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That’s Your Bag, Baby: The Ultimate SPY Guide to Bags and Backpacks

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* The best in backpacks, messenger bags, briefcases, diaper bags and more
* Whether you’re a working professional or a student, we have the right bag for you
* Great bag options for bike riders, hikers and athletes, too

Backpacks aren’t just for school anymore; not only are they better on your back and shoulders, they also allow you to roam around hands-free.

If you’re not ready to make the switch to a backpack, we’ve got plenty of traditional bags to choose from, too. From hikes, to overnight trips, to the office, we’ve uncovered the best backpacks for new uses. See below for our comprehensive guide to backpacks, totes, and messenger bags.

Day Trips

From outdoor adventures to navigating your way around a music festival, we’ve rounded up the best backpacks for day trips. They’ll safely stow your belongings and won’t cause a backache at the end of the day.

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Bike Bags

You may not realize it, but saddle bags have come a long way. With all the different styles, builds and brands available, there’s never been a better time to customize your ride. Here are the best bags to help you keep the momentum going.

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Briefcases

When you’re not traveling for pleasure, not everything fits into your carry-on. And when you’re traveling for business, you want to look like you mean business. So we’ve rounded up a few briefcases that will serve you well today, tomorrow and for the foreseeable future, whether you’re a jet-setting exec, or just starting out your office career.

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Bucket Bags

Mansur Gavriel’s chic bucket bags are one of the most versatile bags on the market, because they will always add a polished touch to your ensemble, enhancing your look but never becoming a distraction. If you’re looking for an affordable alternative, we’ve got you covered with 6 chic dupes to the original.

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Diaper Bags

You never know how much you will rely on your diaper bag until you actually use it.  At worst, the bag becomes your go-to everyday bag, also holding your wallet, phone, keys and your own essentials — in addition to your baby’s. See our picks below, for styles that are roomy, have pockets, and are stylish enough for everyday use.

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Gym Bags

Who says the beginning of the year is the only time to make a change in your life? This season, shake things up and kickoff a new routine or start your fitness journey before you inevitably go on holiday this coming winter. Make the most out of your active lifestyle you’ll need to get organized. (No, we’re not talking about spreadsheets and pivot tables). Start with a well-organized gear bag. No matter the sport, we’ve got you covered.

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Lunch Bags

Whether you’re heading off to school or saying goodbye to summer Fridays at the office, add this 3-in-1 convertible backpack to your list. One-part chic lunch bag, one-part sleek backpack, and even a top-handle tote, MinkeeBlue’s Shalae bag is a clever feat of fashion and function.

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Messenger Bags:

Whether you’re in need of a new briefcase or just need a stylish, everyday satchel, we’ve got several affordable options that you’ll love. Designed for work, school and travel, these dapper messenger bags are both versatile and fashionable.

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Tote Bags

Tote bags have become a luggage staple. They’re versatile, durable, and come in variations for every style and activity. The shape allows you to fit laptops and books one day, and towels and clothes the next, all while looking polished and organized. To help pick out the right tote(s) for your lifestyle, we’ve pulled our favorites for men and women. All have a slightly different character, but stay true to the classically easy tote look.

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