When you’re on the hunt for one of the best backpacks for everyday use, look for comfy, padded straps and plenty of pockets to keep you organized. Should your week take you to the classroom or an office where a laptop is essential, choose one with a built-in padded sleeve that doesn’t take up too much space so you can still use it as, say, an overnight bag in a pinch — because an everyday backpack should also be versatile.
If you really want an all-purpose backpack you can use for everything from overnights to errands to the great outdoors, consider thoughtful details like a USB or headphone port, an anti-theft design that will keep your belongings safe no matter where you are, and side pockets for accessing your water bottle on the go.
But know that even if you’re shopping with practicality in mind, you don’t have to sacrifice style points. You’ll find backpacks below with elevated details like glam hardware and luxe leather construction.
All six of these backpacks are total workhorses that are easy to wear all day and have at least two external pockets plus interior organization. They might even start replacing your everyday bag.
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1. A Versatile And Efficient Backpack That Still Looks Casual Cool
Herschel’s Pop Quiz is a great everyday backpack that combines a roomy stuff-and-go main compartment with a protective laptop sleeve (the bag is available in two different sizes so you can select the one that works with your laptop). It has several smart features, like an internal organizer with a key clip that keeps essentials from getting buried at the bottom. The contoured shoulder straps are padded with thick, breathable mesh that helps take the weight off heavy loads. There are two exterior zippered pockets (plus a small zip pocket at the top for sunglasses) plus a headphone port so you can listen on the go while your tech stays tucked away. “For daily use, I think this bag will be perfect. Great style, very sleek look, functionally sound, and it will do the job,” one reviewer commented.
2. A Fashionable Travel Backpack With Gold Hardware
This stylish travel backpack is made from heavy-duty polyester twill that can take a beating, but its sharp chevron quilting and glam gold hardware are anything but utilitarian. There are two main compartments — one is padded for protecting your tech (holds a 15-inch laptop) — and four exterior pockets including two that are zippered and two for water bottles or umbrellas. One recent convert wrote, “This backpack holds everything that was in the laptop bag, plus a lot more. It is comfortable to wear (I use both shoulder straps). I traveled abroad with it and used it to hold my shopping items when going through markets.” The padded straps are designed for comfortable wear and an extra built-in strap on the back slides over telescoping suitcase handles so it’s one less thing to physically carry to the gate. The only downside: Some reviewers remarked the side pocket wasn’t big enough for their water bottle.
3. This Cute Floral Backpack With A USB Port & Pockets For Days
This pretty backpack is an organizer’s dream. It’s completely lined with pockets — including a padded sleeve that can hold up to a 15.6-inch laptop — giving you tons of designated storage without taking up space. The water-resistant exterior has a large zippered pocket and two water bottle-sized compartments, plus a USB charging port for your power bank so you never run out of battery (power bank not included). Two top handles mean it can even be carried and rummaged through like a tote, although it’s not quite convertible. “Just plain amazing,” one fan wrote. “It opens up wide enough to get a lot inside and has more pockets than any other bag I own. I also really like the way the front pocket opens up so you can actually find all the things you put inside.”
It’s not mentioned whether the straps are padded but reviewers noted that they’re adjustable and comfortable. Plus, this pick also has a luggage carousel strap for hooking it on your trolley for hands-free carrying.
4. This Stylish Anti-Theft Backpack With A Cult Following
Toggle effortlessly from day to night with this faux leather-trimmed backpack that reads way more elegant than your average pack. “It has a great feel to it. It’s very spacious, and it’s overall beautiful,” one fan praised. The opening is cleverly placed against your back when worn as a backpack, which makes for clean lines and keeps your belongings completely secure. Inside are two small pockets and a zippered compartment. The compact style can still hold a 13.3-inch laptop, but if you want an even more streamlined pick, there’s also a smaller size available. Perhaps not surprisingly, this cute little backpack has amassed a cult following on Amazon, with more than 8,000 reviews. The shoulder straps are adjustable, and there’s even a single shoulder strap to convert the bag into a purse for versatile wear. “I loved that I could wear it as a purse to dinner but use it as a backpack during the day so that my shoulder didn’t get tired,” raved one fan.
5. A Sporty Backpack With Outdoor-Worthy Features
this tough outdoor backpack has features to help navigate transit or the open trail. It’s made of water-resistant nylon but it also comes with an additional rain cover in case there’s a downpour. Its back and shoulder straps are well padded, while the ergonomic chest and waist straps help distribute heavy loads. A ton of D-hooks and a paracord give you plenty of room to attach more gear including helmets or ponchos, while two side pockets hold items like umbrellas or water bottles. It has a padded compartment for a smaller laptop or iPad.
There are lots of hiking-inspired features, too, although you might not use them often, like a drinking tube (no hydration pack, though) and a built-in emergency whistle. “This bag was more than I expected, in a good way…. I was looking for a nice, bright, durable hiking bag and I found it!” one shopper noted, adding “Couple things that have really found great about it, first is the shoulder padding. Its thick to the point were it supports the weight of the bag but not hard where it still doesn’t cushion. It breathes too, so the shoulder sweat pretty much doesn’t happen.”
6. A Luxe Leather Work Backpack That’s TSA-Friendly
This classic work backpack looks corner office-worthy in a slim briefcase profile made with rich, full-grain leather. The leather straps are padded with thick mesh and remarkably comfortable to wear, while there are two main compartments accessible from either side — front or back — to maximize space. Inside, you’ll find even more zippered pockets to organize every last item, right down to your pens and a key fob. The laptop panel (which can house up to a 16-inch laptop) folds down flat so you don’t have to remove your tech in the TSA line, saving time and hassle, and a luggage strap slips over telescoping suitcase handles. “High quality leather. Multiple pockets and compartments with zips makes it very easy to organise things,” one shopper commented, adding “Very easy to make it stand while waiting in security queues at the airport.. another great feature. Back is not made of leather, but breathable mesh with pads, so very good for carrying on shoulders for long durations.”
‘The Crown’ Casts Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip
The Crown has a new Prince Philip. Game of Thrones actor and Oscar nominee Jonathan Pryce is set to appear in both Seasons 5 and 6 as Queen Elizabeth’s husband, Variety reports.
The actor is taking over the role from Tobias Menzies, who played the prince in Season 3 and Season 4, which is set to premiere on Netflix later this year. Matt Smith previously held the role in Seasons 1 and 2. When Pryce joins The Crown for Season 5, he will be accompanied by Imelda Staunton, the series’ next Queen Elizabeth, and Lesley Manville, Season 5’s Princess Margaret.
Pryce earned an Oscar nomination this year for his role in The Two Popes, playing Pope Francis alongside Anthony Hopkins‘ Pope Benedict. He’s also appeared in Glengarry Glen Ross and Tomorrow Never Dies, and more recently played High Sparrow on Game of Thrones.
While the fourth upcoming season of The Crown is due later in 2020, fans will have to wait a while to see Pryce in his Season 5 role. The show is taking a filming break — pre-planned and unrelated to the coronavirus pandemic — and won’t be back for its fifth season until 2022, since Netflix won’t being filming until June of next year.
Creator Peter Morgan originally said that Season 5 would be the final installment of The Crown, but he pleased fans when he revealed last month that the show would continue for Season 6, which will be its last season.
“As we started to discuss the storylines for Series 5, it soon became clear that in order to do justice to the richness and complexity of the story we should go back to the original plan and do six seasons,” he said at the time. “To be clear, Series 6 will not bring us any closer to present-day – it will simply enable us to cover the same period in greater detail.”
Stream The Crown on Netflix
Captain Marvel 2’s Nia DaCosta Responds To Mulan Skipping Its Theatrical Run
Either way, it’s yet to be seen if Mulan skipping a theatrical release will end up as a mistake. Arguably, the move could see pushback from audiences and also lose out on box office numbers. On the other hand, fans eager to see a movie of its scope might flock to see it regardless of the Disney+ subscription and additional $30 price, making it a big hit and reaching an even larger audience than if it were in the theaters. Mulan is scheduled to release September 4 on Disney+.
NEWS WATCH: DC COMICS’ The Other History Of The DC Universe Begins in November
The long-awaited series, The Other History of the DC Universe promising to explore DC’s lengthy comic book mythology from a new angle, has been rescheduled for release this November. The series will reveal the hidden stories from the DC Universe’s 80-plus years of storytelling.
This groundbreaking series will be written by screenwriter John Ridley (12 Years A Slave) and will be his return to comics the second outing of The American Way, his alternate history series. Initially announced in 2018, this five-part series will re-examine some of DC’s comic book iconic moments in history from the point of view of characters including Jefferson Pierce / Black Lightning and Renee Montoya /The Question, both of which identify with traditionally disenfranchised groups.
Highlights from The Hollywood Reporter interview with scribe John Ridley include topics such as how he went about choosing which characters to focus on, such as Black Lightning, Mal, and Karen Duncan, and Renee Montoya. When asked why he chose these characters, Ridley said,
“It’s tough. I mean, on the one hand, as a person of color, I just feel like there aren’t enough characters like me out there. On the other end, when you’re talking about a limited series, there’s so many characters. So who are you going to go with? … Black Lightning, for what he meant to me — what he meant to the DC universe: the first character of color in the DC universe to topline a book. Most definitely, he was the character that I wanted to kick the series off with.
And then Mal and Karen Duncan. I wanted a couple of color that had their ups and downs, but were very committed to each other. It was very important to see people of color, beyond being heroes, beyond being [individual] characters, but characters who are in a relationship and were part of a larger organization — the Titans and the Teen Titans — but had their ups and downs in that group as well.”
Ridley also expressed the love he has for the DC Universe, its characters, and its history. Ridley also reminisced about going back through the stories of these characters and looking for certain characteristics that made each character relevant for the series. Ridley said that inspiration from the series came from the question of what it would look like to take these characters, put them in a real timeline and look at those moments in the history of the DC Universe.
Full interview can be found here.
Ridley will be joined by the art team of Giuseppe “Cammo” Camuncoli, Andrea Cucchi, and colorist José Villarrubia for the series, with covers from Camuncoli and Jamal Campbell (Far Sector, Naomi).
The Other History of the DC Universe will release later this year in November from DC’s Black Label imprint and will follow with releases every second month.
NEWS WATCH: DC COMICS’ The Other History Of The DC Universe Begins in November
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