Affordable

Pretty straight-forward, sleek looks and really solid materials. Pretty straight-forward, sleek looks and really solid materials.

Pretty straight-forward, sleek looks and really solid materials.

Maximum capacity for carry-on for most airlines... fits as much as any carry-on bag out there. Maximum capacity for carry-on for most airlines... fits as much as any carry-on bag out there.

Maximum capacity for carry-on for most airlines... fits as much as any carry-on bag out there.

Solid internal organization throughout the compartments on this bag. Nice eye for modern needs. Solid internal organization throughout the compartments on this bag. Nice eye for modern needs.

Solid internal organization throughout the compartments on this bag. Nice eye for modern needs.

Organized. All black.

Aer Travel Pack 2.0

A very well designed, stylish travel bag for one-bag travel with enough pockets, organization and access to make travel smooth. view bag

Simple, clean, techy aesthetics. Simple, clean, techy aesthetics.

Simple, clean, techy aesthetics.

Lots of organization for modern life. Lots of organization for modern life.

Lots of organization for modern life.

Large outer pocket with vertical zipper. Large outer pocket with vertical zipper.

Large outer pocket with vertical zipper.

Shoe pocket makes this stylish bag perfect for the commuting minimal gym addict. Shoe pocket makes this stylish bag perfect for the commuting minimal gym addict.

Shoe pocket makes this stylish bag perfect for the commuting minimal gym addict.

Techy. Useful.

Aer Fit Pack 2

Solid minimal tech organization, spacious front "duffel" pocket, tight little package, durable build and materials... the Fit Pack 2 from Aer is a solid everyday carry backpack. view bag

Solid tech org for everyday. Boasts another external access pocket and a hidden passport pocket. Solid tech org for everyday. Boasts another external access pocket and a hidden passport pocket.

Solid tech org for everyday. Boasts another external access pocket and a hidden passport pocket.

Simple, slim, compact footprint. Clean, minimal aesthetic. Simple, slim, compact footprint. Clean, minimal aesthetic.

Simple, slim, compact footprint. Clean, minimal aesthetic.

Sleek. Organized.

Aer Flight Pack 2

The second version of this bag is a welcome update, creating a much more stylish looking bag with plenty of organization for daily carry. view bag

Low-key, playful aesthetic. Low-key, playful aesthetic.

Low-key, playful aesthetic.

Stowable shoulder straps. #BriefcaseMode #MessengerMode Stowable shoulder straps. #BriefcaseMode #MessengerMode

Stowable shoulder straps. #BriefcaseMode #MessengerMode

Two of my favorite external access pockets.  Two of my favorite external access pockets.

Two of my favorite external access pockets.

Decent capacity. Slim profile.  Decent capacity. Slim profile.

Decent capacity. Slim profile.

External laptop compartment. External laptop compartment.

External laptop compartment.

Slimline. Classic.

Topo Global Briefcase

The Global Briefcase from Topo converts from backpack to briefcase with enough external access and style to be one of my personal favorite daily carry bags. view bag

Kind of a solid, standard, utilitarian aesthetic. Built really well with solid, classic materials. Kind of a solid, standard, utilitarian aesthetic. Built really well with solid, classic materials.

Kind of a solid, standard, utilitarian aesthetic. Built really well with solid, classic materials.

In use you find the organization and pocket sizes are great on this bag. In use you find the organization and pocket sizes are great on this bag.

In use you find the organization and pocket sizes are great on this bag.

The insides are simple, but not without decent organization. The insides are simple, but not without decent organization.

The insides are simple, but not without decent organization.

Upgraded Classic

Greenroom136 Rainmaker Backpack

An extremely solid everyday backpack suited for carrying lots of gear or compressing down to a minimal daily carry haul. One of my favorite all-around bags. view bag

Greenroom 136 Metromonger Sling

Basic Excellence

Greenroom 136 Metromonger Sling

A very sturdy and functional sling for a very affordable price, the Metromonger sling from Greenroom 136 is one every sling-person needs to know about view bag

Aer Duffel Pack 2

Roomy. Rugged.

Aer Duffel Pack 2

The Aer Duffel Pack is not the tool for every job, but for particular uses it just might be perfect for you. view bag

Able Carry Daily Backpack

Able Carry Daily Backpack

The Daily backpack from Able Carry is an affordable, sleek little bag for daily carry. view bag

Qwstion Simple Everyday Carry Bags

Qwstion Simple Everyday Carry Bags

Qwstion is a product design studio in Zurich Switzerland who makes very stylish bags for the "hipper" areas of town without sacrificing functionality. view bag

Perfect space for just a smidge more than the daily essentials. (Remember the larger

Perfect space for just a smidge more than the daily essentials. (Remember the larger "Tech Pack" has some more space too.)

Great compartment segmentation and panel organization for daily essentials. Great compartment segmentation and panel organization for daily essentials.

Great compartment segmentation and panel organization for daily essentials.

This bag comes in two sizes. This is the smaller

This bag comes in two sizes. This is the smaller "Day Pack", the larger is called the "Tech Pack."

Slick + Organized

Aer Work Day Pack

The Day Pack from Aer's Work Collection was instantly one of my favorite simple daily carry bags because it's minimal frame but high-functioning insides. view bag

Hideout Pack from Everyman

Burly Organization.

Hideout Pack from Everyman

The Hideout Pack from Everyman is a solid take on a street/urban/heritage bag with lots of organization at an affordable-ish price point. view bag

Tortuga Setout Packable Backpack

Simple. Clean.

Tortuga Setout Packable Backpack

The Setout Packable backpack from Tortuga is very capable and lightweight for it's price. A favorite to be sure. view bag

Little Delight.

North St. Pioneer Fanny Pack

The Pioneer from North St. is an exceptional little fanny pack/sling bag made with classic bag making techniques by hand in Portland, Oregon. view bag

Solid Materials. Clean looks.  Solid Materials. Clean looks.

Solid Materials. Clean looks.

Very comfortable, robust shoulder straps. Very comfortable, robust shoulder straps.

Very comfortable, robust shoulder straps.

Solid organization panel. Solid organization panel.

Solid organization panel.

25L capacity. 25L capacity.

25L capacity.

Chunky. Comfortable. Organized.

Tortuga Setout Laptop Backpack

The Setout Laptop Backpack from Tortuga is well organized solidly built for daily carry and minimal travel. view bag

Simple, essential aesthetics. Possibly too simple, but it does it's job damn well. Simple, essential aesthetics. Possibly too simple, but it does it's job damn well.

Simple, essential aesthetics. Possibly too simple, but it does it's job damn well.

Modern tech organization panels and compartments make duffels like these<em>actually</em> nice to travel with. Modern tech organization panels and compartments make duffels like theseactually nice to travel with.

Modern tech organization panels and compartments make duffels like theseactually nice to travel with.

Laptop and business papers, man, storage. Laptop and business papers, man, storage.

Laptop and business papers, man, storage.

Separate shoe compartment (that, of course, eats into the main compartment's capacity). Separate shoe compartment (that, of course, eats into the main compartment's capacity).

Separate shoe compartment (that, of course, eats into the main compartment's capacity).

Luggage passthrough in case you<em>really</em> need to bring a lot with you to the airport. Luggage passthrough in case youreally need to bring a lot with you to the airport.

Luggage passthrough in case youreally need to bring a lot with you to the airport.

Organized. Spacious.

Tortuga Setout Duffel

The Tortuga Setout Duffel is affordable and really durable duffel luggage built with tech organization, a security pocket, a shoe compartment, laptop storage and extremely ample exterior access. view bag

Several little spots to segment your daily gear. Key clip, soft-lined pouch for glasses, etc. Several little spots to segment your daily gear. Key clip, soft-lined pouch for glasses, etc.

Several little spots to segment your daily gear. Key clip, soft-lined pouch for glasses, etc.

Expansion and contraction to fit your load. Expandable gusset is very thoughtfully designed; it works without you having to think about it. Expansion and contraction to fit your load. Expandable gusset is very thoughtfully designed; it works without you having to think about it.

Expansion and contraction to fit your load. Expandable gusset is very thoughtfully designed; it works without you having to think about it.

Surprising amount of space for how small this thing can look on the body. Mirrorless cameras with small/pancake lenses will likely fit, for example. Surprising amount of space for how small this thing can look on the body. Mirrorless cameras with small/pancake lenses will likely fit, for example.

Surprising amount of space for how small this thing can look on the body. Mirrorless cameras with small/pancake lenses will likely fit, for example.

Carry on the body 3 different ways. (I bet you could think of a couple more if you got really creative) Carry on the body 3 different ways. (I bet you could think of a couple more if you got really creative)

Carry on the body 3 different ways. (I bet you could think of a couple more if you got really creative)

Capable, friendly companion.

Bellroy Sling

My favorite entry-level sling, Bellroy's Sling is thoughtfully conceived and built with delightful, rugged materials. But it's the simplicity of this bag that keeps me coming back to it. view bag

Inner compartment organization is excellent. Inner compartment organization is excellent.

Inner compartment organization is excellent.

Uber comfy padded handle. Straps long enough to shoulder carry. Uber comfy padded handle. Straps long enough to shoulder carry.

Uber comfy padded handle. Straps long enough to shoulder carry.

Perfect capacity for lots of jobs. Perfect capacity for lots of jobs.

Perfect capacity for lots of jobs.

The Easy Companion.

Tom Bihn “The Truck”

The Truck from Tom Bihn is an excellent 25L organized tote with extra comfortable handles and rugged, durable materials. This is our favorite "family adventure tote" at the moment because it's just an excellent bag for beaches, parks and grocery stores. view bag

Elegant method for getting into both sides of the bag. Really low-key look (not in this color, lol) and easy access to your gear in transit. Elegant method for getting into both sides of the bag. Really low-key look (not in this color, lol) and easy access to your gear in transit.

Elegant method for getting into both sides of the bag. Really low-key look (not in this color, lol) and easy access to your gear in transit.

Rolltop for a little expansion of capacity as well as excellent water resistance and weather protection. Rolltop for a little expansion of capacity as well as excellent water resistance and weather protection.

Rolltop for a little expansion of capacity as well as excellent water resistance and weather protection.

Understated. Capable.

F-Stop Dalston Camera Backpack

The Dalston from F-Stop is a very elegantly designed bag for camera and tech use that doesn't scream "I have thousands of dollars of camera gear in here!" view bag

Clean lines. Thoughtful design. Lightweight yet durable. Clean lines. Thoughtful design. Lightweight yet durable.

Clean lines. Thoughtful design. Lightweight yet durable.

Lots of capacity. Great visibility. Lots of capacity. Great visibility.

Lots of capacity. Great visibility.

Solid external organization. Solid external organization.

Solid external organization.

Carry comfort is complicated. Carry comfort is complicated.

Carry comfort is complicated.

Simple, Techy Capacity

Peak Design 35L Travel Duffel

The Travel Duffel from Peak Design is a simple travel companion with some very useful features like weatherproof materials and killer external access pockets. Handles can be a little fiddly. view bag

A very lightweight, packable bag with decent organization. A very lightweight, packable bag with decent organization.

A very lightweight, packable bag with decent organization.

All the zips are up against your back for security from pick-pockets. All the zips are up against your back for security from pick-pockets.

All the zips are up against your back for security from pick-pockets.

RiutBag Crush Packable Daypack

The RiutBag Crush is a packable daypack made from minimal materials so you can easily fit it into the corner of any travel bag you use. view bag

Stylish metro vibes in a packable backpack is unique. Stylish metro vibes in a packable backpack is unique.

Stylish metro vibes in a packable backpack is unique.

Padded straps and multiple external pockets (including a lovely Fidlock magnetic front clip) Padded straps and multiple external pockets (including a lovely Fidlock magnetic front clip)

Padded straps and multiple external pockets (including a lovely Fidlock magnetic front clip)

Lightweight and thin, it packs flat into your travel gear Lightweight and thin, it packs flat into your travel gear

Lightweight and thin, it packs flat into your travel gear

Just About Perfect.

Aer Go Packable Backpack

The Go packable backpack from Aer definitely provides more than most packable backpacks. view bag

Simple looks. Playful colors. Doesn't look like there's spendy gear inside. Simple looks. Playful colors. Doesn't look like there's spendy gear inside.

Simple looks. Playful colors. Doesn't look like there's spendy gear inside.

Built in camera cube. Front access + side access. Built in camera cube. Front access + side access.

Built in camera cube. Front access + side access.

Front organization panel Front organization panel

Front organization panel

Solid water bottle/tripod holder Solid water bottle/tripod holder

Solid water bottle/tripod holder

Fits 16

Fits 16" laptops

Playful. Easy. Solid.

Brevité Jumper

The Jumper from Brevité is one of my favorite simple, daily camera bags. It can get dirty easy, may not last forever, but it's very delightful to use for small to medium camera setups. view bag

A very capable travel bag for the price. A very capable travel bag for the price.

A very capable travel bag for the price.

Solid capacity in this 38L bag. Solid capacity in this 38L bag.

Solid capacity in this 38L bag.

Top front pocket size is excellent. Top front pocket size is excellent.

Top front pocket size is excellent.

Light & Capable

Kathmandu Litehaul 38 Travel Backpack

The Litehaul 38 from Kathmandu is capable, stylish, boasts a very interesting pocket configuration and a more comfortable than normal harness system. view bag

Satisfying design and materials.  Satisfying design and materials.

Satisfying design and materials.

Surprisingly comfortable Surprisingly comfortable

Surprisingly comfortable

Built for the modern workday Built for the modern workday

Built for the modern workday

Clean. Minimal. Sleek.

Moment Travelwear Backpack

Simple, clean aesthetic on a daily backpack for a techy lifestyle. Great materials and a few pleasant surprises under the hood. view bag

Killer aesthetic on this thing. Killer aesthetic on this thing.

Killer aesthetic on this thing.

Solid straps. No mesh, tho. Solid straps. No mesh, tho.

Solid straps. No mesh, tho.

Comes in 30L or 40L. Comes in 30L or 40L.

Comes in 30L or 40L.

Nice organization. Nice external access. Nice organization. Nice external access.

Nice organization. Nice external access.

Durable. Organized. Playful.

Topo Travel Bag (30 + 40L)

The Topo Travel bag has a playful style, which I like a lot, but it is very serious about being a great travel bag. This is a classic. view bag

Bitchin' external access on this thing. Bitchin' external access on this thing.

Bitchin' external access on this thing.

Separate laptop pocket. Separate laptop pocket.

Separate laptop pocket.

Excellent capacity for everyday use + minimal travel. Excellent capacity for everyday use + minimal travel.

Excellent capacity for everyday use + minimal travel.

Affordable. Killer.

Topo Core Pack

The Core Pack from Topo is a classic daily carry bag with solid organization and materials at an extremely affordable price. view bag