Welcome to our 2020 guide to choosing the best backpack for nursing school. We took the time to narrow this guide down to only the best of the best packs that’ll safely store all of your nursing school supplies. We know that organization is key for student nurses, and we took that into account before deciding on each of our five selections.
The packs in our Top 5 have places to safely store your stethoscope, nursing watch, nurse penlight, and other semi-fragile items. You’ll also find places to store your sharp and pointy instruments such as hemostats and trauma shears. And since nobody likes lugging around heavy weight on their back, we only chose packs with even weight distribution along with two surprise choices we think you’ll enjoy.
After our Top 5 chart, we share some additional tips we found for aspiring nurses.
Our #1 premium backpack for nursing school is the JanSport Driver 8
A roomy 36L total capacity (slightly larger than the High Sierra)
Two-stage aluminum telescoping handle and 80mm premium wheels (they’ll see you rolling)
Telescoping handle with zipper closure for a cleaner look when it’s stowed
Tuck-Away shoulder straps slide into the back panel when not in use, simply pull them out to turn the bag into a backpack
Internal laptop sleeve holds up to a 15″ laptop w/ closure strap
Internal Velcro pockets in the front panel w/ a key hook
More than enough room in the main compartment to hold your textbooks and other larger items
Built with premium JanSport materials that’ll stand the test of time
What did you think of our top 5 best backpacks for nursing school? Did we deliver on our promise to provide you with the best of the best?
Overall, we think these top 5 will suit everyone’s needs. All of these packs, particularly the rolling backpacks, are recommended by current nurses. Depending on the number and size of your textbooks, you may be able to get away with using one of the slimmer backpacks.
If your school requires large textbooks that are inches thick, save your back the trouble by sticking with one of the rolling backpacks!
10 Essential Nursing Supplies to Always Have in Your Backpack
Extra lanyard and badge clips(s)
A Voice Recorder (my mom was huge on this while studying to become an OTR)
We’re confident that you’ve already figured out how to choose the best backpack for nursing school. The key consideration to make before you buy is to conclude how heavy your load is or will be. All of the packs in our Top 5 are water-resistant with excellent external and internal organization features.
Another consideration is the size of your laptop. Be sure to choose a backpack that has a sleeve or compartment large enough to accommodate your computer. If you plan to use a tablet as well, opt for one of the backpacks that also includes a tablet sleeve.
Best of luck on your journey to becoming a professional nurse!