Briefcases are so last decade. Comparatively, they don’t have a lot of room for storage either, especially up against a satchel or backpack. That probably explains why U.S. men’s backpack sales grew to $385 million in 2017. Sales of women’s backpacks grew, as well, to $311 million.
Backpacks are more convenient, easier to wear and store, and include a lot more space that also happens to be better organized. You’re not just tossing everything loosely into a box or single compartment.
But even if they are decidedly better, there’s something more elevated than your regular ol’ backpack. It’s called a smart backpack. These types of packs include a variety of tech upgrades that make them so much more useful.
Smart travel backpacks, for instance, generally include a portable power pack built-in that can help you keep your devices charged up, even on the go.
Admittedly, there are so many out there, trying to choose the best one for you can be a bit confusing and frustrating. That’s why we put together a condensed list of some of the best smart backpacks you’ll find right now.
Best for Work: Kopack Slim Business
One of the most professional looking backpacks also happens to offer some great anti-theft features, particularly for laptop and tablet carriers. There’s a secure compartment that is separately accessible but also protected.
A detachable USB cable protrudes from the bag — when you need it to — and can be connected easily to a portable power pack with ample room to stow the pack inside.
The fabric and material is both tear and water resistant, which means you don’t have to worry about the pack being damaged nor do you have to worry about all your gear when you’re forced to travel through the rain.
All in all, the Kopack is great for entrepreneurs and professionals who are constantly on the move.
Best for Travel: NOMATIC Travel Bag
The NOMATIC travel pack is excellently designed for travel, but more importantly TSA-friendly for when you need to move quickly through security checkpoints. Whether you’re going on a three-day or seven-day trip, the pack will hold all your essentials, including a laundry bag for dirty clothes.
Around the waist are detachable straps, which you can use for added back support. The pack material is water-repellant, and the zippers close tight and are also rated as waterproof. Hidden within is a valuables pocket, along with a dedicated laptop or computer pocket.
An RFID protected pocket will keep your cards, ID and cash safe from thieves.
If you’re a regular business traveler and you need both ample room to stow your gear and a reliable pack for long trips, this is the one.
Most Innovative: Lifepack
Of all the packs on this list, Lifepack is definitely the most innovative thanks to its built-in solar charging panel and power bank system. When fully charged, the included bank can provide extra juice for most phones up to six times. Also embedded within the pack are Bluetooth speakers that operate on the included power pack; they’ll run for up to 96 hours on a full charge.
A retractable lock is integrated into the pack, as well. It works similar to a bicycle lock in that you can attach it to a secure object or surface so that someone cannot snatch your bag while you’re busy. Secret pockets will help you hide and secure your valuables. Finally, an internal rain cover can be used to protect the bag from moisture or water.
The Lifepack has absolutely everything you’d need — and some things you don’t — for any short or long travel session. It certainly has enough to keep you going through your average workday.
So there you have it! These are some of the best smart backpacks you can get your hands on right now. Which one sounds most enticing to you?