Backpacks have been around for ages, but soon got lost in the crowd thanks to the introduction of other baggage options such as messenger bags, purses, large handbags, and pull-along suitcases. However, they quickly reclaimed lost ground thanks to certain advantages they provide.

Organization of Belongings

If you’ve always had a hard time finding things in your bag (and we all have) because everything is just one huge mess, it’s probably because the said bag doesn’t have sufficient organization features to keep your belongings organized, such as specific compartments and pouches, additional storage space, outer quick-access pockets and a ton of pockets on the inside for your stationery and other essentials. (Either that or you’re quite the sloppy Joe!)

The backpacks of today do away with this problem by coming equipped with a ton of features (such as those mentioned earlier) that let you keep your belongings organized. There are multiple compartments, each meant for a specific belonging or purpose. Additionally, entire backpacks themselves come specialized, such as backpacks meant especially for photographers and their gear, hiking backpacks, make-up backpacks and so on.

With such features for organizing belongings, backpacks are sure to excite the organizer in you or make you one, if you aren’t already!


straps that evenly distribute the weight across your back and shoulders (the strongest muscles in the body), sternum straps for additional stability and adjustable strap lengths. Due to this, they can also be carried for longer periods and distances than baggage options such as messenger bags and handbags; the weight of the latter bags rests solely on one shoulder, resulting in a weak feeling that affects the entire arm, neck, shoulder area and some times, even the back.

After all, if you are going to carry “baggage” of any sort, you might as well do so comfortably!

Room for More

Backpacks are generally larger than most other daily bag options, allowing you to carry more (without having to sacrifice your back and shoulders while you’re at it!). Like Hermoine Granger’s little beaded bag, you could easily last (and last well) on a one-month European sojourn with a spacious backpack by your side (or on your back, as the case may be). That being said, let’s all be reasonable — don’t buy a 25-liter backpack and expect to fit 50 liters worth of stuff inside!

Safe and Secure

The kind of security that a backpack provides is hard to come by in other bags, especially when you’re traveling or transporting luggage. In fact, a majority of the backpacks today come equipped with additional security and anti-theft features, such as built-in locks, hidden compartments and zippers, anti-slash fabric construction, and even GPS trackers on the high-end models! With all this security, Linus Caldwell couldn’t lay a finger on your backpack. Or he could, but that’s about it.

Worthy Investment

The best thing about backpacks is that they are designed for durability, right from when they were conceptualized till today. Therefore, backpacks end up being a one-time investment. Most backpacks are also backed by great warranties (longer than the warranties on most suitcases) that ensure a long and fruitful life; it wouldn’t be surprising if some of them outlived the Bacon-Sedgwick marriage! Exaggeration apart, a good backpack can easily last you a minimum of five years, even with daily usage.

Additional Benefits

Apart from the main benefits mentioned earlier, backpacks also give you the following benefits:

  • They keep your hands free (try running to catch a bus with four bags in your hands only to realize that you forgot a couple back at the hotel).
  • They can double as surprisingly comfortable pillows.
  • They can be thrown into the back of a bus, squished under a seat, or thrown on top of a van and easily survive to tell the tale.
  • They can be easily stored in a variety of places due to their flexible nature and durability. 
  • They’re great for all kinds of weather and terrain.
  • They’re much easier to clean and wash than other types of bags.
  • They make quite the chic accessories!
  • They keep you self-dependent; you only need your back and shoulders to carry one, unlike suitcases; the later would probably require a car. This makes them an especially great option for frequent travelers.

That being said, backpacks aren’t perfect; they come with their own host of problems. Overweight backpacks result in thousands of emergency room visits a year in the United States alone, thanks to consequences such as neck and shoulder pain, posture issues, and backaches.

Spaciousness is all well and good, but typically, a backpack shouldn’t weigh more than 15% of your body weight. In addition to poor posture and shoulder and neck pain, backpacks can result in unnatural spinal compression, rounded shoulders, a curved upper back, pain in the lower and upper back and an increased chance of injuries such as falling if improperly balanced.

Additionally, narrow straps that are extremely tight can also result in pinched nerves by interfering in your blood circulation; this can develop into serious problems such as weakness in your hands and arms, numbness and a constant tingling sensation. Health issues apart, backpacks can also make your back extremely sweaty, have your outfit looking like George Clooney’s forehead (though it is a very cute forehead and they are very cute wrinkles, we must admit!), and the price tags on some of them will definitely burn more than just a hole in your wallet.

So how do you pick a backpack?

Choosing the Right Backpack for Girls

Before you pick up any random backpack and wander off into the wild a la Mr. Supertramp, ensure that you can rely on your backpack. If you’ve been a regular backpack user, it’s time to get a new if your current backpack is giving you backaches or you’re struggling to get it on and off as well as carry it (you lean forward while carrying it). Though these issues can be slightly resolved by adjusting the straps on your backpack to ensure even distribution, this is only a short-term solution; the long-term one is to get a new backpack!

If you’re new to the backpack world, the following tips will help you understand what to look for in a backpack; if you’ve already been using backpacks for a while now, they’ll serve as reminders when you go shopping for a new backpack!

  • Comfort: Comfort is key as uncomfortable backpacks most often result in aches and injuries. Look for features such as adjustable, padded and contoured shoulder straps and back, sternum straps and padded hip belts; these not only make the backpack more comfortable to carry but also help in better weight distribution.
  • Durability: Look for durability indicators, such as high-quality zippers (generally YKK), double-stitching, and high-performance fabrics such as nylon and polyester. Additional features such as weather and rain proofing also increase a bag’s life.
  • Size: In this case, size does matter! Look for a backpack that is proportional to your body (torso length and hip size). The ideal size should be one that grips your hips in a snug manner and isn’t too much longer than your torso. For a torso length of 18 inches, go with a size S or XS, an M for torsos between 18-20 inches and size L for anything above.  
  • Weight: When we talk about weight, we’re talking about the weight of the backpack alone. Some backpacks are made using heavy frames; these are more durable but also heavier. However, there are tons of backpacks with frames made of lighter, more modern materials that give you the same durability without the weight.
  • Suitability: Consider what you’re getting the backpack for and ensure that it will fulfill these needs, as this also determines the volume or capacity of the backpack you should use. Whether it’s a bag for school, traveling, the gym or just to accessorize, choosing the right backpack is essential!
  • Features: Backpacks come with several standard and additional features; organizational compartments are standard whereas things like a GPS tracker and wheels are additional; the latter will require you to shell out more. However, even in the case of standard features, ensure that they are efficient and effective.

Apart from this, you should also consider the fabric the bag is made of as each fabric has a different property; some are heavy, some are lightweight, some are airy, some are extremely durable, some are stylish — you get the point! Also, given the range of options in the market today, you don’t have to settle for any backpack.

Take the time to find one that suits your style and budget; you’re sure to find a backpack that does so. Don’t blindly spend on the first quality backpack that you see thinking you can’t do better; only go for it if you’re really sure that it will suit your needs and fulfill its purpose efficiently.


Finding a good backpack that can last you for a considerable amount of time may seem like an insurmountable task, but hopefully, our guide and list of what we believe are the best backpacks for girls made the challenge just a little bit easier! All our featured backpacks are great picks in their own right; the winner is the one that suits your needs the most!

For a budget pick, go with the Dog Pawprint Backpack; for easy traveling for your little one (and to make your life a little easier by letting them handle their own luggage!), the Stephen Joseph Rolling Bag is the obvious pick! As we said, each backpack is perfect in its own right.

That being said, there’s very little room for error if you do decide to pick any of the backpacks we’ve featured! With these backpacks, your kids will be jumping to go to school, as will the teens, who are sure to enjoy being the center of attention in every room thanks to their backpacks.

So go ahead, pick a backpack from our list of the best backpacks for girls and make traveling, shopping, daily activities and the first day of school awesome not just for your tykes and tots, but you as well!

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