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The 13 Best Laptop Bags of 2024

Protect your laptop while traveling with these backpacks, duffle bags, and carry-ons.

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Travel + Leisure / Kristin Kempa

A laptop is often the priciest tech investment travelers will pack for their journeys. And, with the rise of digital nomadism and working vacations, more and more travelers face the same dilemma: how to protect their laptops while on the road. This is where a durable, padded laptop bag comes in handy. The best ones usually feature a separate, cushioned compartment and water-resistance, all while remaining easily accessible on the go. 

We researched and even tested dozens of styles, including carry-ons, totes, duffels, briefcases, and weekenders, and we selected Patagonia's Refugio backpack as our top pick. What won us over is its combination of smart features, lightweight design, and beautiful style — all of which are essential for any leisure or business traveler carrying a laptop. The backpack is a multifunctional powerhouse that has you (and your valuables) covered regardless of the mode of transportation or destination.

Best Overall

Patagonia refugio 26l daypack.


Why We Love It: It features a removable laptop sleeve that has its own separate, designated pocket.

What to Consider: The main compartment doesn’t have extra pockets or slots.

A good travel laptop bag should accommodate your needs in various situations. It should be your go-to bag for everything from camping adventures to business trips, and few bags fit the bill like Patagonia's Refugio backpack.

This beloved style has been updated several times through the years, and its latest version is certainly the best to use as a laptop bag. The reason? The bag comes with a detachable padded laptop sleeve featuring a zippered compartment. This keeps your device extra protected and gives you the flexibility to store the sleeve in other bags or simply use the compartment instead for something else. Additionally, the laptop sleeve closes with a snap button and has an expandable mesh pocket where you can place a charger, pair of earbuds, cords, or even a small notepad.

The backpack's main compartment has a padded bottom — a rarity for a backpack — and fits approximately a weekend's worth of clothing and accessories. Store your documents and other small items in the zippered front pocket, and place your water bottles or drinks in the elastic side slots. We also appreciated the ergonomic design of the straps: they’re padded and feature a chest band, which is placed way above the chest line and is much more comfortable this way (especially for women). The Refugio is available in nine color options that vary from bold to classic — so the one in black, for example, could work for business travelers seeking a more formal option.

The Details: 18 x 12 x 6.5 inches | Recycled polyester | 1.6 pounds | Fits up to 15-inch laptop

Best Backpack

Solo re:define backpack.

Why We Love It: It has a lot of storage space.

What to Consider: It only comes in black and gray.

This may look like a small backpack, but we actually found it to be more like Mary Poppins' magic bag as the capacity just keeps on going when we put it to the test. The padded tech sleeve can fit a 15.6-inch laptop and a tablet (there are two separate slots), while the main compartment has plenty of room for shoes, toiletries, and a change of clothes (which also makes this a great carry-on or overnight bag option). Another feature we love is the excellent organization: there are two water bottle pockets, a battery slot that enables you to charge your devices on the go, a key leash, and plenty more small pockets for all the essentials. 

This backpack also aced our wear-and-tear tests. It’s made from recycled plastic bottles, and the exterior is treated with an anti-microbial coating that’s easy to clean with wipes, keeping it looking like new. Business and leisure travelers will get plenty of mileage out of this sturdy and sleek Solo backpack.

The Details: 18 x 13 x 7 inches | Recycled PET Polyester | 1.43 pounds | Fits 15.6 inch laptop

Best Wheeled

Tumi oxford compact carry-on.

Why We Love It: It is an excellent under-the-seat option.

What to Consider: The media pockets may be difficult to zip if the bag is too full.

Tumi's mini carry-on is a good choice for travelers heading for a quick business trip who want to travel light and upgrade to a premium option. The bag is designed to fit under the seat in front of you and can fit a couple of days’ worth of clothing, including a laptop and a travel tablet. The designated media pocket is at the front of the bag, making it very convenient to access. We did find the laptop sleeve was difficult to zip when the bag was packed with a heavier jacket (and the case needed to be squished under the seat), but if you don't overpack it, it works without a glitch. Then, in terms of construction and maneuverability, this Tumi carry-on scored a perfect grade as it moved flawlessly on both four and two wheels with little to no resistance. 

The Details: 16 x 14 x 8 inches | Nylon | 6.6 pounds

Best Sustainable

Troubadour orbis 1-pocket backpack.

Why We Love It: This bag's many pockets and slots are its strongest feature.

What to Consider: The material is not very breathable. 

When it comes to padding, this backpack is in a league of its own. We found the cushioned straps and back panel made it the most comfortable backpack we have ever carried. Additionally, the padding provides extra protection for your laptop or tablet. This bag has a tapered design on top, which some may find challenging to pack, but the sides have fabric expanders to help with that. 

The exterior is sleek and minimalist, with leather accents that elevate its look. Inside, there are plenty of pockets to keep travelers organized, including a designated media pocket that can easily fit a 17-inch laptop. But we’re perhaps most impressed with the bag’s sustainability — it’s made from recycled polyester (including the lining) so that it can be recycled and reused over and over.

The Details: 11.8 x 16.5 x 5.5 inches | Recycled polyester | 3.3 pounds | Fits up to 17-inch laptop

Best Weekender

Away everywhere bag.

This may be a weekender, but we found it was able to fit more than just a couple days worth of clothing and accessories during our tests. It’s also designed like a suitcase with a clamshell-style opening, so packing and accessing your belongings is super convenient. 

Keep your laptop and an additional tech device in the padded pocket with a magnetic opening, and stow your wallet or passport holder in the small outer pocket secured with a strap. There are also plenty more pockets and compartments inside, so rest assured that your belongings will not end up in a messy pile. While this Away weekender does come with a shoulder strap, it’s not padded, and carrying the bag by the handles can get a little uncomfortable after a while. But this is why the trolley strap is handy — just slip the backpack right over your carry-on’s telescoping handle instead.

The Details: 20.9 x 11.8 x 9.4 inches | Nylon, leather | 3.8 pounds | Fits up to 15-inch laptop

Best Duffel

Dagne dover landon carryall bag.

Dagne Dover

Why We Love It: The bag has several accessories that help organize your belongings.

What to Consider: The fabric may show stains and spills easily.

We found this to be the ultimate travel duffel that also happens to be the perfect bag to store your laptop as it has a roomy media compartment that closes with a Velcro strap, so it stays flat when not in use. This style comes in five sizes, but only the medium, large, and extra large can fit a laptop. The top zipper opens wide so packing is a breeze, and inside are multiple pockets for smaller items. The great thing about this duffel is it has an additional shoe zip bag, a mesh pouch for cables and earbuds, and a detachable key leash to help you stay organized.

You can also attach the duffel to wheeled luggage thanks to a trolley sleeve on its backside. The neoprene material is durable and held up very well during our wear and tear tests. However, neoprene is known to show creases with time. 

The Details: 14.5 x 7.5 x 9 inches | Neoprene | 2.08 pounds | Fits a 13-inch laptop in a medium

Bandolier Tote Bag

Why We Love It: It’s elegant, lightweight, and perfect for everyday use.

What to Consider: The bag has an open top.

While this chic leather tote is the ideal laptop bag for travel, it is also a great commuter bag. Its pebbled leather holds up excellently to daily use, and its timeless silhouette makes it perfect for the office, subway, or restaurant. 

The size is also convenient for frequent use, as it can hold a water bottle or cup, notepads, cosmetics, sunglasses, and a jacket. The laptop sleeve accommodates devices up to 15 inches long and closes with a snap. We would love a secure top closure, especially if using this bag as a personal item, since the bag features an open top. However, if easy and quick access to your belongings is a priority day to day, then this is definitely the right tote for you.

This carry-all scored high in portability and convenience, too, as its handles are long enough to carry as both a shoulder bag and handbag for an added touch of versatility.

The Details: 18 x 12 x 6 inches | Leather | Fits up to 15-inch laptop

Best Organization

Quince revive nylon large tote.

Why We Love It: It's an excellent all-season option to keep you organized on the road.

What to Consider: While it has a magnetic top closure, it doesn’t zip closed.

Thanks to a combination of smart storage organization and a spacious interior, we found this carry-all was a total dream when it comes to packing. With so many pockets, dividers, and compartments, it's easy to see and access keys, lip balm, shoes, travel documents, and your laptop, for which there’s a padded pocket with a Velcro closure.

This Quince bag is also quite versatile — travelers can easily use it as an everyday bag, a weekender, or even a diaper bag (the nylon fabric is super easy to clean). The latest, updated version of the tote has a magnetic closure, providing a little extra security for your belongings.

The Details: 13 x 17 x 5 inches | Nylon | 1.76 pounds | Fits up to 15-inch laptop

Best Briefcase

Samsonite xenon 3.0 gusset briefcase.

Why We Love It: It’s lightweight and features many pockets and slots. 

What to Consider: It’s not water-resistant.

Samsonite's Xenon briefcase is extremely popular among business travelers for its practical design, high-quality construction, and excellent storage capacity. The front panel unzips to reveal several flat pockets for documents, pens, a tablet, a wallet, and a passport. Inside, a padded compartment protects your laptop from shocks and drops, while the rest of your business accessories, folders, chargers, and cables can be stored in the roomy pockets next to it. Pack as much as you want because this briefcase is super lightweight and has a trolley band on the back. You can carry it as a shoulder bag using the removable and adjustable padded strap, or simply tote it as a handbag.

The Details: 16.5 x 12.75 x 4 inches | Nylon | 2.4 pounds

Best Designer

Smythson lightweight slim briefcase in panama.


Why We Love It: It’s made from high-quality leather and has a classic design.

What to Consider: It won’t fit much besides a laptop.

This Smythson briefcase is a sophisticated way to elevate your travel look and protect your laptop or tablet while on the go. The highlight is the sleek design, which is ideal for the airport, office, and beyond. It’s even formal enough to use as an everyday laptop bag if your work environment requires it. The high-quality grosgrain leather has a beautiful texture, adding depth to the minimalist silhouette. 

Inside, travelers can fit a 15-inch laptop, notebook, pens, and travel documents thanks to an additional zippered pocket. The removable shoulder and trolley straps are additionally helpful for traveling. The Details: 15.5 x 10.6 x 2.5 inches | Material | Leather | Fits up to 15-inch laptop

Best Budget

Lenovo laptop shoulder bag.

Why We Love It: It’s compact-yet-spacious and lightweight.

What to Consider: It’s not quite as durable as other options on our list.

You don't have to invest a lot of money to get your hands on a high-quality laptop bag. This Lenovo briefcase costs less than $20 but delivers the same features and high-quality construction as many pricier options. The polyester exterior has a water-repellent coating that protects your belongings from the elements, and all the exterior pockets are zippered. Depending on the size you choose, the shoulder bag fits laptops or tablets up to 12, 15.6, or 17 inches. However, the interior can accommodate other items like cords, chargers, and earbuds. Weighing in at under a pound, it is the lightest laptop bag we've seen on the market so far.

The Details: 14.2 x 0.8 x 9.8 inches | Water-repellent polyester | 12.8 ounces | Fits a 12-inch device

Best Water-resistant

Antler chelsea daybag.


Why We Love It: The laptop compartment is accessed separately.

What to Consider: The shoulder straps aren’t padded.

Predicting what Mother Nature will throw at you while traveling is impossible, but you can always prepare. Antler's elegant Chelsea backpack was definitely made with travel through the different climate zones in mind. Cut from thick, water-resistant nylon, it has a structured silhouette and durable construction that protects your belongings. The material is well-made and holds up great to drops and spills. 

The backpack has a separate laptop compartment designed for a 13-inch device, but we were able to fit a 14-inch laptop inside with room to spare. The lining is soft and velvety and feels like scratch-resistant jewelry box fabric. The main compartment has a clamshell opening, which makes it convenient to pack. Speaking of packing, we were able to fit a few days worth of clothing and a pair of shoes thanks to the compression straps and a removable zippered pouch. We like that one of the side pockets expands to accommodate larger water bottles, and we love that the available colors match the shades of Antler's carry-ons, so travelers can color-coordinate their luggage.

The Details: 14.57 x 10.24 x 4.72 inches | Nylon | 1.32 pounds | Fits up to 13-inch laptop

Best Messenger

Estarer computer messenger bag.

Why We Love It: The canvas exterior has a water-repellent coating.

What to Consider: It’s on the larger, bulkier side.

Whether you're headed to work, class, or the airport, a classic messenger bag is ideal for carrying your laptop and other everyday necessities. This one from Estarer has enough room for the essentials, plus clothing for an overnight stay as well. The top flap covers a large zippered compartment separated in two by a padded divider (you can place your laptop on one side and everything else on the other). The messenger features over a dozen pockets and slots for cards, pens, documents, and much more, so it's easy to stay organized. The bag boasts a buckle closure for extra security, and the shoulder strap has a padded leather panel that looks chic and makes carrying it a breeze.

The Details: 18.5 x 13.78 x 5.91 inches | Water-resistant canvas | 2.7 pounds | Fits up to 17-inch laptop

Tips for Buying a Laptop Bag

Determine your ideal size.

Since laptops come in multiple sizes, so do laptop bags. The most common sizes accommodate devices that measure up to 14, 16, or 18 inches. 

If you own a 14-inch laptop, don't be tempted to buy a much larger bag (usually, anything more than half an inch is considered too big) because it won't protect your device against bumps and drops that well. And if you prefer a larger bag to also accommodate things like clothes and gear, consider buying an additional laptop case for extra protection.

Look for built-in organization

Most travelers who carry a laptop also need room to store additional tech accessories such as chargers, cables, headphones, and memory cards. Some laptop users may even travel with an extra keyboard and mouse. That's why your laptop bag should have a well-designed interior with multiple pockets, slots, and compartments. This will keep your belongings organized and easily accessible whenever you need them. If you plan on packing clothes and toiletries in the same bag, then look for styles with at least two roomy compartments, ideally zippered, so your laptop and tech gadgets are protected from accidental spills.

Consider the best material for your needs

Laptop bags are made from a variety of materials ranging from leather to synthetic fabrics to PVC, and each has its pros and cons. Natural materials like canvas are lightweight, but they easily absorb moisture. However, some companies treat the exterior canvas with a water-proof coating that adds a water-resistant, easy-to-clean layer.

Synthetic fabrics such as nylon and polyester are a preferred material for backpacks. They are lightweight and flexible, so you can easily place them under the seat, and they provide protection from the elements. On the flip side, nylon and polyester are very thin, so look for bags with additional padding in the laptop compartment. 

Leather backpacks, messengers, and totes all look beautiful and provide good protection. However, leather is not water-resistant, and the material tends to be heavier.

Finally, hardshell bags and carry-ons are an excellent option for those who like to travel light — after all, traveling with a carry-on suitcase with a laptop compartment means you don’t need to carry a separate laptop bag.

Generally, laptops are measured by the distance between the diagonal edges of their screens. However, this size does not account for any additional material that encases the screen. So when choosing a bag, close your laptop and measure it diagonally from edge to edge — you will probably end up with a number that’s higher by a quarter-to-full inch than its screen size. Considering this number, choose a laptop bag that can accommodate it. 

If your laptop is thicker than the average computer, check the width of the bag's laptop compartment to ensure it can fit comfortably inside.

Most airlines' carry-on allowance includes a personal item that can be stored under the seat in front of you. So, many travelers pack a laptop into that bag — it’s easily accessible and always with you. However, if you know you won't need your laptop and your hardshell carry-on provides good protection for fragile items, you can also store it in there and place it in the overhead bin during a flight.

We would never recommend you store your laptop in checked luggage because it might get damaged, lost, or even stolen during your trip. Baggage handlers aren’t exactly known for being delicate, and with more than 50 percent of travelers admitting to having luggage lost by an airline, you’ll want to avoid storing expensive items in your checked luggage. Additionally, if you're headed on a multi-leg trip, it's a good idea to have your laptop with you in case you need to use it.

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Contributor Dobrina Zhekova is a lifestyle journalist with over a decade of editorial experience in print and digital media in the U.S. and Europe. For this story, she worked with T+L's editors and testers to determine the best laptop bags after a series of real-world and lab tests, along with additional product research as necessary.

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10+ BEST Business Travel Backpacks (UPDATED 2023)

This list of the best business travel backpacks  is written for anyone who travels for work, commutes, or flies around the globe in search of better Wi-Fi connection.

(Take it from someone who is writing this from her laptop on a plane right now.)

But why use a backpack for travel? To be honest, briefcases are as archaic as the fax machine. Sure, they’re useful, but they are not as efficient.

If you are traveling with a laptop, important documents, more chargers than a bus full of LA football players, and enough snacks to survive an airport apocalypse, then you’re going to want a backpack.

Backpacks are revolutionizing the way we travel just like the internet has revolutionized the way we work. I mean, there was once a time when a backpack was a backpack, and now there are backpacks specifically for business, hiking, traveling ultra-lightweight; you name it.

However, with so many great choices, choosing the best backpack for work and travel can seem daunting.

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Like a good pair of shoes, you want just the right fit, and lucky for you, I’ve used, tested, researched, and compiled a list of the best business travel backpacks of 2023.

You can rest assured that every business travel backpack on this list is a high-quality, durable, and TSA compliant bag specifically designed for traveling and business.

Quick Answer: These are the Best Business Travel Backpacks of 2023

  • #1 Nomatic Travel Bag 40L – Best Overall Business Travel Backpack
  • #2 Tortuga Travel Pack – Best Laptop Backpack for Longer Trips
  • #3 Aer Travel Pack 3  – Best Business Backpack for EU Travelers
  • #4 Harber City Backpack – Most Stylish Business Daypack
  • #5 Kodiak Leather Satchel – Best Business Commuter Bag
  • #6 Nomatic 14 Pack – Best Business Day Pack
  • #7 Osprey Metron – Best Laptop Backpack for Business
  • #8 Mahi Leather City Satchel – Best Business Commuter Bag
  • #9 Tropicfeel Shell – Business Backpack For Digital Nomads
  • #10 Osprey Talon – Business Backpack For Cyclists

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Nomatic Travel Bag 40L

  • > Organizational Features

Tortuga Travel Backpack 40L

Tortuga Travel Pack

  • > Clothing compartment
  • > Laptop and tablet sleeves

Osprey Metron

Osprey Metron

  • > Laptop dedicated compartment
  • > Comes with rain cover

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Tortuga Laptop Backpack

  • > Organization panel

Kodiak Leather Satchel

Kodiak Leather Satchel

  • > Large main compartment
  • > Stylish and cool

Shell Backpack

Tropicfeel Shell

  • Price > $$$
  • > Completely Waterproof
  • > Adjustable from 20L to 40L

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Arcido Akra 35L

  • > Super lightweight makes travel easy
  • > Organized + customizable

Nomatic Travel Pack 14L

Nomati 14L Backpack

  • > Great layout keeps things organised
  • > Expands to 20L. AWESOME!

Mahi The Harvard

Nomatic 14L Backpack

  • > Stylish and professional
  • > Nicely organised

Why should you travel with a business travel backpack?

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So why would you travel with a business backpack versus a messenger bag , briefcase, or even a purse?

Sometime the latter options may work better for you, but if you are traveling with electronic equipment – laptop, tablet – important documents, a book, etc., the weight can add up quickly.

These days, the best business travel backpacks are designed to be as efficient, secure, and comfortable as possible. Personally, I would much rather carry everything in a secure backpack that fits me comfortably than lugged over one shoulder.

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If you are traveling with electronic gear, documents, and more, then having a backpack makes sense.

The business backpacks on this list were designed specifically for travelers too, meaning you can get through TSA lines and easily store your bag in an overhead bin.

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For this article, we are focusing on the best business travel backpacks, meaning they have a different set of criteria compared to say backpacks just for travel , lightweight backpacks, or hiking backpacks. In order to find the best one, we tested them out over a period of time by taking them with is on business trips (as proffesional Digital Nomads, every trip is a business trip ;). We assessed how comfortable they were to carry, how good the organisational capacities were, how soundly they fit as carry on and paid extra attention to laptop compartments – one particular pack lost points as I found it hard to quickly access my laptop when sat on a train.

1. Laptop compartment

The best business travel backpack will include a separate padded laptop compartment.

A laptop compartment is essential to keep your electronics secure and protected as well as move through the TSA line quickly. The padding is crucial as you’d hate to break or crack your laptop.

Frankly, pretty much every well-designed backpack on the market (except for hiking bags) have a laptop compartment.

2. Prioritize Accessibility and Organization

Organization compartments are especially important for a business travel backpack.

If you are using a backpack for work and travel, you will probably be traveling with a laptop , a few chargers, important documents, clothes, a jacket, etc. This, of course, means you want pockets and plenty of them.

My favorite backpacks have what’s called a u-zip. This means that you can open them completely on at least two sides for easy access. I’m not a big fan of top access only backpacks, even when I’m hiking.

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3. Carry-on size Compliant

Carry-on travel backpacks save you from having to deal with lost bags and luggage fees. All of the backpacks on this list are carry-on sized and abide by TSA guidelines, so you can zip through the airport and to your next meeting.

Most of the backpacks on my list also have separate compartments that allow you to lie the laptop flat without actually taking it out of your backpack. This is another level of convenience and an excellent feature if you have to fly a lot.

If you’re after even more organisation and want to keep your documents at hand, even with a decent-sized bag, you can also combine one of these bags with a small but stylish travel purse too.

4. Sleek and Stylish

The best travel business backpacks are modern and chic, so you can slip into the office and your important meetings without looking like a backpacking bum.

You also want the backpack you choose to reflect your style, whether that is preppy, edgy, creative, etc. Sift through my list and see which travel business backpack fits your style most.

5. Fit and Comfort

Fit and comfort are important to any backpack purchase. If a backpack’s too big or too small for your frame, it will be clunky and heavy, uncomfortable, and maybe even painful.

This means making sure the straps are comfortable and fit your body properly. You want to look for adjustable straps and consider waist straps too, which will help balance the weight of a larger bag.

Adujstable straps are more common in hiking backpacks and less common in commuter bags . Regardlesss, the amount of customizability that a larger bag gives might not be necessary for a business backpack. You should at least look for a padded back.

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6. Security

Security is another essential when you are carrying valuable things. Many of the best business travel backpacks have partially hidden compartments, sturdy zippers, and durable material that is hard to slash.

7. Weatherproof

This might not be a must-have for business travel backpacks, but if you’re spending time outdoors, or going to a city where it rains a lot, you may want to make sure your backpack is waterproof, or at least water resistant.

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Nomatic Travel Bag 40L – The Best Overall Business Travel Backpack

Nomatic Travel Pack

40 liters is the perfect carry-on size for those multi-day (3-7 day) trips. If you are planning to use a business travel backpack for overnight excursions, then I definitely suggest this choosing this bag.

This bag ticks all of the boxes for what makes the best travel business backpack: plenty of organizational features and pockets, easy accessibility to all of the compartments, durable tarpaulin/ballistic weave material, a 15″ laptop compartment, TSA compliant size, and adjustable waist straps.

Furthermore, it’s sleek and modern, so you’ll look good on the go, and the exterior of the Nomatic Travel Bag is 100% waterproof! In our experience, we found it to be very durable. We wouldn’t recommend submerging the bag in a pool, but if you are caught in a semi-heavy rainstorm, you can rest easy knowing that your stuff is going to stay dry.

The Nomatic travel bag comes with 20 unique features including a shoe compartment, secure pocket for valuables, water bottle container, a notebook pocket, the ability to switch from a duffel bag to backpack, and plenty more. There is also a Nomatic carry-on with wheels .

Our favorite features include its detachable waist straps with water-resistant pockets, unique shoe compartment, and roller bag sleeve. The roller bag sleeve allows you to carry it with additional luggage with ease. Want the full low-down on this backpack? Check out the full review of the Nomatic Travel Bag!

UPDATE for 2023:  Nomatic no longer sells or does business in the European Union, which is an unfortunate development. Those living in the EU should consider the next bag instead…

Tortuga Travel Pack – Best Business Laptop Backpack for Longer Trips

Tortuga Travel Backpack 40L

The Tortuga Travel Pack is easily one of the best carry-on travel backpacks on the market. It is quite similar to the Nomatic Travel Bag we also reviewed, but is a tad cheaper, which gives it an edge, in our opinion.

This bag packs in some awesome features include front-loading and the main compartment that opens like a suitcase, a padded and removable hip belt, padded and hideaway shoulder straps with molded foam, and weather resistant material. I also like that this bag is 40 liters, given you the extra space if you need it.

In terms of functionality, the Tortuga Travel Pack has a quick access pocket at the front with a full front tech pocket with a carabiner attachment and dividers. I like how this pocket zips all the way down to the bottom of the pack, so you have easy access to a jacket or bulky item that you want to quickly access or throw into your bag.

There is a separate laptop compartment at the back of the backpack with plenty of cushions. Your laptop will sit a few inches from the bottom for extra protection in case you drop your bag. The laptop sleeve can fit a 15-inch laptop as well as a 9.7-inch tablet. I found it really easy to slot in and slot out when I was testing it out which is why I made it my pick of the best laptop bags for business travel.

The Tortuga Travel Pack features a TSA-friendly laptop sleeve that allows you to leave the device in your backpack while going through security.

AER Travel Pack 3  – Best Business Backpack for EU Travelers

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Arguably the best backpack for traveling, the AER Travel Pack 3 is the perfect bag for digital nomads and anyone on a long business trip.

This backpack was made by travelers for travelers. It is literally filled with features, and the Aer Travel Pack 3 has a compartment for almost everything.

Do you need somewhere to keep an extra pair of shoes? There’s a poclet for that. Want to put your laptop in it’s own sleeve? Done. There’s a space just for your laptop.

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The bag opens like a clamshell so you can easily access your clothes, cords, or anything else you might have with you. The Aer Travel Pack 3 is small enough to be a daypack and large enough for one bag carry one trips. Minimalist design on the outside of the pack deters thieves and makes stashing your backpack in the overhead bin of a plane even easier.

Simply put, this is the best business travel backpack: it’s well-designed and extremely versatile, durable, and innovative. You’ll find yourself using it all the time – business or pleasure.

For a very detailed description of this backpack, check out the Aer Travel Pack review .

Even though we recommend the AER to European travelers, Americans can also get it; the backpack is available worldwide! It’s just a great overall backpack and is great for those who miss out on the Nomatic.

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City Backpack – Most Stylish Business Daypack

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These days business people really need to look the part. And nothing exudes class, confidence and success like good quality leather! The City Backpack from Harber London was designed and made with your work day in mind. It is perfectly sized to accommodate a laptop, note book, pens, leads and a water bottle to keep you hydrated.

It has comfortable carry handles and is fairly light for a bag so tough so you wont mind carrying it to and from the office. The interior has been carefully designed to help you keep everything organised to avoid awkwardly rummaging through your bag during important meetings.

This is not the cheapest backpack on our list but it may be the suavest; for the discerning business person, makes a great investment.

Osprey Metron – Best Business Laptop Bag

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The Tortuga and the Minaal Carry On 2.0 are quite similar. Both are urban-style, sleek bags known for their innovation and organizational features.

If you are after something smaller, lighter and generally commuter friendly, then why not consider the Osprey Metron. At 26l it’s a well sized daypack which will accommodate your laptop, and lunch quite nicely. There is of course a properly padded, generously sized laptop pouch along, with enough pockets and pouches for cables, hard drives and chargers as well the usual keys, cards and pens.

The compression straps are also a nice touch allowing you to fasten the backpack down so you won’t stick out like a tortoise and barge into people (as much) when you crowd onto the morning train. It also comes with a brightly coloured rain cover making this backpack ideal for cycle commutes.

While we do favor the AER travel bag for business professionals, this is still an excellent travel bag choice that you will not be disappointed with.

Nomatic Travel Pack 14  – Best Travel Business Backpack for Quick Trips

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This is the goldilocks of Nomatic bags: much smaller than the Nomatic 40 coming in at 14l but then expanding to 20L. This makes it a great day business backpack which can also be adapted to work for overnight trips.

Actually, when it comes down to it, this bag is almost identical to the 20-liter Nomatic backpack but bigger, so I don’t have too much to add in this review.

Moreover, it’s TSA ready so you don’t have to take your laptop out of the compartment in line.  There is a tablet pocket for your iPad or Kindle, and a mesh dividing wall to organize clothes.

UPDATE for 2023 : Nomatic is not available in the EU or UK. Go for the AER instead.

Tortuga Laptop Backpack – Best Business Travel Backpack for Overnight Trips

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Tortuga markets this bag as an “organized daypack for air travel,”  which screams take me on your business trip, if you ask me. This bag is perfect for air travel.

This is a low-profile backpack will keep all your things organized in a spacey main compartment, 15-inch laptop sleeve + tablet sleeve, mesh zippered pocket for chargers, journal compartment, pen pockets, front pocket for valuables, and a side-pocket for your water bottle .

Yeah, that’s a lot of pockets!

I also love how the Tortuga laptop backpack opens flat like a suitcase, so you can easily use this for overnight trips.

Plus, it’s easy to lock zippers, luggage handle pass, and hideaway shoulder straps make it perfect for traveling through airports.

Ultimately, we love this pack. It’s a bit on the heavier side at 2.8 pounds, but that’s the trade-off for durability. As with anything Tortuga, you are getting a high-quality backpack that will last you for years to come.

Check out our full  Tortuga Setout laptop backpack  review.

Tropicfeel Shell – Business Backpack For Digital Nomads

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There are a few things that make the Tropicfeel by Shell a great business backpack. Firstly, it’s perfectly sized for carry-on cabin requirements so is ideal for taking on business trips (whether by plane or even train). Secondly, it’s the only backpack we have come across that comes with a pull-out, hang-up wardrobe, making it insanely easy to neatly pack and unpack. I found this feature to be great when I checked into my hotel room and had to quickly unpack and change to meet a client.

On the flip side though, the laptop compartment is not as accessible as with some other packs so I annoyed the fellow passengers when I basically dug deep into the pack in order to retrieve it on a train journey. The Shell is also adjustable in its size. It can be rolled up from a 22L day pack to a 30L weekend back and then the addition of the detachable pouch brings it up to a short/medium trip sized 40L backpack.

It’s a genuinely innovative, well-made backpack from a very cool up and coming brand. Oh, and it’s also made from sustainable materials giving it serious eco-cred.

The reason I rate it so highly for use by Digital Nomads is that it the perfect hybrid of a business/backpacking pack.

Arcido Akra 35L  – Best Lightweight Business Travel Backpack

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This is the perfect carry on travel backpack for minimalist travelers. Its laptop harness, organizational pockets, and integrative packing cubes (in the  Arcido Akra and Vaga Daypack Bundle ) make this the perfect business travel backpack for digital nomads too.

At only 2.4 lbs, this is one of the most lightweight travel backpacks available. It can become even lighter when the sternum straps and waist belt are removed too.

Essentially, the Arcido is simple but tough, and minimal yet well-designed. While it doesn’t have as many organizational features as some of of the other business travel backpacks listed, it does come equipped with enough features to please any modern traveler.

We love that this is an affordable backpack without cutting on quality.

Check out our full Arcido Akra review.

Nomatic Backpack  – Best Business Backpack for Organized Travelers

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At only 20 L (but expandable to 24L), the Nomatic Backpack is the smallest backpack from Nomatic, and the perfect option if you are looking for a small business backpack for quick trips.

The Nomatic Backpack is made of durable, waterproof materials and zippers. Like its big brothers, it can also convert into a duffel bag and has tons of pockets and compartments for organizing your things, including a hidden money pocket and RFID safe pockets (to keep electronics safe from hackers).

What makes this backpack unique is its removable panel that is designed to hold electronic gear (keyboards, wires, chargers, etc). It’s great for work-related or study trips where you are packing all your electronics.

But let’s say you are going for a quick overnight trip, or you don’t need all of your electronic gear – simply remove the panel and shed a few ounces of weight too.

Some other noteworthy features of the Nomatic Backpack include…

  • Retractable key leash  – A great way to keep your keys safe and easily accessible
  • Roller bag sleeve  – If you travel with a roller suitcase, this backpack will slip over the top of the retracted handle
  • Cord pass through –  This backpack has strategically designed holes throughout the bag that enable you to pass cords through for a quick charge
  • Notebook pocket –  If you are a notebook user then your special book will have a special place in this bag

This is the perfect backpack for that quick run to the café, going in and out of meetings, or using on flights. If you need something bigger, then check out the bag below!

UPDATE for 2023: Nomatic is not available for purchase for those living in the EU but is available as Gomatic.

Boundary Supply Prima System  – Best Business Travel Backpack for Photographers

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Wait… a camera bag as a business travel backpack? Hear me out, here! The Boundary Supply Prima-System backpack uses unique modules for organizing your things.

You have side access to the main module/compartment as well as top access, a small front pocket and hidden pocket for valuables, a comfortable strap system, and separate laptop compartment that is easy to access even when the bag is full.

This is a great backpack set apart by its modular design. When you buy this backpack, you are also investing their included modules, the Verge and Fieldspace , for ultimate organization and storage.

While the  Verge is primarily used to protect camera gear in the main compartment, it can easily be used for other items, or removed entirely.

Moreover, the  Fieldspace –  as pictured – is perfect for business use. It tucks into a separate section next to your laptop compartment to keep any valuables and documents secure. Moreover, its unique design and magnetic straps make it perfect for commuting and traveling securely.

The main drawback is that it only has one water bottle pocket that doubles as a tripod holder. This is fine if you are just using this bag to carry a water bottle, but a bummer if you are trying to carry both.

Nevertheless, it’s the bag’s low-profile and minimalism that makes it great for commuting, riding public transportation, and biking. If you want a slightly lighter and smaller version, the Boundary Supply Errant backpack might be a better choice for you.

If you are looking for a camera backpack for everyday use or an efficient business backpack for overnight trips, then the Prima System by Boundary Supply is an awesome choice.

Learn more about this awesome backpack in our review of the Boundary Supply Prima-System.

Best Business Pack For Cyclists:  Osprey Talon

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It’s pretty common these days for health and planet minded professionals to cycle to work – I certainly do. But finding a bike ready backpack that loves and feels right for the office can be a serious challenge. Anyway, this pack by Osprey has recently come to our attention but has impressed us very much.

A dedicated laptop compartment signifies that this bag isn’t your usual day bag. It doesn’t have the same frame and hip belt you’ll find on Osprey’s hiking line, instead of bringing along plenty of features that will help you get through the workday in style.

What makes the Osprey Talon IDEAL for cyclists is the packs light weight, breathable mesh back panel as well as an attachment for a bike helmet to fasten onto as well as a flash light. The hip belt can be used to secure it to your body and there is even a hydration sleeve for those cycling on a hot day. It comes in 11L to 32L depending on how much stuff you need.

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Still have some questions? No problem! We’ve listed and answered the most commonly asked questions below. Here’s what people usually want to know:

What does a business backpack need?

A business backpack needs to be more stylish than regular backpacks, but still offer the same comfort and capacity. It’s basically a more professional looking backpack with a (usually) sleek design.

What is the most stylish business backpack?

We love the design of the Nomatic Travel Bag 40L . It’s stylish, it’s comfortable and it’s spacious as well.

What are the key features of a business backpack?

These are the key features: 1. Laptop compartment and Security 2. Accessibility and Organization 3. Sleek and Stylish, yet weatherproof 4. Fit and Comfort

Are business backpacks carry-on size?

Yes, a normal business bag should match the carry-on standards. The Nomatic Travel Bag 40L is the best carry-on option.

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Whether you are traveling for a week or just need a high-quality backpack to travel to and from work, this list of the best business travel backpacks includes something for you.

If you are traveling on a multi-day business trip, I highly recommend the Nomatic Travel Pack 40L . Check out the smaller versions for shorter trips or days at the office too.

While some of the companies on this list are well-known in the travel space, notable start-ups, like  Arcido   and Boundary Supply are proving to be high-quality and durable bags well worth looking into.

If you think we missed a business travel backpack on this list, let us know in the comments!

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You’re such a savior! I’ve been scrolling for hours now and thank God I found your blog! Thanks for compiling all the best travel backpacks!!

I applaud your thorough evaluation in this article. I’m looking for a great backpack for daily work and travel. Are there backpacks out there that will not fall over—fully loaded or half loaded? Please advise. Thank you!

Thanks for sharing this helpful information about the backpack on the market. All the backpack you have described above are very secure and their features are awesome

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I researched every travel bag I could find and the best backpack I found was an American Tourister at Target for $60. Very lightweight and does everything these backpacks do and very high quality, lots of pockets and holds a large laptop. I’d put it up against any of these. Best decision I ever made, at least bag related. It doesn’t make any of these “best” lists though for whatever reason.

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The 10 best business travel backpacks for style and comfort

Zach Griff

I recently ran into a pretty big issue on a work trip.

During the middle of a flight, my laptop was running out of charge, so I opened the overhead bin and pulled down my Away backpack, which had a charger inside the main pocket.

As I went to open the pocket, I couldn't get the zipper to pull. No matter how hard I tried, the zipper was stuck.

I eventually pried the pocket open enough, and when I landed back home, my local zipper-repair shop told me that I had one of two options: buy a brand-new backpack or pay $80 to install a new zipper track (that wouldn't even match the original one).

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Away's lifetime warranty excludes backpacks (technically called "soft goods"), so I figured it was time to invest in a new bag. I wanted something that would be durable, stylish and spacious — but not too unwieldy.

I took to Instagram to ask for recommendations, and I got an overwhelming number of suggestions. I eventually distilled the list down to some top picks. And just in case you might also be in the market for a new travel backpack that works for business trips or hauling laptops around, I thought I'd share the tips, suggestions and research I used to make my decision.

Without further ado, here are the best business travel backpacks that maximize form and function.

Related: Review of the Away Larger Carry-On

Tumi Navigation Backpack

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In my informal social media poll, no brand received as much praise as Tumi . That's not necessarily surprising, as this travel gear brand has been a fan favorite for frequent flyers for many years. Though Tumi makes a handful of durable bags, the Navigation Backpack excels for a wide range of travel needs.

There's a separate padded laptop compartment (that can fit even the largest MacBooks), as well as a main storage area and plenty of other smaller pockets.

But my favorite feature is the bag's zip expansion capability, which will certainly come in handy if you pick up some souvenirs or other swag during your trip.

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The Navigation Backpack comes in five colors, giving you plenty of choices to match your personal travel style.

Tumi also offers two more contenders for the best business travel backpack: the slightly larger Alpha Bravo Search (which also came highly recommended in my Instagram poll) and the Bradner Backpack — the brand's most stylish one yet in my book.

Buy: From $525

Aer Pro Pack 20L

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As far as business-travel backpacks go, Aer's is certainly quite stylish. It comes in three colors (black, navy and olive), and it's made of sustainable materials without compromising on durability. A separate laptop compartment safeguards your most precious technology, while the main compartment is large enough for all your chargers and other travel accessories.

The standout feature is that the main compartment features a 180-degree flat-open zipper system, which gives you unobstructed access to all of your belongings.

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Plus, there's even a hidden pocket to store an AirTag or other smart device tracker so that you can locate your bag even if it's stolen or if you misplace it.

Buy: From $179

Rimowa Flap Backpack Large

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If you're looking to make a statement, Rimowa's travel bags are the way to go.

This luxury bag manufacturer has entered the travel backpack space with its new Italian-made large canvas Flap Backpack, which even sports the iconic groove design on the outside.

The inside features a padded laptop sleeve and a large drawstring compartment to fit all of your travel essentials. With a flap-top enclosure secured by a magnetic buckle (that's emblazoned with the Rimowa logo), there's no doubt this is a very stylish, spacious and durable bag.

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The one big downside? It is Rimowa and, as a result, doesn't come cheap. But it's also the bag that'll probably make the strongest first impression once you enter the boardroom.

Buy: From $1,700

Samsonite Novex Laptop Backpack

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No worries if you are shopping for a travel backpack on a more down-to-earth budget, as the Samsonite best-seller has a lot going for it, starting with the price. At just $74.99 (on a 25% off sale at the moment), it's one of the most affordable bags in this guide.

Yet, the Novex Laptop Backpack doesn't compromise on the basics. The separate laptop and tablet pocket features a special webbing system that provides extra durability in case you drop the backpack. Plus, thanks to the special supportive lining on the top front pocket, you won't have to worry about misplacing your headphones, glasses or phones.

The main storage compartment has room for all the essentials, though you may not find it large enough for a full change of clothes or a pair of shoes.

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While this backpack is a solid option and is a great deal considering the price, it doesn't feature all the bells and whistles you'd find with some of its competitors.

Buy: From $74.99

Nomatic 20L Backpack

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Though you may have never heard of Nomatic before, this brand receives rave reviews from its loyalists. The company's best-seller backpack comes in two sizes, 14 liters and 20 liters, both of which are expandable by nearly 20%.

The flat rectangular design may be controversial at first glance, but at least you can't complain about finding space for all of your gizmos. The bag has a staggering 24 unique storage compartments that range from enclosed pockets to mesh nets, and it's a great bag for those who like to stay extremely organized when they're on the road.

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Plus, with a water-resistant coating on the outside, this might just be one of the most durable travel backpacks out there.

Buy: From $279.99

Timbuk2 Never Check Expandable Backpack

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The Timbuk2 Never Check Expandable Backpack has space for everything and then some. The padded rear pocket is the perfect spot for a laptop, and I love that you don't need to dig through your bag just to find your computer.

The main compartment is quite spacious, and you can even expand this space by nearly three liters, giving you more room for your belongings. Plus, the front pocket has a dedicated organizer with multiple pockets, so you'll never forget where you put your passport, charger and cables.

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This may be one of the bigger bags in this guide, but you'd never know it just from looking at it. (You could opt for the smaller Timbuk2 Q Laptop Backpack if you want something smaller.)

If there's one downside, it's the style — the bag isn't nearly as eye-catching as some of the others.

Buy: From $209

Incase A.R.C. Daypack

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Apple aficionados will no doubt be familiar with Incase, a popular brand of cases and protection solutions for iPhones, iPads and Macs.

That said, Incase's A.R.C. Daypack could be a great backpack option, even if you don't tote around a MacBook or iOS device. Much like an Apple product, the backpack's design is minimalist, yet highly functional.

The laptop pocket is big enough for a 16-inch computer, and it's lined in faux fur for additional protection. On top of that, the travel tech compartment has RFID-blocking technology, preventing thieves from stealing your digital info.

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A water- and stain-resistant coating, two dedicated water bottle holders and a pass-through system for rollaboard bags make this the ideal bag for anyone going from the gym to the office to the airport. If you need something bigger, Incase also makes a larger A.R.C. travel pack.

But perhaps just as importantly, both bags are made from a sustainable mixture of recycled polyester, giving them their A.R.C, or "a responsible carry," acronym.

Buy: From $127.18

Ogio Renegade RSS Laptop Backpack

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If you're looking for the bag with the most pockets, this might just be the one for you.

Ogio's flagship backpack has dedicated space for everything (laptop and iPad included) and then some. A phone pocket, two zippered side pockets, five main pockets — you might just get lost looking around for your gear.

No matter how much you stuff this nearly 30-liter backpack, you shouldn't have much of a problem carrying it around. I love the supportive padded back panel and shoulder straps, which make it easy to lug it around the airport or corporate campus.

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Just note that the bag isn't necessarily the most stylish, nor does it feature a strap to store it on the handle of your rollaboard bag.

Buy: From $160

Briggs & Riley Traveler Backpack

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At first glance, your eyes might be caught by this Briggs & Riley backpack. With its boxy corners and flat pockets, it definitely makes a statement.

Then, once you start opening the different pockets, you'll likely be impressed by how much you can fit inside, especially thanks to the 180-degree lie-flat opening that allows unfettered access to every nook and cranny.

The tablet laptop and tablet sleeve are in the same area as the main packing compartment, but it's separated by a zippered inner pocket to keep your clothes all by themselves.

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Another nifty feature includes a so-called "PowerPocket" that fits an external battery pack and keeps a charging cable within easy reach for a quick boost of juice while you're on the go.

Style, form and function — this backpack is a winner, and while it isn't the cheapest in the line-up, it also doesn't come with the Tumi or Rimowa price tag.

Buy: From $329

Bellroy Classic Backpack Plus

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Sometimes, the simplest solution is actually the best. If you're the type of person who ascribes to the "less is more" philosophy, then Bellroy's Classic Backpack Plus is probably your best bet.

You won't find any complicated zippers or expandable compartments inside, but this bag packs a mighty style punch in a versatile package.

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There are two main compartments in the backpack — one for your laptop and another for the rest of your belongings. The front of the bag features a small zip pocket for storing small essentials, and that's basically it. But don't be fooled; the bag sports a 24-liter capacity, so you'll find plenty of room for your gear.

If simplicity is what you're after, then you can't go wrong with Bellroy's flagship backpack.

Buy: From $189

Bottom line

Now that my Away Backpack is really on its last breath, I find myself facing decision anxiety.

There are 10 great choices for a replacement, and I'm torn as to which one to use going forward. I'm personally a big fan of the Rimowa design, but that $1,700 splurge might need to wait until I write my holiday wishlist.

Until then, I'm currently leaning toward a Tumi backpack. After all, there must've been a reason that it was the most-loved business travel backpack in my research.

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The 7 Best Carry-On Luggage for Business Travel

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Savvy travelers know that the right luggage makes a trip less stressful. But between costly baggage fees, forced gate checks, and long lines at baggage claim, it’s easier to limit your luggage to a carry-on. From wheeled bags to backpacks and totes, here are the best carry-on luggage options for business travelers. 

Best Overall: Away The Carry-On

Loaded with features, Away’s The Carry-On is as close to perfect as it gets. With 19 different color choices, including black and blush, this durable hardshell suitcase will fit anyone's aesthetic. The exterior measures 21.7 x 13.7 x 9 inches, but it easily fits in most airline overhead bins. If you choose to check it, the TSA-approved combination lock provides a built-in theft deterrent.

The interior of the suitcase has lots of conveniences like an internal compression system, which is particularly useful for over packers. There's also a hidden water-resistant laundry bag and an additional compartment to separate clothing from shoes. Even more, business travelers will like the removable battery with USB port. This battery can charge your phone up to four times before needing to be recharged, and it’s even ejectable for charging on the go.

Best Value: Travelpro Platinum Elite Carry-On

Travelpro’s carry-on might be affordable, but its quality and features are comparable to more higher-end luggage. With seven color choices available, including two shades of black, it easily goes with any luggage you may already own.

Designed to expand up to two inches, the 23.5 x 14.5 x 9-inch suitcase is handy for anyone who likes to shop when they travel—you won’t even have to worry about any extra weight because it's tip-resistant. It’s also easy to maneuver around busy terminals with, thanks to 360-degree spinner wheels and a rubberized contour grip extension handle. Best of all, this suitcase has a drop-in, fold-out suiter to help hang clothes and prevent wrinkling. So, there’s no need to travel with an additional garment bag. You also won’t need to search for a plug or charging station as this suitcase has a built-in USB port with an FAA-compliant power bank pocket, although it isn't removable.

Best Duffel: Dagne Dover Medium Landon Carryall

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A duffel, like Dagne Dover’s Landon Carryall, is a great choice for shorter stays and quick flights. It also stashes easily into larger pieces of luggage or suitcase pockets, making it ideal for anyone who tends to come home with extra things.

Unlike most duffel bags in the market, this one is perfectly designed for business travelers. With its built-in padded laptop sleeve that can fit up to a 13-inch device, you won’t have to travel with a separate briefcase. The water-resistant neoprene exterior and interior nylon lining also help protect electronics. Additionally, there are plenty of external and internal pockets, a key leash, a shoe bag, and more. Sleekly designed, this 14.5 x 7.5 x 9-inch carryall can also double as a gym bag. With eight color choices including black, moss, and blush, it easily coordinates with anything you’re wearing.

Best Underseater: Samsonite Solyte Deluxe Underseat Carry-On

If you’re booked for a shorter trip, opt for Samsonite’s Solyte Deluxe. Measuring 17.5 × 14 × 8.25 inches, it fits under the seat, so you won’t have to bother lifting it in the overhead bin.

Efficiently designed, the underseater can fit up to two devices with a padded dual sleeve, which has enough room for a tablet and laptop up to 15.6 inches. There’s even a built-in USB charging port, but the battery is a separate purchase. In addition to the main section, the bag's front compartment is perfect for separating wet or dirty clothing from the rest of your things. With three bold color choices—midnight blue, Mediterranean blue, and mineral gray—this luggage gets extra points for style. A 10-year warranty makes this bag a smart choice that will last for years to come.

Best Smart Luggage: Arlo Skye The Zipper Carry-On Max

Measuring 23 x 15 x 10.3 inches, Arlo Skye’s hardshell carry-on is generously sized, yet easily fits in the overhead bin. A front pocket is useful for storing your laptop, jacket, and anything else that needs to be taken out for security. Choose from five colors, including black, blue, red, navy, and yellow.

As for smart features, this suitcase has an airline-compliant integrated removable charger with dual USB A and USB C ports. In other words, this device can supercharge your phone fast—up to 50 percent in less than 30 minutes. Should you need to check your luggage, the tamper-proof, double coil zippers and a TSA-approved combination lock will keep all of your things safe. Better yet, the impact-resistant polycarbonate shell will stand up to even the most turbulent flight. Despite its durability, this 8.1-pound suitcase is light enough to glide easily through a hectic terminal.

Best Style: Calpak Ambeur Carry-On

For a super stylish, yet functional option, Calpak’s Ambeur Carry-On comes in glossy shades of black, gold, or rose gold. At just 7 pounds, this carry-on is easy to move around tight spaces with. Measuring 22 x 14 x 9 inches, the suitcase has enough room to pack a week’s worth of clothing. Still, if you need more space, the bag can expand up to two more inches. Two zippers and a TSA-approved lock assure everything is safe, even if you end up checking it.

The suitcase's interior is just as impressive as its polycarbonate, hardshell exterior. Lined in a bright blue chevron fabric, there are two divided compartments, and additional zipper pouches separate your clothing and toiletries. Built-in elastic pouches also neatly store shoes away from clothing.

Best Tote: Longchamp Le Pliage Nylon Shoulder Tote

Just as practical as it is sophisticated, Longchamp’s Le Pliage tote is a versatile, modern wardrobe classic. This foldable bag is generously sized at 12.25 x 11.75 x 7.5 inches—enough space for you to use it as your everyday handbag.

If you’re worried about losing your things, the bag’s zipper and tap closure assure everything stays inside. Extremely light yet sturdy enough for storing clothing and electronics, the bag’s double leather handles have an 8-inch drop, making it comfortable to carry on your shoulders or in your hands. There are four timeless colors to choose from, like gunmetal grey, navy, green, and red.

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This roundup was written by  Amanda Lauren , a lifestyle writer who covers fashion and office accessories for The Balance and The Balance SMB.

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  • Laptop Protection: This briefcase holds laptops up to 14 inches and features our state-of-the-art SafePort x D3O to help prevent drop and side-impact damage. When it comes to computer cases for laptops this bag offers the best protection
  • Checkpoint Friendly: Our patented checkpoint-friendly design means no more removing your laptop from your breifcase when you're going through TSA. Simply unzip the zipper between the front and back compartments, lay flat and breeze through TSA
  • Water-Resistant: Made with durable water- and wear-resistant 1680D military-grade ballistic nylon this laptop messenger bag is made to last. With this laptop travel bag you can rest assured your devices are protected
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  • Travel Features: This mens briefcase features a tablet pocket that fits up to 10.5” devices, a luggage trolley strap and lockable zipper pulls, making this the perfect travel laptop messenger bag for women
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  • Specifications: 15.6"L x 5.25"W x 11.6"H weighing 3.26 lbs. This mens laptop bag or laptop briefcase for women is easy to carry with you wherever you go

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The 14” Corporate Traveler Briefcase is designed for the traveling business professional. Its patented checkpoint-friendly design helps you fly through airport screenings without removing your laptop. Made with durable military-grade ballistic nylon and a state-of-the-art SafePort x D3O protection system to help prevent drop and side-impact damage, you can rest assured your devices are protected.

The case features a dedicated file section, zip-down workstation with business card holder, pen loops, key clip, and multiple accessory compartments to keep items organized. For added comfort, the case includes a shock-absorbing neoprene Equalizer shoulder strap with non-slip coating to keep the pad in place on either shoulder. This briefcase is designed to expedite your airport security experience and withstand the wear and tear of everyday business travel.

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15 best laptop travel bags & backpacks for 2024

Best Travel Laptop Bags

As someone who is lucky to be able to work from anywhere in the world, I understand the importance of having a good laptop travel bag.

Finding the right laptop travel bag for your needs and individual style can be tricky – but my guide is here to make light work of carrying everything you need.

Whether you want a travel laptop backpack for a one-off business trip or would like to find a bag to use on a daily basis, I’m sure that the one for you will be listed here somewhere. 

From Scandi-style, sporty backpacks to businesslike briefcases or comfortable, geek-chic messenger bags, I’ve picked out 15 of the best laptop travel bags.

There’s something here for everyone, no matter how big or small your budget is. Nor what sort of style or colour appeals to you most. 

Continue reading to discover the best laptop bags and backpacks for travel, based on my own personal favourites and recommendations from fellow travellers.

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1. Nordace Siena backpack

Best for: A glamorous look

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Nordace Siena backpack

If subtle colours are your thing, then you’ll love the Nordace Siena. This backpack comes in pastel shades of blue or pink, or you can choose a gorgeous gold for a more glamorous look. 

I love the rectangular look and the beauty of this pack is more than skin deep. It’s got a 19 litre capacity to hold all you need. There’s also adjustable ergonomic shoulder straps and an anti-theft rear pocket. 

2. Solo Duane Convertible Briefcase

Best for: A convertible briefcase

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Solo Duane Convertible Briefcase

When you’d prefer a travel laptop bag that isn’t a backpack at all, this convertible briefcase style bag is perfect. I like that it can look nothing like a backpack, yet can be converted to one whenever you like for easy carrying. 

This briefcase bag has compartments for a tablet and a laptop that’s up to 15.6 inches in size, and has a spacious storage compartment for stationery, cables, books and so on. There’s also a couple of handy exterior pockets for smaller items. 

3. Timbuk2 Division Laptop Backpack 

Best for: Reflective detailing

Timbuk2 Division Laptop Backpack

If you want to ensure you’re seen when heading home from work, the airport or the gym after dark, then you’ll appreciate the reflective trim on this Timbuk2 Division backpack. It’s another contender as the best travel laptop backpack with a water bottle pocket too. 

Compression straps to the outer give this backpack a streamlined look even when it’s full to the brim. While the design means it looks equally at home in the boardroom or when you’re taking a break away from work and everyday life. 

4. Antler Chelsea backpack

Best for: Suitcase compatibility

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Antler Chelsea backpack

This travel bag with a laptop compartment comes from one of the best brands in the business. I’m a big fan of Antler, as they manage to make practical bags look impossibly stylish.

It comes in a range of neutral and stylish colours, and has a sleeve for placing it over a rolling case with a telescopic handle.

Other great features include a water bottle pocket, a front section with a key clip and card slots, a 16.5 inch laptop sleeve and compression straps to help you pack neatly. 

5. Rains Backpack Mini 

Best for: Wet weather

Rains Backpack Mini

There’s a good reason why this Rains backpack is so-called. These waterproof travel bags for laptops are ideal for protecting your precious tech during wet weather.

If, like me, you can’t bear to be parted from your smartphone, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s a quick access pocket to store this safely in. 

A selection of colours are available, including some subtle, slightly shimmery metallic shades. This one can accommodate a 13 or 15 inch laptop. 

6. Herschel Supply Unisex Tech Daypack Backpack

Best for: Slick minimalism

Herschel Supply Unisex Tech Daypack Backpack

If you want a laptop travel bag for all occasions, I’d really recommend this top quality one from Herschel as a great place to start. It’s sleek, with a minimalist look that is equally suited to leisure or business travel.

A smart pinstripe lining ensures it’s never dull, and it has a soft grab handle to the top as well as backpack straps. 

This travel laptop backpack comes in several colours and has some great practical features. These include a front section with key clips and organisational pockets, plus cases for a 16 inch tablet and a laptop. 

7. Fjallraven Unisex Kånken Laptop 17″ backpack

Best for: Sporty types

Fjallraven Unisex Kånken Laptop 17 backpack

For a more sporty look, I’d recommend this Scandi-style laptop backpack from Fjallraven. It’s ideally suited to everyday activities, and has a more casual look than other laptop travel bags. You can go monochrome with this one, or add a pop of bold colour. 

You can carry this Fjallraven backpack via twin grab handles at the top or the backpack straps. Weighing only half a kilo, this is a lightweight, casual and classic choice that’s ideal for active types. 

8. Harber London Slim Leather Folio Laptop Case No. 7

Best for: City slickers

Harber London Slim Leather Folio Laptop Case No. 7

You don’t have to carry your laptop around in a backpack or briefcase. Instead, a smart real leather folio case could be just the (travel) ticket – I adore the sleek, sophisticated look of this option.

Available in tan, black, navy or a delicious shade of chocolate brown, this is the ideal solution for city slickers. 

This is one classy case, being made in Spain by skilled craftspersons. It has anti-snag teeth on the zipper to protect items like a silk scarf, and has a felt lining for added laptop protection and padding. 

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9. AmazonBasics Shoulder Bag Carrying Case 

Best for: Budget buy

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When you want a men’s or women’s travel laptop bag on a budget, this one from AmazonBasics does everything you need it to and more. It comes in classic black, and a range of sizes so you can fit your tech inside snugly. 

You can carry this as a shoulder bag or briefcase, and the 600 denier polyester gives adequate protection for your computer. Plenty of pockets for storage might just seal the deal.

10. Estarer Laptop Messenger Bag 17 -17.3 Inch

Best for: An industrial look

Estarer Laptop Messenger Bag 17 -17.3 Inch

If you prefer more of an industrial look, this messenger bag from Estarer aims to please. It’s available in cool or deeper grey with tan leather-look trim. The large laptop section can accommodate a computer up to 17.3 inches in size. 

You can wear this bag cross-body style, which is the more ergonomic choice, or grab it on the move for carrying via the shoulder strap. I love that there are plenty of pockets here for organising everything from your passport or business cards to a water bottle. 

11. BanGe Business Smart Backpack

Best for: Withstanding scuffs

BanGe Business Smart Backpack

Laptop bags that can withstand a few knocks and scrapes don’t come any better than this BanGe backpack. The tough outer shell is both waterproof and abrasion resistant, and it offers lots of space for larger and smaller items. 

This bag is also set up for charging via USB, and has a sleeve for securing it onto your main suitcase while waiting at the airport. It’s available in contemporary grey or classic black. 

12. AmazonBasics Laptop and Tablet Case, Black

Best for: Affordable versatility

AmazonBasics Laptop and Tablet Case, Black

Another top option from AmazonBasics is this tablet and laptop case. This one is also very affordable, and is styled like a messenger bag and briefcase in one. Two sizes are available. 

There is a strap here for attaching the bag to your main luggage, and you can also remove the shoulder strap when required.

It’s lightweight yet practical and tough, and looks the part whether you’re a student or on your way to the boardroom. 

13. LANDICI Laptop Bag Carry case 

Best for: All the colours

LANDICI Laptop Bag Carry case

If you want to get hold of a bag for your laptop in your favourite hue, then I’d suggest looking at this one first. It comes in pink, blue, red and purple as well as monochrome shades, and also has a very attractive price tag. 

The bag has a scratch resistant finish, and comes with a padded laptop sleeve to protect costly equipment. There’s also a range of inner and outer pockets and compartments, providing great storage for all your things – making this one of the best travel laptop bags available.

14. New Crew Backpack 22

Best for: Multi-tasking

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New Crew Backpack 22

The 22 litre backpack from New Crew makes the perfect laptop travel case. It comes in smart shades of silver, caramel or black.

I think its design is really clever as it’s been made to take along all you need for the day – from your laptop to your gym kit and a water bottle. 

The handy compartments and pockets include a padded laptop sleeve, a large interior section, a water bottle pocket and an outer pocket for items you need to grab on the go.

Why buy a bag for occasional use when you could get one to see you through everyday life? 

15. Targus Classic Clamshell Business Travel Laptop Bag

Best for: Affordable luxury

Targus Classic Clamshell Business Travel Laptop Bag

This slick travel laptop bag is among the best laptop bags for business travel or leisure trips. Yet again, the affordable price tag comes as a pleasant surprise.

It looks and works like something more expensive, and has an inside strap to secure your laptop in place while on the move. 

The Targus clamshell bag is great when you need to find items quickly, as there are different sized storage pockets within for storing all your kit.

It comes with an adjustable, detachable shoulder strap and a trolley strap for securing to a suitcase. The padding also provides plenty of protection for your laptop. 

If you have any travel laptop bag favourites of your own, do let me know in the comments. In the market for a new laptop? Read my guide to the best travel laptops .

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Savvy frequent flyers pay special attention to every little detail when booking flights, hotels, and rental cars; this same vigilance applies to buying gear. This can be doubly true of business travelers, mainly because their needs can be more stringent than leisure travelers.

Those who frequently go on work trips must keep their documents, laptops, smartphones, and other electronics safe at all times, so they need luggage that accommodates these needs and meets airline regulations in weight and size. And, ideally, without risking lost luggage by having to check a bag.

An excellent piece of luggage will not only be ideal for keeping your essentials organized and secure, but it’ll also give you the peace of mind you need during your travels so you can focus on the job at hand. Below you’ll find some of the best carry-on luggage for business travel on the market so you can have the peace of mind you deserve.

Monos Hybrid Carry-On

Perfect carry-on suitcase for business travelers

Possibly the perfect carry-on suitcase for business travelers, Monos’ Hybrid Carry-On combines the best features of polycarbonate and aluminum luggage into a single premium rolling trolley. While most of the shell is crafted from lightweight thermo-plastic, the corners and latch are reinforced with aluminum to add extra protection to potential impact points and eliminate the possibility of a zipper malfunction. The result is a piece you can covet for years, and happily so, thanks to the intelligent organization features.

Carl Friedrik The Carry-On Pro

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Business travel requires a professional-looking case made of premium materials, and The Carry-On Pro from Carl Friederik is exactly that – and so much more. Crafted from first-rate polycarbonate, with a secure aluminum lock frame, silent Japanese spinner wheels, and sleek leather details, it delivers the ultimate blend of style and performance.

Apart from its good looks and outstanding construction, a few other things stood out when testing the bag: the snap-shut locks are way more secure and satisfying to use than a zipper, and the hard-shell front pocket, complete with a laptop compartment, is truly a lifesaver and makes passing security a breeze.

Thanks to an ideal combination of size, aesthetics, and innovative features, this suitcase has also emerged as one of the best carry-on luggage for business travel in our tests.

Horizn Studios M5 Smart

Smart luggage for business travel

A combination of innovation and eco-conscious design makes the Horizn Studios M5 Smart the perfect cabin suitcase for business travel. This carry-on, with its robust, partially recycled German polycarbonate shell and chic vegan nylon front pocket, not only withstands the rigors of travel but also speaks to the environmentally aware traveler. Its sleek design and lightweight structure are meticulously tailored for effortless air travel, ensuring your journey is as smooth as your arrival.

Functionality meets sustainability in the M5 Smart’s design. The one-click removable smart charger keeps your devices powered up, eliminating the hassle of searching for power outlets. The four-stage telescopic handle and TSA-approved lock, coupled with the smooth glide of the Japanese spinner wheels, provide security and ease of movement, essential for the fast-paced business traveler.

Inside, the M5 Smart reveals its true genius. The interior, crafted from the finest recycled materials, offers an ideal layout with dual zippered mesh compartments and a compression pad. This design not only maximizes space but also keeps your business attire and essentials impeccably organized and wrinkle-free. The addition of a premium laundry bag adds a thoughtful touch, enhancing the overall packing experience.

July Carry-On Pro

Best Carry-On Luggage for Business Travel

If you hate the struggle to free your laptop from your carry-on to pass through security, you’ll want to consider July’s Carry-On Pro seriously. Designed so that the included laptop sleeve – which has room for your passport, documents, keys, and other essentials in addition to a 16″ laptop – attaches directly to the front of the case, it’s easy to snap off quickly to place through the scanner.

Like many contemporary suitcases, this one comes with an integrated power bank. However, the Carry-On Pro has a mechanism that quickly ejects the device whenever you’d like to tote it with you separately. Combined with its premium organization features, the Carry-On Pro is a strong candidate to become your new favorite travel companion.

Béis Soft-Sided Collapsible Carry-On Roller

Best Carry-On Luggage for Business Women

Perfect for corporate urbanites living in small spaces, the Soft-Sided Collapsible Carry-On Roller from Béis folds into a slim profile to store it away. When you’re ready to travel, the integrated wall panels in the interior snap right into place, ready to pack.

The easy-access front pocket can carry your laptop and essentials you need to keep at hand and includes a cord pass-through you can use with a battery bank to charge your phone on the fly. Though it’s packed with functionality, the design is far more distinguished and streamlined than your average soft-side trolly, so it’s as impressive to look at as it is to use.

Briggs & Riley International 21″ Carry-On Spinner

Briggs & Riley International 21

A lightweight, hard-shell suitcase that’s perfect for those who travel with tech, the Briggs & Riley International 21″ Spinner has a dedicated hard-shell space for your essentials aside from the main compartment. Opening the hinged front pocket reveals several organizational dividers, with room for your laptop, hard drives, cables, and even a small drone. And its double-spinner wheels are designed to keep the bag upright even when the front panel is open.

The main compartment boasts all the amenities business travelers require: built-in mesh suiting straps, cinch-down garment dividers, and midline panels to keep your belongings organized.

Samsonite Stryde 111 Carry-On Spinner

Samsonite Stryde Business Spinner

Although they’re already a legacy brand, Samsonite’s Stryde 111 Carry-On Spinner proves they’re never done innovating. While its exterior appears deceptively simple – although beautifully designed – the back has a retractable luggage pass-through, allowing it to rest on top of a check-in bag, and the handle telescopes out to reveal LEDs that ensure you’re visible, even on dark streets.

Business travelers especially will appreciate the included amenities: pocketed dividers split the bag at the midline; the matching toiletry bag and packing cube keep your essentials mobile, and dual USB charging ports power up your devices in transit.

MVST Select Space Aluminum Suitcase

Aluminum Carry-On Suitcase

MVST makes some of the coolest aluminum luggage out there , and this stunning cabin case marries retro sensibilities with updated functionality to prove it. Though it bears the ultra-secure latch closure that makes checking a bag worry-free, its TSA-approved size ensures you may never have to. Pocketed panels split the Space Aluminum Suitcase at the midline to keep your things organized, whether laying it flat to rifle through your belongings or hefting it into the overhead bin.

Tumi Oxford 16-Inch Compact Wheeled Carry-On

Tumi Compact Wheeled Carry-On

The Tumi Oxford 16-Inch Compact Wheeled Carry-On is a quintessential choice for business travelers seeking both luxury and practicality. Designed to snugly fit under an airplane seat, this small carry-on is ideal for short trips where efficiency and accessibility are key. Its sophisticated design features a two-way, top-zip closure and a sleek, top carry handle, complemented by a five-stage telescoping handle. The exterior boasts a front straight-zip pocket, four recessed wheels for smooth mobility, and the unique TUMI Tracer luggage tag for added security.

Internally, the Tumi Oxford is a marvel of organization. It offers two spacious main compartments, seamlessly connected by a U-zip pocket, allowing for versatile packing options. The carry-on is equipped with a dedicated, lockable laptop compartment, fitting most 14″ laptops, and includes a built-in USB cable for on-the-go charging (power bank sold separately). Additional features like two media pockets, a card pocket, and a pen pocket cater to all your tech needs, making this carry-on not just a luggage piece, but a mobile office companion.

Hook & Albert Garment Luggage Carry-On

Garment Luggage Carry-On

Already featured in our men’s carry-on luggage piece, we truly believe this cabin-sized garment suitcase from Hook & Albert will make business travelers’ life a lot easier. Made of lightweight Ballistic nylon, with elegant top-grain leather details and a pair of smooth-gliding wheels, the bag is both stylish and easy to maneuver. It also comes with durable YKK zippers, a TSA-approved lock, and a front zip pocket for quick access to essentials.

Where the Garment Luggage Carry-On really stands out is in its brilliant design – a garment section designed to keep up to two suits wrinkle-free folds out into a suitcase shape, creating room for more clothes and accessories inside. Here, an adjustable compression system keeps everything neat and compact, helping you pack more into the available space.

Level 8 Pro Carry-On with Laptop Pocket 20”

Pro Carry-On With Laptop Pocket

With a beautiful, minimalist profile, the 20″ Pro Carry-On With Laptop Pocket from Level 8 perfectly marries functionality with design. Inside you’ll find panels and straps typical of a rolling carry-on, though it’s maximized internally by the innovative placement of the handle and wheels.

The real boon is the hard-shell front pocket: though it looks incredibly slim from the exterior, opening it reveals a finely crafted organizational dock for your laptop, phone, passport, and other small essentials. While the main compartment has a three-side zipper, the front pocket is equipped with a quick-open latch to help you breeze through security even faster.

Travelpro Maxlite 5 Softside Spinner

Travelpro Maxlite 5 Softside Spinner

Dynamic, ultra-lightweight, and affordable, the Maxlite 5 Softside Spinner from Travelpro is an ideal choice for both business and leisure travel. It has several smart features for the business traveler, such as organizational dividers in its front pocket. But if you occasionally jet off on vacation, it can expand 2 inches to give you extra room to tote home souvenirs. Bonus: it’s crafted from durable polyester canvas fabric that’s been weatherproofed to repel the elements.

Halfday Garment Duffel

Garment duffel for business travelers

For business travelers who make frequent short trips, the Halfday Garment Duffel can be a game changer if you’ve struggled to keep your jackets, pants, and gowns wrinkle-free in transit. It has an ingenious design wherein the walls of the integrated garment bag zip securely around end caps to create the main compartment of the duffel, giving you room for a Dopp kit, shoes, pajamas, and more. Bonus: it fits under most airline seats, so you’ll never have to worry about your suit getting crushed in the overhead bin or your dress getting wrinkled by baggage handlers.

Bric’s Bellagio Business 21″ Carry-On Spinner

Rolling trolley for business professionals

A fully functional rolling trolley for business professionals that still looks effortlessly elegant, the Bellagio Business 21″ Carry-On Spinner from Bric’s hits the mark with the well-heeled. Though it has a fracture-resistant polycarbonate shell, it’s trimmed in contrasting vegetable-tanned leather, adding a refined quality. Its hard-sided front pocket holds your laptop and other small tech, and zips closed with the same water-repellent, self-sealing zipper as the main compartment for added protection.

RIMOWA Cabin Twist

RIMOWA Cabin Twist

An updated version of their legacy flagship case, RIMOWA’s Cabin Twist has become a clear favorite from the already iconic line. Just like their original luggage, the shell is made from corrugated anodized aluminum. But this model has been updated for the 21st century with proprietary cushioned-axel wheels and the Flex Divider system that adjusts to your needs. The twist comes in the styling: the handles, locks, and seal are all wrapped in contrast premium leather, and it comes with a matching luggage tag.

Samsonite Spinner Underseater with USB Port

Spinner Underseater with USB Port

Compact, durable, and efficient, the Spinner Underseater with USB Port is the perfect choice for travelers craving comfort and convenience during their flight. It fits perfectly under the seat in front of you and is brimming with practical details that place it at the top of its category.

Its four multi-directional spinner wheels glide effortlessly across all surfaces, ensuring smooth transitions from the airport to the boardroom. The integrated USB port is a standout feature, providing convenient access to personal portable chargers (not included), keeping your devices powered up and business-ready.

Inside the Spinner Underseater, there’s an impressive level of organization. It features interior mesh pockets and dedicated laptop and tablet sleeves, ensuring your tech essentials are secure and easily accessible. The bag’s exterior is just as thoughtfully designed, with a zippered pocket featuring an organizational panel for smaller items, and an additional pocket for quick access needs. The SmartSleeve on the back allows for seamless stacking on larger luggage pieces, making it an ideal companion for the savvy, tech-oriented traveler.

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Best Business Travel Backpack: Professional And Functional

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At A Glance: Our Top 3 Business Backpacks

  • Best Budget Backpack AMBOR Travel Laptop Backpack Jump To Review
  • Best Business Backpack for Men Samsonite Kombi Large Business Backpack Jump To Review
  • Best High-End Backpack Briggs & Riley Work Large Laptop Backpack Jump To Review
  • BEST LUXURY BUSINESS BACKPACK TUMI - Alpha Bravo Search Laptop Backpack Jump To Review
  • best backpack for work & travel Samsonite Armage II Travel Backpack Jump To Review
  • Best For 17” Laptops Victorinox Architecture Urban Rath Slim Backpack Jump To Review

In this review, we will show you ten amazing packs for business travel, from the best budget options to some very expensive high-end bags.

You will find the ideal business travel backpack no matter whether you’re looking for an affordable bag or a luxurious backpack that will last you years. Just scroll down to see the backpacks we found.

Top Product Overview

Best business travel backpacks, ambor travel laptop backpack.

AMBOR 17.3inch Travel Laptop Backpack, 40L Flight Approved Carry-On Backpack for Men and Women,TSA Friendly Travel Backpack Business Anti-Theft Large Daypack Weekender Bag-Black

The Ambor travel backpack is a great budget-friendly option. It is under $50 and it’s a really good business backpack for the money. This bag has a total capacity of 40 liters , which is spread over multiple compartments and external pockets.

That’s a great capacity for a carry-on bag; in fact, it is as much as you would get in a traditional carry-on suitcase . But with the backpack, you have better organizational features, and that’s exactly why we prefer them for business travel.

This travel pack has a spacious front-loading main compartment that’s great for clothes. There’s a separate shoe compartment at the bottom of the bag, as well as a wet pocket in the front compartment. Additionally, the laptop compartment is located in the back, and it features TSA-friendly opening, with sleeves for a 17” laptop and a tablet inside.

The Ambor backpack is also super comfortable to wear, with thick padding and breathable mesh on the backpanel. The shoulder straps are also soft and comfortable, and they feature a convenient sternum strap for improved stability.

With a pair of compression straps on either side of the bag, you will be able to dictate the size of the laptop backpack. If you don’t fill it to capacity, you can make the backpack smaller in order to stabilize the load a bit better.

This pack also has some travel-friendly features. You can hide the shoulder straps behind the backpanel, so that it’s easier to store the backpack in the overhead compartment. And there’s a luggage strap in the back, allowing you to mount the backpack onto a bigger suitcase, for easy manoeuvring of multiple luggage pieces.

  • Very affordable
  • TSA friendly laptop compartment
  • Padded and ventilated backpanel
  • No hip belt
  • Does not look very classy

Product Information

  • Dimensions: 21” x 13” x 7”
  • Weight: 3.65 lbs (shipping weight)
  • Capacity: 40 liters

Samsonite Kombi Large Business Backpack

Samsonite Kombi Business Backpack, Black/Brown, 17.5 x 12 x 7-Inch

You can’t go wrong with a Samsonite bag, whether we’re talking about backpacks, suitcases, or briefcases. The Kombi backpack is one of their best backpacks for business travels, with a tough and durable exterior and a very spacious interior.

The exterior of the bag is made from durable ballistic nylon, which has excellent abrasion and tear resistance. Nylon is also water repellant without any additional coating, so it will protect the contents of the pack in light rain. There are also some genuine leather details on the pack, which make it look more sleek and professional.

The only thing I don’t like about this laptop backpack is that the laptop sleeve is inside the main compartment, meaning that it is not TSA-friendly. But, at least the main compartment features a lot of smaller slip pockets, so it should be pretty easy to stay organized.

There are three extra compartments on the front of the pack, one of which is equipped with a tablet sleeve and an organizer panel. And there are zippered pockets on the side of the backpack, for all those smaller items you want to have easily accessible.

Additionally, this is also a great business backpack in terms of carrying comfort. The backpanel and shoulder straps are both padded and covered with breathable mesh, for excellent ventilation . The shoulder straps are even ergonomic, for an exceptionally comfortable fit on your body. There’s also a handy luggage strap in the back, which allows you to mount the Kombi backpack on top of a suitcase.

It is also important to note that the Kombi backpack is available in smaller sizes as well. But only this one can fit 15.6” laptops – the other packs can fit only smaller devices, and no Kombi backpacks are big enough for 17” computers.

  • Excellent organizational features
  • Padded and ventilated back system
  • Luggage strap
  • Laptop compartment not TSA friendly
  • Does not fit 17” computers
  • Dimensions: 17.5” x 12” x 7”
  • Weight: 2.5 lbs
  • Capacity: Not specified

Briggs & Riley Work Large Laptop Backpack

Briggs & Riley @Work Large Cargo Backpack, Black

Briggs & Riley is one of the best high-end luggage brands out there. They are actually the brand behind one of my favorite business travel suitcases , which has some mind-blowing innovative features. And this travel backpack is pretty amazing as well, with lots of features that are going to make your life a whole lot easier.

For one, this work travel backpack is made from 1600D ballistic nylon with sturdy YKK zippers , so it’s virtually indestructible. If you don’t make a conscious effort to tear it into pieces, you should be able to wear this business backpack for years and years.

It’s also pretty amazing that the travel backpack has a lot of different compartments and pockets for easy organization. There’s the main storage area, the padded 17” laptop compartment that is almost TSA friendly, three zippered pockets on the front, one on the top, and two on the sides.

Plus, all of the front pockets are equipped with internal organizers, so there’s plenty of space for all those smaller accessories.

It’s also important to mention that the backpack has an RFID safe pocket , as well as a luggage tag. And you can actually fit it under airplane seats, which is pretty amazing.

This is also a very comfortable business backpack, with thick padding in the backpanel and shoulder straps. And the bottom of the backpanel actually doubles as a luggage sleeve, allowing you to secure the backpack to a larger suitcase.

If it weren’t for the hefty price tag, this would be my favorite backpack out of the bunch. But it’s aimed at a very specific audience – if you’re a modern professional with an affinity for luxurious items, this is the best travel backpack for you.

  • Very durable construction
  • Fits 17” laptops
  • Excellent organization features
  • No hip belt or sternum strap
  • Dimensions: 18” x 13.5” x 8”
  • Weight: 2.6 lbs
  • Capacity: 27.3 ilters

TUMI - Alpha Bravo Search Laptop Backpack

TUMI - Alpha Bravo Tyndall Utility Laptop Backpack - 15 Inch Computer Bag for Men and Women - Black

In case you want a luxury business backpack for travel, the Alpha Bravo Search by Tumi is one of the top options for you. It’s an excellent high-end backpack with some amazing features that will make your travels more enjoyable, but it comes with a hefty price tag.

The Tyndall Utility backpack is made from ballistic nylon , which is a very durable material. It has great water resistance without any additional coating, as well as excellent tear and abrasion resistance.

On top of being incredibly durable, this backpack is also extremely functional. It has a spacious laptop compartment that’s not entirely TSA-friendly, but it opens at the back at an angle separate from the rest of the bag. There are sleeves for a 15” laptop and a standard tablet inside, with lots of thick padding for excellent protection of your expensive electronics. Plus, there is even a slot on top near the handle for your phone!

And there’s lots more to like about this business backpack. The main storage area is top-loading, and it can fit enough clothes for a weekend away. The bottom front pocket is equipped with an organizer panel and a key clip, while one of the side pockets boasts a waterproof lining.

You will also love how comfortable the Tumi Search pack is. With thick padding and breathable mesh all over the back system, it will keep you dry and comfy wherever you go. It doesn’t come with a chest strap, but there are points where you can attach one.

This brings me to my final point – the incredible versatility of this bag. Tumi’s entire Alpha Bravo collection is primarily designed for travelers, but this backpack is suitable for much more and not just because of the insanely rugged exterior.

It’s actually because the pack has multiple different attachment points (D-rings and webbing straps) – versatile features we usually see on outdoor backpacks, and not fancy business travel bags.

  • Extremely durable and rugged
  • Versatile design
  • Very comfortable back system
  • Dimensions: 17” x 14” x 8.3”
  • Weight: 3.3 lbs

Samsonite Armage II Travel Backpack

The Samsonite Armage II Travel backpack is the perfect combination between business and travel. It has a roomy front-loading main compartment for all your clothing for a short business trip. And there is a dedicated, padded laptop pocket on the back for quick access at security. Your phone and sunglasses also have specific spots too!

Samsonite has added lots of thoughtful features to make life on the road so much easier. Using their trademarked StackIt™ Strap, you can easily throw this business backpack on top of your other luggage.

There is a 3-1-1 TSA-friendly wet pack for your wet or used clothing – so if you hit the gym on your trip, you don’t have to worry about everything smelling when you get home. Same for your tech accessories – they have a dedicated pouch so you can just remove it and get set up for that meeting in minutes!

The laptop pocket features two padded sleeves – one is suitable for computers up to 15.6”, and the other one will fit most tablets. And there is another useful organizational pocket right at the front.

The materials Samsonite have chosen for this professional travel backpack are premium with reinforced areas where they are needed and quality YKK zippers all around. And inside, it feels nice and soft, protecting your gear – with the fact that the materials are recycled ensuring you feel good about it too!

This is also a great backpack in terms of carrying comfort. The back panel and shoulder straps are both well-padded and covered with breathable mesh for excellent ventilation.  You don’t get a hip belt, but that’s not a big downside since this isn’t a very large bag.

  • Laptop & tablet compartment
  • Hidden pocket on backpanel
  • Wet pack & tech pack removable
  • Not suitable for 17” laptops
  • Dimensions: 18.75" x 14" x 9"
  • Weight: 2.98 lbs
  • Laptop Size: 15.6 inches

Victorinox Architecture Urban Rath Slim Backpack

Victorinox Architecture Urban 2.0 Deluxe Backpack in Gray

The Victorinox Urban Rath backpack is a good mid-range option for people who want a versatile travel backpack. It is carry-on sized with lots of travel-friendly features, but it is also just a really good laptop backpack in general. And it is also a really good everyday/work backpack, thanks to the versatile design.

This travel bag has two large compartments and five smaller zippered pockets on the exterior. The main storage area is top-loading, and it is very roomy with a large open pocket inside. You can easily fit a tablet in this pocket, while your laptop is safely tucked away in the dedicated compartment in the back.

Oh, and this backpack can fit even the bulkiest 17” devices, so it’s a great option if you usually struggle to find a bag that’s big enough for your computer. It’s not entirely TSA-friendly, but it will still help you get through checkpoints a little faster.

The Urban Rath pack also features an organizer panel in the bottom front compartment, with a key clip and enough open pockets for all your smaller must-haves. And the zippered pocket on the top of the business backpack features a waterproof zipper, so it’s the best spot for the valuable things you want to keep protected from the elements.

The backpanel features thick padding and parts of it are covered with breathable mesh for great ventilation. The only part of the backpanel that’s not covered with mesh is the luggage strap, and that’s fine.

Additionally, the shoulder straps are stowable, which is a convenient travel-friendly feature. It makes it a bit easier to store the backpack in an overhead compartment and it ensures that the straps won’t accidentally get caught on anything.

  • Waterproof top pocket
  • No hip belt or chest strap
  • Dimensions: 7.12 x 13.4” x 18.1”
  • Weight: 3.2 lbs
  • Capacity: 28 liters

Kenneth Cole Reaction Business Travel Backpack

Kenneth Cole Reaction ProTec Travel Computer Bag, Black Commuter, 17' Laptop Backpack

If you want a professional business backpack that looks luxurious, the Kenneth Cole Reaction travel backpack is a great choice for you. It is made from full-grain Colombian leather , and it looks a lot more expensive than it actually is! And the interior of the backpack is lined with tear-resistant polyester, and it should hold up pretty well even with frequent travel.

This laptop backpack for business features a TSA-friendly laptop compartment that can fit computers up to 16”. And it has three zippered pockets inside, so you will be able to store all of your must-have laptop accessories here as well.

In addition to that, the laptop backpack has a very spacious main compartment with three pockets inside. There’s lots of room for clothes here, and one of the pockets can easily fit a standard 9.7” tablet. This pack also features a front compartment with an organizer panel and a key clip, as well as a small zippered pocket on the top.

The back panel features three padded inserts that are covered with breathable mesh, for excellent carrying comfort. The bottom inserts also double as a trolley sleeve, But you won’t get a chest strap or a hip belt, so it might not be the comfiest business backpack to wear when it is filled to capacity.

The Kenneth Cole Reaction travel backpack is a really good bag, but it is far from perfect. It does not have any side pockets, meaning there’s no space for a water bottle. Also, the exterior of the bag is very high maintenance, and you will need to equip yourself with products for leather care if you want to keep the bag looking shiny and new.

  • Sleek and professional exterior
  • TSA friendly laptop compartments
  • Luggage strap in the back
  • High maintenance exterior
  • No sternum strap or hip belt
  • No side pockets
  • Dimensions: 16.25” x 12.5” x 4.5” 
  • Weight: 3.4 lbs
  • Laptop Size: 16"

Bopai Business Travel Backpack

BOPai Business Smart 15.6 Inch Laptop Backpack Convertible Expandable Anti-Theft USB Charging Multi-Functional Travel Friendly Men

The Bopai backpack is another really good option for people who prefer sleek and simple-looking backpacks. Its exterior is made from waterproof microfiber leather and ballistic nylon, which will protect the contents of the bag in light rain.

This business backpack has a dedicated laptop compartment for 15.6” devices in the back that also opens up completely – aka TSA-friendly. It also has a spacious main compartment that opens up with an organisational panel on the front. On top of all that, the capacity of the bag is expandable , and you can get 40% more space with the expansion zipper.

The Bopai is a great business laptop backpack overall, but there are some things that could be improved. There’s breathable mesh on the back panel, so the ventilation is going to help on those hot days. But there is thick foam, so at least it’s going to feel very comfortable against your body. And the straps actually are covered with breathable mesh, so the front of your torso will stay dry and cool.

They have added a hidden pocket on the back panel, to stash your passport or credit cards securely. And one on the strap for easy use during bus rides or shopping trips. There’s a luggage strap in the back, which lets you attach it to your suitcase handle for easy maneuvering with multiple luggage pieces.

There are so many handy features on this pack for business travel like a USB port on the outside, specific space for an iPad, a side opening zipper on the front for easy access and more.

  • Expandable capacity
  • Hidden secure pockets
  • Padded laptop pocket
  • Backpanel not ventilated
  • Dimensions: 17.8” x 11.5” x 6.3”
  • Weight: 2 lbs
  • Capacity: 23 liters
  • Laptop size: 15.6 inches

Kroser Laptop Travel Backpack

KROSER Laptop Backpack Large Computer Backpack Fits up to 17.3 Inch Laptop with USB Charging Port Water-Repellent Casual Daypack for Travel/Business/College/Women/Men-Grey

The Kroser travel backpack is a great option if you want something affordable and filled with features. This work laptop backpack is stylish on the outside and has everything you need.

This laptop bag features three spacious compartments, all of which have their own use. The front one is great for the smaller technical stuff. The main compartment is roomy for your clothes, camera, papers and books.

The laptop pocket has a padded sleeve for a 17″ computer and a tablet, but it is not entirely TSA-friendly. It doesn’t open up 180 degrees and your laptop won’t be fully visible, but it’s still going to help you get through those TSA checkpoints a lot quicker.

The shoulder straps and back panel are padded, so it’s comfy enough to carry. And it looks great too with a modern gray plus brown leather accents in all the right places.

They have also thrown in a USB port on the outside for quick charging. Although, you will need your own battery on the inside to connect it to. Which makes sense in this price category!

All in all, I found this professional laptop travel backpack to tick all the boxes and for the price to be something of a bargain.

  • Dedicated electronics compartment
  • Stowable straps
  • A little heavy
  • Dimensions: 18.5" x 13.3" x 7.8"
  • Weight: 2.64 lbs
  • Laptop Size: 17.3 inches

Ytonet Rolling Laptop Backpack

Ytonet Laptop Backpack for Women, 15.6 Inch Travel Work Bag with RFID USB Port, Wide Open Anti-Theft Large Nurse Teacher College School Bookbag, Water Resistant Business Computer Backpack Purse, Grey

Have you thought about getting a wheeled backpack? They are a great option if you don’t want to wear the backpack at all, but they are a bit less convenient for travel. The Ytonet rolling backpack features two in-line skate wheels and a telescopic wheel handle, and it’s still carry-on size.

This is a great option if your carry-on is usually very heavy. You can hide the shoulder straps so they won’t get in the way when you’re rolling the business backpack, which is really convenient. And there is a cover for the wheels  so that your clothes don’t get dirty when you’re actually wearing the backpack.

The Ytonet wheeled bag has a very spacious compartment, with internal sleeves for a laptop and tablet. It’s great that you can fit a lot of clothes in the compartment, but I’m not impressed by the fact that the laptop is supposed to be stored there. It means that the laptop backpack is pretty far from being TSA-friendly, but at least it’s pretty easy to get the device out quickly.

And you do get lots of smaller pockets, for all the other stuff you want to keep organized. The front compartment actually features an organizer panel with a key clip, and there are two other zippered pockets on the pack’s front panel. You also have two stretchy water bottle pockets on the sides, as well as a zippered compartment for the retractable wheel handle.

Let’s stay on that handle for a minute – it is made from aluminum, so it is very durable and lightweight . And this pack is actually really light for a wheeled bag; it’s about 1lb heavier than most other bags features here – pretty impressive considering this thing has wheels and a telescopic handle.

  • Wheels can be covered
  • Aluminum wheel handle
  • Organizer panel in front compartment
  • Laptop sleeve is inside main compartment
  • Dimensions: 13“ x 18” x 9” 
  • Weight: 4.8 lbs

Business Travel Backpack Comparison Table

What to look for, materials and durability.

It is important to know what materials your laptop backpack is made from, in order to know how to take care of them. And so you know what to expect from your backpack, in terms of durability and performance.

Nylon is usually the best material, especially if it is very high density. It is tear and abrasion-resistant, and it has decent water repellant features even without any additional coating. On top of that, nylon is really easy to clean , and you won’t have to spend hours polishing your business backpack.

The same can’t be said for leather business backpacks , which you saw a few of in this review. Especially full-grain leather business backpacks – you will need to apply some oil to those every now and then, and be very careful where you put them down.

Be gentle with leather backpacks, and try not to expose them to the elements too much. While they usually have pretty good water resistance, too much water could damage the appearance of the leather.

Polyester is another sturdy material, but it’s not quite as durable as nylon. Also, polyester doesn’t have the best water resistance , so you might want to get yourself a rain cover if you wind up buying a polyester travel backpack.

Laptop Compartment Size

The best business travel backpacks have either a TSA-friendly laptop compartment , or one that is entirely separate from the main compartment. Both options are acceptable, as they will help you get through TSA checkpoints quicker and without having to take everything out of your bag.

But, if you want to be super-efficient, then get a pack with a TSA-friendly laptop compartment. These bags usually feature a computer compartment in the back that unzips and lies entirely flat when open. The laptop is exposed, and you don’t even have to take it out of the dedicated sleeve when going through TSA checkpoints.

However, it is even more important than the laptop pocket can actually fit your computer. That’s not going to be an issue if you have a 13” device, or even a classic 15.6” one – all of the packs featured in this review can fit those devices.

But not all of them can fit 17” laptops, and if you own one of those you should be very careful which backpack you buy. Check out the size of the laptop pocket, and cross-reference the dimensions against your computer. Especially if your device is one of the bulkier ones.

Travel-Friendly Features

We’re talking about backpacks for business travel here, so it’s pretty important that they have at least some travel-friendly features. The most important one to look for is a TSA-friendly laptop compartment – this will save you a lot of time if you travel often, and it’s a must for frequent flyers.

Additionally, you should also look for backpacks that have a luggage strap, especially if you usually travel with multiple pieces of luggage. A luggage strap lets you mount the backpack on top of a bigger suitcase, so it’s much easier to move around with multiple bags.

But it’s by no means a must-have feature or something that you can’t live without, particularly if you’re used to traveling with just a carry-on.

Another thing you should look for is a front-loading main compartment, but only if you just want to use the backpack for business travel. Front-loading backpacks make packing a lot easier, but they also make the backpack a lot less versatile. So, if you solely want a carry-on bag, it’s a good idea to pick up one with a front-loading main compartment.

But if you don’t want a bag with features that are so limited, then go for one of the more versatile backpacks I showed you. Look for features like compression straps, attachment points, and lots of different extremal pockets – those pretty much define versatile backpacks that are suitable for (almost) any adventure you can imagine.

Pricing And Value

I’ve included business backpacks that cost anywhere from $30 to $600+, so there should be something for everyone’s budget. If you can’t afford to spend too much money on a business travel backpack, look for bags that are labeled as affordable in the pros boxes.

These are usually really good bags that you’ll be able to use for a couple of years at least if you take good care of them. They’re not always perfect bags, but you can’t really expect perfection at $30-40.

The pricier bags featured here are best for people who can afford them without doing too much damage to their wallets. They are better in terms of materials, durability, and comfort, but you’re still paying a lot of money just for the logo. And honestly, none of the expensive bags is more than ten times better than the average $50 one.

This is fine if you’re a seasoned business traveler, and you want people to be aware of that. Pick up one of the high-end travel backpacks featured here for a premium and luxurious experience, coupled with an abundance of travel-friendly features that will make your life a whole lot easier.

Best Business Backpacks For Travel: Our Top Choices

Having a hard time picking just one of these awesome business travel backpacks? Then just go with one of our top three options, depending on your budget!

The best affordable business backpack for business travel is the Ambor laptop backpack . It has a laptop compartment that can fit 17″ devices, as well as a really spacious front-loading main compartment. The total capacity of this bag is about 40 liters, which is as much as you get in a carry-on suitcase.

But with this business backpack, you have the benefit of multiple internal and external pockets and compartments, for effortless organization. And you’ll be really comfortable while you’re wearing the bag, thanks to the thick padding and breathable mesh on the backpanel.

If you can afford to splurge a little, go with the Victorinox Urban Rath backpack . This mid-range option is great for most people, due to the 17″ laptop compartment, comfortable back system, and a variety of internal and external pockets.

One of the bigger compartments features an organizer panel with a key clip, for all those smaller items you want to have easily accessible. And there’s even a pocket that is entirely waterproof, as well as a hidden security pocket in the back.

In case you want to spoil yourself, I’d recommend getting the Briggs & Riley business travel backpack . It’s not even the most expensive bag featured in this review, but it definitely is one of the top three options. This bag is made from some really tough nylon, it has a padded and ventilated back system and it will fit under airplane seats.

The laptop compartment can fit 17″ computers, while the main compartment features ample space for your clothes, as well as some slip pockets for those smaller items.

  • Cargo Backpack: This highly mobile backpack features the ultimate laptop and tablet protection plus a place for all your files in an intelligent, lightweight design. Fits most 15.6" laptops
  • Durable Construction: Made with ballistic nylon outer fabric that resists wear, moisture, dirt and abrasion. Includes an array of pockets, elastic pen loops, slips for headphones, airpods, USB cables and an anti RFID pocket for microchipped assets

Head over to Amazon to see the prices of all these awesome business backpacks. And check out our related posts if you want to look at some other options first!



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Best Laptop Bags For Business Travel

Today most people have some type of computer, but those who travel or move a lot usually buy a laptop, because it is so compact and portable. However, when a laptop is moved or traveled with, it is exposed to the environment, where it can be hurt by humidity or impact. To protect it from theft, environment and other hazards, people buy a laptop bag.

Best laptop bags for business travel

Even the most robust computer is vulnerable to damage, and you can expect to drop it a few times while traveling. So, to protect your laptop during travel, you need a laptop bag.

These come in many types and sizes, but all are usually a simple case with a zipper on one side, that you stuff your laptop into. We will review the reasons for buying one and explain what to look for in a good laptop bag.

Why do you need one?

best laptop bags for business travel

You need a laptop bag to protect your computer from the environment. There are many things that can cause fatal damage to a laptop, and the first and foremost is impact. Dropping a computer, especially if it is working at that time, is usually fatal, if the blow is not cushioned by anything. Therefore, laptop bags always have a layer of soft, absorbing material that deforms in order to take all the damage onto itself. This means your computer will only experience a light shock if you drop or hit it.

What must you know before buying?

The diagonal is the most important qualifier here, because it is what decides if the bag fits. The bag should have the same diagonal as your computer in order to fit snugly and leave no space for it to slide around.

However, in some cases people prefer to get a bigger bag than usually. This is because some extra space is good. First, it can be used to store some small objects, such as a mobile internet dongle or a computer mouse. Secondly, an extra inch of sliding space gives your computer better cushioning when it hits something.

Usually a laptop bag has many different compartments, where you can put things related to the laptop, such as USBs, computer mice and wireless dongles. This makes life easier, because you will have all your necessities in one place. And if you prefer to carry everything in one bag, then you may invest in a more spacious model. There are bags on the market that will fit not just your laptop, but also a wide variety of other things, like books or files.

The bag can be made of different materials, and most have a cloth or synthetic fabric outside. Then there is the inner layer that contains all the padding and cushioning. Here you can find different kinds of padding, from gel to foam, and it is your choice – each has its own advantages.

Brands like ASUS make very reliable laptop backpacks, and you should try to buy from reliable brands. However, it is not always possible to afford brandy items, so you might have to buy from a less fancy but still reliable brand.

While some laptop bags are very simple and consist of simply a cloth bag with padding, other models carry on a strap, and yet others on a backpack mechanism. The mode you choose depends on how you are going to transport the notebook. If it will just be part of your luggage and you do not intend on carrying the laptop around with you, then all you need is a protective case.

However, if you travel often and take your laptop everywhere you go, then a more portable model is useful. Then, try to find a daypack-like model that will be easier to carry on your back.

Some models are additionally waterproof, and this will be very helpful if you are traveling in a wet or rainy environment. Most waterproof models have only one waterproof pocket for your notebook, and the rest of the compartments are not protected.

Many carry bags have some sort of padding for more comfortable carry. This padding is supposed to help you carry the bag for extended time without causing you any discomfort or muscle strain. Others, more cleverly-built models will also have ventilated pads, so that your back and shoulders will not get overheated.

Now that we have covered the qualifiers for a good laptop bag, let’s review the best models on the market.

1. Targus TBT053US


Targus TBT053US

This is a light and at the same time, pretty sturdy case for a 16-inch laptop. The bag is equipped with a storage compartment for a laptop and also has many smaller side pockets for pens, USBs and other small objects.

There is a separate wide section intended for files or papers. It is located next to the laptop compartment.

The whole bag is padded with foam, so it will keep your computer from receiving impact damage. The smaller compartment that is supposed to hold a smartphone or tablet, is also padded, and will offer good protection too.

The shoulder strap makes it much more comfortable to carry.

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2. Mobile Edge ECO Messenger Bag


Mobile Edge ECO Messenger Bag

The exterior of this bag is made of natural cotton cloth. The canvas bag has a dedicated compartment for the notebook and also many other pockets for other purposes.

The shoulder strap is padded with soft foam, making it exceptionally comfortable to carry. The large pad prevents abrasion and strain on the shoulder, allowing you to carry it for a long time without experiencing discomfort.

The back pocket is fairly large and many useful things will fit in it, from pens to a smartphone. There is also a removable holder for ID cards.

The molded fastening clips keep everything in its place. The bag fits laptops up to 17.3 inches in diagonal.

3. ASUS Republic of Gamers Nomad v2


ASUS Republic of Gamers Nomad v2

The design is the most interesting point here, because it is what sets this model apart from the rest. It is recommended for travel too, because of how sturdy and tough it is.

The model is also praised for being very comfortable to travel with. The suspension system works to both protect the notebook from sudden jolts and also makes it easier on your back to carry.

The back and the straps are both padded with a well-ventilated material that prevents you from feeling overheated and sweaty. This too adds to the comfort factor.

The model is very light, and at the same time it is pretty sturdy. The main part of the body is made of 1680D nylon that is as tough as military grade ballistic fiber. It is also water-resistant and will hold up in rain, keeping your laptop dry.

This one is intended for laptops with a diagonal up to 17 inches and with a large thickness.

4. AmazonBasics 15.6-Inch Laptop Bag


AmazonBasics 15.6-Inch Laptop Bag

This is a slim and minimalistic case designed for 15.6 inch laptops. It has nothing extra and consists of a simple carry bag with a carry handle and a shoulder strap. The shoulder strap has a wide and soft pad that reduces pressure and strain on your shoulder.

The model has a few pockets for the necessary things everybody carries – pens, a smartphone and a mouse for the laptop. All of this can be safely stored with the notebook inside the padded case.

The tough nylon material is not just sturdy and resilient, it is also resistant to water, which rolls off of it. This will help you if it is raining – your laptop will not get wet.

5. Peak Design 15″ Everyday Messenger


Peak Design 15" Everyday Messenger

This is a stylish, simple-looking bag with space for a 15-inch laptop and many other things. There is space here for a camera and a few other things.

The bag is interesting in that it is totally waterproof and is very protective – the thick and resilient fabric is resistant to any kind of damage and will keep both the notebook and all the associated items safe and dry.

The bag is carried on a shoulder strap that is padded and does not cause any kind of discomfort or straining.

The maximal volume is 18 liters, so this is a fairly large and spacious model.

The top closes with a magnet lock system, which many reviewers praised highly.

The bag ships with a lifetime warranty, which guarantees it will last awhile.

6. Fuel Two Tone Messenger


Fuel Two Tone Messenger

The bag has a large zippered pocket for a 15-inch laptop. The smaller zippered pockets on the front are meant for storing a tablet or smartphone.

The mesh pocket on the outside of the bag helps with storing things quickly, and you will be able to simply drop some small item in there to have it quickly available.

The case can be carried with the handle at the top or with the long shoulder strap

A laptop bag is a useful investment if you travel a lot and take your laptop with you. It will help you prevent damage to your computer and possible loss of work and information.

As these bags come in all prices, from affordable minimalist models to elite and pricey backpacks, you will have many choices to pick from. Depending on the kind of travel you will be doing, you can pick a model with a strap or without one.

But overall, a bag like this is an excellent investment, especially today, when virtually anyone has a laptop of some sort.

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Best Laptop Backpack for Traveling in 2024

T raveling can be both exciting and stressful, and having the right gear can make all the difference. One essential item for any traveler is a reliable laptop backpack. Whether you’re on a business trip or a backpacking adventure, a laptop can keep you connected, entertained, and productive.

When it comes to choosing the best laptop backpack for traveling , there are several factors to consider. First and foremost, portability is key. You’ll want a laptop that is lightweight and compact enough to fit in your backpack or carry-on luggage without weighing you down. Battery life is also crucial, as you may not always have access to a power outlet while on the go.

Another important factor to consider is durability. Traveling can be rough on electronics, so you’ll want a laptop that can withstand bumps, drops, and spills.

After researching and testing various options, we’ve identified the best laptop backpacks for traveling. These backpacks offer a balance of portability, durability, and performance, making them ideal for anyone on the move.

Best Laptop Backpack for Traveling

If you’re always on the go and need a reliable laptop that can keep up with your lifestyle, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve scoured the market to find the best laptop backpack for traveling, taking into consideration factors such as portability, comfort and performance. Whether you’re a digital nomad or simply someone who wants a laptop and backpack that can handle life on the road, we’ve got you covered. Check out our top picks below.

VGOAL Laptop Backpack 13.3 inch with TSA Lock and USB Charging Flight Approved Carry on Business Backpack Anti Theft Traveling Backpack Water Resistant College Rucksack Computer Bag for Men and Women 13.3 INCH Dark Grey

If you want a backpack that can keep your belongings organized and safe while you’re on the go, the VGOAL Laptop Backpack is a great option.

  • The backpack has a large capacity and multiple compartments, making it perfect for carrying all of your essentials.
  • The backpack’s design allows it to open freely, making it easy to access your belongings.
  • The backpack is comfortable to wear, thanks to its padded back panel and adjustable shoulder straps.
  • Some users have reported that the backpack is a bit heavy, even when it’s empty.
  • The backpack’s zippers can be a bit difficult to use at times.
  • The backpack’s USB charging port requires a power bank, which is not included with the backpack.

The backpack has a large capacity and multiple compartments, making it perfect for carrying all of your essentials. Additionally, the backpack’s design allows it to open freely, making it easy to access your belongings. Finally, the backpack is comfortable to wear, thanks to its padded back panel and adjustable shoulder straps.

However, there are a few downsides to the backpack. Some users have reported that the backpack is a bit heavy, even when it’s empty. Additionally, the backpack’s zippers can be a bit difficult to use at times. Finally, the backpack’s USB charging port requires a power bank, which is not included with the backpack.

Overall, if you’re in the market for a backpack that can keep your belongings safe and organized while you’re on the go, the VGOAL Laptop Backpack is definitely worth considering.

LIGHT FLIGHT Travel Laptop Backpack

If you are in search of a backpack that is perfect for traveling , then the LIGHT FLIGHT Travel Laptop Backpack is the perfect choice for you.

  • The separate laptop compartment fits up to 17.3” laptop.
  • Large main compartment roomy for daily necessities.
  • Convenient pockets to keep small items organized.
  • The bag is not suitable for heavy loads.
  • The material is not very durable.
  • The bag is not very comfortable for long periods of time.

This backpack is perfect for those who are always on the go. The separate laptop compartment is great for keeping your laptop safe and secure. The large main compartment is perfect for storing all your daily necessities such as A4 folders, magazines, tablet, chargers, power bank, and clothes. The front zippered pocket of the backpack allows you to put your small items in an organized manner. The backside hidden pocket is perfect for keeping your phone or other valuable items. The side pockets are great for carrying a water bottle or umbrella.

The backpack also features a side pocket’s hole to charge your phone, so you don’t need to take the portable charger all the time . The mesh padded shoulder straps relieve the pressure on shoulders to provide wear comfortability. The back luggage strap of the bag is easy to transport. Its simplistic, stylish look makes it as a bookbag, laptop backpack, work backpack, travel backpack, college backpack as well as backpack.

In conclusion, the LIGHT FLIGHT Travel Laptop Backpack is a great choice for anyone who is looking for a backpack that is perfect for traveling. It is spacious, stylish, and convenient, making it a must-have for anyone who is always on the go.

Suratio Laptop Backpack

If you’re looking for a lightweight and spacious backpack that can be used for traveling, then the Suratio Laptop Backpack may be worth considering.

  • The backpack is made of good-quality material that is durable, easy to clean, and waterproof.
  • It has a large capacity and can hold a 14-inch laptop, as well as other important items such as ID cards, umbrellas, and water bottles.
  • The backpack is comfortable to wear, thanks to its built-in cushioned shoulder straps, and it also has a luggage strap on the back that can be fixed on the lever of a suitcase for easy carrying when traveling.
  • The backpack only has one USB port for connecting to a charging cable, which may not be enough for some users who need to charge multiple devices at once.
  • The backpack may not be suitable for heavy-duty use, as it may not be able to withstand rough handling or extreme weather conditions.
  • The backpack may not be very stylish or fashionable, as it has a simple and basic design that may not appeal to everyone.

Overall, the Suratio Laptop Backpack is a decent option for those who need a lightweight and spacious backpack for traveling, college studies, business trips, outings, outdoor activities, and daily use. It may not be the most advanced or high-end backpack on the market, but it offers good value for its price and can be a reliable and convenient companion for your travels.

WONHOX Travel Carry On Backpack

If you’re looking for a reliable and spacious backpack for your travels, the WONHOX Travel Carry On Backpack is a great option.

  • With its large capacity, you can easily pack 3-5 days’ worth of clothing, documents, a 14 inch laptop, and A4-sized files in the main compartment.
  • The built-in USB port allows for seamless smartphone charging on the go, making it ideal for business trips, travel, and everyday use.
  • The backpack features specialized pockets engineered to prevent any liquid leaks, ensuring the safe storage of damp clothing and toiletries without any concerns about them affecting important documents or laptops.
  • The zippers may feel a bit flimsy and fragile.
  • The side pocket can only fit a small water bottle.
  • The shoe compartment may not be spacious enough for larger shoe sizes.

The WONHOX Travel Carry On Backpack is designed with an abundance of pockets both inside and outside, offering exceptional storage options for your belongings. The separate shoe compartment with ventilation holes ensures that your shoes are stored securely and away from the rest of your belongings, maintaining cleanliness and freshness throughout your journey.

The backpack’s ergonomic design and breathable backpad ensure good ventilation, preventing excessive sweating and maintaining a comfortable state, making it perfect for everyday use as well as travel and outdoor activities.

Overall, if you’re looking for a spacious and functional backpack for your travels, the WONHOX Travel Carry On Backpack is definitely worth considering.

ProElife 15-Inch Laptop Sleeve Case

If you are looking for a simple and lightweight sleeve case to protect your 2023 MacBook Air 15.3 inch (with M2 Chip, model: A2941) during traveling, this ProElife sleeve case is a good option.

  • Water-resistant outer layer and middle cushioning pad provide good protection against dust, dirt, scratch, bump, rainwater and splashing liquid.
  • Compact and fashion design makes it easy to carry on your hand and slide into backpack.
  • Extra attached pocket for small accessories such as stylus, mobile phone, mouse, charger cable.
  • Limited padding in the borders all around, so it may not provide enough protection if you drop your laptop.
  • Not suitable for heavy lifting or taking chances with your laptop.
  • May wrinkle easily and not provide much protection.

This sleeve case has a water-resistant outer layer, soft-touch suede interior, and middle cushioning pad to protect your laptop from damage. It is lightweight, anti-fingerprint, scratch-resistant, and water-resistant. The extra pouch is perfect for storing small accessories. However, the sleeve case may not provide enough protection if you drop your laptop, so it is best used for ordinary protection.

ANKUER Laptop Backpacks for Men, Travel Backpack with USB Fits Up 15.6 inch Laptop Backpacks for College Bookbags Gray

If you’re looking for a durable and spacious backpack for your travels, then the ANKUER Laptop Backpack is the perfect choice for you.

  • The backpack has a large capacity with 14 pockets, making it easy to organize your belongings.
  • The USB charging port design allows you to connect with your own power, making it a convenient option for travelers.
  • The backpack is made of high-quality durable and water-resistant fabric, ensuring that your belongings stay safe and dry.
  • The backpack is not intended for use by children 12 and under.
  • The charging port only offers an easy access to charge, but it doesn’t power itself, so you need to carry a power bank.
  • The backpack seems smaller than advertised when it comes to the laptop compartment.

The ANKUER Laptop Backpack is a functional and safe option for anyone looking for a backpack for their travels . With its spacious design and multiple pockets, it’s easy to organize your belongings and keep them safe. The USB charging port design is a convenient feature that allows you to connect with your own power. The backpack is made of high-quality durable and water-resistant fabric, ensuring that your belongings stay safe and dry.

The backpack is also comfortable to wear, thanks to its adjustable shoulder straps and the airflow back make with comfortable and breathable sponge mesh design, relieve the stress of your shoulder and back. The soft multi-panel ventilated padding gives you maximum back support and breathable. A comfortable sturdy foam-padded top handle is for a long time carry on.

Overall, the ANKUER Laptop Backpack is a practical and durable option for anyone looking for a backpack for their travels. It’s a perfect present for women, men, friends, traveler, and business.

LOVEVOOK Laptop Backpack

If you’re looking for a backpack that can fit your 15.6″ laptop and all your travel essentials , the LOVEVOOK Laptop Backpack is a great option.

  • The backpack has a large capacity with 6 compartments and over 20 pockets, making it easy to organize your personal belongings.
  • It’s a stylish and fashionable backpack that’s perfect for work, travel, and daily use.
  • The luggage strap allows you to slide the backpack through the luggage tube, freeing your hands and making your journey easier.
  • The backpack can be heavy when fully loaded.
  • Some of the pockets may be too small for larger items.
  • The zippers can be difficult to open and close.

The LOVEVOOK Laptop Backpack is a great choice for those who need a backpack that can fit their laptop and other travel essentials . With its large capacity and multiple compartments, it’s easy to keep your belongings organized. The backpack is also stylish and fashionable, making it a great option for work, travel, and daily use.

One of the best features of the LOVEVOOK Laptop Backpack is the luggage strap, which allows you to slide the backpack through the luggage tube. This frees up your hands and makes your journey easier. The backpack also has a USB charger port, which is a convenient way to charge your electronic devices when you’re on the go.

However, the LOVEVOOK Laptop Backpack can be heavy when fully loaded, so it may not be the best choice for those who need to carry a lot of items. Some of the pockets may also be too small for larger items, so you may need to be creative with your packing. Finally, the zippers can be difficult to open and close, which can be frustrating when you’re in a hurry.

Overall, if you’re looking for a stylish and functional backpack that can fit your laptop and other travel essentials, the LOVEVOOK Laptop Backpack is a great choice.

Buying Guide

When choosing a laptop backpack for traveling, there are several features you should consider to ensure you get the best product for your needs. Here are some key factors to keep in mind:

Size and Weight

One of the most important considerations for a travel laptop backpack is its size and weight. You want a one that is lightweight and compact enough to easily fit in your backpack or luggage. Look for laptops with a screen size of 13 inches or smaller, as they are typically more portable.

Traveling can be tough on a laptop, so it’s important to choose a durable backpack that can withstand bumps and bruises. Look for backpacks with a sturdy build quality and have extra padded protection that are less prone to damage your laptop from drops and impacts.


Finally, you’ll want to choose a backpack with good performance that can handle your needs while on the go.

Overall, when choosing a laptop backpack for traveling, prioritize portability, size, functionality, durability, and performance. By keeping these factors in mind, you can find a backpack that meets your needs and helps you stay productive while on the go.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the top travel-friendly laptops in 2023.

There are several laptops that are ideal for traveling in 2023. Some of the top travel-friendly laptops include the Dell XPS 13, Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon, and MacBook Air.

Which laptop backpacks are best for business and travel?

If you need a laptop backpack for business and travel, take your time and shop around before making a snap decision. Your laptop backpack should be lightweight, functional and suit your travel style the best.

Do I need a laptop backpack when traveling?

Whether or not you need a laptop when traveling depends on your personal needs. If you need to work or stay connected while on the go, a laptop backpack will be vital to keeping your laptop safe. However, if you don’t need to work or stay connected, it may not be necessary to find a suitable backpack for traveling with your laptop.

What are the best laptop backpacks for travel photography?

If you’re a travel photographer, you’ll want a backpack with a high-quality . Some of the best laptops for travel photography include the Dell XPS 15, MacBook Pro, and ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo so be sure to find a backpack that fits the needs of the equipment you will be taking with you.

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