Woman hiking outdoors with roll top backpack

The Ultimate Guide: How to Store Backpacks

Whether it's for daily use, travel, or outdoor adventures, storing your backpack properly is key to extending its life and maintaining its shape. 

This guide covers everything you need to know about storing your backpack – from your sports drawstrings and mini backpacks to the rolltop packs and practical diaper bags – providing you with the top storage solutions to keep your bags in the best condition.

Let's dive into effective backpack storage techniques that are efficient and easy to implement.

The Basics of Backpack Storage

Woman hiking outdoors with roll top backpack

Pictured: The Roll Top Pack in Taupe


1. Clean Before Storing

Always begin with an empty, clean backpack. Remove all contents, shake out any debris, and if necessary, give it a light wash. This step is particularly important to avoid any leftover materials inside from damaging the fabric.

2. Keep Its Shape

To maintain your backpack's form, lightly stuff it with clean, dry materials like towels or bubble wrap. This is especially crucial for small backpacks and mini backpacks, as they tend to lose their shape more easily if not stored with care.

3. Find the Right Spot

Choose a cool, dry place away from sunlight for storage. Excessive heat, moisture, or light can degrade the materials of your backpack over time, affecting its durability and color.


Advanced Backpack Storage Ideas

Backpack with laptop sleeve for storage

1. Hang with Care

Hanging your backpack by its top handle is a great way to keep it off the ground and prevent it from getting squished. However, ensure the hanger or hook is sturdy enough to support the weight  without warping the straps or the structure.

2. Utilize Shelf Storage

If hanging isn’t an option, storing your backpack on a shelf can be just as effective. For those with multiple backpacks, using dividers can help keep them organized and maintain their shape.

This method is particularly gentle on the fabrics and structures of eco-friendly backpacks.

3. Rotate Regularly 

If you own multiple backpacks, rotate their use and storage positions. This practice not only ensures each backpack maintains its shape and functionality but also encourages you to reevaluate your collection, potentially donating items you no longer use.

A minimalist approach to belongings can significantly contribute to a more sustainable lifestyle.

4. Think Vertical

For a space-saving approach, consider vertical storage options like over-the-door organizers or wall hooks. This method not only conserves space but also makes your backpacks easily accessible.


Celebrating Sustainability with MADE FREE

Female artisan in fair trade factory

​​Pictured: MADE FREE Maker in Fair Trade Factory. Learn more about the Makers. 


MADE FREE’s commitment to sustainability and fair trade principles shines through their diverse range of backpacks. From sports drawstring backpacks, regular and mini backpacks, to rolltop packs and diaper bag backpacks, each is crafted from recycled polyester, embracing eco-friendly practices without compromising on style or functionality. 




MADE FREE - backpack items for an adventure


Choosing a MADE FREE backpack means supporting sustainability, fair labor practices, and the use of eco-friendly materials. 

These backpacks are designed not only for versatility—perfect for work, hiking, music festivals, camping, traveling, or school—but also for making a positive impact on the environment and society.

Follow the storage tips outlined above so your backpacks can live a long life full of whatever adventure that comes your way. Happy storing!


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