18 Backpacks That Have Your Back, No Matter What

There’s something about summer that always encourages us to be more active, to take more weekend trips, and explore the outdoors. And as much as we love well-designed weekenders and those itsy-bitsy, on-trend mini-bags, our go-to carryall for getaways will always be a trusty elementary school essential: the backpack. From toting your snacks to the beach to braving all weather situations, is there really another bag that's as multi-seasonal and hands-free?

Backpacks have come a long way from the Hello Kitty ones we (or just me?) would nervously lug on our first day of school. As technology has advanced, so have they, becoming solar-powered, rip invincible, and wifi-capable. While style may not be the first thing to pop in mind when planning a woodsy retreat, for those day hikes, aesthetics and functionality don't have to be mutually exclusive. The 18 options ahead don't just look good, they offer practicality, versatility, and inspire us to get outdoors...even if it's just for a day.
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For an ultra-cool look, opt for a piece that's slim and minimal.

Want Les Essentiels Piper Backpack, $895, available at Want Les Essentiels.
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Red battery signs no more. This bag is equipped with a solar panel that enables all of your electronic devices to charge at anytime.

Birksun Boost Navy, $99.90, available at Birksun.
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BRB, packing this bag and booking a trip to Acadia National Park.

Topo Designs Klettersack, $169, available at Topo Designs.
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Surprisingly, this small, pared-down backpack can hold a lot more than you'd expect.

Adidas by Stella McCartney Reflective Backpack, $128 $89, available at MatchesFashion.
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Dotted with little trees, this bag is reliable and versatile (it can even transform into a fanny pack!).

Poler Tourist Pack, $74.95, available at Poler.
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Light, cute, and decorated in pom-poms.

Lotfi Dia Backpack, $185, available at Lotfi.
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Simple bag, big perks. From the outside, this may look like your regular backpack. But on this inside, it's filled with its own personal wifi hotspot and a tracking device, just in case.

This Is Ground Venture Backpack, $925, available at This Is Ground.
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Your go-to first day of school backpack just got an upgrade. Well-placed zippers, carabiners, and straps for packing extra gear make this sack fundamental for any trip.

Jansport Watchtower Backpack, $90, available at Jansport.
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Covered in vintage NASA space patches, this bag will motivate you to shoot for the moon — or at least finish the last leg of your hike.

Epperson Mountaineering Day Pack, $200, available at Epperson Mountaineering.
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With removable straps, this bag can convert to a crossbody or shoulder bag. It also includes a backside mini-pocket, which is an overlooked perk and assures that all of your important items are safe and easily accessible.

Marlow Goods Thetford Backpack, $612.50, available at Marlow Goods.
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A fun closure and fold-over top makes this the ultimate hands-free bag.

State Smith Bag, $110, available at State.
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Ripstop fabric makes this bag resealable and invincible to snags.

Herschel Supply Co. Lawson Backpack, $149, available at Herschel Supply Co.
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Picture this in that open evergreen lookout 'gram at the end of your hike.

Woolrich Rover Pack, $198, available at Woolrich.
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A minimal and unconventional shape, this bag is also fitted with a padded pocket for your laptop. Win-win.

Côte&Ciel Isar Multi-touch Backpack, $299, available at Côte&Ciel.
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You can never have too many external pockets for all of your knick-knacks.

Valas Multiple Pockets Backpack, $2,495, available at Farfetch.
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A top-zip closure is just what we need for quick access on busy days.

Matt and Nat Brave Backpack, $135, available at Matt and Nat.
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We love sturdy tuck clasps for keeping everything sealed tight.

Baggu Backpack, $38, available at Baggu.
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Fully-lined, made from nylon, and filled with interior pockets, this number works just as well on the trail as it does on your morning commute.

Haerfest J1 Backpack, $375, available at Haerfest.
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