Backpack/Briefcase Conversion

Clean, minimal styling (black + olive) Clean, minimal styling (black + olive)

Clean, minimal styling (black + olive)

Comfy straps, lightweight metal frame Comfy straps, lightweight metal frame

Comfy straps, lightweight metal frame

Clamshell, dual compartment  Clamshell, dual compartment

Clamshell, dual compartment

Laptop suspended in middle of bag Laptop suspended in middle of bag

Laptop suspended in middle of bag

Luggage passthrough + stowable straps Luggage passthrough + stowable straps

Luggage passthrough + stowable straps

Low key looks, nicely organized  Low key looks, nicely organized

Low key looks, nicely organized

Modern Classic

Pakt Travel Backpack

After the success of their killer duffel bag, Pakt partnered with Chase Reeves to design a modern travel backpack for both pro travelers and weekend warriors alike. Lots of external access, solid aesthetics, perfect carry-on size, organized without overcomplicating things. view bag

Very sleek design (and details).  Very sleek design (and details).

Very sleek design (and details).

Solid organization built into the bag. Not a typical shell for a bag, can be difficult to pack. Solid organization built into the bag. Not a typical shell for a bag, can be difficult to pack.

Solid organization built into the bag. Not a typical shell for a bag, can be difficult to pack.

Tight & Sleek

Minaal Carry On Backpack

This is the bag that started it all for me. The Carry On backpack from Minaal is one of the professional traveler's best friends with its sleek design, killer materials and medium sized capacity for minimal travel. 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

A very classy yet playful aesthetic in this killer lil' work bag. A very classy yet playful aesthetic in this killer lil' work bag.

A very classy yet playful aesthetic in this killer lil' work bag.

Expands and contracts for those days when you need to bring more. Expands and contracts for those days when you need to bring more.

Expands and contracts for those days when you need to bring more.

Unbelievable internal organization in this bag. Very killer. Unbelievable internal organization in this bag. Very killer.

Unbelievable internal organization in this bag. Very killer.

Playful. Serious.

Bellroy Duotote Backpack

The Duotote from Bellroy is a killer daily carry bag for those of us who value style and organization in a tight, sleek package. view bag

Excellent materials for a life-long bag. Excellent materials for a life-long bag.

Excellent materials for a life-long bag.

Hideable backpack straps. Hideable backpack straps.

Hideable backpack straps.

Simple and removable organization of the main compartment into 3 sections. Simple and removable organization of the main compartment into 3 sections.

Simple and removable organization of the main compartment into 3 sections.

Shoulder straps from Tom Bihn are known for their comfort. Shoulder straps from Tom Bihn are known for their comfort.

Shoulder straps from Tom Bihn are known for their comfort.

Durability + Simplicity

Tom Bihn Aeronaut 30 + 45

The Aeronaut from Tom Bihn is an excellent duffel/backpack conversion bag with minimal organization and insanely durable materials and construction. view bag

Qwstion Simple Office Backpack/Briefcase

Understated. Organized. Stylish.

Qwstion Simple Office Backpack/Briefcase

The Simple Office bag from Qwstion is an excellent convertible briefcase/backpack with organization and aesthetics that fit many modern city folks. view bag

Classy, simple, understated but very stylish aesthetic. (Lots of colors available too.) Classy, simple, understated but very stylish aesthetic. (Lots of colors available too.)

Classy, simple, understated but very stylish aesthetic. (Lots of colors available too.)

Lovely inner fabric and innovative organization panels for your daily essentials. Lovely inner fabric and innovative organization panels for your daily essentials.

Lovely inner fabric and innovative organization panels for your daily essentials.

Converts between backpack, briefcase and tote. (Not shown here: briefcase. Watch the vid.) Converts between backpack, briefcase and tote. (Not shown here: briefcase. Watch the vid.)

Converts between backpack, briefcase and tote. (Not shown here: briefcase. Watch the vid.)

Elegant. Playful.

Qwstion Daypack

The Daypack from Qwstion has serious design chops. It's simple and elegant with thoughtful organization for modern business folks who need backpack/briefcase conversion. It even works to wear with a suit! view bag

Straps hide away for tote-mode. Straps hide away for tote-mode.

Straps hide away for tote-mode.

20L capacity, lots of internal organization 20L capacity, lots of internal organization

20L capacity, lots of internal organization

2 quick access pockets. Nice details. 2 quick access pockets. Nice details.

2 quick access pockets. Nice details.

Casual Playful Pro

Bellroy Tokyo Totepack

A great option for slimline casual-professional daily carry. Great materials. Solid organization. 20L. view bag

Uber well built. Uber well built.

Uber well built.

Converts between: backpack, briefcase, messenger. Converts between: backpack, briefcase, messenger.

Converts between: backpack, briefcase, messenger.

Expandable from 20-30L.  Expandable from 20-30L.

Expandable from 20-30L.

Easy-ish front access pocket. Easy-ish front access pocket.

Easy-ish front access pocket.

Tech organization throughout.  Tech organization throughout.

Tech organization throughout.

Killer details. Killer details.

Killer details.

Epic Expandable.

Black Ember Forge

The Forge from Black Ember is a convertible backpack-briefcase-messenger with expandability from 20-30L. view bag

Clean and simple looks.  Clean and simple looks.

Clean and simple looks.

Slimline profile. Slimline profile.

Slimline profile.

Solid organization. Minimal size.  Solid organization. Minimal size.

Solid organization. Minimal size.

Doable 'briefcase mode.'  Doable 'briefcase mode.'

Doable 'briefcase mode.'

Simple, nice straps. Luggage passthrough.  Simple, nice straps. Luggage passthrough.

Simple, nice straps. Luggage passthrough.

Lil' Tech Star

Aer Slim Pack

The Slim Pack from Aer is a sleek, all matte black compact daily carry bag with simple, but solid organization and excellent durability. 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

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

Playful aesthetic. Ready for heavy use. Playful aesthetic. Ready for heavy use.

Playful aesthetic. Ready for heavy use.

Stowable backpack straps. Stowable backpack straps.

Stowable backpack straps.

Clothing + tech for short trips. Clothing + tech for short trips.

Clothing + tech for short trips.

Laptop compartment with admin panel. Laptop compartment with admin panel.

Laptop compartment with admin panel.

Two front dimensional pockets. Two front dimensional pockets.

Two front dimensional pockets.

The Mountain Professional

Topo Global Briefcase 3-Day

The Global Briefcase 3-Day from Topo is a very capable minimal traveler's bag, with enough tech organization, clothing capacity and style hybrid 2-3 day travel. view bag

Peak Designs Everyday Tote

Techy. Useful.

Peak Designs Everyday Tote

The Everyday Tote from Peak Designs is a super functional tote bag for everyday use. view bag