The Unsung Hero
We’ve all had those busy mornings where the clock seems to be moving at the speed of light. You oversleep a few minutes, and your whole schedule gets out of whack! You wake up and rush to take a quick shower. By the time you’re all dressed and ready for the day, you don’t have any time to make breakfast. You chuck your laptop in your bag, along with your wallet and a banana or a breakfast bar. You’ll just eat on your way to work. You throw on your coat, sling your backpack over your shoulders, and out the door you go! On your commute, you stop for coffee – so the paper napkins and the receipt get stuffed in the front pocket of your rucksack. Busy mornings soon turn into busy afternoons, and suddenly you find yourself snacking out of your backpack all throughout the day. Yay for fruit and granola bars! By the time you get off work, the weather outside is a lot nicer. You take off your jacket, roll it up and jam it in your pack. You decide to stop by the grocery store on the way back to pick up some bits and bobs for dinner. No need for a bag – you can just put that trusty knapsack of yours to good work! You can definitely start feeling the weight of everything you’ve shoved in there on your shoulders. But your hands are free and your posture is impeccable! No slouching or wrist pain from carrying heavy plastic bags!
Whether you have a long commute, go on day trips or travel a lot, a good backpack is an essential bit of kit. If you’re anything like me, you know the struggle of single-compartment backpacks, where the simple task of finding a pen is as difficult as fishing for a needle in a haystack. Nothing but a swirling black hole of receipts, loose coins, and snack crumbs. Not good enough! Everyday carry backpacks – also known as EDC – are designed specifically to avoid overcrowding and messiness. If you tend to carry lots of tiny items like portable chargers, wires, pens, pocket-knives, bank cards, etc, you can buy a backpack that has tons of small pockets that help you find what you need quicker. If you have to lug big gear around with you – such as laptops or cameras, I’d suggest you go for one that has a dedicated laptop sleeve and 2-3 big compartments. This being said, the best edc backpack is the one that best suits your needs. Before you buy one, I suggest laying out everything you need to carrying around in front of you. That makes it easier to visualize it and form a clear mental image of what you’re looking for. And remember: the backpack you choose is going to do all the heavy lifting for you, so choose wisely!