Compact Everyday Carry Bags

“Like a glove.” A great compact bag can carry everything you need on a daily basis. Not perfect for everyone. You know who you are.

How to make your

1

Price Expectations

Expect to pay $100-400 for thoughtful designs + legit materials.

2

Look & Feel

Click on the bags you like below to watch the video  and get an informed look.

3

Keep Notes

Note which bags interest you and what you like/dislike to help you make your final decision.

Now available in the upgraded

Now available in the upgraded "Synik" version. (Watch the vid.)

Intuitive organization. Intuitive organization.

Intuitive organization.

USA build, materials and details. USA build, materials and details.

USA build, materials and details.

Some love it. Some hate it. All respect it. #dads Some love it. Some hate it. All respect it. #dads

Some love it. Some hate it. All respect it. #dads

Dad Bag Epic™

Tom Bihn Synapse/Synik

One of the internet's most beloved backpacks due to its accessibility, organization, build quality and capacity. Dad-bag looks tho. view bag

Great aesthetics. Great build. Personal Fav. Great aesthetics. Great build. Personal Fav.

Great aesthetics. Great build. Personal Fav.

Simple organization. Oriented towards one side of the bag. Simple organization. Oriented towards one side of the bag.

Simple organization. Oriented towards one side of the bag.

Clamshell opening. 24L capacity.  Clamshell opening. 24L capacity.

Clamshell opening. 24L capacity.

Extremely innovative, comfortable straps.  Extremely innovative, comfortable straps.

Extremely innovative, comfortable straps.

15

15" laptop compartment.

All Time Fav.

Evergoods CPL 24 Backpack

A very clean, minimal, stylish and extremely lovely to use daily carry bag from one of our favorite new bag companies. view bag

Excellent build and materials for a<em>very</em> simple, classic, packable daypack. Excellent build and materials for avery simple, classic, packable daypack.

Excellent build and materials for avery simple, classic, packable daypack.

Can fold up into its own pocket (though I typically just cram it into my travel bag) Can fold up into its own pocket (though I typically just cram it into my travel bag)

Can fold up into its own pocket (though I typically just cram it into my travel bag)

Simple, honest materials, like these seatbelt nylon shoulder straps. Simple, honest materials, like these seatbelt nylon shoulder straps.

Simple, honest materials, like these seatbelt nylon shoulder straps.

Steve McQueen.

YNOT Deploy Packable Backpack

This very packable bag from YNOT is SUPER minimal, very simple, and a favorite choice of mine for packing away into a larger travel bag for daily use. view bag

Lots of lovely organization. Lots of lovely organization.

Lots of lovely organization.

A very slimline pack with a nice feeling cotton all over the bag. Notice the simple, thin straps. A very slimline pack with a nice feeling cotton all over the bag. Notice the simple, thin straps.

A very slimline pack with a nice feeling cotton all over the bag. Notice the simple, thin straps.

Organic. Organized.

Baron Fig Backpack

This backpack from Baron Fig is really thoughtful, minimal and useful. Lovely daily carry bag. 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

Folds away into literally such a small footprint. I lay it flat in my travel bag and it doesn't take up any room at all. Folds away into literally such a small footprint. I lay it flat in my travel bag and it doesn't take up any room at all.

Folds away into literally such a small footprint. I lay it flat in my travel bag and it doesn't take up any room at all.

Expandable rolltop to fit both large and light loads. Expandable rolltop to fit both large and light loads.

Expandable rolltop to fit both large and light loads.

2 water bottle holders and a quick access pocket make it really nice for day use. 2 water bottle holders and a quick access pocket make it really nice for day use.

2 water bottle holders and a quick access pocket make it really nice for day use.

Matador Freerain24 2.0 Packable Daypack

The Freerain24 2.0 from Matador is an unbelievably light pack that offers incredible packability and water resistance for your daily travel needs. view bag

Arktype Dashpack Mark II Backpack

Sleek AF.

Arktype Dashpack Mark II Backpack

The Dashpack Mark II from Arktype has lots of small organization and some very modern styling in a tight, sleek 15L 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

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

"Classy-casual" vibes. Heritage materials.

Solid internal organization. Solid internal organization.

Solid internal organization.

Leather and waxed canvas straps. Classy looking on dress clothes. Leather and waxed canvas straps. Classy looking on dress clothes.

Leather and waxed canvas straps. Classy looking on dress clothes.

Grown Up. Organized.

Breton Modern Day Briefcase Backpack

A thoughtfully designed backpack for modern career professionals who want a classy-casual aesthetic, rugged materials and solid organization. view bag

Solid organization with front pocket, top pocket, main compartment with both top and side access. Solid organization with front pocket, top pocket, main compartment with both top and side access.

Solid organization with front pocket, top pocket, main compartment with both top and side access.

Inflatable back panel adds support and comfort in an uber compact footprint. Inflatable back panel adds support and comfort in an uber compact footprint.

Inflatable back panel adds support and comfort in an uber compact footprint.

Inflatable camera cube does a surprisingly good job protecting your valuables. Inflatable camera cube does a surprisingly good job protecting your valuables.

Inflatable camera cube does a surprisingly good job protecting your valuables.

Surprising.

Wandrd Veer Packable Daypack

The Veer from Wandrd is a feature rich packable daypack boasting an inflatable back support and camera cube. view bag

Triple Aught Design Axiom 18

Triple Aught Design Axiom 18

The Axiom 18 pack from Triple Aught Design is a compact, stealthy little daily carry that can handle heavy duty organization and bad weather. view bag

Lexdray Rome Pack

Lexdray Rome Pack

A classic daypack with plush and delightful materials and designs and some extra room for whatever kinds of bulky things you may need to carry. view bag

Qwstion Small Pack

Qwstion Small Pack

An utterly functional daypack in a tight little package with some modern metro styling. view bag

Customizable insides, opens clamshell. Customizable insides, opens clamshell.

Customizable insides, opens clamshell.

Attaches to a larger travel bag from North St. Attaches to a larger travel bag from North St.

Attaches to a larger travel bag from North St.

Slim, Strong, Handmade

North St. Weekender Meeting Bag

The Weekender Meeting bag from North St. is an excellent little slimline daily carry bag. Built by hand in Portland, OR, with great materials. Attaches to the larger Weekender Travel Bag. 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

Simple, clean looks. Durable materials. Killer water bottle sleeves. Simple, clean looks. Durable materials. Killer water bottle sleeves.

Simple, clean looks. Durable materials. Killer water bottle sleeves.

Just small and light enough to fit as a packable daybag. Just small and light enough to fit as a packable daybag.

Just small and light enough to fit as a packable daybag.

Lightweight, simple and comfy straps.  Lightweight, simple and comfy straps.

Lightweight, simple and comfy straps.

Water resistant, laptop pocket, cute lil' look! Water resistant, laptop pocket, cute lil' look!

Water resistant, laptop pocket, cute lil' look!

Sturdy. Light. Laptop.

Tortuga Outbreaker Daypack

The Outbreaker Daypack from Tortuga is a nice mix of sturdy/durable and lightweight. It's pretty easy to pack away into a larger travel bag for those of us who need a decent daypack. sByImuwUyMw 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

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

Chelon Everyday Leather Backpack

40 Year Simplicity

Chelon Everyday Leather Backpack

Such a gorgeous piece of kit. Very few bags will patina with you over the years like a leather bag. Very few leather bags are this kind of modern casual. view bag

Simple, classic aesthetic. Great materials. Simple, classic aesthetic. Great materials.

Simple, classic aesthetic. Great materials.

Rolltop offers a smidge of extra space.  Rolltop offers a smidge of extra space.

Rolltop offers a smidge of extra space.

A few great external pockets. A few great external pockets.

A few great external pockets.

16

16" laptop compartment.

Available in 2 sizes. Available in 2 sizes.

Available in 2 sizes.

Heritage Vibes.

Waterfield Tech Rolltop Backpack

The Tech Rolltop from Waterfield is soft and dense and lovely to feel due to the waxed canvas. Boasts some solid external access as well. view bag