We Found Four Perfect Packs for Every Day

Top-notch carry solutions for on-the-go essentials

Kaelyn Lynch

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Osprey UL Dry Stuff ($60)

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For Soggy Treks

Sometimes the simplest setup is the most effective. When packed into its front pocket, this seam-sealed waterproof bag fits into the palm of your hand, and at just 6.9 ounces it feels like a whisper. Adjustable mesh shoulder and sternum straps make it a comfortable carry despite its lack of frame, while external water-­bottle compartments, compression webbing, and gear-­attachment loops keep you organized. Whip it out of your full-size hauler for a summit push, or throw it on for a rainy day hike.

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CamelBak Octane 25 70-oz Hydration ($145)

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For Quick Adventures

Our key pack criteria are accessibility, capacity, comfort, and organization. The Octane scored perfect tens across the board. It combines the body-cradling support and minimal bounce of a running vest with enough volume to store snacks and layers for long days and variable conditions. Throw in an integrated rain cover, an extended U-shaped zippered front panel for excellent accessibility, and 16 pockets and you have one dreamy daypack.

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Timbuk2 Parker Commuter ($219)

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For Workday Shuttles

Aside from a jet pack to cut your travel time in half, there’s virtually nothing Timbuk2 hasn’t thought of with this city-friendly sidekick. In addition to the standard requirement for an everyday urban bag—numerous pockets, including one for a laptop—the Parker Commuter expands from 26 to 35 liters when you need additional space, it has a zip-away rain cover, and it includes magnetic buckles that open and close easily, even with gloved fingers. Bonus: a large reflective patch keeps you visible.

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Fjällräven High Coast ­Totepack ($70)

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For Low-Key Rambles

This fully recycled nylon bag ­preserves the Swedish brand’s iconic styling and durable construction while adding functionality. Along with handles and pack straps, the High Coast has a removable over-the-­shoulder sling for truly customizable carrying whether you’re hitting the road or the shops. Features like extra padding at the base of the laptop sleeve and a front pocket that can stow the whole bag make it a great choice for tossing in your suitcase and then unfurling for your around-town agenda.

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From April/May 2021

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