Gallery Lets You Snoop Inside ‘Exploded’ Backpacks Of ‘Global Creative’ Types

People keep some weird stuff in their backpacks. (See the rubber baby doll, pink balls, and glass flask in this post to start.) In an experiment to peek inside people’s packs Daniel Eckler, the founder of Piccsy, asked 100 “global creative”-types (Eckler’s words) to unbuckle, unzip, and arrange the contents of their daily-carry bags for a look at the things that help them work, bike, communicate, consume, and live day to day moving through the world.

GearJunkie Founder Stephen Regenold was included in the group. You can see his Chrome backpack below and its contents, which skew toward bike repair (multitool, C02 inflater) and journalism (notebook, pen) as well as a knife, headphones, wallet, and other workaday erratum.

The gallery is a part of a bigger push Eckler launched today on Kickstarter with his “Better Backpack” project. Snoop through a few packs below, and then see the whole spread at, where dozens of lives are exposed subtly through the lens of a backpack.

GearJunkie Founder Stephen Regenold

Steve Carty, Photographer

Zai Meghan MacDonald, Easy Tiger Design

Dave Gorum, Creative Director at Carbonmade

Mike Jamer,

Tom Blanchford, Photographer

—See the complete spread of exploded packs at

Stephen Regenold

Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.