My advice: you won’t know until you go.
My advice: watch the entire video to really understand how that bag travels.
Expect to pay $100-300 for thoughtful makers + legit materials.
Click on the bags you like below to watch the video and get an informed look.
Keep a list of what bags interest you and what you like/dislike to help you make your final decision.
Really a very competent bag. Front pocket can seem a little weird, but the organization, build and aesthetics on this expanding bag makes it pretty fk'n dope.
A little bigger in daily than you may like, but it's clean style and very capable features speak for themselves.
Organization, materials, harness system, it's all solid on this one. Perfect for minimal travel.
A little too boxy aesthetically for me, but lots of people like it and it works great for them because there's so much organization and expandability in the Travel Pack.
Way too big for daily carry for me, but it's affordable, solidly built, and expands to fit SO MUCH stuff.
The rolltop allows for so much expandability. Built solid. Decent organization. I use the 21L for my travels with ease. The 31L is quite large, still fits under the airplane seat.
As far as minimal travel goes, this one is an absolute legend. So much more space than it seems like there would be, and all the organization on the front of the bag. Plus, Tom Bihn makes all sorts of accessories for this sucker (like a laptop cache, backplate, and more). More often than not, this is the bag I'm traveling with.
Similar to the Synapse 25, but maybe with a little better aesthetics for my daily life. More minimal than some may like. Perfect for others.
More minimal than some may want, but this is a bag you can use religiously, day after day, for travel and daily, and it will stick with you and continue to look good faithfully for a long time.
Totally doable as a daily carry when you get there. Definitely a little larger than the perfect daily bag, but it looks fun and playful and is padded and durable and easy to toss around with you as you move through the day.
Two large compartments, each with simple internal organization. TONS of capacity in the 40L version (but that one can look really big on people shorter than 6ft).
The 34L, specifically, is the size that really deserves to be on this list. It's an incredible travel companion. (I think the 40L doesn't count as minimal 🙂
It has a gimmick where it collapses slightly to a 35L bag, but it still looks too big to me. EXCELLENT bag tho. I travel with this and bring a packable bag with me.
Here’s every hybrid bag we’ve reviewed to date: