The Bag You'll Want to Carry Absolutely Everywhere

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Photo credit: Timothy Mulcare
Photo credit: Timothy Mulcare


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SHOP $85, everlane.com

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I've been on the road in some capacity more in the last month than I was during the entire prior two years combined. Makes sense. The world has largely opened back up, the pent up wanderlust is real, and it's time to get out there and see some shit. Planes, trains, and automobiles, baby!

This uptick in travel has reminded me of a couple things. First, that it really is good for the soul to get out there and see new places. Second, that a good bag is absolutely essential for any and all excursions, whether that's a spiritually fulfilling jaunt to some previously unknown land or the still-depressing commute to the office in the morning. Which is why I welcomed the news, received just today, that Everlane has finally restocked its much-beloved ReNew Transit Backpack. (How beloved, you ask? It had a waiting list more than 10,000 entries long.) It's thoughtfully designed, easy to lug around, and easy on the wallet, too.

Are you also back on the road? Going to the office more regularly than you used to? Both? Whatever the case, if you're heading out the door, here's why you should consider slinging this backpack over your shoulders when you do.

Photo credit: Timothy Mulcare
Photo credit: Timothy Mulcare

About that design.

With a padded exterior laptop pocket that sits secure against your back, a couple of smaller exterior pockets, a roomy main pocket with a couple of slip pockets inside of it, an exterior water bottle pocket, and an internal water bottle pocket, there's no shortage of spots to stash your stuff. (Also, no shortage of opportunities to use the word "pocket.") And because those pockets all do something a little different, you can actually organize all that stuff instead of tossing it into the black hole of a tote bag. If you're the type to misplace a favorite pen in a bag and not find it for months (hey, man, me too), the thoroughly thought-through compartmentalization will save you a lot of future headaches. Oh, and there's a pass through strap so you can stow it on rolling luggage.

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Photo credit: Timothy Mulcare
Photo credit: Timothy Mulcare

It's impressively sustainable.

This isn't the first time Everlane's taken a swing at a streamlined, flap-top backpack—but it is the most eco-conscious effort from the brand so far. Made with 100 percent recycled polyester sourced from plastic bottles and dyed with more environmentally friendly dyes than most products on the market, it's got a considerably smaller footprint than similar styles that skimp on sustainability. It may be a small thing in the grand scheme, but every little bit helps.

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Photo credit: Timothy Mulcare
Photo credit: Timothy Mulcare

It simply looks great.

All the function and eco-friendliness in the world don't matter too much if you're not going to actually use the thing because it's an eyesore. Luckily, the same sense of minimal, modern utility that informs all of Everlane's designs comes through in spades on the Transit Backpack. It's subtle, but not anonymous. Versatile, but not without a little personality. It's the kind of backpack you could carry with shorts and a tee in the height of summer or a flight-ready blazer and a pair of cropped trousers when business travel becomes a thing again. In other words, you can take it pretty much anywhere when the time is right. And soon enough, it will be.

SHOP $85, everlane.com

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