Since the very first day of Kindergarten, it seems as if we’ve had trusty backpacks permanently affixed to our bodies. These reliable totes have carried everything from your homework to all your carry-on gear for your next adventure. No matter where you are going or how long, Berty and I want to share our favorite backpacks and bags to make planning your next outing easier. All of these bags have been tried by us and have been faithful companions on our trips near and far!
7 Functional Backpacks + Bags For The Adventure Lover
It’s no surprise that ONA takes 3 out of our 7 top picks. They are versatile, camera friendly, and super stylish. We use the Clifton for short trips like our trip to Yellowstone, Berty’s Brixton Messenger for working or meetings at the nearest coffee shop downtown, and our Camp’s Bay for when we need to bring lots of gear (seriously, this bag can hold a ton). Each bag is made with either leather or high-quality weather resistant material, which honestly I think gets better with age. For example, we’ve had the Brixton Messenger the longest, and the only signs of wear it has is the aging leather!
Yes, they are definitely on the higher price-range of camera bags and backpacks, but if you purchase ONA once, you’ll never have to buy another camera bag again. Next on my wish list is The Chelsea because it’s the perfect size for a carry-on handbag and storing all our camera gear on the go!
Best For: Outdoors, Day Trips, City Dwelling, Everyday Wear
This was one of the first adventure backpacks we owned. It’s highly waterproof, has lots of pockets to hold all your things, and stylish in it’s own rugged way! It’s waterproof so your camera gear will be safe and dry. My favorite thing about this bag is that it has two separate compartments – one for gear and another for personal items. This makes it easy to get what you are looking for quickly and efficiently. It also has an easy-access laptop sleeve!
Best For: Poor Weather, Outdoors, Photographers always on the go
Just Porter is a company that created durable backpacks for travelers, commuters, and students. This one is not necessarily a camera bag, however is does it job well for all the other gear we bring along on trips. We own the Sable Rucksack and it can hold a LOT of clothes. The magnet clasps give super easy access to all your gear, which makes going through airport security a total breeze. Finally, to no one’s surprise, it’s waterproof which means it can stand our unpredictable Seattle weather at all times!
Best For: Bike Commuting, Outdoor Travel, Airports
I use my Cinch Tote Bag every time I need to carry my laptop and books around the city (which is very often). On rainy days, the bag opening can get protected by it’s drawstring top, and it’s waterproof material keeps your things dry! It also has two carry options – two shoulder straps and one cross-body strap for multi-use functions. This bag’s versatility can fit practically anyone’s lifestyle!
Best For: Everyday use, running errands, day tote, beach tote
We like to use our Krochet Kids Pike Weekender for short trips! It fits easily in overhead compartments, in the back of a car, and really, anywhere else you may take it! We love supporting this company because we believe in their purpose and mission. Krochet Kids empowers women by teaching them practical skills that will translate into lifelong opportunities for work and entrepreneurship. Not only are their products high quality, but they are made to reflect the culture of the women, with gorgeous Peruvian designs on their bags and clothing. Each product is hand-made and signed by the woman who created it, which is why we love supporting them!
Best For: Travel, Weekend Trips, Road Trips, Day Trips
What are your favorite travel bags and backpacks? We’re always eager to find new brands to try – let us know in the comments below!
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