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How to Choose the Perfect Backpack

Posted by Katharine Guidotti on

Finding the perfect backpack is a bit like finding the perfect partner: it needs to understand your needs, match your style, and be ready to go wherever life takes you.

With so many backpacks available, it’s important to understand the various purposes of each bag, review their unique characteristics, features and differences, and determine which one works best for you.

Whether you're a busy commuter, a diligent student, an intrepid globetrotter, or someone who’s simply seeking a versatile bag, we have an impressive range of different types of backpacks to choose from. Here’s how to choose the backpack that’s just right for you.

Travel Backpacks: For Your Wanderlust

Your travel backpack should be as adventurous and spontaneous as you are.

When determining how to choose a travel backpack, some of the key features to consider include:

  • Size: Choose a travel backpack that meets airline carry-on regulations if you frequently travel by plane.
  • Durability: Look for backpacks made from sturdy materials quality materials that stand up to frequent use.
  • Compartments and Organizational Features: Travel backpacks often have multiple compartments to help you stay organized. Consider features such as laptop sleeves, zippered pockets, and separate compartments for travel essentials such as smartphones, chargers, passports and IDs.
  • Comfort: Look for padded shoulder straps and trolly sleeves to ensure comfortable carrying and easy portability, especially for extended periods.

Plus, who says travel gear can’t be stylish? With vibrant patterns and thoughtful design, you can travel smart and look great doing it.

Recommended Travel Backpacks

Chancery Backpack: A must-have for any getaway, offering ample space and multiple pockets. Choose water-repellent nylon twill for adventures in any weather.


Blue Nylon Twill water-repellent backpack

Westover Hybrid Backpack: Perfect for your next week-long or weekend trip, this durable and dependable bag is sized for easy storage under airplane seats or in the back seat. Plus, it's extra easy to pack thanks to the lay-flat, zip-around design.

Large travel backpack with quilted butterfly pattern


School Backpacks: For Smart and Stylish Students

A great school backpack combines durability, comfort, and enough space for all your books and supplies.

If you’re a high school or college student shopping for a new backpack, consider the following factors:

  • Size: Choose a backpack that easily accommodates a laptop and textbooks with room to spare. Confirm its dimensions and capacity to ensure it meets all of your school day needs.
  • Organization: Look for backpacks with multiple compartments, including a padded laptop compartment and multiple interior and exterior pockets for smaller items like pens, notebooks, and water bottles.
  • Ergonomics: Carrying around all of those essentials can be tough on your body. Opt for a backpack with generously padded shoulder straps and back panel to reduce strain on your back and shoulders.

And, of course, don’t forget to express your personal style with fun patterns and colors, and a cute bag charm too!

Recommended School Backpack Picks

Large Bancroft Backpack: With a padded laptop compartment, ID window, and plenty of space for books and supplies, this is the perfect backpack for any high school, college or grad student.

Model holding large quilted black backpack for school

Bancroft Backpack: Offering many of the great features of its big sister, this lightweight and durable backpack is ideal for carrying everything you need around campus without weighing you down.

Medium-size school backpack with butterfly pattern and front unzipped to show spacious interior

Work Backpacks: For Your Professional Power Moves

A work backpack should seamlessly blend style and functionality. It’s all about balance here. Look for sleek designs that fit your workday essentials while still making a statement.

When you need a dependable bag for commuting to work or your next business trip, shop for backpacks that check the following boxes:

  • Size and Capacity: Choose a backpack that can accommodate your laptop, documents, and daily essentials without being overly bulky.
  • Durability: Since your commuter bag is going to be logging as many miles as you in the car, bus or subway, it needs to be made of high quality material to withstand the rigors of its daily journey.
  • Organization: Look for backpacks with dedicated compartments for laptops, tablets, and smaller pockets for accessories like chargers, pens and stationery.
  • Comfort, Convenience and Style: Choose a backpack with padded shoulder straps, a pair of top handles for those times when you can’t wear a backpack in crowded buses, subway trains, and a color or pattern that reflects your personal style.

Don't forget to add tech accessories like a cord organizer pouch and AirPods bag charm to keep everything you need right at your fingertips.

Recommended Work Backpacks

Berkhill Backpack: Ideal for those who need to carry a laptop, tablet and more every day for work, with plenty of pockets and padding to protect electronics. A trolley sleeve makes it ideal for traveling, too. Durable, water-repellent ripstop polyester can easily handle daily wear-and-tear.

Black utility backpack with drawstring in water-repellent material

Small Chancery Backpack: A slightly smaller version of our travel-ready backpack, this bag is ready for the workday with a roomy main compartment, comfortable and adjustable shoulder straps, and extra pockets for accessories.

Model holding small green backpack with pink floral pattern


Everyday Backpacks: For Your Daily Adventures

Your everyday backpack should be your reliable sidekick, ready for whatever the day throws at you. Think versatility and comfort. You need something that can transition from a morning workout to an afternoon meeting to an evening hangout with friends.

Some of the features to consider when selecting the perfect backpack for your daily needs are:

  • Size: Depending on your unique needs, choose a backpack that offers enough space for your essentials without being overly bulky.
  • Accessibility: Opt for backpacks with multiple compartments and easy-to-reach pockets, allowing you to quickly access essential items on the go.
  • Lightweight: Look for backpacks made from lightweight materials like nylon to lighten the load as you're out and about.

Best of all, our wide array of solid color and pattern options mean you can choose a design that can go from casual to chic in a heartbeat.

Recommended Everyday Backpack Picks

Mini Banbury Backpack: Compact yet spacious enough for your daily essentials, ideal for on-the-go convenience.

Model wearing mini quilted cotton backpack with orange geometric pattern


Lorman Sling Backpack: Versatile and chic, perfect for everything from running errands to heading to the yoga studio.

Blue sling backpack with floral paisley pattern

Enjoy Every Day with the Perfect Backpack

Choosing the perfect backpack is all about knowing what you need and finding a style that speaks to you.

We believe that your backpack should be as unique and wonderful as you are. So, whether you’re off on a grand adventure or just heading to class, we’ve got the perfect bag to match your life and style. Because you don’t live your life in neutral, and neither should your accessories.

Find Your Perfect Backpack