Pics or It Didn’t Happen: Five Camera Bags for your Next Adventure

Throw a camera in our hands and many of us fancy ourselves the next great adventure photographer. If we’re going to feel the part, we might as well look the part.

Here are five camera packs for both trail and travel to help you carry all the gear you need to capture that award winning shot. Take a look at our picks for best on-the-go camera bags and get shooting.

Thule Aspect DSLR Camera Backpack – $130


Known for their roof-top racks, sport cases, and bike racks, Thule knows a thing or two about how to transport your gear. Customizable padded storage in this pack protects your camera, multiple lenses, flash and other equipment while also carrying up to 15.6 inch laptop and tablet in the back compartment. A spacious compartment contains multiple pockets to allow you to carry personal gear while belt pockets allow quick access to smaller items.

Mountainsmith Tanuck 40 Backpack – $230


Nicknamed the T.A.N. (Tough As Nails), this rucksack was designed in collaboration with outdoor photographer Chris Burkard. This bag was designed to meet the needs of even the most discerning travel photographers. The backpanel access compartment will accommodate most 17” laptop screens. The versatility of the pack lies in its ability to be modified and customized utilizing Kit Cubes (sold separately). A quick release removable padded waistbelt is interchangeable with the Tanuck 10 lumbar pack. A hydration bladder sleeve allows for all day adventures while two side panel pockets will accommodate water bottles, tripods and other accessories.

Peak Design Everyday Backpack 30L – $260


There’s a lot to be said about a company that was started with the purpose of creating better solutions to carrying and utilizing camera gear in your own backyard and around the globe. On a side note, during the last six years, Peak Design has raised over $14 million over six Kickstarter projects, making them the world’s most crowdfunded active company. Available in 2 sizes (20L and 30L), the ‘Everyday’ Backpack is just that. It has the ability to carry a full load of camera gear or a pack full of everyday regardless if you are a daily commuter or a globetrotter. A dedicated sleeve accommodates your laptop (30L – up to 16” laptops) while your gear will remain in its desired location within the main body of the pack thanks to the endlessly configurable FlexFold dividers.

Pelican Sport Elite Laptop/Camera Pro Pack – $330


Pelican has been making protective cases for the professional and consumer markets for over 40 years. The Pro Pack contains an integrated waterproof and crushproof case that will accommodate up to 15 inch Ultrabook and 17 inch Apple laptops. The pack portion, while not waterproof, is water-resistant and contains a rigid front plate to protect your gear from impact while traveling or in the field. Numerous pockets (both external and internal) will keep you organized and quick clip side straps allow for the attachment of full size tripods.

Black Ember V4 Pack – Kickstarter


This relatively new company, Black Ember, is currently in the process of a Kickstarter campaign of which they have surpassed their crowdfunding goal with just over two weeks remaining. The V4 will be available with five different configurations with a price tag ranging from $245-$540 retail. You can also customize your pack with optional items to build out the pack with the configuration that best suits your personal needs. Though, if you act quickly, you can take advantage of the current campaign and secure this new pack for the Kickstarter price ranging from $145-$325. According to their crowdfunding page, the new pack expects to ship in September 2017.