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The top 5 durable back to school products

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It’s that time of year again!  The cool air is moving in and you can just sense that classes are about to jump into high-gear. Considering you can be in school for years, and a lot of the gear you buy can be used well into your first career, why not buy stuff that will last? There are some absolutely key best buys when it comes to durable, high quality BIFL back to school products. So without further ado:

Here are our picks for The top 5 durable back to school products:

Texas instruments TI-84 Plus calculator | Buy it for life BIFL

Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus Graphics Calculator

If you check out any discussions of BIFL products online you will surely run across the fabled Texas Instruments TI-84 graphing calculator. Every once and a while a product comes along that just has the perfect mix of functionality and ridiculous quality. The TI-84 is one of those products. You’ll hear grown-ass adults raving over the calculator they bought in 1989 that is still on their desk well into their career. The reality is that the TI-84 (and the newer upgraded TI-84 Plus) are simply the best graphics calculators you can buy. They’ll last you…  decades? We’re not even sure how long these last yet, but many decades old ones are still going strong.

Parker Jotter stainless steel pen | Buy it for life BIFL

Parker Jotter Stainless Steel Ballpoint Pen

I love Parker pens. They feel great in the hand, have a good weigh to them, and will likely outlast human beings on Earth. You simply can’t kill these pens. I have a father-in-law that is a certified Parker pen addict. And he has collected thousands of different Parker pens, many of which are in amazing condition but were manufactured in the 1950’s and 1960’s. As long as you have a couple ink refills, Parker pens are about as good as it gets. Not to mention that you don’t need to spend a fortune on these. Do yourself a favor, put down the Bics and get a nice Parker Jotter.

Fjallraven Big Backpack | Buy it for Life BIFL

Fjallraven Kanken Big Backpack

You’re going to need a great backpack for school, that is a fact. Please stop buying terrible bags that only last a few years. Consider shelling out a bit of extra dough for something like the Fjallraven Kanken Big Backpack. Fjallraven are known for their incredibly durable vinyl fabric used on their bags. Match that with a bag that looks just as good as it wears and you have a perfect bag for back to school.

Osprey Pixel Laptop Backpack | Buy it for life BIFL

Osprey Pixel Daypack

We love bags so much that we threw a second one on this list. The new Osprey Pixel Daypack is a perfect laptop bag. It is constructed out of super durable 600D polyester and will take whatever you can throw at it. But the magic here is the amazing fleece-lined laptop sleeve. So throw your Surface Pro or Macbook air in this sucker and forget about it. It will take care of the laptop so you can continue to live your life. Osprey maintains their lifetime warranty on all of their bags and this one is no exception.

Here is the full list of our top 5 durable back to school products:

Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus Graphing Calculator, Black

 in stock
26 new from $80.00
32 used from $45.00
as of April 19, 2024 7:17 am


  • All-purpose graphing: pre-algebra, algebra 1, 2, geometry statistics, biology, physics, business and finance
  • Preloaded apps, 480 KB ROM, 24 KB RAM
  • Function visualization, 96 x 64 display resolution
  • Proactive case and USB cable included

Parker 1953170 Jotter Ballpoint Pen, Stainless Steel with Chrome Trim, Medium Point Blue Ink, Gift Box

 in stock
22 new from $12.44
3 used from $11.48
as of April 19, 2024 7:17 am


  • Jotter Stainless Steel
  • Streamlined style with clean lines for a fresh take on the iconic PARKER Jotter design. Now made of 77% recycled materials *excluding refill
  • Stainless steel barrel accented by high-shine trims and an arrowhead clip
  • Signature retractable design opens and closes with a satisfying click
  • Fitted with Quinkflow ballpoint refill for optimal ink flow and a smooth writing experience; blue ink; medium tip; also accepts PARKER gel refills

Hydro Flask 40 oz. Water Bottle with Straw Lid - Stainless Steel, Reusable, Vacuum Insulated- Wide Mouth, Rain

 out of stock
as of April 19, 2024 7:17 am


  • Straw Lid is leakproof and makes cold refreshment that much easier
  • Carry loop makes Straw Lid easy to transport and comfortable to carry
  • Made with 18/8 pro-grade stainless steel to ensure durability, pure taste and no flavor transfer
  • TempShield insulation keeps beverages cold up to 24 hours and hot up to 12 hours
  • Color Last powder coat is dishwasher safe, keeping your bottle slip-free and colorful

Fjallraven, Kanken Laptop 17" Backpack for Everyday, Black

 out of stock
as of April 19, 2024 7:17 am


  • With the simple lines and clean look of the Fjallraven Kanken 17" backpack, you'll be jet set for seasons to come.
  • Large main compartment to hold all your daily essentials.
  • Front zip pocket for additional storage.
  • 17" padded laptop compartment for safe keepings.
  • Side slip pocket for water bottle.

Osprey Daylite Daypack, Black, One Size

$64.98  in stock
6 new from $64.95
2 used from $59.35
Free shipping
as of April 19, 2024 7:17 am


  • Large panel loading main compartment provides accessibility to inside contents
  • Dual stretch mesh side pockets provide additional storage options
  • The multi-function interior sleeve can be used for either a hydration reservoir or tablet
  • Mesh-covered die-cut foam back panel provides both comfort and ventilation


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