We’re nearly to the end of September and that means that 99% of you have started back at school, college or university. If you’re part of the lucky 1% like me who still has another few days before lectures begin, make the most of it while you still can! I’ve been planning this post for the longest time. I’m a nosey person and I love reading other bloggers versions of this, whether it be for university or just their everyday bags. My bag is boring. It contains generic items for a generic media student. Everything in this bag went in to it today and this is what will be in my bag for the 2017/18 academic year.
The Bag Itself
My bag is a Fjällräven Kånken Laptop 13″ backpack (shocker) in the colour Ox Red. I got it from the Fjällräven website and it cost me £85. Yes, I’m know I’m a basic b#itch because every YouTuber/Blogger/Guru has owned at least one of these bags over the years and there’s a reason for that. These bags are sturdy and beautiful. They’re made for outdoor use so they’re durable and waterproof. They’re also SUPER roomy, I can fit everything I need in there and still have room for so much more. This version also has a padded section at the back for your laptop. I got the 13″Kånken Laptop version because I have a 13″ Macbook Pro, which fits perfectly inside even with a padded case on the Macbook itself. I always use to worry with my old backpack that someone could just unzip my bag and take my laptop, but now, with this, I don’t have to worry because to get to it, you have to take it off my back first.
The Kånken laptop backpack also comes with padded straps, which for me was one of the biggest sellers. The classic (and cheaper) Kånken doesn’t have the padded straps and since I wear this bag for longer period of time and it can get fairly heavy throughout the day, I didn’t mind splashing out a little bit more for those extra features.
The Front Pocket
Now, considering the surprising size of the Kånken, the front pocket is quite small. I say it’s small but I’ve still managed to fit some fairly bulky items in there. In this pocket I keep my Skinny Dip x Tangle Teezer brush, my portable charger and a pair of earphones (essential). There isn’t really anymore room to fit anything else, maybe a chapstick or something else small, but the pocket is already bulging out a little bit, so I’d probably keep it to these main essentials.
The Main Pocket
The main section of the Kånken was the biggest surprise for me. I watched a lot of reviews and read a lot of blog posts before purchasing this bag and everyone seemed to agree that the amount you could fit in this bag was insane. On a daily basis I don’t carry that much, I have my diary, my notepad and my pencil case. In the back of this section of the main compartment you also have a padded rectangle in the back, I find this helps keep the bags shape but you’re more than welcome to remove it (I think it’s something for hikers to sit on if they use the bag for it’s proper purpose, but don’t take my word for it.)
I thought I’d also test out for myself how much I could actually fit in this 13″ version. It held: 3 250 paged Project Books, 1 A4 notepad, 1 A4 polly pocket folder, 5 A4 paper cases, A5 diary, A5 notepad and a pencil case. I never plan on carrying that much at one time, but if you did want to, at least now you know you could!
The Side Pockets
The one downside of this bag is the pockets on the side. Many said they were large enough to store a water bottle but I’ve found that none of the bottles I own fit. The only thing that fits in the side pockets are umbrellas, which isn’t too bad for me as I don’t plan on filling the bag too much and my water bottle currently fits snugly inside next to my diary and notepad.
Overall, this is one of the best backpacks I have ever bought. It’s sturdy and it works well for what I want it to do. I haven’t tested the waterproof-ness of it yet because I’ve never actually used it when it’s been raining, but the material feels like it will withstand normal Welsh weather. Plus, I personally think this bag is super cute, look at that little foxy logo.
After using this bag everyday for 3 months I can assure you it’s waterproof. I’ve gotten stuck in many a down pour and it’s never let me down!