A good bag is designed with purpose, with details that thoughtfully consider a person’s carrying needs. Brands geared towards outdoor pursuits feature the most functionality, with mesh bottle holders, carabiner attachments, roll-tops, hidden compartments, and intentionally placed padding for comfort while out and about. Water repellancy is a big factor too, whether it’s a fully waterproof pack with Gore-Tex liner and sealed seams, or a more city-focused piece with DWR treatment to survive a quick sprinkle. Military bags have been updated with new details too, like helmet bags featuring laptop compartments, key rings, and adjustable straps. And let’s not forget the humble tote bag, a rarely thanked workhorse of the carrying world. Sturdy, structured cotton canvas totes make hauling bigger loads a breeze. If you’re more on-the-go though, totes made from a lighter nylon or cotton ripstop are the move. Bonus points if they’re packable and can fold down into their own pockets.


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