I’ve had the Peak Design Everyday Backpack for nearly one year and a half now and it’s gone through many trips and adventures. It’s also been an absolute champion when it comes to thoughtfully packing the range of gear I bring every day. Different gear, different equipment, different tech, same backpack.
The challenge then became when I got my hands on not only the DJI Mavic Pro and all that Alpine White combo goodness (batteries, aircraft sleeve and propellers), but more notably the DJI Goggles. They are bulky to say the least, but I love them in how they enhance the immersion of my drone flying experience, but also the aerial pair of eyes to control and capture footage.
So I wanted to share with you my real-life creators backpack setup that you can try for yourself, in one slick companion. Of course, if you’re more of a minimal urban explorer without the bulk, then my gear load of the Peak Design Everyday Sling is what you seek.
When you see it all nicely packed, it really comes together doesn’t it? And the best part is that taking them out is super quick and efficient too. The backpack has handles on both sides, so rotating the Everyday Backpack to open the flap – either when wearing it or on a surface – has never been so effortless… which is what you want when on the move.
Opening the top lid, you can see the DJI Goggles headband. I face the connector to the side which seems to free up some height to close it tight – even all the way to the fourth lug securely. The interior magnetic pocket behind the four lugs you see hold my precious smaller items. In this instance, it would be extra memory cards, my DJI ND Filter set (the metal-built filters from DJI) and first aid items.
Alternatively, the zipped and separated laptop compartment with a drop-down open pocket let you store extras without touching the headband, like my 10,000mah powerbank. If you’re climbing up high altitudes where the temperatures drop, it also better to keep these kind of equipment within your bag and not exposed outside with the guzzetted exterior pockets. And when I’m really packing, I’ve used the attachment points to carry my Manfrotto Action Compact tripod with the other pocket reserved for my flat pack water bottle
Opening the right left side of the Peak Design Everyday Backpack let’s me pack the other half of it. You get full access to the cavity, but the sub-dividers really let you contain smaller items; by closing them, it accommodates larger items great. I’m using my Sony mirrorless camera to take this shot, but you see that empty slot there? That’s where it takes less than 2/3 of the space. I can also fit my Sony RX100 M3 if I need to also, but it fits comfortably either way.
If you remember, my 90mm prime lens takes the last third and is sub-divided to keep it from hitting my mirrorless with success. All this leads to easy take-out access when wearing it, rotating the bag sideways.
The Mavic Pro drone slides all the way through, with some buffer on either side, fitting perfectly in the Everyday Backpack. Wrapping the remote controller in a sleeve I had and with ample front space in the same row as my Mavic Pro meant I had no problem keeping them together.
If you’re packing a larger DSLR camera or items that need more space, you can adjust the divider and use a higher lug to expand the head space for the DJI Goggles to sit higher up.
You’d think that would be it, but the backpack has more space – the left panel has zipped pockets that unveil more sleeves! This is where I store primarily my drone accessories. The Intelligent batteries fit snug inside the pouches, while the three smaller sleeves are for extra propellers and my camera battery.
Of course, if you’re carrying more camera batteries, you can put the propellers elsewhere. I leave the Goggle cloth and spare USB cable within this zipped compartment for added measure.
It’s a rugged and well-thought out design that has been awesome to carry everything at the slight expense of heavy weight distribution. But you can pack as little or as much without needing to resort to another or bigger bag which is what makes this special. So if you’ve have a crazy amount of photography gear, the origami dividers are awesome for adapting the bag to your load.
My Creators Backpack Gear Load
As my field bag for exploration, here’s the full list of everything bit of kit I could fit together in this setup:
There are a lot of functional and nicely designed bags for adventurers. For me? The Peak Design Backpack has never let me down as a minimal and multi-gadget carrier. What bag do you use and what kind of equipment do you carry in it? Share your gear loads in the comments below!