A lot of guys keep their EDC in their pockets, which is totally fine if your everyday carry consists of your pocket knife, wallet, and keys. But what if you want to bring around more than that?
If you’re the type to carry more of the items we’ve listed in our urban EDC list, this can lead to clunky pockets or loose, strewn-about gear prone to getting misplaced.
The solution? The best everyday carry bags in this round-up.
Instead of hauling your gear around in your pockets, these EDC bags are significantly more convenient. Of course, we found a bunch you can wear in different ways, from hip packs to cross-body style!
The Best Everyday Carry Bags ARe Hip Packs and Slings
Here are 11 of our favorite hip packs and slings (aka fanny packs) that are perfect as EDC bags.
Aer Day Sling 3
This is a fantastic sling option for travel or everyday. It has an adjustable shoulder strap with a breakaway magnetic fastener that boasts smooth and easy action.
It’s also quite spacious and versatile in many ways. For example, it has an oversized main compartment which makes grabbing your often-used everyday carry super easy.
Among the multiple pockets provided is a front pocket that keeps crucial items handy, along with a keychain, and a back pocket for keeping your wallet, passport, and other flatter-shaped valuables safe and secure.
Aer City Sling 2
The City Sling 2 is a more compact version of the Day Sling 3, with slightly different formatting that allows you to use it in three different ways for added versatility.
The City Sling 2 is the essential, everyday sling bag designed for exploring the city. It features multiple pockets for your everyday essentials, premium materials and trims for enhanced durability and a stowaway sling strap that transforms the bag into a storage kit.
You can grab it by the handle if you need to quickly move it from one place to another. Or, you can use its strap, which can be stowed away to transform it into a storage kit.
Its petite size is perfect for running around the city, while the aluminum tension locks and multiple pockets provide lightweight non-bulky security.
Peak Design Everyday Sling (3L)
The Everyday Sling from Peak Design is compact, light, and an efficient organizer. Its FlexFold dividers and stretchy pockets can be used to customize the organization of your storage space to your liking.
This sling bag has an easily-adjustable cross-body strap that can be loosened or tightened as needed, and is padded for comfort.
It comes in two different colorways, with the gray version featuring a sophisticated tan accent on the front zipper.
With two sizes outside of this 3L version, the Everyday Slings can carry anything from a rangefinder camera to a full laptop. The two larger models contain a tablet sleeve.
Topo Designs Mountain Hip Pack
This small EDC bag can carry your small tools, gear, or even your lunch, whether you’re hiking or simply out on the town.
The colorways are many and varied, ranging from neutrals like black and olive, to playful options like the bone white and blue combo, which has bright pink accents.
Functionally, the outside of this pack is quite impressive, with a RidgeBack back panel for breathability, compression and gear straps that are adjustable, and a shock cord locking bungee system.
The top accessory pocket is perfect for smaller items you use often like lip balm, while the dual-adjust waist strap and D-ring accessory attachments provide different opportunities for more security.
Topo Designs Hip Pack Classic
This is an elegant and changeable carry bag, with stylish red accents that add a pop of color to every variation.
You can grab the handle if you’re in a hurry (it has bottom compression straps), wear it around your waist to hike in the mountains (the snaps are size adjustable), or sling it over your shoulder for a long day out in the city.
The double zippers allow you to easily access the main compartment. There’s a clip inside for your keys so they don’t just sink to the bottom, and a secure internal zipper pocket for your wallet.
Dagne Dover Ace Fanny Pack
This belted fanny pack makes a wonderful small everyday carry bag. Thanks to its neoprene construction, it has a rubber-meets-textile aesthetic, which is perfectly conducive to its stylish monochrome variations. It’s also 100% vegan.
Whether you’re an avid explorer or just like to keep things hands-free on the regs, The Ace Fanny Pack is your perfect companion. This water-resistant neoprene belt bag has an adjustable strap, so you can decide how high or low your wearing style wants to go.
On the function side, it has an adjustable strap, a front zipper pocket, and two hidden pockets, on the outside and inside, for keeping cash and cards safe.
Another helpful feature is its included clip, which keeps your keys within easy reach.
Everlane ReNew Transit Bag
This bag has a roomy main compartment with an internal divider, and an easily-adjustable shoulder strap with sturdy metal buckles.
The front zippered pockets are convenient for things you want quick and consistent access to, while the back zippered pockets are perfect for things you want to keep especially safe and close-to-body.
It offers versatile wear, working like a sling cross-body, or worn like a fanny pack around the waist.
The lining and dust bag are made from REPREVE recycled polyester, a durable, versatile material that turns recycled bottles into bags.
Minaal Crossbody Bag
If your main priority is efficiency, then this tactical everyday carry bag is for you.
First off, it’s flexible and light, making it perfect for times when having a bag is necessary but inconvenient, like when you’re playing snow sports, cycling, or traveling.
It has an internal organization that’s layered and keeps your items at-a-glance for easy access, as well as hidden pockets to secure valuables. It also features stretch-fabric connection wings for comfort, an adjustable webbing strap, and a magnetic quick-release clip.
Basically, this bag is designed so that you have everything at your fingertips, offering maximum agility.
This sling is light enough for free movement, yet large enough for toting everything you need everyday.
Your most important items, like your phone, are instantly accessible from the front storage area, and the soft-lined main compartment contains a key clip and a sunglasses pouch to keep them from getting scratched.
There’s also an expendable gusset that self-compresses, padded back paneling to keep a comfortable barrier between you and the bag, and soft nylon webbing straps with easily removable magnetic clasps.
Tanner Goods Canyon Crossbody Pack
This is a versatile pack that is sleek enough to take to work, but also durable enough for camping and walking the trails. That’s due to the military-grade fibers that it’s woven from, which also provide it with a rich, smooth finish.
The English Bridle leather accents and aircraft-grade aluminum hardware are likewise classy yet durable.
This bag really is the best of both worlds. It is large enough to carry a water bottle, if needed, but slim enough to fit snugly under your coat.
It comes with an internal key clip, two-way zippers for easy access to your things, a cross-body, adjustable strap that’s removable, one exterior pocket, and two interior pockets.
This is a popular one, so if it’s sold out, be sure to hit that “Notify me when it’s available” button on Tanner Goods’ site!
Herschel Seventeen Waist Pack
The Herschel Seventeen Waist Pack is made of abrasion-resistant and quick-drying polyester.
Plus, the zipper and key clip are both waterproof as well, which is a thoughtful touch considering it doesn’t matter how waterproof or quick-drying a bag is if the hardware is going to rust.
The main compartment is spacious, as is the front storage pocket that softly juts out for extra dimension without adding bulk. There’s also an adjustable webbing strap to wear around your waist or over your shoulder.
Another fun design component is that the interior is lined with the Herschel stripes, for a small and quick pop of color whenever you open the main compartment.
Best Everyday Carry Bags: A Quick Rundown
Here’s a convenient overview of each bag we mention above, plus the specs you may find useful.
|Product||Volume||Multiple Sizing||Colorways available||Main material|
|Aer Day Sling 3||3L||Yes||Gray|
|Aer City Sling 2||2.5L||No||Gray|
|Peak Design Everyday Sling||3L||Yes||Ash|
|100% recycled 400D nylon canvas|
|Topo Designs Mountain Hip Pack||2.4L||No||Olive|
Olive and pond blue
Black and blue
Clay and blue
Khaki and pond blue
White and blue
|200D recycled nylon ripstop|
|Topo Designs Hip Pack Classic||5L||No||Clay|
|1000D recycled nylon, 210D recycled nylon liner|
|Dagne Dover Ace Fanny Pack||1L||No||Onyx|
|Everlane ReNew Transit Bag||2.5L||No||Black|
|100% recycled polyester made from plastic bottles|
|Minaal Crossbody Bag||2L||No||Aoraki Black||Nylon|
|Recycled plastic and eco-tanned leather|
|Tanner Goods Canyon Crossbody Pack||2.4L||No||Olive|
|Konbu, which is Cordura 500D nylon fibers|
|Herschel Seventeen Waist Pack||3.5L||No||Black with white zipper|
Black with black zipper
Light Gray Crosshatch
FAQs About Everyday Carry Bags
What makes a good EDC bag?
The best everyday carry bags are easy to tote, lightweight, and durable, so they can be used for multiple functions. They should also be efficient with space, with many compartments and pockets.
What should every man carry?
Of course, aside from your phone and keys, important everyday carry items include a wallet, billfold, or money clip, a multi-tool or knife, and a small torch. Every guy’s needs vary, so adjust accordingly.
What should I have in my everyday carry bag?
In addition to the items listed above (wallet, multi-tool, knife, flashlight), it’s handy to have a notebook and pen, sunglasses, and a water bottle or canteen if your bag has the capacity.
The Best Everyday Carry Bag for You
Having an appropriate bag for your everyday carry can certainly keep you organized and efficient. Just be sure to choose one that best meets your needs and
Which one of these EDC bags do you love the most? Let us know your thoughts or if you have any other EDC-related questions by DMing us on Instagram!