Published on 02/16/2015
The tools you use help to define your success. When you wear a wallet that’s too small for your carriables, your pockets get overloaded, you become disorganized, and your system breaks down. When you rely on an underpowered machine to complete a crucial project at work, progress is slowed and you are less efficient than you might be if you utilized the proper instrument for the job.
The backpack you choose and use can also make a big difference in how you work, play and move around in the world. Have you had trouble picking out the right pack in the past? Here’s how to make sure you get the one that’s just right for you.
Chefs don’t use the same sort of knives as those who carve wood for a living nor do professional bowlers don the type of shoes worn by long distance runners. The gear you employ must match its intended purpose. What do you need your backpack to do for you? If you’re a student, perhaps you require zippered pockets to store pens and pencils and valuables, as well as a safe place for your tablet or laptop. If you’re a mom with young kids on-the-go, you may find value in a large knapsack with storage for toys and treats, plus easy access front pockets for your smartphone and wallet.
Step one: if figuring out which backpack is right for you is to determine what your requirements for portable storage might be. Hikers and outdoorspeople will choose a knapsack that has little in common with a businessman who spends most of his days indoors.
You don’t go out to hike the Appalachian Trail taking nothing but a purse nor do you go the movies carrying a suitcase. The size of your rucksack should match the needs you defined above and, in some cases, your overall body size and shape. If you’ll be heading out your door each day needing to carry everything but the kitchen sink it’s wise to invest in an extra large backpack that can accommodate your load. If you’re going shopping downtown for the afternoon, a small purse-like bag may suit your needs and plans better.
Step two: Match the size of your pack to where you’re going and what you’re going to do with it.
The materials with which something is constructed make all the difference in the world when it comes to how it can be used. Buttons, snaps, zippers, leather, wool and straps can all add utility, comfort and practicality to a knapsack, which means you can use it to suit your lifestyle.
A zippered enclosure can keep keys and valuables safe while a pouch with straps gives you easy access to your wallet, notebook or other items you reach for routinely.
Step three: Determine which materials are ideal for your backpack.
Like it or not, we all make some kind of fashion statement daily, even if it’s unintentional. The bag you carry will do the same thing. The business person may gravitate toward a haversack made of leather while a student may find a backpack made of leather and kilm speaks to them.
Step four: There’s no right or wrong here, though it’s important to pick a pack that you find attractive as well as practical.
Four simple steps. Which backpack is right for you?