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Last Updated on August 8, 2017

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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                12 Best Brain Foods that Improve Memory

                12 Best Brain Foods that Improve Memory

                Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

                But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

                I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

                Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory:

                1. Nuts

                The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

                Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

                Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

                Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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                2. Blueberries

                Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

                When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

                3. Tomatoes

                Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

                4. Broccoli

                While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

                Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

                Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

                5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

                Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

                The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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                Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

                6. Soy

                Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

                Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

                Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

                7. Dark chocolate

                When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

                Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate:

                15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

                8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

                Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

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                B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

                Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

                Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

                To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

                9. Foods Rich in Zinc

                Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

                Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

                Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

                10. Gingko biloba

                This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

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                It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

                However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

                11. Green and black tea

                Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

                Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

                Find out more about green tea here:

                11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

                12. Sage and Rosemary

                Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

                Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

                When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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