If you’re an artist, you might have to carry a lot of your materials as well as your canvas around. A trusty bag that can hold all of your materials can be your best friend especially if you don’t own a car. If you choose to ride a bike for transportation, you might want to consider buying a messenger bag.
A messenger bag is the perfect bag for artists because it can hold a lot of things at once and, depending on its size, can fit a 15 inch canvas or sketchpad. Most messenger bags also come with accessories that give it even more space and pockets. If you want to know more about the best kinds of messenger bags, here are some examples.
Banjo Bros Medium
This is a very sturdy and fully featured messenger bad that retails in a very affordable price. It has an internal padded divider as well as six pockets for organization purposes. These pockets are slip pockets that are secured with velcro and zippers—not to mention slots for pens. There is also a removable holder on the strap that measures 50mm wide along with a keyclip and a carrying handle. This bag is also water resistant, comfortable, secure and has a 19-litre capacity that can hold most of your materials.
Bagaboo Eco Medium
A simple but high quality bag, and while it’s the middle of Bagaboo’s three Eco models, it still has a 27-litre capacity (the large has a huge 34l). Open up the Eco and you’ll see this is a stripped-back-to-the basics bag – there’s no padding on the back and no internal dividers or laptop pocket, but the voluminous interior will easily take a 15in laptop, clothing, lock and a large lunch as well. There are four external slip pockets under the flap, one meshed, and a large Velcro patch to secure the flap. It’s tough, durable and waterproof – thanks to a Cordura outer and inner tarpaulin lining – and light enough to take travelling with you.
Ortlieb Medium Sling-It
This bag is available in three different sizes and has Ortlieb’s popular Teutonic water proofing. This kind of water proofing means that there is no water that can get past the roll down top that is secured with an extra large Velcro. This bag can carry 12-litres and is sectioned with 2 storage areas—one can fit a 15 inch laptop and has numerous pockets that can hold papers and even have slots for pens. The design is straightforward with no external pockets for very quick access. If you decide to go for the larger model, it can fit a 17inch sketchpad.
Pacific Outdoor Vancouver
This waterproof, 23-litre bag can withstand almost 20 days of rain. It’s made from waterproof thermally welded nylon with its main section having a full length waterproof YKK zipper. The large external pocket also has a waterproof YKK zipper that has a zip garage for more protection against water. The bag features a few open pockets and the main storage is very well padded for heavy loads. The bag features wide straps for comfort when you carry it around.