


Comfort & ergonomics

Turns out, ergonomics is for more than just chairs and really comes in handy in bags and backpacks. Unique features like ergonomic straps and full back padding can help keep you comfortable all day long while balancing out the weight equally across both shoulders, helping avoid the strain. Hello comfy everyday carry! 


Materials & durability 

When hunting for a durable and versatile everyday backpack, materials matter. Backpacks can be put through the ringer, and no one wants to replace a backpack every few months because the quality isn’t up to par. Luckily, JanSport backpacks are made to last and have additional premium materials that extend their functionality and durability. Whether you need weather-resistant, sustainable, or just well-made, our backpacks have you covered.



If your day-to-day activities mostly involve quick errands or short trips, an extra-large backpack probably isn’t for you. But if you’re a chronic over packer, always on the go, or just have a lot to fit in, our extra pockets, organizers, and additional features will fit your lifestyle perfectly. Thankfully, backpacks come in all shapes and sizes, making it easier than ever to find the perfect fit.



No matter how you use your backpack, accessibility and practicality is always key. With our tangle-resistant straps, dual grab side handles, and easy-use zippers, our adaptive backpacks make traveling in style more functional for every body.


Design extras

But what fun is function if it’s not fashionable? With a wide range of colors, materials, and styles to choose from, you’ll find a backpack that speaks your language. From water pockets and laptop compartments to organizational pouches and lunch boxes, you can outfit out your pack accordingly. The sky is the limit! 


The best everyday backpacks

Still not sure what to choose? This everyday backpack breakdown will help you make up your mind.


The best everyday commuter backpack

Now this is a true fan favorite. Commuting is tough, and the longer the commute, the more important the backpack. But the Double Break backpack is more than up for the task. Double side pockets, built-in organizers, and suede details make this backpack stand out from the crowd. If you’re carrying fragile cargo, our lined top pocket can keep everything from sunglasses to your phone safe and sound. And, with super roomy compartments, you’ll never have to worry about running out of space. Its padded back panels and straps will help keep you comfortable all day while still looking cool, calm, and collected. This is how you crush your commute. 


The best everyday laptop backpack

Love the classic look but need a laptop sleeve? Look no further than the SuperBreak® Plus, a new take on an old favorite. With a 15-inch laptop sleeve, big enough for most laptops, and complete with extra padding, you can breathe easy knowing your electronics will be safe and sound throughout the day. Extra padding on the back and straps? Your shoulders will thank you too. For non-laptop related needs, additional organizers will help keep you on track throughout the day. And that’s not all. With a huge range of colors to choose from (including embroidered veggies, too cute!), the only limit is your imagination. 


The best vintage-style everyday backpack

This isn’t your parents’ school bag. If vintage is your vibe, this is the perfect backpack for you. The Main Campus is the tried and tested classic backpack with a just a hint of old school style. With plenty of colors and patterns to choose from, plus its iconic suede detailing, you’re sure to find the one that’s right for you. And, while the style may be retro, its features are anything but. With ergonomic straps, a padded laptop compartment, side compression straps, and key clips, this backpack is loaded up for modern living. Deck it out with your favorite pins, tassels, or other backpack décor and you’re ready to take on the world. 


The best everyday college backpack 

Cool Student —the name says it all. Whether you’re new on campus or just looking to spice it up, this will help you grab attention and turn heads. From two huge compartments and full panels for optimal organization to ergonomic shoulder straps, this backpack has all your study needs covered. But don’t be fooled by its precision and organization, this backpack isn’t all work. Playful colors and fabrics keep it fun and trendy. With this bag on your back, the possibilities are endless.


The best everyday adventure-ready backpack for heading out into nature 

Looking for adventure? You’ll need a durable backpack to keep up with you. Meet the Granby, a super spacious backpack that’s sure to fit all your outdoor needs. With two mesh bottle pockets and five (yes, five!) additional compartments, this backpack can handle it all. Perfect for quick hikes or extended time outside, this lightweight backpack won’t let you down. The smaller exterior pockets even come with easy grab tabs so you can get what you need and still stay moving, perfect for keeping you on track so you can explore whatever outdoor pursuits await. You’ll be leading the way with this one! 


The best everyday travel backpack 

Whether you’re taking a day trip or traveling the world, the Right Pack is more than up for the job. Aptly named, this backpack is just right from its materials to its bells and whistles. Its adjustable padded shoulder straps help keep you comfy as you tackle new adventures, and the zipper hood acts as an extra protective layer against any splashes that come your way. Built-in organizers and a key clip will help you stay safe and organized. Best of all, the suede zipper and bottom keep it cute and trendy without sacrificing functionality. With this backpack, the world is your oyster! 


The best everyday recycled backpack

We know we shouldn’t play favorites, but this is definitely one of ours! Cute and sustainable – the Restore Pack checks all the boxes. This game-changing everyday backpack combines the features you love with the warm fuzzy feeling that comes from making a smart, sustainable choice. Made from recycled waste fabric, 100% surplus webbing and cording, and 100% recycled polyester labels, this backpack takes sustainability to the next level. Plus, its great color options will ensure all eyes are on you (we love the pastel options). No matter which way you spin it, this backpack is a win-win.


The best everyday adaptive backpack

The innovative Central Adaptive Backpack goes above and beyond to provide ease and comfort. Outfitted with the classic laptop sleeve and built-in organizers, this backpack also features anchor straps on the bottom to ensure a versatile and secure fit. Plus, its shortened height makes it easier to reach the main compartment when attached to a mobility device.


While it’s hard to go wrong with any JanSport backpack, the best everyday backpack can turn a good day into a great one. With tons of colors, shapes, sizes, and styles, there’s no doubt you’ll find your perfect fit. We can’t wait to see what you choose!