Hybrid Travel bags

Want to travel with a bag that does it all? Here’s our favorite bags that work for travel AND daily carry.

One bag to rule them all…

I’ve been searching for the perfect hybrid travel bag for years. Here’s the bags I think you should know about. Which is the right one for you given your needs in travel?
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Knack Pack Business Travel Backpack

Knack Pack Business Travel Backpack

Knack Pack Business Travel Backpack Expandable and collapsible so you can use one bag for travel and daily carry. 

Expandable and collapsible so you can use one bag for travel and daily carry. 

Knack Pack Business Travel Backpack Lots of organization on this bag. They did a great job with the details.

Lots of organization on this bag. They did a great job with the details.

Knack Pack Business Travel Backpack

The Knack Pack from Knack is a surprisingly great backpack for both daily carry and travel... it expands and collapses and has a solid look for professionals out there. view bag

This bag blew me away when I started using it. This is probably the best on this list for people who dress a little more formal for work. 

The organization and expansion is legit, but it’s really the quality of materials that won me over. 

OpposeThis Invisible Carry-On Backpack

OpposeThis Invisible Carry-On Backpack

OpposeThis Invisible Carry-On Backpack Expandable back compartment reveals a surprisingly large area for travel packing. 

Expandable back compartment reveals a surprisingly large area for travel packing. 

OpposeThis Invisible Carry-On Backpack 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. 

OpposeThis Invisible Carry-On Backpack Comfy and breathable back panel helps you carry all yo shiiiiit. 

Comfy and breathable back panel helps you carry all yo shiiiiit. 

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. This is a winner for me in the medium size 1-bag travel category. view bag

This one gets some style points as well as functionality points. It compresses down to a great daily carry, and expands out to everything a minimal traveler needs. 

Nomatic Travel Pack & Backpack

Nomatic Travel Pack & Backpack

Nomatic Travel Pack & Backpack Solid expansion from daily carry to minimal travel bag. Works great. 

Solid expansion from daily carry to minimal travel bag. Works great. 

Nomatic Travel Pack & Backpack Innovative materials for a backpack. Nice soft back panel. 

Innovative materials for a backpack. Nice soft back panel. 

Nomatic Travel Pack & Backpack Tons of organization inside a padded external shell. Like a rocket pack for tech people. 

Tons of organization inside a padded external shell. Like a rocket pack for tech people. 

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! view bag

For many people a pack like this is perfect for all the organization it offers inside the protective outer soft-shell. And the expandability on the back of the bag transforms it into a legit travel bag. 

Note: only the “Travel Pack” expands to be a travel backpack.

Tortuga Setout Divide Travel Backpack

Tortuga Setout Divide Travel Backpack

Tortuga Setout Divide Travel Backpack 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. 

Tortuga Setout Divide Travel Backpack 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. 

Tortuga Setout Divide Travel Backpack Here is the bag fully expanded for travel. 

Here is the bag fully expanded for travel. 

Tortuga Setout Divide Travel Backpack And here’s the bag compressed for daily carry. 

And here’s the bag compressed for daily carry. 

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

This sucker is pretty damn sleek and feature-rich. I could see many people totally committing to this bag and being extremely happy. (The aesthetics is what gets a little boring for me in using this bag… but it enables so much in one package that there are some trips it’s just perfect for.) 

RiutBag X25 Convertible Security Backpack

RiutBag X25 Convertible Security Backpack

RiutBag X25 Convertible Security Backpack Expands out to a solid minimal travel backpack… shrinks to a great daily carry. 

Expands out to a solid minimal travel backpack… shrinks to a great daily carry. 

RiutBag X25 Convertible Security Backpack Zips are all on the back of the bag so you don’t have to worry about pick pockets. Security! 

Zips are all on the back of the bag so you don’t have to worry about pick pockets. Security! 

RiutBag X25 Convertible Security Backpack Solid organization inside the bag. 

Solid organization inside the bag. 

RiutBag X25 Convertible Security Backpack

The X25 from RiutBag is an utterly functional travel and daily conversion backpack that also has an important security feature. view bag

This one is perfect for the most security minded of us. Keep all your belongings safe against your back with no openings anywhere for curious pickpocket fingers. 

And the conversion between daily carry and travel bag is really pretty innovative on this one. (Be sure to watch the video.) 

Kathmandu Federate Adapt Hybrid Travel Bag

Kathmandu Federate Adapt Hybrid Travel Bag

Kathmandu Federate Adapt Hybrid Travel Bag Crazy conversion skills on this bag; from 28L to 50L! 

Crazy conversion skills on this bag; from 28L to 50L! 

Kathmandu Federate Adapt Hybrid Travel Bag And the back panel and straps are extremely comfortable and breathable. 

And the back panel and straps are extremely comfortable and breathable. 

Kathmandu Federate Adapt Hybrid Travel Bag

The Federate Adapt from Kathmandu converts between three separate modes: a 28L daily carry bag, a 38L carry-on travel bag, and a 50L check-in bag. view bag

This is the perfect bag for a very particular kind of traveler out there. I’m thinking especially younger, more adventurous travelers who need something more affordable. 

Material and comfort on this bag are great. External access, however, to organization pockets is sorely lacking. Something many pro travelers can find a way around, I’m sure. 

Don’t need no stinking gadgets

The bags below don’t have any fancy conversion mechanism, but their size is still so good for travel + daily use. 
Topo Travel Bag (30 + 40L)

Topo Travel Bag (30 + 40L)

Topo Travel Bag (30 + 40L) Killer aesthetic on this thing. All us hipsters and millenials rejoice!

Killer aesthetic on this thing. All us hipsters and millenials rejoice!

Topo Travel Bag (30 + 40L) Solid back panel. Doesn’t have mesh on the back, tho, which is a deal breaker for some. 

Solid back panel. Doesn’t have mesh on the back, tho, which is a deal breaker for some. 

Topo Travel Bag (30 + 40L) Large capacity for clothing in both these bags (comes in either 30L or 40L versions). 

Large capacity for clothing in both these bags (comes in either 30L or 40L versions). 

Topo Travel Bag (30 + 40L) Nice segmentation and organization of the bag for quick access on the go. 

Nice segmentation and organization of the bag for quick access on the go. 

Topo Travel Bag (30 + 40L)

The Topo Travel bag has a playful style, which I like a lot, but it is very serious about being a great travel bag. This is a classic. view bag

Note: only the 30L version qualifies for this kind of hybrid travel + daily use. The 40L is way too big for daily carry. 

Tom Bihn Synapse 25

Tom Bihn Synapse 25

Tom Bihn Synapse 25 Tons of pockets you can view on the outside of the bag. External access on this thing is excellent. 

Tons of pockets you can view on the outside of the bag. External access on this thing is excellent. 

Tom Bihn Synapse 25 Excellent build and materials. Tom Bihn sweat the details in the best way. 

Excellent build and materials. Tom Bihn sweat the details in the best way. 

Tom Bihn Synapse 25 Solid dad bag vibes… one of the most functional daily packs in the world. 

Solid dad bag vibes… one of the most functional daily packs in the world. 

Tom Bihn Synapse 25

One of the highest rated daily backpacks in the world due to it's accessibility, organization, comfort and capacity. Stick to it for some time and you'll see what we mean. Dad-bag looks tho. view bag

Note: this bag boasts a surprising amount of space in its main compartment. That combined with the exceptional external access make this a legendary bag for hybrid travel. 

Heimplanet Transit Travel Pack

Heimplanet Transit Travel Pack

Heimplanet Transit Travel Pack A medium size travel bag made with solid materials. 

A medium size travel bag made with solid materials. 

Heimplanet Transit Travel Pack Excellent internal organization for tech and daily goodies. 

Excellent internal organization for tech and daily goodies. 

Heimplanet Transit Travel Pack 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

It really needs to be said how nice, thick, durable, and almost dressed up the materials on this bag are. I do find that I need to pack quite minimal in this guy, though. 

Greenroom136 Rainmaker Backpack

Greenroom136 Rainmaker Backpack

Greenroom136 Rainmaker Backpack Kind of a solid, standard, utilitarian aesthetic. Built really well with solid, classic materials. 

Kind of a solid, standard, utilitarian aesthetic. Built really well with solid, classic materials. 

Greenroom136 Rainmaker Backpack In use you find the organization and pocket sizes are great on this bag. 

In use you find the organization and pocket sizes are great on this bag. 

Greenroom136 Rainmaker Backpack The insides are simple, but not without decent organization.

The insides are simple, but not without decent organization.

Greenroom136 Rainmaker Backpack

An extremely solid everyday backpack suited for carrying lots of gear or compressing down to a minimal daily carry haul. One of my favorite all-around bags. view bag

Note: the Rainmaker has a great deal of space split between two main compartments which you can split your travel gear and daily items into. 

Wandrd Prvke Rolltop Backpack

Wandrd Prvke Rolltop Backpack

Wandrd Prvke Rolltop Backpack Good look. Kind of an urban/outdoor aesthetic

Good look. Kind of an urban/outdoor aesthetic

Wandrd Prvke Rolltop Backpack Available in two sizes. The big one is pretty damn big on smaller frames. 

Available in two sizes. The big one is pretty damn big on smaller frames. 

Wandrd Prvke Rolltop Backpack Optional camera inserts with side camera-access door make this a hot bag for camera users. 

Optional camera inserts with side camera-access door make this a hot bag for camera users. 

Wandrd Prvke Rolltop Backpack Has some nice touches like this secret passport pocket. 

Has some nice touches like this secret passport pocket. 

Wandrd Prvke Rolltop Backpack

A very stylish and functional bag for both urban and outdoor use that does not let us down in organization, durability and thoughtful design. view bag

Note: the Prvke comes in two different sizes: 21L and 31L. If you want to travel with more stuff, go for the 31L (but it may look a little large if you have a smaller frame). 

Notable Mentions

These bags won’t work for everyone, but they’ve been known to be used successfully as hybrid travel bags. 
GoRuck GR1

GoRuck GR1

GoRuck GR1 Very simple aesthetic. Definitely on the rugged side of stylish and clean. 

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

GoRuck GR1 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.

GoRuck GR1 Laptop compartment on the back is tough and protective. 

Laptop compartment on the back is tough and protective. 

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

This one may be too minimal for a lot of people, but for others it’s just right. Durability + simplicity are the hallmarks of this bag in travel. 

Peak Design Travel Bag

Peak Design Travel Bag

Peak Design Travel Bag Smooth looks and padding all around the bag makes for easy travel. 

Smooth looks and padding all around the bag makes for easy travel. 

Peak Design Travel Bag Tons of capacity in this 35-45L bag (that also can compress to a 30L mode)

Tons of capacity in this 35-45L bag (that also can compress to a 30L mode)

Peak Design Travel Bag Back panel speaks to the attention to the detail throughout this bag. Hideaway hip and shoulder straps. #magnets

Back panel speaks to the attention to the detail throughout this bag. Hideaway hip and shoulder straps. #magnets

Peak Design Travel Bag

The Travel Bag from Peak Designs is an extremely well designed, quality bag for modern carry-on adventure and business travel. view bag

This bag is one of the best travel bags on the market for professional travelers, and it has a little trick that can be used to make it a hybrid bag. 

There’s a feature that makes this bag compress to a 30L daily carry bag. It’s still too big to be perfect for me, but for others out there, this may be the way to go. 

Aer Travel Pack 2.0

Aer Travel Pack 2.0

Aer Travel Pack 2.0 Pretty straight-forward, sleek looks and really solid materials. 

Pretty straight-forward, sleek looks and really solid materials. 

Aer Travel Pack 2.0 Maximum capacity for carry-on for most airlines… fits as much as any carry-on bag out there. 

Maximum capacity for carry-on for most airlines… fits as much as any carry-on bag out there. 

Aer Travel Pack 2.0 Solid internal organization throughout the compartments on this bag. Nice eye for modern needs. 

Solid internal organization throughout the compartments on this bag. Nice eye for modern needs. 

Aer Travel Pack 2.0

A very well designed, stylish travel bag for one-bag travel with enough pockets, organization and access to make travel smooth. view bag

For any bigger framed folks out there, this one might be doable as a daily carry. In a pinch it could work even for me. 

It’s a large carry-on travel bag with compression straps and a nice, basic black aesthetic. If you could be satisfied with this as a daily carry, you can stop your search now and commit. 

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