No matter where why you’re traveling – for work or for pleasure – chances are you’re bringing your laptop computer with you. A good laptop travel bag should provide a secure and safe home to your tech tools – whether you’re stowing it in an overhead compartment on a jet or sitting in the backseat of the family SUV.
Room for everything
When shopping for a laptop bag, consider its primary purpose – to protect your computer. All of the bags we recommend are designed first to keep your laptop safe and secure. The common way of providing that product is providing a sleeve or pocket that will hug your laptop. This bag from Empsign can accommodate screen sizes up to 17.3 inches. For added security, there’s an RFID blocking section to prevent electronic pickpocketing. And if your laptop is as heavy as the one I use, you’ll love the solid rubber wheels so you can roll it through those long airport concourses.
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Natural leather construction
There are so many looks for computer bags – tech, sporty, business casual – but we like this traditional messenger look the best. It’s not for everyone – if you find yourself outdoors more often, you’ll want something more water-resistant, but this bag from Traversible is a head-turner. The bag offers three pockets – one that can fit a laptop up to 15.6 inches in size. The other two pockets are perfect for a tablet and other essentials. The exterior is buttery soft so you’ll never want to travel without it.
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Easy to carry
If you’re looking for a laptop bag with room for your lunch, a change of clothes or even a TSA-friendly toiletry bag, you need something a little larger that the average luggage. Backpacks are perfect for this. They’re designed to be carried on the back, freeing up the hands for other essentials. This backpack from Nubily can accommodate a laptop up to 17.3 inches but has plenty of extras including a USB charging port outside with a set-in charging cable. The exterior is made of waterproof polyester fabric.
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Sturdy yet professional
If you’re primarily driving or riding from home to work, a leather or canvas bag works nicely. But if you find yourself subject to the fickle weather of the season, the water-resistant polyester fabric of this bag from Bagsmart is a smarter choice. Metal hooks and zippers provide lasting security. It has four compartments; one has room for a laptop up to 17.3 inches. A separate tech compartment with an easy-to-open design takes the hassle out of airport security.
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Use it with or without straps
If you can find a bag that serves as more than just protection for a laptop, you’ve really hit the jackpot. This bag from CoolBELL has a series of straps that can be swapped around so that it blames a shoulder bag or a laptop bag or even a backpack. Slide your 17.3-inch computer inside and you’ll see there’s still room for a weekend’s worth of clothes. There are pockets galore for smartphones, tablets, car keys and reading glasses.
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