best EDC backpacks

[Top 10] Best EDC Backpacks For 2020

 EDC, also known as ‘everyday carry’ is basically a collection of all the things a person needs in a day. The main purpose of EDC is for preparedness and to help individuals with simple everyday challenges or problems.

Some common EDC items are notebooks, wallets, smartphones, flashlights, watches, a button compass, band-aids, knives, etc. Therefore, EDC backpacks are backpacks that carry all the things a person needs on a daily basis.

Three Rules To Picking Out The Best EDC Backpacks

1. Blend in: Try to match the dress code or pick out an EDC backpack that correlates with the kind of environment you’re staying in, an office, the park, etc.

2. Carry only the important things: an EDC backpack shouldn’t be too big (neither should it be too small). You don’t need to carry a mountain climbing backpack, filled with all your gear, to the office. Why your backpack shouldn’t be too big is because it could weigh you down and raise questions from others…the goal is to blend in. Lastly, you don’t need to fill in EVERY pouch or pocket in the backpack.

3. Know how much you can carry: it’ll be advisable for someone with a small stature to choose a smaller sized backpack, than a big one.

Different Styles Of EDC Backpacks

  1. Classic U-shape
  2. Roll top
  3. Lids/rucksack
  4. Drawstring
  5. Clamshell
  6. Splayed
  7. Satchel
  8. Knapsack
  9. Randoseru
  10. Central zipper

Best EDC backpacks:

The Nomatic Backpack

 This backpack was designed for everyday use and is made with durable, water-resistant materials. It can be expanded from 20L to 24L when needed. The Nomatic backpack has a strap system that allows you to go from a backpack to a briefcase, when in a more professional environment.

The backpack also includes a retractable key leash, RFID safe pocket, hidden pocket, roller bag sleeve, cord pass through, top access pocket, sunglasses case, and a laptop sleeve.

  • Weight: 4lbs
  • Capacity: 20L to 24L (when expanded)
  • Outer dimensions: 18.5”H x 12”W x 5-7.5”D
  • Laptop compartment: 15.5” x 11.5” x 1.5”

The Tom Ford Full-grain Leather

This backpack was crafted in Italy and features signature gold-tone hardware as well as a spacious interior. More about this backpack:

  1. Black full-grain leather
  2. Top handle and two adjustable shoulder straps
  3. Internal zipped pockets and snap-fastening padded sleeve
  4. Fully lined
  5. Two-way zip fastening
  6. Comes with dustbag

Dimensions of this backpack are;

  • Handle length: 5cm/2in
  • Height: 41cm/16.1in
  • Max. Strap Length: 67cm/26.4in
  • Width: 30cm/11.8in

Under Armour Hustle 4 Backpack

This backpack is highly water-resistant, very tough, and very comfortable. It has breathable air-mesh padded back panels and adjustable heated gear shoulder straps for total comfort.

      The Armour Hustle 4 backpack also consists of:

  1. A soft-lined laptop sleeve that holds up to 15” Macbook Pro (or similarly sized laptop).
  2. Large, gusseted front laundry/shoe pocket placed at bottom of the bag.
  3. 2 D-Rings and mole webbing on shoulder straps for additional attachment points.
  4. Two side water bottle pockets.
  5. Tough, abrasion-resistant bottom panel.
  • Dimensions when full: 6.3”W x 20.1”H x 12.6”L
  • Volume: 1,769.7 Cubic In. / 29L
  • 100% Polyester

Aer Fit Pack 2

 This backpack features a 1680D Cordura ballistic nylon exterior, YKK Japanese zippers, Duraflex plastic hardware, and a front-load compartment for spacious storage and easy access. It also features:

  1. Ventilated shoe compartment (fits to men’s size 13 shoes)
  2. Padded laptop pocket (fits up to 15.6” laptop)
  3. Quick-access top pocket for small valuables
  4. Multiple internal pockets for accessories
  5. Padded mesh back panel for enhanced comfort and breathability
  6. Sternum strap for comfort and stability


  • Length: 18.5” (47cm)
  • Width: 12.5” (32cm)
  • Depth: 8” (20cm)
  • Volume: 18.8L
  • Weight: 1.9lbs

Heimplanet Original

This backpack consists of 500D Cordura Nylon 6.6, YKK Zippers (PU laminated). It is made in the USA and has a 15” shoulder drop. It is:

1. Versatile– the monolith minimal rucksack is suitable for any everyday situation. With 18L volume, the minimal daypacks are the optimal companion for one’s daily needs.

2. Lightweight and robust– the minimal backpack weighs only 500g. However, due to the 500D Cordura Nylon 6.6 with PU coated YKK zippers, the backpack is still extremely durable.

3. Essential– the rucksack Is equipped with a 15” laptop compartment and other inside pockets.

4. Well Designed– the design is kept simple on purpose to ensure seamless integration into one’s personal style.

  • Materials: 500D Cordura Nylon
  • Weight: 1.1lbs
  • Size: 19 x 12.6 x 5.9in
  • Volume: 18L

Matein Travel Laptop Backpack

This backpack is anti-theft, slim, durable, comes with a USB charging port, and is water-resistant. The USB port with built-in charging cable provides a more convenient and easier way to charge one’s phones. It also includes:

  1. Phone pockets
  2. Pen pockets
  3. Laptop pockets
  4. Key fob pockets
  5. Elastic pockets for water bottles
  6. Front side pocket
  7. Rear padded pocket
  8. Comfortable sturdy handle
  9. Hanging clasps
  10. Adjustable straps
  11. Multi-panel airflow back

The luggage strap allows the backpack to slide over the luggage tube; the anti-theft back pocket is good for storing one’s valuable items. The dimensions of this backpack are;

  • Length: 12”
  • Height: 18”
  • Width: 7.8”

Hugo Boss Crosstown Leather Backpack

The Hugo Boss’ backpack is great for the office, made from resilient full-grain leather with padding at the mesh back and has adjustable straps. It also has an internal laptop sleeve.


  1. Black full-grain leather (cow)
  2. Webbed top handle and two adjustable shoulder straps
  3. Front zipped pocket and a padded mesh back
  4. Padded laptop sleeve
  5. Zip fastening
  6. This bag has a capacity of approximately 16 liters

Arc’teryx Arro 22

This backpack can be used:

  1. In an everyday setting, because it has technical outdoor functionality, is comfortable and durable.
  2. For travel, because it is lightweight, has durable travel systems that are easy to use, ergonomic and secure.
  3. As a daypack, because it has functional lines streamlined for easy use and it is lightweight. It also has activity-specific designs.

This backpack includes a padded 15” laptop sleeve, a bladder compartment, a hydration tube port, a tough kangaroo pocket with a watertight zipper (the zipper makes for easy transition from urban commutes to day hikes).

The capacity of this bag is 22 liters.

Herschel Heritage Backpack    

This backpack is best for school. It has a signature striped fabric liner, a 15” laptop sleeve, pebbled leather zipper pulls, and a single front pocket with key clips. It also has an internal media pocket with a headphone port and a classic woven label.

  • Height: 18”
  • Width: 12.25”
  • Depth: 5.5”
  • Capacity: 21.5L

The Herschel heritage backpack has a very functional design.

Brooks England Pickwick Leather Backpack

This backpack, due to the type of leather used (vegetable tan hard leather), has the ability to mold and change over time to ensure constant comfort. This is why no two “Brooks England Pickwick leather backpack” are the same.

  • Volume: 21-25 Lt
  • Width: 31cm
  • Height: 48-54m
  • Depth: 15cm
  • Weight: 1480gr

This backpack is best for work.