Whether this is your first year of teaching or you are close to retiring, having a reliable bag is important for any teacher. We have researched numerous bags to find the best teacher bags and teacher tote bags of 2020 that are stylish and get the job done! Every teacher can find a bag on this list that will fit his/her desires and needs.
Teacher Tote Bags and Teacher Bags at a glance
- Best Teacher Appreciation Gift: So’each Canvas & Beach Tote Bag
- 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: 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 Teacher Bags Reviewed
Through our research, 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 to carry a laptop and have versatility. We’ve included bags we feel like would be great gifts for your teacher friends, teacher aides, or tutors.
Finding the perfect bag can be time consuming and overwhelming, however, we are confident that if you choose any bag on this list, you are choosing one of the best offered. We know you will find a favorite (or two) as we did.
This teacher tote bag 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 made of leather. This teacher tote bag is made out of 60% higher density canvas than other canvas bags, which makes it sturdy and durable.
In our opinion, this is the best teacher tote bag if you are looking for 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 concept to teach completely online. Teachers are under high pressure from all sides and we should say thank you.
This high-quality teacher tote bag allows the teacher 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 a number of pockets for more organization.
- High-quality canvas
- Zipper closure
- Leather shoulder straps
- Stylish and a perfect teacher gift
- It only comes in white
We found another great teacher appreciation tote bag on Amazon. Show your teacher how grateful you are with this end of year teacher gift. This teacher tote bag comes with the phrase “Teaching is a Work of Heart”, which is printed in handwritten script on the face of the apple.
The bag is made from durable canvas material and comes with two shoulder straps.
We totally 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 properly. This tote bag is great for shopping or to carry a few light items.
- Thick canvas material
- Strong carry handles
- Fun printed design
- No inside pockets
- No zipper
This 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. It is made out of a water-repellant, wrinkle-free, nylon, and leather material, has a zipper closure, is stylish, and is offered in 5 colors. There are also 15 different pockets that allow the organization inside and outside the bag.
This is one of the most organized and professional-looking bags on this list. 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 organize every item in a specific pocket is useful, as it allows you to easily find what you are looking for. Having a zipper closure allows these items to stay in place and not fall out. The portable charger is just a port. You must supply your own power bank to power the charger port. This is not included with the bag.
Our favorite 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 has 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 organization, it doesn’t allow for extra things to be carried such as papers to grade or a grade book. If all you plan to carry back and forth to school is a laptop and some toiletries, this bag is for you.
- Lots of pockets
- Zipper closure
- Mesh and fabric pockets
- Holds umbrella and water bottle
- Doesn’t stand on its own
Teacher Peach offers many different types of teacher bags and totes. The inspirational teacher tote bag is considered a commuter tote bag.
A true teacher bag with an inspirational quote, this bag offers a main zipper pocket with a front velcro pocket. The main zipper pocket has two more compartments. There are also pockets for a water bottle, keys, and a phone. 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 zipper on the main pouch not only because it keeps the contents from falling out but because it keeps 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 teacher editions to curriculum, papers to grade, folders, or binders. This is a great asset to this bag. If you 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. Our favorite 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 you don’t want to wear it or carry it as a crossbody.
This casual, unisex bag would also make a great gift for any teacher.
- Waterproof bottom
- No inside zipper pockets
The Uptown Girl Tote Bag by SCOUT is a medium utility tote that has 4 exterior pockets, a max capacity zipper, dual shoulder straps, and a stable bottom that allows it to stand on its own. It is made from an interwoven polypropylene fabric that is strong, water-resistant, durable, and easily cleaned. It has a fold-flat design that is collapsible for easy storage.
We love 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 tote bag below. It is spacious, like the MONSTINA, that allows for numerous items to be carried.
- Easily sanitized
- Comes in many patterns
- Short handles
The Personalized Teacher Tote Bag 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 made to last. Along with the large main pocket, there are two smaller pockets on the end of the bag that is perfect for a water bottle, keys, phone, or pens.
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 by Teacher Peach, this bag is a true teacher bag. It is large enough for you to transport papers, notebooks, teacher editions, and even a laptop. 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 any teacher friend you have.
Although this bag would fit a laptop, there is no pocket to protect the laptop. We suggest 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.
- Available in a rainbow of color
- Very few inside pockets
- No laptop/tablet protection
Two options exist for this tote bag, 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 3 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’re looking for a bag for yourself or one to give 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 10” 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, 3 compartment organizer, and the liner all came about because of customer reviews. The large teacher tote bag is their best selling bag. This bag has it all and is highly recommended.
- Long handles to prevent sliding off shoulders
- Large main compartment
- Great gift
- True teacher bag
- Bottom is not reinforced
If you like big bags, this tote bag is for you. The Ultimate Teacher Waterproof Multi-Pocket Tote 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. Made of flexible, waterproof fabric, it is a high-quality bag 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 securely store valuable items. 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 Bag or the charger port like the MONSTINA Women’s Laptop Tote Bag, however, it offers space for more items to be carried like papers, folders, binders, laptop, tablet, textbooks, and more.
If we had 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 that is required to enter many school buildings. The two end pockets are great for car keys, cell phones, water bottles, or pens. 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.
- 100% customer satisfaction guarantee
- Sense of security with pockets
- Good quality
- Doesn’t stand on its own
This bag offers a more casual approach to teacher bags. Instead of leather or faux leather, it is made out of nylon. It is water repellent, has heavy-duty hardware, and a padded laptop compartment. With a total of seven pockets (2 inner, 4 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. The 2 inner pockets are large enough for a grade book and several stacks of papers to grade.
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.
Our favorite feature of this bag is the outer pockets. These pockets allow for organization of smaller objects like pens, chargers, and personal items.
- Quality outer material
- Casual look
- Short dual carrying straps
Water-resistant, fits up to a 15.6” laptop, metal feet, key leash, and multiple compartments is what this bag has to offer. The laptop pocket of the bag is padded for protection. It has a zipper closure and is offered in 12 different colors. This is a very professional 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 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 carry papers 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 a teacher who carries 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 the charging port and has fewer pockets.
Our favorite feature of this bag is the metal feet. The metal feet allow the bag to stand 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 just 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.
- Large middle zip pocket
- Stands on its own
- Not very durable
No teacher bag list would be complete without a backpack listed. This backpack is made of lightweight, durable PU leather and is designed for men and women. Offered in four 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 bag looks amazing. The large, wide pocket gives plenty of room to pack everything 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 bag 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.
- Wide opening
- Comes in different colors/fabric
- 30-day money-back guarantee
- Thins hand handles
If carrying a bag on your shoulders or back is not an option, here is a bag for you. This rolling laptop bag provides extra storage for papers and other teacher gear. It is made from a heavy-duty polyester fabric 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.
An option this bag gives is how it is carried. 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.
This womanly 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 perfect for a laptop as well as folders, grade books, and even a teacher edition of a textbook. There are places for pens and charging cables that allow the organization.
We really 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.
- Padded compartment for laptop
- More than just a laptop bag
- Wheels are not made for long outdoor use
A Buyer’s Guide for Your Teacher Bag
As you’re searching for the perfect teacher bag, you’ll want to be considerate of certain aspects of the bag. Three of these aspects to consider while researching teacher bags are below. As each teacher likes different components of bags, we consider these highly important when choosing a bag.
The number of pockets a bag consists of gives you the idea of what kind of space the bag will have. The more pockets in a bag means less space but more ability to organize. The size of the pockets is also important. Depending on what you plan to carry, determine what size pockets you need. If you don’t plan to carry papers, books, binders, or folders back and forth to school then smaller pockets are what you need. If you plan to carry a laptop or tablet, then you will want a padded pocket. Keeping in mind what you plan to carry will help determine what pockets you will need.
It is likely that at some point, you will carry your bag in the rain, snow, sleet, or other precipitation. Having a bag that has some sort of water protection is ideal. When researching the bag you prefer, keep this in mind. A reminder, water repellent means it will repel water but water will eventually enter the bag. Waterproof means water and moisture will not enter the bag. Depending on where you live or how far you have to walk outside, water repellent may be enough.
As you know, technology has been implemented more and more, requiring teachers to use a computer in some way. Many schools provide laptops for teachers to use because grade books, teacher editions, and programs are required to be used on these devices. Having some sort of laptop/device protection is important when transporting it day after day.
Many bags offer a separate laptop compartment but some don’t. When researching teacher bags, be sure to decide if you need laptop/device protection in the form of a padded compartment. If the bag you desire does not have a padded pocket, you could purchase a separate padded, laptop sleeve that would fit into the bag for that protection.
Taking into account 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 perfect bag may seem difficult 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 teacher waterproof multi-pocket tote by KEHO, there is a bag for everyone on this list. Finding the best teacher bag for you is easy and can be done today!