No matter how you feel about the current Return To The Office movement (I, for one, will be clinging to my sweatpants for as long as possible), the reality is that for many, it’s happening. And if you’re going to the office again, that means you’re commuting again. And if you’re commuting again, you’ve gotta have somewhere to stash all your daily ~essentials~ because few situations are more stressful than lugging around a bunch of stuff with nowhere to put it! Enter: the commuter backpack.
In case you forgot the feeling, let me refresh your memory: You’re on the subway or in a rideshare, and you’re digging through the bottomless pit known as your work tote that seems to swallow your keys on the daily. It’s time to get organized, friend! And a sleek, well-organized backpack is truly an underrated choice. Of course, figuring out which commuter backpack is right for you is all about understanding how you plan on using it. Do you need a bag with a wider opening to squeeze in more items? Are lots of pockets a must-have? Interested in a vegan option? Once you determine which elements are most important to you, you can shop confidently for a commuter backpack that’s functional and fashion-forward.
Whether you’re an on-the-go student, a busy professional, or just a fashionable human who wants convenience, a backpack for commuting is the best way to get you AND your stuff from here to there—wherever you’re headin’. Here, 25 trendy backpacks that will replace that worn-out work tote of yours.
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for the marie kondo devotees
This open-top style allows you to clearly see everything inside—even your lipsticks all the way at the bottom of the bag. Plus, its multiple outside pockets will keep you super organized on the go.
an edgy vibe
If you’re into silver metal and a moto-chic aesthetic, this backpack is for you. You can also turn it into a shoulder bag for an easy day-to-night look.
a neutral standard
Shay Mitchell is behind this travel gear company, and if you’ve watched her Insta Stories, you know she knows a thing or two about being on the go. The main compartment zips open to carry work things, gym things, and just general life things in separate compartments.
for the minimalist
The ReNew 15″ Transit Backpack
This simple beige backpack with a tan contrast will go with every outfit. It also fits a 15-inch Macbook and all your other work essentials, thanks to its three outer pockets and roomy interior.
for a metallic style
If you want a backpack that’s a little unexpected, opt for one with a distressed metallic finish. This bold beauty adds an instant pop of visual interest without being too much.
for some texture
With six interior pockets and three exterior pockets, this small backpack packs a serious organizational punch. Plus, the quilted material cushions any fragile items inside.
for a high-fashion moment
Edie Nylon Backpack
This backpack is about as chic as they come. The single chain and hook detail is so elevated, making this number a year-round favorite.
for a festive print
We’ve all seen the Fjällräven backpack, but have you ever seen it in this festive print? This special-edition pattern will definitely add more fun to your daily commute.
a cool square design
Herschel has been in the backpack game for a while, and it’s easy to see why. Their minimalist, ultra-functional backpacks pair well with any aesthetic and can fit tons of stuff, too.
a dressy option
The Transport Rucksack
This classic cognac hue and simple design won’t clash with your polished work outfit. But thankfully, it’s still big enough that you can fit everything you need.
a vintage vibe
This leather backpack is perfect for flat items like a computer, notebooks, binders, and papers and has three compartments so you can keep ’em all organized. The silhouette only adds to the style’s retro feel.
for mom life
Mini-Go Water-Resistant Diaper Backpack
Commuting with a little one in tow requires supreme organizational skills. This guy has ALL the compartments (and TWO bottle holders!), meaning you can stash baby wipes separately from your laptop.
for a soft fabric
Medium Dakota Neoprene Backpack
A neoprene backpack adds a sporty look to your everyday commute. Extra side compartments are available for loose items or your water bottle, and the padded shoulder straps will make carrying heavier things a cinch.
for the vegan
This gorgeous reddish brown style has a HUGE compartment that’s great for books and notepads. Plus, its structured shape won’t slump over when you placed it on the ground (I hate when that happens).
a water-resistant solution
Le Pliage Backpack
Want a sophisticated yet functional design? Add this top-rated, sleek backpack, which takes up minimal space, to your cart ASAP.
easy-to-clean nylon material
A style with its own laptop compartment helps keep your computer from jostling around in your bag.
an updated classic
Huf x Jansport Right Pack
Sometimes you gotta stick with what you’re familiar with—in this case, a Jansport bag. Sure, you probs owned one in high school, but doesn’t it look way more modern these chic navy and black accents?
an athletic go-to
This backpack’s bright-yet-muted color combo gives it a sporty vibe. It’s also an excellent choice if you’re hiking or commuting since it securely closes with a drawstring and buckle.
for a stylish set
Apollo 1 BFF Backpacks
Because why settle for one cute lavender backpack when you can have three? This set is the travel companion of your dreams, and will easily fit all your goods!
for your fitness gear
Nike Heritage Backpack
Whether you work out at the beginning or the end of the day, you still have to commute with a change of clothes, sneakers, and socks. This design is roomy enough to fit all your gym essentials, and the soft pink is super pretty, too.
for extra versatility
Convertible Tote Backpack
Pull-through straps instantly convert this genius water-resistant bag from tote to backpack. Multipurpose affordability FTW!
a commuter show-stopper
Did you know that you need this bright green leather backpack? Well, you absolutely do. I mean, c’mon, it’s a total head-turner.
a bright green stunner
Journey Hue Backpack
Because one fabulous green backpack isn’t enough! This one offers more rugged, vintage details, and feels totally appropriate for a glamping excursion.
a convertible style
Lightweight Travel Tote
This amazing all-in-one tote and backpack stuffs into its own pocket, making it arguably the most convenient bag on this list! The nylon fabric is lightweight and durable, whether you carry it by the top handle, over the shoulder, or as a backpack.
for extra padding
Padded Pak’r Black
Because of this padded shape, the structure always stays the same—i.e., the spacious main compartment never gets floppy even when it’s not full. Your back will appreciate the cushioning, too.
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