Hey there, backpack buddies! Ready to dive into the world of mini backpack magic? We've got a blog that spills the beans on all the essentials you didn't know you needed in that cute little bag of yours. 

Whether you're planning a day out, hitting up a festival, or just trying to keep it chill on your daily grind, we're here to make your mini backpack game strong. We're not just talking about the must-haves; we're throwing in some packing hacks to make your life easier. 

So, buckle up (or should we say, strap up?), and let's get cozy with the mini backpack lifestyle. It's time to pack smart, not hard! 

Essentials to Keep in Your Mini Backpack

Typically with more space than a purse or shoulder bag, a mini backpack is the ideal everyday carry to hold all your essentials and more. Since you have more room, you can be more prepared with a mini backpack because you never know when you might need a snack or a phone charger while you’re on-the-go. Don’t worry though, we made a list of the essentials so you don’t have to.

Dime Bags wallet being put into bag

Wallet and ID

Let's start with the absolute must-haves. Your wallet is like the captain of your essentials, holding your cash, cards, and any other crucial IDs. You never know when you might need to flash that driver's license or snag a coffee on the go. 

Phone and Charger

Our phones are practically an extension of ourselves, so keeping them charged is non-negotiable. Toss in a portable charger, and you're armed and ready for those epic Instagram stories or navigating through the urban jungle without fear of a dead battery. Because how else did people ever know directions? 


This one seems like a given too. Don't get caught in the "I left my keys at home" scenario. Pop those keys into your mini backpack, and you'll always have a way to get in and out hassle-free. We recommend having a specific pocket for them so you know exactly where they should be. This should help alleviate any awkward digging-through-your-bag moments. 

Mini-First Aid Kit

Accidents happen, and it's better to be safe than sorry. A compact first aid kit with band-aids, pain relievers, and maybe even a mini antiseptic can be a real game-changer when you least expect it.


Because who wants to face the world on an empty stomach? Toss in a granola bar, a pack of nuts, or your favorite snack to keep the hangry vibes at bay.

Water Bottle

Stay hydrated, my friends! A mini water bottle is a lifesaver, especially when you're out and about. Stay refreshed without lugging around a massive water jug.

Sunglasses, Sunscreen, and Lip Balm

Protect yourself from the elements. Whether it's a sunny day or you're facing unexpected weather, sunglasses, sunscreen, and lip balm are your trio of defense against the elements.

Small Umbrella or Raincoat

Weather can be unpredictable, but you don't have to be caught off guard. Tuck in a compact umbrella or a foldable raincoat for those surprise rain showers. Because who needs a soggy day ruining the fun? 

Mints/ Gum 

Even though that burger you had for lunch was delicious, you don’t want to be tasting it all day. We recommend always carrying a breath freshener with you, whether it's mints or gum. You’ll thank us later. 

Personalization and Extras 

Half the fun of having a spacious bag is being able to carry some not-so-necessary things around with you. Because even though that mini figurine doesn’t have a purpose, it makes you happy and you should keep it with you at all times. 

Here are some other things you can keep in your mini backpack to add some pizzazz!

Customize with Pins and Patches

Artist Vincent Gordon holding up Melty Skelty patch

Take your mini backpack from basic to personalized by throwing in some flair

Pins and patches are the ultimate way to showcase your style. Whether you're repping your favorite bands, expressing your sense of humor, or displaying your wanderlust, these tiny accessories can tell a big story. 

Accessorize with a Stash Bag

Dime Bags Soldier case with pipe and lighter inside

For those who like to keep your stuff discreet, a stash bag is a game-changer. Perfect for personal items you'd rather keep private, a stash bag ensures your essentials are tucked away securely be it for a vape, flower, or just a wad of cash. 

If you're in need of a stash bag for the ol’ devil’s lettuce, we'd recommend the Dime Bags Smell Proof Capo or Collector. These small stash bags are a great way to add discretion and lockable protection to your mini backpack game. Plus, it's a neat way to stay organized in the midst of chaotic and turbulent times like these. 

A Portable Charger and Earbuds

In the digital age, staying connected is the only option. Toss in a portable charger to keep your devices juiced up throughout the day. Pair that with a set of earbuds, and you've got the perfect on-the-go entertainment package. 

Your Kindle or a Paperback

For the bookworms and literature lovers out there, don't forget to make space for your Kindle or a paperback. Not a reader? Make people think you are when you whip a book out of your mini backpack. 

Mini Backpack Packing Hacks

Whether you're a seasoned traveler looking to streamline your on-the-go essentials or a newbie wondering how to fit all of your shit into a compact carryall, we've got you covered. Let's unravel the secrets of efficient packing that turn your mini backpack into a Tardis of sorts—small on the outside, but surprisingly spacious within. 

How to Effectively Utilize Your Space

In the compact universe of mini backpacks, every square inch counts. From strategic placement to creative folding techniques, we'll guide you through the art of making the most out of your limited space. Say goodbye to the frustration of leaving essentials behind and hello to a mini backpack that defies its size, offering a home for everything you need.

Roll, Don't Fold

If you're going on a weekend trip or stay-cation and you only want to bring your mini backpack, we recommend the roll packing method for your clothing. Instead of traditional folding, roll each garment into a tight cylinder. This not only minimizes wrinkles, but it maximizes space allowing you to fit more essentials without compromising on organization. 

Strategic Compartmentalization

Make use of the mini backpack's compartments and pockets strategically. Group similar items together and allocate specific pockets for easy access. We recommend using a front pocket for things like keys, a wallet, and anything you need to get out of your bag often. 

Utilizing smaller pouches or zippered bags, like the Dime Bags Zipline, can help keep loose items organized, preventing them from cluttering the main space. This not only creates a systematic approach but also ensures that every inch of your backpack is used efficiently. 

Keeping Your Mini Backpack Balanced

Balance is the key to conquering the mini backpack game. Bid farewell to the days of lopsided backpack struggles—because when it comes to mini backpacks, equilibrium is the secret to a carefree journey.

Maintain balance by evenly distributing the weight of your belongings within the mini backpack. Place heavier items, such as water bottles or electronic devices, closer to your back and centered. This prevents the backpack from pulling you to one side and helps distribute the weight more evenly across your shoulders, ensuring a comfortable and balanced carry. 

For extra comfort, look for padded shoulder straps. A lot of mini backpacks tend to prioritize style and cuteness over practicality, opting for simple cloth straps. If you are going to be carrying anything heavy or will be bopping around all day, strap choice can make or break every part of your body because you’re old like us.

Making Items Easily Accessible

In an economic system constructed around how much you can produce, quick and easy access to your essentials is a must-have. We all have baggage- physical and emotional so you might as well carry it well. Eliminate the frantic “cell phone, keys, wallet” mantra when you opt for a well organized backpack. 

Begin by categorizing items based on frequency of use—place everyday essentials in easily reachable compartments. Utilize designated pockets for the holy trinity to make them readily accessible. Consider using additional pouches or organizers for smaller items to prevent them falling into a bag black hole. 

Our Favorite Mini Backpacks

Now that you know what to put in your mini backpack and can pack it as well as a bowl,  let’s take a look into some of our favorite mini backpacks. From smell-proof options to mini backpacks loaded with organization, these are some of our favorites-

The Hot Box

Woman sitting on unicorn float at lake with red Hot Box mini backpack

Meet the Hot Box Mini Backpack, and consider your on-the-go game officially upgraded. This compact powerhouse from Dime Bags isn't just a backpack; it's a lifestyle statement. 

What makes it our favorite? Picture this: a meticulously crafted design that combines durability with style. The Hot Box isn't afraid to flaunt its rugged charm while keeping your essentials snug and secure. Its sturdy construction and its trendy aesthetic make the Hot Box mini backpack more than just an accessory—it's a daily companion that seamlessly blends functionality with flair. 

The Hot Box comes in 8 cute colors and even a larger option for people who enjoy the design but need extra space. Equipped with 7 compartments and one secret pocket for your extra special items, the bag is packed with everything you need to be on top of your mini backpack game. 

The Club Kid 

Woman standing in field of sunflowers with magenta Club Kid mini backpack on

If you’re looking for a truly mini mini backpack, look no further than the tiny yet mighty Club Kid. The Club Kid mini backpack is a true showstopper in the world of compact carryalls. What makes this one of our favorites? 

This mini backpack combines style and substance with its eye-catching design and surprising amount of storage. The exterior pocket is padded and perfect for holding credit cards and an ID. 

The large body pocket is the perfect size to hold your cell phone and keep you organized with its separate compartments. Whether you're hitting the city streets or dancing through a festival, the Club Kid doesn't just carry your essentials; it enhances your entire look.

The Festy Bound

Woman sitting on swing holding Static Amber Festy Bound mini backpack

Say hello to the Festy Bound Mini Backpack—a festival-goer's dream and undeniably one of our cherished favorites. Designed by Dime Bags, this mini marvel is not just a backpack; it's a festival essential that combines style, functionality, and durability in perfect harmony. 

The Festy Bound is a testament to thoughtful design, with dedicated pockets for all your festival must-haves and padded shoulder straps to keep you comfy. This mini backpack isn’t just for festival and concert goers alike, it’s your ticket to hands-free convenience for a normal day in your life. Oh and it comes in seven different colors.

The Mini Molly

Man sitting on ledge with Mini Molly mini backpack

When it comes to mini backpacks, the Dime Bags Mini Molly Smell Proof Mini Backpack stands in a league of its own, earning its stripes as one of the best and most unique options out there. What sets it apart? The game-changing feature of being smell-proof. 

This backpack is a game-changer for those who value privacy and want to carry their items without the worry of unwanted scents. Its compact size doesn't compromise on functionality, featuring thoughtfully organized compartments for all your daily needs.

Now that our course “Mini Backpacks 101” is concluding, it's clear that compact doesn't mean compromising. Your mini backpack is not just a carrier of belongings; it's a portal to convenience and style. And maybe another dimension if it’s THAT kind of festival.  

As you gear up for your next adventure, elevate your journey with a mini backpack that aligns with your lifestyle. Every adventurer deserves a trusty companion even if it is just a mini backpack. 

December 11, 2023 — Amber Sparks
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