I travel 6+ times a year to two homes on the coasts of the U.S., so I am always looking for the economy rate on airlines with no carry-on. After a deep dive dive in to all the potential backpacks on the market that qualify as a personal item, I settled on the Boundary Errant. It holds my technology (photo/design) perfectly with room for a few articles of clothing and Every Day Carry items. It suits my minimalist lifestyle and aesthetic with its ideal size, super functional design features, comfortable fit, and sleek design.
In particular, I look for a backpack with no visible pockets on the exterior—it's an invitation to thieves. The Errant eliminates that issue and has sophisticated compartments and hidden pockets. The zippers are top-flight and the magnetic closures are delightful.