Daypacks for Women

10 of the Best Daypacks for Women Who Love to Hike

If you’re anything like me, you spend a lot of time on the trail and can end up carrying all kinds of things around with you. If you’re going on a hiking trip or backpacking trip, you need to stay fully equipped with everything you need to stay comfortable and warm, as well as everything you need to make your food (and maybe make a fire). Let’s review the best daypacks for women who love to hike.

Daypacks for Women

Burton Cameo Pack

The Burton Cameo Pack is a bag that can be made into a jacket for the warmer months. The frame can be used to create a full backpack or a cross body for those with a smaller frame. The bag has a low silhouette that’s comfortable for hiking and it comes with a lot of pockets. It also comes with a removable back panel that can be worn inside of the pack to use the pack for more warmth or as a cover-up for bare shoulders. The pack comes with a lot of interior space, and the straps are well-suited for all types of packs, from SUVs to daypacks to messenger bags.

It is possible to run the frame and straps through loops, too, to have the load balanced when you’re moving along. However, this isn’t recommended because it can often lead to shifting and bulging. The bag is padded with spandex and comes with a water-resistant liner, which is well suited to the conditions. The pack can be used in temperatures as low as five degrees Fahrenheit. It’s a great bag for hiking or for walking around town.

Price: $74.99 & FREE Shipping


  • Can be made into a light jacket if you want for warmer months
  • Comes with a back panel
  • Cheek pads for extra warmth


  • It can be hard to get it back on the frame
  • The interior pockets aren’t very deep
  • The fit is a bit loose on the frame

AmazonBasics Women’s Daypack

Amazon has a great selection of backpacks that are priced very reasonably. The AmazonBasics Women’s Daypack is a good choice because it comes at a low cost and it’s very functional. It has the classic back panel, padded shoulder straps, and well-placed side water bottle holders. If you’re worried about it being too warm, then you can always use the waterproof layer inside of the pack to keep your gear dry. The bag also has lots of pockets and a built-in quilt that can be removed for extra comfort.

At about $7, it’s a great value for your money and is quite breathable. If you don’t want to spend as much, you can also opt for a higher-end model with a lot more features and added value, such as the 14″ high model or the 16″ low model. It is possible to run the straps through the holes in the bag and get the pack to be a smaller size to use as a cross-body.

Price: $9.99 & FREE Shipping on orders over $25


  • It comes at a great price
  • Fits a bit more comfortable for taller women
  • Comes with rain cover


  • It’s not as well designed as some other more expensive models
  • You can’t wear it as a jacket in colder months

Osprey Women’s Adaptive Backpack

If you’re on a budget, this inexpensive option might be just what you’re looking for. The Osprey Adaptive Backpack has all of the necessities you need to have for hiking and backpacking. It has a carrying capacity of 15L and is a very easy bag to carry. It also has room for a small amount of gear, such as a small travel lock, water bottle, and maybe even a hat or some trekking poles.

You can put some of the added weight inside the bag to give yourself a bit more walking weight. If you’re not worried about losing the bag, then you can wear it inside your backpack if it’s not too hot outside. Osprey also makes an extra-large women’s bag, which is a bit more expensive than this one.

Price: $26.99 & FREE Shipping


  • Great value for the price
  • Has an internal sleeping pad
  • Four-side water bottle holder pockets


  • Can get a bit warm when open
  • It May not be very comfortable for tall women
  • Could use a waterproof liner for rainy days

MUJI Women’s Daypack

While MUJI is often known as a stylish Japanese retailer, their bags are great outdoor gear as well. This particular model is another affordable and extremely useful backpack for women. The bag has a lot of good features for women, such as easy-to-use buckles and side water bottle holders. It’s not tall, but it is quite slim and should fit just about anyone. It’s especially ideal for women who need to carry a lot of stuff and also want a little extra wiggle room. The bag also comes in two sizes, small and medium.

Price: $12.99


  • Sturdy aluminum frame
  • Lightweight and highly packable
  • Made of eco-friendly material


  • It may have a higher weight than some other bags on the list
  • The bag doesn’t come with water bottle pockets

BestZed Women’s Daypack

If you want a slightly higher-end model, then this ZED Daypack is a great option for women. It comes with a lot of great features that are ideal for women, including a stuff sack and a wider, removable waist belt. At almost $30, it’s not a cheap option, but it is a pretty decent bag for your money. It has shoulder straps, padded shoulder straps, and a zippered compartment, and is one of the more attractive bags on this list. The back of the bag is open, so you have access to the side water bottle pockets and side pockets with separate water bottle holders, which are ideal for large water bottles. There is also one large water bottle pocket on each side of the bag, and one large side pocket for larger items.

Price: $29.97 & FREE Shipping on orders over $25 (35 percent off MSRP)


  • Waterproof front & back
  • Super-sleek and simple design
  • One large water bottle pocket


  • Zipper doesn’t close as tightly as some other bags on this list
  • Great for shorter women, but not tall women
  • Doesn’t come with an ID

Sustain Women’s Rainbow High Neck Daypack

If you’re looking for a plain black daypack, then this one from Sustain is what you need. It’s a very simple bag with nothing special about it at all. It’s very basic and could be your ideal daypack. It has two water bottle pockets on the front and two on the sides. There is a similar-sized bag made specifically for men, but since it’s a men’s daypack it doesn’t have the adjustable straps. It does however have a waterproof exterior and a back panel and a hip belt that will keep your backpack comfortable.

It is, however, a bit on the heavier side, which is a drawback for heavier women. For anyone interested in a plain black bag that does not scream sporty, this is a great option. It is a bit on the expensive side, so you do have to be willing to spend more money to get a more attractive bag.

Price: $15.95


  • Very simple, unassuming bag
  • Very affordable
  • Waterproof exterior


  • Lacking organizational straps
  • Slightly small

Gritty One Day Pack

This is another bag that comes with two separate waterproof rain cover options. This time, you have the option of buying both of them separately, or just getting the rain cover, for a total of $16. The bag is pretty slim, despite having a very large main compartment. The strap makes it so that you can wear it on your shoulder or as a backpack, depending on the situation. It has a pretty decent water bottle pocket on the backside of the bag.

It doesn’t have the waist belt or the water bottle pocket of some of the other bags on the list, but there is another smaller water bottle pocket on the other side of the bag. There is also a zippered mesh pocket on the front of the bag for smaller items. It is quite versatile and should fit in many different outfits. It’s an inexpensive daypack, so it’s a great option if you’re looking for a bag to wear for an entire day, or are on a budget and want to spend less.

Price: $14.97


  • Reasonable price
  • Fairly versatile daypack
  • Good, spacious main compartment


  • Slim
  • Takes a bit of practice to get the hang of how to carry it

Black Packing Cubes By Tubie Chomps

Here’s a great all-around daypack from Tubie Chomps. The daypack is insulated and it’s 100% waterproof, which makes it great for rain, or just plain water on a rainy day. There are tons of pockets and additional compartments to organize your stuff. You also get two detachable storage sleeves. There is even a super cute carry case that you can attach to the bag to keep your laptop, iPad, or another large item safe.

This is a great option for women who need a regular backpack, but want a larger, more comfortable daypack to toss in a smaller purse. It is a great backpack if you need something that looks professional, but will also be suitable for everyday use. The size of the bag is fairly generous but still fits all your stuff comfortably, which is a great advantage of this kind of bag. The strap can easily be adjusted to get the perfect fit, however, you may want to purchase a second strap separately if your bag is heavy.

Price: $49.97


  • Huge main compartment
  • Waterproof
  • Good assortment of pockets and compartments


  • Heavier than some
  • Doesn’t come with a water bottle holder

Tony Pilosic Waterproof Day Pack

When you’re traveling, water doesn’t necessarily stop you. Maybe you need something a little more versatile than a typical daypack. The Tony Pilosic daypack is perfect for keeping your gear dry while you’re on the go. It has a carrying compartment, front zippered storage pockets, a water bottle holder, and a padded hip belt.

The materials are durable, waterproof nylon, and the straps are adjustable and expandable. It’s also made of sturdy foam, which is always nice. A very comfortable backpack, the Tony Pilosic water backpack makes a good option if you’re planning on going anywhere that isn’t supposed to be wet. The best part is that it’s affordable at just $30.

Price: $29.99


  • Very versatile daypack
  • Stylish and durable material
  • Compact and stylish


  • Not suitable for very heavy loads
  • The shoulder strap has weak attachment points

Black Tie Backpack

This is another very stylish daypack, and another reasonably priced option for a chic, fashionable daypack. The main compartment is spacious and even has a place to insert a water bottle or hip belt, depending on your needs. There are tons of compartments to store smaller items. The bag is padded in all the main compartments and the bottom pocket, which is nice for extra protection and comfort.

There are two small pockets on the front and a pocket on the back that allow you to safely store your laptop or tablet. There is a pocket for credit cards, a waterproof phone pocket, and an opening at the top of the bag to slip in small items. This bag will make an excellent laptop or tablet daypack, or it can be used as a full backpack as well. The only downside to this bag is that it’s not water-resistant, but it’s only $23, so it’s a pretty small price to pay.

Price: $23.99


  • Very cute and classy backpack
  • Padded, pocketed, and padded
  • Padded laptop sleeve


  • No waterproofing
  • No exterior pockets

What’s your favorite waterproof backpack? Is there a cool bag you wish you could have? Tell us in the comments.

Leave a Reply