It’s not easy to run after the bus or to squeeze into train cues when you’re carrying a lot of stuff, especially when you're already dressed in your client presentation-ready work clothes. So if you commute to work daily, or go around the city a lot, the best thing you can do is to invest in a good backpack.
Aside from getting a lot of space for your stuff, many are water-resistant so you can use them in any weather. Some also have built-in anti-mandurukot features, so you won’t have to worry about getting your wallet stolen even in crowded areas.
And in your 30s, aside from finding a quality bag that can last you a long time, it's worth investing in a versatile design so you can lug it around with you from your team lunch, to your meeting across town, to drinks with the girls at night. Here are a few you can try:
Beside U Steiner Medium Backpack and Mara Tall Backpack
Available in Robinsons Department Store Ortigas
These bags have RFID guarded zip pockets that keep your debit and credit cards safe from thieves that would like to steal your information. While they’re not totally slash-proof, they come with security hooks to keep your zippers secure.
Anello Water-Resistant Backpack
P3,850, available at Zalora
Carrying office documents around can be nerve-racking, especially when the weather is so unpredictable. Better invest in a water-resistant backpack that will keep you worry-free.
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Herschel Retreat Mid Volume
P4,490, available at Herschel and The Travel Club branches
If you’re the kind of woman that always has to bring a lot of things on her daily commute (gym clothes and shoes, baon, laptop, etc.) then this bag is for you. It has a drawcord closure to help keep your stuff secure, plus leather straps for a bit of style.
Travelon Anti-Theft Courier Slim Backpack
P5,990, available at The Travel Club branches
Travelon is a brand known for low-key anti-theft bags—their designs range from classy to casual. This cotton backpack is actually padded and can carry a laptop, plus it has slash-resistant panels and locking compartments. This can also double as an overnight bag since it has several compartments you can utilize.
Pacsafe Citysafe CX Mini Backpack
P7,290, available at Urbanize
If you don't have much to bring but would rather have a backpack than a shoulder bag (we get it—shoulder and neck pains), then this is a great pick. Its body and straps are all slash-proof, plus it has RFID-blocking pockets, too!