General Travel Advice

Ditch the Handbag, Carry a Backpack

Thank goodness for backpacks. Big in the 90s, like lots of other things they fell out of fashion and languished in the backs of wardrobes or firmly in the domain of school gear. Not anymore.

Fashion revivals are wonderful things and backpacks are hitting high streets in all the world’s major cities as we rediscover the potential in them, from a fashion and a practical perspective. If you’ve ignored backpacks for the last few years, now’s the time to take another look at the chic and cute styles that are big this year.


Travelling Light

Holiday statistics show more and more of us making the most of our leisure time by taking day trips and short weekend breaks. On these quick trips away from home none of us wants to be weighed down with lots of baggage and yet there are certain things that have to come along.

A backpack is just the bag for the job. A quick browse around the internet will reveal the diversity of style available when you buy backpacks online, meaning you can ditch the suitcase and still carry along all you need.

These multifunction bags will hold a change of clothes if you’re going to be away from home overnight, or simply a picnic lunch and a bottle of juice or water for refreshments when playing tourist in a new town or city. On a trip to the beach, there’s plenty of room for sun lotion and a camera too.

From Work to Fun

On workdays when you’ve got a night out with friends planned, sometimes you don’t want to waste valuable fun time by going home to change. Switch your standard handbag for one of the new, stylish backpacks and you can move smoothly from office to nightclub without breaking a sweat. There’s plenty of room for a quick change of clothes and even a spare pair of shoes if you choose a larger backpack.


Before backpacks came back into fashion, going away overnight meant sorting all your gear into different bags, making it easy to forget something vital as you divided possessions between handbag and suitcase. Not anymore. Backpacks allow you to carry everything together, making packing for an overnight trip easier than ever. Once you reach your destination, you can simple remove what you don’t need to carry around with you and still have a stylish bag you’ll be proud to show off.

Shopping Galore

Backpacks are available in so many different sizes and styles that there’s one for every occasion. From small chic bags to larger, practical versions, they’ve all been given a fashion makeover. When out shopping, there’s no longer the need to carry along half a dozen plastic or paper carrier bags. All your purchases fit neatly in the backpack, making it easier for you to get around and helping save the planet too by using fewer disposable plastic bags.

Alice Marshal is a seasoned fashion writer with an enduring love for handbags of all kinds. She was delighted to find you could now buy backpacks online.

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    October 17, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Wow, Jessica. These back packs are the bomb! I like them in general and have made a few out of upholstery fabric, but have never seen any as nice as these. Thank you for finding them.

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