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10 Best Stylish and Multifunctional Backpacks

10 Best Stylish and Multifunctional Backpacks

Whether it’s for work, college, or traveling, backpacks are an essential part of daily life. So backpacks need to be practical and look good. They need to keep up with the demands of the modern world and be an expression of your personal style.

Nowadays many well-designed backpacks have functions that go beyond any regular bags. After interviewing all of our outgoing colleagues who are fashion (and backpack) lovers, we have hand-picked for you 10 of the best backpacks available today.

1. BagoBago Backpack with Built-In Seat

    The innovative BagoBago backpack has a hidden stool seat built into it (supporting up to 130kg) – so you’ll never get stuck without a place to sit ever again.

    The bag itself – which is waterproof and washable – has plenty of space, with a storage volume of 1,342.5cu.

    Best for: nature walks or commuting in the city.

    BagoBago Backpack with Built-In Seat, $119.99

    2. Wolffepack Escape Backpack

      The Wolffepack Escape is the world’s first orbital backpack – you can easily swing the backpack round to the front, even with the bag still strapped to your back.

      It’s the best of both worlds – the comfort of a backpack, and the easy access of a satchel, messenger bag or shoulder bag. It’s also great for quickly protecting your belongings from theft.

      Plus it boasts super strong Dyneema® cords that can support 300kg.

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      Best for: Quick and easy access on the go, and to quickly secure your belongings in busy areas.

      Wolffepack Escape Backpack, $179

      3. Progo Carry On Backpack

        The attractive angular-designed Progo Carry On Backpack is great for short-stay visits when you just want to pack and unpack quickly and easily.

        It has an integrated removable shelf (4 layers) that you can hang in any closet.

        An internal mesh compartment inside the main compartment will provide space for your undergarments or other flat belongings.

        Best for: travellers, especially those hopping from location to location.

        Progo Carry On Backpack, $249

        4. Backpaix: Backpack for Commuters

        The stylish Backpaix is billed as the world’s first ‘smart’ urban bag – and it really does offer a host of features for the modern commuter.

        Just some of the features include the ability to: charge your USB devices, mount a GoPro, and interact in Bike Mode.

        It’s a great-looking backpack to take your gear around in (check out the distinctive LED badge) and includes a separate pocket for shoes.

        Best for: city commuters and bike riders.

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        Backpaix: Backpack for Commuters, $250

        5. TrustBag: World’s Most Secure Bag

          Appearances can be deceiving. The TrustBag looks like a simple gym bag – but it’s so much more.

          The special fabric used to make the bag is ultra-soft – yet it’s one of the strongest, most advanced fabrics in the world.

          Amazingly, it can resist cuts, ripping and abrasion – and until recently it had only been used by the army and security services as protective gear.

          Best for: a lightweight bag safe from damage or theft.

          TrustBag: World’s Most Secure Bag, $179 (grey)

          6. Lifepack Solar Powered and Anti-Theft Backpack with Laptop Storage

            The Lifepack has some great features for the demanding commuter.

            Its Solarbank consists of a 3-in-1 powerbank, bluetooth speakers and solar charger.

            It has an integrated retractable lock to secure your belongings. And if you’re caught in a shower it has a built in rain cover.

            You can organize your multi-faceted life using separate compartments – the ‘life zone’ and the ‘work zone’.

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            Best for: city commuters and bike riders.

            Lifepack Solar Powered and Anti-Theft Backpack with Laptop Storage, $199.99

            7. Jule’s Bag (Super Dad’s Bag)

              Take care of your little one in style with Jule’s Bag. It’s a unique no-fuss changing bag designed especially for dads.

              When you open the backpack, you’re greeted by several compartments for keeping everything organised and accessible – from sanitary care items, to spare clothes, to food.

              The bag also transforms into a changing mat (waterproof and washable). And there’s a clever detachable waste bag to ditch dirty items.

              Best for: On-the-go dads who want a fuss-free way to look after their precious baby companions.

              Jule’s Bag (Super Dad’s Bag), $150.96

              8. ELECOM Off Toco 2 Style Casual Backpack

                If you’re looking for a dedicated camera backpack, the ELECOM Off Toco could be the one for you.

                It has a special interior with moveable pads to configure the space two ways to fit your camera and lenses.

                The handy removable camera inner case is great for on-the-go camera and lens use.

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                Best for: photographers.

                ELECOM Off Toco 2 Style Casual Backpack, $131.78

                9. NIID-UNO I Water Repellent Slim Laptop Backpack

                If photography, sports, or art is your thing, the NIID-UNO I is a great choice.

                Its mega storage space fits laptops of up to 15.6 inches. And it has a smart organizing system: 3 different types of specially-designed interior panels for cameras, sports equipment, or art supplies.

                It also has a handy USB charging port.

                It’s made with a durable Eco-Polyester exterior with a water repellent coating to keep your valuables safe.

                Best for: mobile photographers, sports people, and artists needing to store their gear while navigating the city or countryside.

                NIID-UNO I Water Repellent Slim Laptop Backpack, $79.99

                10. Korin ClickPack Pro Functional Anti-theft BackPack

                You’ll get great all-round functionality with the Korin ClickPack Pro.

                It has four kinds of security functions. It can charge your devices on the go, and you can organize your gear in its five major storage compartments.

                Plus you won’t get caught out in a bad weather thanks to its double layer rain protection.

                Best for: nature walks or city commutes in unpredictable weather.

                Korin ClickPack Pro Functional Anti-theft BackPack $193

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                Last Updated on March 13, 2019

                How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                1. Work on the small tasks.

                When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                2. Take a break from your work desk.

                Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                3. Upgrade yourself

                Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                4. Talk to a friend.

                Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                7. Read a book (or blog).

                The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                8. Have a quick nap.

                If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                9. Remember why you are doing this.

                Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                10. Find some competition.

                Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                11. Go exercise.

                Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                12. Take a good break.

                Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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