I have a thing for organization— my chaotic brain needs a calm, orderly environment to function well— so for me, bins, bags, and pouches are nearly as addictive as art supplies. I’m always looking for new and better ways to transport and carry my travel and field sketching tools.
About a year ago, I began searching for a pack that could easily transport sketching supplies but was also large enough to fit a water bottle (nondisposable, of course!), binoculars, and a few other things that I liked to have while traveling or sketching for extended periods.
Through my search, I discovered Tom Bihn travel bags. I immediately fell in love with this company and their highly rated, made-in-USA goods. Though their products are pricey, I bit the bullet, and ordered a Daylight Backpack along with a medium Freudian Slip plus a few small accessories like extra key straps and organizer pouches.
Nearly a year later, I can honestly say that this pack has been worth every single penny.
It has traveled with me to beaches and mountains, big cities and cow pastures, on 10-hour car trips and daylong hikes. It has been dropped in mud, had food spilled onto it and into it, has sat with me in car shops, hair saloons, and veterinarian offices. It has been beside me through countless late night sea turtle watches, cleaning-up-our-land bonfires, and surprise rainstorms and snowy walks in the woods.
Through all of this, my Daylight backpack has never complained. Not once. In fact, it nearly, sort of, almost looks brand new. If you ignore the bonfire smoke smell. And that mustard spot. And let me just brush off the dust, pet hair, and grass…
This pack is so lightweight, functional, and durable, it has pretty much replaced my minimalist watercolor field kit. Of course, the best stuff is what's inside my pack... my lovely little sketching kit that is a field sketcher's BFF. Read More