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What are the essentials of a backpack?

by Ces D. |


Remember the days of back to school shopping? The excitement of picking out gear for the year? The joy of filling a case with all-new-pencils (#2) and pens  (blue or black ink only, please)? The rush of choosing the backpack would represent you for the next 9 months? Even if your days on campus are far behind you, these 4 essentials will help pick the best backpack for you just-in time for that feeling that first-day-of-school thrill.


1.) Waterproof

Sometimes, all you need, is something you can buy and forget. You want something that will go anywhere and do anything, a backpack should be able to take a serious beating and keep carrying on. A proper backpack should be able to all of the above, plus more. Choose a backpack made of waterproof fabrics such as polyester, nylon, or in our neoprene.


2.) Organisation Compartment

There seems to be an unending "essential" stuff we need to carry on our day-to-day. A backpack should allow optimum use of space keeping everything organised and in place during our travels, and make the task of finding and picking simple and stress-free. At the least, it should be give us the option of carrying a standard 15" laptop. 


3.) Adequate Back Support

A backpack should compensate for any load applied to it for an extended period of time. It should follow the natural curves in our middle and lower back and not causing irritation to the spine joints and rib cage. It is highly recommended not to carry backpacks over one shoulder as this causes muscle strain and uneven distribution of weight. 


4.) Styling

Long gone are the days of bringing archaic leather briefcases to the workplace. While messenger bags and satchels have had their accessories turn in corporate land, it's the backpack (yes, grownups do own them) that is your boring handbag replacement. Style is subject, but there is no reason a backpack will make you look like a school boy. A backpack can work with a smart look (yes, even with a suit), or  an athleisure-inspired melange of tailoring and active wear.


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