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How to Choose the Perfect Black Backpack

Kelsey Sarracino Mar 28, 2023

Black backpacks are perennially popular style staples—and for good reason. Always on trend and never out of fashion, they’re a worthy investment and something you’ll wear for years to come. Easy to wear, even easier to style, they’re the perfect accessory to go with every outfit, for any occasion.

Whether you’re headed to class, the office, or just down the street for a coffee, a black backpack will be your everyday essential. But choosing the right backpack isn’t always simple. From mini to large and everything in between, the best place to start is to think about what you need your backpack for most: commuting to class, quick errands, overnight trips, or packing food. This can help point you in the right direction and bring you one step closer to finding your perfect black backpack. 


The Best Black Backpack For School

If you’re an overpacker and love to throw extra things into your bag, it pays to be prepared. Meet the Main Campus backpack, a stylish and roomy pack that still has plenty of space to spare. Got a full school day and need to carry all your books? Check. Running to the gym and need an extra change of clothes and another pair of shoes? Double check. Throwing everything in as you run out the door and hoping for the best? This bag has your back, no matter what you toss in it.


The Best Black Mini Backpack

If you’re just looking to carry the essentials, the Half Pint backpack is the one for you. This black mini backpack combines ease with comfort and is the perfect choice for holding your day-to-day items. The front pocket offers easy access, while the main compartment has enough space for everything from snacks to wallets to water bottles. It’s easy to throw on, light to carry, and a great fashion statement. Plus, it has all the functionality of a purse, but the added benefit of being hands-free. Sign us up.


The Best Medium Black Backpack

The Right Pack is a tried and true backpack, perfect for anything the day brings. It’s big enough to fit a 15 inch laptop, but compact enough that it won’t take up another seat on the subway. With all the classic amenities like a water bottle holder, front pocket with built-in organization, and padded shoulder straps for extra comfort, it’s already a match made in heaven. But it’s the little details that make a difference. Added features like a key clip, suede boot, and a zipper hood to keep things dry inside, place this backpack a step above the rest. And just in case you need another reason to love this bag, it includes a 100% undyed and recycled liner, adding a sustainability component to its list of benefits. This backpack truly lives up to its name.


The Best Adaptive Black Backpack

The Central Adaptive backpack is no ordinary black backpack for school. Created for comfort and with an adaptive design to fit a variety of mobility devices, this bag was made for accessibility, providing a more practical backpack option. It maintains the well-loved look and feel of a traditional JanSport pack, but includes unique additions, including tangle-free finger loops for simpler adjustments, easy-grab zipper pullers, an easy release buckle to attach the handle to the mobility device, and bottom straps to allow for additional security. It also has a dedicated 15 inch laptop sleeve and organizer panel, dual water bottle pockets, and a spacious main compartment for all your essentials.


The Best Black Fanny Pack

Your best LBB (little black bag) the Fifth Avenue Fanny Pack is fashionable, fun, and super useful, with hands-free practicality and styling versatility. This petite and trendy fanny pack can rise to any occasion, including a day running around town or campus, a brisk morning walk, or even keeping your valuables close during a night out. Its adjustable straps mean you can switch up the ways you wear it. Keep it classic by placing it around your waist or spice it up by slinging it over your shoulder and showing it off. No matter what you choose, there’s no wrong way to wear it.


And remember, you don’t have to stop at one black backpack either. Mix and match to find your perfect black backpack lineup.