The IDEAL BACKPACK has two large zipper compartments and one small zipper compartment. Look for a backpack with a loop on the inside and a holder for bottles on the outside.
Think about how you want to DIVIDE YOUR BACKPACK, then purchase a backpack with the number of compartments you will need.
> Separate books in one large zipper compartment for morning classes, and use the other large zipper compartment for afternoon classes.
> Alternatively, separate textbooks in one large zipper compartment, and keep the other large zipper compartment for binders and/or subject notebooks.
> The small compartment should hold pens, pencils, and your wallet.
A LONG LANYARD that attaches to a loop inside your backpack is a great place for storing transportation cards, your school ID, and house keys. Make it a habit to place these items on the lanyard. It will save your having to dig through your backpack.
KEEP AN ID CARD with your name, e-mail, and/or school phone number, in case you lose your backpack.
Throwing soda and water bottles inside your backpack puts things at risk of being soaked. Use OUTSIDE POCKETS FOR BOTTLES.