[[caption-width-right:200:Essential Hobo Accessories, Item "G": Bindle (with Item "D": Bindle Stick)]]
The stereotypical way for [[TheRunaway runaways]] and {{Hobos}} alike to carry their belongings: wrap a bunch of objects in a bedsheet or large kerchief, tie it to a stick and sling it over your shoulder. The cloth of the bindle itself will usually be depicted as polka-dotted.

In hobo slang during and after the Great Depression, someone who carried a Bindle Stick around was referred to as a "bindlestiff".


* The company mascot for Creator/TravellersTales is some sort of bat/elf crossbreed with a bindle stick.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa'', Kirby uses one when he runs away.
** Waddle Doo also carries one when he realizes all his fellow Waddle Dees have gone from the castle and decides to leave.
* Hare of ''Anime/MonsterRancher'' carries one around.

[[folder:Card Games]]
* In the Rider-Waite Tarot deck, the Fool (Card 0 of the Major Arcana) carries a bindle stick.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/TheSandman'', when [[spoiler:Destruction is leaving again, after being found the first time]], he asks to borrow Morpheus' handkerchief expressly for the purpose of changing it to a polka-dotted design and carrying his belongings on a stick.
* ComicBook/DouweDabbert has a magical one, which provides him with [[AssPull everything he needs in case of emergency]].
* A comic by [[DadaComics Michael Kupperman]] shows a woman who has a [[LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces tendency to date hobos]] getting romantic help from a small robot. In one panel, the robot advises her, "Ask him, if he is not a hobo, why does he have a bindle?"
* ComicBook/TheSmurfs in the comic book stories "Traveling Smurf" (with its AnimatedAdaptation) and "The Finance Smurf" carried these.

* Creator/BusterKeaton does this in ''Film/GoWest'' when he hops on board a freight train and goes west after failing to find a job in the big city.
* In ''Film/PeeWeesBigAdventure'', when Pee-wee starts hitchhiking to Texas he is carrying one.
* Parodied in the film ''Film/MysteryTeam''. Jason, the "Master of Disguise", dresses up as an old-fashioned hobo in order to talk to a ''real'' homeless person. The bindle stick is part of the outfit.
* In ''Film/PassTheGravy'', dimwitted teenager Ignatz uses one of these while skipping town, after realizing that he has just cooked his neighbor's chicken.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Minions}}'', Kevin and Stuart set off on the journey with bulging backpacks, but Bob brings nothing but one of these with a bindle containing his teddy bear, Tim.
* In ''Film/{{Bill}}'', William Shakespeare takes a bindle stick on his trip to London. This version of London being such a WretchedHive, it gets stolen off of the stick when he isn't looking.
* In ''Film/SullivansTravels'', Sullivan uses one of these when dressing up as a hobo.
* ''Film/TheFlyingDeuces'': In this Creator/LaurelAndHardy feature, Stan is using a bindle stick in the last scene when he's tramping around alone, without Ollie.

* Standard traveler equipment in ''Literature/ACanticleForLeibowitz,'' at least in the first era shown. A monk leaving the monastery always carries a book in it.
* ''WesternAnimation/BlinkyBill'' is depicted carrying one on the cover of ''The Complete Adventures of Blinky Bill'' by Dorothy Wall. He also carries one in the [[Creator/TheABC ABC]] animated adaptation.
* Almost any illustrated version of "Literature/DickWhittington" has a bindle stick.
** Hence the kid at the end of ''Discworld/TheAmazingMauriceAndHisEducatedRodents'', whom Maurice [[HereWeGoAgain latches onto]] with the words "Hey, stupid-looking kid! Wanna be Lord Mayor?"
* There was a literary character ''called'' Bindle, but he doesn't carry one. He's a cockney LovableRogue with a wife and home, but he still subsists on odd jobs and tweaking the nose of authority like any self-respecting hobo would.
* Lazarus Long has one packed for him in the 1910s by a kindly doctor's wife in ''Literature/TimeEnoughForLove'' by Creator/RobertAHeinlein, though he re-packs it soon afterward, as it's actually a liability on the road to look like a "bindle stiff."
* The ''Literature/{{Franklin}}'' TV storybook AdaptationDistillation of the television story "Franklin Runs Away" has Franklin Turtle carrying a bindle stick loaded with cookies in one hand and his stuffed dog Sam in the other.
* The title page of ''Literature/LittlePrincess: I Want to Go Home!'' has Little Princess's cat holding one of these.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/TheMightyBoosh'': When Vince Noir tried to run away from home as a child, he didn't get very far, as he was using a bindle stick to carry stuff several times his own body weight.
* On ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'', when Charlie and Mac decide to fake their own deaths and wander the streets, one of the first things we see Charlie do is attempt to assemble a bindle stick and lament its limited carrying capacity.
* ''Series/ElChavoDelOcho'' uses one, which is weird because he has no known possessions and [[LimitedWardrobe is always wearing the same clothes]].
* On ''Series/GoodEats'', the infamous [[RunningGag burping yeast sock puppets]] use these after being laid off by Alton as a result of viewer complaints about them being "unrealistic." [[spoiler: They do return, and they help Alton get rid of the "realistic" (but boring) yeast dolls that have overtaken his kitchen.]]
* An episode of ''Series/ImpracticalJokers'' featured a segment where Murr ran afoul of a friend of the restaurant manager where they were filming, saying Murr should be fired for incompetence. When Murr failed to convince him to tell the manager to let him keep his job, he made a bindle stick out of a plastic bag.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}''
** [[http://www.gocomics.com/peanuts/1960/07/10 One strip]] [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] it -- Linus was ''going'' to pack a suitcase before Lucy corrects him and points out that ''every'' little boy running away from home ''always'' carries his things wrapped up on the end of a stick. He then walks away holding the stick ''in front of him'' and feeling "somewhat akin to a fool."
** In the next strip, Charlie Brown sees Linus and asks, "Carrying everything on your back?" Linus responds with, "Just my bowling ball."
** In another ''Peanuts'' strip, Snoopy carried a bindle stick when running away after he yawned and lost Lucy's balloon: "Make one mistake, and you pay for it the rest of your life."
** In yet another strip, Charlie Brown himself puts one of these together in order to run away from home. He gets halfway down the sidewalk before the knot fails, sending all his belongings flying.

* Chance Cards that advance you in ''Pinball/{{Monopoly}}'' show Uncle Pennybag carrying one of these.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* In "What If (There Was No Big Blue House)" from ''Series/BearInTheBigBlueHouse'', Tutter the mouse imagines being homeless and carrying his possessions in one of these.
* In "Scaredy Cat" from ''Series/TheBookOfPooh'', when Tigger is asked by Owl to housesit, he brings his possessions to Owl's place using one of these.

* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': In "Miss Brooks Writes About a Hobo", the "Earl of Peoria" is mentioned as carrying a bindle stick. Later, when Miss Brooks, Mr. Boynton, Walter Denton, Mr. Conklin, and Mrs. Davis [[ItMakesSenseInContext masquerade as hobos in order to apprehend the titular hobo]], they also have bindle sticks in their gear.

* Any pantomime or stage play featuring characters Setting Out into the World to Seek Their Fortune will include a bindle stick. Especially ''Literature/DickWhittington''. The hankies used as bindles are almost always red-and-white polka dots, for some reason, probably due to the high contrast and visibility.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* VideoGame/TheSims in the original game, if they lost a fight, would occasionally [[LoserLeavesTown leave the lot permanently]], carrying a runaway stick.
* There's a mode in both ''[[VideoGame/SonicAdventureSeries Sonic Adventure]]'' games (and their remakes) to raise small cute creatures called Chao. You can, however, "Say Goodbye" to a Chao, whereupon it leaves with a bindle stick to a faraway forest where it will never see you again.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Anachronox}}'', the logo for the Democratan "Planet Abroad" project (that is, shrinking it down to fun-size and have it follow the main character around) is the planet, with a bindle stick and a beaten hat.
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'', most of the hobo enemies in the Hobopolis zone will drop bindle sticks, which can be used as weapons. You can also get a miniature bindle stick for the [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys hobo monkey]] familiar you can get in the zone.
* The Nano Kitty and Nano Puppy virtual pets would walk offscreen carrying one of these with a "Bye Bye" text if you neglected to take care of them for a long time (or if you used the "Discipline" option excessively.)
* In ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'', Razputin carries one of these when he leaves home(as shown in one of his Memory Vaults), despite wearing a backpack. How else would we know he's a gypsy?
* ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' makes a brief reference to this in the 70's era test chambers, when Aperture Laboratories was reduced to hiring {{hobos}} due to impending bankruptcy.
-->'''Cave Johnson:''' You could leave here with a hundred and twenty [dollars] weighing down your bindle if you just let us take you apart, install some science stuff in you, then put you back together.
** One of the signs also depicts a test subject still carrying one while in his orange jumpsuit.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'', Steiner's plan to smuggle Princess Garnet through the South Gate border crossing involves carrying a bag of stinky gysahl pickles... and her using one of these. It works. (A concept art can be seen [[http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/File:SteinersSackOfPickles.png here]].)
* ''VideoGame/KirbysAdventure'' (and it's [=GBA=] remake, ''Nightmare in Dream Land'') has an illustration in the intro of Kirby carrying one as he sets off on his quest.
* Your skeletal avatar carries one in ''VideoGame/WhereTheWaterTastesLikeWine''.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In ''WebVideo/BowsersKingdom'' episode 6, Hal was carrying one around during a part of his jobless period. It got stolen by Mouser, prompting Hal to say, "[[AccidentalInnuendo He took my sack]]!" Kamek heard that and said, "[[MistakenForGay What, are you gay]]?"

* When [[Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate Charby]] escaped from Captain Blackheart's ship he packed his belongings in a knapsack tied to a stick.
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' an elderly lady in the foreground of a scene in the Paris black market is wearing a OneWayVisor and carrying a bindle stick with [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20151007 some kind of steam powered device being used as the stick.]]
* Meowlin Q. Kitteh in ''[[http://www.flickr.com/photos/apelad/sets/72157600296941365/ The Laugh-Out-Loud Cats]]''
* Bug in ''[[http://www.bugmartini.com/comic/bindle-of-joy/ Bindle of Joy]]''

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/WallaceAndGromit: The Wrong Trousers'', Gromit carries one of these out to the dog house and then leaves.
* Apparently there's a writer on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' who loves the word "bindle".
** When Homer joined hobo boxing, one of the hobos he fought kept stopping to "check on his bindle". (It's John Swartzwelder, according to DVD commentary).
** Again when Bart befriends a hobo-- Chester J. Lampwick, the real creator of Itchy.
** When Homer became "Mr. X", upon going public, Nelson brought him a rumor about the school's cafeteria cooking {{hobos}} - he had the bindle sticks to prove it.
** In "Lisa's First Word", Bart has one during the time he intends to run away from home.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' episode "Home Insecurity", Dr. Venture creates a new guard robot, so the old robot H.E.L.P.eR packs a Bindle Stick and runs away.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants''
** In one episode, [=SpongeBob=] prepared one of these when he ran away in "Life of Crime". Patrick was unable to carry his, as it had his ''entire house'' inside.
** Later, in "Have You Seen This Snail?", Gary packs one when he leaves [=SpongeBob=] due to his negligence.
* In some episodes of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' we see homeless robots whose bindles are actually part of them, replacing one of their arms.
-->'''Bender:''' Hey chief, someone's stealing your handkerchief full of crap.
* Chuckie in ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'', in the ''[[ItsAWonderfulPlot Wonderful Life]]'' episode, packs his toys in a bindle when he attempts to run away after his dad's favorite music CD was stolen.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** During a flashback sequence in "The Cutie Mark Chronicles" when young Applejack goes to meet her relatives in Manehatten. How she manages to carry it over her shoulder despite her lack of hands is [[MST3KMantra a question best not asked]], [[RuleOfCute as she looks utterly adorable doing it]].
** "Owl's Well That Ends Well" showed Spike carrying one after running away from home.
** Seen again with Spike in "Dragon Quest" when he decided to join the Great Dragon Migration.
** In "Bloom and Gloom", Apple Bloom carries one in a nightmare sequence where her family kicks her out of the house.
** Applejack picks one up when she has to go to Manehattan (again) in "Brotherhooves Social".
* WesternAnimation/BlinkyBill often carries one around, using it in place of a backpack.
* The cover artwork of the DVD release Kaboom! ''Back to School'' (which features installments of ''Literature/{{Franklin}}'', ''WesternAnimation/GeorgeShrinks'', ''WesternAnimation/ElliotMoose'', ''WesternAnimation/TimothyGoesToSchool'' and ''Literature/PippiLongstocking'') has an image of Franklin holding one of these in one hand and a book in the other.
* Two instances in Hanna-Barbera's animated series of ''WesternAnimation/TheLittleRascals'':
** In "Beauty Queen for a Day", Darla carries a bindle stick, intending to leave home with Pete when she feels that most of the boys have abandoned her, but reconsiders after hearing about the upcoming beauty pageant.
** In "King of the Hobos", Porky does this after being exiled from the treehouse.
* When Flick fantasizes about running away in "Ducking Out on Valentine's Day" on ''[[WesternAnimation/PBAndJOtter PB&J Otter]]'', a bindle stick is sitting next to him in the train he's riding on.
* Chuck Wagon arrived to the Seville residence with one in ''WesternAnimation/TheAlvinShow''.
* The 1939 ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}'' cartoon ''Never Sock a Baby'': After Swee'Pea gets a (very gentle) spanking from Popeye, he runs away from home with a bindle -- full of stuffed animals.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' episode "On the Run", Steven and Amethyst pack themselves bindle sticks when they decide to run away and live on the road like the heroes of Steven's new favorite book series, the No Home Boys.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SuperMarioWorld'' episode "Born to Ride", Yoshi carries one when he decides to run away from Dome City.
* On ''WesternAnimation/BeatBugs'', Jay ties up one of these and takes off with his stuff in it when he runs away in "Get Back."

[[folder:Real Life]]
* This has become something of a DeadHorseTrope in RealLife, as most hobos[[note]](specifically those who are "professionally" homeless vagabonds by intent, as opposed to those who are merely unfortunate enough to have no place to live)[[/note]] use backpacks and other camping bags these days. Actual poor people are more likely to use discarded plastic shopping bags. Or entire shopping ''carts'' if they can get one.
* In Germany there is a tradition still practiced today called "auf die Walz gehen" originating to medieval times. After completing apprenticeship as a craftsman people wander the country for a certain time in a special outfit, carrying all their possessions in a kerchief called "Charlottenburger" attached to a walking stick.
* In Japan the equivalent is called a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Furoshiki Furoshiki.]] Largely forgotten after WWII due to the ease of the plastic bag, although there are folks trying popularize them again as a more ecologically sound method of carrying things.
* This was exactly how Roman legions on the march carried miscellaneous items, often using a purpose-designed bindle. The ubiquity of the method and its [[UrExample frequent representation in Roman art and sculpture depicting marching legions]] could probably explain why the image has persisted down over the centuries, and is still with us now. See '''[[http://www.plasticsoldierreview.com/Review.aspx?id=2177 here]]'' for a visual example.