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The Big List of Modern, Stylish Daily Carry Bags

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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Best Selling Tech Daily Carry Bags:

Bags with sleek, technical aesthetics and innovative functionality and organization.

Peak Designs Everyday Backpack  

Peak Designs Everyday Backpack

The Everyday backpack from Peak Designs is so thoughtfully designed and innovative that it deserves to be in a damn museum!

Boundary Supply Errant Backpack  

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.

Evergoods CPL 24 Backpack  

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.

Boundary Supply Prima System Backpack  

Boundary Supply Prima System Backpack

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.

Wandrd Prvke Rolltop Backpack  

Wandrd Prvke Rolltop Backpack

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.

Nomatic Travel Pack & Backpack  

Nomatic Travel Pack & Backpack

Ok, these bags from Nomatic are chock full of pockets. There are 2 different bags: the Travel Pack expands up to about 30L, perfect for short trips and minimal travel. The Backpack is 20-24L daily carry. Both are very sleek and, like I said, so many pocketzzz!

Tom Bihn Synapse 25  

Tom Bihn Synapse 25

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.

 

Sleek Tech Daily Carry Bags:

Tons of organization in a sleek package, perfect for those of us who prefer smaller, lighter backpacks.

Arketype Dashpack Mark II Backpack  

Arketype 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.

Aer Work Day Pack  

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.

Minaal Daily Backpack  

Minaal Daily Backpack

Small, light, great tech organization, great materials, solid look. This bag is really fun to use.

Aer Flight Pack 2  

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.

Aer Fit Pack 2  

Aer Fit Pack 2

Affordable AND good tech organization AND built well; this one is hard to beat. If you need a quickie it’s a good one.

Black Ember Citadel & Modular Backpack  

Black Ember Citadel & Modular Backpack

The Citadel from Black Ember is a daily carry and gear backpack that comes in two flavors: a minimal, sleek version, and a modular, "customize this sucker!" version.

 

Elegant Daily Carry Bags:

These are bags for those of you who want to dress it up a bit and have a fashionable aesthetic to your daily carry bag.

Waterfield Bolt Backpack  

Waterfield Bolt Backpack

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.

Trakke Bannoch Backpack  

Trakke Bannoch Backpack

A gorgeous bag with a kind of modern urban-alpine aesthetic and absolutely lovely, dense, long-haul materials.

The Classic Backpack from Bellroy  

The Classic Backpack from Bellroy

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

Qwstion Simple Daily Carry Bags  

Qwstion Simple Daily Carry Bags

Don’t let the small form factor fool you, these stylish commuter bags were designed for modern metro needs.

Baron Fig Backpack  

Baron Fig Backpack

A simple, minimal aesthetic with exceptional organization and thoughtfulness in design.

The Classic Backpack from ISM  

The Classic Backpack from ISM

A very sophisticated and classy take on the classic backpack, but with modern improvements for us tech-workers.

Filson 24 Hour Tin Briefcase  

Filson 24 Hour Tin Briefcase

The 24 Hour Tin Briefcase from Filson is easily my favorite briefcase-type bag I've ever used due to it's excellent materialsorganization, and classic aesthetic.

Waterfield Staad Backpack  

Waterfield Staad Backpack

The Staad Backpack from Waterfield almost looks like a piece of art. It's beautifully designed (and functional as a mthrfkr!).

 

Street-Style Daily Carry Bags:

For those of us who want a more classic, street look for our daily carry bag.

Kletterwerks Summit 20L  

Kletterwerks Summit 20L

A truly worthy daily carry bag with simple and useful innovations and rock-solid build-quality. I. Love. This. Bag.

Hideout Pack from Everyman  

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.

Mission Workshop Rhake Backpack  

Mission Workshop Rhake Backpack

The Rhake backpack from Mission Workshop is a killer weatherproof bag for daily carry and minimal travel.

Greenroom136 Rainmaker Backpack  

Greenroom136 Rainmaker Backpack

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.

GoRuck GR1  

GoRuck GR1

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.

Topo Mountain Briefcase  

Topo Mountain Briefcase

The Mountain Briefcase from Topo has been one of my favorite personal daily carry bags due to it's look and feel as well as the perfect size for my style of daily carry.

 

Outdoorsy-Style Daily Carry Bags:

From the vintage alpine look to the modern panel loader, these packs are stylish and functional.

Evergoods Mountain Panel Loader  

Evergoods Mountain Panel Loader

The Mountain Panel Loader from Evergoods is a well designed, sturdy, nimble and very comfortable companion for the discerning bag user.

Tom Bihn Guide Pack  

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!

 


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Conclusion:

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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Created by Chase Reeves