Best drone backpacks

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Best drone backpacks

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Choosing a sensible backpack for transporting your drone around is such a valuable addition to your kit. 

My backpack has allowed me to carry my drone, the controller, a DSLR, an action cam, and spare blades deep into the Australian bush in comfort. There I have been able to get some spectacular shots – all while carrying everything I need on my back. 

I’ve spent a fair number of hours researching the best backpacks for carrying around my gear – I haven’t found anything as well thought through as the Peak Design Everyday Backpack

The best backpack for drones – Peak Design Everyday Backpack (20L)

Peak design Everyday Backpack

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I absolutely have not regretted this purchase for carrying my drone and other camera gear. I have traveled all around Europe with this bag and this is why I love it:

  • 20L is a perfect size – I thought that I would regret getting the smaller version of this bag but it really has helped me decide what I need to take on a shoot and also makes sure that I don’t have a sore back at the end of the day. 
  • It has so many pockets – a LOAD of pockets. I carry everything from spare batteries, memory cards, pens, pocket knives and I’ve still got pockets to spare. The array of different sizes are also amazingly suited to everything that I want to carry. They really did think of everything!
  • It has a dedicated laptop space Everywhere I go I carry my MSI 13-inch gaming laptop. I use it for editing, motion graphics, and admin. Having a dedicated soft space of it makes it easy to travel with and whipping it out quickly to do some work is perfect. It also has a small slot of a tablet in the same area – I use it to carry my e-reader! If you have a larger laptop you 100% need the next size bag up. 
  • The versatility of straps and dividers – I’ve trialled about 50 different divider orientations so that I could find the perfect space designation as my gear grows. You can also strap stuff on the sides and front of the bag – which I’ve used for jackets and roll mats. If it doesn’t fit in the bag – it’ll be secure on the outside of the bag.
  • It keeps my gear safe – being able to divide the bag into perfectly sized compartments gives me a load of confidence that my expensive gear is safe! I can never hear things banging together and the soft interior helps too!
  • Loads of accessories – need clips and other pouches- this bag has so many more things you can buy and it all works incredibly well together.
  • Amazing warranty – I bought one because my friend bought one. His zipper broke – they sent him a brand new bag even before he’d been able to send off his old one! I also emailed asking a couple of questions about warranty of second-hand bags and as long as it is a peak design original – they’ll sort out your issues!
  • It looks good – to me this is one of the least important factors but a factor nonetheless. Other camera bags look like a military bag and it LOOKs like it has a camera or drone in it. This simply doesn’t. I’ve also used this as my everyday carry with no camera or drone and it doesn’t look out of place in the slightest.

 

Buying guide for a drone/camera bag

Everyone will have different needs for their backpack. But this is what I think the most important aspects are and the things that you should consider before buying a backpack:

Warranty

Drone and camera bags get put through a lot of stress – more than the average everyday carry. Zippers and straps are the most used parts of any bag and you need to choose a bag that is well made. 

No matter how well made a bag is it will always fail. That is just the nature of products. You need to be able to buy with confidence and so making sure your manufacturer has a great warranty system and customer service is vital! 

Versatility

Your gear will change over time – that is just the nature of photography. Every bag I have owned has outlived the gear set up that I bought to hold it. Buy a bag that has the flexibility for a range of gear. 

For some reason, gear tends to get bigger as you progress through the hobby. Or you end up carrying more tools for different jobs. Get a bag that will be able to adapt to everything you throw in it. 

Size

I actually always choose bags the size that is just big enough. Most of the time I do not need to carry everything I own. That happens less than 5% of the time. 

Having a medium-sized bag means that I do not over pack and I really think about what I need to carry. This means that by the end of the day my back is not sore! 

Strap comfort

Your bag could potentially put a load of weight on your shoulders. Only one thing will help – the straps. 

Too few people spend enough time looking at the size of the straps and their likelihood of collapsing under a heavy load. You need the strap to be as wide as possible and not change one with has gear it it. 

Take an extra couple of minutes to check this and you’ll be sure that your shoulders will service a day in the field!

 

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The Author

Dr Andrew Stapleton is a writer and YouTuber with a PhD in science. He has written and/or produced videos for Science Alert, COSMOS magazine, and Australia's Science Channel among others. Andy started droneflyingpro.com to share his love and the research of all things drone! He has been a drone pilot for many years and has flown many types of drone. His favorite is still the DJI Mavic Air for the portability and functionality packed into a small and portable drone!