After looking at hundreds of bags, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite daily carry bags for modern professionals, creatives and freelancers.
They are organized below by size of the bags, because some of us want slimline bags and others of us need to carry quite a bit.
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The Short List of Excellence:
Here’s my personal list of my favorites, and then you can see ALL the others in the list below.
These bags are all, to me, worth their price, worth using on a daily basis… they’re friendly, helpful, effective, lovely little buggers and I’m proud to use them when I get to.
A very clean, minimal, stylish and extremely lovely to use daily carry bag from one of our favorite new bag companies.
A very modern, hip and elegant take on the classic, expandable roll-top bag. This is like a boojee Chrome bag or an extremely functional Louis Vuitton bag.
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.
A simple, minimal aesthetic with exceptional organization and thoughtfulness in design.
The 24 Hour Tin Briefcase from Filson is easily my favorite briefcase-type bag I've ever used due to it's excellent materials, organization, and classic aesthetic.
A truly worthy daily carry bag with simple and useful innovations and rock-solid build-quality. I. Love. This. Bag.
One of my favorite pocket/organization setups in a daily carry ever, AND your fingers will love touching this bag because the materials are so quality. EVEN THOUGH they won’t setup an affiliate program for me 🙁
The Pro Executive Backpack from Waterfield Designs is an exceedingly great bag for any of you business-y type people out there. Whoooo doggie.
The Prima System from Boundary Supply is, to me, the best in this category of kickstarter-y tech/camera/daily-carry because of the material feel and functionality in use.
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.
The Everyday backpack from Peak Designs is so thoughtfully designed and innovative that it deserves to be in a damn museum!
The Wandrd Prvke (pronounced "provoke" or "perrrrvrkeeee") is a great bag for technical daily carry and minimal travel. Built rugged, good looking, water resistant with tons of pockets. It comes in 2 sizes — we like the 20L for daily carry and minimal travel and the 30L for bigger bodies and longer trips.
Just literally the best bag to use. Not my favorite style, but I shit you not: if you use this bag you will love it. I reach for this all the time — especially in travel — because it makes such a great daily carry, hiking bag, or minimal travel bag. The fact that it does all three so well makes it one that’s always in my quiver of bags.
The second version of this bag is a welcome update, creating a much more stylish looking bag with plenty of organization for daily carry.
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.
Affordable AND good tech organization AND built well; this one is hard to beat. If you need a quickie it’s a good one.
A gorgeous bag with a kind of modern urban-alpine aesthetic and absolutely lovely, dense, long-haul materials.
The Dashpack Mark II from Arktype has lots of small organization and some very modern styling in a tight, sleek 15L daily carry.
Small, light, great tech organization, great materials, solid look. This bag is really fun to use.
The Rhake backpack from Mission Workshop is a killer weatherproof bag for daily carry and minimal travel.
The Rainmaker backpack from Greenroom136 is an extremely solid everyday backpack suited for carrying lots of gear or compressing down to a minimal daily carry haul.
It will last you your whole life. If it at all looks interesting to you, sell out to this bag and use it for the next 2 decades. 21L is the only size for daily carry IMO.
The Mountain Panel Loader from Evergoods is a well designed, sturdy, nimble and very comfortable companion for the discerning bag user.
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.
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!
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I sincerely hope you find the daily carry bag you LOVE to use. It’s such a nice upgrade to everyday life.
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