If you’re a frequent traveler, you want to know exactly where all of your stuff is. Everyday Carry highlights eight bags which have built-in organization systems to keep your clothes, accessories, and other gear neat and easy to access. That HEXAD Access duffel looks perfect for the kind of trips we often take.
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An oversize version of Timex’s classic Weekender wristwatch. This model is set into a large 43mm case, and comes on a leather strap that’s big enough for an 8-inch wrist. It features bright Indiglo lighting, and is water-resistant to 30m. It’s a great value for everyday wear.
Klein Tools’ Tradesman Pro Tool Master Backpack lets you carry and organize numerous tools in a convenient and portable package. It has 48 pockets, including ones in a removable caddy with a carrying handle, as well as a d-ring and metal hook for easy hanging.
“If they look weird, that’s because they’re made of trash.” Nike’s funky and sustainable Space Hippie line is made from 50% recycled materials by weight, including reground rubber, foam scraps, and Flyknit yarns made from recycled plastic bottles, t-shirts, and yarn scraps. We love how the design embraces the irregularities.
This highly structured pack offers lots of room for all kinds of gear, with a large main compartment for items like a camera or headphones, a padded laptop section for a 16″ MacBook pro, a side-access tablet pocket, and a hip-side power pocket with a cable port. Save 69% off the original price in The Awesomer Shop.
Mission Workshop’s large messenger bag is made from two-layer VX fabric, which resists tears and abrasions, and beads water. Its interior offers a 15″ laptop pocket, a 24-liter main compartment with enough room for a change of clothes, and multiple pockets for organizing smaller items. Comes in black, slate, or white.
Nixon’s bold-faced analog wristwatches feature easy-to-read high-contrast numerals and markers. They come in a variety of styles, from a showy goldtone with metal band to a sophisticated gunmetal with a leather strap. Each watch has a stainless steel 42mm case with a 100m waterproof rating.
The Ridge offers its modern, hardsided wallets in both carbon fiber weave and forged carbon, which produces a more abstract, painterly look. The wallets hold from 1 to 12 cards without stretching out and block RFID scanning. Available with a cash strap or money clip. They also make titanium and aluminum variants.
How do you improve the original duck boot? Make it warmer and more flexible by replacing the traditional rubber shell with waterproof AeroForm polyurethane so it doesn’t transfer cold. Coupled with a water-resistant, full-grain leather upper and heavy-traction soles, the LaCrosse Aero Timber Top is built for slushy, muddy tasks.
Swiss watch maker Wrsyt offers a collection of boldly-styled timepieces for athletes, adventurers, and gearheads. Each one features a stainless steel case with a trademark curved and perforated bezel, and a high-contrast rubber sports strap. We particularly like the blue and white Sports Force chrono, which reminds us of R2-D2.
Trade in your stinky old exercise tote for Pendleton’s rugged, but refined, wool blanket bag. The cylindrical Crested Butte Gym Bag is Western style at its best, sized for a change of clothes, toiletries and towel, plus exterior and interior pockets for your small stuff. Has a practical polyester lining and a removable shoulder strap.
This three-pack of bracelets looks great stacked together, with one made from a deeply-textured black lava rock, another from a polished silver agate stone, and the third woven from paracord. Ideal for wrist sizes from 7.5″ to 8.5″. Save 20% in The Awesomer Shop.
Backpack maker Osprey’s lightweight billfold style wallet is made from durable 40D ripstop nylon, and offers plenty of space inside for cards and cash. It’s also got an inside pocket for loose change, and second hidden bill slot as well. It holds closed with a secure tab, and has RFID protection as well.
Fordite, also known as “Motor City agate” is made from layers of baked-on paint that piled up along automotive assembly lines. Its abstract patterns are revealed as its cut and polished. Watch as jewlery maker Patrick Adair combines the material with rose gold and black diamonds to make a spectacular piece of wearable art.
Casio’s classic calculator watch gets a new look at a bargain price. In addition to performing basic math, these retro-modern wristwatches feature an inverted LCD screen, dual time, alarm, and calendar functions. They come wrapped in a durable resin case with a color-matched strap. Available in beige, army green, or blue.
While Antiques Roadshow was visiting West Fargo, ND’s Bonanzaville, a U.S. Air Force veteran stopped by with a Rolex Oyster Cosmograph watch he purchased in the 1970s for about $350. While that was a lot of money back then, his investment truly paid off, especially since he never wore it, and saved all of the original paperwork.
The DudeRobe is a cozy cotton/terry bathrobe that passes as a sweatshirt hoodie. It’s perfect for lounging on the couch, but also for stepping outside to grab the paper on a chilly morning. Its belt is also permanently attached, so you’ll never lose it. Comes in navy blue or gray, with matching shorts also available.
Vanquest’s zipper pouch is perfect for carrying a wide variety of small everyday gear. Inside, it’s got 21 elastic stitched channels which are stacked and staggered to maximize storage. It’s got flat pockets as well, and the whole thing can attach via MOLLE straps on its back. Made from water repellant 1000D Cordura.
If you’re going to schlep to work every day, you should be prepared for whatever the day might throw at you. A good bag is a good place to start, and Everyday Carry shares their top picks for backpacks, briefcases, and messengers for your daily essentials. We’re fans of the cavernous Manhattan Portage Deluxe Computer Bag.
Corkcicle’s Ivanhoe duffle is a stylish way to keep your food and beverages cold all day. It has a closed-cell foam insulation, an easy to clean food-safe liner, magnetic side pockets and a vegan leather base. It holds up to 48 cans or 24 cans and four wine bottles, and packs up smaller than other coolers when not in use.
Hublot’s bold red and black wristwatch is a mechanical marvel, with seven spinning barrels that give it an impressive 14-day power reserve. Its skeletonized 39-jewel movement provides just as much visual interest as its polished red ceramic case and bezel. Limited to just 100 pieces.
Unless you’re on perpetual vacation, everyone eventually needs to know the time. And you should have a reliable timepiece if you plan on showing up on time. Our pals at Everyday Carry picked the best self-powered men’s watches that never need batteries. We’re fans of the clean looking Maratac titanium field watch.
A sharp looking everyday timepiece with subdials for minutes, seconds, and a 30 min timer with 1/20th of a second measurements. Has a bright Indiglo night light, and is water resistant to 100 meters, making it perfect for swimming or snorkeling. We particularly like the black case with blue face.
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