When shopping for a new backpack it’s important to know the different styles of backpacks available. Here is an easy visual guide you can use to determine the best backpack for your needs.
List of Different Types of Backpacks
Below we review different types of women’s backpack styles and mention some popular brands.
The student backpack is the most common type of backpack and probably the style you see around the most. These backpacks are made for carrying textbooks, laptops, pens and pencils. A good student backpack has a generous main compartment for daily essentials and smaller organizers for pens, calculators and more.
Travel backpacks are made for busy people on the go. These backpacks usually have large main compartments for storing clothes, shoes and travel accessories. You can also find other cool features such as lockable zip compartments, TSA friendly laptop compartments, and a place to hang your airline tag.
Mini Backpack Purse
These cute mini backpacks are functional enough to replace your purse but too small to carry school books or hiking gear. They are meant to be chic and fashionable accessory to give you a handsfree way to carry you daily essentials. As this style of backpack becomes more popular keep a look out as backpack brands release their own mini versions of their popular models!
Popular Brands: Osprey, Patagonia, Kelty Redwing, Camelbak
Whether it’s for hiking, backpacking or rock climbing, these backpacks are for being active outdoors. You’ll often find special features on outdoor backpacks like hydration systems, carabiner hooks, and frames for weight distribution under heavy loads.
Unlike the outdoor backpack, these “outdoor lifestyle” inspired backpacks are made more for everyday urban carry. They make great daypacks! You can usually find features such as laptop sleeves, small organization pockets and fun designs.
Modern backpacks feature simple silhouettes, structured bodies and minimal branding. If you are looking for a sophisticated looking backpack that can be dressed up or down then go with a minimalist backpack.
Designer backpacks are known for their innovative designs and noticeable branding. Although not exactly a definitive “style”, designer backpacks deserve a category of their own. Prices usually range from mid to high end.
These backpacks are perfect for the gym or sports. You can usually find fitness backpacks made of water resistant material and with special features like extra compartments for gym gear, shoes and an extra large main compartment for your spare clothes.