Backpack recommendations for nursing student

  1. I hope this is appropriate to ask in this forum. I am starting LPN school in September. The school is about a mile from my house. I will be biking or walking most days. I need a good backpack or messenger bag. I don't mind paying for an expensive one. It needs to be waterproof. Rain and snow will not stop me from getting to school. I imagine it will need to be big. I hear there are alot of books involved. I am just learning how to ride a bike so I can ride to school. I guess it would need to fit securly on my back. Any advice? Would a messenger bag be better? They seem to have more room. Thanks. Colleen
  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   HHW2006
    Kelty makes great backpacks. They are designed for hiking, so they are very durable. They are more expensive than Jansport or Eastport would be, but a good investment if you are going to be biking or walking to school.
  4. by   mandana
    One word - wheels.

  5. by   Angel 3
    You should look on They have a lot of outdoor gear, and backpacks for all types. I just ordered one from there, it was a Northface and they make them to fit especially for women or men. So I would suggest looking online.
  6. by   wookie23
    you really want two straps i oftan walk and one strap just doesent cut it two straps helps distribute the weight better
  7. by   emllpn2006
    mandana said it WHEELS!!! I had a plain back pack that just went on your back and after a week of shoulder and back time out came the back pack with wheels.
  8. by   smile123
    Definitely a wheeled backpack. Nursing books are really heavy, they are more like tomes! You do not want to injure your back carrying around all your books and binders. Get a good wheeled backpack with lots of pockets so you can carry a tape recorder, pens, pencils, and water bottles with you! I switched and was really glad I did.
  9. by   eric909
    I got a wheeled one but it also has straps for when you want to bike with it from
  10. by   prmenrs
    Quote from mandana
    One word - wheels.


    ABSOLUTELY. Either Lands End or LL Bean has some good ones.
  11. by   Roy Fokker
    I slogged through school with a sturdy backpack - which came with a waist strap.

    Ofcourse, I was already used to lugging crap in the Army

    If you do stick to plain old backpack, get one which has some kind of backboarding built in - if your bag doesn't keep the books supported, trust me, your back WILL.

    And you don't want that happening, no sireebob!

    If you're willing to splurge - look for a portable wheelie bag.
  12. by   casi
    The REI backpacks are amazing. I have this talent of loading down backpacks until shoulder straps litterally snap. :angel2: I got one of the REI bags back in high school (graduated 2002) and still haven't managed to break the thing.

    Otherwise if you're worried about your back, I would definately say a wheely back pack, though I don't know how well that would work if you are biking it to school.
  13. by   Miss Calculation
    Quote from mandana
    One word - wheels.


    Another word- Walmart.
  14. by   kmarie724
    I just got a really nice backpack from L.L. Bean. It has a pocket for my laptop, a cell phone holder on the shoulder strap, water bottle holder, a small compartment for pens/pencils, and even a little compartment for an ipod or CD player with a hole for the headphone cord to go through so you can listen to it while wearing the backpack. Last year I used a messenger bag. It worked okay because I only had one class a day (I'm going part-time) and I didn't usually need to bring my textbook. But, the days I did need to bring my book, my shoulder would hurt so bad. A backpack with two straps is much easier to carry.