Many Hats, Plus A Yoga Mat: A Backpack Built For Versatility

The search for one bag that can take us from work to the gym to yoga to happy hour, and back again..
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The search for one bag that can take us from work to the gym to yoga to happy hour, and back again..
Image Credit: Michael Mallette

Image Credit: Michael Mallette

A writer and editor. A runner. A digital marketing consultant. A photographer. A yogi. On any given day, I wear many different hats, depending on the hour. Each one comes with its own heavy gear.

As far as my wellbeing goes, my yoga mat is arguably the most important piece of equipment I carry out the door on an average morning. I’ve found that yoga’s holistic health benefits are both physical and symbolic — by stretching my body, I stretch my mind, and by strengthening my muscles, I equally strengthen my resolve.

When I’m stuck on a sentence or lost for words in the midst of a tricky writing piece, there’s no cleansing mid-day break quite like a vinyasa yoga class. But most often, I like to stop by my neighborhood studio on my way home from a long workday. The transformative practice has become my non-negotiable way to loosen up, let go and escape to a tiny island of peaceful paradise in the shape of a rubbery rectangle on the floor.

The yoga mat might be the most important piece of equipment, but it’s also the most cumbersome. In an ideal world, I’d own a bottomless tote à la Mary Poppins, into which the tall roll would disappear until needed, settled invisibly between my laptop and my camera and my agenda and my wallet and my piles of snacks. But until someone invents a real-world version of that imaginative contraption, I’ve been making due with an old, worn and far too small backpack while hunting near and far for a proper carry-all for my miscellany of daily must-haves, providing space to hold each one of my many proverbial hats.

The search seemed impossible. But then, so did Tree Pose, the first ten times I tried it. (More on that will soon be shared here.) And I think I’ve finally found it — the backpack that balances my eclectic routine, getting me from work to the gym to the yoga studio and back again.

Image Credit: Leah Pellegrini

Image Credit: Leah Pellegrini

The new Backpacks.com caters to all walks of life, with a curated collection of backpacks that are modern but classic, durable but elegant, and made to last. The site’s selection is impressively diverse, with different options for every lifestyle imaginable. I finally settled on the MPG Convertible Backpack. It's sleek enough for city streets with its shiny steel zippers and subtly lustrous black fabric, and it comes with ample pouches and pockets (including an interior laptop sleeve), plus two side compartments — one for my yoga mat and one for my water bottle. 

Image Credit: Leah Pellegrini

Image Credit: Leah Pellegrini

Though I tend to strap it over my shoulders, the backpack also has top handles so it can be carried as a purse, which is perfect if I choose to skip my sweaty vinyasa and meet friends for happy hour instead, sidling into any New York bar with my work and workout gear all cleverly disguised. It's is a versatile multi-tasker, just like I am — and, I’m guessing, just like you.

Image Credit: Leah Pellegrini

Image Credit: Leah Pellegrini

A student. A mother. A hiker. A biker. A professional woman with a busy, bustling career. In today’s world, we all wear more than a few hats, and it’s well past time we stopped squashing them into too-small totes, piling them up in the backseats of our cars, lugging and transferring them from one purse to the next. We need backpacks built for journeys of every variety, backpacks adaptable and reliable — backpacks that might even make Mary Poppins jealous. 

Image Credit: Michael Mallette

Image Credit: Michael Mallette

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