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Casual sling backpacks made of leather and canvas, practical for everyday use

Shoulder backpacks combine ergonomics and style for everyday use and travel. They allow for the safe and comfortable transport of your personal belongings, while relieving your back and shoulders. Ideal for commuters, travelers, and outdoor enthusiasts.

What is a Sling Backpack?

A sling backpack for men and women is a specialized type of shoulder bag designed to be worn on one shoulder. With a single, often adjustable, shoulder strap, the backpack is worn diagonally across the torso, facilitating the transportation of personal items while leaving your hands free. Depending on the material and design, the sling backpack is suitable for various applications, from everyday errands to travel or outdoor activities.

The ergonomic design of sling backpacks aims to minimize the strain on one shoulder. They come with various compartments and sections to enable the organized transport of essentials such as wallets, smartphones, or keys. Whether made of rugged canvas or fine leather, the sling backpack meets both practical and stylistic requirements.


Is a Sling Backpack the Same as a Cross Bag, Crossbody Backpack, or Sling Bag?

A sling backpack is not necessarily the same as a cross bag, crossbody backpack, or sling bag, although these terms are often used synonymously. However, there are subtle differences, mainly in design and wearing style:

Sling Backpack:

This is a general term for backpacks that are worn over one shoulder. The weight distribution and carrying comfort can vary depending on the model.

Cross Bag/Crossbody Backpack:

These backpacks are worn across the body so that the bag lies on the opposite side of the shoulder over which the strap runs. They often provide quick access to the contents and are practical for activities where both hands should be free.

Sling Bag:

Similar to the crossbody backpack, the sling bag is also worn across the body. However, the sling bag is often smaller and slimmer, ideal for carrying only a few items.


What Are the Advantages of a Sling Backpack?

Sling backpacks score points for their handiness and flexibility. Due to the single shoulder strap, they are quick and easy to put on and take off, making them ideal for situations where you frequently need access to your belongings, like shopping or sightseeing. They also offer enough storage space for essential items without being bulky. Their ergonomic design minimizes the strain on one shoulder, making them a comfortable option for shorter periods or lighter loads.


Which Essentials Should Be in a Sling Backpack?

Wallet with Payment Methods and Identification Documents

In the modern world, digital payments are ubiquitous, but you won't get far without a well-organized wallet. This should contain both cash and essential cards such as your bank and credit card. Indispensable are also personal identification documents like the ID card or driver's license.

Smartphone and Charging Cable, possibly a Power Bank

A smartphone is often more than just a means of communication; it's a navigator, camera, notebook, and entertainment system all in one. A charging cable is therefore equally indispensable to stay connected on the go. For longer trips or days when you need to be constantly reachable, a power bank is a sensible addition.

Keys and Car Keys

Your keys are literally the access to your home and, if you own a car, your vehicle. They should therefore always be readily available in a separate compartment of your sling backpack, so you don't have to search for long.


Sunglasses are not just a fashionable accessory but also protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. Especially for outdoor activities or in the summer, high-quality sunglasses should not be missing.

Essential Cosmetics, like Sunscreen

On the go, small cosmetic helpers like sunscreen, hand cream, or lip balm can significantly increase your well-being. Sunscreen is particularly essential in strong sunlight to protect your skin.


How to Properly Combine an Outfit with a Sling Backpack?

A sling backpack usually emphasizes a casual, sporty style and therefore goes particularly well with informal and outdoor-oriented outfits. A combination with classic safari elements is an excellent choice. Consider incorporating khaki or earthy tones and opt for lightweight shirts as well as cargo shorts or pants. Materials like linen or breathable cotton harmonize wonderfully with the texture of a sling backpack, bringing out your adventurous flair.

Accessories are also crucial for giving your look the finishing touch. A pair of robust boots, well-chosen sunglasses, and perhaps even a matching hat can round off the outfit. If your sling backpack is made of materials like leather or canvas, pay attention to similar or complementary textures in your clothing pieces to create a coherent overall look.


What is the Best Sling Backpack Brand?

The bags from DRAKENSBERG are exceptional in every respect. For us, sustainability is not just a trend but a long-term commitment. Using only the highest quality and sustainable materials, like buffalo leather and cotton, each of our sling backpacks is a unique masterpiece. Over a hundred steps of handwork go into making each one, resulting in socially responsible, sustainably produced, and affordable pieces. A DRAKENSBERG bag does not just carry your belongings; it carries your individuality.

Choosing a sling backpack from DRAKENSBERG is making a statement for quality, sustainability, and unique design. In addition to providing functional benefits, our bags are an expression of your adventurous spirit and individual style. Our sling backpacks are not just accessories; they are companions on your journey.

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