Pockets just don’t cut it anymore.
1. The Thule Accent Backpack
With a laptop sleeve as well as an additional sleeve for a second electronic, this is a backpack for the screen-dependent.
2. Herschel’s Heritage Mid-Volume backpack
If simplicity is more your style, Herschel’s no-frills backpack comes with a large interior pocket and a smaller exterior pocket, both lined with Herschel’s signature stripping.
3. Fjällräven’s Kånken
Originally created to ease the burden of school children, the Kånken is meant to encourage a straight back. Fashioned out of Vinylon F, it’s durable, light-weight, and easy to clean.
4. Madewell’s Transport Rucksack
Love the chaos of having to pad blindly through your Transport Tote? The Rucksack is made from the same vegetable-tanned leather, but with a few more features.
5. The JanSport Right Pack
If brand loyalty is something that turns your head, JanSport’s Right Pack boasts a lifetime warranty and might be the only backpack you’ll ever need.
6. Carhartt Legacy
Hipster meets office worker in this sturdy pack. This heavy-duty option is water-repellent and – as an added bonus – easily matchable to your beanie of choice.
7. Rains Backpack
This minimalist backpack is waterproof and has formal, magnetic closures. Inside, it features a laptop pocket as well as a designated phone pocket.
8. Sandqvist’s Hege
A combination of cotton canvas and leather, the Hege is a pricier option, but it’s definitely a more sophisticated design for commuting.
9. Moleskin ID
Available in either boreal blue or slate grey, this small pack is great if you’re tempted to carry everything you own and need a bag to reign you back in.
10. Aer’s Tech Pack
A part of the Aer’s work collection, this sleek backpack has a well structured body that is tech-friendly and weather proof.
If you can’t shake your addiction to tote bags, this convertible option might be the only solution.
12. Everlane Modern Snap
This simple yet professional design dresses up the standard backpack without losing its simplicity and efficiency.
13. Topo Core Pack
With a tech sleeve as well as an ice axe loop, the core pack can be translated from workday staple to weekend companion with ease.
14. Bellroy Classic
An updated version of a popular Bellroy design, the Classic is made with environmentally certified leather and comes with a 3-year warranty.
15. Evergoods Civic Panel Loader
Colloquially known as the CPL24, this pack has a ergonomic harness that makes it ideal to carry however you commute.
Should you choose to carry a backpack, rucksack, knapsack, whatever you call it, remember that there’s a bag etiquette that extends to totes, briefcases, pet carriers, or whatever you’re shouldering: when in a shared space, like an escalator or a subway car, be mindful of those around you. If space allows, set your bag at your feet, in your lap, or swung round to your front to create more room. Even an inch makes a difference, especially during commuting hours. It’s about your behavior, not your bag. Feel free to carry as much or as little as you want, just be sure you’ll be able to do so courteously and without cross-checking someone.
Whether you’re looking for a bag to transport a laptop from door to desk or something that can translate to after-work drinks, carry what suits your wants and needs, not anyone else’s idea of what you should be carrying. Their opinion on what you’re wearing is their burden, not yours.