THE IDEAL DAYPACK
Whether it's to go from home to the office, for short trips, or in addition to a more voluminous luggage for long trips, a functional backpack accompanies you everywhere, provided you choose it well.
A "daypack" must be simple in its form, and practical in its very diverse use. Its primary purpose is to allow you to take everywhere what you need every day, whatever your activity or your lifestyle, over a period of one day… hence its name: “daypack”.
From the office to the gym, on public transport, by bike or on two wheels, on weekdays or weekends, a daypack is an essential life companion that should never let you down.
How to choose it?
There are many options on the market. It is therefore important to ask the right questions, rather than being influenced by fashion or price. It all depends on individual needs.
Define the type of activities for which you will need a backpack:
- Bring what you need to work daily (computer, documents, etc.)
- Traveling with hand luggage
- Take a short hike
- Run small errands
- Go play sports
What do I need to take with me?
Some people want to have everything available, wherever they are, to face all situations. Others are much more minimalist. Admittedly, who can do more can do less, but the choice of your backpack will also depend on the quantity and type of objects you want to keep within reach, in the circumstances of the moment.
Traveling alone or in a group, and especially with a family, will also have an impact on what you take, especially if you have young children with you.
If you like to travel alone and light, the choice will be different, and will be for a more minimalist bag.
Other selection criteria
Budget: the mistake is to choose the cheapest model...or the most expensive. You must first choose the model that suits your needs. Remember that quality comes first. Protecting your computer from shocks, or your files from the rain, justifies favoring quality and a suitable design, rather than opting for the low end or giving in to the sirens of fashion.
Ergonomics: your measurements are also to be taken into consideration. The choice of size and shape is less crucial than for travel or hiking bags, which are traditionally much heavier, but it is still important to choose a size adapted to your physique. In addition, the quality and design of the padding (back protector) will bring you comfort of use, and good ventilation avoiding excessive and unpleasant perspiration. The straps are also very important for wearing comfort, especially if the bag is heavily loaded and if the carrying time is long (for example, several hours of travel or at trade shows).
Durability: daily travel is demanding on your bag. The means of transport chosen, the type of activity, the environment of use, are all factors affecting its lifespan. Pay particular attention to its design, the materials used, the resistance of the zips...for maximum longevity.
Weight: a backpack can be worn for a long time. We favor simplicity and functionality, to maintain an acceptable weight while ensuring maximum quality. Too much weight of the bag will be felt in the long run and cause unnecessary fatigue. Beware of "over-equipped" models, because each buckle, strap, zip, additional pockets... will increase the weight in the end.
Style: It is important to adapt the style of your bag to the use, the daily environment, and your personality. A professional participating in a formal meeting does not want to look like either a schoolboy or a fashionista. A bag is an object expresses your personality...but it is above all a functional accessory!
So what is the ideal Daypack?
This category of luggage / accessories offers the widest choice, which sometimes complicates the selection of the ideal model.
Volumes of 10 to 25 liters are generally found. The interior organization of the bag depends on each brand, and its exterior appearance even more so. But traditionally, you'll want to find a protected compartment for your computer (13'' to 15''), a main compartment for your documents, and multiple pockets and details to store other items to keep close at hand, including sometimes a designer water bottle. Everything in its place, and every place has a function.
It is important to favor a specialized brand, which designs its products with the end user in mind.
The materials: here again, the choice is vast and depends on the intended use and the desired style. We favor 600D Polyester and Neoprene, offering a perfect compromise between abrasion and water resistance, weight, style and price. Leather and Canvas are typically heavier and sometimes more fragile.
The quality of the zips: This is a key point, as they are put to the test. Nobody wants to see their computer crashing on the asphalt, or their intimate life spread out on a meeting table or on a luggage belt at the airport! We work with the market reference, YKK, to never let you down. Plastic or unbranded zipps are to be avoided...
The search for quality will be the same for the other parts of a bag, such as straps, buckles, and other details. For example, we use graduated straps to adjust the height of the bag according to each morphology and to balance the bag to protect your back. The addition of reflective details will guarantee your safety, especially on 2 wheels or in winter. Note the importance of the quality of seams or welds, which are more difficult to judge for non-experts. All the more reason to favor a brand renowned for its durability, rather than for its price or its fashion image.
In conclusion, if you are looking for a bag for daily travel, for professional and leisure purposes, for multiple uses during the week or the weekend, allowing you to take everything you need to work or relax everywhere, a daypack is the choice that imposes itself.
Its versatility and practicality make it the essential accessory whatever your lifestyle.
It is suitable as a complement to a bag or a larger travel suitcase, during your long trips.
The MUB Bilbao Slim or MUB Biarritz mini / medium models will be the perfect companions on your daily trips.
If you need a larger volume, opt for a 3-day bag such as MUB Getaway, MUB Biarritz Traveler Deluxe or MUB Weekender Socoa.
The daypack therefore stands out for its versatility. You can complete it with more specific models according to your needs. But whatever you choose, prioritize the quality of design, because it will have to withstand the tests of everyday life while protecting your most precious belongings.
MUB is a brand of luggage and accessories for Business and Sport nomads. Visit our website www.myutilitybag.com to discover our entire range and find your ideal model.
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