I loved the Baggu, it was made from recycled canvas, it was a great rusty brown color and it was super roomy. However, I think it was just a bit too big for me. No matter how tight I made the straps the bag would rub on my lower back in such a way that my skirts would always ride up. I wear dresses almost every day in the summer so it was super annoying to have to stop every ten steps to pull down the back of my dress. I also think the canvas material was to blame as the rough texture seemed to “grab” my clothes and contribute to the ass baring issues. (the Baggu is a great bag for winter though when I am always wearing a coat)
I read somewhere in an online forum that the Fjallraven Kanken Mini was a good option for short people who have the problem of backpacks touching their behind when they walk. So I went to check out this tiny backpack.
While the bag looks tiny and a little silly on normal people, on me it only looks a bit small, not mini. I was concerned it would be too small to carry anything, but due to the squared shape it actually fits quite a lot!
I decided to try packing it up for an art day out. Here we go!
All packed up with art supplies, the Kanken Mini is not at all full and can still easily fit snacks, a small sweater and water.
I often carry my pens, watercolor paints and brushes in a zippered pouch. I shoved a tiny sketchbook in there too. I also have a cup for water and a towel.
My favorite sketchbook, the Strathmore 500 mixed media sketchbook, just barely fits in the Kanken Mini, I was hoping it would fit in the back pouch but no go. At 20cm the Mini is quite narrow which means wider notebooks will fit tightly and bend a little. (it’s 22.86cm × 17.78cm)
However, my iPad Pro fit perfectly in the back pouch area. I also added the charger, a spare battery and the iPencil. I use the iPad Pro and iPencil to draw and sketch. Usually I wouldn’t go on a day adventure carrying both the iPad and a sketchbook and paints but as you can see it all fits just fine. (it’s 23.9cm x 16.9cm)
In the little front pocket I would carry my point and shoot camera and in the side pockets my sunglasses on one side and a small water bottle on the other. My phone goes in my pocket and I’d throw my recycled Unbegun wallet in the bigger compartment as well.
In case you are wondering, the 11-inch MacBook Air does not fit in the Fjallraven Re-Kanken Mini. It ALMOST fits but is just a few centimeters too large.
The Fjallraven Re-Kanken Mini is made of 100% recycled polyester and comes in 12 colors. Mine is the Slate shade, which is the perfect grey indigo color like Payne’s Grey, my favorite paint color. Each bag is made from 11 plastic bottles! The Kanken Mini also comes in a non-recycled fabric but why would you get that when recycling is so awesome! 😀
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