I’m not alone when I say that using a backpack for work is the most convenient and comfortable way to carry everything you need. And with more and more backpack companies emerging, each with different styles, there’s a work backpack for everyone.
But one thing I’ve noticed around the office and on my way to work is that people tend to over pack their backpacks.
Now, some people don’t really care to have a professional looking backpack, but there are those that work in an environment where image is important. And a bulky backpack screams college student.
And so, I’d thought it’d be a good idea to sit down and share my tips on how I pack my work backpack.
The 3 Goals to Have When Packing a Backpack for Work
If you want to pack your backpack, while also keeping it looking professional, remember and stick to these three goals.
- Goal #1: Stay Light
- Goal #2: Stay Organized
- Goal #3: Keep Everything in Good Condition
Keeping these three goals in mind will help prevent you from overpacking. I’ll go into the specifc ways that you can accomplish each goal, starting with number one.
Goal #1: Pack Your Backpack as Light as You Can
There are a couple of ways that you can lighten your load when packing for work. One way is to swap what you carry for lighter, less dense options.
1. Your Laptop is Probably Weighing Down Your Backpack
If your laptop weighs more than five pounds, you may want to consider upgrading. If you can’t outright buy a new laptop, I recommend traveling with a tablet instead. If that isn’t possible, perhaps leaving your laptop at home might be an option. That is if you have a computer at work.
2. Binders are Notorious For Taking Up Backpack Space
Binders are great for organization, but the hardcover ones can get heavy, especially if they are filled. One way to avoid this is to use a flexible binder instead, which is lighter and easier to fit.
3. Professional Padfolio is Not Easy to Pack in a Backpack
Padfolios are both good and bad. They are good because they keep all of your important documents and cards together. They are bad because they can get bulky too. The better alternative is to size down your padfolio, so that it just fits your tablet and a small notepad.
4. Personal Items Can Also Weigh Down Your Work Bag
Another easy way to lighten your load is to downsize the personal items you carry on a daily basis. For example, instead of an umbrella, carry a poncho. Instead of a heavy wallet, opt for a minimalist wallet that reduces the clutter.
These are three ways that I have reduced my carrying load, significantly. As you can tell, the bigger items are responsible for most of the weight in a backpack. If you just follow one of these suggestions, you will feel an immediate difference in your backpack.
Goal #3: Remember to Organize Your Backpack for Work
When you pack your backpack for work, organization is another component to consider. Nothing says sloppy like having random papers and pens all over the place. If you need help organizing your work backpack, here are some suggestions to get you started.
1. Consider Using a Professional Computer Backpack as Your Backpack for Work
Even if you already have a backpack, I encourage to look at a professional computer backpack, as they are made for organization. These professional backpacks come with a laptop pocket sleeve, compartments for all your things, and their design makes it them the perfect office backpack. On a final note, when you’re looking for a backpack for work, make sure that it has compression straps also. This is important, as compression straps will minimize the size of your laptop bag significantly.
On a final note, when you’re looking for a backpack for work, make sure that it has compression straps also. This is important, as compression straps will minimize the size of your laptop bag significantly.
2. Keep a Cord Organizer and Pencil Pouch in Your Work Bag
Cord organizers are magical miracle workers that can manage to tame the cord monster lingering in your backpack. Get yourself one of these! It really is the only thing that can keep your chargers, mouse, cords, ethernet cable, and USB thumb drives together and neat. And finally, a small pencil pouch will help keep your pens, pencils, and highlighters at bay.
Goal #3: Protect Everything in Your Work Backpack From Damage and Theft
If protecting your items from unnecessary wear is number one priority for you, then here’s the last piece of advice that I want to share.
Up until now, I’ve emphasized the need for packing light and staying organized. But what you may not know is that these two steps serve another purpose: they help safeguard your items against damage.
How? By packing less or packing light, you minimize the amount of impact on your items. Keeping your backpack organized also helps with damage prevention by minimizing movement inside your computer backpack.
This is where compression straps and protective sleeves and pouches come in handy.
Pack Your Professional Computer Backpack The Right Way
Take these few tips into mind the next time you’re packing your work backpack. I promise, you’ll be glad you did.