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Backpack Bonanza
11/2/2017 4:32:48 PM
Backpack Bonanza

Backpacks have recently made a resurgence, not only with students, but with businessmen and women, parents, and travelers as an alternative to traditional luggage. The reasons for the rise in their popularity are as varied as the many styles of backpacks available. Why? Backpacks are versatile. They can serve as a fashion accessory or a utility bag – or both! Consider these practical reasons.

Backpacks often have several internal and external pockets, making it easy to organize them and even easier to find small items.

With the increasing use of smaller laptops and tablet computers, people want a padded section that will keep their devices safe, as well as another area to carry charging cords, books, papers, headphones, and more.

They’re more ergonomic than a messenger or cross-body bag and easier to carry than a briefcase style. Because of this, backpacks are becoming more common in the business world.

For commuters, backpacks are the perfect way to haul a change of clothes, an after-gym snack, and work essentials. The roomier compartments are better suited to this than a stiff, smaller bag.

Backpacks are completely hands-free, and some styles sport an additional clip strap that connects across the wearer’s chest to keep the bag more stable.
For travel, backpacks make the perfect overnight bag or carry on – plus, in most cases, they’re small enough to count as your "personal item” on a flight.

Many new parents opt for a backpack in lieu of the more traditional diaper bag. They tend to be unisex, preventing the need for a different bag for Dad to carry. They also work to transition with the child as you go from bringing diapers and loveys to activities and books.

Buying a Backpack: Brands and Tips

There are backpacks across all price points and budgets, so you should not have a hard time finding one to fit your needs. On the lower end of the price range is the tried-and-true brand JanSport, which at $50 features padded straps, a front pocket, a zippered main compartment and a padded 15-inch laptop sleeve. On the higher end are backpacks from fine leather brands like Anderson’s, running at around $1,000.

Depending on your needs, you may want to opt for canvas, which is good for any use that may encounter spills and scratches. For professional use, you may want to invest in a leather bag – especially if you work in a business office. 

Whatever material you choose, be sure your backpack has:
  • Sturdy closures, whether buckles or zippers
  • Padded and ergonomic straps to distribute the weight
  • Internal pockets for valuables, cash, or other small items
  • A bottom that allows it to stand and not tip over when you set it down
Backpacks are a great alternative to carrying multiple bags, small bags, or dealing with neck and back pain because of bad straps or poor ergonomics.
Posted by: Keaghan P. Wier | Submit comment | Tell a friend

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