The LeSportsac Travel Tote is another piece that I’ve personally used to great satisfaction. Sadly, I didn’t have one in college, but it would have been a much better option than the totes that I used to carry my books and laptop at the time. This tote is huge, lightweight, and has wide webbed straps to distribute weight evenly and sit comfortably on the shoulder. It’s also big enough to be an overnight bag; I’ve personally put my 15″ laptop, my Proenza Schouler PS1 (size large) and a full change of clothes in the bag with room to spare. For kids going to school far from home, it’s a great carry-on for air travel. Plus, the multitude of patterns LeSportsac offers cover the wear and tear that comes from trekking around campus, not to mention through airports or to the beach from spring break. $98 via Zappos.