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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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                8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                Listen carefully:

                We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                1. Pray Daily

                You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                3. Smile Often

                Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                4. Organize Your Working Desk

                A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                How do you do that? This is my formula:

                First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                8. Go Exercise

                Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                The Bottom Line

                It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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