Hybrid Travel Bags

I’ve been searching for the perfect hybrid travel bag for years. One bag to do it all. Here’s the bags I think you should know about.

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.

It's got a good look.

It's got a good look. "Rugged tech."

(Pretty solid) camera accessories and organization. (Pretty solid) camera accessories and organization.

(Pretty solid) camera accessories and organization.

Available in two sizes: kinda big and really big. Available in two sizes: kinda big and really big.

Available in two sizes: kinda big and really big.

Lots of decent organization. Lots of decent organization.

Lots of decent organization.

Security pocket hides against your back. Security pocket hides against your back.

Security pocket hides against your back.

Rugged. Techy.

Wandrd Prvke Rolltop Backpack

A very functional (and stylish) bag for both urban and outdoor use with solid durability, decent organization and side-access for optional camera cube integration. 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

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

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

Extremely simple bag in terms of pockets. A couple inside, one on the outside. Extremely simple bag in terms of pockets. A couple inside, one on the outside.

Extremely simple bag in terms of pockets. A couple inside, one on the outside.

Laptop compartment on the back is tough and protective. Laptop compartment on the back is tough and protective.

Laptop compartment on the back is tough and protective.

Hardest Core™©

GoRuck GR1

Expensive, but it's got an amazing warranty. A simple, understated, powerful bag that will gladly see you through anything in life. view bag

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

Available in several colors and sizes. Suit-able.

Lots of organization and details. Lots of organization and details.

Lots of organization and details.

Expands for travel. Expands for travel.

Expands for travel.

Comfortable straps and back panel.  Comfortable straps and back panel.

Comfortable straps and back panel.

Top quick access pocket. Top quick access pocket.

Top quick access pocket.

Front dual zip pocket with RFID sleeve. Front dual zip pocket with RFID sleeve.

Front dual zip pocket with RFID sleeve.

Bottom-front pocket.  Bottom-front pocket.

Bottom-front pocket.

Laptop compartment. (Side zippered water bottle pocket not pictured.) Laptop compartment. (Side zippered water bottle pocket not pictured.)

Laptop compartment. (Side zippered water bottle pocket not pictured.)

Organization in the main compartment. Organization in the main compartment.

Organization in the main compartment.

Expandable compartment. Expandable compartment.

Expandable compartment.

Solid. Suit-able. Will travel.

The Knack Pack

A surprisingly solid backpack for both daily carry and travel. Organization, professional looks and an expand/collapse feature for travel conversion. view bag

Simple, clean aesthetic. Simple, clean aesthetic.

Simple, clean aesthetic.

Solid organization in this bag, from the laptop compartment to the quick access pocket, org admin panel and more. Solid organization in this bag, from the laptop compartment to the quick access pocket, org admin panel and more.

Solid organization in this bag, from the laptop compartment to the quick access pocket, org admin panel and more.

Remarkably comfortable straps + back panel. Remarkably comfortable straps + back panel.

Remarkably comfortable straps + back panel.

Lots of capacity for today's minimal travelers. Lots of capacity for today's minimal travelers.

Lots of capacity for today's minimal travelers.

Organized & Classy

OpposeThis Invisible Carry-On Backpack

A very innovative backpack for either large daily carry or serious travelers who need one bag for both travel and daily carry. A great bag for medium size 1-bag travel category. view bag

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

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

Straps and back panel are super cushy, comfortable. Straps and back panel are super cushy, comfortable.

Straps and back panel are super cushy, comfortable.

Perfect for minimal travel. 27L. Fits under airplane seat. Perfect for minimal travel. 27L. Fits under airplane seat.

Perfect for minimal travel. 27L. Fits under airplane seat.

Boxy looks, but a killer combo of features.  Boxy looks, but a killer combo of features.

Boxy looks, but a killer combo of features.

Rugged. Organized. Comfy.

Tortuga Outbreaker Laptop Backpack

The Outbreaker Laptop backpack from Tortuga is an excellent minimal travel bag or large-ish daily carry bag. Durable, comfortable, lots of pocketing. 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

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

Nomatic X Peter McKinnon Camera Pack

Protected. Comfy.

Nomatic X Peter McKinnon Camera Pack

Not sure when this one is going to be available to the masses, but it's a solid one. view bag

Unique, burly,

Unique, burly, "urban utilitarianism" kind of look.

Tons of external access and organization. Tons of external access and organization.

Tons of external access and organization.

Extremely water resistant. Built <em>real</em> well. Extremely water resistant. Built real well.

Extremely water resistant. Built real well.

Great straps. Stowable water bottle pocket. Great straps. Stowable water bottle pocket.

Great straps. Stowable water bottle pocket.

Burly. Organized.

Mission Workshop Rhake Backpack

At first glance it looked weird. Then I used it for a couple days. Good god does this bag do it all well. Seriously, so much organization, so well built. 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

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.

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

Solid capacity expands on the back of the bag for minimal carry-on travel. Solid capacity expands on the back of the bag for minimal carry-on travel.

Solid capacity expands on the back of the bag for minimal carry-on travel.

Here is the bag fully expanded for travel. Here is the bag fully expanded for travel.

Here is the bag fully expanded for travel.

And here's the bag compressed for daily carry. And here's the bag compressed for daily carry.

And here's the bag compressed for daily carry.

Laid Back Expert.

Tortuga Setout Divide Travel Backpack

The little brother to the Tortuga Setout, the Setout Divide from Tortuga is a full-featured bag for the style-casual modern minimal traveler. view bag

A medium size travel bag made with solid materials. A medium size travel bag made with solid materials.

A medium size travel bag made with solid materials.

Excellent internal organization for tech and daily goodies. Excellent internal organization for tech and daily goodies.

Excellent internal organization for tech and daily goodies.

The materials inside make this bag feel really nice to use. The materials inside make this bag feel really nice to use.

The materials inside make this bag feel really nice to use.

Heimplanet Transit Travel Pack

A really solid feeling bag with lots of pockets both inside and outside the bag and enough capacity for the minimal traveler. view bag

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

Excellent materials on this bag.

28L capacity = minimal travel + daily carry capable. 28L capacity = minimal travel + daily carry capable.

28L capacity = minimal travel + daily carry capable.

Lots of organization. Great laptop compartment. Lots of organization. Great laptop compartment.

Lots of organization. Great laptop compartment.

Top quick-access pocket. Top quick-access pocket.

Top quick-access pocket.

Front vertical pocket. Front vertical pocket.

Front vertical pocket.

Calming Capabilities

Bellroy Transit Backpack

The 28L Transit Backpack from Bellroy is nicely sized and well organized for big commutes, business travel and regular ol' adventure travel. It's such an innovative design. view bag

Waterfield Atlas Executive Holdall

Delicious. Rich. Techy.

Waterfield Atlas Executive Holdall

The Atlas Executive Holdall from Waterfield is an excellent large-ish capacity shoulder bag designed to help you shift seamlessly from tech gear to gym gear. view bag

Attitude Supply ATD1 Backpack

Attitude Supply ATD1 Backpack

The ATD1 is an expandable backpack you can use for both travel and daily carry. Looks pretty damn good too. One of the best in this category for sure. 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

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

Tom Bihn Guide Pack

Modern Classic.

Tom Bihn Guide Pack

The Guide Pack from Tom Bihn is a bag geek's boner pill. It's classic design and exceedingly excellent manufacturing make it more like an heirloom than a bag. But this bag also performs great as a travel bag! 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

Outdoorsy vibes. Outdoorsy vibes.

Outdoorsy vibes.

Killer water resistance and protection. Killer water resistance and protection.

Killer water resistance and protection.

Customizable camera cube setups. Customizable camera cube setups.

Customizable camera cube setups.

Ridiculously comfortable harness system. Ridiculously comfortable harness system.

Ridiculously comfortable harness system.

The Adventure Pro

Shimoda X30 Adventure Camera Backpack

The X30 from Shimoda is a full featured mobile studio rig for adventure filmmakers and hobbyists alike. view bag

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

Simple aesthetic. Killer durability and external access.

Expandable rolltop gets you some extra space. Expandable rolltop gets you some extra space.

Expandable rolltop gets you some extra space.

3 external access pockets.  3 external access pockets.

3 external access pockets.

1 Laptop pocket with water sealed zip. 1 Laptop pocket with water sealed zip.

1 Laptop pocket with water sealed zip.

Side zip into the main compartment. #lifesaver Side zip into the main compartment. #lifesaver

Side zip into the main compartment. #lifesaver

Understated looks for such a functional bag. Understated looks for such a functional bag.

Understated looks for such a functional bag.

Durable. Understated. Super capable.

Futures Passport Backpack

The Passport backpack from Futures is a delightful and feature rich everyday carry bag (that's totally doable for minimal travel). 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

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

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

Xpac exterior. Rolltop for expandability.

Side camera access. Removable hip strap.  Side camera access. Removable hip strap.

Side camera access. Removable hip strap.

Great internal org for camera gear.  Great internal org for camera gear.

Great internal org for camera gear.

Beefy for daily carry, but doable. Can travel. Beefy for daily carry, but doable. Can travel.

Beefy for daily carry, but doable. Can travel.

Durable. Protective. Expansive.

Compagnon Element Backpack

The Element backpack from Compagnon is durable, expandable and built to house all your daily photo/video needs. view bag

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

Water resistant. Expandable. Sleek.

Multiple side-access doors. Multiple side-access doors.

Multiple side-access doors.

Lots of ways to configure the inside of this bag.  Lots of ways to configure the inside of this bag.

Lots of ways to configure the inside of this bag.

Expandable front compartment. Expandable front compartment.

Expandable front compartment.

Water resistant, not that bad looking. Water resistant, not that bad looking.

Water resistant, not that bad looking.

Sleek. Affordable-ish. Solid.

PGYTech OneMo Backpack

The OneMo backpack from PGYTech is a soft-shell photo/video/drone backpack with expandability and external access doors into multiple locations on the bag. view bag