Bags can be an accessory as well as a necessity and with the usefulness of backpacks, it’s no wonder bag companies continue to try to , modify them to provide maximum usefulness to consumers. The backpack is a top utility item and gone are the days when only a few people (mostly kids) used backpacks. Now everyone uses them including parents. Considering the versatility of backpacks and the numerous needs of individuals, designers and companies now produce convertible bags like the Convertible Backpack Diaper Bag to give the option of multi-use. Below are some other options for convertible bags.
Convertible Backpack Diaper Bag: The Convertible Backpack Diaper Bag is made of high quality but affordable companies that craft their products with great attention and care. A good example of this is Fawn Design. The offer these diaper backpacks that are affordable and stylish and parents love them.
The Tortuga bag was made specifically to cater to the needs of nomads. Expected features on this pack include the full-length panel-loading design, to allow plenty of easy access to everything inside, and the dedicated laptop compartment opens fully flat, so you don’t need to remove your laptop at the security conveyor belt. The inside has even more pockets than the outside, and several compartments (the important ones) feature locking zippers. The “organizer panel” compartment is my favorite feature, with slots for pens, cards, and other small items, and the sheer number of pockets, both inside and out, will offer more organization than anything else you’re going to find. Tortuga is currently on the third version of this pack, and the new design has a height-adjustable suspension system, meaning it will fit people of all sizes. It also has a seriously padded hip belt, which is rare for these packs, along with a seriously cushioned back panel (with raised ventilation) and shoulder straps. It’s the most heavy-duty suspension system of any travel pack out there, and although it’s significantly heavier, as a result, it’s going to excel at carrying heavier loads. They’ve eliminated the ability to stow the shoulder straps and the suitcase handle, however, emphasizing its backpack features exclusively. The side grab handle is also gone, replaced with an extra mesh pocket. It’s available in 35 and 45-liter capacities, to match the carry-on size requirements of European budget carriers, or North American airlines, respectively. We would say that because the pack features such a heavy-duty suspension system, it actually makes more sense in the 45-liter version. With a full load at that size, you’re definitely going to appreciate the extra cushioning, but at 35 liters, it might feel like overkill, especially since this is one of the heaviest packs out there.
The Minaal Carry-on Backpack:
The Minaal Carry-on Backpack was created by travelers who couldn’t find what they needed in the market. Hence, this bag is made specifically to address pain points of travelers. This Kickstarter-backed project came about when two long-time travelers decided to make the pack they would have wanted. They set out to create the perfect travel pack for digital nomads, and its design and and the success of the company since they started, goes to show how rarely some of the major players stop to think about the needs of backpackers. The Minaal has all of the major features you’d expect, including the fully-opening main panel, a separate laptop compartment, hide-away straps, locking zippers, multiple grab handles, and carry-on dimensions, even for the stricter European airlines. It has a few exterior pockets and internal dividers as well, along with a removable rain cover, and a removable, padded hip belt. It’s lighter and simpler than some of the larger packs, and it’s part of the reason we think this relatively minimal level of strap cushioning is kind of all you need at this size. The water bottle pocket is pretty tight, but there’s an elastic band in there that’ll hold taller bottles in place if necessary. The pack is light, but also unstructured; packing cubes are definitely helpful here, especially since the main compartment tends to flop around quite a bit when you’re trying to pack it. The back panel isn’t too rigid either, so to keep it from sagging, using packing cubes and tightening the compression straps would be a good idea.
Gregory Border 35:
The Gregory Border 35 is primarily a hiking pack company, and not as widely known as some of the bigger names in the industry, but whose packs we think are designed better than many of its competitors. Their Border series consists of urban/travel backpacks, and this 35 liter version has not only a full-length panel-loading main compartment but also a full-length panel loading laptop compartment; this means you just unzip and unfold this compartment, and lay it down on the airport security scanner, rather than removing the laptop at all. It’s quick and easy and makes airport life just a little more convenient. The several exterior compartments allow for quick access, although there’s not a huge amount of organization here. It’s missing a couple useful features, however. There’s no hip belt, no side water bottle pocket, and you can’t stow the straps away to use it as a suitcase (although it does have side carry handles). At 35 liters, you might not have to deal with checking the bag, but keep it in mind. Think of it as a budget version of the Minaal. The overall layout is similar, but it’s missing a few of the extra details. Without a hip belt, this will work better for larger people, or those who don’t plan on walking around too much with it, such as those who prefer taxis instead of hauling gear across town.