They say good things come in small packages, and when it comes to mini backpacks, we couldn’t agree more. When you only have a few small staples to bring to work or while running errands, these pint-sized backpacks make for a super convenient—and chic!—way to transport your belongings. Unlike a purse or tote, a mini backpack distributes weight evenly across your shoulders and back, which can ultimately help to ward off chronic pain and injury. Plus, there’s something to be said for how adorable they are in comparison to their clunkier counterparts. We did our research to uncover a slew of highly-quality options that, aside from being cute, promise to make your life easier, facilitate travel and keep your belongings safe and sound.
While the perfect mini backpack for you will come down to personal taste in many cases, there are a few elements worth looking out for across the board, including secure compartments. Outside pouches are great for accessing essentials you use often, such as water bottles, but make sure they’re elasticized or have pull-cinch closure, so they don’t fall out. Interior pouches and slits, meanwhile, work wonders for organizing clutter. Those with snap closures or pull-cinches are handy for grabbing things quickly; however, a turnlock closure will be more secure. You should also check out a mini backpack’s dimensions prior to picking one up to see if they’re able to accommodate the items you plan to carry and consider the materials they’re made of.