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Best Laptop Bags for Travel in 2022

by Albert Varkki updated 08-16-2022

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Looking for a travel bag that has a built in laptop compartment?

In this post, we discuss the best laptop travel bags for 2022, ordered by type and style, as well as how best to choose a laptop bag that will survive the airport rush.

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Air Travel Can Damage Laptops

Many think that carry-on bags and personal items are handled gently when travelling by air.

Though it’s true that checked bags usually have it much worse, we should not underestimate the plight of the carried bag.

When it comes to your laptop, consider that you take it out for TSA screening, then stuff it back in, maybe remove it to get a little work (or streaming) in before and after security, you run the gauntlet of the airplane aisle, stow the bag under the seat or in the overhead, and then take it out again for use on the flight.

When you land, it might go through some more jostling when you grab your checked bags, ride the taxi or shuttle… and this is if there is no accidental bumping, tipping or dropping.

Your laptop might go through a lot. A dedicated laptop bag, constructed to keep your prized possession safe yet accessible during your trip, is a very wise investment.

Consider the key factors when you shop for the right bag: the correct storage size (for laptop and accessories), protective padding, organization compartments, comfort when carrying or rolling it, and the best style for you and the setting in which you use the bag. You might even consider higher end features like waterproofing, a hard shell, or security measures.

The right bag should have some smaller pockets for smaller items, so they don’t get lost in the larger bag. It should include a space for the laptop that is easy to slide the device in and out, but not so larger that it can shift and slide too far – that can cause scratches to the laptop itself, and may make carrying it awkward and uncomfortable.

If everything has its own space, of an appropriate size, you won’t have them knocking around together, causing damage and worn-out appearances.

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The whole purpose of the bag is the transport of your laptop, so don’t forget to make sure that transportation experience is as comfortable as possible. An adjustable shoulder strap is a must, as is a good amount of padding on the strap to protect your shoulder.

Don’t discount style, either. Not only does the bag reflect you and your standards and style, but it also sets the tone of what your employees, clients, customers, or employers expect from you. Make sure the bag is a match for the image you want to display.

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How to Choose a Laptop Travel Bag

Size

The backpack should be small enough to fit in an overhead bin, while still easily holding your laptop and any accessories or other items you want to carry in it. A little extra space is a good thing, but you don’t want a floppy, empty bag or one in which items jostle together and take damage. Laying out the items you want to carry in the bag, and taking a quick pic of them for reference in the stores, is a great way to make sure you don’t forget to consider any important items.

Along these same lines, you should try to have a compartment for each notable item, and to stow the items in the same place each time. This will let you get what you need with impressive speed and ease, which can be especially important in front of an important client, or when trying to get that little item out of the overhead bin as the flight attendants ask for everyone to strap in.

Remember a place for your charger, cables, external hard drive, backup cell, or other computer-related items, but don’t forget personal items you may want places for, like your phone, wallet, sunglasses, keys, passport, and so on. You’ll need empty pockets for security screening, so why not have everything safely stowed and easily accessible in the same bag? Luxury and ease! We all need a little of that during travel.

Standard laptop bag dimensions state the width and height of a closed laptop. They normally include 15”, 16” and 17” compartments, but most do not include a measurement for the thickness of the laptop. If yours is sleek and low-profile, you needn’t worry, but if it is a chunkier model, or is in an additional protective case, it is worth having it on hand when you try out bags.

Compartments

Each type of item should have a designated spot, so look for a bag with a variety of pockets that will suit what you need to carry. Make sure the laptop padding protects it from being knocked or pressed against items within your bag too, as something like a charger can do damage to a laptop if both are not suitably stowed.

Remember spots for personal items, like your wallet, passport, phone, etc. A small pocket or clip for your keys is… well, key… because when you get back home you’ll be tired and may be in the dark or rain or wind – finding your key fast will save you some intense annoyance, and end your trip as well as you started it.

Weight

Depending on your laptop model and size, and largely affected by the size and number of accessories needed, your laptop bag might wind up being quite heavy when fully packed for a trip. The bag itself, then, should be as lightweight as possible, while still holding up to the job without tears or other damage.

It should also be comfortable, so don’t be too shy to put some weight in it, try it on, and walk around the store a bit – or to try it at home and return it if it doesn’t meet your standard.

Material

The main point of a purpose-designed laptop backpack is to protect your device during transport. This includes bumps and knocks, sure, but it also needs to stand up to that torrential rain you run through from the taxi to the front doors, and any other weather that stands in your path.

Waterproofing is an available option. Ripstop materials and other durable fabrics are also available. Worth considering too is the ease of cleaning your new bag. It needs to look great not just when it leaves the store, but on its 50th journey too!

Handles

For comfort on long trips or when the bag is heavily loaded, make sure the backpack is the right size for you, too. The part that touches your back should be the right size, and the straps should adjust to the right length for maximum comfort and control of the bag.

Best Laptop Travel Bags for 2022

Here we go over our top picks for laptop travel bags by style and size.

Best Plane Carry-on Laptop Bag with Wheels 2022

voyager leather carry on bag with wheels in brown

Winner: Voyager Leather Carry-on with Wheels

Pros:

  • Full grain leather
  • Hand luggage compliant.
  • 16 inch laptop sleeve.
  • Luggage tag included.
  • Two exterior pockets for easy-to-reach items.
  • Durable cotton lining and YKK zippers.
  • Handmade in Italy
  • Designer travel bag.
  • Can be personalized

Click here to check the price

Best Underseat Laptop Travel Bag 2022

city leather laptop messenger bag

Winner: CITY Leather Laptop Bag

Pros:

  • Full grain leather
  • Detachable shoulder strap
  • Fits up to a 15.6 inch laptop (also a 17 inch version here)
  • Handmade in Italy
  • Dedicated laptop compartment
  • Additional zipper pockets

Click here to check the price

Best Weekender Laptop Travel Bag 2022

leather weekender bag

Winner: Weekender Leather Travel Bag

Pros:

  • Full grain leather
  • 16 inch internal padded laptop sleeve.
  • Internal zipped pocket for travel essentials like your passport.
  • Plenty of space for all your gear.
  • Adjustable shoulder strap.
  • Durable cotton lining and YKK zippers.
  • Perfect overnight bag.
  • Handmade in Italy
  • Can be personalized

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Best Large 17-Inch Laptop Travel Bag

CITY large brown leather laptop briefcase

Winner: CITY Large Laptop Briefcase

Pros:

  • 17 inch laptop compartment.
  • Full grain leather.
  • Handmade in Florence, Italy.
  • Soft cotton lining.
  • Durable YKK brass zippers.
  • Spacious design, without being bulky.
  • Can be personalized.

The CITY large is available in black, brown, or tan leather.

Browse the CITY Large online here.

Best Convertible Laptop Travel Backpack 2022

10x leather laptop travel backpack

Winner: 10X Leather Laptop Backpack

Pros:

  • Full grain leather
  • Dedicated compartments, perfect for travel.
  • Can convert from backpack to shoulder bag for ease of access.
  • Top and side handles for when moving through airports.
  • Fits up to 15.6 inch laptop or tablet.
  • Handmade in Italy
  • Can be personalized
  • Available in brown, tan, black, or red leather.
  • Unisex.

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Best Garment Travel Laptop Bag 2022

grand leather garment bag

Winner: Grand Leather Garment Bag

Pros:

  • Full grain leather
  • Dedicated garment carrier.
  • Carry a suit and shirt without creasing.
  • Large main compartment for other items.
  • 16 inch laptop compartment.
  • Adjustable shoulder strap.
  • Durable cotton lining and YKK zippers.
  • Handmade in Italy
  • Can be personalized

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Best Small Laptop Travel Bag 2022

liberty leather backpack

Winner: Liberty Leather Backpack

Pros:

  • Full grain leather
  • 14 inch laptop sleeve.
  • Multiple front zipped compartments.
  • Adjustable shoulder straps
  • Durable cotton lining and YKK zippers.
  • Handmade in Italy
  • Can be personalized

Click here to check the price

Best Convertible Laptop Travel Bag 2022

10x leather laptop travel backpack

Winner: 10X Leather Laptop Backpack

Pros:

  • Full grain leather
  • Dedicated compartments, perfect for travel.
  • Can convert from backpack to shoulder bag for ease of access.
  • Top and side handles for when moving through airports.
  • Fits up to 15.6 inch laptop or tablet.
  • Handmade in Italy
  • Can be personalized
  • Available in brown, tan, black, or red leather.
  • Unisex.

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FAQs

Is a laptop safe in a suitcase?

In short: no.

You might get away with it a time or two, but suitcases are often thrown from one belt or pile to another, they fall from carts and belts, and are sometimes vulnerable to theft if it appears something of suitable value might be inside.

Damage, loss, theft, worry… it’s not worth it.

Can I take 2 laptops onto a plane?

If the laptop compartment can fit two devices, then yes, this is usually allowable. It may slow you down a little at security, but that would be the only hinderance.

How big should a laptop backpack be?

Know the measurements of your laptop and make sure the bag you are considering is the same or larger. For thicker laptops, you may want to go a size larger to allow the compartment to wrap around the device at the ends. The best bet is always to try the bag with the laptop itself.

Standard laptop compartment sizes are rated to fit (relatively thin) 15”, 16” and 17” laptops.

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Conclusion

We hope you enjoyed our article on the best laptop travel bags.

If you have any questions, leave them in the comments, or email Von Baer at info@vonbaer.com.

You can also browse our other travel pages here.

Author: Albert Varkki
Albert Varkki is the co-founder of Von Baer. He understands leather products as a consumer, supplier, and a manufacturer, helping you with the inside knowledge you need, to choose the perfect leather product for you. Connect on Linkedin

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