The 10 Best Bags for Every Situation

It doesn't hurt to be prepared for what ever comes your way.

These days, functionality is the name of the game. The return of the bum bag and cargo pants is just the beginning. Bags, especially, have been at the center of this trend. It seems just carrying stuff doesn't do it anymore. With plenty of designs to choose from, accessory brands are out-innovating each other by introducing different exclusive features. From deterring pickpockets to keeping your things dry, here are the best bags for every situation.

1| HEX Wet/Dry Fatigue Surf Backpack

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Hex is a brand that makes accessories for modern living. The surf backpack, as its name connotes, is made for seaside adventures, but really, it's for daily use, too. It's made in water-resistant nylon that features a side water bottle pocket, non-skid bottom, pocket for sandals, and laptop compartment. You can even use the waterproof features while traveling (wetsuit compartment, dry clothes storage, and an insulated front pocket).



2| Patagonia Lightweight Travel Mini Hip Pack 1L


Meet your concert companion. Along with being lightweight, Patagonia's hip pack is tear- and weather-resistant. Inside, you can find a key clip as well as a zippered pocket for good measure. What's more, it's completely collapsible—you can fold it into its own pocket—for easy storage when not in use.


3| Columbia Carson Pass Diaper Backpack

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Why on earth would you lug around a diaper backpack? Though Columbia markets this for busy parents, it's useful for pretty much everyone, especially germophobes. The diaper backpack comes with a standard padded back and multiple pockets but with the added bonus of a safe, leak-proof lining that you only need to wipe to clean. The interior lining is also protected by Microban, a disinfectant that deters stains, odors, and more. Plus, we bet you can use the pacifier pocket for your wireless earphones.


4| Prada Fabric Backpack with Saffiano Trim

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It's been a couple of decades since Prada's nylon was first introduced but it still continues to be one of the most revolutionary materials in the world of luxury. The label has made nylon bags and accessories in virtually every design, including this backpack, which is functional in more ways than one. Aside from being lightweight, durable, and spacious, it has a padded back and multiple hidden pockets both inside and outside.


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5| The North Face Access 02 Backpack


The Access 02 is an updated design of North Face's most innovative backpack. This lightweight version claims to be unbelievably comfortable due to its suspension system, padded mesh back, and more highly breathable components. Its main selling point, however, is that it can stand up by itself which can prove to be useful for a number of reasons (mostly just for easier access for you, lazies). It also comes with a laptop-ejector handle that literally ejects your laptop for quick access. No doubt, it's best for every situation you can think of.


6| Louis Vuitton Waterproof Keepall Bandoulière 55


The Keepall is arguably Louis Vuitton's most popular luggage design. To make it even more functional, the French brand has given the overnighter a waterproof update. Made of the maison's classic coated canvas, it has a double zip feature that makes sure its contents stay dry. These key details, which combine style and practicality, give the Keepall a more masculine appeal.

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7| Pacsafe Dry 15L Anti-Theft Portable Safe

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Nothing beats Pacsafe's anti-theft technology when traveling. With a welded wire mesh, this backpack doubles as a portable safe. Yup, there's a steel cage inside the bag, making sure your valuables are always protected. Did we mention that it's water-resistant, too?


8| Tillak Kiwanda 20L Dry Bag

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Tillak's Kiwanda boasts that it can withstand rain, snow, sleet, mud, dust, and dirt. The heavy-duty bag has been tested in the conditions of the Pacific Northwest. Made of lightweight nylon, the bag is fully laminated to make sure it's watertight. Not to mention, it's completely PVC-free and manufactured with selected recycled and recyclable materials. The fact that it's all matte black and sleek is a plus.


9| Arc'teryx Granville 16 Courier Bag

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If you've had enough of backpacks, Arc'teryx's courier-style bag might fit the bill. Designed to combine advanced features and a clean aesthetic, this bag is as versatile as it is durable. It can handle different elements as a weather-resistant bag; it is also spacious enough to carry a laptop, tablet, smartphone, and your daily gear. Plus, it has an external zippered pocket, a padded back panel, and a one-handed released buckle for easy access.



10| Carhartt Legacy Standard Work Pack

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Carhatt's work pack is really the best bag for every situation. Made of heavy-duty, water-repellent material, Carhatt dubs it the "commuter's best friend." Inside, you'll find a zip main compartment, two front zip pockets, and two side pockets. Additionally, it has a reinforced base, contour-fit shoulder straps, and padded back panel for maximum comfort.


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