Backpacks and Waist Bags cover a category of bags that are primarily carried either on your back or attached to your waist. Because of the weight distribution support from your shoulders and waist when carrying a backpack or waist bag, it allows you to carry more items and not worry about shoulder pains from a single crossbody/shoulder bag (hello totes) while still maintaining a personal style.

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1. Backpack

A Backpack is a large bag used for carrying items on your back and is designed to fit more items than a day pack. The term was first used in the United States in the 1910s, although there’s been evidence of people using backpacks from civilizations as early as 3300 BC.

Pictured: The Alpha Bravo by Tumi

2. Daypack

A Day Pack is often used interchangeably with a Backpack although it is a smalle or medium-srized backpack intended for everyday use. Because they’re lighter and more compact than backpacks, they’re ideal for work, school, or daily errand runs.

Pictured: The Classic by ISM

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3. Belt Bag

A Belt Bag is designed to be worn around your waist (the term is sometimes used interchangeably with a ‘waist pack). It typically has a leather purse attached to the belt and is often detachable, giving it a dual use case.

Pictured: Ophidia GG Supreme Canvas Belt Bag by Gucci

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4. Bum Bag / Waist Bag

A Bum Bag, also known as a Waist Bag or Fanny Pack, is worn around your waist and designed to hold smaller objects and daily essentials. Unlike a Belt Bag, the bag portion of a Bum Bag is often not detachable from the belt. and it can be made from a wider variety of materials.

Pictured: Logo Nylon Bumbag by Prada

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5. Drawstring Bag

A Drawstring Bag is secured closed by a drawstring or drawcord. It’s lightweight and often comes in a wide variety of materials like canvas, nylon, leather, etc. Ideal for short trips and everyday use, the drawstring bag remains popular due to its simplicity and often affordable price.

Pictured: Dory Canvas Drawstring by Matt and Nat

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6. Rucksack

The Rucksack derives from the German word, “der rücken,” which translate to “the back” and “sack,” meaning “bag.” Often used interchangeably with a “backpack,” the Rucksack, however, often contains a buckle flap along with more outer pockets than a traditional backpack.

Pictured: Medium Runway Rucksack by Burberry

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7. Satchel Backpack

A Satchel Backpack features the aesthetic characteristics of a satchel. It features a double-buckled top flap, front pocket, and is always made of leather.

Pictured: 3.1 Phillip Lim Leather Satchel Backpack

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8. Knapsack

A Knapsack is a type of backpack that’s typically made from canvas and weatherproof materials. The term was commonly used in the mid 20th century before the word “backpack” became popular. A Knapsack will also typically feature a drawstring and flap around the bag’s opening.

Pictured: Lug Knapsack by Timbuk2

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9. Randoseru

Randoseru is a type of bag derived from the Dutch word “ransel.” Popular amongst students in Japan, the Randoseru features a hard shell shape that’s typically made from leather or leather like synthetic materials.

Pictured: Randoseru School Backpack by Rodeo


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