The Best packable daypacks

They take up no space in your travel bag, but enable so much freedom upon arrival.

The best for you

Each of these packable backpacks is designed for specific kinds of use. Let’s see which one is best for you.
Matador Freerain24 2.0 Packable Daypack

Matador Freerain24 2.0 Packable Daypack

Matador Freerain24 2.0 Packable Daypack 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. 

Matador Freerain24 2.0 Packable Daypack Expandable rolltop to fit both large and light loads. 

Expandable rolltop to fit both large and light loads. 

Matador Freerain24 2.0 Packable Daypack 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 best hardcore minimal option

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
Wandrd Veer Packable Daypack

Wandrd Veer Packable Daypack

Wandrd Veer Packable Daypack Inflatable back panel adds support and comfort in an uber compact footprint. 

Inflatable back panel adds support and comfort in an uber compact footprint. 

Wandrd Veer Packable Daypack Inflatable camera cube does a surprisingly good job protecting your valuables.

Inflatable camera cube does a surprisingly good job protecting your valuables.

Wandrd Veer Packable Daypack 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 best for cameras

Wandrd Veer Packable Daypack

The Veer from Wandrd is a feature rich packable daypack boasting an inflatable back support and camera cube. view bag
RiutBag Crush Packable Daypack

RiutBag Crush Packable Daypack

RiutBag Crush Packable Daypack A very lightweight, packable bag with decent organization. 

A very lightweight, packable bag with decent organization. 

RiutBag Crush Packable Daypack 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 best for security

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
Tom Bihn Daylight Backpack

Tom Bihn Daylight Backpack

Tom Bihn Daylight Backpack A very simple, elegant design, executed with great materials. Seriously classic. 

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

Tom Bihn Daylight Backpack 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. 

Tom Bihn Daylight Backpack 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 best for simple durability

Tom Bihn Daylight Backpack

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

YNOT Deploy Packable Backpack

YNOT Deploy Packable Backpack Excellent build and materials for a very simple, classic, packable daypack.

Excellent build and materials for a very simple, classic, packable daypack.

YNOT Deploy Packable Backpack 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)

YNOT Deploy Packable Backpack Simple, honest materials, like these seatbelt nylon shoulder straps. 

Simple, honest materials, like these seatbelt nylon shoulder straps. 

The best classic style

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
Flowfold Denizen Packable Backpack

Flowfold Denizen Packable Backpack

Flowfold Denizen Packable Backpack Made from extremely durable materials and almost entirely water resistant. 

Made from extremely durable materials and almost entirely water resistant. 

Flowfold Denizen Packable Backpack 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. 

Flowfold Denizen Packable Backpack Inner laptop compartment (15″ in the 18L version)

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

Flowfold Denizen Packable Backpack 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 large-ish bag

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.
Qwstion Day Tote Backpack

Qwstion Day Tote Backpack

Qwstion Day Tote Backpack

The Day Tote from Qwstion is a remarkably designed bag that's surprisingly awesome to use. view bag
YNOT Split Shift Slimline Backpack Tote

YNOT Split Shift Slimline Backpack Tote

YNOT Split Shift Slimline Backpack Tote 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.

YNOT Split Shift Slimline Backpack Tote 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. 

YNOT Split Shift Slimline Backpack Tote 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
Baron Fig Backpack

Baron Fig Backpack

Baron Fig Backpack 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. 

Baron Fig Backpack

Baron Fig Backpack

This backpack from Baron Fig is really thoughtful, minimal and useful. Lovely daily carry bag. view bag
Minaal Daily Backpack

Minaal Daily Backpack

Minaal Daily Backpack

If I wanted a more understated tech look for my daily carry, this is where I'd go. view bag

MORE PACKABLE BACKPACKS​

Check out this video for more packable daypack options. 

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