The Best EDC Bag or Backpack
An (or everyday carry bag) is just that, a bag that you will take with you every day. Don’t confuse an EDC bag with a get home bag or bug out bag, all three serve different purposes even though they may contain a lot of the same items.
We classify an EDC bag as something that is large enough to fit all of the tools and items you’d want for an emergency without drawing any attention to the fact that you’re carrying that extra gear.
This means that a good EDC bag is going to fit into your normal day to day surroundings. You may even want several different bags and backpacks to do the job.
As an example, you may want a briefcase for the day to day office grind and a gym bag with a little more room in it for your evening workouts. What you choose as your EDC bag really doesn’t matter as long as it fits your surroundings and has enough room for you to carry the essential EDC items.
Keep these general recommendations in mind when choosing an EDC bag that’s right for you:
Your EDC bag should be lightweight but well made. This is going to go with you every day.
Try to choose subdued colors for your EDC bag, but stay away from camo patterns and “tactical” designs.
Make sure your EDC bag is large enough to fit everything you want to carry on a daily basis, but not so large that it attracts attention.
Your EDC bag should be typical of bags that others carry in your area.
Ensure there are several pockets and pouches in your EDC bag so you can compartmentalize and secure your gear.
These recommendations are by no means an all-inclusive list! If you don’t like what we have listed here, there are hundreds of other bags out there that are perfectly suitable for use as an EDC bag. These are just the ones that we like and feel would serve you well.
You’ll notice that we recommend many purpose-built EDC bags, but not as our main recommendation. This is because purpose-built EDC bags do the job very well, but they will also probably draw more scrutiny from people that know that they may contain things like hidden compartments for firearms. This is especially true of trained personnel like the police and military personnel.
Vertx EDC Gamut Bag – Purpose built as a covert EDC bag. It features a built-in holster and magazine pouch in a well-concealed pocket.
5.11 56319 Havoc 30 Backpack – The Havoc 30 has pockets for both hard and soft body armor, durable construction and would be at home in most scenarios. It also has some MOLLE on the outside that isn’t overly obvious but will allow you to attach various gear to it.
5.11 Rush Delivery Multifunction Messenger Bag – Comes in a wide variety of colors, is sturdily built and has a purpose-built pistol pocket. This would be our number 1 choice as an EDC bag if the 5.11 name wasn’t an instant give away that it’s a piece of tactical gear.
Vertx EDC Courier Bag – Lightweight material with a built-in pistol pocket that gives you quick access to your firearm. Again, the Vertx name gives it away as a purpose made EDC bag.
Dell Professional Briefcase 15 – Nothing says I’m just a laptop than a Dell laptop case. This case is surprisingly well organized inside and would never attract a second look.
AmazonBasics 17.3-Inch Laptop Bag – This is basically a cheaper version of the Dell with an outside pocket that would be perfect to conceal a pistol and a few magazines.
5.11 Tactical PUSH Pack – This 5.11 sling bag is perfect to carry all of your EDC items, but it won’t fit things like a laptop or larger tablet. It does have an easy to access pistol pocket.
Vertx EDC Commuter Bag – This Vertx bag has pretty much everything that you could want in an EDC sling bag. It has a large pistol pocket that can easily hold a full sized pistol and several magazines. The downside is it’s expensive and the Vertx name screams I have a gun.
AmazonBasics Large DSLR Gadget Bag – This is a great all-around bag and has a wide array of uses! I don’t know that I’d carry it every day which makes it less appealing but if you carry a camera or want to appear like you do, this is worth checking out.
AmazonBasics Backpack for SLR/DSLR – This is a slightly smaller camera backpack that still has a host of attachment points on the outside.
It’s hard to find specific items in this category to recommend. Wearing a fanny pack sticks out in most places as they just aren’t all that popular.
The main things to remember when choosing an EDC bag is to keep it subtle and make sure you can carry everything you need in it. A flashy bag that draws a ton of attention isn’t a good idea.
Also, remember that if you’re choosing an EDC bag from manufacturers of tactical gear that you’re likely to attract attention from trained personnel and other preppers. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it can be in certain situations.