Grown-up backpacks to keep your stuff organized

Life gets messy but your pack doesn’t have to be.

backpack and notebook on table
Corral your gear for your commute, day trip, or coffee shop study session.Aaron Burden via Unsplash

The components of a good backpack depend on what you plan to use it for, but as a baseline rule, a good pack will always keep your items of various size organized. Nothing good can come from your laptop, yogurt, keys, and gym shoes mingling in the bottom of a catch-all bag. So, we’ve rounded up some of the top-rated picks for plentiful-pocketed packs.

Lapacker Large Multi-compartment Backpack   If
The ideal commuter pack.Amazon

If what you really need is a Mary Poppins bag with a designated wallet holder and theft-resistant zippers, this pack is for you. The Lapacker has two large compartments and a smaller front pocket, plus a separate zippered laptop sleeve on the back for easy access. The padded laptop compartment measures 11 inches x 15 inches and can fit your 15-inch computer with room to spare. It can also hold most 17-inch screens so you won’t have to sacrifice workspace. If you aren’t a fan of purple, you should consider becoming one—unfortunately, that’s the only color this pack comes in.

Bostanten Leather Backpack
When you’re classy but still have stuff to do.Amazon

Somewhere between this design’s Italian leather exterior and sleek magnetic closures, the backpack grew up. This model is packed with pockets and doesn’t sacrifice style, so you can tote it after hours without looking like you came from class. Two interior slip pockets keep notes and magazines tidy and a zippered pocket in the back secures your wallet, passport, or train tickets.

Seventeen London Marylebone Classic Unisex Waterproof Backpack
A daypack that can fight off the rain.Amazon

It’s waterproof, stocked with pockets, and looks good in photos—the makings of a solid daypack. The Marylebone Classic’s capacity is 13 liters, but it also comes in a mini six-liter version, both of which comply with airline standards for personal items. The laptop sleeve can hold a slim, 13-inch Macbook, so it may not be an ideal commuter pack if you’re working with a larger screen. It does, however, come in several neat colors, including black, burgundy, navy, and pink.

Cotopaxi Allpa 35 Travel Pack
Designed by someone who’s thought of everything.Amazon

The 35-liter Allpa looks deceptively compact and is meticulously thought-out. First of all, this pack is super durable, so it can take a beating from trains, planes, and hostel lockers, and each zipper is secured with a theft-proof loop. It opens up completely, like a suitcase whose interior is divided into four mesh compartments—one larger compartment for clothing and bulkier gear, a medium-sized pocket that’s ideal for holding shoes or camera equipment, and two small pockets. There’s also a concealed pocket inside the largest compartment that’s perfect for holding valuables or a passport, a deep, subdivided exterior pocket on the front, and a padded laptop compartment that’s accessible from the outside of the pack and can handle large screens. Cotopaxi has even crafted a-la-cart accessories including a daypack that was designed to fit inside the Allpa, an exterior bottle holder, and a shoe bag to keep dirt at bay.