Everyday Carry Bags

There’s no good reason not to love your everyday bag. Let me show you my current favorites.

How to make your

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Price Expectations

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

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Look & Feel

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

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Keep Notes

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

 

Simple silhouette and burly materials make for a very clean, solid, simple aesthetic. Simple silhouette and burly materials make for a very clean, solid, simple aesthetic.

Simple silhouette and burly materials make for a very clean, solid, simple aesthetic.

Just another look at how simple and pretty this lil' bad boy is. Just another look at how simple and pretty this lil' bad boy is.

Just another look at how simple and pretty this lil' bad boy is.

Organization is simple, useful across multiple methods of carry. Organization is simple, useful across multiple methods of carry.

Organization is simple, useful across multiple methods of carry.

Unbreakable, epic and essential.

Brown Buffalo Conceal Pack

The Conceal Pack from Brown Buffalo is built like a tank with a minimal, sleek silhouette. view bag

Minaal Daily Backpack

Perfect Tech.

Minaal Daily Backpack

If I wanted a more understated tech look for my daily carry, this is where I'd go. view bag

Lots of simple org in this sucker. I love using this on the daily because it's easy to organize. Lots of simple org in this sucker. I love using this on the daily because it's easy to organize.

Lots of simple org in this sucker. I love using this on the daily because it's easy to organize.

Slimline. Great feeling materials. Slimline. Great feeling materials.

Slimline. Great feeling materials.

Classic AF. Hands fall in love with it. Classic AF. Hands fall in love with it.

Classic AF. Hands fall in love with it.

Hemmingway.

Filson 24 Hour Tin Briefcase

This bag from Filson is easily one of my favorite briefcase-type bags due to it's excellent materials, organization, and classic aesthetic. 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

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

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

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

Ruddy, natural and classy aesthetic. Available in multiple colors. Ruddy, natural and classy aesthetic. Available in multiple colors.

Ruddy, natural and classy aesthetic. Available in multiple colors.

Extremely solid materials. Thoughtfully designed organization and capacity. Extremely solid materials. Thoughtfully designed organization and capacity.

Extremely solid materials. Thoughtfully designed organization and capacity.

Made for grown up boys and girls (who still have some adventure in them). Made for grown up boys and girls (who still have some adventure in them).

Made for grown up boys and girls (who still have some adventure in them).

Indiana Jones Tech

Waterfield Bolt Backpack

The Bolt Backpack from Waterfield Designs is a damn classy bag. If I was playing the "raise money" game in the bay area, this is the direction I would go. view bag

Solid looks. Nice accessories.  Solid looks. Nice accessories.

Solid looks. Nice accessories.

Excellent back panel and straps. Excellent back panel and straps.

Excellent back panel and straps.

Great organization. Optional camera accessories. Great organization. Optional camera accessories.

Great organization. Optional camera accessories.

Excellent materials. Excellent materials.

Excellent materials.

Thoughtful details Thoughtful details

Thoughtful details

Rugged. Technical. Capable.

Boundary Supply Prima System Backpack

The Prima System from Boundary Supply is one of the best in this kickstarter-y/techy/camera/daily-carry category because of the material feel and functionality in use. 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

Bellroy Classic Backpack

Clean. Friendly. Premium.

Bellroy Classic Backpack

A perfectly sized bag for tight daily carry packed up in a very modern, functional package. Now available in premium materials. 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

Slick look. Elon Musk-y. New 2.0 updates are killer. Slick look. Elon Musk-y. New 2.0 updates are killer.

Slick look. Elon Musk-y. New 2.0 updates are killer.

Now available in a zip version as well! Now available in a zip version as well!

Now available in a zip version as well!

"Side panel" design gets you in the bag from either side.

Customizable inner separators. Lots of layout options. Customizable inner separators. Lots of layout options.

Customizable inner separators. Lots of layout options.

Stiff-ish straps. But I like 'em. Stiff-ish straps. But I like 'em.

Stiff-ish straps. But I like 'em.

Tech looks. Epic innovation.

Peak Design Everyday Backpack

The Everyday backpack from Peak Design is delightfully innovative and thoughtfully conceived. These designers are straight-up wizards. view bag

Thule Subterra Travel Backpack

Sturdy. Capable.

Thule Subterra Travel Backpack

The Subterra backpack from Thule is designed to be a minimal travel bag with room for both your tech needs, daily needs and weekend travel needs. 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

Simple, clean looks, but super functional. Simple, clean looks, but super functional.

Simple, clean looks, but super functional.

Comfy straps, some air channels on the back. Comfy straps, some air channels on the back.

Comfy straps, some air channels on the back.

15

15" laptop sleeve on the back

Bitchin' top handle. G-hook is the main clasp. Bitchin' top handle. G-hook is the main clasp.

Bitchin' top handle. G-hook is the main clasp.

Front organization pocket. Front organization pocket.

Front organization pocket.

Two great water bottle pockets. Quite expandable. Two great water bottle pockets. Quite expandable.

Two great water bottle pockets. Quite expandable.

New Heritage.

Millican Smith The Roll Pack 25L

Smith the Roll Pack from Millican is a perfect eco-friendly rambler for daily adventures that's built excellently, has plenty of room for your stuff, but still looks good when it's not totally full. 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

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

Just enough capacity for daily essentials. Internal water bottle sleeve. Just enough capacity for daily essentials. Internal water bottle sleeve.

Just enough capacity for daily essentials. Internal water bottle sleeve.

Stylish, modern look (with great organization). Stylish, modern look (with great organization).

Stylish, modern look (with great organization).

Really lovely organization details on this backpack. Bellroy do good work. Really lovely organization details on this backpack. Bellroy do good work.

Really lovely organization details on this backpack. Bellroy do good work.

Classic. Satisfying.

Bellroy Classic Backpack Plus

The Classic Backpack Plus from Bellroy has a clean aesthetic, lots of organization and some excellent build and materials... well suited to be your everyday carry for work. 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

So much capacity. Simple-but-good organization. So much capacity. Simple-but-good organization.

So much capacity. Simple-but-good organization.

Clean, modern look. Comfortable too. Clean, modern look. Comfortable too.

Clean, modern look. Comfortable too.

Casual. Exceptional.

Bellroy Shift Backpack

A modern and elegant take on the classic, expandable roll-top bag. Excellent materials, lots of expandable capacity, lovely to use on the regular. 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

Pretty killer looks, given all it's lovely techy features. Pretty killer looks, given all it's lovely techy features.

Pretty killer looks, given all it's lovely techy features.

Excellent tech organization. Materials used here feel <em>so good</em>. Excellent tech organization. Materials used here feel so good.

Excellent tech organization. Materials used here feel so good.

Removable camera insert, easy access from the top of the bag. Removable camera insert, easy access from the top of the bag.

Removable camera insert, easy access from the top of the bag.

Collapsible shoe compartment works as extra pocket at the bottom of the bag. Collapsible shoe compartment works as extra pocket at the bottom of the bag.

Collapsible shoe compartment works as extra pocket at the bottom of the bag.

Exceptional tech daily driver

Boundary Supply Errant Backpack

An extremely versatile and feature rich bag that doesn't look half bad, the Errant has lots of organization in an innovative pack for everyday use. One of my favorites. 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

Qwstion Small Pack

Qwstion Small Pack

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

Lovely, durable and stylish materials. Lovely, durable and stylish materials.

Lovely, durable and stylish materials.

Well designed pockets for modern life. Well designed pockets for modern life.

Well designed pockets for modern life.

William Wallace Commuter

Trakke Bannoch Backpack

Classy heritage vibes. Dry finished waxed canvas. Solid modern organization. Hand shucked in Scotland. Made for the long-haul. view bag

 

Satisfying design and materials.  Satisfying design and materials.

Moment Travelwear Backpack

Epic build quality.  Epic build quality.

Bellroy Apex Backpack

Robust X-pac material. Water sealed zips. Super durable. Robust X-pac material. Water sealed zips. Super durable.

Tortuga Outbreaker Laptop Backpack

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

Topo Global Briefcase 3-Day

Excellent materials on this bag. Excellent materials on this bag.

Bellroy Transit Backpack

Expandable from 24-40L. Expandable from 24-40L.

Huru H1 Backpack

Uber well built. Uber well built.

Black Ember Forge

28L capacity. Decent external access.  28L capacity. Decent external access.

Kathmandu Transfer 28

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

Tortuga Outbreaker Daypack

Xpac exterior. Rolltop for expandability. Xpac exterior. Rolltop for expandability.

Compagnon Element Backpack

Water resistant. Expandable. Sleek.  Water resistant. Expandable. Sleek.

PGYTech OneMo Backpack

Nomatic X Peter McKinnon Camera Pack

Nomatic X Peter McKinnon Camera Pack

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.

Brevité Jumper

Recycled materials. Simple. Lightweight. Sealed zips.  Recycled materials. Simple. Lightweight. Sealed zips.

Camelbak Pivot Tote

Very lightweight (12oz). Not a thick, burly bag.  Very lightweight (12oz). Not a thick, burly bag.

Camelbak Pivot Rolltop Backpack

Simple aesthetic. Killer durability and external access. Simple aesthetic. Killer durability and external access.

Futures Passport Backpack

Boxy and very techy aesthetic. Boxy and very techy aesthetic.

The Watson Backpack

Hard shell protection. Solid weather resistance. Hard shell protection. Solid weather resistance.

System G Carry+ Backpack

Clean, minimal exterior. Simple, solid external access.  Clean, minimal exterior. Simple, solid external access.

Mystery Ranch Urban Assault 24

Simple, pouchy looks.  Simple, pouchy looks.

Huru A Model Backpack

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

Waterfield Tech Rolltop Backpack

Clean aesthetics.  Clean aesthetics.

The Frenchie Co. Speed Backpack

Chelon Everyday Leather Backpack

Chelon Everyday Leather Backpack

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

Topo Core Pack

Padded and suspended laptop sleeve. Padded and suspended laptop sleeve.

Evergoods Civic Half Zip 22L

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

Bellroy Tokyo Totepack

Evergoods Mountain Quickdraw 24L Backpack

Evergoods Mountain Quickdraw 24L Backpack

Wandrd DUO Day Pack Tech Backpack

Breton Modern Day Briefcase Backpack

Dayfarer Sling

Dayfarer Sling

Gorgeous looks, materials, colorways. Gorgeous looks, materials, colorways.

Trakke Assynt 20L

Cotopaxi Bataan 3L Fanny Pack

Cotopaxi Bataan 3L Fanny Pack

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.

Bellroy Sling

Trakke Bannana Crossbody Bag

Trakke Bannana Crossbody Bag

Aer Travel Sling

Aer Tech Sling

Aer Tech Sling

Aer Day Sling

Heimplanet Transit Sling

North St. Pioneer Fanny Pack

Qwstion Simple Office Backpack/Briefcase

Qwstion Simple Office Backpack/Briefcase

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

Tortuga Setout Laptop Backpack

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.

F-Stop Dalston Camera Backpack

Very clean, modern, urban aesthetic. Made with seriously lovely leather. Very clean, modern, urban aesthetic. Made with seriously lovely leather.

Cecilia Mercator Camera Backpack

Simple silhouette. Works with everything. Great look. Simple silhouette. Works with everything. Great look.

GoRuck Echo

Simple organization. Those two pouches on the front are very useful. Simple organization. Those two pouches on the front are very useful.

Trakke Bannoch Messenger Bag

The inner compartment is completely customizable using their innovative dividers. The inner compartment is completely customizable using their innovative dividers.

Peak Design Everyday Messenger

Innovative design allows for tons of organization in this 15L messenger. Innovative design allows for tons of organization in this 15L messenger.

Nomatic Messenger Bag

Available in several colors and sizes. Suit-able. Available in several colors and sizes. Suit-able.

The Knack Pack

Made from extremely durable materials and almost entirely water resistant. Made from extremely durable materials and almost entirely water resistant.

Flowfold Denizen Packable Backpack

Made with really lovely materials in the wax canvas and leather versions. Seriously feels awesome to the touch. Made with really lovely materials in the wax canvas and leather versions. Seriously feels awesome to the touch.

YNOT Split Shift Slimline Backpack Tote

Modern, stylish, creative aesthetic. Modern, stylish, creative aesthetic.

Qwstion Day Tote Backpack

Sleek looks. Sleek looks.

Dayfarer Backpack

Lexdray Mont Blanc Pack

Lexdray Mont Blanc Pack

Remote Equipment Alpha 31

Remote Equipment Alpha 31

Simple, utilitarian but not unstylish aesthetic. Simple, utilitarian but not unstylish aesthetic.

DSPTCH Daypack

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

Qwstion Daypack

Tom Bihn Brain Bag

Tom Bihn Brain Bag

Triple Aught Designs FAST Pack Lightspeed

Triple Aught Designs FAST Pack Lightspeed

Waterfield Pro Executive Backpack

Waterfield Pro Executive Backpack

Wayks One Transformable Backpack

Wayks One Transformable Backpack

Attitude Supply ATD1 Backpack

Attitude Supply ATD1 Backpack

Excellent harness system for this bag. It might look a little funky, but it's comfy AF. Excellent harness system for this bag. It might look a little funky, but it's comfy AF.

Tortuga Setout Divide Travel Backpack

Standard Issue Backpack from The Brown Buffalo

Standard Issue Backpack from The Brown Buffalo

Clean, slick lines and elegant materials. Clean, slick lines and elegant materials.

The Classic Backpack from ISM

GUD Daypack

GUD Daypack

Diamond Brand Belay Bag

Diamond Brand Belay Bag

Kletterwerks Summit 20L

Kletterwerks Summit 20L

Heimplanet Monolith Daypack 22L

Heimplanet Monolith Daypack 22L

Ryu Locker Pack 24L

Ryu Locker Pack 24L

Evergoods Mountain Panel Loader

Evergoods Mountain Panel Loader

Unique, burly,

Mission Workshop Rhake Backpack

Black Ember Citadel & Modular Backpack

Black Ember Citadel & Modular Backpack

InCase Icon Backpack

InCase Icon Backpack

Rickshaw Velo Backpack

Rickshaw Velo Backpack

Peak Designs Everyday Tote

Peak Designs Everyday Tote

A very simple, elegant design, executed with great materials. Seriously classic. A very simple, elegant design, executed with great materials. Seriously classic.

Tom Bihn Daylight Backpack

Tanner Goods Wilderness Rucksack

Tanner Goods Wilderness Rucksack

Waterfield Staad Backpack

Waterfield Staad Backpack

Very simple aesthetic. Definitely on the rugged side of stylish and clean. Very simple aesthetic. Definitely on the rugged side of stylish and clean.

GoRuck GR1

YNOT Magnetica Rolltop Backpack

YNOT Magnetica Rolltop Backpack

Like a rocket pack for tech people. Like a rocket pack for tech people.

Nomatic Travel Pack & Backpack

Arcido Akra Backpack

Arcido Akra Backpack

Tom Bihn Guide Pack

Tom Bihn Guide Pack

It's got a good look.

Wandrd Prvke Rolltop Backpack

Waterfield Sutter Sling Pouch

Waterfield Sutter Sling Pouch

Boundary Supply Arclite Sling

Boundary Supply Arclite Sling