With back-to-school shopping season creeping up on us, you might be asking yourself what type of backpack you should get that will last you the school year and beyond. Below are some prime examples that are versatile and durable, as well as stylish, to meet just about anyone’s needs!

1. Quilted Faux Leather Backpack – Forever 21 ($29.90)

Forever 21

This bag by Forever 21 will not only help you stay in style with its trendy quilted faux black leather look but is simple enough for multi-use, in and out of school, day or night. While complimentary to just about any outfit, this bag is also light and small enough to remain comfortable on your shoulders all day long.

Pros: Exterior zip pocket, two interior patch pockets, more compact in size, fashionable.

Cons: Thinner straps, less durable material than sports backpacks, less space, no place for water bottle.

2. Silence + Noise Nylon Backpack – Urban Outfitters ($59.00)

Urban Outfitters

Another option for the fashion-savvy college student is this cream colored nylon backpack. With several compartments on the exterior and in the interior, you will never run out of places to put your things. It is also safe to say you cannot go wrong with thick adjustable straps and a compact minimalist design.

Pros: Lots of space, front zip pocket, thick adjustable straps, complements clothes, water bottle compartments.

Cons: Zipper may be difficult to unzip (according to review by customer).

3. Nelson Backpack – Hershel Supply Co. ($64.99)

Herschel Supply Co.

Herschel Supply Co. is well-known for its innovative backpacks that carry a sleek, classic design. Among many others that they carry, this bag comes in 15 colors to please just about anyone. With this in particular, the easily-accessible storage compartments for your school supplies make it perfect for school use.

Pros: Several specific compartments for organization with easy access, fully padded and fleece-lined 15″ laptop and iPad sleeve pockets, trendy.

Cons: Fabric styles are not waterproof, side compartments may not fit all water bottles.

4. Campus Backpack – Victoria Secret’s PINK ($54.95 – Prices Vary on Color)

Victoria Secret’s PINK

Designed to be specifically for college students, this backpack is well-suited for any campus. With tons of storage space for books and electronics, places to put up to two water bottles, and thick shoulder straps, this is surely a simple go-to. Not to mention the array of nine new colors they released this year that you can check out.

Pros: Mesh water bottle compartments, durable fabric, top stash pocket, comfy shoulder straps, padded for laptop.

Cons: Laptop pocket only fits small laptops, may tear easily after some time (based on reviews).

5. Nike 6.0 Piedmont – Nike ($29.97)

Nike

Nike sportswear and accessories are all the rage this year and with a compact bag like this, you will be sure to not only hit the textbooks but also the gym! The black and white design goes with anything and is perfect for anyone in need of a simple look that is still athletic and fashion forward.

Pros: Lightweight, large interior space, front pocket, fashionable, compact, padded shoulder straps for extra comfort, built to last.

Cons: No place for water bottles, slightly on the small side, not made to hold very heavy items.

6. Recon Backpack – Northface ($99.00)

Northface

This Northface backpack, among the many other popular backpacks they have produced, dominates the backpack scene. Not only is it waterproof, but this backpack has an incredible amount of storage compartments to hold school supplies, electronics and more, while still remaining compact. Also, its Flex Vent feature prevents shoulder, neck and back pain making it great for students who tend to have poor posture. Check out the other 21 colors that are available as well!

Pros: Flex Vent straps, 15” laptop/tablet sleeve in front compartment for easy access, hydration port and two mesh water bottle compartments, stretch front stash pocket for helmet, ball, or extra gear, sternum strap with whistle buckle, removable waist belt, waterproof.

Cons: May not hold extremely heavy loads well after time, very compartmentalized and may minimize space in other compartments if one is filled (based on reviews).

Buy here: Women’s, Men’s

7. Digital Student Backpack – Jansport ($55.00)

Jansport

Jansport is yet another well-praised brand when it comes to student backpacks and this one is made with tech-savvy students in mind. With the advancement of technology and greater use of electronics in education, they have created a backpack with a dedicated external cord storage pocket, stretch interior pockets and even a removable laptop sleeve. It comes in 16 total colors.

Pros: Removable laptop sleeve, external cord storage pocket, stretch-fit pockets, side water bottle compartments, S-curve shoulder straps, lightweight, two large main compartments.

Cons: May get bulky when carrying several items.

8. Digital Organizer Pack – L.L. Bean ($79.95)

L.L. Bean

L.L. Bean produces some of the most durable backpacks out there and have been for about 30 years. This backpack, like the previous one mentioned, has caught up with the times, featuring top-notch compartments for all of your electronic needs. The mesh side pockets allow for places to put water bottle and the several front compartments will surely come in handy for anything. It comes in five colors!

Pros: Waterproof, simple, multiple pockets and spaces, water bottle compartments, free shipping, heavy duty zippers, padded back panel, S-curve straps, organization for phone, cords, thumb drives, writing utensils, files and notebooks.

Cons: Slightly bulky.

Feel free to visit all of the sites to view even more available styles, selections, and colors, and keep exploring! There are tons of backpack brands you can try out that may be even better suited for you aside from our suggestions. Best of luck in your back to school shopping!

Lead Credit Image: Humboldt State University via Flickr Creative Commons

Blackpink Merchandise

Blackpink is currently one of the most popular girl bands and KPop groups in general. The group that consists of Jennie, Jisoo, Rosé an Lisa debuted on August 8, 2016 with the single Square One that was extremely well received by the fans of South Korean music.

Since the debut the girls maybe haven’t released as many physical albums as we hoped for but we can be pretty much pleased with the Blackpink merchandise that YG Entertainment managed to deliver.

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Pop-Up Store 2017 Merchandise

In 2017 Blackpink opened their first pop-up store during the release of As If It’s Your Last to sell some of the merchandise prepared by YG Entertainment. The shop was opened for 11 days starting from June 23. The visitors could get three items – two different sets of posters (525 x 750 mm, 6 sheets in each set), set of 22 postcards (111 x 170 mm) and a photo frame (480 x 357 mm). There were 12 different types of a photo frame available: two of each member – Jennie, Jisoo, Rose and Lisa and 4 of the whole group.

Square Up Pop-Up Store 2018 Collection

The second pop-up store Square Up was opened from June 16 to June 24, 2018. The location of the store was at the same place where the reality show Blackpink House was shot. The attendees were able to get three pieces of Blackpink merchandise.

The first item is Blackpink official lightstick that looks like a hammer with a triple pink heart on both sizes. It is responsive to sound. The size of it is 175 x 28.5 x 9.3 cm and it weights around 310 g. It runs on two AAA batteries. The work time of the lightstick is 5~10 hours. It is manufactured by TRADIT.

Initially the lightstick came with a set of photocards (version 1 or version 2) when purchased from official YG store.

The second item is a keyring that looks exactly the same as the Blackpink official lightstick. Of course the size is much smaller – 92 x 48.5 x 30.5 mm. But it works almost equally good. All you need is three LR41 batteries and it can run for 6 hours. Please remember that you most likely will not be able to get it from the official YG store since it includes an internal battery that cannot be shipped overseas.

The third and the final part of this Blackpink merchandise is a picnic set that includes a picnic table mat (45 x 45 cm), eco bag (35 x 45 cm, strap: 65 cm), bottle (30 x 34 mm) and a set of stickers and badge. Similar picnic sets were also released for other YG groups like Sechskies, Big Bang, Winner and iKON as a part of YG Box Season 2 collection.

In Your Arena Tour Merchandise

In Your Arena is Blackpink’s second concert tour after Arena Tour in 2018. It started in November 2018 with a concerts in Seoul where the girls performed before the audience of 20 000 people. The group continued the tour in 2019 performing in more countries in Asia and will be visiting United States, Canada and then Europe and Australia in the upcoming months.

YG Entertainment prepared a special selection of Blackpink merchandise. And we’re talking here about a huge number of goods – 33 in the first part and 12 in the second. The second part is a YG mascot Krunk related collection.

The 33 items in this part is a treat for every Blackpink fan. If you’re thinking about purchasing any of these you can easily get them online on the official YG shop YG Select. Some of them might be out of stock though.

The collection starts with a selfcare planner sized 142 x 185 x 335 mm. It comes with a set of 4 transparent photocards with the picture of each member. You can purchase a black ballpen with a a pink heart on it that will go nicely with the planner.

The ballcap from RINSE&CO is a part of Square Up merchandise but was also included in this set. It is a free size item (54-60 cm). If you prefer a bucket hat you can get a black hat with the words “Ddu Du” written in green and yellow. The third option is a simple beanie. The black version says “Debuted On August 8, 2016” and the pink one has “Ddududu” on it.

Next we have a travel pouch set that consists of 4 different size pouches with a Blackpink logo on it – flat pouch: 255 x 160 mm, mesh pouch (S): 320 x 220 mm, mesh pouch (M): 290 x 270 mm and mesh pouch (L): 400 x 300 mm. These were manufactured by ACE KOREA Co., Ltd. You can get another pouch sized 230 x 115 x 30 mm separately that was made by SFM KOREA CO., Ltd.

Two types of socks are available – black and pink with heart or words “Black” and “Pink” matching the color in type 1 and with letters “B” or “P” in type 2. The size is free (24 cm).

A lightstick and keyring that were a part of Square Up Pop-Up Store 2018 collection are included here as well.

The set of two Krunk tumblers should be a part of the latter collection but somehow it was added to the first part. Two colors are available. It was manufactured by Seung Hwa P&P Co., Ltd.

Next we have a transparent phonecases with a glitter in it. Unfortunately these are available only for IPhone (IPhone 7/8, IPhone 7/8 Plus, IPhone X).

The four pin badges are not all in one set. You have to get them separately. The pins are available in the shape of Blackpink logo (55 x 15 mm), two hearts with the letters “BP” (33 x 18 mm), lightstick (33 x 54 mm) and hearts (38 x 33 mm). They are made of brass.

A set of two heart shaped soaps will look great in your bathroom. As a souvenir of course because it would be a pity to use it up. The first one is white and the second is pink with a visible glitter. The size of each one is 143 x 74 x 35 mm.

If you’re in need of something to sleep in you will appreciate a pink free sized pajama. It has initials “BP” on a left sleeve. The set consists of shirt and pants. If you need just pants you can get a striped black and pink sleeping pants manufactured by YG Entertainment.

The portable charger will make your life less difficult by helping with charging your smartphone. It consists of two parts – a head (95 x 55 x 50 mm) and a battery itself (handle) (20 x 20 x 125 mm). In a box you will find a strap, USB cable and user manual.

The scrap book is a binder that you can use to make the notes, keep your photocards or other stuff. It includes the photos of all members. The size of this item is 240 x 235 x 40 mm and it is manufactured by TAESUNG DPA.

There is even an item designed for your pet. It is a simple pink scarf that comes in two sizes: M and L.

The official concert Blackpink slogan also comes in this collection. It has a logo of the group on both sides (a mirror image of the logo on the pink side). The size of the slogan is 300 x 1100 mm.

The next item which is a transparent bag can contain all your necessities. It has a Blackpink logo on front. The size of the bag is 280 x 270 x 105 mm and the length of the strap is 580mm.

There are available two types of T-shirts – long sleeve and regular. The regular one is available in three colors: blue, pink and white and three sizes: M, L, XL. The long sleeve T-shirt comes in two colors: black and white and two sizes: M and L.

The other items are a pink bath headband (200 x 70 mm), blanket (750 x 1050 mm), masking tape (one of 4 available) (15 x 5000 mm), bracelet with a heart pendant, heart cushion (36 x 27 x 12 cm), heart massage stick (42 x 12 x 6 cm), Krunk hair string with a charm, set of epoxy stickers made by HANKANG J.K.C (195 x 168 mm) and a trifold wallet (125 x 75 mm) with a lanyard made by UNIONOBJET.

In Your Arena Tour Merchandise 2

YG Entertainment decided to release another line for the ongoing In Your Arena tour – this time it’s a Krunk related collection. We will find here 12 new items.

The first two products are a Krunk cushions/teddy bears – one bigger (45cm) and one smaller (30cm). The next is a keyring with a Krunk wearing black T-shirt with a name Blackpink on it.

There are two different versions of a cross bag available – a round one and a regular. Both made of polyester.

If you need a sleeve for your laptop you can get it a black one sized 38 x 28 x 3 cm with Krunk’s face on it.

One of two available pairs of slippers will be a great addition to the pajama introduced by YG earlier. You can choose between black and pink fur slippers. Both come in three sizes: S: 230~240mm, M: 250~260mm, L: 260~270mm.

In this collection you can get a pet hoodie (in two different colors) for your pet that will match the pet scarf from the first collection. It comes in three sizes: S, M and L.

The other items are a pouch (22 x 14 x 6.5 cm), hooded cushion (32 x 30 x 11 cm) and a wrist toy (8.5 x 5.5 x 5.5 cm).

Blackpink Winter Edition Set

At the end of 2018 a special set of Blackpink merchandise showed up on YG shop. It is a part of a YGBOX4 Winter Collection were similar sets were released also for Big Bang, iKON, Sechskies and Winner. The set consists of three items: muffler (165 x 1600 mm), gloves (free size), badge (33 x 42 mm) and calendar.

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