Bags & Pouches

Giveaway: Win 5.11 Lightweight Summer Essentials!

Update: Congrats to Joseph M., winner of this week's giveaway! Thanks to everyone who participated. Stay tuned for more giveaways here on Everyday Carry for more chances to win.

Who else loves free EDC gear? This week, we're hooking up one lucky reader with a sleek set of summer essentials brought to you by our sponsor, 5.11 Tactical. They're a brand that needs no introduction to EDCers with their decades-long commitment to useful and reliable gear, and it's your chance to win some lightweight picks for when the temperatures rise.

Nomatic Travel Bag

Finding a travel bag that can keep up with you as you switch from planes to trains and back again isn’t easy. The Nomatic Travel Bag was made to be the perfect bag for your next trip. It’s spacious enough to carry everything you need, tough enough to rely on, and jam-packed with features frequent flyers will appreciate.

Whether you’re going out of town for the weekend or taking a family vacation, the Travel Bag can take the wear and tear. Its waterproof tarpaulin exterior will keep all of your gear safe from rain while ergonomic straps make it easy to carry larger loads. You can also configure those same padded shoulder straps so you can carry duffel bag style when in a crowded space. And if you’re carrying an extra heavy load, the handy waist straps let you take some of that weight off of your back. Not to mention that it meets carry-on standards for most airlines so you can get on with your trip as soon as you land.

Having to unpack your entire bag just to get your laptop out in a busy airport security line can be stressful, and no one wants to be the person looking frantically in every pocket for a misplaced passport. The Nomatic Travel Bag solves both of those issues with a quick-access, padded laptop sleeve a dedicated RFID-blocking pocket for your passport and other valuables.

You’ll get side pockets for organizing any smaller essentials like charging cables and earbuds, another pocket that’s perfect for stashing a good book, a compartment on the bottom for spare shoes, and even a pocket for your water bottle complete with a leak-proof lining that will keep the main compartment dry. To top it all off you’ll also get a laundry bag so you can keep your clean and dirty clothes separate.

It doesn’t take a lot to turn a good trip into a great one. Removing the stress of travel while adding versatility that other bags don’t provide might be what your next adventure needs. If you’re looking to step up your travel game make sure to check out the Nomatic Travel Bag via the link below.

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8 EDC Pouches to Organize Your Gear

So you've got your bases covered, your EDC dialed in, and all the gear you could need. Now how do you carry it all? If you want an all-in-one solution, maybe it's time to think outside the pocket. Consider the pocket organizer. These EDC-friendly pouches offer thoughtful layouts with all the straps, pockets, and webbing you'd need to keep your gear all in one place. Loading one up with your daily essentials makes EDC a simple grab-and-go situation. Whether you're using it for your main tools, your tech and cables, or a first aid kit, we've got a handful of new organizer recommendations for you to check out in this round-up.

The Best Backpacks for Onebag Travel and EDC

Whether you’re going on a family trip or traveling solo through another country, a good travel bag can go a long way. But airline baggage fees can add up in a hurry, and while rolling luggage is great for finding your way through airports they’re not so practical once you get to your destination. A beautiful beach or scenic cobblestone street can easily turn into a struggle if you’re rolling around a giant suitcase.

Which is why if you’re going to be traveling, it might be a good idea to look into getting one bag that can do it all. The idea behind onebag travel is to find one bag that fits what you need, is comfortable to carry, and doesn’t need to be checked. That way you can hop off the plane ready to explore. Onebag travel isn’t a new concept and it takes a bit of practice to get it right, but there are plenty of great bags that make it a little easier to get started. In this guide we’ll look at some great options you should check out whether you’re a frequent flyer, first-time adventurer, or looking to travel the world with nothing but a backpack.

Peak Design Everyday Slings

When it comes to carrying our daily essentials, less is usually more. But most of the time, we need a bit more space than our pockets can accommodate. Sure, you can always carry a bag, but when you're trying to be more mobile or keep your gear minimal, that isn't always the best solution. That's where sling bags come in handy, thanks to their purpose-driven design to both stay out of your way and keep your gear quick at hand. And with two sizes to fit your needs, Peak Design's Everyday Slings are just the ticket for a more streamlined—but still fully-capable—EDC.

The most efficient gear is usually the most effective, and with the 5L Everyday Sling, Peak made sure to make the most out of the bag's space. The 5L features two main outer pockets, one interior zipped pocket, and a padded sleeve for a small tablet. The roomier main compartment and quick-access front pocket are both secured with waterproofed, sealing zippers, while the inner pocket comes with color-coordinated slots to keep essentials like batteries and memory cards organized.

The main compartment's key feature is a unique Peak design: the FlexFold dividers. With hook and loop fields on both the front and rear of the main compartment, these dividers can be adjusted for the perfect fit for your gear whether you're carrying a simple travel setup all the way to a complete set of accessories for a camera or drone. And speaking of adjustment, the sling comes with a 3-point adjustment system with a quick-adjustment point along the main strap that lets it adapt to any body type comfortably and securely.

If you have more gear or setups than the 5L can make room for, then the Peak Design's flagship 10L sling should have the room you need, short of moving up to a full-sized messenger bag. In addition to the roomier main compartment (which you can also subdivide with the FlexFold system), the bag itself can be expanded or compressed as needed with a couple of adjustable front straps. The inner sleeve also gets more room and can comfortably fit a larger tablet or a 13” laptop. As with the 5L, the 10L also has an adjustable 3-point strap system to fit your body type and use throughout the day.

Both bags feature waterproofed synthetic canvas exteriors, securable zipper pulls, and heavy-duty straps and buckles to last the heaviest use cases as well as contents. And if black doesn't fit the rest of your carry you have an option to pick up original Ash colorway on the 5L, and an additional Charcoal on the 10L as well. Grab the 5L Everyday Sling from Amazon at the link below, and check out the 10L at the link here.

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Aer Camo Collection

Putting your best foot forward both at the office and at the gym means keeping all your essentials in check, especially if you're an active EDCer making the most of your day. This means your go-to EDC bag needs to work as hard as you do when carrying your gear. With plenty of successful crowdfunding campaigns and collections spanning the entire working, active, and travel lifestyle, Aer have shown that they've got your back  when it comes to keeping you organized. Their new Camo Collection puts a new spin on their flagship bags, giving them a fresh and functional aesthetic to fit right in your active EDC.

For those new to Aer's gym/work bags, you have a choice of two sizes to fit all your gear. The more compact Fit Pack 2 gives you 18.8L of capacity that features a front-loading main compartment and ventilated shoe slot for ample storage for all your workout gear. Its rear compartment comes with a padded laptop slot and pockets for your essentials, and a top handle and comfortable mesh straps and back panel let you carry even the heaviest loadouts comfortably. The larger Duffel Pack 2 comes with a bigger volume at 24.6L and larger dedicated pockets for more essentials like a water bottle. Both bags are also kitted out with sealing YKK zippers and Duraflex plastic zipper pulls for ease of operation.

As the name implies, new to the Camo Collection is the use of camouflage 1000D Cordura nylon for both bags' exterior construction, resulting in a lighter weight and more supple feel in hand compared to the usual 1680D nylon. You may be familiar with it due to its popularity for plenty of mil-spec tactical bags thanks to its strength-to-weight ratio and durability. The Camo Collection comes in a MultiCam black pattern that fits the stealthy, tactical aesthetic, so you can add a standout pack to your EDC without sacrificing performance.

Whether for work, play, or completing the look on your mil-spec EDC, Aer's Camo Collection is ready to take on your tireless days. Pick up the Fit Pack 2 or Duffel Pack 2 direct from Aer at the link below.

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Nomatic Backpack and Travel Pack

Whether you’re commuting to the office or leaving town for the weekend, everyone has different requirements for what makes a good bag. Some need higher durability, some prefer more organization, and still others just want a place for dirty clothes. The team at Nomatic took the challenge of making the perfect bag to heart, and came up with two that will get the job done for most people. Enter the Nomatic Backpack and Travel Pack. They have plenty in common, but depending on what you’re looking for, each has a few unique features that set it apart.

Both bags have a similar design and build at first glance, but that’s not the only thing they have in common. The Backpack and the Travel Pack use waterproof fabrics and hardware right down to the zippers. These bags also make sure their features don't get in the way when you're not using them. For example, the water bottle pockets on both packs magnetically collapse inward for a slimmer profile. You can also tuck the straps away when you’d prefer to carry the bag briefcase style thanks to well-placed side handles.

Other shared features include RFID protected pockets for stashing passports, a hidden pocket for valuables, a top access pocket, a roller bag sleeve to attach to luggage, a retractable key leash, and a expandable main compartment to name a few. But this is where things begin to differ. If you opt for the 20L Backpack you can unzip an expansion compartment that will give you an extra 4L of carrying capacity. The Travel Pack is also 20L by default but the expansion adds an extra 10L instead of 4L, making it the obvious choice for travel.

If your last trip to the office or family vacation left you feeling like your bag wasn’t cutting it, the Nomatic Backpack and Travel Pack are both worth checking out at the link below.

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The North Face Kaban Laptop Backpack

Sometimes getting through your morning commute can feel like a mountain to climb. If there's one thing to make it easier, it's a great backpack to keep your essentials ready and organized. With tons of outdoor gear expertise, it's no surprise The North Face knows how to make a bag for all your urban adventures, too. The Kaban backpack has the right features, materials, and organization for urban EDC whether you're biking to work, hustling between classes, or just exploring the city.

One of the most important qualities of an EDC bag is ease of access when you're on the go. The 26L Kaban makes getting to your gear quick with a U-shaped, top-loading design. The front compartment opens to reveal a contrasting interior with mesh stash pockets near the top of the bag, perfect for cables and chargers. On the back of the outermost panel is a zippered mesh pocket for added storage. A typical admin panel stores pens, your phone, and other small items. A soft fleece lining makes this the perfect place to store your tablet or other delicate tech, too.

While the front compartment is a top loader, the 3/4 zip allows you to unzip it enough to access it from the side, making gear at the bottom of the compartment easier to reach. Another small pocket accessible from the other side is perfect for your frequently used gear, as you can draw the bag under your arm and reach in from the top without having to take the bag off.

You're free to load the spacious main compartment as you see fit, as it doesn't have any internal pockets in the way. It's perfect for books, a change of clothes, packing cubes, and so on. And if you don't need to load the main compartment, keeping it empty leaves the bag nice and slim for a low profile carry. Behind the main section is a dedicated laptop compartment that accommodates up to 15” laptops, complete with a pull tab to make retrieving your computer easier.

Thoughtful details round out the bag, like its side water bottle pockets, water resistant exterior fabric, and ventilated back panel designed for comfort, sweat wicking and optimal airflow. Lastly, an adjustable sternum strap and adjustable shoulder straps let you dial in the fit for a secure, high-riding pack that carries comfortably when cycling or under load. You can pick one up in your choice of muted, street-ready colors or opt for outdoor-inspired high-vis options at the link below.

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Giveaway: Win a 5.11 Tactical Rapid Origin Pack!

Update: Congratulations to James M., winner of this week's giveaway! Thanks to everyone who participated -- stay tuned for more giveaways in the future here on Everyday Carry.

Who else loves free EDC gear? This week, we're hooking up one lucky reader with a tactical backpack brought to you by our sponsors, 5.11 Tactical. They're known in the EDC scene for their purpose-driven designs and rugged build quality at great values. We've been fans of their bags for years, and it's your chance to win their latest pack. While it's built to be mission-ready, it's got just the right size and features for day-to-day duty as well. If you’re looking for a lightweight and durable backpack for your daily grind as well as your next weekend adventure, this one checks all the boxes.

Deal Alert: 60% Off Timbuk2 Blink Pack (Was $119, Now $48)

It can be hard to find a discreet EDC backpack for your laptop, especially with so many of them trying to look conspicuously hip and cool for the tech crowd. Sometimes it's better to keep it stylish and low key, especially if you'll be traveling or commuting with all your essentials in tow. If you've been keeping your eyes peeled for an outstanding bag that doesn't stand out, check out the Timbuk2 Blink Pack. It's a low-profile EDC laptop bag that'll carry your valuables safely and discreetly.

There's no loud branding or overbuilt tech design on the Blink Pack. It doesn't scream laptop bag, but it is by no means a boring or ugly piece of kit. It has an attractive minimalist aesthetic that fits well in today's urban environment. This design features a durable 420D ripstop nylon exterior for excellent water and abrasion resistance. The ripstop comes in neutral colors like black and grey-blue for a subtle texture and slight sheen without drawing too much attention.

The dedicated padded laptop pouch in the rear of the bag fits up to a standard 15 inch computer. The main compartment is a clamshell design that fully opens to lay flat, making it easy to load and unload gear. Internal organizers help you keep your gear in order and easy to find, while your most-used items can go its quick access outer zip compartment. To reduce bulk, especially when size is limited, the bag also features compression straps to make things more compact. The bag makes good use of its 24L capacity for traveling and everyday carry alike. The Blink Pack doesn't skimp on comfort when it's loaded up, either. The pack panel is air mesh ventilated for extra padding and comfort in the heat. It also has a removable sternum strap for support and stability.

With the Timbuk2 Blink Pack you finally get a capable laptop bag that's discreet enough to take with you on the go. Pick one up at the link below and make it a part of your own adventures.

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5.11 Tactical Rapid Origin Pack

The best EDC bags can do a little of everything, but so many bags recently seem to be prioritizing low-key designs over all-out toughness. That isn’t the case with the 5.11 Tactical Rapid Origin pack. While it's built to be mission-ready, it's got the just the right size and features for day-to-day duty as well. If you’re looking for a lightweight and durable backpack for your daily grind as well as your next weekend adventure, this one checks all the boxes.

Unlike other tactical packs that use ballistic nylon so heavy it's almost overkill, the Rapid Origin features a 600D polyester build that's lightweight yet plenty tough. At 25L, it's sized right for daypack duty, but comes strapped with MOLLE webbing along the front and sides. That modularity comes in handy when you need to add on more gear. For example, you can attach a discreet EDC pouch with charging cables and pens to bring into the office during the week, then swap it out for a first aid kit and survival gear when you hit the trails on the weekend.

If you’d rather maintain the slim profile of the bag you can always make use of the two mesh pockets on the inside for organizing your smaller essentials (or for hiding snacks). There’s also a built-in water bottle holder on the inside for daily use, but when you’re really going to be pushing yourself one water bottle might not be enough. So along the back 5.11 made sure to include a compartment that’s hydration pack compatible so you won’t have to worry about finding drinking water while you’re out exploring.

When you’re not adventuring this day pack makes for a solid office pack as well thanks to a padded laptop sleeve in the main compartment. There’s also a zippered front pocket for smaller tools that you might need quick access to as well as a glasses compartment up top that’s lined with a soft fleece material to prevent scratches.

Whatever your intended use case, the bag remains comfortable thanks to padded ergonomic straps that naturally follow the curves of your body. When you’re hauling a little more than usual, you can save yourself some back pain by buckling up the chest strap to distribute the weight. Last but not least, hook-and-loop sections on the front of the pack let you customize the bag with name tape, morale patches (tactical gnome, anyone?), and more.

If you want one bag for both work and play, the 5.11 Tactical Rapid Origin pack is a versatile option that makes the transition from workday to weekend as seamless as possible. You can pick one up at the link below.

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8 Roll-Top Backpacks to EDC in Any Weather

Whether you’re a photographer looking to protect your gear, a student who's never without their laptop, or a bike commuter constantly on the move, there are plenty of reasons why investing in a quality roll-top bag is a good idea. The main one being that the gear you put in a backpack is usually more expensive than what you carry in your pockets. If the contents of your bag aren’t protected against a little water, you’re one April shower away from a really bad day. When it comes to bags that will protect your gear from rain, roll-tops are the way to go. And if you're lucky enough to not worry about weather, roll-tops have the added benefit of being able to expand to haul oversized gear when you need to pack more than usual. In this guide we’ll point out a few options that you can count on when the weather goes south.

Maxpedition Entity 21

Far too often, tactical backpacks for EDC make you stand out like a sore thumb. That's because they're designed with battlefield use in mind, not everyday situations. Anything that brings unwanted attention to you and your gear can be a potential risk. If you've been looking for a discreet tactical EDC backpack, the Maxpedition Entity 21 is for you. Its attractive design doesn't feel out of place, but it's still a tactical bag through and through.

The low-profile minimal design of the Entity 21 is something you don't expect to see on a tactical bag. The bag features an urban gray color scheme and muted branding to keep things low-profile. It's still built tough enough to stand with the rest of the tactical packs out there with its weather-resistant, PU-coated 500D Kodra fabric exterior. Beefy YKK zippers as well as reinforced seams and straps ensure the bag lasts through everyday wear and tear.

True to its name, the Entity 21 provides 21 liters of storage space in total. Its main compartment opens up like a clamshell for easy access to your gear. It also includes a dedicated padded pouch for a small tablet. For added security while travelling, the main compartment is compatible with TSA locks. It also has a magnetic closure that helps keep your gear inside even if you forget to zip the bag up. For further organization, the flap space on the sides work well with your small items. There's also a dedicated space for concealed carry that's accessible from both sides. If you don't carry concealed, you can use the compartment to store your valuables and important identity documents as well.

To the uninitiated, the Entity 21 might look like a regular backpack. And for some of you, that's exactly what you want. Check out this new discreet tactical pack at the link below.

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NutSac Satchel Pro

For managing a few pieces of overflow gear when your pockets aren't enough, a full-on pack might feel like overkill. That's where a compact, easy-access bag like Satchel Pro from NutSac shines. It's sized just-right for carrying essentials too big for your pockets with the added bonus of looking stylish too. It features a durable classic waxed canvas and leather build that's timeless and practical.

The Satchel Pro is designed to carry your personal electronics such as the iPad Pro or the Surface Pro. At 4.5 liters in capacity, there's space left over for the rest of your EDC gear as well. The plethora of pockets and organizational space inside and outside of the bag expand its utility and let you carry more. And because the bag is surprisingly a lot more structured than your standard waxed canvas and leather bag, it's easy to pack your valuables and maximize the available space.

The attractive styling of the bag also belies its role as a carrier of your electronic valuables. With a more traditional and low-profile design, it doesn't stand out as an expensive target. Plus, the Martexin waxed canvas and full-grain leather construction add a significant amount of durability to the bag. You wouldn't want to throw the bag around with your breakable valuables in it because it lacks padding, but it can actually take some scratches and scrapes here and there. The waxed canvas construction also helps it stand up to the elements as well.

This American-made satchel lets you maximize your carry, and it helps you look good while doing it. When you search for the right bag to carry your small electronics, consider the NutSac Satchel Pro. You can learn more about the bag and grab one for yourself at the link below.

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Venque Briefpack XL

Whether you’re traveling between countries for work or commuting to the office, a good bag is one that’s versatile enough to fit any given situation. A solid briefcase will get the job done but if you’re going to walking a lot, then maybe a backpack is better suited for your needs. Well, why not both? That’s where the Venque Briefpack XL has the advantage. On one hand, it’s a professional-looking briefcase while on the other it makes for a solid carry-on backpack.

If you’re going to the office, you’ll appreciate the Briefpack's modern design and build materials, but that’s not all it has going for it. When carrying a heavier load, the Venque Briefpack XL can easily transform into a backpack thanks to a well-placed zippered pocket that houses the straps when they’re not in use. Simply take them out of the pocket and click them into place to turn it into a slim backpack and give your hands a break. The signature Quanta fabric exterior adds both style and substance to the bag with its durable weave and water resistance, keeping your electronics and paperwork protected and dry.

Then there’s the numerous pockets and compartments that make this bag a worthy carry-on as well. On the front you’ll get three zippered compartments for smaller everyday essentials like earbuds, passports, or notebooks, while a side compartment houses all of your more important gear. It’s perfect for tablets or e-readers of any size and laptops up to 17-inches. Plus with measurements of 19 x 15 x 6.5-inches it meets the size requirements for all carry-ons.

But like any good carry-on you can also pack clothes in the main compartment. Along with four extra pockets along the inside, the Briefpack XL has internal straps that hold your clothes neatly in place. So if you’re headed on a short business trip this could be potentially be the only bag you need. If not, you can still attach it to the top of your rolling luggage for easy transport. If you’re not going to be flying any time soon it still makes for a great place to stash gym clothes for after work. For a bag designed for the modern professional, make sure to click the link below and check out Venque Briefpack XL.

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Victorinox Altmont Deluxe Duffel Backpack

It seems like there’s a bag for everything these days. One for the gym, one for your commute, one for hiking, and so on. But what if you don't want to switch bags every time you do something different? What if you want a bag that’s more like a Swiss Army Knife, able to tackle anything. That’s where the Victorinox Altmont Deluxe Duffel Laptop bag comes in, made by the same company that brought you the classic SAK. It’s meant to be that “go-anywhere” bag that you can use for whatever the day throws at you.

Arguably the most important aspect of a bag is its build quality. You won’t have to worry about the Deluxe Duffel tearing on you halfway through a hike thanks to its tough polyester build that’s also extremely water resistant, keeping what matters most safe from rain. To further protect your gear, the 19L main compartment closes roll-top-style and buckles securely in place to seal out rain and snow. If you need quick access to your stuff, you can always reach through the vertical pocket on the front of the bag, which provides another entry point to the main compartment in a pinch.

Speaking of which, that second pocket is where you’ll find a few useful organizational features like some extra pockets and a key clip. Whether you’re tossing in a few extra snacks for a day hike or some extra pens for work, these versatile slots come in handy. Now if you travel often you know how painful it is to have to have to dig through your backpack at every TSA checkpoint to remove your laptop. But the Deluxe Duffel comes with a dedicated laptop pocket on the side completely separate from the main compartment.This lets you access up to a 15-inch laptop quickly when you need it, and put it back without having to rummage through the rest of your bag. Needless to say, this feature is also ideal for students or commuters that haul laptops so even if you don’t plan on traveling any time soon you can still make plenty of use of this.

A good EDC pack should not only be durable, but comfortable too. That's why the Deluxe Duffel comes with an ergonomic, molded back panel that also allows for adequate air circulation to keep your back cool on those longer hauls. That molding is mirrored on the shoulder straps as well for even better weight distribution. And in true Swiss Army Knife faction, the shoulder strap comes equipped with a handy bottle opener for that extra utility. You’ll also get a few accessory cords along with the bag which act as compression straps once attached, maintaining the overall shape of your pack.

If you’re a fan of gear that can do it all (or just want a cool new bag), the Victorinox Deluxe Duffel Laptop backpack checks all the boxes. Click the link below to check it out for yourself.

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