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The Ultimate Commuter Bag

May 19, 2020

What’s the best commuter bag? The Dooney & Bourke team tested out a range of silhouettes and have reached a unanimous consensus: backpacks.

Comfort matters a lot for someone who travels to work by train or on foot. Every aspect of the commuter’s daily uniform has to be functional. The shoes commuters wear need to be comfortable, jackets must stand up to the elements, and bags should organize a range of necessities and be easy to carry.

Dooney & Bourke backpack on the back of a beach chair.

Backpacks hit all of those checkboxes. It can be stressful digging through your bag on the go. Our backpacks feature multiple pockets that keep you organized. You’ll be able to find anything in the moment you need it. We design larger pockets optimized for bulky items, like hand sanitizer, and slim pouches to hold something discreet, like a Metro Card.

But what about roomy totes, convenient crossbodys, and professional briefcases? Our team tried out their favorite, non-backpack silhouettes to see which made the best commuter bag. The results?

Woman wearing a Dooney & Bourke backpack, the best commuter bag, on the beach.

We found that our team preferred backpacks. Simply put, they’re just easier to wear. We bumped into significantly less people when wearing a backpack, compared to tote bags or satchels that sit on one shoulder. And for those of us who had to walk uphill, it was just way more comfortable wearing a bag on our backs. Backpacks even out the weight distribution on our shoulders. We needed a lot less massages.

For the commuter who travels by train, plane, or foot, we recommend keeping your day as effortless as possible with a backpack. Find your perfect silhouette from a range of sizes and leathers.

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