Types of Bags for Men | Everything You Need To Know About

Bags have been an important accessory without anyone realising it. Everywhere you go, you always have a bag along. But have you ever given it a thought about whether you’re using the right bag? Maybe that backpack is so convenient you don’t realize it’s the wrong bag for that particular occasion? There’s a certain bag that’s appropriate for that particular setting, and you need to know what they are. Here’s a list of the types of bags for men for you to go through if you’re unsure about what the right bag would be.

Types of Bags for Men

  1. Briefcases
  2. Tote
  3. Messenger
  4. Duffle
  5. Weekender
  6. Barrel
  7. Sack
  8. Backpack
  9. Bowling
  10. Satchel
  11. Fanny Pack

1. Briefcases

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Briefcases are narrow hard-sided box-shaped bags or cases, usually equipped with a handle. Often used for carrying papers and other documents, lawyers earlier commonly used briefcases to carry briefs. In more recent times, papers and documents now accompany electronic devices such as laptops, and tablets.

2. Tote

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A large bag with parallel handles, and an unfastened opening is a tote. Typically crafted from a sturdy cloth, with leather handles and a bottom, other versions have a different surface. Commonly used fabrics are heavy canvas, jute, heavy nylon and more. But now, many inexpensive totes are crafted from recycled matter.

3. Messenger

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These bags are usually made out of some kind of cloth and are commonly known as courier bags. Usually worn over across the body, if they’re slightly on the smaller side; then they’re considered sling bags. Often worn by couriers, messenger bags are now slowly climbing the fashion ladder and have become the norm. Another term they’re often referred by are carry alls.

4. Duffle

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A large cylindrical bag made of cloth or any other fabric, featuring a top closure is usually considered to be a duffle bag, kit bag or a gym bag. Often used as a travel or sport bag, these are usually used by military personnel as well. A duffel bag has always been around, but have recently resurfaced, and looks like they’re here to stay.

5. Weekender

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The name in itself explains what the bag is, a travel bag that’s designed to hold clothing, toiletries, and essentials for a long weekend trip. Weekender bags are a smaller version of a duffel bag but are used a lot more when it comes to carry ons because they’re more compact. Some weekender bags have wheels at the base, while some can be worn across the body.

6. Barrel

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A cylindrical bag that resembles a barrel, and similar to the messenger bag, these bags were originally associated with men in the army and were used to transport their equipment during the war. They’re quite similar to a duffel bag and would work extremely well as a carry on during your travels.

7. Sack

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Sacks are usually rectangular-shaped bags that are mostly crafted from burlap, or canvas and are also known as feed bags. They usually don’t have any compartments or pockets, still providing you the space you need for your essentials. They’re usually available in various sizes, and materials, and are more commonly used for the gym.

8. Backpack

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A cloth sack carried on one’s back and secured with two straps that go over the shoulders is called a backpack. But this is just its simplest form, there are many variations of this basic design found. Often preferred for heavy luggage or anything else, these bags come extremely handy for hikers and students, and helps avoid the weight of heavy objects on the hands.

9. Bowling

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Bowling bags were a popular choice in the 1990s, used for carrying bowling balls. But recently the retro style has come back and is here to stay. Slightly bigger, these bags are available in different shapes, sizes, and materials. They work amazingly well as a carry on for travel purposes, or a regular travel bag for your shorter trips.

10. Satchel

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A satchel is a bag often with a strap and it is usually worn across the body. Traditionally used for carrying books, these are now used for carrying regular essentials like wallets, electronics, etc. What makes this a satchel is the flap that folds over the top and fastens in the front, and is soft-sided.

11. Fanny Pack

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A small pouch, secured with a zipper and usually worn around the hips or waist is a fanny pack, or a bum bag. They’re also referred to as bags attached to belts and have been used for quite some time now. Most people usually wear these across their bodies, and though initially they were a certain size, these fanny packs have gotten a little bigger and more spacious for all of your essentials.