How to Pack the Setout Divide Backpack

The Setout Divide Backpack is ideal for short trips. Unexpanded, it can hold 3-5 days worth of clothing, toiletries, and accessories. Expanded, you can pack for a week or more.

We recommend packing the Divide unexpanded and using the extra space on the way home for souvenirs.


Pack larger clothes, like jeans and sweaters, in the compartment with the internal compression strap. Pack small items like socks and underwear in the mesh zippered compartment.

For a 5-day warm weather trip, the Divide will fit:

For a 3-day cold weather trip, pack:

When you're traveling in cold weather, wear your jacket / coat on the plane or carry it separately instead of trying to pack it inside your carry on.


Pack the following in the electronics compartment, flush against your back:

Pack these in the front pocket or main compartment inside of a packing cube:

Pack these in the front compartment for easy access:

Don’t forget your smartphone. Zip it inside the hip belt pocket when you’re going through security.


Pare your toiletries down to the essentials to fit everything in your one quart bag. For carry ons, your liquids and gels must be in 3.4 ounce (or less) bottles. Those bottles must fit into a one quart plastic bag. Each passenger may only carry one such bag.

Pack your liquids bag in the front pocket or the top of the main pocket for easy access when you’re going through security.


Use our packing list as a framework and add or swap items as needed.

Your perfect carry on packing list will be different from anyone else’s. The only way to truly nail a carry on only travel style is to test it out and take notes on what worked, and what didn’t.

Was ditching the extra sweater a terrible idea? Do you think you could probably bring one less pair of shoes? You’ll never know until you’ve tested it out, taken notes, and then put those notes to the test the next time you travel. That’s the fun part.

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