This is a series of posts about ‘how to live out of a backpack’ as a vagabond, minimalist, nomad, expat, traveler or for everyday life as a lifestyle.
One does not need a home full of things to live. Just like ancient times, all we need is what we can carry on our backs.
Depending on where I’m going, how I’m getting there, how long I’m staying and why I’m going to my next destination, the packing kits (luggage) I bring with me will vary.
At most my entire kit includes; backpack, duffle bag and mobility pack (pictured below). But mostly, it is my backpack and mobility pack. However, sometimes I leave my backpack at a place I plan on returning to shortly and will travel or trek with just the mobility pack.
So the mobility pack is always one of my luggage kits. This doesn’t mean it’s always on my person, but the 1 bag (of my usual 3) that I always travel with – my go-to carry-on.
However, this kind of pack for this purpose is widely available, it just has to suit your preferences and needs. To me, a “mobility pack” is the answer to needing to carry additional gear that won’t fit in my clothing pockets but not enough gear to warrant a daypack.
Furthermore, as the name suggests, “mobility” is paramount. A small and agile bag that doesn’t get in the way of everyday activities to high-intensity actions.
Whatever bag you choose as your “mobility pack”, the idea is to be able to wear the pack like an article of clothing and not carry it like a piece of baggage.
Consider the concept as attaching a few more pockets on your person, expanding your everyday carry gear possibilities without adding excess literal baggage.
I solved this problem by modifying the messenger bag carrying method into a pauldron armor wearing method. So the bag is worn cross body with the load resting on top of my shoulder for unhindered maneuverability.
The other objective was complete access of contents without the need to remove the pack. With my pack I could access everything with either hand with no shifting or removing of the pack as if reaching for any other pocket.
The packs below are the closest and best I could find to follow similar methods of carry; ease of access, minimal load, one handed use and user agility.
The contents of a mobility EDC pack will not only differ greatly from user to user but from day to day.
We can’t or don’t need to always carry a backpack or even a small daypack but sometimes we do need to carry more than our pockets allow, this is the solution.