Style 2020 | 5 min read
For a laptop backpack that will be used day in and day out, there are some essentials that you should always have in your bag (aside from your laptop). But first, make sure your stylish men’s laptop backpack fits the bill. A backpack laptop bag should:
- Offer plenty of pockets and organization to stow items efficiently
- Contain a padded laptop sleeve to protect your laptop and electronics
- Have a slim profile to ensure that navigating through busy spaces is easy (wouldn’t want to snag on anything or hit anyone!)
- Have a minimal, sleek silhouette that adapts to your ever-changing style
- Be a neutral tone to complement any outfit
- Contain functional properties like: waterproof zippers, lined valuables pockets, padded back and shoulder straps, etc.
Check out our favorite Men’s Laptop Backpacks here.
Now what really makes a backpack laptop bag helpful, is what you choose to fill it with. Here's a list of essentials that will make your daily routine easier.
If you have a full day of work, running errands, and more, you’ll need to make sure that you’re equipped with your laptop and phone chargers. For most people, these devices are a lifeline to: work, family, friends, transportation passes, rideshare apps, etc. You won’t want to be caught on 1% battery life, midway through the day!
POWER PACK + USB CABLE
Prior to COVID-19, there were many places where you could sit and plug devices into a power source. However, with social distancing and limited access to public spaces, there aren’t as many opportunities to plug into outlets. This is why it’s crucial to have a backup powerpack and USB cables. These necessities will ensure that you have long-lasting power throughout the entire workday.
Obviously water is essential, but sometimes staying hydrated throughout a busy day is a challenge. However, if you always keep a reusable water bottle on hand, this task is much easier to stay on top of. Plus, staying hydrated positively affects your energy levels and brain function, so this is helpful for productivity.
Having a compact, lunch bag isn’t just for grade schoolers. A lunch bag is ideal for keeping food fresh, chilled, and intact if you have a long commute to the office, or if you’re on-the-go throughout the day.
If you don’t like to bring a whole lunch bag, keeping a protein bar or trail mix in your laptop backpack is extremely necessary! Sometimes meetings run late and push back your break or cut it short. When this happens, it’s helpful to have something to tide you over until then.
For those with allergies, tissues are a trusty companion that you can’t go without. But even for those that don’t have allergies, tissues can be used in place of napkins for spills or to wipe down surfaces.
EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE
Most documents, photos, and projects are typically saved to the cloud, but having an external hard drive makes it easy to bring your backup information between home, office, coffee shops, etc.
Perfect for listening to music as you work, or taking calls on-the-go. Plus, having headphones in your laptop backpack is helpful if you often work in public spaces.
PEN AND NOTEPAD
Despite our dependence on electronics, a pen and notepad are useful tools that should always be kept in your computer backpack. Whether it’s for jotting down random ideas or concepts, sometimes it’s quicker and easier to put things down on paper before transferring them to your computer.
If you tend to carry a lot of loose-leaf paper or documents, then a work portfolio would ensure that everything stays organized and unblemished. Having a work portfolio in your men’s laptop backpack will help to keep all work-related items together.
An emergency toiletry bag is a necessity to have in your computer backpack. This handy bag can store your: comb, hair product, cologne, deodorant, breath spray, a toothbrush, and toothpaste, so you can freshen up as needed. These tools are also great for going from day-to-night events.
Having a small pack of face wipes in your laptop backpack is an underrated necessity. These are also perfect for freshening up and keeping your skin feeling nice and clean throughout the day.
Hand sanitizer is always important to keep in your laptop backpack, but it’s been especially important during this time. We’ve all become more aware of how to reduce the spread of germs, and have been mindful of our health practices.
If you spend long hours in front of a screen or at a desk, you’re more prone to migraines and lower back pain. For these days, it’s nice to have travel-sized relief medication on hand.
REUSABLE TOTE BAG
A spare reusable tote bag is perfect for after-work grocery runs or additional storage for things you don’t want to keep in your backpack laptop bag. Whether you commute by bus, subway, train, bike, or car, it’s nice to have an extra bag on hand.