Like most urbanites, I carry most of my gear in a backpack.
I am privileged to live in a city where I am able to travel by foot and/or use the transit system. I usually pack all my sustenance needs for a day’s worth of urban exploration. This includes food, water, laptop, cell phone, a real notebook and pen, and various grooming items. To say the least, the most important item in my gear list is my trusty backpack, without which, well, I would not be able to independently go about my day.
From time to time, I will carry a proper lady purse, mostly to make my mother happy and also to attempt to impress an aura of elegance on various dates and other love interests (I quickly get bored with this but this is a whole other subject and article).
Because I have to meet vendors, clients and other business contacts, it is important for me to carry something that is elegant, sturdy and comfortable. I am guessing this is the case for a lot women out there.
Here is what I look for when I select a new backpack and laptop bag:
My bag can way anywhere from 5 to 7 kg, over the course of the day, this can get heavy. To avoid walking hutched over and of course, avoid unnecessary strain on my back, I like the backpack to fit snuggly across my back. Padding on shoulder straps and back ensures the weight is evenly distributed and comfortable to bear. Wide straps and ergonomic shape is also important. Finally, because I have a small frame, it is very important that the backpack has a compact design.
- Overall ergonomic design
I look for a backpack that is adapted to my frame and body structure. Backpack and laptop bags can vary in size. Targus makes large models adapted to a bigger body frame. Other companies such as Samsonite specialize in compact models. I have my favorites but when I consider a new model for purchase, I always pay attention to the ergonomic design component.
I like my backpacks to be elegant. This means a color I can seamlessly pair with various outfits. I like a uniform shade with a splash of color (interior, zipper or other accents). For the overall shape, I am particularly attracted to modern and futuristic designs that are innovative and forward looking. I have two backpacks for work, and they are both black. For lighter days and weekends, I carry one of two Jansport single compartment backpacks in neon pink and deep khaki color.
Functionality is also very important, of course. I want all my gear to fit comfortably in separate custom designed compartment. I also like to know that it will be safe from damage so proper padding and proper fit is important. I am sold on extra pockets and compartments.
2015 Top Backpacks and Laptop Bags
These are just but a few of the choices available for backpacks and laptop bags. Always make sure your backpack is adapted to your frame and sits comfortably on your bag. Look for padded shoulder straps and back. Last but not least, consider design and style.