Code/Switch – Santa’s Not The Only One With a Magical Bag!

Hi, my name is James and welcome to Code/Switch, today I want to talk about storage. I’m lucky enough to be in a few high-tier adventure paths that have us accumulating fame, fortune, and brutal mental and physical trauma, but the fortune rears its head again and again as a sticking point. Whether the question is if 15 suits of small leather armor will fit in a handy haversack or if our large smugglers wagon can carry the corpse of a red dragon AND a bulette for processing, these questions make us pull out our calculators and shrug our shoulders shortly after. That’s why today I want to talk about common extra-dimensional storage options and some easy shorthand to find out if certain objects will fit.

For today’s equipment test we’re going to look at containers and determine their weight limit, volume, cost, and some fun comparisons to help make the capacity of these bags a bit more notable. The containers are as follows; Pathfinder Pouch, Handy Haversack, Bag of Holding Minor-4, Corpse-Ferrying Bag, Captains Locker, and the Chest of Keeping. We’re using these items as they have definite weight and volumetric limits, this disqualifies items like the portable hole. The examples of the bags capacity are based around the bags volume limits, weight comparisons are boring! Additionally, all the capacity discussions at my table have been around size, not weight. Lastly, before the fun chart, because of the Corpse-Ferrying Bags rules about how many medium creatures it can hold (1) the canon volume of a medium creature is 10 ft3! Have fun with that fact!


Name Size Limit Weight Limit Cost Capacity Example
Pathfinder Pouch 2 ft3 10 lb. 1,000g 432 Tennis Balls
Handy Haversack 12 ft3 120 lb. 2,000g 957 Cans of Soda
Minor Bag of Holding 6 ft3 50 lb. 1,000g A 5ft Bathtub
Bag of Holding 1 30 ft3 250 lb. 2,500g Fourteen Beer Kegs
Bag of Holding 2 70 ft3 500 lb. 5,000g 4,000 Pints of Blood
Bag of Holding 3 150 ft3 1,000 lb. 7,000g 800 Bowling Balls
Bag of Holding 4 250 ft3 1,500 lb. 10,000g 1 and 1/6 Elephants
Corpse-Ferrying Bag 10 ft3 300 lb. 4,000g 4,000 Eggs
Captains Locker 250 ft3 2,500 lb. 30,000g 10 Hot Tubs
Chest of Keeping 150 ft3 1,000 lb. 9,000g 450,000 Gumballs


I went into this expecting the bags to be a little smaller with some examination, but some of these are getting close to the size of my first apartment. I used this site for help with ideas for comparisons, because finding non-fluid volume is time consuming! It turns out, weight should have been our primary concern this while time, because while the volume of some items can be staggering, the weight of the objects quickly exceed the capacity of the containers.

Also, just because you CAN fit it in the bag, doesn’t mean you should.

You can find me and the rest of the KD crew at our Discord, come tell me what you’ve put in a Corpse-Ferrying Bag. I swear I won’t tell the town guard!

James Ballod

James blossomed into geekdom like a piranha plant in the crack of a sidewalk. Watered by the muscle-brained lore of Warhammer 40,000 and nurtured in the rough bosom of World of Warcraft, tabletop RPGs came late in life to James. The rich lore and real-world influences in games like Pathfinder inspire James to explore them from every angle. When not being an annoying anime-fanboy he can be found discussing the history of various cuisines and over-analyzing real world influences in works of fiction.