Whether this is your first year of teaching or close to retiring, having a reliable bag is essential for any teacher. We have researched numerous bags to find the best teacher bags of 2020 that are stylish and get the job done. All teachers can find a bag on this list that will fit his/her desires and needs.
Best teacher bags at a glance
- Best teacher bag as a gift: So’each Canvas & Beach Tote
- Teacher Appreciation Reusable Shopping Tote Bag
- Women’s Laptop Tote Bag, USB Teacher Bag by MONSTINA
- Inspirational Teacher Tote Bag by Teacher Peach
- Uptown Girl Tote Bag by SCOUT
- Personalized Teacher Tote Bag
- Large Teacher Tote Bag by Brooke & Jess Designs
- Our Top Pick: Ultimate Teacher Waterproof Multi-Pocket Tote by KEHO
- Nylon Shoulder Bag Handbag by Crest Design
- Laptop Bag for Women by LOVEVOOK
- Lekesky Laptop, Waterproof Backpack by Lekebaby
- Ladies Damask Rolling Laptop Bag by ecWorld
Our Top 12 of the Best Teacher Bags Reviewed
We considered several options for a bag to make this list. First, it had to have good customer reviews, be durable, stylish, and have multiple pockets. We wanted the bags to look professional as well as casual but not like a gym bag casual. It needed to be big enough for teachers to carry a laptop and have versatility. We’ve included bags we feel like would be great gifts for your teacher friends.
Finding the best teacher bag can be time consuming and overwhelming. However, we are confident that if you choose any bag on this list, you select one of the best offered. We know you will find a favorite (or two) as we did.
1. So’each Canvas & Beach Tote – Teacher Gift
This teacher canvas tote from So’each is a perfect gift for your teacher to show appreciation. It has a high quality zipped pocket, mobile phone, and key holder, and the straps are leather. This teacher tote is a 60% higher density canvas than other canvas bags, making it sturdy and durable.
In our opinion, this is the best teacher bag if you need a teacher appreciation gift. Especially this year, we should consider appreciating our teacher’s hard work. Our teachers had to be extra flexible and skilled, and most of them had to change their teaching concepts to teach entirely online. Teachers are under high pressure from all sides, and we should say thank you.
This high-quality teacher tote allows teachers to be organized books, a laptop, a lunch box, and more. Due to the zipper closure, the items can stay in place and not fall out. Inside the teacher tote bag, you can find several pockets for more organization.
2. Teacher Appreciation Reusable Tote Bag
We found another excellent teacher appreciation reusable tote bag on Amazon. Show your teacher how grateful you are with this end of year gift for teachers. This teacher tote bag comes with the phrase “Teaching is a Work of Heart,” which is printed in handwritten script on the apple’s face. The fabric is a durable canvas material and comes with two shoulder straps.
We love this tote bag and the simple design. It is quite spacious, and the canvas is thick and strong enough to hold teacher planners, books, and a laptop. Compared to the So’each Canvas Tote Bag, the design of this one is much simpler. The bag is big enough to fit a laptop and books, but due to no inside pockets and a missing zipper, the owner can not organize the items accurately. This tote bag is excellent for shopping or if some teachers need to carry a few light things.
3. Women’s Laptop Tote Bag
This women’s laptop tote bag is a spacious bag that has a built-in portable charger. It can fit up to a 15.6″ laptop. The laptop pocket of the bag allows for extra protection, so it is not damaged while being carried. The fabric is water-repellant, wrinkle-free, nylon, and leather material, has a zipper closure, is stylish, and is offered in 5 different colors. Fifteen different pockets allow the organization inside and outside the bag.
This is one of the most organized and professional-looking work bag on this list. It fits a 15.6-inch laptop easily. Besides, this bag does not have a casual look like the canvas bags on this list. Many different professionals could use this bag.
MONSTINA has worked to create a bag that allows the owner to be organized. The ability to hold every item in a specific pocket is useful, as it will enable you to find what you are looking for quickly. Having a zipper closure allows these items to stay in place and not fall out. The portable charger is just a port, and you need to keep a power bank to power the charger port. This is not included with the bag.
A great feature of this bag is how many pockets are in the bag. The difference between this tote and the LOVEVOOK Laptop Bag for Women is how many pockets it has. This bag comes with numerous little pockets where the LOVEVOOK has several large pockets for larger items.
Although we like the number of pockets, as it is great for the organization, it doesn’t allow extra things to be carried, such as papers to grade or a grade book. If all you need to carry back and forth to school is a laptop and some toiletries, this bag is for you.
4. Inspirational Teacher Tote Bag
Teacher Peach offers many different types of teacher bags and totes. The inspirational teacher bag is categorized under commuter tote bags. A true teacher bag with an inspirational quote offers a main zipper pocket with a front velcro pocket. The main zipper pocket has two more compartments. There are also pockets to keep water bottles, keys, and a phone organized. It is durable but not bulky. It would make a great gift as well.
Whether this is your first year of teaching or your 20th year of teaching, man or woman, this bag seems to have it all. We love the zippers on the main pouch not only because they keep the contents from falling out but because they keep moisture from dripping in. Inside the main pouch, one side of the pocket is cushioned for the laptop while the other is the perfect size for editions to curriculum, papers to grade, folders, or binders. This is a great asset to this bag. If you want to carry two devices, a laptop and a tablet, this bag is ideal for you because inside the main compartment. There is a smaller pocket for a tablet next to the padded compartment for the laptop.
Similar to the Crest Design shoulder bag, it has a very casual look. Both bags have pockets on the inside. However, this Teacher Peach bag does not have any zip pockets inside. A good aspect of this bag, besides the size, is the two ways to carry the bag. Also, like the Crest Design bag, it offers a longer strap that can be worn as a crossbody or two shorter straps for a shoulder carry. The crossbody strap is removable if teachers don’t want to carry or wear it as a crossbody. This casual, unisex bag would also make a great gift for any teacher.
5. Uptown Girl Tote Bag by SCOUT
The Uptown Girl Tote Bag by SCOUT is a medium utility tote with four exterior pockets, a max capacity zipper, dual shoulder straps, and a stable bottom that allows it to stand independently. The fabric is from an interwoven polypropylene that is strong, water-resistant, durable, and easily cleaned. It has a fold-flat design that is collapsible for easy storage.
We love the patterns offered for this bag. This bag can be purchased in many patterns. We find it a bit noisy while walking. Much like the Teacher Peach bag, it has no inner zipper pockets. The large pocket does not have a protected area for a laptop or tablet, just like the personalized teacher bag below. It is spacious, like the MONSTINA, that allows for numerous items teachers need to keep with them.
6. Personalized Teacher Tote Bag
The Personalized Teacher Tote Bag by All About Me is your ideal teacher tote. It has a very large main pocket that zips closed. Two web shoulder handles are sewn into the polyester canvas bag. This canvas is heavy duty and will last. Along with the large main pocket, there are two smaller pockets on the end of the bag that is perfect for keeping water bottles, keys, your phone, or pens separate.
The casual look of this bag is very different from the MONSTINA bag or the LOVEVOOK bag. This canvas tote bag is the smallest bag on the list. Much like the Inspirational Teacher Tote, this bag is a true teacher bag. It is large enough for you to transport papers, notebooks, teacher editions, and even laptops. Although this bag lacks pockets for organization, it makes up for it in space. You could easily use a pencil bag to give yourself some more organization in this tote. It is the best quality bag for the money. We love the ability to customize this bag, and with this ability to customize, it could be given as a gift for teachers.
Although this bag would fit a laptop, there is no pocket to protect the laptop. You will need to have a laptop slipcase in addition to this bag if you carry a laptop often. The outer pockets on the end of the bags do not have zippers. We love the heavy-duty canvas that will last for years. This canvas is flexible enough to fold for easy storage when it is not being used.
7. Large Teacher Tote Bag
The Large Tote Teacher Tote Bag by Brooke and Jess Designs has two options, basic and premium. The premium bag is offered in two designs with multiple color options. The first premium design option has a screen print logo that says, “Best Teacher Ever.” The second design option is also screen printed and says, “Teacher life is the best life.”
A large, zippered main compartment contains a three-compartment organizer on one side of the bag and a zippered pouch on the other side. On the outside of the bag, there are two side pockets and a front slash pocket. Dual shoulder length handles measure at 28″.
Whether you need a bag for yourself or as a gift, this bag is a winner. The cute logos on the bag will make the carrier of this tote bag proud. The durable, canvas material guarantees a long life, much like the Personalized Canvas Tote Bag by all about my company.
Although this bag does not have a padded or protective pocket for a laptop, it is large enough to fit a laptop in a protective sleeve. The front slash pocket is large enough to fit a 10inch tablet, which is very useful for those teachers that carry multiple devices.
Brooks & Jess Designs take pride in their work and use the negative feedback to upgrade their products to even greater products. This bag has been on the market for just over a year, and they have already upgraded it. The inner zipper pouch, three-compartment organizer, and the liner all came about because of customer reviews. The large teacher bag is their best selling bag. This bag has it all.
8. Waterproof Multi-Pocket Tote
If you like big bags, this tote bag is for you. The Ultimate Teacher Waterproof Multi-Pocket Tote Bag is a stylish, versatile, durable tote that is 22 inches long, making it the biggest bag on this list. It has a total of 5 pockets and is offered in just one color, black. The fabric is flexible, waterproof, and high-quality for a low price.
Almost twice as long as a normal backpack, this teacher’s tote is very large. We love the flexible fabric that allows for storage when it is not being used. We love the versatility it has to match any outfit. The number of pockets is just the right amount. The hidden pockets offer a place to store valuable items securely. The inspirational quote represents the pride of being a teacher. It does not have a padded laptop pocket like the Teacher Peach Inspirational Teacher Tote Bags or the charger port like the MONSTINA Women’s Laptop Tote Bags. However, it offers space for more items to be carried like papers, folders, binders, laptops, tablets, textbooks, and more.
If we needed to pick a least favorite feature, it would be the rope handles. Although they are stylish and durable, comfort is an issue. Carrying them by the hands or wearing it on the shoulders become uncomfortable the longer the bag is carried at one time. Although the rope is soft, it can be difficult to carry if you have small hands.
Our favorite feature of this bag is the pockets. The large main pocket offers a zipper closure with a tiny pocket on the inside that could be for a key card required to enter many school buildings. The two end pockets are great to keep car keys, cell phones, water bottles, or pens safe. The back two pockets offer a sense of security. If you are someone who carries multiple bags (lunch bag, purse, school bag, etc.), then this bag is for you. It is large enough you can put all of those bags into one.
9. Nylon Shoulder Bag Handbag
The Nylon Shoulder bag by Crest Design offers a more casual approach to teacher bags. Instead of leather or faux leather, they used nylon. It is water-resistant, has heavy-duty hardware, and a padded laptop compartment. With a total of seven pockets (2 inner, four outer front pockets, and one back slip compartment), versatility is a highlight of this bag. The shoulder strap is adjustable and detachable. It also has dual carrying handles with room for a laptop, notebooks, and a pencil bag.
Although this bag appears to be casual, it has a very professional purpose for teachers. If you are a substitute teacher looking for a substitute teacher bag with lots of pockets, this bag might be the one. The two inner pockets are large enough to keep a grade book and several stacks of papers organized. This bag is lined with a polyester fabric, making cleaning up a breeze. The bottom allows for the bag to stand on its own. Like MONSTINA, Crest Design takes care of their customers. They offer a 12-month worry-free guarantee for quality assurance.
Using customer reviews, this company updated their zippers in the last year to make them more durable. This bag’s casual approach is comparable to the Teacher Peach Inspirational Teacher Tote Bag. The numerous pockets are an organizer’s dream. The difference between this tote and the LOVEVOOK Laptop Bag for Women is the quality of the straps. This bag’s straps give options on how to carry. It can be carried as a crossbody or with the dual carrying handles, which outlast the other parts of the bag.
The feature we love of this bag is the outer pockets. These pockets allow for organization of smaller objects like pens, chargers, and personal items.
10. Laptop Bag for Women
The Laptop Bag for Women by LOVEVOOK is water-resistant, fits up to a 15.6-inch laptop, has metal feet, a key leash, and multiple compartments. The laptop pocket of the bag is padded to keep it protected. It has a zipper closure and is offered in 12 different colors. This is a very smart looking bag and can be used for more than just a teacher bag.
LOVEVOOK kept teachers and professionals in mind when creating this bag. It would be great to travel with this leather tote bag as it is small enough to fit under an airplane seat.
Not only does this bag have a laptop compartment, but it also has a portfolio/binder compartment that would be great to keep papers protected while carrying them back and forth to school. However, it is not big enough for a teacher’s edition or multiple binders. Like the Teacher Peach Inspirational Teacher Tote Bag, it is ideal for teachers who carry two devices as there is a tablet pocket in the large zippered compartment. The large zipper pocket is good for personal items or laptop charger as well. Compared to the MONSTINA, this bag is more basic. It does not come with a charging port and has fewer pockets.
A good feature of this bag is the metal feet. The metal feet keep the bag standing on its own without falling over. This is important for packing and unpacking the bag. The double carrying handles are adjustable from 9″ to 14.” If you carry your laptop back and forth to work and a few other things, this bag is for you. If you feel like you bring home your whole classroom at the end of each day, this bag is too small for you.
11. Waterproof Backpack
No teacher bag list would be complete without a backpack listed. This waterproof backpack by Lekebaby is lightweight, has durable PU leather, and is unisex. Offered in four different colors, it is waterproof and scratch proof. Complete with an abundance of pockets, it has space for work documents like papers to grade, workbooks, and folders. The laptop compartment is padded for extra protection and has side pockets both inside and outside.
At first, this rucksack looks amazing. The large, wide pocket gives plenty of room to pack everything you need inside. However, you must pack meticulously to get everything in. The laptop must be packed first. If you pack the inner side pockets, the outer side pockets are useless. If you pack the outer side pockets, the inner side pockets are useless. The wide opening does stay open when unzipped, which is convenient when packing or unpacking.
Designed with safety in mind, it has an anti-theft zipper, a reflective strap, and a hidden back pocket for valuables. Lekebaby took comfort in mind when designing the straps and rucksack as they consist of extra padding.
Lekebaby backs its product with a 30-day money-back guarantee for any reason and a 180-day warranty guarantee for quality issues.
You can find more teacher backpacks in our review.
12. Ladies Damask Rolling Laptop Bag
If carrying a bag on your shoulders or back is not an option, here is a bag for you. This rolling laptop bag by ecWorld provides extra storage for papers and other items for teachers. The fabric is a heavy-duty polyester with a fully padded main compartment. It is water-resistant and can be rolled through shallow puddles without doing damage to contents inside the bag.
Adjustable, removable shoulder strap allows you to carry it, or you can roll it on two inline wheels. A telescopic handle provides a way to roll the case. Rolling totes for teachers can be very handy if you carry around heavier supplies.
This protective designed bag is perfect for those who take school work home with them and who prefer to roll into the school. The large main compartment is ideal for a laptop and folders, grade books, and even for textbook that teachers carry between home and school. There are places for pens and charging cables that allow the organization.
We like the fact that there are two ways to carry this bag. The rolling feature is a positive aspect of this bag, but so is the carry strap. It is nice it is removable when rolling the bag as it won’t get in the way if it is not attached. The water-repellant fabric is useful in this bag. If anything is spilled, it is easily cleaned.
Apart from all the positives, one negative aspect of this bag is the wheels. The wheels are not designed for outdoor use.
Considering what you carry back and forth to school will help you understand what pockets you need and whether you need laptop/device protection. Finding the best teacher bags may seem complicated, but this list includes 10 of the best bags for your consideration. From the smallest bag, the personalized canvas tote bag by all about me company, to the largest bag, the ultimate waterproof multi-pocket tote by KEHO, there is a bag for everyone on this list. Finding the best teacher bags is easy and can be done today!