18 Types of Backpack: The Ultimate Guide

Backpack is so universal in planet Earth that everybody owns at least one. Do you know what type of backpack are you using? How many type of backpack existed? What are they used for? In this guide you’ll understand all of the backpack types that we use in daily life.
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Types of backpack: School-Backpack

1. Student backpack

Student backpacks are usually various in color, and this type of backpack must be able to endure long-time use and even violent use because young kids can be very vigorous, they’ll run to the playground after class and toss the backpack aside. The function of a student backpack is simple: no need to hold too much weight because most schools have lockers to store their books and stationery. Just need the bag to be durable, fashionable and easy to carry.

2. hiking backpack

Camping enthusiasts and backpackers will definitely love it. The hiking backpack needs to load with many things, mostly a tent, clothes, a flashlight, cooking utensils, etc. Backpackers requires a large capacity and need to carry the bag through long distance. Ergonomic design is the priority of hiking backpacks, such as the bearing systems and ventilating systems.

3. Drawstring backpack

Mostly seen in promotional use, sellers or company will customize the drawstring backpack, then give them out to passersby. This type of backpack is cheap, but functional, many men in the gym will use it to carry basketball or training shoes.

backpack type-camera backpack

4. Camera backpack

Expensive cameras and lenses even make you forget to protect yourself when you fall down and turn to protect the devices. I see many cameramen will prepare a camera backpack for their precious camera and lens. The main functions of the backpack are storage space made for lens and anti-shock performance.

backpack type-Commuter backpack

5. Commuter backpack

The commuter backpack should be flexible in ways of carrying, and can be transformed into a tote bag, cross-body bag or backpack. Office workers and riders will love it. The style of the backpack is simple, often black or gray.

backpack type-laptop backpack

6. laptop backpack

One of the main backpack types. Laptop backpack aims to protect your laptop from being shocked or scratched. People who carry laptops also need to carry other items like cards and keys, so the compartments in different sizes are important.

backpack type-Guitar backpack

7. Guitar backpack

This type of backpack is simple in structure and function: it only needs to protect your guitar and provide room for a guitar capo and tuner.

backpack type-Leather backpack

8. Leather backpack

Fashion brands, just as Coach and Hermes, would like to sell leather backpacks, leather backpacks are more of a fashion item than a carrier.

backpack type-Cycling backpack

9. Cycling backpack

User: Bicycle commuters and cycling enthusiasts.

Cycling backpacks need to be installed with a chest belt and waist belt to hold the backpack steady on the body, when riding in a standing position, the backpack straps often fall off the shoulders. A cycling backpack needs to be designed to endure sweat and rain.

backpack type-Kids Backpack

10. Kid’s backpack

Different from school backpack types, the kid’s backpacks are designed for kids in kindergarten or primary school. The materials of the kid’s backpack have to pass a more strict Toxicological Test because kids are more vulnerable than adults when facing harmful substances. The size of the backpack is also limited to a certain range. Different sizes of backpacks are catering kids of different ages.

backpack type-travel backpack

11. Travel backpack

The travel backpack type is specially made for travelers who often take public transportation.

Main features: Anti-theft lock on zippers, USB charging port, luggage strap.

backpack type-business backpack

12. Business backpack

The business backpack type is similar to a laptop backpack, it has a laptop compartment and a USB charging port. Different from laptop backpacks, business backpacks are made of leather.

backpack type-Tactical backpack

13. Tactical backpack

The tactical backpack type is used for military use. Nowadays many outdoor enthusiasts and military fans are using this kind of backpack. The tactical backpack has special compartments for ammunition and a hydration pack.

backpack type-Hydration backpack

14. Hydration backpack

A hydration backpack is a carrier of water when people run on a mountain. You’ll find many runners of outdoor enthusiasts own a backpack like this. This type of backpack cannot load many things but water, it is a sports gear. The water pack in the backpack can be replaced and cleaned.

backpack type-Diaper backpack

15. Diaper backpack

The diaper backpack is a bag with many storage rooms for baby supplies. Some backpacks are now being made with comfortable cushions that babies can sit on it. The diaper can’t be too large, it needs to fit in a stroller.

backpack type-Ski backpack

16. ski backpack

Skiing backpack usually carries rescue tools, energy bars and water bottles. They differ in weight and capacity. Skiing backpacks are made for skiers and snowboarders.

backpack type-Baseball backpack

17. Baseball backpack

Baseball backpacks are for baseball players, the baseball bat can be put on both sides of the backpack, and the main compartment is for baseball gloves and sportswear. Many types of baseball backpacks are ponderous, large in size, and not very suitable for other outdoor activities.

backpack type-Foldable backpack

18. Foldable backpack

A foldable backpack is also known as a skin backpack. It can be folded into a small patch and put into your pockets. People often use them as shopping bags, the materials are thin, so the foldable bag is not suitable to load valuable items. Portability and light weight are the main features of the backpack.

19. Other Kinds of backpack

There are many other types of backpack products that exist in the market, such as LED backpack and Trolley backpack. Both of them are very popular nowadays.

Honeyoung spent over 23 years in the bag industry, we write this article in the hope to answer your questions and helping to understand the bag production industry. Contact us if you have questions or purchase.

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