The Prelude Daypack User Manual

The Prelude Daypack is the just enough travel daypack. Your new daypack is small, light, and has just the features you need.

This guide will teach you about your Prelude Daypack's features and how to care for it.

Let's start by walking through all of the features.

Prelude Daypack


On the front of the Prelude Daypack, you'll find a small zippered pocket that's perfect for your headphones, travel documents, or other small items you might need within easy reach.

The vertical lines of webbing loops are great for attaching extra stuff to your bag like a neck pillow, flip flops, travel towel, or clothes that are still dirty or wet. Travel towels often come with an attachment loop. We recommend carrying a carabiner (not included) for any items that don't attach as easily.

Prelude Daypack tablet sleeve

Below the horizontal zipper and between the webbing is the hidden tablet pocket. Carry up to a 8" tablet or ereader to keep your in-flight entertainment close at hand.

Prelude Daypack water bottle pocket

One one side of your Prelude Daypack is the water bottle pocket that can stretch to fit most bottles.

Prelude Daypack side handle

On the other side of your bag is a padded grab handle. The handle is great for pulling your backpack out of an overhead compartment when it's stored sideways, like on a train. You can also carry your bag by hand if needed.

On top, you'll see a second padded handle for pulling your bag out from an overhead compartment. You'll also find a thinner loop at the back of the bag for hanging your daypack from a hook.

Main Compartment

The Prelude Daypack's main compartment opens from the top for easy access. Carry extra clothing, snacks, and anything else you need for a day of sightseeing in your daypack.


The zippers of the main compartment are equipped with lockable YKK zippers. Slide a TSA-friendly lock (not included) through the loops at the base of the zipper sliders to secure your stuff.


The Prelude Daypack's outer fabric is a 450D recycled polyester. The front and bottom panels are reinforced with a matte TPU coating for extra durability and water resistance. 

How to Care for Your Prelude Daypack

Make sure to wipe off your daypack any time you spill something on it or otherwise dirty it. A few seconds of effort right when it gets dirty will prevent more work later.

If you need to fully wash your Prelude Daypack, hand wash it. Never put a backpack in the washing machine.

Hand washing your pack will allow you to target problem areas and prevent a washing machine from damaging the zippers or tearing the straps.

First, fill a large sink or bathtub with cool to lukewarm water. By not using hot water, you’ll avoid burning yourself or damaging your pack.

Add a gentle detergent or natural soap like Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap to the water. If you use detergent, make sure it’s free of dyes, fragrances, and chemicals that could damage your bag or irritate your skin. Spot treat as needed.

Hang dry your bag in a well-ventilated place. The top handle of your daypack will fit over a sturdy clothes hanger. You can dry your daypack in a shower or bath, or in a safe area outside like a balcony.

Once your bag is dry, treat the zippers to keep them running smoothly. A non-greasy, non-staining silicone spray will help lubricate the zippers and keep them from rusting. The helpful users at Ask Metafilter recommend using paraffin wax, powdered graphite, or even a crayon to keep the zippers running smoothly.

Wiping down your bag after a trip is always a good idea, but you shouldn’t do a full wash too often. Once or twice per year is plenty. Excessive washing can damage the bag and wear away its day-to-day water resistance.

Read more here about how we designed the Prelude Daypack to be the perfect daily bag for budget travelers.