Why Backpacks Are Better Than Lockers?

Do you want to know what are the best points which prove why backpacks are better than lockers?

If yes, then you are at the right place.

You know, when I was in my student life, I used my locker only for the first semester. The problem was my locker stuck a lot.

Later, I understand that this was due to rust as students did not use their lockers much. This stuck locker wastes a lot of time and sometimes I also get late for my classes. 

So, the backpack was a good alternative to the lockers for me. The backpacks are better than the locker as they save time and help in organizing study material effectively.

Wait… is this the only reason why backpacks are better than locker?

Of course not.

There are so many points that will prove that backpacks are better than locker which we will be covering today in this post. 

So, let’s get started.

Disclaimer: This is my opinion based on my experience and research. There is no intention to interfere in any country’s education system or school layout

Reasons: Why backpacks are better than lockers?

If you use the lockers then you need to go to the locker after each lecture to bring your textbook, folders, and other study material. 

This consumes a lot of time and in case you forget something to bring or you pick up the wrong lecture notes, then this will be great trouble.

And I am sure that you do not want to be in that situation.

This will stress you as you would be thinking what if teachers ask you for the homework or notes. This will affect your study.

On the other hand, if you have a backpack then you can arrange all your lecture’s study notes and folders, and carry all your books in it very well. 

This way you will not be able to get the wrong lecture notes and it will also save your time as you will not have to trip to your locker.

Instead, you can use that time for using the washroom, going to the cafeteria, or revising for a test. 

Lockers get Stuck


Unlocking the locker with the code is a disturbing task when you need the books quickly as you are already getting late. 

What if the locker gets stuck (just like mine)?

This would be again big trouble which will late you for the next lecture. In case, if your teacher is not so rude (as many) you will be safe. Otherwise, the teacher might give you detention.

Complete Study Material Right in Your Backpack

Carrying a backpack in middle school or college can help you to carry all your books, notebooks, and homework with you without forgetting something in the locker.

This will let you stay in the classroom for a long time and you will be able to attend your classes on time.

You would be having all subjects and lecture books and you can take one out whenever needed instead of going to the locker.

Now, if you misplace your maths notes in the English folder you can easily rearrange them without going out of the room and without letting the teacher know that you are not having the proper study material.

This will also make the teacher happy because the students would present in the class on time and he/she will be able to start the class as soon as possible.

Waste Of Time

My friend, John, was in a different school.

He once told me that he had to travel a lot from his locker to the language department as his locker was in the basement of the north building.

If he could skip going to the locker he would make it to the class in a minute or so.

But since he needs his books for the class he was constantly hoping to make it on time.  

This incident makes me think that due to the lockers the students waste a good time. 

If students are allowed to have rolling backpacks as well in school then students would have extra time and will be able to reduce the weights on shoulders.

Advantages of having backpacks in school:

Drawbacks Of using Lockers:

  • Waste Time.
  • Locker Security Issue.
  • Makes students late for the next class.
  • Trip to the locker after each class.
  • May have face detention.
  • Also, most of the lockers need a replacement that makes them of no use at that time.

I was going through some articles on this topic.

And I find that some people counter the statement that backpacks are better than locker by saying that backpacks would be heavy for students who opted for the AP or Honours classes.

So, in my opinion, only some may have opted for the AP or honors classes, not every student.

This is why students should have a choice to have a backpack for schools and for those who are doing honors can have lockers.

According to Washington Post, the trend of not using the locker is expanding very fast and many schools have removed the locker of individual students from the school.

Also, designers are making the new layout of the schools which do not include the lockers. 

Now, if you are confused about how big your backpacks should be then you should read the “How to measure a backpack” post.

Frequently Asked Question?

Why are backpacks useful?

Backpacks are useful for carrying all the study material with you including your belongings. Backpacks save your time and let you focus on studying.

Should students have lockers?

It is a choice if a student feels comfortable then he can have a locker. But, I will recommend backpacks for students.


In short, backpacks are better than lockers as they save time, reduce the stress of forgetting notes or misplacing them, and help in focusing on study.

Now, you understand why backpacks are better than lockers. 

Still, some says lockers are better than a backpack, but I want to know what your opinion is. 

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