It’s back to school season and whether you’re pursuing a degree, diploma or have a little one just starting out, there are a few necessities that you’ll need to make it a great year. We’ve already rounded up the best gadgets and fashion, but today we’re taking a look at backpacks and messenger bags. Gone are the days of two-compartment satchels. The reality is, with so many gadgets, we’re in need of designated storage for all of our devices.

Hit the jump to find our complete list of top-picks from brands like Timbuk2, OGIO, and many others for the 2017 school year.

You’ll want to consider a few different factors when selecting a backpack for the school year. First, how many devices do you plan on storing? For most, a daily setup will include a MacBook, iPad, iPhone and a handful of accessories. Oh, and don’t forget room for books too! We’ve tried to find backpacks and messenger bags that not only feature designated tech storage but also offer padding and protection, as well. No one wants a busted display when you pull out your MacBook for class.

We’ve rounded up a number of different styles below. Many of the options have multiple colors available, so be sure to click through to see the entire lot.

Under $50 |

Mancro Water-Resistant Backpack: $30

This Amazon best-seller has an excellent price point at $30 without skipping out on features. It can handle MacBooks up to 17-inches with 14 total storage areas. The real standout here though is the pass-through USB port on the side. You can plug just about any battery pack in, connect the USB port, zip up the bag and still charge your device on the outside. Pretty slick, huh? Rated 4.2/5 stars.

Timbuk2 Parkside Laptop Backpack: $46

Timbuk2 for under $50? We might just stop the roundup here. Amazon is currently marking the Parkside Laptop Backpack down to $46, which is a steal. Features include capacity for up to 15-inch MacBooks, a nice charcoal design, and plenty of protection for accessories. Rated 4.4/5 stars.

SwissGear TSA-Friendly Backpack: $41

SwissGear makes some of the best budget-friendly backpacks out there and this model follows that trend. It features room for MacBooks up to 17-inches and an Airflow Back System for “maximum back support.” Rated 4.5/5 stars.

Under $100 |

OGIO International Bandit Laptop Backpack: $80

I’m a huge fan of Ogio’s backpacks and the Bandit follows that trend. It has a sturdier design that models above, with padded tablet and MacBook compartments. Amazon customers love it, with over 230 leaving a 4.3/5 star rating.

Kenneth Cole Reaction Leather Messenger Bag: $80

Class things up a bit with this popular Kenneth Cole leather messenger bag. It can handle 15-inch MacBooks and has a 19-inch adjustable shoulder strap. Rated 4.2/5 stars.

Timbuk2 Classic Mesenger Tres Colores: $99

This the classic Timbuk2 messenger bag, sporting bright colors and excellent craftsmanship under $100. Ships with a lifetime warranty. Rated 4.5/5 stars.

Did we miss a favorite of yours? Let us know down in the comments.

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