Backpack Or Messenger Bag: Which Option Is Right For Your Travels?

Brittany Reed

When selecting your ideal travel luggage, you’ll be faced with a lot of decisions. One of the most common is whether to choose a backpack or a messenger bag as your personal carry on item. Both messenger bags and backpacks offer a range of great features for any traveler, but depending on your needs, one may be better for you than the other. Here are some questions to ask yourself to determine which bag will best suit your needs:

1. Do I need to access my items quickly?

 Both types of bags typically offer easy access to your items over other types of luggage. However, since messengers bags are packed horizontally rather than vertically, it is often easier to quickly access things inside without having to pull out other items.

2. How heavy are the items I am carrying?

 If you are carrying a lot of heavier items like laptops, tablets, and other electronics, it does help to have the weight distributed across both shoulders rather than just one. This is especially important when crossing large international terminals. So if you are carrying heavy items, you may find you like a backpack better simply from a comfort stance.

3. Will I be in packed spaces?

 This is a bit of a tricky questions because if you will be trying to navigate narrow spaces like busy crowds, a backpack is better because it’s easier to walk through crowds. However, if you are on tight spaces like trains or shuttle buses, shifting your messenger bag to easily sit on your lap is more comfortable. So really think about what kinds of spaces you will interact with on your travels to pick which is better.

4. What are you wearing on your travels?

 If you are wearing a suit during your travels and plan to meet clients right off the plane, you may want to go with a messenger bag over a backpack because it is less likely to cause wrinkles in your outfit. It also allows your back to breath, reducing sweat accumulation. Also, messenger bags are more stylish than backpacks so they can make a better visual presence when meeting with your clients.

5. Will you have another carry-on?

 Backpacks are more versatile and can work as both your carry-on and your personal item. So if you are looking to really streamline your travel luggage, you are definitely better off choosing a backpack for your travels. A backpack can house everything you need in one bag, so you don’t have to bring a second bag for short trips.

Choosing The Right Bag

Once you have answered these questions, you should have a good idea of which type of bag is right for your needs. At ECBC we offer a full selection of backpacks and messenger bags to meet your needs even further. We have four options available for backpacks depending on your size and comfort needs. Also our messenger bags are extremely spacious and have added comfort features on the strap. They are stylish, durable, and offer fastpass features to help you get through security faster. So no matter which option you choose, backpack or messenger bag,  we have a great bag option for you. 

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