You don't have to be a kid looking to show off your favorite fictional characters to get giddy about backpack shopping. Everyone can look forward to spicing up their look with a new backpack, whether or not they're heading to a classroom.
Keep these trends in mind when shopping for backpacks this year.
1. Wanderlust Vibe
Rucksacks are in! These military-inspired packs have a rugged, outdoorsy vibe. Who says you can't look like a vintage ranger to lug your books across campus? Keep an eye out for this trend, which usually includes a top flap and buckles.
Laptop sleeves, earbud access, water bottle pouches... these are all features that tend to come with a majority of backpacks these days. But there are some features out there you might not even think to look for. Burton has a backpack with a top hood that can be positioned to act as an actual hood for your head during an unexpected rainstorm. The North Face created a pack that can charge your cell phone. Travelon has a backpack that can fold into itself, which comes in handy while traveling. Keep an eye out for backpack features that will fit your needs. Chances are if you need it, it's out there.
Sometimes the outdoor-inclined can develop a bit of a backpack problem. And by this I mean we collect too many backpacks. Daypacks, packs for weekend jaunts, heavy-duty backpacking packs, hydration packs... how can we not become obsessed? Finding a pack you can use for both work and play will save you precious space in your gear closet. Look for packs made of durable materials, preferably water-resistant. Gear loops and water bottle pockets also come in handy. Some packs have a laptop compartment that can work as hydration reservoir sleeve on your days off. Finding these versatile features in a small, stylish pack will save you space and money.