They hold everything you need. And a lot of things you probably don't need.
They keep your hands free to do other important things, like grocery shop or ride your bike.
They keep weight distributed evenly, you you're not leaning to one side.
They stay put, where as other bags just fall right off your sloping shoulders. (Okay, maybe that's just me...)
They are utilitarian.
They are simple and all-purpose.
The contents of my backpack are as follows:
- change purse
- little case that holds all the "cards" (library, Barnes and Noble, staff pass, various beverage punch cards, etc)
- glasses (in the glasses case)
- keys - personal and work
- cell phone
- two hair clips
- one scrunchie
- compact (I tend to be a little "shiny")
- lip balm (Crazy Rumors hazelnut latte)
- notebook (in case I need to write something down)
- small camera (in case there is a Kodak Moment)
- daily planner (so I know where I'm supposed to be and when I'm supposed to be there)
- two cds - David Bowie's A Reality Tour and Jakob Dylan's Women and Country
- book I'm currently reading - The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer (never know when you'll have some time to read, although lately not much because that book is short, and I'm not done with it yet.)
- travel size bottle of Yin Chao (in case I start to develop a cold or some other illness)
- stupidly large bottle of digestive enzyme pills (to quote the owner of my favorite chocolate shop, who introduced me to them, "I'm all jacked up inside.")
- a hat (because you never know when you'll need a hat)
- a plastic spoon (I don't know why)
- a packet of sugar (don't know about this one either)
- a chocolate bar (blueberry lavender)
- a sucker (pomegranate pucker)
- a bottle of water (I'm thirsty all. the. time.)
PS - I just cleaned out my bag last week. So this is the clean version. Just life's necessities.