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.


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, my packing kits (luggage) will vary.

At most my entire kit includes; backpack, duffle bag and mobility pack (pictured below). But mostly, it’s my backpack and mobility pack. However, sometimes I leave my backpack at a place I plan on returning to shortly and will travel 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.

The VINJABOND Backpack Setup Guide: The Mobility
My Custom Mobility EDC Pack ///

This “mobility pack” is not a specific bag but something I made and is not for sale. If you’re a Pro Member, contact me for more details on how to assemble a similar pack.

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.

Ocean Tower on Mount Luho in Boracay, Philippines /// VINJABOND
Hiking Mount Luho, Boracay Island w/ Just a Mobility Pack ///

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.

Riding a buggy around Boracay Island, Philippines /// VINJABOND
Riding a Buggy With The Mobility Pack ///

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.

Maxpedition Remora Gearslinger /// VINJABOND
Remora Gearslinger

The Amazing Running Belt /// VINJABOND
The Amazing Running Belt

Pacsafe Vibe 150 Pack /// VINJABOND
Vibe 150 Body Pack

The contents of a mobility EDC pack will not only differ greatly from user to user but from day to day.

Unlike my backpack which rarely has changes in its core packing list, this pack is open-ended as a truly everyday carry and multi-purpose kit carrier.

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.

How to Live Out of a Backpack:
Mobility EDC Pack

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  1. Row Reathrow Reply

    Been using that Maxpedition you recommended, great EDC mini bag.

  2. Still us that Sport Holster from earlier in your vagabonding?

  3. Rolexerist Reply

    Maybe you can do a gear giveaway to the Pro Members for your custom pack when you move on to another system?

  4. Kevin McAvenia Reply

    I rock a 5.11 MOAB 6 (?) when I am in DC at the office. Perfect size for what I am doing. The “other gear” is in the car. The MOAB sustains me at the office and can get me to the car where the real work begins.

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