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Better Backpacks for Back to School & Beyond

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It’s back-to-school season, but the backpack is no longer just for the locker and lunchbox crowd. With more and more people packing laptops and tablets, both business and leisure travelers are using backpacks as an ergonomic, space-saving way to carry their gear. Here are six new options to start September off right.

Alarm Yourself

Originally developed to prevent bullying, the alarm built into the iSafe Crew backpack also works to protect travelers and their valuables. The alarm is hidden in a small front pocket. If in danger, you pull the trip cord to produce a loud alarm and a strobe light. In addition, the backpack is just 3 pounds, made of rip stop nylon and includes a laptop pocket as well as four main pockets and pouches. ($67.34)