The Perfect School Bag

If you could design the perfect tote to carry all your work/school/gym/office stuff what features would it have?

Wish I could find the perfect tote bag for hauling around all my teacher essentials. I’ve only been looking for the perfect bag forever ( a tiny exaggeration). Like the perfect purse, I wrote about in an earlier blog,( Surviving my Purse)  the perfect tote doesn’t seem to exist. Oh sure, there are a plethora of totes, carry-alls, back packs, duffles, briefcases, and school bags available at Macys, Target, Office Max, etc, but none seem designed for the fussy selective high school teacher.

Here’s a few of my basic needs:

  • Must stand up on its own. I have lots of meetings to attend and a floppy bag is just so…floppy. ( Bags that stand on their own are easier to rifle through)
  • Must have a shoulder strap or cross-over length strap. This will be be good for hauling stuff long distances–like from one end of campus to the other.
  • Must have room enough for iPad, a few books, lunch, pair of flats, and a stack of essays.
  • Must have multiple outside pockets for holding: 1) my morning Starbucks,  2) classroom keys/campus ID,  3) cell phone, 4) random papers picked up at teacher mailbox
  • Must also have multiple inside pockets for: 1) the dreaded red pen, 2) pencils, 3) iPhone cord,  4) flash-drives, 4) notepad
  • Must be water repellent  (sometimes is actually rains in SoCal!)
  • Must not be black! Objects tend get lost inside a black-lined bag.
  • Must have waterproof lunch compartment. (Most teachers bring their lunch and beverage, and I can’t remember how many times my lunch leaked all over essays or –yep–all over my iPad. Note: I tossed the Tupperware for some leak proof glass containers.)
  • In fact, a watertight iPad compartment would be great!
  • Points for stylish looks

Sort of sounds like I’m looking for a portable office–which is often the case.

waterproof lunch bag is attached to tote--not so stylish

waterproof lunch bag is attached to tote–not so stylish

I found an almost perfect book bag at Barnes & Noble. It’s just lacking a long shoulder strap.

The perfect tote for the office! Sigh. Maybe one day I’ll find it.


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