Maybe you think your backpack days ended in grade school. We get it. Backpacks are usually associated with small children but think about why that is. Backpacks can hold a lot of items, they’re practical, comfortable, and easy to use. So, why aren’t adults using backpacks as well?
No longer simply an item for young school children, backpacks are now designed with adults in mind. Sleek and sophisticated zippers and buttons and high end finishes make backpacks office-appropriate. Large main compartments, anti-theft features and water-resistant exteriors are ideal for anyone who needs a carry on or day bag while traveling. Inner pockets for organization and outside pockets for easy access to water bottles, an umbrella or jacket make backpacks an ideal bag for older students running between classes.
Backpacks are a great way to evenly distribute weight, which is especially important if you’re carrying a heavy load. This could be anything from toiletries, clothing and shoes for an overnight trip, or a laptop, charger and notebook for work. Are you in school? Then you know that textbooks seem to get heavier every year. You need a backpack that can stand up to your course load and last longer than one semester.
Using a backpack allows you to be hands-free, which is great for just about any situation, from using public transit, to carrying coffees for yourself and your co-workers, to holding a map as you navigate a new hiking trail or city for a weekend getaway.
Having a specific backpack for work, travel and school can let you tailor your bag to the specific needs of each occasion. But it’s not very cost effective and you may need a bag to take you from work during the day, to school at night, to travel on the weekends. This bag exists and we found three great options that work for your busy life.
1. SwissGear 1900 Scansmart TSA Laptop Backpack
Made tough with weather-resistant 1200D ballistic polyester, the SwissGear 1900 Scansmart TSA Laptop Backpack can handle just about any type of travel or work use. Designed especially for frequent flyers, a huge pro of the bag has to do with its tech treatment. The backpack fits a 17” laptop and features ScanSmart lay-flat technology, allowing you to unzip your bag and lay your laptop flat, which means you don’t have to remove your computer when going through airport security, saving you time. The laptop is also stored in a separate padded section, keeping your pricey piece of technology safe. We also love all the organizational elements, including a front pocket for notebooks, keys and pens, a U-zip pocket for frequently accessed items like your phone or wallet, a deep main compartment, and two side pockets for bottles, umbrellas or clothes. Swissgear is known for their breathable airflow ventilation technology and padded straps that will keep you cool and comfortable. Two cons that customers have found with the backpack include its uneven distribution of weight, which can cause the bag to fall over when it’s packed full of items, and the lack of small pockets inside the bag
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2. JanSport Superbreak Backpack
Available in 30 different colors and prints, super light and made with three times the industry standard for abrasion and water repellent qualifications, the JanSport Superbreak Backpack is a great bag for anyone who wants something simple, light, large, and dependable, with JanSport known for their high quality. The backpacks biggest pro is its large interior compartment, with the bag measuring 16.5 x 13 x 8.3 inches, big enough for a 15” laptop, multiple changes of clothes and toiletries, shoes, snacks, and more. The bag is light and packable, making it a great option to be packed in a suitcase and used on day trips while traveling. The biggest con is that the bag doesn’t offer organizational pockets, instead designed with only one outer pocket. It also doesn’t offer a padded section for laptops or small gadgets or a waistband to help evenly distribute weight.
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3. Mancro Laptop Backpack
Featuring anti-theft technology and a water-resistant outer coating, the Mancro Laptop Backpack is ideal for anyone who needs a bag to carry their laptop or travel documents, whether they’re heading to work, school, or traveling far away from home. Measuring 20 x 12.2 x 5.7 inches, the backpack can fit up to a 17 inch laptop in its padded laptop sleeve in the main interior compartment. Pros of the bag include its numerous pocket options to help keep you organized, including nine inner small pockets and two sealed pockets that are anti-theft and ideal for holding your passport, wallet, keys, or phone. Anti-theft pros also include a combination lock and durable metal zippers. The bag is ideal for laptop users, with a water repellent outer shell to protect your expensive tech items and a compatible charging port (battery pack not included). One of the bags cons is its outside pocket, which some customers find isn’t big enough to fit a typical water bottle.
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