The backpack is not, by any means, a new invention. Since man’s inception, we have been taking our belongings, throwing them in some sort of cloth or fabric and strapping them to our backs in order to get them from point A to point B. Now while many of you typically think of backpacks as being used for school, there are a lot of people out there that are using them to carry around their laptops when they travel.
Backpacks have also come a long way as far as forms of materials being used to create them. Back in the day, people would use anything they could find like animal skins. In today’s world, we create backpacks with waterproof pockets, shock proof fabric and other high tech features to help transport important, valuable and fragile items like laptops.
When on the go, your average traveler needs little more than a laptop to stay in touch with family, update their Facebook about their trip, work on the go or even watch a movie or listen to music. With such an important device being lugged around, doesn’t it make sense that you should have a backpack that is capable of keeping it protected?
You don’t even need to carry your backpack on your back anymore if you don’t want to. Many backpacks nowadays can be carried on both shoulders, one shoulder, carried by hand via attached ring or even pulled behind you thanks to built-in wheels. Talk about convenience.
When looking for the perfect backpack, you need to take a few things into consideration. First of all, think about size. More specifically the volume (interior size). You need to be sure that your laptop will actually fit into your backpack. If you carry around a 17″ gaming laptop, then a bag only big enough for the laptop itself won’t do you any good at all.
What else will you need to carry with you? Are you planning on throwing in a bunch of clothing with your laptop? Is it just the laptop? Are there enough pockets for all of your accessories?
What about material? If you like traditional packs, then you may go for leather. Leather is durable, waterproof and has other natural characteristics that make it a perfect travel material. The only problem is that leather bags are expensive and can also be fairly heavy. A combination of ripstop nylon and canvas is the best bet for most people. This gives you protection from the elements, it is lightweight and durable. Padded compartments are also good depending on how much protection you think your laptop and its accessories deserve.
On a side note, there are also backpacks that are specifically designed to reduce tension on your back, reducing the likelihood of back pain and if you are planning on carrying a fully loaded bag, then make sure it has an attached waistband. Also, make sure there are enough pockets and pouches. Many backpacks come with specific pockets for chargers, headphones, iPods and other tech gear.
A laptop backpack is one of the best things you can get yourself or someone that can’t leave home without their device. Just make sure you take everything you need to into consideration before you buy something that won’t work for your needs.