Packable Backpacks

They take up no space in your travel bag, but enable so much freedom upon arrival.
Each of these packable backpacks is designed for specific kinds of use.

Let’s see which one is best for you.

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.

The hardcore minimalist

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
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

The friendly Professional

Aer Go Packable Backpack

The Go packable backpack from Aer definitely provides more than most packable backpacks. 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
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.

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.

The camera carrier

Wandrd Veer Packable Daypack

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

The Security Department

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
Tortuga Setout Packable Backpack

The Clean + Simple

Tortuga Setout Packable Backpack

The Setout Packable backpack from Tortuga is very capable and lightweight for it's price. A favorite to be sure. view bag
A very simple, elegant design, executed with great materials. Seriously classic. A very simple, elegant design, executed with great materials. Seriously classic.

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

For such a small package, it fits a surprising amount for daily use. For such a small package, it fits a surprising amount for daily use.

For such a small package, it fits a surprising amount for daily use.

Can be used with other Tom Bihn accessories like their laptop cache Can be used with other Tom Bihn accessories like their laptop cache

Can be used with other Tom Bihn accessories like their laptop cache

The Low-Key Lifer

Tom Bihn Daylight Backpack

The Daylight Backpack from Tom Bihn is a workhorse of a packable daypack. view bag
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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.

The Classic

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
Multiple designs available. Multiple designs available.

Multiple designs available.

Bags are made by hand from remnant materials! Bags are made by hand from remnant materials!

Bags are made by hand from remnant materials!

One of a Kind Recycled

Cotopaxi Del Dia Packable Backpacks

"Each Del Día product is made proudly in the Philippines from remnant materials by an employee who has total creative control over the pack's colorway. No two are the same." view bag
Made from extremely durable materials and almost entirely water resistant. Made from extremely durable materials and almost entirely water resistant.

Made from extremely durable materials and almost entirely water resistant.

Front quick access pocket and top handles for carrying as a tote bag. Front quick access pocket and top handles for carrying as a tote bag.

Front quick access pocket and top handles for carrying as a tote bag.

Inner laptop compartment (15

Inner laptop compartment (15" in the 18L version)

Internal zipped pocket for a little extra organization off the bottom of the bag. Internal zipped pocket for a little extra organization off the bottom of the bag.

Internal zipped pocket for a little extra organization off the bottom of the bag.

The best big guy

Flowfold Denizen Packable Backpack

The Denizen from Flowfold is such an utterly useful backpack in such an elegantly simple design. view bag

Larger bags that also work

These bags aren't as minimal, but overall they make for better daily carry experiences upon arrival.
Modern, stylish, creative aesthetic. Modern, stylish, creative aesthetic.

Modern, stylish, creative aesthetic.

Surprisingly large capacity inside the bag. Nice laptop compartment and subtle organization. Surprisingly large capacity inside the bag. Nice laptop compartment and subtle organization.

Surprisingly large capacity inside the bag. Nice laptop compartment and subtle organization.

Slim shoulder straps look fashionable, also convert to tote handles for carry by hand. Slim shoulder straps look fashionable, also convert to tote handles for carry by hand.

Slim shoulder straps look fashionable, also convert to tote handles for carry by hand.

Organic. Elegant.

Qwstion Day Tote Backpack

The Day Tote from Qwstion is a remarkably designed bag that's surprisingly awesome to use. view bag
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.

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

Can be a very stylish look depending on how packed the bag is and what your attire is. Can be a very stylish look depending on how packed the bag is and what your attire is.

Can be a very stylish look depending on how packed the bag is and what your attire is.

Simple straps and handle system for multiple ways of carry. Simple straps and handle system for multiple ways of carry.

Simple straps and handle system for multiple ways of carry.

YNOT Split Shift Slimline Backpack Tote

The Split Shift from YNOT is a very stylish backpack/tote combo for those of us who carry minimally on the regular. 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
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

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(Note: the items above on this page are more recently updated than this video.)