Smell proof backpacks are growing in popularity and for good reason. As legalization at the federal level – that we’ve waited decades for – looms on the horizon, it’s A-OK to walk around with your gear. Regardless, we don’t want every one to smell our stinky cheese fumes from a mile away. In this epic guide, I share my top picks for the best smell proof backpack, along with reviews of each pack.
Cookies SF, Revelry, Cali Crusher, Skunk and some other funky brands are all on the docket.
To be honest, I wish I had one of these back when I was in high school because I got popped by a drug-sniffing dog sophomore year. My buddy had left a homemade clay bowl shaped like a rat in my locker.
A school official who looked like Wilt Chamberlain pulled me out of class in the middle of the period. I soon met with the principal and got dealt a suspension.
By following my guide, you’ll avoid the same fate.
I’m confident that these are the top picks of 2020. It took me longer than I thought to make the list, so I need to rebalance my caffeine levels and scarf down some delicious burgers.
Okay, I’m back. Here’s a comparison chart where you can see all the pretty colors and choices in one place.
I added the photos, names of the bags, dimensions, and highlights of each backpack for your convenience. Because after all, I love that you’re here…right…now.
|#1 Cali Crusher||
#1 Smell Proof Backpack w/ Lock
|#2 Cookies Berner V3 Quilted||
Most Stylish of the Bunch
|#3 Skunk Urban||
Most Discreet Lock
|#4 Cookies Fantastic Voyage||
#1 Smell-Proof Backpack for Women
|#5 Revelry Supply The Escort||
#1 Cheap Smell-Proof Backpack
|#6 Omerta The Transporter||
The Most Professional Looking
|#7 Skunk Explorer Roll-Up||
#1 Smell-Proof Backpack for Travel
|#8 Skunk Rogue||
Built-In Combination Lock
|#9 Funk Fighter||
#2 Cheap Smell Proof Backpack
|#10 Smoke Cartel||
#1 Choice for Everyday Use
|#11 Smokeyz Backpack||
Built-In Smell-Proof Secret Stash Pocket
|#12 Skunk Hybrid||
#1 Smell-Proof Backpack/Duffle Hybrid
|#13 Skunk Nomad||
#1 Pick for Skaters
|#14 Dime Bags Original Urban||
Best Hemp Backpack with Secret Stash Pocket (Smell Proof Bag Included)
Why Buy a Smell Proof Backpack?
They’re great for people like me who want to stay under the radar without sacrificing style. I was born on a skateboard, and grunge style has always been a big part of my life. All the packs in my guide have that unique style I’m after.
Here are a few reasons to buy one:
- Hide your “goodies” from other family members
- Avoid having your buds stolen by scavengers
- Hide your goods when entering a music festival
- The smell proof backpacks with locks are some of the best anti-theft backpack options on the market
- Hide the smell from teachers and other authoritative peeps who want to rain on your parade
- Great for storing your glass, dab accessories & tools, edibles, and green of course
- I’m a cheese strain guy so a smell proof backpack is necessary because mom can smell it from the other side of the house. I’m tired of hearing that tone of her voice when I know I’m about to get called out.
- Great for keeping dank odors concealed while traveling
Best Choices for Men and Women
Almost all of the 14 packs I included in this guide are unisex. Cookies SF makes the best smell proof backpacks for women while Skunk makes the best models for men.
The Omerta Transporter backpack is actually made by Dime Bags. Dime Bags sells a solid variety of unisex bags for Bob Marley fans like me.
- Cali Crusher – Dab Heads fersure
- Cookies – Headie Girls
- Skunk – Skaters, Professional Growers, and Old Pros
- Dime Bags – Reggae Fans, Wookies, and Dreadheads
- Smokeyz – Best smell proof backpack for spunions like me
#1) Cali Crusher – Best Smell Proof Backpack with Lock
- Dimensions: 11″ x 19″ x 4″ (Width x Height x Depth)
- Weight: 2.15 lbs
- Highlights: Combination Lock, Activated Carbon Lining, 100% Smell Proof, Laptop Sleeve
My Cali Crusher Review
The Cali Crusher is easily one of the best smell proof backpacks in 2020. It’s great for students, travelers, and headie brahs of all ages. I really like how the zippers lock into the combination lock similar to a built-in luggage lock.
They did the zipper lock right by designing it to blend in with the surrounding fabric and keeping it low profile. The design makes it more difficult for outsiders to see the lock. The last thing you want is a lock that draws extra attention.
No one will know what’s inside this bag since it’s legit 100% smell proof. Another great feature is the interior zipper sleeve that’s large enough to hold a laptop. You also get just enough pockets without the overkill. Last but not least, the materials are durable and water-resistant.
Overall, I give the Cali Crusher a big thumbs up.
#2) Cookies Berner V3 Quilted – My Top Overall Pick
- Dimensions: n/a
- Weight: 1.5 lbs
- Highlights: Double Zippers with Stoppers, Micro Suede, Carbon Fiber Lining, Gold Trim and Emblem
My Cookies Smell Proof Backpack Review
Cookies SF brand is so headie that they don’t feel the need to list the dimensions of their bags. I’m also not 100% sure about the weight. The one thing I am sure of is I love the design.
The quilted pattern is a unique touch. I envision my fellow Disco Biscuits fan and friend, Mary Jane, wearing this bag the way it was meant to be worn. I’m a fan of gold accents, and the Berner V3 Quilted features a gold emblem and gold trim.
The double zippers are heavy-duty and reliable. The new Cookies zippers release in opposite directions with stoppers to catch them. The new features provide better odor protection to keep even the dankest scents trapped inside the bag. Could the Cookies V3 Quilted be my cheese bag dream come true?
The soft interior with a laptop sleeve is beckoning my touch:
#3) Skunk Urban (New Edition) – Best Smell Proof Backpack w/ Combination Lock
- Dimensions: 12″ x 18″ x 6″ (Width x Height x Depth)
- Weight: 2 lbs
- Highlights: Super Discreet Combination Zipper Lock with Velcro Flap, Water-Resistant, Anti-Tear Netting in Fabric
My Skunk Urban Review
Meet the Skunk Urban, this bag is on a whole different level. There’s literally a velcro flap that goes over the top panel on the bag to cover the combination zipper lock. That’s the coolest feature I’ve seen and one of the main reasons this bag is on my list of best smell proof backpacks.
I also love the design of this bag and favor the denim variety. The internal organization is solid as well with an interior zip pocket plus a tablet sleeve. The one drawback is the top handle doesn’t look very sturdy. The shoulder straps aren’t really doing it for me either.
Other than those minor flaws, I’m digging the Skunk Urban for skaters, students, and city folk who rock streetwear.
Check out how dope the top flap is:
#4) Cookies Fantastic Voyage – Best Smell Proof Backpack for Women
- Dimensions: 14″ x 20″ x 6″ (Width x Height x Depth)
- Weight: 2.3 lbs (shipping weight)
- Highlights: Magnetic Clasp Top Closure, Double Zippers, Laptop Pouch, Internal Organization Pockets
My Cookies Fantastic Voyage Review
If you don’t mind you’re girlfriend looking cooler than you, this is the perfect gift for the special woman in your life. It has just enough feminine appeal without losing that special touch that Cookies SF is known for.
The Magnetic clasp top closure is a feature unique to the Fantastic Voyage pack that you won’t find on other odor proof backpacks. Cookies also has the best double zipper system I’ve seen with the zippers moving in opposite directions.
Plus you get a laptop sleeve with a velcro strap to secure it and an interior zip pocket. The special Cookies interior lining is nice to look at each time you open your bag. Overall, the Fantastic Voyage is the best smell proof backpack for women and perhaps men who are in touch with their feminine side.
#5) Revelry Supply Escort – Best Cheap Smell Proof Backpack
- Dimensions: 13″ x 17″ x 5″ (Width x Height x Depth)
- Weight: 1.8 lbs
- Highlights: Laptop Sleeve, Water-Resistant, Secret Stash Pocket, Rubber-Coated Zippers, Genuine Leather Accents
My Revelry Smell Proof Backpack Review
The first thing I like about the Revelry Escort pack is the color options. I know this has nothing to do with keeping the odor in the bag, but it goes back to style. The Stripe Black, Crosshatch, and Green colors all look dope. The sewn on emblem also fits in nicely with the rest of the design.
The shoulder straps on the Revelry are wider than on several other packs and have more padding. The best part? You get a secret stash pocket inside the bag, similar to what Dime Bags offers in their line of odor-proof backpacks. If you’re a student or a traveler like me, there’s a laptop sleeve.
Overall, I choose the Revelry Escort as one of the best overall odor proof backpacks on the list because it’s discreet, has a secret stash pocket, and is built with high-quality materials that’ll last.
#6) Omerta The Transporter – Best Anti-Theft Smell Proof Backpack
- Dimensions: 13″ x 18″ x 6″ (Width x Height x Depth)
- Weight: 3 lbs
- Highlights: Discreet Uniquely Keyed Zipper Lock, Sealed Double Zipper, Removable Velcro Logo
My Omerta The Transporter Review
I’m a huge fan of the grassroots Dime Bags brand. The owners of this company are definitely legit in a “I Play It Off Legit” type of way. The Omerta bag series is the Dime Bags line of smell proof backpacks.
My favorite feature? The zipper lock is the coolest lock of any smell proof bag on this list. It reminds me of how a money bag zipper locks. Plus, each lock is uniquely keyed. Yep, that’s how far Dime Bags went to boost the security of this pack.
Since this is Anti-Theft Boss, I rank the Omerta Transporter as the best anti-theft smell proof backpack on the list.
The double zipper is top-notch on this pack, ensuring that no odors leak out of the bag. You also get the removable velcro logo and the discreet design that won’t attract double takes.
Check out the Omerta Transporter on a motorcycle below. I guess it’s the best smell proof backpack for motorcyclists as well:
#7) Skunk Explorer Roll-Up – #1 Smell-Proof Travel Backpack
- Dimensions: 13″ x 24″ x 9″ (Width x Height x Depth) (Extendable Height to 27″)
- Weight: n/a
- Highlights: Sternum and Hip Straps, Large Capacity, Rear Hidden Pocket, Compression Straps, 3-Digit Combination Buckle Lock
My Skunk Explorer Roll-Up Review
Meet the Skunk Explorer Roll-Up, the second smell proof bag on the list by Skunk. The green version of the Roll-Up is in my top 5 overall picks for sure. This pack is perfect for travelers, weekend warriors, festival-goers, minimalists, and anyone else who wants to look legit.
I like that this pack comes with sternum and hip straps to keep the extra weight off my back. Plus, the back panel has extra padding to massage my back wherever I go. The rear hidden pocket is big, and the zipper is vertical which I prefer over the horizontal type.
Last, it comes with a 3-digit combination buckle lock for added anti-theft protection. The Green and Black versions are the most fashion-forward choices.
#8) Skunk Rogue – Built-In Combo Buckle Lock
- Dimensions: 12″ x 20″ x 6″ (Width x Height x Depth) (Extendable Height to 24″)
- Weight: n/a
- Highlights: Combination Buckle Lock, Thermal Lining, Double Zipper, Laptop Sleeve, Net Side Pockets, Padded Laptop Sleeve, Weather-Proof Front Pocket, Anti-Tear Materials
My Skunk Rogue Review
Meet the Roll-Up’s little brother, the Skunk Rogue. The Rogue pack has more of an outdoorsy feel than the Roll-Up and is smaller. The Roll-Up also has more padding in the back panel than the Rogue. No hidden rear pocket on the Rogue as well.
The net side pockets and weatherproof front pocket are the main advantages of the Rogue over the Roll-Up. Oh yeah, no hip and sternum straps on the Rogue either. Overall, the Rogue is better as a daypack and costs a good chunk less than the [Fruit] Roll-up.
#9) Funk Fighter – Best Cheap Odor Proof Backpack
- Dimensions: 13.5″ x 20″ x 7.5″ (Width x Height x Depth)
- Weight: 1.4 lbs (shipping weight)
- Highlights: Super Discreet, Carbon Lining
My Funk Fighter Review
The Funk Fighter is the plain Jane of the odor proof backpacks included on my list. Why did I choose it? Well, it’s the cheapest pack on the list, and it’s also the most discreet. No one is going to look twice at this bag.
The other bags draw more attention since they look so awesome. The Funk Fighter is best for peeps who are transferring heavy loads and want to stay under the radar. I know when I’m moving a bag, style points get tossed out the window.
The bottom line is the Funk Fighter keeps the dank smells trapped inside your bag for an affordable price.
#10) Smoke Cartel – Best Carbon Filter Backpack for Everyday Use
- Dimensions: 11″ x 19″ x 5″ (Width x Height x Depth)
- Weight: 1.6 lbs
- Highlights: Inner-Locking Zipper, Dog Tested, Lightweight, Interior Zip Pocket, Wide Shoulder Straps
My Smoke Cartel Review
The Smoke Cartel is another cheap smell proof backpack that’s not cheaply made. I like it more than the Funk Fighter, and it only costs a few bucks more. The biggest drawback to me is the “Smoke Cartel” logo on the front of the bag. It’s not easy to read from far away, but up close, people can read it.
The words “smoke” and “cartel” aren’t the type of words that make people think happy thoughts when they read them. The wider shoulder straps are nice, plus the diamond-pattern padded back panel.
The dog-tested feature is a solid selling point. I think this bag would have come in handy for me to avoid getting suspended in high school.
#11) Smokeyz – #1 Backpack w/ Odor-Proof Secret Stash Pocket
- Dimensions: 13″ x 19″ 3.7″ (Width x Height x Depth)
- Weight: 2.3 lbs
- Highlights: Odor-Proof Secret Stash Pocket with Velcro Flap, The Bear Logo, Laptop Compartment
My Smokeyz Review
First off, I love the bear logo on this bag. I think Smokeyz has the best logo of all the brands. The only problem is it’s not discreet since the bear has red eyes. Keep that in mind before you choose one of the best smell proof backpacks in this guide.
The entire pack isn’t smell proof. That’s another factor to consider before buying the Smokeyz pack. What I do love about this bag besides the logo is the secret odor-proof stash pocket on the side of the bag.
There’s a velcro flap that covers the zipper on the smell-proof pocket (see photo below):
#12) Skunk Hybrid – #1 Smell Proof Backpack/Duffle Bag Hybrid
- Dimensions: 11″ x 21″ x 9.5″ (Width x Height x Depth)
- Weight: 3.1 lbs (shipping weight)
- Highlights: Built-in Shoulder Strap Storage, Anti-Tear Military Grade Fabric, Water Resistant, Velcro Carbon Cover, Water-Resistant, Combination Zipper Lock
My Skunk Hybrid (Big Boy Bag) Review
The Skunk backpack/duffle hybrid is 100% dope and made for the big players in the industry. When you roll up to the scene with the Skunk Hybrid, people know you mean business. Just make sure your gear is worthy of entering the Hybrid. I’m talking about that juicy sticky organic, none of that chemically-pumped dro on roids.
One of my favorite features in the Hybrid pack is the carbon-lined velcro front flap that adds an extra layer of protection against odor leaks.
When you pull up the cover, you’ll find the hidden combination zipper lock (see photo below). If you’re one of the kings in the industry, the Hybrid pack is your scepter.
#13) Skunk Nomad – #1 Odor-Proof Backpack for Skaters
- Dimensions: 11″ x 18″ x 6″ (Width x Height x Depth)
- Weight: 2.4 lbs (shipping weight)
- Highlights: Skateboard Secure Strap, Double Waterproof Zipper, Combination Lock, Padded Laptop Sleeve, Carbon-Lined Front Pockets
My Skunk Nomad Review
If you’re a skater, then the Skunk Nomad is your gear’s Shangri-La. What I like most about the Nomad is the front pockets are also carbon-lined (the entire pack is odor proof). This is great for lazy pros like me who don’t want to reach deep into their bag to grab their gear in the middle of a skate session.
If you live in Cal or Colorado, there’s no reason to hide your stuff too deep. The key is the smell proof protection.
The easy-access zip pocket at the top of the bag for sunglasses and other small items is a nice touch. You also get a padded laptop sleeve and a bunch of internal organization.
If the word “Skunk” on the bottom skate strap bothers you, I recommend going with the black version. Since I’m a skater and appreciate organization, the Skunk Nomad is in my top 3 overall picks.
#14) Dime Bags Original Urban – #1 Hemp Backpack w/ Secret Stash Pocket (Smell Proof Pouch Included)
- Dimensions: 11″ x 18″ 7″ (Width x Height x Depth)
- Weight: 2 lbs
- Highlights: Interior Secret Stash Pocket, Smell Proof Clear Poly Bag, Hempster Fabric, Reggae Festival Agreeable
My Dime Bags Review
The Dime Bags Urban backpack is the brand’s flagship bag and one of the best hemp backpacks available. Keep in mind, the entire bag isn’t smell proof. For this reason, I included this pack as an added bonus.
What I do like about this bag is the internal stash pocket that Dime Bags keeps secret until you receive your bag. The bag comes with a smell proof clear poly bag. What you do is put your gear inside the poly bag then hide it inside the internal stash pocket.
Yup, it’s not completely smell-proof, but it gets the job done when used with the smell/spill proof bag that’s included. It also comes in a ton of different colors. The Timber is my personal favorite and the most Reggae agreeable.
What did you think of my best smell proof backpack reviews? Are you still on the fence? In this section, I go over the key features in smell proof backpacks. These are the features to look for when shopping for the best smell proof bag.
Double zippers are a key ingredient for keeping the odor inside the bag. The Cookies double zipper system is on a whole nother level. The zippers move in opposite directions and lock into stoppers at each end. The Cookies system provides ultimate smell-proof protection.
Be sure to consider the quality of the double zipper system before choosing your odor proof bag. I also like when the zipper side flaps have extra fabric to seal around the zipper.
Carbon-lined smell proof backpacks are currently the gold standard, and this most likely won’t change until innovative growers figure out an even better way to neutralize dank odors. Carbon filtration is the same type of filtration used in the giant can filters you may have seen inside a grow room.
Carbon does an incredible job of filtering air and water. Be sure the odor-proof backpack you choose includes carbon-lining.
Combination Locks and Zipper Locks
Combination locks and keyed zipper locks are solid anti-theft features found on most of the smell proof backpacks on this list. Skunk and Cali Crusher have discreet combination zipper locks on their bags.
My personal favorite is the Skunk style because they go the extra mile by hiding the combination locks beneath velcro flaps. In the photo above, you can also see what I’m talking about with the sealed zipper.
Secret Stash Pockets
The best smell proof backpacks are also some of the best backpacks with hidden compartments. Be sure to choose an odor-proof backpack with a secret stash pocket if you live in a place where getting in trouble is more likely.
The Smokeyz backpack has an awesome odor proof stash pocket, but the logo isn’t very discreet. Dime Bags makes some of the best backpacks with stash pockets.
Odor-Proof Bags and Containers
If you’re low on funds and can’t afford a smell-proof backpack at the moment, a more affordable option is a smell-proof bag or container. Smell-proof bags and containers are a lot smaller than backpacks, and you can hide them anywhere.
The smell proof bags by Interplanetary Development are a solid option, and they come in a bunch of different sizes:
There are also larger smell proof, water-resistant bags with combination locks that come with grinder cards. These are good to store in your regular backpack to keep the odor from escaping and mixing with the stuff you don’t want to stink.
I like this smell proof bag by Helmet Head:
The last option is a smell proof container. Smell proof containers are great for holding your most precious glass and dab accessories that you don’t want to damage a smell proof bag.
The CLOUD/TEN Smoke Safe smell proof stash box comes in several different sizes. The smallest size will fit inside your backpack, no problem:
I think it’s about time for me to burn a giant cheese log and wash it down with a Lost Coast Indica IPA after putting together this massive smell proof backpack guide for y’all.
Skunk, Dime Bags, and Cookies are the top dogs in the industry. Cookies makes the best smell proof backpacks for women while Skunk makes the best smell proof backpacks for men.
Although, I’m a guy, and I like the Cookies brand and women in general, so that’s something to ponder. The Skunk brand is for the real pros in the industry, and being a city dweller, I love their designs. The denim Hybrid bag is one of my favorites.