Help me find a backpack that isn't a backpack!
March 9, 2014 7:33 PM Subscribe
I've been using this backpack
for everything in my life since 2002. The backpack is finally falling apart, and honestly I'm getting too old to travel with a backpack, but I've never found a better way to carry my (large amounts of) stuff. Help a lady out!
posted by goodbyewaffles to Shopping (18 answers total) 48 users marked this as a favorite
I have considered just buying another backpack, but I think this is a good opportunity for me to embrace adulthood. I'm pushing thirty and I feel sort of goofy traveling with a backpack. There must be a good (and more professional) alternative - adults travel all the time!
Here's what I'm looking for:
- I travel a lot, so it needs to be something that allows me to comfortably run through the airport, walk for hours, hike, carry on my lap during a 10-hour bus ride, etc. I am not interested in a rolling bag. Messenger and duffle bags have caused problems for me in the past (that weight distribution thing) but maybe I've just been using the wrong ones. The backpack distributes weight so well that I hardly notice it on my back, even when it's carrying a laptop, hardcover books, and all of my clothes.
- Something that looks reasonably professional - a few steps up from my current dirty backpacker vibe would be great. Inconspicuous colors (i.e. no Vera Bradley).
- A similar amount of space/compartments to my current backpack. My backpack holds EVERYTHING. I once lived out of this backpack for five weeks. I don't ever need to bring a second bag on any trip of any length, because this backpack is such a beast. Plus it has a lot of pockets (2 big, 1 medium, and like 4 small), so it's easy to keep stuff sorted.
- Rugged enough to survive getting thrown around and over-filled. I realize it's probably too much to ask that it last me for the next 12 years, but it would be nice.
- Not leather.
Any suggestions - for types of bags, or brands, or specific bags - would be hugely appreciated. Thanks in advance!