Everyday Carry Day Packs to Fit Your Lifestyle

Everyday Carry Day Packs to Fit Your Lifestyle

Backpacks, sling bags, bug out bags, trekking packs, day packs…so many choices for carrying your stuff! At least one of these everyday carry day packs will suit your work or lifestyle needs. These three packs are intended to provide you with some options depending on what you are getting up to and how much gear you need to haul for the day.

Reebow Tactical Sling Bag

This is a great rover sling pack with the MOLLE system for attaching additional pouches or cases. The smallest of these three everyday carry day packs, it is perfect for when you don’t need a whole lot of gear. If you are just heading out for a short trip, this is the perfect pack for you.

Reebow Tactical Sling Bag everyday carry day pack

The Reebow Tactical Sling Bag is made of durable 600D polyster, so is water repellent to a great degree. Measuring out at 12 x 9.5 x 6 inch (HxWxD), it is the  right size for carrying a 9.7″ iPad, first aid kit, small notepad, keys, wallet, cell phone, flashlight, gloves, bottle of water, chargers etc. on a daily basis.

It also contains a large Velcro pad in the concealed main compartment and the back compartment. It is awesome as a pistol range bag for 1-2 handguns and a few boxes of ammo, or as a tactical assault pack. The sling bag also has an adjustable shoulder strap, and two smaller straps to help reduce the sway of the bag. The Reebow Gear sling bag is a great tactical travel bag to take on small trips. Or perhaps you’d like to go hammocking for a little bit and need to carry some snacks or other relatively small items.

SOG Ninja Day Pack

Whether hiking or commuting to school, the SOG Ninja Daypack keeps you organized for any adventure with a variety of compartments. MOLLE webbing lets you attach accessories or additional storage. This 24.2-liter tactical backpack features a large main compartment, front accessory pocket with organizer, a small accessory pocket for flat item storage, and a soft-lined pocket at the top for eyeglasses and electronic devices.

SOG Ninja Daypack everyday carry day pack

You’ll be able to quench your thirst wherever you roam with a hydration bladder pocket featuring a tubing port for easy access to water, and a stretchy side pouch that fits most water bottles.

When you need to carry more gear, the SOG Ninja Daypack has you covered with side compression straps, bottom lashing loops, and heavy-duty MOLLE webbing for attaching a variety of optional pouches, accessories, and modular tactical gear.

The military-style Ninja Daypack sits comfortably on your shoulders thanks to the yoke-style adjustable, padded shoulder straps, which feature an adjustable sternum slider for added security and comfort. The breathable padded mesh back keeps you comfortable over long hauls.

Other features include durable water repellent construction, a hook-and-loop patch on the front for added customization, top carry handle, durable plastic buckles and zippers, four points for attaching a sleeping bag or roll, and dual bottom grommet drainage holes to help keep water from pooling around your gear.

  • Dimensions – 13 x 18 x 3.5 inches (WxHxD)
  • Storage Capacity (Volume) – 24.2 liters (1,475 cubic inches)
  • Weight – 1.94 pounds

SOG backpacks, hydration packs, and other bags match the uncompromising style and performance of its celebrated folding knives and multi-tools. SOG gear has become prized by military, law enforcement, and everyday users looking for outdoor gear of the highest quality, distinction, and value.

Mardington Tactical Backpack

Our third pack is the largest of the everyday carry day packs at 35 liters. This is a sleek tactical backpack made of water-resistant 600D polyester, complete with a hydration compartment. It can hold a 2.5 liter bladder, and the tube is fed through the top of the bag near the grab handle. It is also capable of holding a 17 inch laptop.

Mardington Tactical Backpack everyday carry day pack

The MOLLE webbing allows you to hang small items, like additional pouches or gear to the backpack. There are also adjustable straps underneath to strap a bedroll, tent or anything else.

The waist belt of this bug out bag is stitched in and tucks into the middle space behind the back padding support. It’s a pretty snug fit and won’t slide back out on its own.

The Mardington tactical backpack is constructed with a chest strap to cope with the weight so that it’s useful as a three day assault pack, bug out bag, survival backpack, army backpack, or trekking backpack. Yet it is compact enough to work well as a day pack. Suitable for hiking, camping, trekking, traveling, school or daily use. And it comes with a 90 day limited warranty!


Everyday Carry Flashlight: Streamlight ProTac 2L-X

Everyday Carry Flashlight: Streamlight ProTac 2L-X Flashlight

There is nothing worse than being stuck in a situation where you need a light, but when you reach for your everyday carry flashlight, all you get is a feeble flicker that dies within moments. When I worked security, I always carried a Streamlight, because I knew I could count on it to work. Being able to see in the dark may make a life saving difference, so make sure that you have a light source you can trust. This is where the Streamlight ProTac 2L-X Tactical Flashlight comes in to save the day.


High Lumens: 500
Run Time on High: 3.25 hours
Run Time on Low: 30.00 hours
Beam Distance: 165 meters
Max Candela: 6,800
Battery Type: CR123A Lithium, 18650 Lithium Ion Battery
Battery Quantity: 1 – 2
Length: 5.14 inches (13.06 centimeters)
Weight: 3.90 ounces (110.56 grams) – 4.40 ounces (124.74 grams)
Colors: Black

Streamlight 88063 ProTac 2L-X Dual Fuel High Performance Tactical Light

Compact and ultra-bright.

The Streamlight 88063 ProTac 2L-X is a 500-lumen EDC tactical light and incorporates the versatility to use two battery types; two CR123A batteries or one Streamlight Rechargeable Li Ion cell. Multi battery versatility means the user can always use primary disposable cells to power the light if the rechargeable cell is out of power and a charging source is not available.

Designed for use in all markets, this everyday carry flashlight features a tactical tail cap switch for momentary or “constant on” operation, three different user selectable programs and a pocket clip for convenience. The aluminum housing with Type II Military Spec anodizing helps make the light extremely durable and abrasion resistant. Packaged with a removable pocket clip and holster.

Built to Last:

Durable, anodized machined aircraft aluminum construction. Dust tight and IPX7 waterproof to 1-meter for 30 minutes; 2-meter impact resistance tested. Gasket-sealed glass lens. Anti-roll head prevents the light from rolling away when placed on a flat surface.

Batteries & Charging:

Dual fuel: uses two 3-volt CR123A lithium batteries (included); also accepts one Streamlight 3.7-volt 2600-mAh rechargeable 18650 lithium ion battery with its own cradle charging system.

Light Source & Programming:

C4 LED Technology for extreme brightness, impervious to shock with a 50,000-hour lifetime. LED Solid State power regulation provides maximum light output throughout battery life. TEN-TAP Programming features three user selectable programs: High/Strobe/Low; High only; Low/High.

Using the Streamlight ProTac 2L-X

The ProTac 2L-X operates using Streamlight’s trademarked Ten-Tap programmable switch. Simply depress the tailcap to turn the light on high. To keep the light in its 500-lumen setting, depress the tailcap until it clicks. To reach the strobe setting, depress the tailcap slightly twice within 0.4 seconds. Depressing the tailcap fully after reaching strobe will allow the strobe mode to remain on without depressing the tailcap. The same procedure is followed for the low mode, except that the tailcap must be depressed slightly 3 times within 0.4 seconds to reach the low setting.

About Streamlight:

It all comes down to performance. Period. People who depend on their everyday carry flashlights, often for their lives, need to be able to count on that flashlight to work. Every time. When it’s freezing cold, scorching hot, desert dry, or rain forest humid. When it’s been beat up, abused, dropped in water, or left in icy snow. They need to know that their flashlight will deliver the light they need for the task at hand. When size and run time are also part of the performance, people know they can trust Streamlight . . . to shine brighter, work better, and last longer.

Everyday Carry Pen: Gerber Impromptu

Everyday Carry Pen: Gerber Impromptu

Gone are the days of your basic plastic pen that explodes in your pocket, or can’t write in dusty or rainy or upside down positions. If you work in high stress situations, like military, law enforcement, medical services, or rescue services, you want a pen that will work as hard as you do. You can count on the quality of this everyday carry pen, and it will perform when you need it to perform.


    • Overall Length: 5.59″ (14.19 cm)
    • Closed Length: 5″ (12.7 cm)
    • Weight: 2.4 oz. (68 g)
    • Material: Steel
    • Rugged, machined steel body with Cerakote™
    • Stainless steel pocket clip keeps the pen handy
    • Integrated glass-breaker tip features tempered steel and is designed to get you out of trouble
    • “Rite in the Rain” ink cartridge works in all conditions, inside and outdoors
    • Reliable push-button mechanism deploys ball point mechanism
    • Limited lifetime warranty
    • Made in USA


Impromptu Tactical Pen

Danger has a way of presenting itself when you least expect it. That’s why Gerber, in collaboration with law enforcement professionals, developed the Impromptu Tactical Pen. Sure, it’s a pen and it’ll serve to take notes like a good pen should, but it’s not your average writing implement.

Made In The USA

The Impromptu Tactical Pen combines Gerber’s decades of experience crafting tools with valuable input from police officers to offer a utilitarian tool that could quite literally be your ticket to safety. During interviews, officers agreed that the most important tool you can carry is the item that happens to be in your hand. More often than not, that turns out to be a pen. So Gerber designed a pen that can write in all conditions and is rugged enough to handle the unexpected.

Fits Your Daily Routine

Sure it’s stout, but this everyday carry pen fits easily into your pocket like an ordinary pen and will become part of your daily routine, on the job and off. Whether you’re in your vehicle or responding to a call in the field, it’s easy to make the Tactical Pen part of your routine equipment. But unlike an ordinary ballpoint pen, this one will be there when you need more than just a writing implement.

Glass Breaker Tip

Made from machined steel with a tempered window-shattering tip design, the Impromptu Tactical Pen can be used to break a windshield or defend yourself from an unexpected attack.

Rite In The Rain

This USA-made, push-button pen features a “Rite in the Rain” ballpoint pen cartridge that is effective in wet and dry conditions, and the tool’s machined steel body is stout enough to rise to the unexpected call of duty.

Steel + Cerakote Coated

The Impromptu is designed from rugged American steel and coated with Cerakote to provide a confident grip in any situation. This everyday carry pen will stand up to the call of duty.


Like the men and women who carry our gear, Gerber is Unstoppable. Decades of innovation and dedication have put us here. Renowned as a master of knives and tools, Gerber’s problem-solving, life-saving products are designed with the unique needs of specific activities in mind. Today that includes much more than a blade.

Founded in 1939 and based in Portland, Oregon, USA, Gerber is an American brand whose products have global reach and relevance. Carried extensively by hunters, soldiers and tradesmen, Gerber’s heritage runs deep. And we are now looking toward the future, where tomorrow’s problems will be solved by the next generation of innovations.

All Gerber products are designed and engineered in Portland, OR where many are produced. We also create a wide range of activity specific gear for a wide variety of consumers. And no matter what, every product that bears the Gerber name is backed by our famous lifetime warranty.

Quality, reliability, innovation. For over 70 years this is what our customers have expected from us. And whether our products are used to save time, save the day, or save a life, Gerber always delivers.


Everyday Carry Knife: CRKT Squid

Everyday Carry Knife: CRKT 2490 Squid

I have carried CRKT knives for years, so I can attest to the quality of their knives. I am pretty hard on equipment, and their knives have stood up exceptionally well to the beating I give them. This is why I am happy to present to you this rock solid everyday carry knife from CRKT. This is a real workhorse knife. It isn’t overly large, so it is perfect for a wide range of tasks. And with its all metal construction, you won’t have to worry about parts failing. They have already beat it up with rocks to get the amazing finish, so it will stand up to whatever you dish out!

I love the strength and the simplicity of the design. This is definitely not a show knife, and that is exactly what I like about it. It will do whatever job you need it to do, any day of the week. And at roughly $16 on Amazon, you can’t get much more of a deal for your money!

Go ahead and read up  on the specifications and learn a bit more about the Squid, and then come back here and grab your own!

Blade Length 2.14″ (54.36 mm)
Blade Edge Plain
Blade Steel 8Cr13MoV, 58-60 HRC
Blade Finish Stonewash
Blade Thickness 0.11″ (2.79 mm)
Closed Length 4.490″ (114.05 mm)
Weight 3.4 oz
Handle Stainless Steel w/Stonewash
Style Folding Knife w/Frame Lock
Overall Length 5.71″ (145.03 mm)


Product Details
  • Equipped with a frame lock for safety
  • Friction grooves on the drop-point blade for a secure grip
  • Internal frame lock and deep pocket clip for a secure carry
  • Stonewash drop point 8Cr13MoV blade
  • Designed by Lucas Burnley
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty


About the designer

When you ask Lucas what drew him to the knife world as a teenager he’ll tell you it was stories of survival, off path adventures with his father and a healthy dose of action movies. Over the years, he has experimented with a broad range of styles to artfully combine classical examples with modern materials and techniques such as with his Obake knife. Lucas believes knives are a personal expression of independence.

It’s a pistol of a knife: it obliterates tasks.

This Lucas Burnley-designed everyday carry knife is compact in stature but packs some heat in the features department. It comes with a frame lock for safety, and friction grooves on the drop-point blade for a secure grip. Be careful where you point it.

The Squid is an everyday carry folding knife from designer Lucas Burnley in Orleans, Massachusetts. Based on the concept of a compact pistol, it’s small in size and big on ability. Don’t let the 2.14 inch blade fool you; this is a full-on, tactically inspired knife that’s ready to take on your largest cutting challenges. By keeping it wide at nearly one inch and using the drop-point style, Burnley was able to give the blade a good balance of tip strength and point geometry for utility tasks, packing all the functionality of a full-size tactical folder, into an easy to carry, compact design.

Just like any good gun, you want something that’ll keep you safe. That’s why the Squid comes with an internal frame lock and deep pocket clip for a secure carry. When you’re ready for this knife to see some action, use the thumb stud to deploy the blade.

So go ahead and bring this sidearm with you wherever you go. Just remember, it’s loaded.

About Columbia River Knife and Tool

CRKT (Columbia River Knife and Tool) offers a broad line of knives and tools for sport, work, professional, and lifestyle activities. All CRKT knives and tools are built incorporating the most advanced equipment and production systems. Founded in 1994, CRKT is the industry’s premier brand of knives, tools, and lifestyle accessories, with a reputation for innovative design.


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