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The Everyday Carry

Packable Backpacks Give You Everyday Carry Versatility.

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Carrying a secondary or backup backpack in your everyday carry not only makes sense, but it's convenient as well. I have carried a packable backpack for many years in my main bag and have always found that it's handy and has many uses. 

Often when I go to lunch or to an off-site client meeting, I'll just take out the packable backpack, unpack it, and toss just what I need for the run in to the bag along with my Condor EDC pouch. Usually it's just a tablet, a notebook and pen and perhaps some sales literature if I feel that I might be able to upsell the client.

Packable packs are made from lightweight materials and can fold up into a small pouch when not in use. They're handy at trade shows when you get more swag than you can put into your main bag (been there, done that). They also are really versatile and are more useful than you might initially think.

What Makes For A Good Packable Backpack For Everyday Carry?

The best packable backpacks and bags for everyday carry are made from lightweight synthetics or weather resistant materials. This makes the bag as light as possible, while making the bag easy to compress and fold up when not in use. The materials need to be strong in order to carry your EDC plus other gear you might need to take with you, but should not be a replacement for your main bag. A packable bag is a secondary bag for small, light loads or short runs. Carrying your Macbook Air to lunch, for example, or sales materials to a client's office.

In any situation, treat your packable bag as a secondary bag, and only use it as your main bag should your regular main backpack fail and get damaged... and then only for a short period of time until you can replace your main backpack with a proper heavy duty backpack.

AmazonBasics Ultralight Packable Day Pack Backpack

Amazon Basics Ultralight Packable Day Pack

This 25L packable backpack offers one full lenght pocket, 2 mesh side pockets for water bottles and other EDC items, and one verticle front zipper pouch. The straps are adjustable and it's a good basic pack for everyday carry and general use.

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Gonex 30L Lightweight Packable Backpack

Gonex 30L Lightweight Packable Backpack

This 30L packable backpack offers one full length pocket, one 3/4 length pocket, two mesh side pockets and one front zipper pouch for your everyday carry items. Perfect for extended use and offers some weather resistance.

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Wallucan Water Resistant Packable Backpack

Wallucan Water Resistant Packable Backpack

This 20L weather resistant packable backpack offers a large main pocket 3/4 lenght front pocket and EDC pouch, along with two mesh side pockets. It will fit a 15 inch laptop and other electronics.

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Mubasel Gear Packable Backpack Traveling Hiking

Mubasel Gear Packable Backpack for Traveling and Hiking

This 35L backpack is a bit more serious. It's something that I'd carry when hiking or traveling as a backup, but probably not everyday carry. It's got a full main pouch, two front pouches, and one 1/2 length zippered sleeve. 

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 HEXIN Waterproof Lightweight Foldable Backpack Hiking Daypack

HEXIN Waterproof Foldable Backpack

If you need something that can stand up to the elements, the Hexin waterproof fbackpack is what you'd want. One full lenght sleeve for up to a 15 inch laptop, one 3/4 length front sleeve and one EDC pouch.

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About The Everyday Carry

The Everyday Carry caters to Preppers and Individuals that have an interest in Everyday Carry. This is not a Survivalist or Disaster Preparedness website. If you are interested in what to carry everyday to make your (and your family's) life better, than this is the correct place to be. An Everyday Carry is simply the items that you carry everyday, and there is a general interest in what others carry in their backpacks, messenger bags, tactical pouches and on their person.

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