How to Choose a Backpack

From function to fashion, the backpack has been an important part of work, school, and travel. While backpacks have been around since around the 1940s, the typical zippered backpack we think of today has only existed since the late 1960s. Backpacks have only increased in popularity since their invention, leaving shoppers with many options to suit different needs and purposes. In this guide, we’ll take you through the different types of backpacks and features that fit with your lifestyle. 

Types of backpacks

Backpacks come in many shapes and sizes. From work backpacks to a weekender style, backpacks are designed with many different features than make them appropriate for many different situations. Here is an overview of a few of the most common backpack styles. 

Everyday Work Backpacks

The everyday work backpack is perfect for a typical day at the office. Work backpacks tend to feature multiple pockets, padding, and a laptop pouch. Laptop pouches provide a safe and secure way to transport a laptop without the need for a separate case. Multiple pockets allow a user to safely transport documents, equipment, and other essential items in an organized way. Some work backpacks provide extra layers of padding, which can make transporting delicate equipment such as a camera easy and safe. These types of backpacks are typically seen on commuters in airports, public transportation, or generally on the go. Embroidered backpacks are a great way to give your team a unified look and a tool which can easily be used for work. A logo is an easy way to create a cohesive look for a team’s backpacks.


Rucksacks share many characteristics with the traditional backpack, though they are typically larger and more rugged. The word rucksack comes from the German word “rücken”, meaning back. Rucksacks are typically most associated for use by the military, though they are widely available for the general public today. Rucksacks tend to feature a large amount of space and usually have buckles to secure the pockets. A rucksack’s size makes bulkier items easier to carry and the buckles add an extra layer of security to hold items in place. Rucksacks are typically seen when heavy items that tend to be less delicate need to be transported. Rucksacks with custom embroidered logos would be a great choice for teams that need to transport lots of equipment on a regular basis. Rucksacks can give your team a polished look with lots of added utility. 

Weekender Hiking and Travel Backpacks

Weekender, hiking, and travel backpacks are typically used for adventures in the outdoors. Backpacks can be a great option for outdoor activities such as hiking when many items need to be carried. Weekender backpacks have a variation of features such as weatherproof material and lightweight technology that allow users to travel with ease. These backpacks can be a great option for frequent travelers and outdoor enthusiasts. Their typically lightweight design allows them to be carried for long distances while providing minimal fatigue to the users. These backpacks typically focus on utility and come in a variety of colors and styles. Embroidered weekender backpacks can be an excellent way to show off your team’s logo in the great outdoors. Your team could also use an embroidered weekender for travel, making the hassle of packing much more manageable. 

Backpack Features

Backpacks have a ton of different features that can make a purchasing decision daunting at first. The most important thing one can do to make the right choice is to think through what your specific needs may be. One important aspect of a backpack is the visual design. Color options and custom embroidery are excellent design features that make a backpack feel personal and fun to use. These are a few of our favorites that are easy to customize and make your own. 

Our Favorite Embroidered Backpacks

Port Authority Value Backpack

The Port Authority Value Backpack would be an excellent choice for a work or school setting. The minimalist design and variety of colors make for a stylish and functional choice. The backpack is made from a durable polyester canvas blend and fits most 15” laptops. 

Elevate Commuter Computer Backpack

The Elevate Tranzip 15” Commuter Computer Backpack is made in the rucksack style. This backpack features multiple deep pockets and a foldover buckled top.  The buckles and zippers make for a long lasting, sturdy option that work well for the daily commute and more heavy duty travel. 

Elevate High Sierra Impact Backpack

The Elevate High Sierra Impact Backpack is a perfect option for hiking or traveling. The backpack features two silver grommets on the front pouch that assist with air circulation, making it a great option for high heat days. The pack also features a mesh side pocket perfect for storing water bottles. 

Backpacks for every need and occasion

With all the different types of backpacks available on the market today, the search for the perfect pack can seem easier said than done at first. With knowledge of the different types of backpacks available, the choice can become much easier. Next we’ll cover the different features to look out for when making a final decision. 

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About Jeff Taxdahl

With over 20 years’ experience in embroidery and business ownership, Thread Logic owners Jeff and Wenda Taxdahl, and the Thread Logic team, know what it takes to make custom logo embroidered apparel that people are proud to wear.