For our new mini-packs, small organizational additions are the name of the game. Luckily, we have lots of options for adding just a hint, a soupçon, of organization to your awesome new pack.
As always, adding additional organization to your pack is totally optional. The Paradigm has that great triple-pocket in the front for a small water bottle and quick-access items, while the Zeitgeist (meant to be even more minimal) still has its sizable front slash pocket, and the main compartment has a small incidentals pocket as well.
The main compartments of the two bags are nearly identical, and therefore the same items will work in either. For that main compartment, we’d recommend the following:
- A Small or Medium Cafe Bag Freudian Slip – Either fits, but the Small has plenty of additional little pockets while also not taking up quite as much room.
Clear Organizer Pouches, Ghost Whales, and Q-Kits – The Paradigm has two o-rings in the main compartment and the Zeitgeist has three, so each has multiple ways to add a fun extra pocket or two (or three!)
Key Straps and Swivel Carabiners – And if you’d like to extend the reach of your o-rings, you can add either of these, which are each available in a multitude of sizes and styles.
3D Organizer Cube, Cubelet, and Handy Little Thing 1 – Depending on how many layers of Inception-style organization you’re looking for, these small bags will nestle snugly into the bottom of the main compartment.
Travel Stuff Sack – Some folks like things in sacks rather than pouches, and if that’s you, then you’ll be happy to note that all four sizes of TSS will fit in the main compartment.
Now for the pockets that set these two apart!
In the Zeitgeist, which means timeghost in German (ok, I think technically it’s “time spirit”, but I think timeghost sounds way cooler), you have two additional pockets: a small pocket inside the main compartment, and a larger one on the outside of the bag accessed with a diagonal slash pocket. The one inside the bag is excellent for small stuff, and these accessories will fit perfectly:
For the outer pocket of the Zeitgeist the Mini, Small, and Pen/Pencil size Clear Organizer Pouches work great, as do the Ghost Whales all the way up to the A5 size. There’s even enough give to the pocket to accommodate a Cubelet in there if you were so inclined.
Next is the Paradigm. Its front pocket has three distinct slots, two of which have an additional flat pocket within them. While the middle one is perfect for a small water bottle or mini collapsible umbrella, both it and the ones to the side work great with the following:
- Size 1 Travel Stuff Sacks
- Mini or Small Q-Kits
- Mini or Pen/Pencil size Organizer Pouches
- Super Mini, Mini, or Small Ghost Whale Pouches
- Key Straps and Swivel Carabiners on the two o-rings in the pocket
Can you think of anything we missed that might work great in these two fantastic new bags? Let us know in the comments below!
Demetra - September 21, 2021
Both of these new smaller bags look super promising IF they’d fit and 12.9” IPad PRO