The Best Briefcases

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By Zoe Vanderweide

Zoe Vanderweide is a writer focused on style and accessories. She has personally tested nearly 300 bags, jeans, bras, shoes, and more.

When it comes to carrying your belongings from A to B, there’s no shortage of options out there—but it’s hard to beat the polish, elegance, and timeless allure of a briefcase. While it’s not as ergonomically friendly as a backpack or messenger bag (our preferences for carrying heavier loads), a briefcase will elevate any ensemble.

We put 25 contenders to the test—packing them up with workday essentials and toting them onto trains, planes, and automobiles. Ultimately, three bags stood out for their form, function, and quality: a polished leather investment piece , a spacious waterproof briefcase , and a charmingly rugged oiled-canvas bag that will last a lifetime.

Though all of our picks cost more than $350—spendy, yes, but not unusual for briefcases with this level of craftsmanship and durability—we also found a couple of solid, more modestly priced options, which appear in the Other good briefcases section.

How we picked

We looked for timeless, attractive bags with excellent craftsmanship.

We sought out briefcases that would be comfortable to carry, evaluating their top handles and (when applicable) shoulder strap.

We focused on bags that are slim yet spacious enough to accommodate at least a 13-inch laptop and some other work essentials.

We preferred briefcases with useful pockets that make it easy to stow and retrieve your belongings.

The research

A classic and refined leather briefcase: carl friedrik palissy, a roomy, well-organized waterproof briefcase: stuart & lau cary single briefcase, a tough oiled-canvas briefcase: filson original briefcase, who should get a briefcase, how we picked and tested, other good briefcases, the competition.

Our pick for a classic and refined leather briefcase, the Carl Friedrik Palissy.

Carl Friedrik Palissy

An upscale leather investment piece.

If you’re looking for a forever bag, this beautifully made Italian leather briefcase offers timeless style and unmatched sophistication. It’s not as spacious as our other picks, but it’s more streamlined.

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The Carl Friedrik Palissy is ideal for people in search of a polished, tailored briefcase. This is a pricey bag, with the quality and craftsmanship to match—and it looks as luxe as briefcases that cost thousands more. It’s made of Italian leather that comes in four deep, rich colors and develops a distinctive patina over time. The Palissy pairs perfectly with a suit, but its clean lines work just as well with casual ensembles, too. It also delivers function: It has comfortable handles, a detachable shoulder strap, and an easy-access zipper that runs around three sides.

Note: We also tested the slimmer Carl Friedrik Vallance briefcase , which is made from the same high-quality leather as the Palissy, and recommend it in our Other good briefcases section. Its smaller size, lack of an optional shoulder strap, and limited zipper access make it less practical and appealing than the Palissy, but it does cost around $200 less.

It’s stately and structured. We were immediately struck by the Palissy’s elegant, symmetrical design and stable structure—the leather is stiff enough to stand on its own without collapsing, while metal feet at the base of the bag give it extra stability and raise the bottom off the ground. And when you set the bag down, its firm, comfortable handles fall to the side (rather than sticking straight up like rabbit ears), giving it a neater appearance.

It’s made from smooth, high-quality leather. This bag is made from Italian Vachetta leather —a full-grain, vegetable-tanned leather that’s famously used by luxury brands like Louis Vuitton, known for its buttery texture and durability. While the vegetable-tanning process does make the leather more prone to showing scratches, it also leads to a pleasing patina (a unique pattern of darkening and wear) with time.

There are a few ways to carry it. If you’re not a fan of using top handles, the Palissy also comes with an optional leather shoulder strap—and for an extra $65, you can add a detachable luggage pass-through strap.

It offers easy access to its contents. A smooth, heavy-duty zipper runs all the way around three sides of the bag, making it uniquely easy to load and unload. (Many briefcases, including our other picks, open only across the top.)

Its internal organization is fairly minimal. The Palissy has no bulky external pockets, which keeps it slim and streamlined. But it’s lighter on organization than our Stuart & Lau Cary Single Briefcase pick . It has just one large compartment, which includes a 15-inch laptop pocket, a medium-size zippered sleeve, three smaller slip pockets, and two pen pockets. There’s one external zippered pouch that’s flat but deep, where you can stash a passport or other smaller items.

Close-up of the area around the zipper of the Carl Friedrik Palkissy briefcase.

Its price is high, but so is its quality. While it’s our most expensive pick, considering all that the Palissy offers—exquisitely smooth leather, firm structure, precise stitching, easy access, and comfy handles that don’t pinch—we think it’s a reasonably priced bag.

The Palissy’s quality and style are on a par with that of bags costing hundreds (and even thousands) more. Other minimalist leather cases we tested suffered from an overly soft, collapsing structure, limited zipper access, or an uneven hide, but the Palissy sailed through these tests, and costs less than $700. It’s also covered by a lifetime warranty against any defects that would affect its functionality.

Flaws but not dealbreakers

  • The Palissy is slim and compact, without a ton of organization. You shouldn’t expect to load it up much beyond a laptop, a tablet, and a few accessories.
  • It’s expensive, though the quality is exceptional.

Size and weight: 11.7 by 15.4 by 2.4 inches; 3 pounds 2 ounces Colors: black, chocolate, cognac, navy Warranty: lifetime warranty that covers repairs or replacements for functional damages

A person carrying the Stuart & Lau Cary Single Briefcase.

Stuart & Lau Cary Single Briefcase

A spacious workhorse.

This versatile case is roomy, waterproof, and sharp-looking—plus, it has lots of handy pockets. It’s comfortable to carry, as long as you don’t overpack it.

If you’re after an attractive briefcase with ample space, consider the Stuart & Lau Cary Single Briefcase : It offers the best combination of style, organization, and comfort that we’ve found. Made from hardy waterproof material with leather accents, the Cary has an unstuffy elegance that works dressed up or down.

It has a versatile aesthetic. The Cary can be paired with whatever you pull from your wardrobe, whether it’s a pinstripe suit or jeans and a button-up shirt . Even though it’s made of a durable synthetic material, polished details—like the leather handles and detachable shoulder strap, and four protective metal feet on the bottom—make it read more refined than utilitarian.

It’s waterproof. The Cary is made from Duralite , a sturdy material that’s completely waterproof—so even if you get caught in the rain, your laptop and other valuables will remain dry and protected. The fabric is also lighter weight than other weather-resistant materials like ballistic nylon, waxed canvas, or leather.

It’s spacious. Measuring 12 inches tall, 16 inches long, and 3.9 inches wide, the Cary is roomy enough to contain everything you’ll need for the day. In our testing, ours fit a laptop, an e-reader, a day planner, a pair of over-ear headphones, an umbrella, a portable USB charger, several charging cables, and a pen and pencil, with plenty of room to spare.

It has a spot for everything. Inside the Cary’s main zippered compartment, there’s a lightly padded 16-inch laptop sleeve, an array of slip pockets, and two zippered mesh pouches (one of which conceals a clever AirTag pocket). It also has a removable laptop caddy that can accommodate computers up to 15 inches.

On the front of the Cary, there are two leather straps that you can slide an umbrella through, and a few pockets for smaller items. On the back of the bag, there’s a discreet zippered phone pouch and a luggage sleeve that can slide over the handle of a rolling suitcase. The Cary is also chock-full of little extras, including a magnetic key fob that you can clip to the inside of the bag, and a packable shopping tote.

A top-view of the Stuart & Lau Cary Single Briefcase opened up with various items inside.

It’s a pleasure to carry. Even before the Cary’s rounded leather top handles get broken in, they’re soft and pliable, and won’t pinch your skin. The briefcase’s detachable padded shoulder strap proved comfortable during testing as well, and felt good even when our bag was loaded up—although we don’t recommend overstuffing this already rather heavy briefcase.

  • Because it’s so roomy, it’s tempting to overfill this briefcase—and weighing more than 3 pounds when empty, it’s already fairly heavy to begin with.

Size and weight: 12 by 16 by 3.9 inches; 3 pounds 3 ounces Colors: navy/tan, black/black, espresso/brown Warranty: limited lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects

A person sitting stairs with the Filson Original Briefcase

Filson Original Briefcase

Less traditional, more bombproof.

This oiled-canvas briefcase is tough—it’s backed by a lifetime warranty for wear and tear—and has a rugged, relaxed charm. The leather top handles feel stiff at first, but they soften up over time.

Filson, an outdoorsy brand that’s been around since 1897, has long been associated with hard-wearing items of high quality—and the Filson Original Briefcase fits that bill. In addition to being tough as nails, this oiled-canvas bag is handsome in an effortlessly confident way—it doesn’t give off traditional corporate vibes and would pair especially well with, say, a tweed coat or blazer and corduroy trousers.

It’s a buy-it-for-life briefcase. The Original is made from a thick, durable cotton-twill canvas that’s been treated with a water-repellant oil finish; a storm flap makes doubly sure that your laptop and papers won’t get wet in light rain and snow. The bag’s straps—a detachable leather shoulder strap and top carry handles—are made from smooth, super-strong bridle leather , which has been treated with oils and then wax on both sides for a deep finish and added strength.

Uniquely, the Original is backed by a lifetime warranty that covers regular wear and tear; our other two picks are covered by a warranty against defects only, which is more standard. So if anything goes wrong—even after years of tossing your bag around—the company will cover your repairs or replacement. (The internet is littered with stories about people’s excellent interactions with Filson’s customer service.)

The leather handles take some time to break in. As soon as you pick up the Original, you’ll notice the high quality of the leather shoulder strap and top carry handles—but because they’re made from bridle leather, they’re stiff at first. Brand new, the wide, flat, top handles feel a bit rough on your hands, and the strap can dig in when you’re carrying heavier loads (at 3 pounds 6 ounces when empty, this is the heaviest bag we recommend). But trust us: The leather softens up beautifully over time.

The shoulder strap on this bag is longer than most—even on its shortest setting, it was still much too long for our 5-foot-2 tester. But since the strap is leather and has a buckle adjustment, you can easily punch new holes in it to shorten it up.

A front-view of the Filson Original Briefcase

It has large, spacious pockets. The Original’s interior has two full-length pockets for folders or a laptop, as well as a series of smaller internal pockets to contain odds and ends. (None of the internal pockets have closures, though, so if you accidentally upend the bag, your stuff may spill out.) There’s also a large outer pocket on either side of the briefcase, where you can stash non-bulky items like newspapers.

  • The leather handles and shoulder strap are stiff at first, and require a break-in period to become soft and comfortable.
  • The internal pockets in the main compartment don’t have closures.
  • Unlike our other picks, this bag doesn’t offer the option of a luggage pass-through strap. (The Stuart & Lau Cary Single Briefcase comes with this useful feature, while the Carl Friedrik Palissy briefcase sells the strap separately.)

Size and weight: 13 by 16 by 3.5 inches; 3 pounds 6 ounces Colors: tan, olive, navy Warranty: lifetime warranty , including regular wear and tear

Let’s be candid: Depending on how much you typically carry, and for how long and far, a backpack or a messenger bag may serve you better than a briefcase. Both of those do a superior job of distributing their contents’ weight, potentially saving your shoulders and spine from anguish.

But for some, a briefcase will always have irresistible allure—a certain je ne sais quoi . It’s more than merely a bag; it’s a signifier as well, often used to announce that you’re a professional, or mark the passage from one significant stage to the next. (Hence, its popularity as a go-to gift for law school or MBA graduates.) Practically, it’s a holdover from the days when office jobs required more-formal dress.

If a briefcase is calling to you, by all means, go for it. Being realistic about your commuting needs when you choose one will give you the greatest chance of enjoying your purchase.

The briefcases we tested—and most briefcases in general—are designed for short trips between car and office, or for commuters who travel light. They’re not intended to be loaded up with all your work gear plus a water bottle, gym clothes, a hardback novel, and the rest of the kitchen sink.

From an initial list of more than 70 briefcases, we selected 25 to test, paying special attention to the following:

Aesthetics and craftsmanship: We looked for classic, attractive bags made from high-quality, durable materials.

Capacity: We sought out slim styles that weren’t more than 5 inches thick, but that could still hold a 13-inch laptop and other work essentials. We packed (or attempted to pack) each bag we tested with a laptop, an e-reader, a book, a notebook, a compact umbrella, pens, a USB battery pack, a pair of headphones, and charging cables.

A laptop, charger, umbrella, book, headphones, and other items all laid out on wood

Organization: We considered each briefcase’s pockets and organizational features, and how easy the bag made it to both stow away and access our things.

Comfort: To assess how comfortable the briefcases would be to carry, we loaded each of them with gear, then walked around for anywhere between 30 minutes to four hours. We alternated between using the top handles and shoulder strap, when applicable, to weigh the comfort of each.

Price: Briefcases tend to be expensive—but a great one can last a lifetime. We tested bags costing up to $800, though we wanted to find picks costing far less than that (and succeeded).

Reliability: We considered bags from a variety of well-known and respected manufacturers, as well as smaller boutique brands with strong editorial and customer reviews. All of our picks are backed by solid warranty policies, should anything go wrong.

If you want a gorgeous, minimalist leather briefcase for light loads only: The sleek Carl Friedrik Vallance is a former pick in this guide, and we still think it’s stunningly beautiful. It’s also a couple hundred dollars cheaper than the Carl Friedrik Palissy , our pick from the same manufacturer. Like the Palissy, the Vallance is made with luxe Italian Vachetta leather, it’s structured enough to stand on its own, and it’s covered by a lifetime warranty against functional defects. But whereas the Palissy offers both form and function—with ample space, a zippered opening on three sides, and sturdy, comfortable straps (including a detachable shoulder strap)—the Vallance is less practical. It can’t hold much more than a laptop, its zipper opens only at the top of the bag, and it has flat, less comfortable top handles and no shoulder strap. The Vallance has a 13-inch laptop pocket (although a 15-inch computer can fit in the main compartment), two medium-size internal pockets, and a small, flat external pocket for a passport or billfold.

If you want a roomy, lightweight, and more-affordable leather briefcase: The Fossil Haskell Double Zip Briefcase —a softly structured leather bag with a double-zippered top opening—has ample capacity and plenty of organization. It’s comparable in size to the Stuart & Lau Cary and Filson Original briefcases, measuring 16 inches long, 12 inches tall, and 3.5 inches wide. Weighing in at just 2.5 pounds, it’s also significantly lighter than other leather bags of its size. We easily fit a 15-inch laptop, a tablet, an e-reader, a notebook, an umbrella, a USB battery pack, pens, pencils, and charging cables—and even with all that, it felt comfortable to carry with either the top handles or the fabric shoulder strap. This briefcase used to be an official pick, and we still think it’s a good option as a less-expensive everyday bag. But it’s not as stylish as our other picks, and the leather is a bit rigid and needs time to soften up, and it has only a limited one-year warranty .

If you want an ultra-compact nylon briefcase that’s stylish and well-priced: The chic Knomo Hanover is slim and light, with just enough room for a 14-inch laptop and a few essentials. It’s even smaller than the Carl Friedrik Vallance (also here in Other good briefcases), but it fits about the same amount of stuff since it’s more flexible. (Even when full, the Hanover maintains its sleek profile.) Eye-catching details, like gold-colored hardware and leather accents, dress up the bag’s water-resistant nylon exterior and pair well with more formal outfits (think: a wool suit or little black dress ). The Hanover is comfortable to tote around: Its leather handles are well-sized for smaller hands, and their rounded edges don’t bite into your skin. At under $250, it’s also the cheapest briefcase we recommend in this guide, and it comes with a two-year repair and replacement guarantee . During our testing, the leather pull tab on one of the front zippers fell off, making it difficult to operate; a Knomo rep confirmed that it would be eligible for replacement.

This is not a comprehensive list of everything we tested in previous iterations of this guide, just what’s still available.

At around $25, the polyester Amazon Basics 15.6-Inch Laptop and Tablet Case Shoulder Bag is very cheap. Unfortunately, it’s also ugly, uncomfortable, scratchy, and poorly made.

When filled with just a few items, the Bellroy System Messenger Bag (previously called the Bellroy Slim Work Bag)—made from a water-resistant fabric—took on a balloon-like shape that made it unappealing to carry.

The Custom Hide Organizer Laptop Briefcase is a high-quality, traditional leather bag—but at 4 pounds 3 ounces when empty, it was the heaviest we tested. Once it’s filled with your essentials, it’s a struggle to lug around.

The Frank Clegg Leather Computer Briefcase felt buttery-smooth on the outside, but it has no inner lining. And it wasn’t built to stand on its own: As soon as it touches the floor, it collapses onto itself.

The minimal, chrome-tanned leather Linjer Soft Briefcase is a beautiful bag, but our Carl Friedrik Palissy pick is better: The Linjer doesn’t open as wide, has fewer pockets, and comes in fewer colors. Also, the Linjer is frequently out of stock.

Made from water-repellant canvas, the Topo Commuter Briefcase can convert into a backpack—which sounds clever, but the straps add unnecessary bulk and make it harder to carry at your side.

Additional reporting by Tim Barribeau, Daniel Varghese, and Justin Krajeski.

This article was edited by Ingela Ratledge Amundson and Jennifer Hunter.

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Zoe Vanderweide

Zoe Vanderweide is a senior staff writer reporting on style and accessories at Wirecutter. She has been wearing things for over three decades, and she has spent years covering streetwear, luxury, art, and design. Off the clock, you can find her painting the town rainbow with her (devastatingly stylish) daughter.

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13 Best Briefcases for Business Travel

You know how important functional travel gear is if your job takes you all over the world. However, it’s not always about practicality. Sometimes, you need to head straight to the office from the airport or to a meeting. Stopping at the hotel for a quick change isn’t always possible. And no matter how much we say that work speaks for itself, looks do matter when it comes to business. Additionally, you want your laptop with you and want to be organized too. A travel briefcase is a perfect way to keep your look polished and your belongings safe at the same time. The best briefcase for business travel is nifty enough to have in-built sleeves for laptops. Moreover, all top-notch business travel briefcases today have lots of pockets for organization. What’s more, they’re multifaceted when it comes to the way they’re carried too.

So, give your travel style game some serious plumping up and check out the 13 best briefcase choices for business travel right here.

How to choose the best briefcase for business travel

Like one looks for specific features while looking for the best backpacks for work , it’s the same when it comes to briefcases for business travel. However, there are a few common things that everyone needs to consider to ensure that they’re getting the best travel briefcase.

Function and size

Obviously, the most important thing to consider while choosing a travel briefcase is its function. To begin with, you need to consider the size of your tablet or laptop. Secondly, you’ll need to think about what else will you be keeping along with them. If you need it for the everyday commute, you might need a smaller, slimmer one. If you need it for overnight use, you need to think about how many days you travel on an average; and then decide the size of the bag. Also, if you’re someone who goes on business trips regularly, think about one with more pockets. Finally, you also need to check the dimensions of the bag if you plan to double it as a carry-on.

Weight is one of the most important things you need to consider while choosing business travel briefcases. Also, you need to consider both the bag’s own weight and the weight of the stuff you’ll be putting into it. You don’t want your shoulder and back to hurt after a long day of carrying a heavy bag around.

Gone are the days when a business travel briefcase conjured images of clunky boxes. Today, travel briefcases are smart and come in a gamut of styles. First up are the traditional business travel briefcases. Now, they have softer corners, rather than the traditional, sharp ones. Then, there are others that double up as backpacks, duffel bags, and even shoulder bags, thanks to removable straps. One of the most popular designs is the messenger bag with a flap. Moreover, travelers have choices of distinctly masculine or feminine bags, and even unisex ones. Finally, the material of the bag can range from leather to nylon. In the end, the style you choose should depend on not just the aesthetics, but also how long you’re going to be hauling it and how often you’re going to be using it.

Wowbox Vintage Canvas Leather Laptop Briefcase

Chic messenger bags is what Wowbox does best. The Wowbox Vintage Laptop Briefcase is one of the best briefcases for business travel. The bag is constructed from rugged canvas and top-notch cowhide and sports a stylish look.

The highlight of the bag is the shockproof laptop compartment. The thick padded bottom keeps your gadgets safe. What’s more, the bag’s interior features four slip pockets for chargers, gadgets, credit cards, and pens. Also, it even has a large compartment for files. Vintage buckles cover the magnetic clasps, keeping stuff safe and the look chic. Moreover, the shoulder strap is adjustable and removable. Thus, the bag can be carried by the top handles too. So, the retro, crossbody look works for both business meetings and everyday use.

Although the size is a bit small, the bag works in both style and function departments. What’s more, the leather-trimmed bag has lots of color options, including green, gray, and coffee.

13 x 10.50 x 4.10 inches (33 x 26.67 x 10.4 cm)

  • Multiple compartments.
  • A variety of colors.
  • Shockproof bottom.
  • A bit smaller than traditional briefcases.

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Samsonite Classic Two Gusset Toploader Briefcase

If you use a larger 15 or 17-inch laptop, then this Samsonite Classic Two Gusset Toploader Briefcase might just be what you need. On the exterior, the urban bag is made of 1680 ballistic durable fabric that lends ruggedness. The design of the padded shoulder strap makes it very comfortable. Similarly, the wrapped bale handles are designed for comfort, especially when you carry it sans its strap. A padded laptop compartment keeps your gadgets like laptops, tablets, and e-readers safe. The best part is that it can hold up to a 17-inch laptop. The inner cotton lining ensures that they don’t rub against the interiors either. What’s more, there are plenty of inner pockets for organizing everything from files to wallets. Rounding up the list of features is an easy-stash pocket on the outside, which is indispensable for grabbing stuff like keys and phones.

Even though it comes in just one color, the travel briefcase redefines style with an all-black color. Furthermore, the metal accouterments enhance the look by adding sheen.

12.50 x 3.50 x 17.25 inches (31.75 x 8.9 x 43.8 cm)

  • Padded inner compartment.
  • Cotton lining.
  • Ideal for larger laptops or more items.
  • Durable and rugged exterior.
  • Zippers aren’t exactly designed for rough use.

CoolBELL Convertible Travel Briefcase

If you’re looking for business travel briefcases that are stylish and yet add a composed touch to your outfit, then this bag is for you. The CoolBELL Convertible Travel Briefcase gives you the ultimate in versatility and can be used as a backpack, a shoulder bag, and a messenger bag.

The first thing you’ll notice about this bag is all the space. The briefcase can hold a laptop of up to 17.3 inches. Apart from that, it can easily hold three days worth of clothes too. An inner accessory compartment is great for keys or even make-up stuff. So, if you’re heading for a weekend work trip, then look no further than this convertible briefcase. In addition, four exterior pockets are great for organization and quick-access stuff. Finally, the comfortable, adjustable, and removable strap makes it easy for you to carry the bag around easily.

If that wasn’t enough, the bag is water-resistant and made from genuine leather. Moreover, it has 10 different color options!

18.8 x 5.1 x 13.7 inches (47.75 x 12.9 x 34.8 cm)

  • 10 different options for colors – black, blue, canvas black, dark grey, grey, brown, canvas dark grey, canvas green, waxed cloth black, and new canvas dark grey.
  • Leather construction and water-resistant.
  • Many carrying styles.
  • The zippers look a little cheap.

Ytonet 17-Inch Laptop Bag

With an impressive 4.6-star rating and over 2,600 reviews, the 17-inch laptop bag from Ytonet is a sure winner. The best feature of this durable business travel briefcase is that it can expand a whole 2 inches (5 cm) more than its size! So, it can fit everything that you might need for your travel, and then some.

Made from a durable, water-resistant material, this bag is perfect to be carried in all kinds of weather. One of its best features is the backstrap, which allows you to attach it to your airport carry-on instead of lugging it around separately. What’s more, the strap can be used to carry this bag as a messenger bag, or a tote bag even. Aside from the shockproof space for a 17-inch laptop, this travel briefcase boasts more than 10 compartments. So, you can organize everything from makeup to wallet to clothes to files in this bag separately without having to rummage through it.

Moreover, two exterior zippered compartments are great for quick-access stuff that needs to be safe all the same. Chic, elegant, and affordable, this business travel briefcase pleases on all counts.

17.3 x 12.6 x 7 inches (43.9 x 32 x 17.8 cm)

  • Multiple pockets for organization.
  • Shockproof laptop pocket.
  • Versatile strap.
  • It also has an 18.4-inch version.
  • Zippered pockets lack two zippers for TSA locking.

Amazon Basics Rolling Laptop Case

There’s so much to like about the Rolling Laptop Case from AmazonBasics . For one, it takes the weight of the briefcase off your shoulders. Secondly, it boasts an uncomplicated design. Last, but not least, it’s both lightweight and great value-for-money.

A retractable, telescoping handle provides all the versatility in this bag. When you’re rolling the bag, the push-button lock allows for secure movement. It can be tucked away and the two fabric top handles allow the bag to be used as a briefcase. On the inside, the design is clean and simple. The frontal organizational pocket offers easy access to items like phones, keys, etc. On the inside, it has three main compartments. First is a padded interior pocket for securely holding a laptop. A second compartment is perfect for miscellaneous items from clothes to shoes. Finally, a third compartment is perfect for small items like business cards, notepads, and pens.

The best part about the briefcase is that it can fit under airplane seats, and can be used as a carry-on. What’s more, there’s even a slot for inserting a nametag at the back of the bag. Overall, it might not have the bells and whistles of other bags, but it works well for the price.

16.50 x 14.50 x 7.50 inches (41.9 x 36.8 x 19 cm)

  • Lightweight.
  • Value-for-money.
  • Lots of pockets for organization.
  • Easy to carry.
  • No security features or lockable zippers.

ECOSUSI Ladies PU Leather Laptop Bag

ECOSUSI is perhaps most known for its range of vegan leather handbags for women. In the Ladies PU Leather Laptop Bag, Ecosusi has created an excellent business travel briefcase for women.

The stylish laptop bag is perfect for ladies who carry smaller laptops up to 14 inches. One of the chicest highlights about the bag is the elegant bow which lends the bag a feminine flair while being professional at the same time. What the bag doesn’t tell you outwardly is that it’s supremely durable. You can swing in and out of your car, throw it around in your backseat or trunk, carry it everywhere, wear it all the time – and it’ll still be as reliable as the day you got it.

Apart from a 14-inch laptop compartment, you’ll find four other compartments that can carry everything you need. The nifty, adjustable strap and top handles allow it to be carried like a briefcase, crossbody bag, messenger bag, and even a purse. Whether it’s your daily commute or an overnight trip, this lightweight laptop bag won’t weigh you down. At the same time, it’s primed to carry all your stuff.

14.8 x 10.6 x 4 inches (37.6 x 26.9 x 10.1 cm)

  • It comes in five colors – black, blue, coffee, red, and brown.
  • Eco-friendly.
  • Well-constructed.
  • It also has a 15.6-inch version.
  • The strap is less durable than the bag.

Samsonite Leather Expandable Briefcase

When it comes to leather briefcases, you cannot go wrong with Samsonite. It’s one of the best luggage brands in the world. And this Samsonite Leather Expandable Briefcase is one of the best travel briefcases in business.

The bag is made of genuine leather and sports a spacious and professional design and appearance. A sturdy outer frame maintains the shape of the briefcase, no matter what or how much stuff is placed inside. Moreover, the zipper beneath the bag allows the storage area to expand so that more items can be fit into the briefcase. Also, it does sans jeopardizing the integrity of the seams. The briefcase also ensures carrying comfort and versatility in the form of both a shoulder strap and carrying handles. In addition, the strap is made of durable nylon and has a leather shoulder pad so as to not put a strain on your shoulder.

On the inside, the bag features many compartments for organizational comfort. Your 15-inch laptop can easily and snugly sit within the padded laptop sleeve. A bevy of concealed zipper compartments allows storing lots of items like stationery, files, keys, wallet, makeup, and more. On the outside, the bag maintains a sleek look that makes it great to be carried on business meetings and trips.

16.75 x 7.25 x 12.25 inches (42.5 x 18.4 x 31 cm)

  • Sturdy outer design.
  • Expandable storage.
  • The shoulder strap is padded.
  • Lots of concealed inner compartments.
  • Neat outer appearance.
  • PU leather might not work in humid environments.

CoolBELL Convertible Backpack Shoulder Messenger Bag (CU)

The CoolBELL Convertible Bag is one of the coolest business travel briefcases out there. The bag’s biggest draw is its dimensions, which make it one of the largest briefcases out there. Measuring 18.8 x 5.1 x 13.7 inches, the bag is large enough to fit in a 17-inch laptop! Also, it comes it five very cool colors; canvas khaki, canvas dark grey, canvas black, new grey, and new black.

Coming to its practical characteristics, the multi-faceted bag can be carried in three different styles. It can be attached to your airport carry-on like a business briefcase. In addition, it can be carried like a messenger bag, thanks to the shoulder straps. Finally, the extra straps allow it to be carried like a backpack too! Hidden external pockets with zipper closures and two frontal pockets allow you to quick-access stuff no matter how you wear the bag. Aside from a laptop, the large main compartment can store clothes for at least two-three days, as well as other necessary stuff. Besides an ergonomic design, the classic handles and padded shoulder straps make it easy to carry without bringing strain to your shoulder or your back. Finally, the winning unisex design suits both women and men perfectly.

18.8 x 5.1 x 13.7 inches (47.7 x 12.9 x 34.8 cm)

  • It comes in five different colors.
  • Versatile; can be carried in three ways.
  • Sturdy, ergonomic construction.
  • Shockproof laptop sleeve.
  • Some users have reported issues with the D-clips.

Alpine Swiss Expandable Leather Attache Briefcase

if you’re a fan of the classic rectangular, hard-sided business travel briefcases, then the Alpine Swiss Leather Attache is for you. Traditional as the briefcase might be, it includes modern touches that make it an excellent choice even today.

The sturdy hardcover attache-briefcase has a professional and clean exterior design that offers excellent protection for anything you store inside. The case is made from genuine leather that will form a gorgeous patina over time, lending it a further vintage look. What’s more, it measures a huge 19 x 14 x 4 inches but can be expanded an additional inch for extra storage. This is what separates it from a traditional hardcover briefcase. A large storage compartment features stretchable file sections and another compartment for other odds and ends.

The area where the briefcase also excels is security, with closure in the form of dual combination locks. What’s more, combinations on both sides need to be precisely aligned for you to be able to open the lid. If that wasn’t enough, each side can have different combinations for added security.

19 x 14 x 4 inches (48.2 x 35.5 x 10.1 cm)

  • Classic, vintage design.
  • Made from genuine leather.
  • Durability might be an issue.

SOLO Sterling Overnighter (CU)

The SOLO Sterling Overnighter might be the lightest business travel briefcase on wheels ever made. The briefcase is utterly stylish with a minimalist grey-on-black design lends it a gorgeous yet professional look.

The sleek telescoping handle makes it easy to roll the bag around, no matter its capacity. When not in use, it folds away into a zippered compartment, leaving the exterior looking tidy. A frontal exterior non-zippered stash pocket is excellent for storing quick-access items like tissue, water, etc. A small zippered pocket is great for keys, phones, and more. When you unzip the main compartment, there’s a large, padded pocket with separators for up to a 16-inch laptop and files. Beneath that is the largest storage area in the bag, which can hold everything from clothes to small travel purses to shoes. Everything is kept in place by two locking straps, which also keep the look tidy. All-in-all, this rolling briefcase is perfect for a three-day work trip.

When the rolling handle isn’t in use, two padded top handles make it comfortable to carry by hand. What’s more, its size is such that it can fit beneath an airline seat as well.

16 x 14 x 6 inches (40.6 x 35.5 x 15.2 cm)

  • Fantastic neat look.
  • Padded top handles and sleek rolling telescoping handle.
  • Excellent organization.
  • Could tip on to the side if filled to the brim.

Samsonite Colombian Leather Messenger Bag (CU)

There’s a reason this list has so many Samsonite products, and that is style and durability. And one versatile product that’s also one of the best leather messenger bags in business is the Samsonite Colombian Leather Messenger Bag . The business-casual product is one of the best messenger-bag style briefcase options for business travel.

The Samsonite Colombian is made from genuine leather, and as a result, develops a gorgeous patina over a period of time. A padded shoulder strap, albeit constructed from nylon, makes it very easy for the bag to be worn crossbody. Moreover, it’s also adjustable and removable, and the bag can be carried by the top handles too. Also, since the top handles are leather-made, they lend a rich charm when carried by hand.

Likewise, the bag does great on the organizational front too. On the inside, there’s a main zippered compartment with a dedicated laptop sleeve that can fit a 15-inch laptop. Moreover, there are also two external slip and zippered pockets for keeping quick-access items like tissues, makeup, keys, phone, and even stationery. The cherry on top is that the bag is secure thanks to the flap that goes over the button closure.

16.5 x 12 x 5.5 inches (41.9 x 30.5 x 14 cm)

  • Comes in three colors – espresso, brown, and black.
  • Versatile and durable.
  • Great organization.
  • Padded shoulder straps.
  • It’s not waterproof.

Augus Business Travel Briefcase

There’s nothing like leather, handcrafted briefcase to impress during business meetings or trips. And the Augus Business Travel Briefcase is the best in business – no pun intended. It’s made from genuine high-quality leather and is professional and durable to haul around on all your business trips.

What’s excellent about the bag’s build is that the leather it’s made from is waterproof. So, not only will it keep your things safe and secure, but it can also be used in every weather. Plus, you’ll love the lovely patina that genuine leather develops over a period of time. A handy back strap allows attaching the briefcase to the handle of your carryon for carrying your luggage easily while traveling. On the inside, three zippered compartments can store everything from a laptop to documents, to even change of clothes for an overnight trip. Three exterior pockets are perfect for quick-access items. The strap with shoulder pads makes it easy for you to wear the bag crossbody. Finally, the sleek carrying handles lend it a clean look for it to be carried by hand. You’re even spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing colors – coffee, black, absolute coffee, and absolute black.

17.5 X 5.5 X 12 inches (44.4 x 14 x 30.5 cm)

  • Padded, detachable shoulder strap.
  • Constructed from genuine 100% waterproof leather.
  • Lots of space.
  • If stuffed to the brim, zipper durability is a bit less.

Taygeer Laptop Bag-Briefcase

Even if your budget for a bag is low, it doesn’t mean that you need to sacrifice either functionality. And the Taygeer Laptop Bag-cum-Briefcase is a testament to that. It ticks all boxes for being one of the best briefcases for business travel.

The exquisite laptop bag-briefcase is constructed of water-resistant nylon, making it perfect to be swung around in all kinds of weather. If the size wasn’t already perfect, the bag has expandable sides which add additional inches, making for more storage space. Coming to the organization, the bag has a front pocket for storing items that can be grabbed quickly, like cellphones, chargers, headphones, and stationery. On the inside, a roomy main pocket can store a 15.6-inch laptop. Also, it has internal pocket organizers for storing files, calculators, stationery, and more.

A nifty addition is a passthrough strap that is ideal for securely fastening the bag to most carry-ons. Finally, a removable shoulder strap and soft leather handles make it versatile to be carried as a crossbody as well as in the hand.

15.7 x 3.15 x 11.8 inches (39.9 x 8 x 30 cm)

  • The bag has both shoulder straps and carrying handles.
  • Multiple compartments for organization.
  • It even has a 17-inch version.

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The 15 Best Travel Briefcases for Men & Women [2023]

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A briefcase offers a practical and stylish way to carry your laptop, files, notebooks, and other essentials with you on your daily commute. Some are spacious enough to carry extra items you might need for a night or 2 away, while others are lightweight and versatile enough to be used on a daily basis.

Available in a wide range of styles, colors, and designs, finding the right briefcase to suit your needs doesn’t have to feel like a chore.

Before you buy your next briefcase, consider the following:

Size and Capacity

Travel Briefcase

If you are planning on using your briefcase for school, college, or work, you will need to be able to fit your laptop , work files, textbooks, and other must-have work essentials in with ease.

Depending on the size of your laptop, the padded compartment will need to be able to accommodate it , so be sure to carefully read the description before you buy. You should also be sure that it can fit full-size folders or documents if you intend to use it while working.

Hot Tip: Some briefcases offer the ability to expand a few extra inches, giving you extra interior space to store your files or fit a change of clothing in.

Travel Briefcase Compartments

If your briefcase is simply for carrying your laptop to work and back, it just needs to offer excellent protection and space for a few extra essentials.

However, if you are headed away on a business trip or need to carry your gym gear, lunch bag, and other day-to-day items, look for a briefcase that offers expandable compartments or extra space to ensure that you don’t need to carry extra bags with you.

Briefcases often feature a structured design, which can make them heavier than a comparable tote or duffel bag. While this won’t be so noticeable while the bag is empty, briefcases can feel quite heavy when fully loaded.

Material and Durability

Travel briefcase material

Briefcases are usually made from heavy-duty material as they are designed to offer increased protection. Polyester, canvas, leather, and vegan leather (PU) are all popular choices, and all have their own distinct advantages.

Suppose you are doing a lot of traveling with your briefcase. In that case, you may want to look for materials that offer some resistance to water and always check that the hardware and zippers are high-quality to ensure that they stay stronger for longer.

While your working life may be stressful, there is no reason that your briefcase should put any additional stress on your body. On the contrary, ergonomic shoulder straps can help distribute your belongings’ weight , and wheeled briefcases can make light work of longer journeys.

Also, consider how you access your belongings. For example, front flap pockets make it easy to grab your passport, cell phone, and other essentials in a hurry, and wide-mouth zippers ensure that you can easily slip your laptop and files in without a fight.

Wheels vs. No Wheels

Travel Briefcase Wheels

Some briefcases come with wheels and a telescoping handle, making it easy to pull your belongings along beside you.

These types of suitcases are great if you need to carry lots of files and documents with you and can also be used as a carry-on when flying.

Bottom Line: Wheeled briefcases can be super useful and will make it much more comfortable to carry lots of gear, but they are generally larger and heavier than a regular briefcase, so only buy one if you need the extra capacity.

The 8 Best Briefcases for Men

Ytonet 17 inch laptop bag.

This smart-looking laptop briefcase is made from high-quality, water-resistant polyester and is perfect for business trips.

Offering plenty of multi-functional compartments, it comes with 2 front zipper pockets, a main compartment that can comfortably house most 15.6-inch laptops, a file compartment, and a back zipper pocket to keep your valuables safe.

Offering a super-useful expansion zipper, this roomy laptop briefcase can also be used to store clothes and other essentials for overnight stays. With a padded shoulder strap, grab handles, and a back panel that can be looped over the handle of your suitcase, this is the perfect choice for frequent flyers.

What We Like

  • This briefcase looks much more expensive than it is

What We Don’t Like

  • 17-inch devices can be a squeeze if they are thick

Samsonite Classic Multi Gusset Toploader Briefcase

This smart-looking briefcase from Samsonite is packed full of useful compartments, and the sleek good looks make it a practical choice for stylish commuters.

Made from durable ballistic nylon, it comes with a padded laptop compartment that is suitable for devices measuring up to 15.6 inches , and the gusset feature opens wide to hold your files and folders.

With additional compartments for your laptop peripherals and zippered mesh pockets to hold your pens and other accessories, it offers all the space you need to work on the move.

With a padded shoulder strap, wrapped grab handle, and a trolley sleeve, it is easy to carry, and the front zipper pocket offers easy access to your passport and other essentials in transit.

  • Designed to fit everything you need
  • The shoulder strap is surprisingly narrow

CoolBELL Convertible Backpack Messenger Bag

This versatile travel bag is plenty big enough to hold your 17.3-inch laptop, and the spacious design still offers room for extra clothing.

Offering 3 different ways to carry your gear, the straps can be used as a backpack, a messenger bag, or a shoulder bag , and with 4 outside pockets, you can easily organize your essentials.

Made from high-quality materials, it comes with a padded laptop compartment and extra pockets for your files and peripherals, and the ergonomic design ensures that it remains lightweight and easy to carry, even when full.

  • This is a versatile briefcase with lots of pockets
  • It doesn’t feel particularly durable

KROSER Premium Laptop Bag

Made from environmentally-friendly canvas poly fabric, this is a durable and water-repellent laptop bag that looks smart and performs brilliantly.

With a roomy laptop compartment that can house up to a 17.3 laptop , you can take your work with you, and the expandable capacity offers extra space for files, folders, or even a change of clothes.

The easy-to-reach zippered front pocket lets you access your most important documents easily, and the adjustable carry handle, sturdy PU handles, and luggage strap on the back ensure a comfortable carry, even when full.

  • This bag fits everything you need and even more.
  • It could do with more padding

Alpine Swiss Rolling 17″ Laptop Briefcase

This awesome rolling briefcase measures 19 x 14 x 9 inches, making it just right to use as a TSA-approved carry-on , and will the ability to hold a 17-inch laptop, it is a great choice for regular business users.

Organized and secured, the main section comes with various compartments for all of your essentials , and the zipper closure has secure dual combination locks that can be set individually to keep your belongings well-protected.

With side pockets that are spacious enough for legal files and the ability to expand up to 2 inches, you will have all the space you need for your important work documents. This briefcase also features a telescopic handle, 4 in-line skate wheels, and a detachable carry handle to make light work of longer commutes.

  • This is a really durable briefcase
  • The wheels seem a little small for the size of the case

Kenneth Cole Reaction Keystone 17″ Laptop Business Portfolio

Offering designer good looks and a practical interior, this awesome briefcase from Kenneth Cole is made from durable 1680D ballistic polyester and has a fully-lined interior.

The front compartments offer easy access to your passport, cell phone, and other essentials, and on the inside, the main compartment is designed with a checkpoint-friendly/EZ-scan feature that lets you keep it safely tucked away while going through airport security .

The dual top handles and padded shoulder strap ensure that it is always easy to carry, and the rear exterior trolley strap allows you to slip the briefcase over the handle of your spinner suitcase to create the perfect travel system for business trips and longer stays away.

  • Genuinely has enough room for your 17.3-inch laptop plus files and accessories
  • The shoulder strap feels surprisingly flimsy

Samsonite Leather Expandable Briefcase

This finely-crafted briefcase is made from smooth and supple genuine leather, and the spacious design is an awesome choice for everyday use.

With a padded laptop compartment that can comfortably house up to a 15.6-inch laptop computer, it also offers a variety of compartments and pockets for keeping your files and accessories well-organized.

The comfortable carry handles are sturdy enough to support the weight of the bag , even when full, and with an expandable compartment, you can even squeeze in a few extras for overnight stays.

This bag also features a SmartPocket design that can be slipped over the handle of your spinner suitcase for more convenient transportation.

  • It really has been built to last
  • The shiny surface makes it look more like faux leather

Matein Rolling Laptop Bag

This awesome rolling briefcase comes with a USB interface and built-in cable that allows you to charge your devices (using your own choice of power bank ).

With a spacious front zippered pocket, you can enjoy easy access to your most used documents and essentials while you travel, and the spacious main compartment is large enough to carry your clothes, shoes, and other much-needed items.

With a padded compartment that will keep your 15.6-inch laptop well-protected and a zippered accordion-style file holder, this case offers all the space you need for business trips and overnight stays.

With 4 in-line skate wheels and a retractable handle , this bag is easy to pull along behind you, and the compact 17.7 x 9.5 x 13.7-inch dimensions make it carry-on-compatible for most airlines.

  • Practical and super spacious
  • The laptop compartment is towards the front of the bag, meaning it can tip over

The 7 Best Briefcases for Women

Easegave laptop bag for women.

Available in a choice of 10 stunning colors, this beautiful Suffiano eco-leather briefcase offers plenty of space for all of your daily business essentials.

With a dedicated and well-padded compartment to hold your 15.6-inch laptop, it also features further structured interior compartments, as well as 2 slip pockets and a zip-fastening pocket for smaller items.

Understated and incredibly chic, this laptop briefcase also comes with a turn-lock flap closure to keep your belongings secure , and with a lined interior and adjustable strap, it offers a stylish way to carry your work around with you.

  • This briefcase bag looks and feels gorgeous
  • The strap isn’t particularly strong

ECOSUSI Women’s Briefcase

Made from smooth and luxurious vegan leather, this gorgeous women’s briefcase looks pretty as a picture. With elegant, vintage styling, it comes in a selection of colorways, and the spacious interior offers all the space you need for your day-to-day essentials.

On the inside, it has room to carry a laptop measuring up to 15.6 inches, and the additional zipper pockets are perfect for keeping your wallet, cell phone, and other items safe on the move.

The adjustable strap makes it easy to sling the briefcase over your shoulder , and the unusual cut-out design with an oversize bow and magnetic closure makes this an excellent choice for fashionable commuters and students.

  • Extremely high quality for the price
  • It’s not big enough for large folders

Solo New York Bryant Rolling Bag with Wheels

Versatile enough to be used for work, school, or even nights away, this rolling briefcase bag is spacious enough to carry plenty of your business essentials.

Made from high-quality materials, it comes with a fully-padded 17.3-inch laptop compartment and features a zip-down organizer section and file dividers to ensure that you stay well-organized.

With a push-button telescoping handle and 4 smooth-rolling wheels, you can pull your belongings along behind you, making light work of long journeys and business trips away.

  • Plenty of storage space and padded protection
  • A 17-inch laptop is a bit of a squeeze

Bagsmart 17.3 Inch Laptop Bag

Offering excellent value for money, this versatile and practical women’s briefcase bag comes in a selection of fashionable colors.

Made from durable and water-resistant polyester fabric, it comes complete with metal hooks and zippers, and the well-thought-out design offers plenty of space for your laptop, files, pens, and other essentials.

The padded laptop compartment can comfortably house devices measuring up to 17 inches, and the expansion zipper offers extra inches for clothing, files, textbooks, and so much more.

With an ergonomic shoulder strap, this bag is comfortable to carry, even when full , and the back slip pocket slides over the handle of your spinner suitcase for increased convenience on longer journeys.

  • It will let your larger laptop slip in and out easy
  • It can feel quite heavy when fully loaded

LOVEVOOK Laptop Bag for Women

Fashionable and full of character, this gorgeous satchel-style bag comes with a padded computer compartment that fits devices measuring up to 15.6 inches.

With lots of lovely interior pockets, this is a practical bag for everyday use , and the 2 large pockets on the front make for easy access to your most essential items.

Made from high-quality PU leather, it has a distinctive design and gorgeous hardware, and the zippered back pocket offers a safe place to quickly access your valuables.

With a sturdy carry handle and an adjustable shoulder strap, this briefcase provides a stylish and practical way to haul your work, school, or college essentials with you, everywhere you go.

  • It will easily fit your laptop and peripherals
  • More for fashion than it is for durability

CLUCI Women Oil Wax Leather Briefcase

Available in a selection of stylish colorways, this upscale briefcase is made from soft, 2-toned cowhide leather . It has a super-stylish look with a durable fabric lining and high-quality hardware.

The large capacity interior has a padded laptop compartment for 15.6-inch devices, and the further inner pockets, card and pen slots, front magnetic pocket, and hidden back pocket offer plenty of space for all of your school or workplace essentials.

With an external U-shaped zipper, you can easily access your items, and the adjustable handle and attach-a-bag strap make it easy to carry or attach to your suitcase for increased convenience.

  • It feels soft and supple
  • The design makes it feel quite heavy

Kensington Contour Balance Notebook

This incredible carry-on bag comes with super smooth, inline skate wheels that make it easy to maneuver.

With the look and feel of a regular tote bag, it hides a multitude of clever design features , and the laptop compartment with built-in drop protection ensures that your 15.4-inch laptop will remain well-protected in transit.

The ergonomic design hugs the body and shifts the center of gravity for a more comfortable carry, and being 25% lighter than traditional rollers, you won’t need to worry about lifting it into the overhead compartment. With an organizer front pocket and additional zipper pockets, it offers all the storage space you need for business trips and busy days.

  • The super-smooth wheels
  • The grab handles can get in the way of accessing the compartments

From colorful cases to luxury wheeled options, there are a ton of great briefcases to suit every kind of traveler. With padded laptop compartments, organizer pockets, expandable zippers, and lots of useful extra storage, a modern-day briefcase offers so much more than just a portable file holder.

With options to suit school kids, college students, and business users alike, and available in a wealth of styles for every budget, a laptop briefcase is an investment in your day-to-day success.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a suitcase and a briefcase.

Business professionals typically use a briefcase to hold documents, whereas a suitcase is larger and used to hold clothes and toiletries.

Are briefcases bad for your back?

Briefcases could be bad for your back, but only if they are too heavy. Briefcases are usually carried in one hand or over your shoulder using a strap, which means that the weight is not evenly distributed. If your briefcase is lightweight and not full, you should be able to carry it without any back issues.

Do people still use hard briefcases?

The use of hard briefcases has been on a hard decline over the last couple of decades as they have fallen out of fashion. However, soft briefcases are still widely used and both a practical and stylish option for business professionals.

Can you put a laptop in a briefcase?

A lot of modern-day briefcases will have a dedicated laptop compartment. Most will comfortably fit a 15-inch laptop, but some have been designed to accommodate a 17-inch laptop.

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It comes for all of us eventually—the creeping realization that you need to graduate from your backpack to (gulp) a briefcase. But only the best briefcases for men will ensure that you don't just shuffle your way into the real world, but burst into it like you own the place (or at least look like you kind of, sort of belong). Sure, your beloved book bag can haul your laptop just fine, but if you're gearing up to fly the coop, you should probably dress like it, too.

The Best Briefcases for Men, According to GQ

  • The Everyday Pick: Bellroy Via Work Bag , $129
  • The Mega-Value Pick: Time Resistance Full-Grain Leather Briefcase , $233
  • The Rugged-but-Refined Pick: Filson Rugged Twill Original Briefcase , $495
  • The Leather Pick: Carl Friedrik Palissy Briefcase , $745
  • The Convertible Pick: Porter-Yoshida & Co. Tanker 3Way Briefcase , $674
  • The Travel-Ready Pick: L.L.Bean Stonington Daily Carry Work Bag , $119
  • The Rolling Pick: Tumi Alpha 3 Collection Compact 4-Wheel Briefcase , $825
  • The Large-and-In-Charge Pick: Thom Browne Mr. Browne Briefcase , $3690
  • The Splurge-Worthy Pick: Goyard Ambassade Briefcase , Price upon request

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Investing in a briefcase might feel a bit, uh, old old-fashioned . But your daily work bag doesn't have to look so dusty. After all, our modern-day working experience isn't so tied to stuffy cubicles as it is a local cafe or shared workspaces…or our own kitchen. And briefcases have morphed accordingly. These days they're lighter, but no less well-constructed, more adaptable to the many environments and “offices” we inhabit. And, crucially, they're a lot more stylish. That’s not to say the bags aren’t still elegant (they very much are), but they’re capable of taking a licking and still ticking. But only the best briefcases will look better the more you use them. Briefcases also help you focus on the essentials, ensuring that you’re not overpacking while providing plenty of storage. Dedicated laptop sleeves provide safe and secure storage with siloed zipper pockets for tablets, notebooks, and even smartphone pockets. Having everything organized in one place can help eliminate the digging around that sometimes happens in larger-sized bags, as everything is essentially all right at your fingertips.  So it's time to grow up, but if you're not sure where to begin, we’ve got you covered with a veritable A-team of options. From the hyper-technical to the rugged workhorses to the classically elegant, the high-end flexes to the affordable entry points. So, yes. Investing in a briefcase might feel like the turning of a page to being slightly more serious—but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun considering all the new options in the process.

The Best Everyday Briefcase: Bellroy Via Work Bag

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Via Work Bag

Bellroy's got a knack for minimalist design with maximalist functionality and its Tech Briefcase is a deceptively simple bag that belies its many features. The strategically-designed interior delivers maximum storage capacity in a handsome minimalist package. Unzip the sturdy nylon shell to pack in everything you need for a day at the grind: a laptop, water bottle, and a spare sweater to battle office AC extremes. Inside you'll find a padded laptop sleeve, a mesh zip pocket for keeping your smaller items like keys and sunglasses protected, and a generous center cavity for anything else you may need to haul to and from the office. On the outside, it's got a cleverly hidden zip pocket for easy-access items like a book or an iPad as well as a luggage pass-through feature that lets you attach it to luggage. Its weather resistant fabric and coated zippers help protect your goods from the weather, too. But the most clever feature might be the hidden AirTag slip pocket so you can feel safe and secure.

The Best Value Briefcase: Time Resistance Leather Briefcase

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Time Resistance

Full-Grain Leather Briefcase

Amazon might not be the first place you look for a top-shelf briefcase, but we'll forgive the oversight. Crafted in Italy from fine full-grain leather with heavy brass hardware, this classic design by Time Resistance is fit to pair with your sharpest suits. Got an important meeting coming up first thing…Monday? Don't sweat it, that's what Prime is for.

The Best Rugged-but-Refined Briefcase: Filson Original Briefcase

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Rugged Twill Original Briefcase

Filson has a storied legacy going back to the Gold Rush days as a manufacturer of quality and dependable goods and clothing, which is to say that their Original Briefcase is built to last. Constructed from a heavy-duty twill fabric that’s similar to what you’d find on a sturdy work or chore coat , the exterior will stay together no matter how rough on it you are. It’s also lightly waxed so that it’s water-resistant if it gets caught in the rain. Critically, the bottom is super reinforced so that when you’re loading up the two wide stow interior pockets, the fabric won’t rip or shred. Plus, the interior pockets keep everything organized and at a glance when you need it most. Rugged yet refined, the Original Briefcase is pretty much exactly what you’d want from a bag nowadays: something capable yet timeless and with plenty of functionality so that you buy it once and hold onto it forever.

The Best Leather Briefcase: Carl Friedrik Palissy Briefcase

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Carl Friedrik

Palissy Briefecase

Briefcases are so inherently utilitarian that it might be odd to think of something so functional as sexy. And yet, that’s exactly the first thing that comes to mind when you see Carl Friedrik’s Palissy Briefcase. It feels like the briefcase you’d see the employees of Sterling Cooper carrying back in the ‘60s, thanks to an extremely elegant vachetta leather, which is the de-facto go-to material for high-end bags. But it’s not just that gloriously smooth, blemish-free exterior that will age gracefully. The gorgeous nickel-silver hardware really pops and will only look better the more you use the bag. Plus, it’s on the slimmer side of things, while still ensuring you’ve got enough room for a laptop, a tablet, and multiple other essentials thanks to a handful of interior zipper pockets. So, yes, this is a sexy bag, thank you very much!

The Best Rolling Briefcase for Travel: Tumi Alpha 3 Briefcase

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Alpha 3 Collection Compact 4-wheel Laptop Briefcase

A rolling briefcase is a briefcase in the same way that a flying car is a car. And we'll admit that, personally, collectively, we'd probably opt for any other briefcase on this page, paired with some of our favorite carry-on luggage , to handle our business class needs. But with those confessions out of the way, we recognize that some of you are living that Up In the Air life, and optimization trumps vibes. So cash in those credit card points and get Tumi's Alpha 3 Collection rolling briefcase.

It's a softshell briefcase that holds laptops up to 15" and lets you knock out a 2-day trade show without subjecting your spine to 12-hour days lugging presentations and paperwork. Since there's no need to stay svelte, the Tumi brings a removable accordion folder, mesh panels, a gang of media pockets, a USB-A port (though it's BYO battery), and enough room for a change of clothes. Maneuvering through the airport is easy, too, thanks to its 360-degree spinner wheels and a sleeve that easily attaches to your other luggage, making for a kind of rolling luggage totem pole. Of course, it passes muster as a carry-on, so you don't have to worry about checking your work essentials. After that, your only concerns are figuring out in-flight WiFi and how to expense those in-flight whiskeys.

The Best Convertible Briefcase: Porter-Yoshida & Co. 3Way Briefcase

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Porter-Yoshida & Co.

3Way Tank Briefcase

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Porter-Yoshida & Co.'s Tanker bag is inspired by military flight jackets: you can see it in the standard-issue sateen fabric with contrasting orange interior, which makes finding your goods easy. Visibility gets even easier: the main compartment hinges open from one side, lying flat like luggage. Technically there's no laptop sleeve, but the slimmer zipped pocket is where you'd stash your MacBook. (We'd recommend bringing your own protective sleeve.) But we haven't gotten to the “3Way” part of the Tanker's name—and why we love this brief. It can go from tote to cross-body to backpack in a flash, with integrated backpack straps flipping out of a zipped pocket and clipping into place in seconds. Which makes running around town (or the terminal) a lot easier on your spine.

The Best Briefcase for a Weekend Away: L.L.Bean Stonington Work Bag

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Stonington Daily Carry Work Bag

If you need to carry a change of clothes—maybe because work's taking you on an overnighter, or you're hitting the gym before clocking in—you want a bag that can handle the extra gear without looking like you dragged your weekender into an executive meeting. Bean's hybrid is simple enough to blend in everywhere, but has enough structure to keep things looking put together. Canvas, leather handles and zip pulls, and L.L.Bean's classic Northeastern style bring a vintage (but not old-timey) style. We'd probably opt for one of the two darker colors; they look a little more serious, and since this is untreated cotton canvas, they'll hide the inevitable coffee spills and accumulated dirt better.

The Best Splurge-Worthy Briefcase: Goyard Ambassade Briefcase

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Goyard Ambassade briefcase

There's a reason your favorite rappers all name-drop Goyard a dozen times an album. The French luggage and bag house deals only in absolute grails, the type designed specifically for flaunting at your side as you descend the stairs of a private jet. This soft-sided briefcase allows you to bring all that pure opulence with you into work every day, with its iconic hand-painted, coated-canvas exterior and calfskin trims practically screaming, “I'VE MADE IT!” And honestly, if you've hustled hard enough to afford a bag this beautiful, you really have. (Speaking of price, we should clarify: Goyard's Ambassade is, obviously, not $0. Goyard doesn't sell this bag online. You'll need to call or visit a shop to get yourself hooked up. Prepare to spend four figures.)

The Best Large-and-In-Charge Briefcase

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Thom Browne

Mr. Thom Briefcase

Office attire had been in the doldrums before Thom Browne came along to shift it into high-fashion territory . Of course, his brief is going to do the same. The elegant bell shape pays homage to vintage luggage, opening like a doctor's bag so you can dig around inside easily. Brass hardware against the lightly pebbled leather, with a small hit of Browne's signature red-white-and-blue grosgrain on the hang tag feels very now . There's only a single zip pocket built into the lining, but acres of space in there—at eight inches front-to-back, this brief's double the depth of almost every other briefcase option here. That means it'll happily fit your laptop, documents, and everything else during the workweek, then swallow a couple Oxford cloth button downs and some underwear as a chic weekender bag.

Your Briefcase-Related FAQs, Answered

There are a few non-negotiables when it comes to a quality briefcase, in our eyes: A laptop sleeve, ideally padded. At least two compartments for stashing chargers and things like keys, pens, and a granola bar for the midday lull. It should close so people can't dash off with your MacBook while you're ordering a half-calf.

From there, we get into matters of priority. Personally, we want enough space to stash a water bottle (hydration, so important). We also want the option to carry it with handles or sling it over our shoulder with an (ideally removable, definitely comfortable) strap, because not every day needs to be arm day. But we have a fashion-forward model or two that don't have either, and one Platinum Club-ready model that swaps straps for wheels. You gotta know what works for your work.

Finally, you gotta decide what looks right. You don't want to be hauling around a briefcase that makes you feel like a kid in his dad's clothes, nor do you want a brief that puts you at a disadvantage in the room. A big fashion flex might be your personal dream, but may send the wrong message if your weekdays are spent soliciting charitable donations. On the flip side, you can absolutely make a rugged Filson work with your power suit. Ultimately, you're the best judge of where cool and crushing it come together in the best briefcase for your situation.

Construction: A briefcase gets used and abused for 5/7ths of the week—more if you're a weekend road warrior. As a result, we look for top-quality fabrics, supple leather, well-sewn seams, hardy carry handles and straps, and zippers that don't bind or feel ready to blow out the first time you get a little overzealous packing for the day. Quality isn't always proportional to price, though up to about $1,000, every extra hundo or two tends to bring upgrades on the specs.

Style: We're past the Mad Men era of uniformly dark suits and boxy leather briefs; briefcases are now as aesthetically varied as the jobs you'd use them for. You can go sleek or fashion-forward, simple or rugged. But whatever briefcase you carry (or sling over your shoulder), it should feel like it means business in the way you need it to.

Storage: We're looking for a well-organized, adaptable interior that'll protect your laptop in its own sleeve and let you stash both odds-and-ends (from keys to keycards to headphones) and bigger stuff (maybe even gym gear) in smart, accessible ways. And we like exterior pockets on soft-sided briefs for easy grab-n-go gear.

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The 20 Best Briefcases for Men, Tested by Style Experts

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THE PERFECT accessory needed for your professional life is a briefcase. Whether you're a seasoned executive or a young, up-and-coming professional, choosing the right briefcase is a decision that should not be taken lightly. In fact, with the best briefcase for men at hand, you're not just a businessman—you are the business, man.

Expandable Travel Briefcase with Organizer

Best affordable briefcase

Ytonet expandable travel briefcase with organizer.

Dryden Briefcase

Best rugged briefcase

Filson dryden briefcase.

Ion Briefcase

Most Versatile briefcase

Mack weldon ion briefcase.

Tokyo Work Bag

Best Travel Briefcase

Bellroy tokyo work bag.

Leather Briefcase

Best Affordable Leather Briefcase

Time resistance leather briefcase.

Pathfinder Slim Briefcase

best premium briefcase

Troubadour pathfinder slim briefcase.

Boxford L Crossbody bag

Best everyday briefcase

Longchamp boxford l crossbody bag.

Expandable Work-Brief

Best expandable briefcase

Briggs & riley expandable work-brief.

Texel Tech Bag

Best waterproof briefcase

Rains texel tech bag.

Classic Leather Toploader

Best value briefcase

Samsonite classic leather toploader.

A true gentleman's essential, the best briefcases for men will not only complete your business or office attire but also keep your belongings organized in impeccable fashion. However, there are a few things to keep in mind. The best briefcases for men need to be crafted from high-quality, durable materials—from leather to ripstop nylon to waxed canvas—that can withstand the rigors of daily use, wherever you’re headed. The best briefcases for men also should have ample space and smartly organized compartments inside to accommodate your laptop, gadgets, documents, and other essentials, keeping them orderly and easily accessible.

Lastly, from classic leather designs to modern sleek options, the best briefcases for men will make a lasting impression in any business-friendly setting to make you look professional as well. With these factors in mind, our team has tried on and tested different briefcases on real-life occasions to find the 20 best that will instantly elevate your professional image. Refined, rugged, and ready for anything, our 20 best briefcases for men will not only meet but also exceed your expectations.

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This Amazon bestseller has amassed over 6,000 five-star ratings. Customers love its no-frills design and polyester exterior that's stain and scratch-resistant, so it can take a licking during your daily commute.

Plus, it's expandable with plenty of compartments to hold your computer, water bottle, and everyday carry. We love that this spacious laptop bag in fact offers independent compartments for all your essentials with front zipper pockets to file compartment to a foam-padded sleeve accommodating even large laptops

But that's not all: the expansion zipper allows you to increase the capacity so that it'll be able to carry as much stuff as a duffle bag! We also love how the strap lets you attach the briefcase securely to our luggage, freeing our hands during travels. Switch between the removable shoulder strap and soft carry handle for the most comfortable way to carry it.

These days, you can take a briefcase to less manicured offices like, say, a construction zone. This one from Filson checks all the boxes of a work brief, and it's infused with the outerwear brand's all-weather features like a water-repellent nylon fabric and slotted pockets to hold small multi-tools.

Firstly, we love how crazy comfortable it is to carry: it is light, with handles made of bridle leather that'll soften up and mold to your hand over time. There's a strap for slinging it across your back, and even a trolley strap to slide over the handle of your rolling luggage.

Secondly, it looks very tough. Made from water-repellent, abrasion-resistant nylon, this briefcase case held up to our heavy use and even comes with a double layer over the bottom to last even longer. Lastly, it just looks good. While you might not sport it to some fancy skyscraper office, it's hella everyday-friendly and makes you look rugged and professional at the same time.

Mack Weldon bills this as a hybrid briefcase that works like a portable desk, and we have to agree. It's loaded with functional compartments, and a padded organizer panel to keep charging cords, headphones, and your wallet safely in place. Plus it even comes with an adjustable strap to clip on like a mini messenger bag.

Crafted with 100% industrial twill, this lightweight, ultra-portable briefcase is built to last and designed to revolutionize your work life. Equipped with two padded tech compartments, your valuable devices stay safe and secure inside the Ion. Our favorite part is that it's got a non-slip laptop rest that ensures stability while you work on the move. There's even a handy organizer panel for cords, pens, and more, which has helped us organize our essentials effortlessly and effectively.

Frequent flyers will love this brief with tons of travel-friendly details like a clamshell opening that lays flat in an overhead bin, water- and scratch-resistant fabric made from recycled materials, and an internal mesh divider to hold and separate your electronics and underwear. A perfect carry-on for those last-minute business trips.

All in all, this professional commuter briefcase gives us ingenious use of space and smart compartments. Inside, you'll find a well-organized sanctuary for all your essentials, from a laptop sleeve to a tablet slip to raised mesh sunglasses and elastic slip pockets. We also love that it's got a quick-access front pocket and a hidden water bottle pocket to ensure we stay hydrated while traveling. The zip opening is also very wide, allowing for easy access. Plus, the luggage pass-through slides effortlessly over a suitcase handle, making travel a breeze.

Another Amazon bestseller, this one receives top marks for its classic buckle design and its premium leather construction at a relatively affordable price point. Beyond its value, customers love how sturdy it is, holding up even after years of use.

Crafted to withstand the test of time, this leather briefcase uses durable hardware, tear-resistant lining, and reliable YKK zippers to ensure a look that will get better with age, and we love how the shell has already developed a nice patina after one year of usage. In addition, this briefcase is also designed with your comfort and everyday practicality in mind, featuring multiple pockets inside and outside, a convenient key lock closure, and a padded, adjustable shoulder strap. Overall, we found that its spacious dimension plus timeless look easily cater to your professional needs while providing a striking presence.

This is really a smart, well-designed briefcase, and I have been recommending it to a lot of folks. It’s fancy and sustainable and does not look cheap at all. Crafted from premium lightweight and waterproof fabric, it has been able to keep my valuable contents safe and dry, even on rainy, snowy days. Inside, you'll find a large external pocket and a padded compartment specifically designed to cradle your MacBook with care, not to mention a handful of pockets and slips and compartments here and there (and probably too many paper-type compartments than you might actually use).

We also love its big outer sleeve, which lets us store really essential stuff and keeps them easily and readily accessible. For the avid traveler, this briefcase comes with a trolley sleeve as well that slides effortlessly over luggage handles. If you're searching for a travel/work bag that blended low-profile, high-quality, and solid utility, this is it.

This is my go-to briefcase for a workday in the office or a casual day out with friends or a work-filled weekend when I need to carry a laptop with me to grind in a nearby Starbucks. I personally am a fan of its flap close: crafted with both zip closure and a flap closure with magnetic buttons, it has ensured my belongings are securely stowed to provide me some peace of mind on the go. And I love how adjustable the shoulder strap is to offer me the perfect fit for my comfort, whether I carry it over one shoulder or crossbody-style.

Inside, you’ll find spacious tablet and laptop pockets that cater to your modern tech needs, and the multiple internal pockets will keep your other essentials tidy and within reach as well. And the look roams somewhere between rugged and professional, with a shell fabric that has been able to withstand any wear or tear for over two years so far for me.

Briggs & Riley Expandable Work-Brief

Budget-friendly, Briggs and Riley's bestselling brief is crafted from 1600D ballistic nylon to be water- and abrasion-resistant so it can last through years of commuting. Customers love how lightweight it is given its ample storage. More importantly, it is expandable on demand, providing an additional 2.5 inches of packing space for those spontaneous travel needs.

Inside, you'll find a monstrosity of organization: the three-section layout comprising an organizer, main compartment, and laptop compartment. And your effortless everyday organization awaits with its elastic slip pockets, pen loops, and gusseted compartments too.

In addition, we love how the zip-around expansion, corner SpeedThru™ pocket, and convenient slip-through back panel add to the briefcase's overall travel-ready design. The bag can also be packed traditionally or laid flat like a suitcase, accommodating bulky items with ease.

Zip up and gear up for a seamless, safety-first commute with this waterproof briefcase. Here we consider it a must-have for daily adventures. Constructed from Rains' signature waterproof PU fabric, not only does it feel extra smooth it also ensures carrying strength and durability so it’ll last you. While it boasts capacity, its clever design and reduced proportions keep the whole thing easy to carry and light. Still, there are various zips and front utility pockets which are perfect for storing passports, chargers, and other small essentials.

A large zip pocket sits between the front pockets and the main compartment, offering ample space for small tablets and notebooks. Inside the main compartment, you'll find a padded laptop sleeve, along with zip and mesh pockets for even more efficient organization.

A no-nonsense briefcase that gets the job done. We love how it's part practical and part professional and part stylish. Offering specialized compartments for all your tech essentials and a dedicated back compartment for seamless file organization, I've been able to experience the ease of organization that every professional deserves with this briefcase. Convenience is also at our fingertips with its easy access front zip pocket and the large front organizer pocket, complete with tablet and phone pockets, as well as pen pockets.

We also found this briefcase really comfortable to carry. It features a full-sized top handle and an adjustable, detachable strap with a non-slip shoulder pad. At this under-$200 price tag, it's practically a steal.

Ralph Lauren Leather Messenger Bag

Leather Messenger Bag

For guys that still have a formal office dress code, this stately bag goes well with any suit. It's made with burnished leather for a tasteful luxe finish that looks at home in a boardroom, corner office, or a power lunch.

Lands' End Waxed Canvas Laptop Briefcase

Waxed Canvas Laptop Briefcase

When it comes to your everyday briefcase, dependability is key. This in particular can carry your essential files, laptop, and work tools to make it an indispensable part of your professional life. Its waxed canvas outer even evokes a sense of ruggedness every time you use it. It feels natural, earthy, and downright satisfying to touch while ensuring sturdiness and reliability.

TUMI Alpha Bravo Academy Briefcase

Alpha Bravo Academy Briefcase

Here's a luxe travel brief that'll get you from the tarmac to your office meeting. Lots of storage pockets for knick knacks and overnight clothes, while its navy nylon fabric makes for a polished finish.

Solo New York Grand Central Attaché with Combination Locks

Grand Central Attaché with Combination Locks

Despite its very old-school and pre-modern design, this attaché briefcase is actually quite functional. Its classic black leather outer screams sophistication and professionalism, while its interior offers a large capacity main compartment, providing ample space for all your essentials. You’ll also be able to stay organized with the interior organizer section and the file pocket with a Velcro closure. And if security is a priority, this briefcase even has a dual combination lock system to safeguard your belongings.

Mark & Graham Harvey Leather Briefcase

Harvey Leather Briefcase

A classic leather briefcase for the classy man. Not only does the Harvey boast carry handles and an adjustable shoulder strap for seamless travel, but its impeccable craftsmanship makes it extra long-lasting and effortless at elevating your professional style. We also love how the outer will get better looking with age and develop a nice patina over time.

Inside, the multiple interior pockets and a laptop sleeve will offer the necessary organization for your bits and bobs. For a personal touch, you can even add a subtle foil or debossed monogram.

Shinola The Slim Traveler Brief

The Slim Traveler Brief

Here's a leather bag that's more business casual than formal. It's slightly baggier than those buckled briefs but still has a refined finish to make it office-appropriate. Available in two colors, we prefer the brown one, which has a collegiate-striped strap that makes it an ideal graduation gift.

Tecovas The Briefcase

The Briefcase

Tecovas, a purveyor of dope-looking cowboy boots, also applies its Western craftsmanship to its marquee briefcase. Made with durable presidio leather, this slightly rugged, highly-stylish bag looks just as good as other leather briefcases worth thousands more.

COACH Metropolitan Slim Brief

Metropolitan Slim Brief

If you're a suit-and-tie guy who needs a good-looking briefcase that still pairs well with your Casual Friday uniform, get this one from Coach. The Slim Brief lives up to its name: sleek, slender, and rendered in beautiful glove-tanned leather that shows co-workers you really mean business. But don't let its lean frame fool you: it's still spacious enough to hold a 15-inch laptop and a handful of folders.

Banana Republic Suede Briefcase

Suede Briefcase

Make a lasting impression at the office or on a leisurely day trip with this beautiful, gentleman-like briefcase. Crafted from soft yet sturdy suede, it’s a luxurious accessory that will age gracefully, becoming your own treasured heirloom for probably generations to come. With a zip compartment at the back, an internal laptop sleeve, and zip pocket storage, it’s also hella functional. All in all, we love how it is equally suited for work or leisure, serving style and substance at once.

PORTER-YOSHIDA & CO. Porter Tanker 3way Briefcase in Olive

Porter Tanker 3way Briefcase in Olive

Todd Snyder specializes in updating menswear essentials with a utilitarian, Americana aesthetic. Take its Porter Tanker brief, which takes inspiration from MA-1 flight jackets and has three layers of protection for your office gear. Its exterior keeps it looking professional, like a dressy bomber jacket.

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The 10 best business travel backpacks for style and comfort

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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

best travel business briefcase

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

best travel business briefcase

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.

best travel business briefcase

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

best travel business briefcase

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.

best travel business briefcase

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

best travel business briefcase

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.

best travel business briefcase

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

best travel business briefcase

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.

best travel business briefcase

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

best travel business briefcase

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.

best travel business briefcase

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

best travel business briefcase

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.

best travel business briefcase

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

best travel business briefcase

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.

best travel business briefcase

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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16 best briefcases for men 2023

The 16 Best Briefcases That Always Mean Business

Rise in the ranks with these sleek carryalls.

A good briefcase can come in any style, and be suited to your needs. Leather, nylon, canvas, or cotton, a briefcase should let employers and employees know that you’re a boss, you need to be respected, and don’t have time to deal with inflated egos. Yes, they're supposed to hold your essentials, your electronics , documents, and corporate or legal briefs (hence the name), but the vibe it telegraphs is even more important. So go ahead, do as I did, invest in a briefcase, preferably one from the list below. All of them will surely let others know you’re ready to rise in the ranks.

Tumi Expandable Organizer Laptop Briefcase

Expandable Organizer Laptop Briefcase

Tumi never disappoints when it comes to travel accessories, and this briefcase is proof. The bag features a panoply of pockets, all of them easy to access, in case you need to reach for a charger on a flight or your passport on the TSA line. And should you come back from your trip with more than you came with (as is often the case), the briefcase is completely expandable, offering extra compartments to store whatever.

Coach Metropolitan Slim Briefcase

Metropolitan Slim Briefcase

When Coach presented its first collection of leather goods, it was inspired by the supple feel of a well-worn glove. And living up to its reputation is the brand's Metropolitan briefcase. The bag is hardwearing, and features multifunctional pockets and a zipper lock for security, but what really makes it great is its buttery surface.

Filson Rugged Twill Original Briefcase

Rugged Twill Original Briefcase

If you're the kind of guy who likes his wares a little rough and tough, you're probably no stranger to Filson. The brand offers some of the most hardwearing apparel and accessories, all of done up in durable materials and stylishly functional in looks. Take this briefcase, for example: It's made of strong twill with sleek leather handles and straps, and brass hardware. Which means it can take you from the office to a bar—or a camp ground—with ease.

Samsonite OpenRoad Laptop Briefcase

OpenRoad Laptop Briefcase

Samsonite has a full collection of travel accessories: suitcases and carry-ons in all shapes and sizes, often made of heavy-duty polyester-nylon blends. Of course it has briefcase that fits the same bill, with a number of spacious storage compartments, including one with memory foam padding for your laptop.

Smythson Slim Briefcase

Slim Briefcase

From every English royal since Queen Victoria to the Beckhams to Madonna, almost every Brit (and wannabe brit) of stature is a loyal customer of Smythson. The label has been making the most exquisite stationary, journals, and leather goods for centuries, never deviating from its elegant and minimal mindset. This briefcase from the brand's City collection—an assortment of essentials made for metropolitan dwellers—is a prime example.

Tecovas Leather Briefcase

Leather Briefcase

You know Tecovas for their durable, stylish leather cowboy boots, and you'll be happy to hear that they put that same high-quality design into other leather goods, too. This briefcase is an everyday essential, with ample pocket space, a crossbody strap, top handles, and—best of all—a rugged, worn-in look.

Berluti 2 Jour Neo Scritto Venezia Briefcase

2 Jour Neo Scritto Venezia Briefcase

If you're in search of an investment briefcase that you'll never need (or want) to replace, Berluti is an infallible choice. Their iconic scritto design is splashed across a smooth leather surface, with organizational pockets and room for a laptop.

Ted Baker Saffiano Leather Document Bag

Saffiano Leather Document Bag

Ted Baker has a sleek briefcase you'll never need to think twice about. A zip pocket ensures extra security, while soft, pliable leather makes for the perfect commuter piece.

Carl Friedrik Palissy Briefcase

Palissy Briefcase

For something sleek, slim, and incredibly lightweight, Carl Friedrik has you covered. This briefcase is adorned with inner and outer pockets to keep all your things organized, and the thin silhouette keeps you from being weighed down by a bulky bag.

Mack Weldon Ion Briefcase

Ion Briefcase

Some offices don't call for a high-end leather briefcase, though. For a casual day-to-day bag that still has room for everything you need (and more!), Mack Weldon's easy, basic briefcase will get you through the work day and everything that comes after it.

Herschel Supply Co. Tech Gibson Bag

Tech Gibson Bag

We love Herschel for its backpacks and duffles; they're unfussy and affordable, sleekly styled and made of durable polyester. The same could be said of the brand's briefcases, including the Tech Gibson, which, in addition to its almost-impenetrable surface, features a padded and fleece-lined laptop sleeve.

Montblanc Meisterstück Document Case

Meisterstück Document Case

In the world of luxury, Montblanc has all the stuff to get ahead in the office, particularly from its Meisterstück collection, which includes the finest leather goods and writing instruments. Now, the brand's new creative director, Marco Tomasetta, is celebrating Montblanc's storied history, combining, in a way, both categories in one item. The stitched-down leather below the handles on this briefcase, for example, are a visual reference to the nib of the brand's iconic pen.

Ghurka Examiner No. 5 Briefcase

Examiner No. 5 Briefcase

Ghurka has been around since what feels like time immemorial, but really since the 1970s. It has remained strong in the biz because it continues to offers quality leather fashioned into classic silhouettes. John Truex, the creative director since 2019, aims to keep to this credo, digging into the archives and reissuing styles with a more luxurious finish. Case in point: the Examiner No. 5 briefcase.

Prada Saffiano Leather Briefcase

Saffiano Leather Briefcase

Prada is a directional brand, one that experiments with materials and silhouettes to create pieces that are new, fresh, but are also everlasting. And one of its greatest success was the introduction of the brand's signature Saffiano, a cross-hatched, embossed leather with a pleasingly textured surface. It's a great way to ward off actually scratches. What's more, the bag is deceptively roomy. It is slim in shape, yes, but you can fit a 13-inch laptop, your latest issue of Esquire magazine, and whatever else you need for the day.

Louis Vuitton Calf Leather Briefcase

Calf Leather Briefcase

Louis Vuitton's trunks are legendary. For centuries, the French label provided premier names with travel accessories that took them and their belonging to far-flung locations and back. Nowadays, all that is pretty much needed is a small carry-on and a bag to hold your laptop. Always adapting to the times, LV has released a briefcase that's slim, sleek, and will hold your computer without fuss.

Bottega Venta Intrecciato Briefcase

Intrecciato Briefcase

Bottega Veneta is known for many things, but the brand's Intrecciato leather is first and foremost. In the '70s, the Italian label introduced a line of bags made of precision-cut leather strips woven together to form a tactile and eye-catching pattern. It was such a hit that, over time, BV started to build on this legacy, introducing a number of goods that used Intrecciato or were inspired by it. So, if you want a briefcase with unwavering cachet, make sure to cop this one stat.

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Best Travel Briefcase: Basic, Wheeled And More

Need a good briefcase for travel? You’re definitely in the right place! In this detailed review, you will see ten of the best travel briefcases money can buy. 

Some are standard briefcases, while other are really versatile bags that can work for anything. And you will see briefcases you can get for $30, as well as some luxe options with triple digit price tags. 

Our Top Picks

Yogci leather briefcase for men.

YOGCI Mens Real Leather Briefcase Business Travel Messenger Bag Fits 17 Inch Laptop YKK Zipper (Black)

Perry Ellis 8-wheel Spinner Mobile Office

Perry Ellis 8-Wheel Spinner Mobile Office, Black, One Size

KROSER 17.1" Laptop Briefcase

KROSER Laptop Bag For 17' Laptop Briefcase Water-Repellent Expandable Computer Bag Business Messenger Bag Shoulder Bag for School/Travel/Women/Men-Black

We have plenty of variety when it comes to style, size and price range, so you’re bound to see at least one travel bag you like. Read on to find the best travel briefcase for you!

Top Product Overview

Best travel briefcases.

YOGCI Mens Real Leather Briefcase Business Travel Messenger Bag Fits 17 Inch Laptop YKK Zipper (Black)

The Yogci leather briefcase is a great option if you need something with a large capacity . This bag can fit two laptops inside dedicated compartments – a 15.6” device in the padded sleeve and a 17.3” laptop inside the main compartment.

This briefcase has three compartments total , with plenty of space inside. In addition to the two laptops, you can also fit a tablet, all the cables, and chargers, as well as a bunch of files and folders inside the main compartments. There’s even an organizer with two side pockets, for all the small stuff you want to keep easily accessible.

And those are just the internal pockets. This bag gets better because it features four external pockets as well, one of which is equipped with an organizer. There’s also a luggage sleeve in the back, which lets you mount the bag on top of a suitcase, for effortless maneuvering of multiple pieces of luggage.

This travel briefcase is great for business travel because it looks very sleek and sophisticated. It’s made from full grain genuine leather , so you get that luxe feel when you touch it.

But what’s more important than that is that the exterior of the bag is very durable, and it’s not going to get ripped or damaged easily.

However, you should be careful how much stuff you put inside this bag. The manufacturer recommends that you keep the total weight of the bag under 60 lbs, to ensure that it’s not going to get ripped anywhere.

In case you need to carry some really heavy items in your travel briefcase, you should get the Yogci genuine leather briefcase in Crazy Horse brown leather – that’s the toughest and most durable type of leather you can get.

  • Stylish and professional
  • Large capacity fits 2 laptops
  • Lots of small pockets
  • No shoe pocket

Product Information

  • Dimensions: 17.5" x 6" x 12"
  • Weight: 3.3 lbs
  • Material: Full grain leather

Perry Ellis 8-Wheel Spinner Mobile Office, Black, One Size

If you want the ultimate carry-on for business travel, it’s the Perry Ellis Spinner mobile office . This wheeled bag features a dedicated laptop sleeve , smaller pockets for your phone, passport, and boarding pass, and a pretty spacious compartment that can fit enough clothes for a couple of days.

I want to talk about the exterior of the bag for a bit – that’s actually one of the reasons why this mobile office is one of the best things you could get. It is made from a mixture of ballistic nylon and polypropylene , which means it’s a hybrid softside and hardside bag.

Both materials are very durable on their own, and when you combine them together you get a travel briefcase that’s tougher than your average suitcase.

This travel bag also has a spacious exterior pocket that’s great for the stuff you want more easily accessible. There are small slip pockets inside this compartment, but there’s also a lot of space so you will be able to fit documents and files in there.

In addition to that, this bag features four spinner wheels and a retractable wheel handle for effortless moving around the airport. The wheels glide like a dream, and you will have zero issues maneuvering this bag.

It is a carry-on-sized briefcase, but it is not small enough to fit under airplane seats. And that’s the main downside of the Perry Ellis mobile office – while I really like how spacious it is, I would have much preferred it to be a proper underseat bag .

Also, the laptop sleeve can only fit devices up to 13.5”, so it’s not a good option for anyone with a bigger laptop. But if you have a smaller computer, you won’t have any trouble fitting it inside the bag.

  • Dedicated computer sleeve
  • Spacious interior
  • Double spinner wheels
  • Doesn’t fit laptops larger than 13.5”
  • Not an underseat bag
  • Dimensions: 9.5” x 15.5” x 16”
  • Weight: 4.2 lbs
  • Material: Ballistic Nylon and Polypropylene

KROSER Laptop Bag For 17' Laptop Briefcase Water-Repellent Expandable Computer Bag Business Messenger Bag Shoulder Bag for School/Travel/Women/Men-Black

The Kroser travel briefcase is one of my favorite bags in this review. It features a sleek design that’s suitable for business travel, it’s very roomy and you can get it for less than $30 . Whether you want a very durable briefcase or just an affordable one, the Kroser laptop bag is a great option for you.

This travel bag has a spacious main compartment with a padded laptop sleeve and two open pockets inside. There’s also a compartment in the back, with a large zippered pocket for files and folders, as well as a much smaller, hidden zippered pocket.

And then there are also two smaller compartments on the front of the bag, both of which have excellent organizational features.

The first pocket has two open pockets that are great for bulky chargers and cables, while the second one features an entire organizational panel, with slots for your phone, pens, cards, etc.

In addition to that, the Kroser laptop briefcase also features expandable capacity , allowing you to make it even bigger and more spacious. This is perfect if you usually come home from your trips with more stuff than you originally brought, or if you just want that extra flexibility.

The briefcase has two sturdy grab handles with a faux leather strap, as well as a wide shoulder strap with thick padding. The shoulder strap is removable, and you can take it off entirely if you don’t want to use it.

It’s also important to note that the exterior of the bag is water repellant , so you don’t have to worry if you get caught in light rain.

However, it’s not so water repellant that it will keep everything dry in heavy downpours, so try not to expose it to the elements too much – especially when the conditions are more rugged than usual.

  • Excellent organizational features
  • Very affordable
  • Water repellant exterior
  • No side pockets
  • Luggage strap is very thin
  • Dimensions: 17.1” x 12.5” x 7.1”
  • Weight: 2.65 lbs
  • Material: Ballistic fabric

Polare Modern Travel Briefcase

Polare 17'' Full Grain Leather Briefcase Laptop Attache Case Messenger Bag For Men Fits 15.6'' Laptop

If you are not worried too much about the money and want a bag that looks and feels very luxurious , go with the Polare Modern briefcase . It is made from full grain genuine leather, with durable cotton lining inside. And it’s a pricey bag, so you should probably skip it if you’re on a tight budget.

The Polare briefcase has three main compartments , as well as five additional zippered pockets on the outside. One of the main compartments features a padded 15.6” laptop sleeve, the second one has a big zippered pocket inside, and the third one is equipped with card and pen organizers.

Additionally, even though the dedicated sleeve can’t fit a 17” device, you can fit one in the main compartment with ease – just not in the sleeve. There’s more than enough room inside for multiple computers, tablets, all the computer accessories, and even a change of clothes!

One thing that I love about this bag is that it only features YKK zippers . And, that is a feature that was added in a later design, after complaints from consumers. This shows that the brand actually listens to their customers and that they want to give you the best possible product for your money.

Another example of that is the fact that they changed the fabric of the lining – it used to be polyester, but after customers complained that it was getting ripped easily they switched it to cotton, which is a lot tougher and more durable.

In general, I don’t actually think that this bag is worth the really high price point – you can find the exact same features in a bag that has one less digit in the price tag. But it won’t feel anywhere near as luxurious, and that’s why it just might be worth it.

  • High end leather exterior
  • Five external pockets
  • Three main compartments
  • Dedicated laptop sleeve doesn’t fit 17” devices (bag does)
  • Dimensions: 17.7” x 6.3” x 13”
  • Weight: 4.64 lbs

Thule Accent Convertible Laptop Briefcase

Thule TACLB116 Accent Laptop Bag, 15.6'

The Thule travel briefcase is an excellent convertible option . This bag can be worn like a backpack or like a traditional briefcase, meaning that it is very versatile. Especially with the rugged and durable materials that the exterior of this briefcase/backpack is made from.

The main fabric of the briefcase is 1680D polyester , which is very thick and strong. It has excellent tear and abrasion resistance and is even water-resistant as well.

Even though polyester is not generally as good as nylon, that’s not the case with this bag because it is made from a very thick kind of polyester.

Because of that, this bag would make a decent option if you needed something to take on an outdoor adventure. Maybe you’re not too big on the great outdoors, but if you ever needed a bag that you could bring on a hike or picnic, the Thule bag will be there for you.

It’s very comfortable to wear like a backpack, thanks to padding and breathable mesh on the shoulder straps. I think it’s actually more comfortable to wear it like that since the weight is distributed better when you have two shoulder straps as opposed to one.

Let’s talk about the capacity and storage of the bag – the Thule briefcase is very slim, and it has two main compartments . There’s a dedicated laptop sleeve for 15.6” computers, a tablet sleeve, an organizer panel, and multiple other open pockets inside its main compartments.

In addition to that, this bag also features several zippered pockets on the outside, including a SafeZone compartment that will protect your most valuable items.

The shoulder straps are stowable, so they won’t get in the way when you’re carrying this like a standard briefcase. And you get a luggage strap in the back, which lets you secure this Thule bag on top of a bigger suitcase so that it is easier to move around with several pieces of luggage.

  • Versatile convertible design
  • Multiple compartments
  • Rugged materials
  • Small capacity
  • Does not fit 17” computers
  • Dimensions: 17.3” x 5.1” x 11.8”
  • Weight: 2.29 lbs
  • Material: 1680D Polyester

Samsonite Classic Multi Gusset Toploader Briefcase

Samsonite Classic Multi Toploader Briefcase, Black, Double Gusset 17-Inch

The Samsonite travel briefcase is another high quality option. It is made from 1680D ballistic nylon – a very tough and durable material that is also very water-resistant. The exterior of the bag also has excellent tear and abrasion resistance, and it would take a lot of effort to damage this bag.

That’s great – you know that everything you put inside it will stay safe and protected from the elements. And you get two main compartments for your items – one of those features a wide laptop sleeve that can hold even the bulkiest 17” laptops.

The interior of the bag also features multiple open pockets, for easy organization of all the smaller items.

In addition to that, this travel briefcase is also equipped with a variety of external pockets and compartments. There are two spacious compartments on the front panel, and one in the back. Also, one of the front compartments features an organizer panel with lots of open pockets, so you will be able to keep all your smaller stuff easily accessible.

The back of the bag also features a luggage sleeve that lets you secure the briefcase on top of a bigger suitcase. This is especially convenient if you’re traveling with several pieces of luggage because it frees up one of your hands, and just makes everything easier.

One thing important to note is that this isn’t the most spacious travel briefcase you can get your hands on. It’s great if you need something just for your laptop and files, but not the best option if you want to be able to pack clothes in the briefcase as well.

  • Fits 17” laptops
  • Very durable exterior
  • Multiple external pockets
  • High quality
  • Quite narrow
  • Lacks side pockets
  • Dimensions: 17.25” x 12.5” x 3.5”
  • Weight: 2.4 lbs
  • Material: 1680 ballistic nylon

Lifewit Men's Military Laptop Briefcase

The Lifewit laptop briefcase is an excellent option if you want something really durable . This bag is made from mil spec materials, so it’s definitely one of the toughest options you can get. The exterior of the bag is made from 1690D nylon, and it is really water-resistant.

One unique feature of this briefcase is the presence of MOLLE panels on the sides. They allow you to attach anything you want to the briefcase if you have a carabiner, which means you can transform this laptop briefcase into a proper outdoor bag if you want.

The briefcase has one main compartment , but it’s really spacious. It has a 17” laptop sleeve inside, as well as a couple of open pockets for a tablet, wallet, or other small items you want to have easily accessible.

And there’s so much room inside – you could fit clothes for a couple of days, or ridiculously thick bundles of documents.

In addition to that, the Lifewit briefcase also features an extra front compartment with an organizer, as well as four closed pockets on the front and one open side pocket. The organizer in the front compartment actually features a computer sleeve that could fit a small laptop, and also extra spots for a tablet and a phone.

The bag even has a luggage strap in the back, which allows you to secure it on top of a larger suitcase, for easy manoeuvring of multiple pieces of luggage. On top of all that, this travel briefcase has a very attractive price tag as well. It’s under $50 , which is a great deal for such a versatile and durable bag.

  • Very durable and water repellant
  • Fits 17” computers
  • MOLLE panels on sides
  • Exterior not very professional
  • Not a lot of pockets inside main compartment
  • Dimensions: 17.7” x 6.3” x 13.4”
  • Weight: 3.19 lbs
  • Material: 1690D nylon

Alpine Swiss Rolling 17" Laptop Briefcase

Alpine Swiss Rolling 17' Laptop Briefcase on Wheels Attache Lawyers Case Legal Size

The Alpine Swiss briefcase is another great option if you want a bag with wheels. This one features two in-line skate wheels , which allow you to wheel it around instead of carrying it in your hands.

While they might not be as convenient as spinner wheels, the skate wheels have the advantage of being low-profile, ensuring that the bag dimensions are within airlines’ restrictions for carry-ons.

And, when you look at the boxy shape of the briefcase, it’s obvious that spinner wheels would have made it too big to bring on board. But that boxy shape is also a reason to love this bag – the hardside frame means it’s a very sturdy bag.

This travel briefcase has a retractable wheel handle that allows you to easily maneuver the bag, and which locks into both extended and stored positions. There’s also a grab handle at the top, and it is important to note that all the handles are riveted onto the bag, for maximum durability.

In addition to that, this briefcase is a great option regardless of your computer size because it can fit even the bulkiest 17” laptops. And with the spacious shape of the main compartment, you will have plenty of space inside for other documents, files, and even a change of clothes.

The interior of the bag features several organizers, including dedicated pen slots and phone pockets. There is actually a divider inside the main compartment, so it should be pretty easy to stay organized while packing inside the Alpine Swiss travel briefcase.

The bag also has a few external pockets , for all those items you want to keep more easily accessible. And another important thing you should know is that this only looks like it is made from leather, but it’s not.

The main fabric is faux leather, with some plastic parts – not only does that make the bag environmentally friendly, but it also means a much more affordable price point.

  • Carry on sized
  • No spinner wheels
  • Dimensions: 19” x 14” x 9”
  • Weight: 8 lbs
  • Material: Faux leather

CoolBELL Convertible Travel Briefcase  

CoolBELL Convertible Backpack Shoulder Bag Messenger Bag Laptop Case Business Briefcase Leisure Handbag Multi-Functional Travel Rucksack Fits 17.3 Inch Laptop for Men/Women (Canvas Dark Grey)

If you’re open to getting a more versatile bag, I would suggest the CoolBell convertible briefcase . It has all the makings of a good travel briefcase, as well as two comfortable shoulder straps that allow you to carry it like a backpack.

And that’s really great if you want a messenger bag that can do both but can’t afford to spend a lot of money on it. Especially since this particular briefcase retails for less than $50, making it one of the most affordable options you will see in this review.

There are two sizes to choose from – one fits 15.6” laptops, and the other will easily fit even the bulkier 17.3” devices. They both have the same features, and they only differ in the actual size of the bag.

This convertible briefcase has two main compartments . One features a laptop sleeve, while the other one has an organizer panel with multiple slip pockets. And there are also several external zippered pockets, some of which are hidden and thus great for your valuables.

The bag also has a luggage strap that will make it super convenient to travel with multiple luggage pieces.

I want to talk more about how you can carry the bag – obviously, you get the basic briefcase strap that lets you carry it like a standard messenger bag, as well as two top grab handles. Then you also have the two shoulder straps that are padded and covered with breathable mesh for excellent ventilation.

But you should know that the shoulder straps are stowable, and if you don’t want to use them it’s possible to just tuck them away behind the backpanel.

  • Convertible design
  • Great organizational features
  • No water bottle pockets
  • Dimensions: 18.8” x 5.1” x 13.7” 
  • Weight: 2.2 lbs
  • Material: Canvas Oxford Nylon

Kenneth Cole Reaction Colombian Leather Briefcase

Kenneth Cole REACTION Out Of The Bag Manhattan Colombian Leather RFID 15.6' Laptop Briefcase, Black

Kenneth Cole makes some high quality luggage for business travel , and their briefcases are particularly interesting. There are several that are made from full grain leather, and which look about five times more expensive than they actually are.

If you want a luxurious travel briefcase that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, the Kenneth Cole one is great for you!

This bag is made from full-grain Colombian cowhide leather, which is as premium as it sounds. It’s also a high maintenance material, and you should be very careful not to damage the exterior of the bag. The leather needs to be oiled every now and then if you want it to look fresh and clean.

In terms of internal compartments and pockets, this is a very standard briefcase. It has two main compartments, one of which features a padded 15.6” laptop pocket  and a smaller tablet sleeve.

The other main compartment has an internal divider, allowing you to organize its contents however you want. It’s a spacious compartment with expandable capacity, so it works both for files and clothes.

In addition to that, this travel briefcase also features zippered pockets on the front and back panel. One of the front pockets has an organizer panel inside, which even features an RFID safe pocket .

And there’s also a luggage strap in the back, allowing you to secure the Kenneth Cole briefcase on top of a bigger suitcase for easy maneuvering of your luggage.

The briefcase is equipped with a sturdy shoulder strap that is mostly made from webbing – I love this because it’s a very durable fabric that will not get ripped easily. And there’s the leather padding, which will keep you comfortable and classy up the rugged appearance of the shoulder strap.

  • Expandable capacity
  • RFID safe pocket
  • Very durable shoulder strap
  • Doesn’t fit 17” laptops
  • High maintenance exterior
  • Dimensions: 16.5” x 12” x 5” 
  • Weight: 3.2 lbs
  • Material: Full grain Colombian cowhide leather

What To Look For

Exterior materials.

The materials a briefcase is made from can tell you a lot about its durability, quality , and ease of maintenance. And the most common materials featured in this review are nylon, polyester, and genuine leather.

Nylon is the most durable out of the bunch, especially if we’re talking about thick ballistic nylon. It has excellent water resistance even without any additional coating, and it is able to protect the contents of the bag in case of rain or snow.

Nylon also has great tear and abrasion resistance, and it will not get torn easily.

However, it doesn’t look very sleek or professional. Ballistic nylon can actually look really sporty, so it might not be the best option if you’re looking for a classy business bag.

In that case, you’ll most likely wind up with a really sleek leather briefcase. The main thing you should know about leather bags is that they are very tough and durable, but also require a lot of maintenance.

You shouldn’t expose them to the elements too much, because that could damage the leather.

Full-grain leather should be oiled every now and then if you want to keep it looking good as new. It’s also not that easy to clean – you should use either lukewarm water or products that are specifically for leather care.

Last but not least, I also included some polyester bags. They are very similar to the nylon ones, at least in terms of external appearance. Polyester is not quite as durable as nylon, so those bags might not be as tough as the ballistic nylon ones.

But they will be cheaper though, considering that polyester bags tend to be more affordable than other bags.

Briefcase Size And Capacity

I showed you a lot of different briefcases here, so at least one of them should be a great fit for you. And it’s pretty easy to weed out the ones that aren’t a fit at all – just look at the size of the laptop sleeve. If it can fit your device, awesome.

If it can’t, just cross it off the list!

After that, make sure that you’re okay with the number of main compartments a briefcase has. You want a bag that’s perfect for your needs – if you want to put clothes in it, then it should have at least one really spacious compartment. If that’s not the case, you’ll be okay with some slimmer and smaller bags.

Additionally, the amount of external pockets are also very important.

We’re talking about travel briefcases here, so it makes sense to look for pockets where you can put your phone, passport, boarding pass, etc. – all those things that you want to keep secure, but easily accessible at the same time.

But, are you okay with a basic bag, or do you want one that has extra features? Maybe you’d like RFID-safe pockets? Or even MOLLE panels? Really think about this – if there are any features that are a must for you, then look for a bag that has them.

You can find info on any additional features in the pro boxes, so check what those say before you actually buy anything!

Briefcase Shape And Type

I showed you several different types of briefcases here, and it’s important that you choose the one that fits your lifestyle best.

If you want a bag that you can wear multiple different ways or use for different occasions, go with a convertible briefcase or maybe even a messenger bag .

These bags can also be worn as backpacks, which might be more convenient for daily commute. And they have all the features you get on a standard briefcase, so you’re not really giving up on anything.

You also saw some wheeled travel briefcases – I recommend these to people who usually carry some really heavy items in their bags. Wheels mean that you don’t actually have to pick up your bag, so you’ll be able to move around with ease even it weighs some 20 lbs.

And of course, there’s the standard briefcase style that was predominantly featured in this review. If that’s exactly what you’re looking for, then just make sure that you’re okay with the number of compartments, pockets, and the materials a bag is made from before you actually buy it.

Best Travel Briefcase: Our Top Choices

Having a hard time choosing just one travel briefcase? You can just go with one of our top three picks, depending on the exact briefcase style you’re looking for!

If you just want a basic travel briefcase , one of the best options is the Yogci leather briefcase . It looks sleek and professional, which makes it one of the top options for business travel.

And it has three main compartments that can fit two laptops (both 17″ and 15.6″ ones), an abundance of external pockets and organizer panels, as well as a luggage strap in the back. As long as you’re okay with the high-maintenance leather exterior and a slightly high price point, you’ll like the Yogci briefcase a lot.

In case you would prefer a more versatile bag , go with the Thule Accent travel briefcase . It converts into a backpack thanks to the two comfy shoulder straps, which makes this bag suitable for many different things.

It’s an excellent briefcase for business travel, but also a decent backpack for hikes. With multiple main compartments, tablet and laptop sleeves, and a variety of external pockets, everyone can find something to love about the Thule bag.

  • Protect a 15.6" PC and 10" tablet in dedicated pockets
  • Safeguard glasses or other valuables in Safe Zone compartment

Wheeled briefcases are also very popular because they are so incredibly convenient. And one of the best-wheeled briefcases you can get is the Perry Ellis Mobile Office . It features spinner wheels so you can roll it in any direction you want, as well as a very spacious main compartment.

The bag is made from both polypropylene and ballistic nylon, and it’s this hybrid construction that makes it more durable than any other travel briefcase. If you want a bag that’s rugged, easy to travel with, and spacious enough to be your only bag, this is the one to get.

  • Ballistic construction
  • Spacious compartment

Head over to Amazon to see the prices of any one of these awesome travel briefcases. But before you do that, would you check out our related posts first? We have more bags we want to show you, and you might just fall in love with some of them!




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One of two things can happen when you begin to set up an office setting in your home. You'll either underestimate what you'll need to get your office up and running, or you'll overestimate. You can quickly find yourself struggling in either case.

Use this checklist to develop a streamlined itemization of what you need in your home office and things to consider. Check the items you absolutely have to have, and circle those that you think you might eventually want to add.

Your Computer

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Few if any small business owners who have the ability to work from home can complete their work without a computer. Do your research so you select one that meets your specific needs. Consider a laptop if you intend to create a mobile office in addition to your home office, or if your work often involves visiting clients' or customers' locations.

You'll definitely need a monitor if you have a desktop computer, but it can also be useful—and easier on your neck—to plug one into your laptop. You might also consider dual monitors, depending on the work you do.

High-Speed Internet Access

This one is pretty straightforward: The days of being able to work with a dial-up connection are long gone, and a broadband connection is essential if you're going to work efficiently online.

Ideally, you'll have space for a traditional desk where you can create an ergonomically correct workstation. You can make a table, counter, or other flat surface work in a pinch if your space forces you to get creative.

A Good Chair

A comfortable chair is one of the most important components of any office, so take time and care to select and invest in a good one. Again, ergonomics and comfort count, so make sure you test the chair before making a purchase.

Adequate Lighting

Adequate lighting levels are critical to productive and comfortable work space. You don't want to have to deal with headaches and eye strain from squinting in lighting that makes it difficult to read.

A Telephone and/or VoIP

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You might not need a traditional landline telephone with all the VoIP technology, internet-based phone services, and mobile phones that are available, but access to phone service is usually necessary when you're working from home. If nothing else, you should have it for backup.

Some small business owners simply need access to word processing, spreadsheets, and email management applications, but others need additional software that's specific to their enterprise. Make a list of what you'll need to run your home office.

A Network Router

Although it's not always required, a network router can be necessary if you have more than one computer that requires internet access. Consider a wireless router if you have a laptop and computers located in different parts of your home.

A Surge Protector

A good surge protector is an often-overlooked item, but it should be a staple in any home office that uses computer equipment.

A Printer or Multipurpose Machine

Depending on the nature of your business and even if you have a paperless office, you might be able to get away without having a printer. But there will probably be many occasions when you'll wish you had one to scan, fax, or make copies. Consider looking into multipurpose machines that can manage all these tasks.

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An Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)

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A UPS provides backup power for a limited time in case your electricity goes out. It can give you some useful buffer time to save your work and safely shut down your equipment.

A File Cabinet

Even if it's your aim to be paperless, there are always some hard copy documents you'll need to hang onto. The best place to store these documents so you're able to find them is in a well-organized file cabinet.

Storage Needs

Where will you keep your pens, sticky notes, paper, folders, ink, business cards, and other supplies? Consider purchasing a bookcase or shelving to store unused items in your home office.

A Fire-Safe Box

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There will certainly be other items you'll need in your home office, depending on the type of work you do and how much space you have available. But you'll be on your way to creating a streamlined and efficient home office if you use this checklist to get started thinking about the essentials.

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10+ BEST Business Travel Backpacks (UPDATED 2024)

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 2024.

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 2024

  • #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

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.

Still not convinced? Every business travel backpack on this list is covered by a warranty or built to last for years.

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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

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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 2024:  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

Osprey Metron

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 202 4: Nomatic is not available in the EU or UK. Go for the AER instead.

Tortuga Laptop Backpack – Best Business Travel Backpack for Overnight Trips

Best Business Travel Backpack for Overnight Trips

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

Best Business Travel Backpack for the Office and Beyond

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 2024: 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

Osprey Talon 22 Pack

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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And for transparency’s sake, please know that some of the links in our content are affiliate links . That means that if you book your accommodation, buy your gear, or sort your insurance through our link, we earn a small commission (at no extra cost to you). That said, we only link to the gear we trust and never recommend services we don’t believe are up to scratch. Again, thank you!

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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!

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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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People on business trips need to be very much organized with the things they are supposed to carry. Travelers require their frequently required stuff to be easily accessible. That is where the best travel Briefcase comes to work.

A great way to manage this on your business or leisure trip is to have a travel briefcase. Such a handy bag could be utilized to carry your passport, files, documents, and several other small but significant stuff that you want to keep close to yourself and couldn’t afford on losing them.

If you search around the web, then you will come across various styles of briefcases along with those conventional ones still making an impact. It all comes down to your personal preferences and requirements with the briefcase which ideally should suffice all your needs.

The budget might also come into play as some of the top ones could be a bit expensive.

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Top 5 Best Travel Briefcase reviews

The products that we have selected here are purely based on the quality of features and what value for money it could bring for you.

The aesthetics of the product might also be considered but only after you are satisfied with the durability and productivity of the briefcase under consideration.

Here is a quick preview of our top 5: #1, Alpine Swiss Expandable Attache Dual Combination Briefcase #2, Solo New York Attache Travel Briefcase #3, Kattee Leather Briefcase for Traveling #4, Samsonite Slim leather Stuff Briefcase #5, Wowbox Messenger Satchel Travel Briefcase

Alpine Swiss Expandable Attache Dual Combination Briefcase

Alpine Swiss Expandable Attache Dual Combination Briefcase

This conventional style hard-sided briefcase is particularly preferred by users for its genuine leather material. This iconic briefcase does a great job of keeping all your stuff well organized inside including paperwork. The combination locks are highly effective and secure to protect your belongings from any misuse or unauthorized access.

If you take a look at the inside then you will discover dedicated compartments for phone, pens, business cards, and calculator, etc. You may place your tablet inside this rectangular briefcase with ease but laptops might not fit in. the internal pocket can expand in unclasped mode to four inches.

This would add supplementary space for additional pages or documents if you wish to carry. The construction of this unit is quite sturdy and you can easily trust this to last for a decade and even beyond, even if you regularly use it. If you map all the features of this product to its price then it is definitely worth making a deal.

  • The rectangular shape hard-sided briefcase is sturdy and made to last long.
  • The manufacturer has constructed it with pure leather material only.
  • There are dedicated compartments inside to store your paperwork, pens, business cards, and mobile, etc.
  • A secure combination lock is provided to ensure the care-free carrying of this laptop on trips.
  • There is not much space inside to place a notebook computer.

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 Solo New York Attache Travel Briefcase

Solo New York Attache Travel Briefcase

Such attache briefcases are specifically popular among travelers because of their significant portrayal in pop culture. This briefcase is highly secure and the offer that you get here from the manufacturer would be quite hard to refuse. It has a classic design that is preferred by all those buffs who are always looking to be well organized and stylish while they are on the move.

If you are carrying valuable or important stuff then you will be particularly amazed by its security. A dual combination lock is on offer, which is highly secure and impossible to compromise On top of that, you will be happy to have those separate compartments for storing documents, office files and other paper works in the most organized manner.

The small interior pockets could be effectively employed for storing smaller stuff such as keys, pens, business cards, and even mobile phones. Moreover, you will be served with a highly useful and comfortable handle for carrying it with utmost ease and grace. You will love the feel of the handle as it is quite gentle on your skin. Finally, it comes with a 5-year warranty so, in every way, it is a highly secure investment to make.

  • It comes with a classic design that is very popular among young travelers of today.s stored.
  • The security of your belongings is guaranteed through the uncompromising combination locking mechanism.
  • Extra and secure storage space for placing smaller items such as keys, business cards, or mobile phones.
  • It comes with an easy to follow the instructions manual.
  • It is not supported to carry a laptop.

Kattee Leather Briefcase for Traveling

Kattee Leather Briefcase for Traveling

This vintage look briefcase would give you new and exciting travel goals. This pure leather doesn’t give that unwanted leather smell like many other bags. Rather, it just speaks volumes about its elegance, style, and impeccable class. The 100% faux leather used here is a treat for all those folks who are after genuine stuff only.

You will find this product to be quite slender or fitting in your laptop and other electronics with ease. Suitable compartments are there inside for sticky notes, pens, mobile, charger, documents, files, and anything else that you could imagine.

In short, you can fully equip this portable briefcase to fit in anything that you would need during your trip or at your destination by not making too much of an effort. You have the option of either carrying this stylish laptop by its handle or you may also just throw it right over your shoulder to have a comfortable and hands-free experience. Shoulder carrying is made further easy with the inclusion of gentle padding given right through the strap.

  • 100% pure faux leather is used for making this product look stylish and long-lasting.
  • Secure and dedicated compartments given inside to carry your stuff in an organized manner.
  • You have the freedom and comfort of carrying it either on the shoulder or just by the handle.
  • It can be used for carrying tablets and laptops even.
  • It doesn’t come with any security mechanism such as the combination locking.

Samsonite Slim leather Stuff Briefcase

Wowbox Messenger Satchel Travel Briefcase

Samsonite is a trustworthy and highly reliable name in the suitcases and briefcases category. If you are a professional entrepreneur on the move then a compact, yet spacious and modern briefcase is what you should be looking for. If that is the case then you must look no further as this one from Samsonite is tailor-made to suit all your needs.

This glossy black product is made from 100% leather material which is used on the exterior throughout. There is a useful front pocket that gives you quick access for your frequently required stuff such as passport or boarding pass.

The pocket is spacious enough to carry your laptop charge conveniently as well. People who travel by air would love to know that this recliner is good enough to fit over the majority of luggage addresses at the airport. However, you might fight the stuff to be a bit on the thicker side. On the flipside, durability is unbeatable and you can trust this to serve you flawlessly for many years.

  • Pure leather used at the exterior of the briefcase
  • Durability is god enough to last it for multiple years
  • Spacious and secure exterior pocket to put quickly required items and to store laptop charger as well.
  • The overall stuff of this briefcase is a bit thicker which adds to the overall weight of the product.

Wowbox Messenger Satchel Travel Briefcase

This is one of the best available unisex travel briefcases that both the men and women could consider while traveling. You will be impressed after looking at the color options that this product has to offer. Both men and women could pick the color scheme as per their personal preferences or make it compatible with the color scheme of your other luggage items.

If you explore this briefcase then you will find it as a multipurpose product. You can use it to carry your paperwork including files and documents, smaller items such as business cards or pens and it could carry a tablet even. However, it all comes down to the size of your notebook computer where the smallest briefcase from the manufacturer will miss out to carry a standard laptop by a few inches only. However, the manufacturer offers a good range of sizes where the larger ones could fit in laptops even.

  • The briefcase can be used for carrying a laptop.
  • You can choose the briefcase from a range of different colors.
  • It is a unisex briefcase that suits the needs of both men and women.
  • No security of your valuables as no locking mechanism on offer.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: i am a frequent traveler with loads of stuff including a laptop. which is the best briefcase for me.

A: The best one, in this case, would be the one with a retractable handle and wheel. You can conveniently drag it on the airport or in the hotel lobby.

Q: Will my laptop be securely placed inside the briefcase with no chance of damaging it?

A: You must have a briefcase that comes with added cushioning especially at the bottom. It will keep your laptop secure.

Q: Which briefcase is best if I am carrying some important documents and valuable stuff?

A: You must consider a briefcase with a flawless dual combination locking mechanism that will provide added security to your valuable stuff.

Buying Guide

When it comes to modern briefcases, we will be normally talking about the ones made from leather material. These are the most preferred ones in the consumer market for their style, effectiveness, and durability.

However, there are some other briefcases made from different stuff such as synthetic or nylon, which is usually not much preferred for their lower quality On top of that, several other things need to be considered as well while buying a travel briefcase, which we will be discussed below in this section.

Types of Travel Briefcases:

Portfolio travel briefcases.

These are the simplest of all briefcases that you could consider for your travel support. These types of briefcases are known for their extremely lightweight and thin appearance as well. They are preferred to carry files, documents, or even those pieces of art, etc. You will find these with a zippered closure usually but those with tie closures are also available.

Padfolio Travel Briefcase

They are much lighter and thinner than the portfolio briefcases discussed above. You can carry this on your trips if you have those flat items such as notebooks or papers to go with. They come with the same amount of space on one side for a legal pad or a notepad. However, padfolios come with only one compartment, unlike the portfolios, which have multiple.

Laptop Travel Briefcase

These are probably the most in-demand of all briefcases among professionals and even those who are on recreational tours. They are typically designed to keep your essential electronic products in mind and more so, the laptops, which could be heavy and takes considerable space. In such items, you will be able to see several different slots to securely place your laptops, tablets, etc. with good enough space to place your chargers and other cords as well. Many manufacturers offer this type with supplementary padding mostly at the bottom of the bag. This provides great support and protection to your expensive electronic products from any damage, while you are on the move.

Attache Travel Case

This is another compact type of a briefcase that you can consider o carry while traveling. This thin briefcase is suitable for those people who are looking to carry slim and light items such as folders, documents, and sometimes laptops as well. You will get this type with a couple of compartments which have almost the same capacity, but with several versatile pockets inside.

Smart Travel Briefcase

It is a handy and highly useful briefcase that is typically used for carrying documents and other stuff that you would associate with professionals. You will get these with a useful shoulder strap which makes it easy for you to navigate through the airport. Few sections of this briefcase could be accessed through the exterior pocket separately which you can use for placing your passport and boarding pass securely.


The best travel briefcase will be the one that will ensure that you carry it effortlessly while traveling. If this is what matters to you the most then you may think about those that come with a shoulder strap. You may also get those that come with the retractable handle and wheels as well. If you are a frequent traveler or move freely between your home and office or even college then buy one that comes with sufficient cushioning on the shoulder and the handle region.

Quality is a prime factor that influences your decision to buy a particular briefcase. The briefcase of today is made from leather but they might not be of the real stuff. Those types usually don’t last long even if you use them occasionally. Go for quality materials such as those with cowhide leather coupled with excellent clothing. Weather-resistant stuff is also something to look for, which is made from nylon material.


The modern briefcases come with many compartments to keep your stuff organized inside. The ideal briefcase depends here on your needs. It is the kind of stuff that you are carrying such as office files, documents, business cards, stationery and laptop and to have applicable compartments for such stuff in your briefcase.

The best in the market comes at a hefty price. Therefore, you must ensure that you get one that lasts for a good long time. This warrants you to check the overall construction of the product and to explore the hinges and the stuff to be rust free as well.

The standard overall size of briefcases doesn’t differ a lot between each other. It is more about the inner compartments to be of sufficient size as per your needs. For example, if you have a laptop of 15 inches then you will need an inner compartment of that size to have the equipment fit in securely.

If you are looking for the best travel briefcase then you need to literate yourself about the different dynamics associated with the product. There are different types or styles of briefcases available in the market which address a particular need of the potential users.

The briefcases stuff is mostly dominated by leather material but some are made from nylon, which has the only best use case of using in moist weather outside. On top of that, while purchasing a briefcase, you need to be sure about its durability, portability, size and all those values added features that could assist you on your trip.

You may consider the variety available in color and style of the bag but only after when you are satisfied from the quality part of the briefcase, After all, briefcases of pure lather type can cost a good amount of money and you don’t want to spend it just like that.

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The Best Business Carry On Luggage (Efficient + Durable!)

Best luggage for frequent travelers, best softside carry on for business travel: travelpro, best underseat carry on for business travel: samsonite, most lightweight business carry on luggage: tumi, best expandable business carry on suitcase: briggs & riley, best aluminum carry on for business travel: arlo skye.

  • Best Business Tote Bag for Women: Lipault

Best Rolling Garment Bag: Travel Select

Best rolling briefcase: ciao.

  • Best Wheeled Backpack Carry On: Amazon

Best Carry On Garment Bag: Zegur

Keep reading below for reviews on each suitcase!


Business Luggage

So you’re in the market for some new business travel luggage.

Maybe you’re a seasoned business professional looking to upgrade an outdated piece, or maybe you’re a recent college graduate finally starting to realize slinging your L.L. Bean backpack around the conference room isn’t really doing you any favors with the ole CEO.

Either way, picking a new business travel piece can be difficult. Functionality is paramount, but it always helps to have a sleek and modern look too.

We’ve found some of the best luggage for business travel, so keep reading to learn more!

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Best Business Carry On Luggage

Dimensions: 23″ x 15.5″ x 10″

Weight: 7.9 lbs


Travelpro is one of the best rated luggage brands because they make high quality, durable carry on suitcases – so well made in fact, that airline crews use it!

Their  Travelpro Crew is basically the civilian version of the luggage that flight crews use and in person, you can easily see why. 

The bags are made from heavy duty nylon and have extra robust corner armor with skid guards and heavy duty wheel housings. The wheels are really sturdy and easily spin in a full 360 degrees !

Inside is probably my favorite feature.

These bags are made for total packing versatility . They include a zip-in garment organizer which is perfect for storing folded shirts, so that you can arrive to your business meeting fresh off the plane, wrinkle free.

BUT you can also customize the interior, as Travelpro designed the bags to interchange with various additional organizers (sold separately). I have the suit organizer which keeps blazers, work dresses and jackets wrinkle free.

There’s also a packing cube organizer to keep smaller items and accessories neat and tidy, and a laundry organizer which is great for storing damp items – say, dirty workout clothes or a wet bathing suit.. 

I love the dark navy color – it’s sleek and discreet enough to take on business flights with the team but has stylish leather trims that keep it unique and still feminine.

Other excellent features for frequent travelers include: a removable TSA compliant toiletries bag , a built-in USB port, a dedicated exterior power bank pocket and a quick-access padded laptop pocket.

Travelpro Carry On Luggage

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Best of all, Travelpro offers a lifetime guarantee on all their luggage and if for any reason you change your mind (which once you see the bags, you won’t..) there’s a 100 day free trial !

Dimensions: 16.5″ x 13.75″ x 9.0″

Weight: 7.0 lbs


When it comes to the best carry on luggage for business travel, there are few luggage brands more storied or trusted than Samsonite .

Their underseat carry on spinner proves that Samsonite is an old dog that can be taught new tricks when it comes to modern luggage for business travel!

It’s super compact and easily fits under airplane seats, so you don’t have to hope and pray there’s enough overhead bin space.

The main compartment is spacious, but still has a padded laptop compartment . Then there’s a quick-stash exterior pocket for any items you need on hand.

Like any essential carry on suitcase, the Samsonite features multi-directional spinner wheels that roll upright, making it easier to navigate tight spaces in the airport without straining your arm or back. 

Add textured wear-and-tear protective guards and a water-resistant coating, and you’ve got a hardy suitcase that can withstand any business trip from New York to California!

Samsonite Luggage

Available on Samsonite , Bloomingdales , Macys & Amazon

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Dimensions: 22″ x 14″ x 9″

Weight: 6.3 lbs


Tumi makes an incredibly lightweight hardcase that’s perfect for frequent fliers.

Their hardshell carry-on is super tough and durable, thanks to layers of specially woven ballistic polycarbonate . But at the same time, the outer shell can bend and flex, so it won’t crack or break!

Inside there are two packing compartments with a hanger bracket to neatly fold up your suits. The bag has 4 lightweight spinner wheels that glide super smoothly and an integrated TSA lock.

This is one bag that’s perfect for domestic or international business trips!

Tumi International Carry On Suitcase

Available on Zappos , Tumi , Amazon

Weight: 9.3 lbs


Briggs & Riley makes some of the best business luggage.

Their rolling carry on has 4 spinner wheels that glide effortless in 360 degrees. The bag is made from durable ballistic nylon , so it can withstand rain, sun, dirt and being thrown about!

The best part of the bag is its interior.

Briggs & Riley designed this carry-on spinner with a compression expansion system that squeezes down all your stuff to increase packing capacity.

There’s also mesh garment panels inside to minimize wrinkles, which is important for suits and business clothes!

For well made, high-quality luggage, get Briggs & Riley ! It’s like the Bentley of suitcases.

Briggs & Riley Carry On Spinner

Available on Zappos , Briggs & Riley , Nordstrom , Macys , Bloomingdales & Amazon

Dimensions: 23″ x 15″ x 9.6″

Weight: 10.5 lbs


Looking for an aluminum frame carry on?

You’ll love this sleek and sexy option from Arlo Skye .

It’s a roomy carry on with full grain leather handles , whisper quiet wheels and an anti-microbial interior lining.

There’s a removable charger to re-charge your phone quickly, and a theft-proof zipperless frame with TSA clasps.

Aluminum does show some nicks and dings over time, but it’s easier to keep pristine as a carry-on suitcase!

Arlo Skye Carry On Suitcase

Available on Arlo Skye

Best Tote Bag for Women: Lipault

Dimensions: 11.5″ x 17.3″ x 9.8″

Weight: 2.8 lbs


Lipault makes a fantastic personal bag for business women.

Their 24 hour bag is lightweight, simple and functional. It has a long removable shoulder strap and roomy main compartment that can easily fit a couple day’s worth of clothes and a pair of shoes or two.

There’s a smart sleeve in the back to slip it over your carry on suitcase and two exterior zipped pockets for quickly accessing your must-haves.

Finally there’s a laptop compartment so you can smoothly get through TSA!

And when not in use, the soft plush-y bag folds flat for easy storage. Best of all, the nylon is extremely hard wearing and durable, and will resist dust, dirt and scratches.

Lipault 24 Hour Tote Bag

Available on Zappos +  Amazon

Dimensions: 23″ x 22″ x 7″

Best Business Travel Luggage Travel Select

Look, I get it.

Securing your work laptop, Blackberry, pitchbooks, passports, and boarding passes is important, but nothing is more important than finding a great business travel luggage piece that carries your suits.

I repeat: nothing.

Fortunately, the Travel Select Amsterdam Business Rolling Garment Bag is a specialized luggage for business travel piece that has us fashionistas covered.

The Travel Select is compact, lightweight, and can either roll on inline skate wheels or be carried over-the-shoulder with a detachable strap.

Plus, for you gents out there, the Travel Select is tailor made for business suits and features two smart pockets on the front – perfect for an extra tie or pair of cuff links!

Travel Select Rolling Garment Bag

Available on Amazon

Dimensions: 15″ x 14″ x 9″

Weight: 4.0 lbs

Best Business Travel Luggage Ciao

Perfect for those brutal business trips requiring two (or more) flights in one day, the Ciao Under the Seat Carry On is, befitting its namesake, compact.

The Ciao lends itself nicely to people who pack smart, as it comfortably holds a small briefcase, laptop, tablet, several notebooks, and a change of clothes or two.

In addition, its intelligent ‘pocket design’ maximizes space and fits under an airplane seat, so the Ciao can be considered your personal item while your larger carry-on suitcase is stored in the overhead bin!

Ciao Rolling Briefcase

Sold on Amazon

Best Wheeled Business Backpack Carry On: Amazon

Dimensions : 19.3″ x 13.4″ x 9.5″

Weight: 5.1 lbs

Best Business Travel Luggage Little World

The most effective carry on luggage for business travel tends to be the most versatile, and nowhere is business travel luggage versatility on greater display than in the Little World Wheeled Business Backpack .

On the inside, the Little World features a thick sponge-lined sleeve that can carry laptops up to 19 inches. Additionally, there are back pockets and two mesh-lined pockets to secure items separately.

On the outside, there are three exterior zipper pockets to go along with a rolling handle and shoulder straps with a sponge-padded back for support when carrying as a backpack – this piece can do it all!

Amazon Wheeled Backpack

Dimensions: 23”x 22”x 4”

Weight: 3 lbs

Best Business Travel Luggage Zegur

The ZEGUR 40” Garment Bag is simply the mother of all carry on garment bags.

Its interior can carry up to three suits (or even more dresses) and has separate interior compartments for shoes, ties, or other items.

Smartly, the ZEGUR has buckled straps that both secure your garments and ensure they come out wrinkle free on the other end (anything saving me from trying to work a hotel ironing board is saintly in my book).

And, unlike some garment bags, the ZEGUR has an exterior travel document sleeve that allows you to easily grab your travel documents without having to rummage through all your gorgeous clothes!

This is one of the best travel bags for men or women!

Zegur Carry On Garment Bag

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Laptop case.

I always bring my laptop on work trips so I can stay productive on flights. I’ve found a laptop sleeve   is crucial to protect the outside of my laptop from scratches.

This one holds up to 15″ laptops so I think it’s pretty useful! If you prefer a laptop sleeve with a handle strap, this laptop case is essentially the same thing but more portable. It comes in 4 colors so you can jazz it up.

For mac book users, my friends swear by this laptop case , which is multi-functional enough to work for iPad pros and chrome books as well as spill proof. It comes in a wide range of sizes and colors to suit whatever device you’re trying to protect!

Packing Cubes

Once you get a packing cube set , you’ll never go back to free range luggage.

Packing cubes help maximize space inside your luggage by neatly organizing clothing and separating your dirty worn clothes from freshly laundered ones.

Amazon   carries a wide range of packing cube sets and brands

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The Best Carry-On Luggage for Business Travel

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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.

Not sure if it’s the right fit for you? My detailed Monos Hybrid Carry-On review might help you decide.

Carl Friedrik The Carry-On Pro

Business travel luggage

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 Bags for Business Travel

The Best Bags for Business Travel

Business bags need to have a certain grace and formality to them. But if you plan to travel with them, they also need to offer practical designs for clocking up the miles. Travel can be demanding, so durability is key. But you don’t want to be hefting unnecessary weight, so lightweight construction should certainly factor into the decision-making process too. And of course organization is another important consideration. You’ll want to keep business tools, travel items, clothing and other essentials tidy and easily accessible, rather than having to deal with a jumbled free-for-all.

Finally, it’s worth thinking about the environments you’ll be navigating on your travels. Will you be bringing your bag into a boardroom or meeting? If so, does it look the part or will it draw unwanted attention for its too-casual aesthetics? Do you need to look sharp or pack a lot? Wheeled bags are convenient for heavy loads and can lend a more professional air to your appearance.

On the other hand, if you’ll be experiencing busy streets, public transport and changing terrains, backpacks can be a great option for navigating crowds, rough terrain and steps. Nothing says you mean business like a briefcase, and shoulder bags can be a good option if you want to balance easy portability and smart style.

Choosing bags for business travel is a decision that requires time and consideration. But to help you out we’ve rounded up some of the best bags for the job…

The Backpack

Thule Accent Backpack 28L (US$ 129.95)

Thule Accent Backpack 28L

The 28L Accent Backpack is a practical, adaptable choice for short work trips and overnight or weekend stays, and packs plenty of features into its sleek form. The bag’s wide-opening main compartment provides ready access to your gear, and you’ll find a useful mix of interior and exterior pockets to keep your travel essentials tidy. A choice of top and side access lets you easily reach your laptop on the go, and the luggage passthrough sleeve allows for handy all-in-one portability with rolling luggage.

Arc’teryx Blade 28 (US$ 138.98)

The Best Bags for Business Travel

The Blade 28 is ideally suited to overnight or short trips, with a range of features to organize your work and personal items. The main clamshell-style compartment is handy for storing clothes and documents, while a front pocket with interior organization is useful for keeping frequently used items tidy and within easy reach. The pack’s internal padded sleeve fits up to a 15″ laptop, while exterior top and side handles provide additional carry options.

Incase EO Travel Backpack (US$ 179.95)

Incase EO Travel Backpack

Incase’s EO Travel Backpack offers a convenient clamshell opening for easy packing and access, with an expandable main compartment when you need to pack a little extra. The flat-lay laptop compartment makes passing through airport security easier and fits up to a 17″ laptop. Rounding things off are a choice of quick-access pockets for travel and EDC essentials, as well as top and side grab handles for flexible portability.

Tom Bihn Synapse 25 (US$ 235)

The Best Bags for Business Travel

The versatile Synapse 25 lends itself to a range of uses, from carry-on companion to urban daypack at your destination or outdoor bag if your trip allows you to squeeze in a day hike. A range of front pockets keep your work and travel essentials easily accessible. The main compartment opens wide for handy access and includes a large elastic-topped pocket for organization. Take note, there’s no dedicated storage for a laptop so you’ll need to supply your own sleeve (or go with Tom Bihn’s optional Cache ). The pack comes in a choice of fabrics and includes a lifetime guarantee.

Aer Travel Pack (US$ 220)

The Best Bags for Business Travel

Winner of our Best Carry-On award , Aer’s sleek and stylish Travel Pack offers a variety of handy features for the business traveler. A clamshell-style main compartment allows for easy packing and access, a suspended laptop pocket stores up to 15″ tech, and a dedicated shoe compartment keeps your shoes or dirty laundry away from the rest of your gear. There’s also plenty of pockets for organizing smaller items, and compression straps to cinch the bag into daypack mode for use at your destination.

Minaal Carry-on 2.0 (US$ 299)

The Best Bags for Business Travel

The Minaal Carry-on 2.0 looks suave in urban settings but is tough enough for regular travel use. Complementing the clean silhouette are a host of features such as a rain cover, an adjustable sternum strap that clips out of the way when not in use, top and side handles, and a protective backpack strap cover to prevent unsightly dangling or snagging in tight spaces. The device compartment offers suspended and adjustable storage for a laptop, a passport pocket, plus a document sleeve. Peek inside the main compartment and you’ll find 3D pockets to help keep your gear tidy on the move.

Tom Bihn Tri-Star (US$ 360)

The Best Bags for Business Travel

Functional and adaptable, the Tom Bihn Tri-Star offers great organization, a durable build with a lifetime guarantee, and a choice of handy carry options. Quick-access front pockets are useful for smaller travel, work and EDC items, while three compartments provide storage for clothes, tech and documents. The bag includes top and side carry handles and stowable backpack straps, and can also be used with an optional shoulder strap.

Slicks BIZ (US$ 369)

The Best Bags for Business Travel

The Slicks BIZ is a sleek carry-on with plenty of features to keep you organized during your travels. A dedicated suspended laptop compartment fits up to 15″ devices, while front pockets offer storage for bulkier items and shoes. The clamshell-style main compartment includes pockets for documents and valuables, and storage space for the modular Slicks Suitcover to keep work clothes wrinkle-free and the Slicks Tripcover. The Tripcover provides multiple pockets for additional clothing, along with a removable laundry bag, wash bag, and Slicks Shirtcover to protect shirt collars and assist with folding.

Briefcases and Shoulder Bags

Red Oxx Mini Boss (US$ 245)

The Best Bags for Business Travel

A more compact alternative to Red Oxx’s Air Boss, the burly Mini Boss is suitable for carry-on use and provides two compartments for clothes and tech. The first compartment includes a flip-out pocket for smaller items or toiletries, while the second compartment includes a suspended laptop sleeve. Exterior full-length pockets on the front and back let you stash frequently used items for easy access. In addition to top grab handles, the bag also comes with a detachable non-slip shoulder strap. And for peace of mind, this handmade bag includes a “No Bull” lifetime warranty.

Red Oxx Air Boss (US$ 265)

The Best Bags for Business Travel

The Red Oxx Air Boss offers all the durability of the Mini Boss, but with a larger 40.4L capacity (compared to the Mini Boss’s 24.3L). A detachable non-slip shoulder strap and top handles provide carry flexibility, while a choice of three compartments provide storage for clothes, work documents, and tech. It’s worth noting the Air Boss does not include dedicated storage for a laptop, so you’ll need to provide your own protective sleeve. There’s also a choice of exterior pockets for storing items such as a phone, passport, and magazine.

Mandarina Duck Carry Borsa Da Lavoro (around US$ 310)

The Best Bags for Business Travel

The Mandarina Duck Carry Borsa Da Lavoro moves smoothly between formal and informal settings alike with a slim and understated design. In addition to a shoulder strap the bag includes top and side carry handles for easy portability. Well suited to carrying work essentials, the bag offers space for a laptop, documents and organizer pockets to keep smaller work tools and travel items in order on the go.

Rimowa Salsa Deluxe Hybrid Notebook (US$ 425)

The Best Bags for Business Travel

Lightweight yet durable, the Salsa Deluxe Hybrid Notebook is crafted from polycarbonate and Keprotec® fabric reinforced with Kevlar fiber. The bag can be carried with the top handles or a removable shoulder strap, and offers a variety of exterior pockets for storing quick-access items. In addition, one of the exterior pockets can convert into a trolley passthrough sleeve for easy transport with larger luggage. The main compartment opens wide for hassle-free access and includes a removable laptop sleeve, along with further pockets for organizing smaller items and space for a change of clothes.

Tumi Alpha 2 Expandable Organizer Laptop Brief (US$ 455)

The Best Bags for Business Travel

A premium offering from Tumi, the Alpha 2 Expandable Organizer Laptop Brief looks right at home in the boardroom but adapts to a range of environments. The bag includes a main compartment and a secondary compartment with multiple dividers for organization. A tablet sleeve and a removable padded laptop sleeve take care of your tech, while a host of exterior pockets provide convenient storage for smaller work tools and travel items. And not forgetting one of the main features, the bag is expandable so you can easily store a change of clothes for an overnight trip or additional work supplies.

Travelteq Briefcase Original Special Edition (around US$ 455)

The Best Bags for Business Travel

The elegant Travelteq Briefcase Original Special Edition gives a solid nod to style while providing practical features for carrying business and travel essentials. Crafted with vegetable-tanned Florentine Vacchetta leather and waterproof Limonta nylon, the bag offers a range of slip and zipped interior pockets and dedicated storage for up to a 15″ laptop. An exterior pocket for smaller items and a concealed newspaper pocket provide further organization, while a luggage strap lets you easily secure the briefcase to trolley luggage.

Eagle Creek Expanse™ International Carry-On (US$ 189)

The Best Bags for Business Travel

Eagle Creek’s Expanse™ International Carry-On adapts to smaller and larger loads with a 33.5L volume that expands to 36.5L when you need to pack in extra. Additionally, exterior attachment points allow you to secure bulky items externally. The bag’s heavy-duty wheels handle a range of terrains with ease, and a choice of top, side and bottom grab handles help you maneuver the bag in tight spaces. Quick-access items can be stored in a range of exterior pockets, including a padded tablet sleeve. Inside the main compartment a further pocket offers additional organization, along with compression straps to keep clothing tidy. Security features including a Central Lock Point and Secure Zip™ Toggles provide peace of mind, as does the No Matter What™ warranty.

Timbuk2 Copilot Luggage Roller (US$ 225)

The Best Bags for Business Travel

The Timbuk2 Copilot Luggage Roller packs in plenty of useful features such as grab handles on all sides, two front pockets for a laptop and quick-access items, and a choice of pockets in the main compartment. The bag can be opened in a clamshell-style mode for easy access throughout the main compartment. Alternatively a front flap provides fast entry when you don’t want to open the bag completely. The Copilot is also backed by a lifetime warranty so you can feel confident it will hold up to years of use.

Raden A22 (US$ 295)

Raden A22

The Raden A22’s sleek aesthetics are complemented by a variety of smart luggage features to help make your journeys smoother. An integrated battery and two USB ports allow you to conveniently charge tech devices on the go. In addition, proximity sensors utilize Bluetooth to provide location updates and help keep the case by your side, while the case’s handle also serves as a luggage scale. Made with lightweight yet impact-resistant polycarbonate, the Raden A22 also features spinner wheels for convenient maneuverability.

Thule Crossover Carry-on 56cm/22″ (US$ 299.95)

Thule Crossover Carry-on 56cm/22

This rugged roller bag will stand up to years of demanding use thanks to its tough oversized wheels, V-Tubing™ telescoping handle, hard-wearing exoskeleton and molded polypropylene back panel. The clamshell main compartment makes it easy to pack and retrieve items, and there’s dedicated storage for a 15″ laptop and fragile items. Even better, it’s got a carry trick up its sleeve. Concealable backpack straps let you quickly convert the roller bag to pack mode, so you can easily navigate stairs, rough terrain and crowds when the need arises.

Incase Kaskade Carryon with Luggage Tag (US$ 349.95)

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Designed in collaboration with DJ KASKADE, this roller offers urban-friendly style combined with useful travel functionality. Top and side handles assist with maneuverability in awkward spaces, and a quick-access front pocket is handy for the likes of toiletries. A choice of mesh pockets in the main compartment prevent a jumbled mess, and the clamshell-style opening enables easy access throughout. As an added bonus, the roller also comes with a luggage tag.

Rimowa Salsa Air Multiwheel (US$ 495)

Rimowa Salsa Air - Ultralight Cabin Multiwheel®

Crafted from lightweight yet tough polycarbonate, the Salsa Air Multiwheel brings style and easy maneuverability to your travels. The bag includes spinner wheels, top and side carry handles, a TSA-approved combination lock, and two interior mesh pockets for organization. The 33L case also comes with a five-year warranty and looks good in any setting.

Samsonite Lite-Cube Spinner 55cm (around US$ 485)

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The Lite-Cube Spinner offers a sophisticated combination of elegance, durability and easy movement. The case is crafted from impact-resistant yet lightweight Curv material and comes with a 10-year warranty. The clamshell opening reveals a choice of interior pockets for organization. Complementing the interior are useful exterior features including a TSA lock, recessed top and side carry handles, and an integrated ID tag.

Tumi Alpha Bravo Peterson Wheeled Backpack (US$ 545)

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Can’t decide between a pack or wheeled luggage? Have both with this adaptable hybrid design that can be carried as a backpack or wheeled as rolling luggage to suit different environments. The bag offers a retractable pull handle for wheeled use, along with stowable backpack straps and a wheel cover to protect your clothing in backpack mode. Quick-access travel and work items can be conveniently stored in a variety of exterior pockets, including dedicated space for a 15″ laptop and tablet. The main compartment opens wide for easy packing and access, with a pocket for further organization and compression straps to keep clothing secure.

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Eagle Creek Pack-It Garment Folder – Medium (from US$ 28.01)

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Eagle Creek’s Pack-It Garment Folder provides a convenient way to reduce wrinkles in your clothing, with Compress Wings™ that provide stretch compression. The folder comes with a handy folding instruction board and is constructed with water and odor-resistant material. A grab handle lets you easily transport it to and from your bag, and a choice of three sizes accommodate different loads (with the small and medium fitting in most carry-on bags).

Henty CoPilot (US$ 229.98)

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The Henty CoPilot tackles the challenges of business travel with a two-in-one design. The exterior garment bag is designed to roll around an inner tube bag that can hold shoes, accessories, toiletries and other travel essentials. Exterior pockets on the garment bag let you keep a laptop and smaller business or travel items within easy reach. A choice of grab handles and backpack straps keep you moving smoothly in changing environments, and a rain cover protects your gear against the elements.

Mismo M/S Suit Carrier (around US$ 555)

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Mismo’s M/S Suit Carrier deftly merges functional design and refined style. The carrier can be unzipped fully for easy access, revealing two interior pockets for additional storage and organization. An exterior zippered pocket is convenient for housing frequently used items, and the premium materials and construction will stand up to the demands of travel for years to come.

VOCIER C38 Travel Bag (around US$ 710)

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The VOCIER C38 is a handsome and luxurious carry-on bag designed to carry work clothes wrinkle-free. VOCIER’s Zero-Crease System provides curving storage for a suit to prevent wrinkles, and can also be hung up in your accommodation for easy access. A quick-entry opening lets you remove items such as a wash bag from the inner compartment without having to open the main zipper. A removable interior compartment stores additional items, while an exterior pocket in the handle provides secure and convenient storage for a passport and ticket.

Tumi Alpha 2 4 Wheeled Extended Trip Garment Bag (US$ 975)

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If money is no object and wrinkle-free clothes are a priority, Tumi’s Alpha 2 4 Wheeled Extended Trip Garment Bag may be just what you’re after. The bag includes two brackets for hanging clothes on either end of the main compartment, with straps to keep items secure on the move. The bag also includes removable zippered pouches for organizing smaller items, as well as dedicated storage for three pairs of shoes. In addition, exterior pockets provide further storage for extra clothing items and travel or business essentials.


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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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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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11 BEST Business Travel Backpacks (For Men & Women)

A complete list of the 11 BEST business backpacks for men and women!

You know that feeling when you’re about to travel and realize that your carry-on bag is too small to fit all of your clothes? It’s not fun, but it doesn’t have to be this way.

Whether you’re planning a business trip to meet a client or going to open a new office abroad, these backpacks are exactly what you’re looking for.

From the best ones to carry your equipment to comfortable and padded ones, I’ve got you covered in this comprehensive guide.

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Business travel backpacks are not just about looks — they must be able to carry all the equipment that you need for your workday, plus any personal items that you want to bring along in case of delays or unforeseen circumstances.

The right backpack will protect your gear and keep it safe while you’re on the go, but also give you easy access when necessary.

These are the 3 absolute best business travel backpacks:

  • Nomatic Travel Bag 20L – Best Overall Business Travel Backpack – From $300 This bag features padded shoulder straps, reinforced stress points on the bottom panel, water-resistant lining, and a resistant laptop sleeve with an interior mesh pocket for quick access items such as tickets or passports.
  • Tortuga Setout – Best Laptop Backpack for Longer Trips – From $179 The Setout 45L Carry-on Travel Backpack is a feature-rich bag that helps you stay organized. With space for 7 days’ worth of clothing, toiletries, and traveling necessities, you’ll never be without what you need, when you need it.
  • KomalC Leather Briefcase – Best Business Messenger Bag – From $89 The KomalC Briefcase is mostly made from leather which is a nice touch if you’re coming from a nylon bag. It is an elegant and classy commuter bag for all business travelers.

Of course, this is only a short overview, so make sure to read until the end of this post to discover all the features of each of them in greater detail.

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Can business travel backpacks replace a suitcase.

Carry-on luggage typically measures 56 x 45 x 25 cm, but a suitcase can accommodate more than a backpack.

Yes, soft-sided backpacks are generally soft, but compressing a suitcase and securing everything with compression straps is something travel backpacks seldom enable.

Needless to say, a travel backpack can be a limitation depending on the number of clothes or items you plan to bring.

That said, it’s a great valid alternative if you plan to travel for a few days in or out of the country.


Other than the best daypack for travel, it’s important to consider the brands themselves.

Sure, while some brands may be unknown to you, some others are reputable and produce items for numerous years with outstanding quality.

These best backpack brands are:

  • Kenneth Cole
  • Tommy Hilfiger
  • American Tourister

There are dozens of quality brands on the market, however, these are the top backpack brands and you’re sure to get a quality product that will stand the test of time.

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We’re focusing on the finest travel backpacks for business, which means they differ from other types of backpacks. But what should you consider before purchasing one?

There are several factors to take into consideration and we’ll go through them below.

Many business backpacks include hidden compartments, strong zippers, and hardy fabric that is difficult to cut through. When you’re transporting valuables, it’s critical to have a secure solution.

Having a hidden zipper, a secret compartment for your passport, credit cards, or other documents, and premium material hard to cut is essential for a smooth business trip.


It goes without saying that having a laptop compartment in a business backpack is essential and is simply a must-have.

A laptop compartment is necessary to protect and secure your electronics while moving through the TSA line quickly.

The padding is very important since you don’t want to damage or even break your laptop. In general, virtually every well-designed backpack (except for hiking backpacks) comes with a laptop compartment.


The organization compartments are particularly crucial.

If you’re commuting with a laptop, several chargers, vital papers, clothing, and other items, you’ll probably want pockets to store them in. Of course, this implies you’ll need lots of pockets to accommodate everything.

My favorite backpacks have u-zip designs. This means that they can be opened fully on at least two sides for quick access.

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The greatest travel business backpacks are current and stylish, so you can go to the office and your vital meetings without looking like a hiker.

You may also want to consider how your backpack reflects your personality. Examine this list and see which travel company backpack fits your style the best.

If you’re going on business trips often, or if it’s going to rain a lot in the city you’ll be visiting, you might want to ensure that your bag is water-resistant or waterproof.

This isn’t necessary for work travel backpacks, but if you’re spending time outside or traveling to a city where it rains constantly, then it must be considered.


Fit and comfort are critical elements in any backpack selection. A large or little backpack will be uncomfortable, clunky, and perhaps even painful if it’s not the right size for your frame.

This implies double-checking that the straps are comfortable and properly fit your body. Look for adjustable straps as well as waist straps to help distribute the weight of a bigger bag.

Hiking backpacks have more adjustable straps, whereas commuter bags have fewer of these features.


A USB attachment in a backpack is simply a long extension cable. The power bank is connected to the cable within the backpack.

Then you’ll need an electronic device and a supplementary charging cable, which connects from the outside of the bag.

When you don’t have access to a plug while on business travel, this may be a lifesaver.

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If you’ve ever gone on a business trip, chances are you’ve carried your luggage in one of those ubiquitous black nylon backpacks.

But have you ever stopped to think about what makes the best business travel backpack?

If not, this is exactly what you’re looking for and we go into the 11 best travel backpacks for business to remain comfortable and secure on a business trip.


Nomatic, the company known for its packing cubes, has released one of the best backpacks ever made.

First and foremost, the bag is thing is water-resistant as well as super resistant to any situation.

As someone who travels quite a bit with only hand luggage, that’s important. Over time many bags wear down or start looking tatty.

It’s made of extremely durable material which does make the backpack feel slightly heavier than other comparable bags.

In addition, it’s very functional, and if you’re familiar with Nomatic products, this bag comes in the same size as their previous 20L daypack model (which was great).

They just made it less boxy and added a few extra pockets for good measure – basically, they turned what already worked into an even better product.

Lastly, it comes with a removable waist strap which is a huge selling point. With the waist strap, you can distribute the weight evenly and have a more comfortable carry even if it’s a bit heavier than usual.

All in all, the Nomatic travel bag is one of the most comfortable business backpacks.

The downside? It’s quite pricey – For $300, it’s an investment, albeit a good one as far as bags go.


The Setout Tortuga backpack is a sturdy, lightweight, and versatile backpack that is perfect for all purposes from outdoor adventures to business trips and even going on a road trip .

The design features include the use of high-quality external fabrics with water-resistant coating, durable lockable zippers, and multiple compartments to keep your gear organized.

2 versions are available – the 26L expandable and the 45L fully expanded. They both open flat like a suitcase and it is a great advantage when looking for specific items and not wasting time on a business trip with colleagues or managers.

The backpack also uses dual foam padded shoulder straps that are ergonomic, breathable, removable, and adjustable.

Last but not least, it is cheaper than other backpacks but it is still an investment. The expanded 26L version costs $179 and the bigger expanded one will set you back $199.

While the Nomatic is, in my opinion, the most comfortable backpack, the Tortuga quality is very close and it’s surely one of the best on the market.


There are so many backpacks to choose from, but the Victorinox business backpack is one of the best because it features a padded laptop compartment and two large compartments with plenty of space for all your belongings.

With its classic style and sleek design, this backpack is perfect for all travelers who need to carry everything they might need on their business trip.

There are several models available to please everyone.

What I really liked about the Victorinox Swiss Army Backpack is the fact that it has multiple storage pockets to put anything you can think of from pens, notebooks, documents, and more.

It’s also classy which makes it one of the most attractive business backpacks I can think of.


The Osprey Farpoint is a great backpack for those of you who are looking for a lightweight and durable carry-on that will fit into any overhead compartment or under the seat in front of you.

It has plenty of padding and comfort features but also has a limited number of pockets and zippers which might be off-putting to some people.

The backpack also cannot be carried like a traditional backpack with straps, so it might not be best for those who don’t like the feel of carrying their bag on their back.


The Matein Travel Laptop backpack is an awesome backpack for all your needs, including business trips.

It’s made out of water-resistant and incredibly durable polyester and has tons of great features – a charging pocket, a beautiful design, a padded laptop sleeve, and ultimately, a luggage strap.

It offers several capacities, being able to hold up to a 15-inch laptop and a tablet combined. This makes it ideal for businessmen who need their accessories at hand whenever they’re traveling or going to work.

On top of all these features, the backpack provides an outside pocket specially designed to charge your phone or your tablet.

As such, you won’t have to worry about your battery ever again when you’re either working or traveling.

On the flip side, the backpack might not be as resilient against water as other backpacks here.


This slim and affordable carry-on laptop travel backpack comes with a padded laptop sleeve made of durable fabric and also features a foldable water-resistant cover to keep your laptop dry.

It has plenty of room for other essentials like clothing, shoes, toiletries, and snacks.

For less than $100, the Amazon Basics Slim Carry-On Laptop Travel Weekender is perfect for all frequent business travelers!

On the other hand, one point to note is that the compartments only open on two sides. Small packing cubes would help, but likely not solve the problem.


The KomalC 16-inch leather briefcase is perfect for business professionals who want to stand out from the crowd.

The exterior of the bag is made from high-quality buffalo leather and has a beautiful design that will perfectly match your business trip.

The interior is divided into two separate compartments with an inside pocket for your laptop and tablet, as well as plenty of space for files and folders.

It also includes a removable shoulder strap that can be tucked away when not in use.

All things considered, it’s one of the best business travel backpacks, however, it’s essential to highlight the fact that it needs to be maintained since it’s real leather.


We all know that backpacks are a necessity when going on a business trip, but the problem is they’re not always stylish.

However, this is not the case with the Samsonite Classic Leather Slim Backpack.

This backpack is made of durable and rich-looking leather which makes it perfect for any professional looking to “spice up” their outfit.

With a sleek design, ample space, and more features than you can count on two hands, this backpack has so many advantages over other bags on the market.

It’s available in 2 colors – black and brown – to please everyone whether you’re going on a business journey or around town to meet friends.


Kenneth Cole is a company that believes in the power of fashion to make your business trip more fashionable.

For this, they have designed backpacks with maximum functionality for today’s on-the-go lifestyle and the Manhattan Slim Backpack is the perfect example.

It has been made to fit laptops up to 16 inches and it’s great for going to the office or away for a few days.

This bag is a durable and stylish laptop backpack that will give you the ultimate protection for your most important belongings.

Made of an elegant Colombian genuine leather exterior with tear-resistant lining, it features RFID-blocking technology to keep all personal information safe from thieves as well as a trolley tunnel to fit over luggage handles so no more carrying heavy bags on wheels!


This women’s black briefcase by Kroser is made from a soft, flexible material with extra pockets for organization.

It expands for greater capacity and is simply one of the best business travel bags.

In addition, its water-resistant exterior can withstand heavier rain or spills, preventing materials inside from being damaged by water.

There are compartments for your 17-inch laptop, iPad, pens, wallet, notebooks, and anything else you may need to bring with you when traveling.

The laptop compartment is padded which protects the items inside from accidental bumps or shocks that could potentially damage your items.

All in all, it’s one of the best bags to bring on a business trip abroad or around the country.

But, as constructive feedback, I’d say that the Kroser laptop bag doesn’t have enough padding on the sides and the bottom which is something worth considering.


The Everki Atlas is a compact, comfortable, and affordable business travel backpack that you can bring along anywhere you’re headed.

The first compartment is a special “checkpoint ready” pocket that will fit up to a 17.3-inch laptop and has been created especially for the ones with lots of equipment.

It has more pockets to place your accessories and small items such as a Kindle, phone chargers, cables, pens, and more.

It opens up 180 degrees which is convenient when going through a security checkpoint that accepts checkpoint-friendly bags.

Additionally, it includes wide, padded shoulder straps with a 5-point balance strap to distribute weight and wear it more comfortably.

The Everki Atlas comes in two different versions – the 15.6-inch and the 17.3-inch – with only a $10 difference between them and is definitely the best daypack for travel.

With this in mind, a point to mention is the weight. In fact, while the bag is greatly padded, it adds up weight and the Everki backpack weighs 4.01 lbs or 1.8 kilograms.

Needless to say, that’s quite some weight used and could be a disadvantage when traveling.


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Whether you’re traveling for business or for pleasure, you need to keep your electronics well-protected. Read on to find out what we think the best business backpack is for your next adventure!

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Now that many of us are able to work from anywhere with a decent wifi connection, we’re carrying our laptops and electronic gadgets everywhere we go.

But electronics add a bit more weight to our luggage, so it makes sense to distribute weight evenly across our backs instead of struggling to lug a shoulder bag around airports or cities.

If you’re traveling strictly for business, working remotely, or just like to bring your laptop wherever you go, it’s important to keep your electronics in a sturdy laptop backpack that’s practical, comfortable, and suitable for your needs.

Read my over-the-top tips about how I protect my laptop while traveling !

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If you’re looking for a lovely padded laptop backpack, here are the best we could find:


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B est Business Backpack for Digital Nomads: Jansport

Jansport has come a long way since you were in school! This cute backpack has a spacious laptop sleeve with enough space for a long weekend, but it’s still compact enough for the most minimalist traveler.

This colorful bag has a 15-inch padded laptop sleeve and comes in a variety of styles and with a number of interior and exterior pockets, two water bottle holders, an organizer panel, and a tablet pocket.

It’s the ideal travel business backpack for the gadget-conscious digital nomad on the go.

Watch this review of a Jansport backpack and read here where I show you how I traveled for four weeks using just this backpack and a purse!!


Travelon Anti-Theft Classic Large Backpack

B est Laptop Backpack for Business Travel: Travelon

Security is the name of the game when it comes to this Travelon backpack . It has a locking front compartment and an organizer that includes a zippered RFID-blocking pocket.

The bag also has slash-resistant construction and adjustable straps that will keep you and your belongings protected. With its impressive list of features as well as its sleek black look, this Travelon anti-theft heritage backpack has quickly become a favorite for the business traveler.

If you’re headed on an adventurous trip, but still need to work on the go, this latest model by Travelon has a sporty look. It still has all the practical features you need in a travel business backpack , fits a 15.6-inch laptop, and has water-resistant nylon fabric to keep your gear dry.

Take a look at the best anti-theft accessories for travel!


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Functional and Feminine Packable Laptop Bag: Vera Bradley

For the stylish girl, laptop backpacks that are whimsical and lighthearted can be hard to find. But a Vera Bradley bag usually does the trick with 30 color and pattern variations to choose from.

Some Vera Bradley backpacks offer trolley straps to fit over your carry-on bag handles, and most have bottle holders on the side. The different styles vary in features, so check to be sure that your favorite has what you need to make it your best computer backpack for business travel .

These bags feature a sturdy padded laptop/tablet compartment and measure 12” x 16” x 7.5”. At 1.5 pounds, they’re ultralight and packable, too.

Take a look at these cute backpacks for women !


Pacsafe Citysafe CX 17L Anti Theft Backpack

B est Business Backpack for Lightweight Travel: Pacsafe

If you’re traveling light, but still concerned about security, it’s hard to beat a Pacsafe bag .

This backpack comes with multiple anti-theft features, such as slash-resistant steel mesh concealed in vulnerable areas and an RFID guarded pocket that protects against identity theft.

The Intasafe is trim, features bottle holders on both sides and is available in charcoal and navy canvas. There’s a tablet sleeve as well as a 15-inch laptop sleeve. It measures 10.6” x 15.4” x 6.3” and weighs 1.57 pounds.

For more security conscious travelers, take a look at this list of “theft-proof” bags for travel !


Herschel Little America Mid-Volume Backpack

Adorable Business Backpack: Herschel

Herschel has great laptop bags for travelers who prefer the casual environment of coffee shops or co-working spaces to do business. As a bonus, you can also use it as a day pack too.

Because of the lightweight canvas material, it can easily be packed into your luggage when not using it. It measures 19.5” x 11.25” x 7” and weighs a little over 2 pounds.

The secret to traveling light is to create a travel capsule wardrobe. Learn more in my guide !


Thule Subterra Backpack

Sleek Backpacks for Business Travel: Thule

Thule has the best business backpack to protect your electronics – it includes a PowerPocket to manage cords between your device and mobile charger.

The bag is perfect for digital nomads and business travelers who want to be assured whatever they’re carrying is safe. There’s even additional room for some of your personal belongings.

If you’re bringing your camera along on your travels, make sure to keep your equipment protected with our readers tip picks for the functional and cute camera bags !


Himawari Backpack

Waterproof Business Backpack: Himawari

This stylish nylon backpack is durable, breathable, AND waterproof!

It’s well-suited to outdoor travel and the padded laptop sleeve makes it practical when you’re working on the go. I own this bag  and love how cute and functional it is – its water-resistance material is a must for my electronics.


LXY Vegan Leather Backpack

Classy Laptop Backpack: LXY

We love the look of a leather backpack – it’s classic, elegant, and effortlessly cool.

A unisex backpack like this one by LXY will never go out of style. With its vegan leather and adjustable fit, this is a stylish pick that is both practical and ethical. It measures 15.7” x 11” x 3.9”.

For a more budget-friendly option inspired by this look, try this !


Mancro Anti Theft Business Laptop Backpack

Best Business Backpack for the Professional Traveler: Mancro

For something more traditional, Mancro makes a sleek, slim backpack that’s organized so efficiently that you can fit most of what you need inside.

There are slots for tablets and laptops, plus a USB port for on-the-go charging.

It also features three main pockets, nine inner small pockets, and two sealed side pockets.

Organizational compartments help you keep everything in place so you can find what you’re looking for with ease. The bag’s lightweight polyester fabric is also eco-friendly and water resistant!

Concerned about theft? Mancro has you covered with a combination lock and durable metal zippers.


Kaukko Travel Laptop Backpack

Stylish Linen Business Backpack: Kaukko

This fashionable backpack is available in a wide range of colors, in both canvas and linen, that you can mix and match with your wardrobe of choice. It features handy water bottle and umbrella holders on the sides.

The laptop compartment can fit up to a 15.6-inch computer, and the smaller outer pocket gives easy access to essentials, while keeping everything safe and secure. The bag is super slim, lightweight, and should fit everything you need at 10.6” x 18.5” x 5.9”.

Read this post to learn about day packs and why you might need to travel with one !


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Best Business Backpack on Wheels: Eddie Bauer

Rolling backpacks have been around for years, but spinner backpack options are still rare. This one from Eddie Bauer has excellent storage in over three compartments and can fit everything from laptops to tablets and books.

Wheels do make it weigh a bit more at a little over 6 pounds, so it might be the best laptop backpack for business travel only. It measures 13” x 22” x 10” with a capacity of 45L.

Find out if you should travel with a  roller bag or a backpack !


Kopack Lightweight Laptop Backpack

Best Travel Business Backpack with Water-Resistant Nylon: Kopack

This Kopack keeps your items safe – you can pull your laptop out of the backpack without revealing anything else inside.

It’s a versatile bag that’s heavy-duty with an anti-theft zipper, a hidden pocket on the back, and an elastic strap to attach it to a larger piece of luggage. The bottle holder is zipped up, so it isn’t visible unless you’re using it.

Its water-resistant nylon is a plus if you’re traveling in humid areas. The Kopack bag can fit up to 17-inch laptops. It measures 11.8” x 5.5” x 17.7” and weighs 1.94 pounds.


Kroser Laptop Backpack

Best Business Backpack for Every Travel Situation: Kroser

This stylish backpack hits all the marks. Perfect for both vacation and business travelers alike, it can hold up to a 15.6-inch laptop and even has a USB port for on-the-go charging.

The Kroser also features many interior pockets, so the organization will never be an issue. Two external pockets offer easy access to water bottles , compact umbrellas , and whatever else you need to pack.

Black fabric and gold hardware come together to create a chic, versatile piece – the bag measures 16.9” x 11.15” x 7.5” and weighs 1.82 pounds.


Fjallraven Kanken Laptop 15″ Backpack

Great Travel Backpack for Outdoorsy Types: Fjallraven

If you love being one with nature and traveling light, this packable Fjallraven bag is the best business backpack for your outdoor adventure. It has an ultra-slim silhouette and moisture-repelling fabric.

There’s room in the main compartment for all the essentials, with lots of pockets to stay organized, and it holds laptops up to 15 inches. A top handle also allows for another way of transport. You can’t go wrong with this one!

To determine what day pack or day bag is best for your travels, please read this post on how to choose one !


Tumi Just In Case Backpack

Easy and Packable Backpack: Tumi

The Just In Case bag is made from a lovely nylon fabric that folds flat, is super packable, comes in several colors, and has a cool, sleek, and compact design.

It’s practical, yet still rocks a style conscious appeal.

You can wear it as a standard backpack, or hold it from its tote handle for another transport option. It’s impressively light at 0.6 pounds and measures 16″ x 12″ x 5″.

Tumi bags tend to sell out frequently, so when you see one you like, grab it!

Find out what our readers have to say about their Tumi Bags in our review !


BOSTANTEN Leather Backpack

Chic Look Best Business Backpacks for Travel: Bostanten

Bostanten is blog worthy for any business traveler! Its scratch-resistant faux leather comes in various elegant colors. The feminine and chic design is perfect for Paris and has won us over with its affordability – it’s under $100.

The beautiful cream shade seen above can be integrated into just about any wardrobe. The bag measures 11.42″ x 15.94″ x 6.69″ and weighs 3.17 pounds.


High Sierra Swerve Backpack

Best Business Backpack for Sporty Travelers: High Sierra

We’re big fans of the Swerve backpack from High Sierra. There are many cute colors to choose from in a sporty nylon fabric that’s water repellent and has a cooling back panel so great for hotter climates.

The bag comes with two padded straps and multiple exterior and interior pockets (one of which can hold up to a 17-inch laptop) which makes this the perfect piece for the functional sporty traveler.

It’s big enough for a weekend getaway and has plenty of space for all of your electronics. We love it!


Herschel ‘Settlement Mid Volume’ Backpack

Sporty-chic Backpack: Herschel

Herschel’s best business backpack is casual by day and chic by night! This   sporty-chic bag not only has space for a laptop, but it’s also lightweight at 1.15 pounds and comes in many colors – including black, ash rose, light grey, and more. It measures 16.25” x 11.25” x 4.5”.  It is slim but fits up to a 13-inch laptop.

We love how simple, stylish, and versatile this bag is.


The Rowledge Convertible Backpack With Trolley Sleeve

Best Stylish Convertible Business Backpack: Lo & Sons

The Rowledge backpack by Lo & Sons comes highly recommended in the TFG community. While this is a higher priced item, our readers definitely think it’s a worthwhile investment. The straps make it very comfortable to wear, and one reader shared that this bag greatly reduced her neck pain while traveling! And as a bonus, there’s a trolley sleeve for those times when you don’t want to carry anything on your back! 

The outer pocket features smaller pockets and zippered sections for functionality, and there’s also a protective laptop sleeve section. It comes in both small and large sizes, with the small being just under 3 lbs, while the large one is slightly over 3 lbs.

Find out why our readers love their Lo & Sons bags in this review !


Matein Anti Theft Travel Laptop Backpack

Reliable Business Backpack for Techies: Matein

If you’re traveling with a lot of tech or just love being highly organized, the Matein backpack is perfect. This bag does it all, with a laptop compartment for laptops up to 15.6” and tons of storage to keep your gear in its place. It’s water-resistant, too, so your valuables inside will be safe and sound. 

More functional features include a USB charging port and a trolley sleeve! At 18” x 12” x 7” and just over 1.5 lbs, this backpack is easy to carry and will make your business travels a breeze!


Coowoz Large Travel Backpack

Best Front Loading Backpack for Business : Coowoz

If having a place for everything and everything in its place is important to you, then you’ll adore this Coowoz backpack , which is a front-loading option for packing as strategically as possible! With multiple pockets and lots of space, you’ll be able to see everything clearly when unzipped. 

It has such a sleek and simple exterior that’s decked out with comfy features, a travel sleeve, and an anti-theft pocket! This bag measures 17” x 31” x 42” and is lightweight at just over 2 lbs. 


Calpak Luka 15 inch Laptop Backpack

Best Business Backpack That’s Lightweight: Calpak Luka

Decked out with killer organization, the Calpak Luka laptop backpack is amazing for travelers who want to keep all their devices and travel essentials neat and protected. The 15” laptop compartment is amply padded and features a roomy zippered pocket, and there are plenty of inner and outer pockets of all sizes. 

One traveler loves that it’s simple yet elegant and versatile enough to use for all kinds of different travel scenarios! Function aside, this bag is sleek and modern, with a scratch-resistant exterior that comes in a range of fun matte shades.


Calpak Terra 26L Laptop Duffel Backpack

Best Laptop Business Backpack: Calpak Terra 26L 

Striking in appearance and adaptable to whatever your travel day entails, the Calpak Terra 26L Laptop Duffel Backpack has it all! This dual-purpose travel bag has a clamshell opening, tons of interior packing space, compression straps, a padded 17” laptop pocket, and multiple interior and exterior pockets. Sleek and shiny, this bag is rugged and water-resistant, spacious yet not bulky, and weighs under 3 lbs! 

A happy traveler shares that it’s super lightweight and works as a personal item even on smaller planes, adding that she has gotten a ton of use out of it and receives so many compliments!


Antler Chelsea Backpack

Best Stylish Business Backpack:  Antler Chelsea

The  Chelsea backpack by Antler  is a beautiful option with a streamlined design that gives you ample interior packing space. It’s decked out with great features, including a convenient trolley sleeve, a padded 16.5” laptop pocket, a removable packing pocket for laundry or shoes, compression straps, a side water bottle pocket, and a zipped front pocket. It’s incredibly lightweight, durable, and has a water-resistant exterior, too.

One user says it’s very nice quality, perfect for business trips, and looks stylish!


Antler’s Bamburgh Expandable Backpack

Best Expandable Business Backpack: Antler Bamburgh

Antler’s Bamburgh expandable backpack checks all the boxes, with lightweight yet robust construction, a comfortable and breathable fit, and excellent organization. Its clamshell opening is what makes this bag ultra-popular, as it makes packing super easy. It features a 16.5” laptop pocket, an interior divider, multiple inner and outer pockets, and compression straps to keep everything efficient and ultra-organized. 

From city breaks to outdoor adventures, this backpack will support you through any adventure! One wearer praises its high quality and thoughtful design, sharing that she’s used it as an underseat bag, a weekender bag, and for hiking the Scottish highlands!


Swissgear Scan Smart TSA Laptop 17.5″ Backpack

Best ScanSmart Laptop Business Backpack: Swissgear

If you’re looking for a spacious backpack that you can load up but still carry comfortably, look no further than this Swissgear Scan Smart backpack . This bag is full of handy pockets, including an exterior, fleece-lined glasses pocket, and an organizer compartment with sleeves for pens, cards, and chargers. It’s lightweight at 3 lbs, and it boasts ergonomic, padded shoulder straps with breathable fabric and an adjustable sternum strap for supreme comfort. 

It also has a padded laptop sleeve! One traveler who used this backpack as a carry-on to Spain reports that it was steady, had a perfect amount of pockets, felt secure, and was an amazing travel bag overall.


LL Bean 28L Comfort Carry Laptop Pack

Best Comfort Carry Laptop Business Pack: LL Bean

Designed to work for every adventure from hiking to city sightseeing to travel days, L.L. Bean’s Comfort Carry backpack is a classic! This mid-size backpack is a great personal item and day bag, with a laptop sleeve, water bottle pockets, and multiple zippered pockets for easy organizing. It’s made with extra-durable nylon fabric, so it’ll hold up to years and years of wear and tear, too! 

One traveler says it’s the perfect travel bag that’s a great size, keeps things organized, and is super comfortable to carry.

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Compass Rose Packing Cubes

How To Organize Your Backpack

Every traveler’s favorite luggage accessory is the packing cube !  The Compass Rose featured above can be packed next to each other, perfect for carry-on luggage, backpacks, and travel duffels. Coming in a wide variety of sizes and colors, travel packing cubes are mesh and fabric containers that organize your luggage allowing you to pack efficiently.

Follow this video tutorial  to learn how to pack your belongings using packing cubes and save valuable space (think souvenir shopping).

What do you think are the best business backpack brands available? Comment and share!

For more travel bags, please read:

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Author Bio:  Rebecca is a digital nomad, making her way as a freelance writer. She sometimes blogs about her travels as MsNomadica .


Okay this was really helpful! I am always traveling with a laptop but often fail to think about that when buying backpacks. I need to start getting ones that are made with work/laptops in mind. Thanks for the great resource!


I purchased the Kroser Backpack and love it! I have used it on both work and vacation travel when needing to bring my laptop along. It has great pockets for everything and the trolley sleeve is a perfect.

Kim Hindman

I ended up purchasing the travelon backpack in this article I have taken it twice now, and I absolutely adore everything about it. I love the organizer pocket as well as how comfortably I can fit all of my essentials in it.

Debbie Cohen

Looking for a travel backpack for a trip to Europe ( with my laptop) This article gave me a plethora of choices. Thank you for doing all the research!

Mikelle Conner

This is so helpful! Backpacks are so much easier to carry on a work trip, but I don’t want to look like a third grader when I get to my meeting!

Diana Giron

This was very helpful, looking for a backpack for my personal item. This article gave me a few more to consider.


It’s not a laptop bag per se…..but I use it as a combo diaper/laptop bag and it’s amazing. Also a fabulous price point. (Note: It’s not really shiny like it shows in the picture. It’s definitely a matte fabric).


Hi Tara, thank you for sharing the bag you use to carry your laptop with us, looks brilliant!! Happy travels! ?


I have referred to this page many times, bought the Heritage Backpack, and now plan to use it….on a sailing adventure! Thanks….I continue to look up all your info now that I’m planning.

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Whether you’re on your way to a company meeting, going on holiday, or just commuting to work, there are a couple of things you’ll always make sure. Primarily, you’re going to want to appear perfectly good, out of your hair straight down to your feet . Second, you are going to want to remain organized, packaging all of your essentials such as notebooks, files, that additional tie, along with other stuff well and safely. 

A strategic backpack might resemble a suitable choice to pack all of your possessions, but let us be fair – it might be awkward when hailing a taxi, riding through the streets, getting onto a subway, or screening at the airport. Worst yet, it is very unsightly walking with a backpack in a company meeting. Option? A briefcase for travel or messenger bag!

There is a lot to appreciate about traveling briefcases. They’re built for relaxation, comfort, and effortless access, letting you work through your everyday duties without a lot of hassle. To assist you pick the perfect one, we’ve done the hard work and rounded up 18 Best travel briefcase and messenger bags in addition to some useful hints so you may make a more educated decision when making your purchase.

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Augus Business Travel Briefcase matches 15.6 inches Notebook

This is a very amazing briefcase and our best laptop briefcase for travel. It’s a well-designed tote that concentrates on storage capability and company. It’s also excellent looking with a fantastic leather finish that’s available in various colors such as black, brown, dark brown, as well as java.

The primary storage compartments are big and may contain laptops as big as 17″, but should you want to take your notebook securely, place it at the cushioned compartment. This cushioned place can only take at a 15.6″ notebook computer. Normally, the tote is spacious and may comprise distinct files, folders, and even clothes for a company trip.

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There are outside zippered compartments that function as an organizer to your little items such as pens, credit cards, wallets, and may even have a tablet computer.

It is possible to opt to carry it with main handles or just like a messenger bag with its own straps. Should you choose it as a carry-on bag, there’s a belt that may be utilized to attach to the handle of a bag, which means it’s possible to roll both collectively with no hassle.

While it might not be the least expensive briefcase on the market, the grade of the bag is amazing because of its cost, therefore it provides you best travel briefcase laptop.

Filson Original Briefcase

Yes, the Filson Original Briefcase prices $325, and that is well over double the purchase price of another briefcase contained on our listing. However, with this elevated cost comes a purse of high quality. This bag features an exterior made from a twill woven so closely it is a rip, puncture, as well as water-resistant.

If you genuinely appreciate the things you will stuff within your luggage, then you will see the importance of using a bit that may protect against all from spilled coffee into some scratch against a twisted thing. The briefcase also has a reinforced bottom, protecting it in the diverse surfaces and materials found in town, on the rail, and anyplace else your times require you.

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Under that thick two-way metal zipper, the briefcase has a lot of pockets that allow for simple organization of record folders and files and that can accommodate most notebooks up to 14 inches in dimension. And while this American-made tote is really rugged and durable in construction, its own aesthetic is acceptable for usage by a person or a girl.

A gentleman called Jack claims of the Filson Original Briefcase it’s”well built, handsome” and excellent for”work and travel.” Another proprietor states that the”quality of the workmanship is first-rate”

An overview from The Brooks Review known as the Filson” constructed to last a lifetime” and singled out the caliber of its zipper along with other hardware. A writer with Traveling Gear Addict known as it rocky but”trendy enough for everyday use.”

Alpine Swiss Expandable Leather Attaché Briefcase

Some guys still need that classic rectangular, hard-sided briefcase, possibly due to its iconic fashion, or as these instances make it really easy to arrange and get the paperwork.

Whether or not you would like to channel your internal Don Draper or you only wish to keep important files and newspapers properly coordinated, the Alpine Swiss Expandable Leather Attaché Briefcase is a terrific way to do it. This traditional black leather, hard-walled rectangular briefcase makes it effortless to sort and save your files and keeps them protected, also, as a result of a set of combination locks which seal the case closed.

The briefcase also includes committed places for pencils, phone, calculator, or pocket, and business card slots, also. What it lacks, however, is a fantastic spot to stash a notebook computer, though tablet computers will be easy to tuck off within.

Deficiency of sufficient space for a notebook aside, like a briefcase employed for real briefs (or for any additional files ( from contracts to broadcasts to advertising materials) that is a fantastic briefcase. Its accordion-style internal pocket expands out to some four-inch depth when unclasped, providing ample space for dozens of pages. Along with the stiff construction of this situation protects its contents.

With countless reviews posted on Amazon, the Alpine Swiss Expandable Leather Attaché Briefcase includes a decent 4.3-star average score. 1 owner calls it the best mens travel briefcase in a”reasonable cost,” while the other calls it a fantastic way” to keep papers organized on the move.”

A writer with JenReviews known as the Alpine Swiss briefcase”hardy and stylish,” while a critique from BestMensBriefcases noted that the caliber”double woven liner” on the outside and the numerous well-designed pockets.

Bosidu Leather Briefcase for Men

This is a fantastic option if you would like a superb leather briefcase when spending relatively less quantity of money. It’s so well-made you’ll think that it’s really a costly bag. The exterior design seems bright and professional, it’s a fantastic color motif and created from high-quality leather.

There are three storage compartments. A front zippered storage area functions as an organizer which could contain modest things such as an iPad, bank cards, pens, telephones, and other smaller accessories. The most important laptop storage is large enough to accommodate a 15.6-inch notebook conveniently, whereas the rear document pocket may take on your travel documents, files, and smallish folders.

You may take it as a traditional briefcase using its top grips, or you could take it as a messenger bag in your shoulders with the removable strap. This strap is also flexible so that you can alter the length to fit your height and relaxation. As a bonus, there’s a belt in the rear which lets the briefcase to properly match the grip of a bag or trolley.

Kenneth Cole Notebook Case Leather Briefcase

For guys who love to keep super organized, it is difficult to overcome this Kenneth Cole Reaction leather briefcase. Apart from the gorgeous full-grain cowhide leather, the storage choices are well planned out. For begins, front features a zippered compartment with slots to their own business cards, pens, and telephone. Even though a second zippered pocket is situated just under it.

For your primary pocket, you will be happy to know it will comfortably house any guy’s 15.4″ notebook computer. To add further to your company Kenneth Cole Reaction additionally three at a three file divider from the back.

Samsonite Luggage Leather Slim Briefcase

For your authentic professional entrepreneur who would like a compact modern look, this Samsonite Luggage briefcase delivers large. The glossy black 100% leather exterior provides a severe, yet tasteful look that means company. A front pocket organizer provides quick accesses for obtaining any work done and will accommodate a notebook charger effortlessly.

Gentlemen who travel are also very happy to know that this recliner fits comfortably over most luggage addresses in the airport. But some guys may find this short to be thicker than many. If you’re eager to carry a bit more weight about, you are going to appreciate it is long term durability for many years to come.

Mygreen Convertible Backpack Messenger

The Mygreen Convertible Backpack Messenger may be utilized as either a briefcase messenger bag or a backpack depending on where you set the generous variety of straps. The roomy interior compartment is split into two segments, among which may be used to hold a notebook up to 15 inches. If you are a lover of pockets, you will adore this briefcase that much more. There are loads of pockets of different sizes, zippered compartments, a cushioned notebook compartment and storage room to maintain your most crucial items nicely organized and easy to find. The convertible seat handles to package all this storage area without appearing overly bulky or unstylish.

Pick from four distinct colors of soft, sturdy waxed canvas: blue, black, java, or grey. Each backpack is emphasized with brown leather tabs, which provide the briefcase a classic urban streetwear texture for people who are searching for a more casual briefcase.

Royce Leather Unisex Pilot / Catalog Computer Case

If your budget is flexible and also wish to acquire a quality, then a good-looking rolling bag that will last you ages, then that is the choice to select for. The excellent thing about the Royce Leather Unisex Pilot/Catalog Computer situation is the fact that it includes two combination locks, so making sure that your possessions and valuables are safe and protected.

The briefcase is created with full-grain American cowhide leather, which makes it feel and look hardy. With this type of construction, you would, of course, anticipate that the briefcase for somewhat heavy, but that is why it features a carry retractable handle and in-line wheels to permit you to transfer it easily.

Piel Leather Slim Top-Zip Briefcase

1 look at this manly briefcase and you’re going to observe the remarkable and stunning 100% full-grain cowhide leather. The profile is modernly trendy and proudly provides storage space with no cluttered look in exchange.

An oversize front flop pocket slips open and shut thanks to a simple to use magnetic closure. This pocket one of others features a durable 100% nylon liner. Another added pockets include front and back zipper, one of the various inner pockets.

For businessmen with notebooks, pills, and other electronic equipment you will be happy to know the main pocket is padded for a protective pillow.

Maxwell Scott Leather Pilot Briefcase

A real classic style for any guy who means business. The Maxwell Scott Leather Pilot Case arrives in your choice of three distinctive colors: Night black, black, dark chocolate, and traditional tan. Whichever version you select, you will enjoy the gorgeous vegetable-tanned Italian leather for a long time to come.

On the inside of the handmade briefcase, you’ll discover lots of organizational perks such as slots to your pencils, business cards, and mobile phone. There is also a split, two subsections with alloy legs in the base to make sure a good construction and ample protection to your possessions.

In the event, you want more space only turn into the side pocket and shop all in arm’s reach. Having a gentle grip you might never need to forego the briefcase, however, in the rare opportunity you do, you will be happy to know it includes a cone combination lock closed for safekeeping.

National Geographic Classic Leather Briefcase

Accomplish a rugged, classic look with the National Geographic Leather Briefcase. Constructed for experience, this distressed thick real leather short is remarkably masculine in character. Little touches such as heavy-duty handles and re-enforced stitching create this briefcase a joy to have for years of researching and journeys.

The interior easily fits most notebooks 15.6 inches in dimension and comprises an additional room to store file folders, files, and much more. To home your pencils and business cards, you will be happy to know that it also has an outside zipped pocket. Whether or not you are carrying large or little essentials something is for sure, they will get misplaced. You very well might end up becoming lost.

COACH Pebbled Metropolitan Briefcase

Super easy, exceptionally fashionable. Odds are you’ve heard of the Coach manufacturer and know about their exact attention to detail in regards to leatherwork. This Pebbled Metropolitan Briefcase is no exception, it is completely unique.

The peddled tone provides considerable personality while the dual striped front and back offer an easy, contemporary appearance. Having a complete zipper that runs around the whole briefcase, you will be happy to know this tote features over just eye attraction. The availability and convenience variables are incredibly well surpassed.

Each interior features a plush cloth lining along with some back-wall zip pocket and multiple slide pockets. For relaxation, Coach has additionally added wrapped carrying grips plus a crossbody strap to make your journeys effortless.

Estarer Women’s Briefcase: Greatest Unique Design

Offered in black, brown, red, and wine, this briefcase has a special form that folks either love or despise immediately. Where many briefcases are wider than they are long, this one might be the opposite. It’s constructed from faux, polyurethane”leather” and may be carried with the top grips or the adjustable and removable shoulder strap.

The front of the briefcase has two zippered and one open pocket on the front. The inside has 2 open pockets including a sized to the typical laptop computer. A little zip pocket is situated in the rear wall region.

ZM Snow Notebook, Tote Bag: Finest Faux Leather Briefcase

Made from polyurethane leather, this reasonably priced vest is available in either brown or gray. It’s water-resistant and may be carried with the dual top handles or from the adjustable, detachable shoulder strap.

Although it’s known as”faux” leather, polyurethane or PU leather is really composed of true cowhide pieces leftover from creating different kinds of leather. These bits are molded together then provided a coating of polyurethane that makes the bits immune to water damage but can also produce the piece appear stiff or cheap when performed incorrectly. This sort of leather might also have a smell that goes beyond only the normal leather odor.

The main compartment is cushioned and kept closed with hook and loop tape. It’ll hold a regular-sized pc. Other compartments comprise 1 zipped pocket and two slip pockets. A little zip pocket is supposed to hold a mobile phone as a tiny zippered pocket to the rear wall of the bag is intended to your keys.

JEEP BULUO Travel Briefcase

If you spend the majority of your time on the street, then the JEEP BULUO Travel Briefcase will be your next companion. This is a superior briefcase for travel which features multiple compartments and large storage capacity without compromising on design. The product looks amazing and that is the reason why you are able to bring it to the airplane, to the workplace or to the playground and nobody will bat an eye. Speaking about the fashionable design, we would like to highlight that the people at JEEP BULUO are supplying this briefcase for travel in the khaki, black and brownish color versions.

If you have a look within the JEEP BULUO Travel Briefcase, you may observe that it features an inside phone pocket, notebook interlayer, a large principal pocket and an inner zipped pocket for valuable items like money, credit cards or IDs. One other important factor which we wish to mention is the alloy used for the keychain and zippers of this briefcase for travel is powerful and durable.

17-inch Notebook Bags, Traveling Briefcase with Organizer, Expandable Big Hybrid Shoulder Bags, Water Resistant

If you’re trying to find a masculine briefcase for travel that’s a bit bigger than many versions which you could find on the current market, this might be the product which can convince you. Unlike many similar products, this isn’t unisex and has been specially made for men. It appears very similar to the very first product in our listing, yet it’s bigger and matches 17-inch laptops. It’s a fantastic cost, multi-functional pockets, and also an expansion feature, which makes it appropriate for excursions. You are able to match your laundry, personal items, and hygiene products, in addition to your notebook and files within this briefcase.

Because of its compact design, this briefcase for travel which accompanies a practical organizer is readily attached to a massive suitcase and makes travel a much more enjoyable experience for you. Except for your notebook, you might even carry a tablet computer or some other electronics in the briefcase, since they’ll be protected from the fortified shockproof foam cushioning. It’s made from Oxford Nylon fabric with a 210D waterproof lining. The shoulder strap is removable and flexible, which means that you may use it if desired just. It measures 18 x 13.3 x 7 inches and weighs only a little more than 3 lbs.

McKlein USA Detachable Wheeled Briefcase: Many Options/Most Unique Wheel Design

Along with using an extremely distinctive framework that lets you choose whether you want not, this briefcase comes in four different sizes and several color choices. These include black crimson, orange, green, pink, beige, navy, leather mint, and red. The business also supplies a number of those colors in”custom” models with monogrammed initials. These are habit made navy, custom brownish, custom green, and custom mint.

  • The Wheels and Frame System:

McKlein USA employs a patented 2-in-1 wheel and framework system with this briefcase. Where a few briefcases have telescoping handles that slip to the situation or perhaps into a concealed compartment when it isn’t used, this one goes one step farther. The whole ABS and metal framework slides from the rear of the briefcase entirely. 2 buckles are utilized to fasten or unfasten the situation in the framework and therefore are stored in their slots on the bag when not in use.

  • Other Features:

Designed to be slimmer than other briefcases to match narrow aisles on planes and much more, it will fit a typical laptop computer. A trendy, flap-over front pocket secures with a grip and lock. This briefcase is also connected to the handles of additional rolling instances using a wise zip attachment. It’s top grips or an adjustable, detachable shoulder strap too.

Lavievert Cotton Canvas and Crazy Horse PU Leather Notebook Bags: Best Budget-Friendly Briefcase

Priced from the low selection, this briefcase is available in blue with brown trim or khaki with brown trim. It matches the standard-sized notebook computer within an EPE foam-padded compartment using a Velcro closure. Another compartment, 2 inside slide pockets, and a zipped pocket to the front part of the bag give extra organizational and storage space.

The Materials:

Most of this tote is constructed from high-density cotton wool. The trim, covers, and the remaining parts are Crazy Horse PU Leather. Crazy Horse leather identifies some kind of smooth grained leather which has a distinctive wax employed to bring out the special qualities and features of this hide like blemishes and scratches which make every piece unique. The identical method is used here using all the PU leather.


The fact is that in the instance of briefcases, many people place the best briefcase for travel more focus on style and less on durability. But, picking a briefcase that’s lasting before everything else makes it possible to save a great deal of cash in the long run. In addition to this, you need to keep in mind that durability also suggests enjoying features that attract additional relaxation.

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Modern briefcases that were designed particularly for the long-distance journeys have a couple of things in common: they are produced with high-quality substances, possess a more streamlined shape, include adjustable straps which really survive, have improved zipper closures and therefore are usually dust and water-resistant. Over this, travel briefcases are supposed to serve the requirements of travelers, who, of course, need to take more things than those who just commute from home to work and vice versa. That is the reason why the majority of models are fit many different notebook models.

If you’re wanting to purchase a durable travel tote for company purpose, then the very best briefcase for business travel is really a leather briefcase. The next best travel laptop briefcase is that a briefcase made from sturdy, waterproof nylon. Both options provide travelers a lot of benefits: durability, functional features, and a stunning layout.

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Company briefcases are very popular for the simple actuality they will be able to let you carry your notebook and significant documents. At exactly the exact same time they help finish an impeccable business ensemble. On a practical level, it’s actually comfortable to wear this kind of attachment, providing the simple fact that the majority of models have loads of pockets and many different compartments.

Based upon your sex, you could come across briefcases which are specially made for your own requirements, besides those who travel suggests. If you’re a gentleman, then the wide range of pockets can allow you to arrange everything perfectly. If on the opposite side, you’re searching for a women’s briefcase, then you ought to be aware there are unisex models on the current market, in addition to models designed specifically for your needs. A briefcase for travel is not supposed to fit just your company products, but also your private ones, which means that you may get your make-up and accessories hand at any moment.

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Buying Guide

If it comes to deciding on the ideal travel briefcases and luggage, prepare yourself to be overwhelmed with all the many options available on the market. You’ll be satisfied with a selection of backpack-briefcase hybrids, the older classic hard-sided scenarios, rolling bags which also double as overnighters, and needless to say, the classic messenger bags.

These hints are geared toward assisting you to create a more educated decision when buying the ideal messenger and briefcase bag. Consider every one of the variables and your shopping will be hassle-free!

Quality Material

Quality is possibly the major factor that you ought to be on the watch for. See, a few briefcases are promised to be made from leather, but maybe not the real one. Some substances may not last you for months with mild usage.

Considering that you’re very likely to use your briefcase or messenger tote many times, select quality materials like real cowhide leather and excellent cloth. If you would like something which weather-resistant, do not be afraid to look for briefcases made of nylon. There are loads of best travel briefcase for men.

Easy Carrying

You’re likely to take your messenger bag or briefcase for travel whatsoever times, right? Well, it is only the best travel briefcase review to get one that is going to make it effortless for you to take it when you’re on the move. If you’re interested in finding something to use during your business trips, then select a briefcase with wheels and a retractable handle. If you’re searching for something to use as you commute to work or to college, then select you with sufficient cushioning on the handle and shoulder region.

Very good briefcases and messenger bags don’t come cheap. You may wish to make certain you get something that’s worth every penny. Have a look at the overall construct of this briefcase; look at the hinges and make certain they are rust-free and hardy. Do not forget about the managed. If they’re retractable, then they ought to be hardy enough and attached to your situation.


Usually, traveling briefcases and messenger bags are building with different compartments to let you get organized. On the other hand, the amount of those pockets differs hugely, and the ideal choice is dependent upon what you need. If you’re seeking to carry office files, pens, and business cards, go to get a briefcase that delivers those pockets. On the flip side, if you’re seeking to carry your notebook and toss in an excess shirt or dress for this business trip then opt for the appropriate alternative. There is something for everybody!


Your messenger or briefcase bag has a sufficient amount of pockets, right? Well, that is inadequate. The pockets should have sufficient space to accommodate all of the stuff you’re thinking of buying. You’ll realize that a few briefcases have a notebook compartment measuring just 15-inches, whereas many others possess one with 20-inches or longer. Likewise a few have sufficient space to maintain your A4 documents and additional room to take clothing should you wish.

Color and Style

A number of people are into ol’ college, classic things. Others are into contemporary, more trendy items. It doesn’t matter where you fall; traveling briefcases and messenger bags can be found to suit all preferences. If you would like to appear professional and naturally coordinated, then you can find a leather handbag that will be appropriate for you. If you’d like something that trendy enough to sail daily and take your notebook, tablet computer, mp3, and telephones, you will find enough choices for those too. You could even locate choices that twice as briefcases and backpacks, letting you use it for various functions.

If you have got a favorite briefcase which we have not listed here, then we would really like to hear from you. In the same way, if you have got any cleaning hints we did not have the time to consider, we would start to find out more.

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Best work bag overall.

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The best bag for work isn’t one-size-fits-all. Sometimes, I need a work bag to do everything at once: look professional but not too stuffy, accommodate gym sneakers and a laptop, and organize all the miscellany you definitely don’t need (reading material, makeup bag , and even the odd wine bottle). Other times, I settle for a stylish bag that fits the essentials — a workhorse tote from Baggu, for example — or something that can go from in the office to after-work drinks — like a timeless leather shoulder bag.

To help you find the work bag that suits your lifestyle and budget, my colleague Rachael Griffiths and I surveyed a bunch of stylish, industrious women about the multitasking tote bags , backpacks , and over-the-shoulder options they rely on to get them through the workday — and beyond. Then, along with a few other discerning Strategist staffers, we tested their recommendations over several months to find the best work bags for all kinds of people — all which you’ll find below. And if you’re looking for something for longer hauls, check out our buying guides to weekender bags and carry-ons .

What we’re looking for

In general, you want a work bag that’s strong enough to hold heavy laptops and durable enough to survive being squished on the subway but still looks good to bring to the office. The material will be the main thing that determines that. Leather is a no-brainer in that department, but it can be expensive. Canvas, especially waxed or coated, is another common option; it’s still durable and usually less expensive than leather. I’ve also found some nice nylon options, which are generally easier to clean than either leather or canvas.

Prices for work bags are broad, ranging from $20 to a few hundred dollars, depending on their durability and materials they’re made of. Most of our picks are in the range of $100 to $250, and I’ve found that’s generally the sweet spot for durability and looks. But I included affordable options as well as worth-it, and every bag is denoted as either $ (under $100), $$ (under $250), or $$$ (over $250).

Madewell Transport Tote

Material: Leather | Price: $$

The Madewell Transport Tote has been a favorite of Strategist editors and readers alike, since it was first recommended to us by Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen in 2018: “I do not have very exciting or expensive tastes in handbags; I just need a bag with a handle-drop length, so I can shove it over my shoulder while wearing a puffy jacket that holds a laptop, water bottle , and all the toys my kids swear they want to play with that I get stuck carrying home,” she told us.

With Perelman’s (and so many of my colleagues’) praise for the bag in mind, I knew I needed to try it for myself. Though I’ve used it for only a few weeks, the Transport Tote has become my main everyday bag, whether I’m running a quick errand or packing for a weekend trip . That’s because it’s just the right width (and depth) to fit everything I need: There’s enough room for both my 13-inch work laptop and my personal MacBook Pro, plus a charging cable, a hefty book, a few snacks, and a small pouch carrying other daily essentials, like makeup and hand cream . I also love that its design is simple yet classic without any branding on the exterior, making it easy to dress up or down. The leather is slightly grained but still smooth, and while I haven’t been able to test it for long, I have a hunch that it will patina beautifully season after season. And I recommend taking advantage of Madewell’s complimentary personalization service : It’ll give you up to ten characters to play with, so feel free to go for your initials or favorite (short) phrase.

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Best (less expensive) work bag

Dreubea Soft Faux-Leather Tote

Material: Faux -leather | Price: $

For the cost of a Sweetgreen salad, you could sport this “super-affordable work bag” from Dreubea. It comes recommended by Dianna Baros , who chronicles her life as a frugal-fashion expert on her style blog the Budget Babe. She notes that there are “lots of colors to choose from, making it easy to swap out your bag for different color trends as the seasons change.” She’s not the bag’s only fan: It has more than 5,000 Amazon reviews, 75 percent of which gave four and five stars. This soft, structured bag can comfortably hold an iPad, as well as your wallet , phone, keys, Dopp kit , and the latest novel .

Best work tote bag

Baggu Duck Bag

Material: Cotton | Price: $

Baggu’s Duck bag has been a favorite work bag here at the Strategist for a number of reasons. It has a snap closure, top handles, an adjustable strap long enough to make it a crossbody, and it’s deep enough to accommodate documents and a laptop. Elizabeth Tamkin , stylist and content director at KULE , also counts herself as a fan. For about five years, she has used Baggu’s tote whenever she has her laptop on her. She likes that it is extremely long-lasting and sturdy, comes in fun patterns, and is machine washable.

Best leather work tote bag

Madewell the Zip-Top Transport Tote

My favorite work bag from Madewell is also available with a top zip, in case you’re worried about accidentally dropping something from a too-stuffed tote. It’s also got two different sets of straps: two short top handles, plus a detachable shoulder strap that allows you to wear it across your body.

Best faux-leather work tote bag

Jocose Moose Shoulder Bag

Material: Artificial leather | Price: $

Cosmetic-surgery directory founder Annabelle Baugh commutes on the train with this inexpensive faux -leather tote. “I get asked where I got my bag all the time,” she says. “It’s replaced a more expensive Dune tote bag that I had for a few years, and I would say it’s one of the nicest bags for less than $50 I have ever had.” The bag has plenty of space for a tablet, her cell phone, a notebook, a one-liter flask, and the pair of ballet shoes she likes to slip into between meetings. She also appreciates the adjustable straps that she toggles up and down to perch the bag most comfortably on her shoulder.

Best sustainable work tote bag

Kokolu Daily Eight Tote Bag

Material: Nylon made of postconsumer plastic | Price: $

While other bags on this list are made partially out of sustainable materials, this Kokolu tote is made of 100 percent recycled post-consumer plastic bottles. Former Strategist senior editor Chelsea Peng, who has been carrying her work computer in the yellow Kokolu bag for three months now, says she “swears its springiness (probably thanks to the water bottles it’s made from) gives some sort of energy return that makes things feel lighter” than in other totes she’s owned. Peng also appreciates the bucket shape, because it can fit “a sweater , pouches, and other softer things around your laptop both to protect it and to obviously fit more inside.”

Best convertible tote for work

Freitag Backpackable Tote

Material: Recycled tarpaulin | Price: $$

Suitcase Magazine columnist Anna Hart and designer Tyler McGillivary told us they use the sturdy bags from Freitag as their workhorse. The Swiss brand recycles truck tarpaulins into sturdy bags. Hart says her tote is a “compact yet virtually indestructible carry-on that can be converted into a comfortable backpack with a simple clip-on strap.” McGillivary also loves the strength and look of her bag: “It’s the perfect shade of yellow, in my opinion, and paired with a washed-out orange, it reminds me of fruit and fresh paint.”

Best work bag with zipper

Cuyana Classic Easy Zipper Tote

Material: Leather | Price: $$$

Former Strategist senior writer Karen Iorio Adelson was a devoted Madewell Transport Tote user until one ill-fated trip to the airport, when the strap on her “(admittedly overstuffed) tote tore off” while she was waiting in the security line. She ordered an older version of the classic zipper Cuyana bag from her phone on the spot and called it a “big upgrade.” “The pebbled leather doesn’t show scratches or wear as easily, and it holds everything you’d need for a workday,” she says. Another fan is Strategist contributor and law student Mya Gelber, who, after six years of looking for her ideal sturdy-yet-lightweight work bag, finally landed on Cuyana’s classic tote . Gelber describes the leather as “so soft” and says it sits comfortably on her shoulder “even while carrying my thousand-page textbooks.”

Both Strategist senior writer Liza Corsillo and writer Arielle Avila tested Cuyana’s pebbled-leather Easy Tote. It comes in two other versions — small and tall — and Avila chose the latter. “I appreciate its slim, streamlined silhouette and that it’s still able to fit my laptop, wallet, phone, keys, and even a couple journals,” says Avila. Corsillo’s bag is her go-to for her New York City subway commute. “My favorite thing about it is how light the actual bag is, so I’m not adding any weight to what I’m carrying,” she says. “It also has double handles, so I can carry it two ways really easily.” You can shop the tall tote in eight colors, including pine and cream.

Best suede work bag with zipper

Banana Republic Vida Bag

Material: Suede | Price: $$$

This handsome suede bucket bag is the go-to work bag for Strategist writer Dominique Pariso . If you’re wondering why it looks familiar, it’s because the bag went viral on TikTok last year — but Pariso says it’s no fad. “I really do love it and think it’s worth the hype,” she says. “It’s very sturdy: It holds all my daily essentials including my laptop. And I always get compliments.” The bag’s buckle strap means it can be adjusted to sit comfortably on any shoulder, and handy credit card pockets and a zip closure means all your valuables stay put. “I haven’t had any issues keeping it clean, but I’m very careful with it,” Pariso says. (Banana Republic also makes the bag in regular leather, which Pariso recommends if you’re after something that doesn’t need a lot of maintenance.)

Best leather work bag

Acne Studios Midi Shoulder Bag

Annelise Sealy, founder of the Fall Bride , says this Acne bag was on every single shopping wish list she wrote until she finally made the investment. “It fits everything I need in it for any type of day, whatever the season: whether I’m commuting to the shop in London or rushing between bridal presentations in New York and Barcelona,” she says. “It’s leather and that is important to me in a bag — to know that it has longevity.” Sealy says that the waterproof leather also suits the London weather well. The bag is available in four shades, but Sealy chose black — she wanted a work bag that would go with all outfits for maximum use, but one that still had an element of style. “Previously I’ve had more utilitarian (read: less chic) options that I felt needed to be swapped out for different times of day or events, but this bag comes with me to anything.”

Best work bag with compartments

Dagne Dover Signature Tote

Material: Canvas | Price: $$

For a versatile bag with some serious structure, try this tote from Dagne Dover. When I tested the Signature Tote, I immediately noticed how sturdy the shoulder straps felt, even when I’d filled the bag to the brim. But what was most impressive was the tote’s eight interior pockets, which kept all my daily necessities in order. The largest interior compartment perfectly fits my 13-inch laptop on one side of a padded divider; meanwhile, the opposite side can easily hold a tablet or Kindle. This technology pocket also has a wide strap with magnetic closure, so I don’t have to worry that my MacBook Pro is sliding around. Compact items, such as my wallet, phone, and lip balm, easily fit into the smaller pockets, and the bag is equipped with a nifty detachable key leash. But my favorite feature is the neoprene water-bottle holder, which keeps my 32-ounce Owala upright and helps wick away condensation.

Don’t just take my word for it: The Dagne Dover Signature Tote also “meets all the needs” of high-school assistant principal Jade Stenger , who appreciates that it has a range of compartments to keep all her items safe and organized. She even trusts it to hold her digital camera, work folders, school supplies, snacks for her little one, and her travel coffee tumbler .

Best backpack for work

Dagne Dover Dakota Backpack

Material: Neoprene and mesh | Price: $$

“I’ve never been a big backpack person, but that may be because I always had a plain, unfussy Jansport,” says Avila. “After testing out Dagne Dover’s Dakota backpack, I’m a backpack convert.” The backpack is made from a thick, durable neoprene material that, as well as being water resistant and easy to clean, looks far more luxurious to Avila than plain canvas. It also has plenty of slots for essentials. “My laptop, notebooks, pens, and other miscellaneous things stay organized with its laptop compartment, two exterior zipper pockets, interior zipper pockets, and more. And it’s incredibly comfortable to carry around with its padded straps.” When I spoke to cool women for another story , it was also brought up multiple times. One of its fans, personal stylist Cassandra Sethi, says that the neoprene and mesh material “molds to your body and breathes.” Sethi adds that while it can comfortably “hold everything you need” for the workday, it’s also great for travel . She says “it was the perfect backpack to bring along” on her four-country honeymoon trip.

Best (less expensive) backpack for work

Rains Rolltop Rucksack

Material: PU Fabric | Price:  $

Strategist writer Rachael Griffiths lives in London, where the rain often drizzles for whole weeks at a time, so having a fully waterproof backpack to store her laptop in is essential. After spotting it on the tube more times than she could count, Griffiths was keen to try this Rains bag for herself — and when the brand sent her a sample, it quickly became her go-to work bag. According to Griffiths, Rains’ PU material has a nice, waxy feel to it that is super-satisfying to the touch. Inside the backpack, she can fit her laptop, plus a packed lunch, a change of clothes for the gym, and whatever notebooks and stationery she may need. Even when the bag is full, it doesn’t feel dorky, and thanks to the roll-top opening, Griffiths can squish it down to a size that doesn’t tower over her five-foot-five frame. There’s also a handy pocket for her ID or travel card on the front.

Best luxury backpack for work

Prada Fabric Backpack

Material: Re-nylon | Price: $$$

As a co-founder of her PR agency Merritt Tate , Laura Merritt often finds herself having to run across London to meet with clients, head to shoots, and host events, so “having a bag that can run around London with me and not just take me to and from an office is essential,” she says. “I decided to be sensible and get a backpack, but as a fashion girl I couldn’t bring myself to get anything ugly — which a lot of backpacks are.” To satisfy both form and function, she invested in the Prada Nylon backpack. Merritt compares it to a Mary Poppins bag, as she can fit “laptop, chargers, packed lunch , notebook, headphones, and sometimes even an outfit change.”

Best faux-leather backpack for work

Calpak Kaya 15-Inch Laptop Backpack

Material: Faux-l eather | Price: $$

For a “sleek, stylish, structured” backpack that’s just north of $100, style influencer Bethany Everett-Ratcliffe suggests this faux-leather option from Calpak. It has a separate, zippered back compartment to keep your laptop secure, a luggage sleeve, and several zippered pouches inside the main compartment that help keep the rest of your belongings organized. While the bag is available in classic colors like black and brown, it also comes in blush and mint if you prefer something a little less predictable.

Best work bag for travel

Longchamp Large Le Pliage Tote

Material: Nylon | Price: $

Longchamp’s Le Pliage tote is a favorite among multiple Strategist staffers, including myself, for being so durable. New York Magazine deputy editor Alexis Swerdloff says hers has withstood nearly two decades of wear and tear, and Strategist editor Maxine Builder says her 15-year-old Le Pliage tote is a “classic in our household” that her husband has “permanently borrowed.” I’ve owned mine for more than seven years, and it’s held up through commutes and multiple vacations. It’s so durable because it’s made of a waterproof nylon material. Seattle-based knitwear designer and blogger Elisa Yip says that it “repels water to protect all my important stuff,” including her iPad, phone, wallet, makeup bag, and eyeglasses. Yip adds that it’s a great bag for traveling , since it can fold up and fit into a carry-on, making it a good choice if you’re someone who takes a lot of business trips. My editor, Hilary Reid, seconds this: She bought her orange Le Pliage while on a trip to Venice (vacation, not business) and used it as an extra carry-on bag to bring home souvenirs.

Best (less expensive) work bag for travel

Caraa Studio 2 Bag

Material: Nylon | Price: $$$

While this bag may cost the same as two months of membership dues at a luxury gym , Katheryn Thayer , vice-president of brand marketing at Primary Venture Partners, says it’s a must if you love to work out after (or before) work. “Caraa’s super-versatile ‘luxury sports bags ’ are magical,” she promises, noting that the bag “has a million secret pockets, adjustable straps that convert to a backpack or over-the-shoulder weekender, and a big, cushiony pouch for my laptop. Plus, it zips fully closed.” Thayer adds that people stop her in the street to ask where she got it all the time. (If you’re just looking for a gym bag, I’ve got lots more options at various price points here .)

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Best Luggage for International Travel to Make Your Trip Abroad Easy and Enjoyable

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More Americans are traveling abroad with over “one-in-five Americans planning on vacationing in a foreign country in the near future,” according to Reuters . I myself head to Sweden for a few weeks every summer to visit my in-laws, and packing our suitcases with clothes—both sweaters and bathing suits because Swedish weather can be unpredictable—along with gifts for relatives is a days-long undertaking.

When traveling internationally, most people focus on important stuff like updating passports, understanding customs requirements, making hotel reservations, and planning exciting itineraries, but choosing the right luggage for your long-haul trip ranks up there in ensuring you and yours have a fun and hassle-free trip.

“Choosing the right luggage helps to keep your trip smooth and uncomplicated,” says Ivette Manner s, a travel and bridal writer who goes around the globe for her job several times a year. “I travel often for work and leisure and like to keep things simple. You don’t want to rush through airports, customs, taxis, and public transport being bogged down with a lot of baggage—and you don’t want to make the mistake of leaving anything crucial behind.” she says.

What to consider when choosing luggage for international travel

Situation equals size.

Whether you’re jetting off for a weekend wedding or embarking on a multi-city trip will help you decide which type of suitcase you need: carry-on, mid size, oversized, weekender, and more. Also, how many are in your party? Traveling solo or with family, friends, or loved ones?

Visiting Europe with my family for two or three weeks means we need larger, checked luggage paired with smaller carry-on backpacks and totes for the flights. When traveling for work, Manners takes “one roomy, zip-top tote bag and a medium-size suitcase.” The length of stay, and purpose of travel will help determine the size and type of luggage you need.

Airline compliance

It is zero fun to have to check your carry-on last-minute or pay extra exorbitant fees because you overstuffed your luggage and exceeded weight and size limits. “As soon as you book your flight, check the airline’s baggage allowance and restrictions policy,” cautions Manners, so you can stay within the baggage dimensions. “It’s a good idea to invest in a bag within the baggage dimensions allowed by the airline(s) you frequently travel on, so you’re not surprised at the airport with extra baggage charges,” she adds.

According to TravelPro , while most domestic airlines allow you up to 35 pounds for carry-on baggage for domestic flights and 50 pounds max for checked luggage (though you can pay extra for up to 70 pounds), international travel often caps carry-ons at 18 pounds. The exception being British Airways which allows a whopping 51 pounds for carry-on bags! Kayak says that a carry-on bag should be no longer than 21.5 inches long, though this does vary airline by airline and I have friends who swear they fly everywhere with their 22-inch long carry-on. To be safe, and avoid trouble, always check ahead to know your baggage allowance before your trip!

To stay in compliance—and if you’re someone who tends to overpack (insert raised hand emoji)—Manners recommends getting a luggage scale to keep yourself in check. “Some people also swear by packing cubes,” adds Manners, which some say allows you to pack even more while keeping clothing sorted and wrinkle-free. If you’re new to, but interested in packing cubes, Manners recommends purchasing inexpensive options on Amazon to see if they would work for you before your next big trip.

Luggage should last years and is a worthy investment, but with many high-quality and low-cost options on the market you don’t have to break the bank. Legacy names like Samsonite keep innovation and quality high while still being fairly priced. “Look at a brand’s warranty,” advises Manners, which safeguards against wear, tear, and damages that happen frequently with luggage. For instance, the premium brand, Briggs and Riley , comes with a higher price tag but a lifetime guarantee. I chose bags for this list from around $100 to several hundred dollars to meet all your price points and needs.

Materials and mobility

“People love those fancy aluminum suitcases ,” says Manners. “But while they look super chic, they’re not always practical, not to mention super expensive.” They get banged up and scratched and you have to take them to the brand to get repaired. “But polycarbonate hard shell suitcases can take more wear,” she says. Other things to consider in a suitcase are the materials: are you looking for soft or hardshell? Also, pay attention and test out zippers, locks, roomy interior compartments that can expand, and the durability and quality of wheels.

Our picks for the best luggage for international travel

Best carry-on luggage for international travel: away the carry-on.

The Carry-On in Sea Green

The Carry-On in Sea Green

With its signature design, bright colors, and compact design that fits most overhead bins, this popular carry-on luggage from Away checks all the boxes. The hardside carry-on is made from a 100% polycarbonate shell that is durable and lightweight, weighing in at 7.5 pounds. Fans love the interior organization that features zipped mesh compartments, a hanging pocket, and a waterproof laundry bag great for keeping wet—or dirty—clothes separate. The 360 gliding wheels can traverse most terrains, and the sturdy handle has two adjustable heights for ideal comfort. At under $300, it’s a great deal.


  • Dimensions: 21.7 x 14.4 x 9 inches
  • Weight: 7.5 pounds
  • Material: 100% polycarbonate shell
  • Capacity: 39.8 liters
  • Warranty: Limited lifetime
  • Price on publish: $275

What we like:

  • Meets carry-on requirements for most airlines
  • Comes with a TSA-approved lock
  • Comes with compression straps to fit more in

What we don't Like:

  • It’s on the smaller side for carry-ons

The bottom line:

An accessible-priced and well-designed carry-on that fits on most airlines.

Get it here: Away The Carry-On

Best lightweight luggage for international travel: Samsonite Proxis Spinner

Samsonite Proxis Spinner

Samsonite Proxis Spinner

I own this large Proxis Spinner from Samsonite, and it’s a piece my whole family loves. We can pack so much stuff in and it’s still incredibly lightweight luggage . My husband loves the technical aspects like the resilient outer shell made from a Samsonite-patented material called Roxkin™ (a multi-layered propylene combined to make one single sheet) that is incredibly durable and will bounce back into shape when dented. The easy-to-handle ergonomic aluminum telescoping handle and the dual 360 spinner wheels help us breeze through planes, trains, and automobiles. I like the interior fabric dividers, compression cross straps, and zipper pockets that help to keep all our clothes organized and in place. And my kids like the mod and metallic colors (like honey gold). The light Proxis line includes a carry-on, medium, large, and extra-large.

  • Dimensions: 30.7 x 21.5 x 11.4 inches
  • Material: Roxkin™ outer shell
  • Capacity: 98 liters
  • Warranty: Limited 10-year Global Warranty
  • Price on publish: $600
  • Incredibly lightweight but durable
  • Dual rubber wheels for fluid and quiet travel
  • On the pricier side for Samsonite

A surprisingly lightweight and durable suitcase with dual wheels that can zip through the airport and beyond.

Get it here: Samsonite Proxis Spinner

Best large luggage for international travel: Briggs & Riley Baseline Extra Large Expandable Spinner

Briggs & Riley Baseline Extra Large Expandable Spinner

Briggs & Riley Baseline Extra Large Expandable Spinner

My Australian friend turned me on to the premium brand, Briggs & Riley, and this expandable suitcase might have one of the largest capacities of any suitcase on the market. The softside suitcase features a patented CX® expansion release hinge that allows you to expand the bag for up to 34% more packing capability and then compress it back down to its original size when needed.

Everything about this suitcase is quality from its self-repairing zippers, 360 spinning wheels, and genius interior design that features a built-in garment folder to keep clothes wrinkle-free. Plus, all Briggs & Riley bags are backed by their unconditional lifetime guarantee , which doesn’t ask for a proof of purchase or a lengthy explanation.

  • Dimensions: 31 x 22 x 13.8-16.8 inches
  • Weight: 15.6 pounds
  • Material: Ballistic nylon
  • Capacity: 141-167 liters
  • Warranty: Unconditional lifetime guarantee
  • Price on publish: $949
  • One suitcase can accommodate multiple travelers
  • No-questions-asked lifetime of repairs
  • Optional monogram
  • You might go over weight limits if you fill it to capacity

A high-quality suitcase that can hold tons with a lifetime guarantee.

Get it here: Briggs & Riley Baseline Extra Large Expandable Spinner

Best medium size luggage for international travel: Away Medium Flex

The Medium Flex in Sorbet Orange

The Medium Flex in Sorbet Orange

For those that need more room than a carry-on, but still need something maneuverable, the Away Medium Flex is for you. The newer flex model can expand for an extra 1.75” of space, which can make all the difference when traveling for weeks and allows for the fun souvenirs and duty-free goodies you’ll bring home. The Flex comes with all the details. Away is known for great interior organization that includes zippered compartments, snap-in-place straps, a laundry bag, and quiet 360 wheels that smoothly glide over tough terrains like cobblestones.

  • Dimensions: 26 x 18.5 x 11 inches
  • Weight: 10.8 pounds
  • Material: Polycarbonate shell
  • Capacity: 68.8-75.7 liters
  • Warranty: Limited lifetime warranty
  • Price on publish: $395
  • Nine fun colors
  • Expandability
  • TSA-approved combination lock
  • Reviewers say the lighter colors scuff easily

A pretty and expandable suitcase ideal for longer travel.

Get it here: Away Medium Flex

Best affordable luggage for international travel: Amazon Basics 24-Inch Hardside Spinner

Amazon Basics 24-Inch Hardside Spinner, Orange

Amazon Basics 24-Inch Hardside Spinner, Orange

With over 34,000 five-star Amazon ratings, this 24-inch spinner features many of the qualities of other suitcases on this list, but is priced at under $100. Available in carry-on, medium, large, and a luggage set, the budget spinner has an extra-tough thermoplastic exterior that can handle the bumps that come with travel. It has double wheels for easy gliding, a telescoping handle, and can expand up to 15% to hold more clothing—or souvenirs.

  • Dimensions: 24.7 x 11.4 x 18.3 inches
  • Weight: 9.63 pounds
  • Material: ABS Thermoplastic
  • Capacity: 69 liters
  • Warranty: One-year limited, but you can add a three to four-year protection plan at an extra cost
  • Price on publish: $78.35
  • Limited warranty

A durable and highly-rated suitcase that won’t break the bank.

Get it here: Amazon Basics 24-Inch Hardside Spinner

Best soft luggage for international travel: Travelpro Platinum Elite Medium Check-In Spinner

Travelpro Platinum Elite Medium Check-In Spinner

Travelpro Platinum Elite Medium Check-In Spinner

“In my opinion, TravelPro makes great softside suitcases and they last for years.” says Manners. “I like to use these best for international travel because I don’t have to worry about them getting banged up or scratched. They’re economical and lightweight.”

Travelpro is used by many flight crews around the globe, so they know the qualities that you want in a bag. This medium size spinner is the ideal size with 97 liters of capacity and a two-inch expansion capability to last you for days (and weeks) of travel. The Travelpro comes in nine pretty colors, is lightweight at under 10 pounds, and easily glides with magnetically-locking wheels that can rotate a full 360 degrees for smooth transport through airports and city streets.

  • Dimensions: 28 x 18.5 x 11.75 inches
  • Weight: 9.8 pounds
  • Material: High-density nylon fabric with DuraGuard coating
  • Capacity: 97 liters
  • Warranty: Limited lifetime coverage, but must register it first
  • Price on publish: $365.49
  • Bin tested to be compliant with most airlines
  • Built-in suiter to reduce wrinkles
  • 100-day money-back guarantee
  • Haven’t found it yet

Affordable, high-quality suitcase favored by frequent fliers that comes with a limited lifetime warranty.

Get it here: Travelpro Platinum Elite Medium Check-In Spinner

Best hardside luggage for international travel: Samsonite Freeform Medium Spinner

Samsonite Freeform Medium Spinner

Samsonite Freeform Medium Spinner

Garnering thousands of reviews, this Samsonite Freeform spinner line is a perennial hardside luggage favorite because it can handle major wear and tear. The hard shell is made from polypropylene (a thermoplastic) known to handle high stress. The double wheels add extra durability, even when other luggage is placed on top and 360 mobility, so there’s less strain on your body when traversing through airports and destinations. It has an expanding capability of 1.5 inches for packing on longer trips and the interior features lots of dividers and zippers to store accessories and keep everything neat and organized. Coming in at under $200 with a 10-year warranty, this is a solid suitcase for your travels and it’s available in carry-on and large versions.

  • Dimensions: 27.9 x 19.6 x 13.4 inches
  • Weight: 8.5 pounds
  • Material: Polypropylene
  • Capacity: N/A
  • Price on publish: $179.99
  • Lots of color choices
  • TSA-approved lock
  • Would like a more expansive warranty
  • Height on the Medium Spinner makes it too big for carry-on

Affordable and resilient luggage with high packing capacity from a name brand you can trust.

Get it here: Samsonite Freeform Medium Spinner

Best luggage set for international travel: Béis Create Your Perfect Luggage Set

Béis Create Your Perfect Luggage Set

Béis Create Your Perfect Luggage Set

Béis, the luggage line founded by actor Shay Mitchell, allows you to mix and match two or three of your favorite rollers, creating your own personalized luggage set —and you get a discount. You can choose from any of their cases: from their best-selling 21-inch Front-Pocket Carry-On to their Medium, Large, and kid-friendly Mini Roller. I love that the Front-Pocket Carry-On and Mini Roller meet most international airline requirements, and all the hard cases are made from sturdy polycarbonate with vegan-leather details. Choose two suitcases and save 10% and pick three pieces for 15% off.

  • Dimensions: Front-Pocket Carry-On: 21.5 x 3.5" x 9 inches, Carry-On: 22.8 x 15.7 x 9.8 inches, Medium Check-In Roller: 28.3 x 17.7 x 11 inches, Large Check-In Roller: 31.3 x 19.6 x 12.6 inches, and the Mini Roller: 17 x 9 x 16.5 inches
  • Weight: Front-Pocket Carry-On: 8.6 pounds, Carry-On: 8.36 pound, Medium Check-In Roller: 10.2 pounds, Large Check-In Roller: 11.84 pounds, Mini Roller: 7 pounds
  • Material: Polycarbonate, vegan leather trim
  • Capacity: Front-Pocket Carry-On: 47 liters, Carry-On: 49-61 liters, Medium Check-In Roller: 78-94 liters, Large Check-In Roller: 112 liters
  • Warranty: Limited lifetime warranty when purchased from Béis or authorized Béis retailer
  • Price on publish: Two rollers 10% discount, three rollers 15% discount
  • Female-founded
  • Calming color options
  • Cute kid rollers
  • Limited warranty (though it is lifetime)

A fun and flexible mix-and-match luggage set that allows you to choose the cases that best suit your travel needs.

Get it here: Béis Create Your Perfect Luggage Set

Best trunk for international travel: July Checked Trunk

July Checked Trunk

July Checked Trunk

“I love using a trunk suitcase when I am traveling for an extended time or when I’m going to a cold-weather place and need to pack lots of bulky coats and sweaters,” says Manners. Traveling with a trunk suitcase has a fun, sophisticated feeling, and the old-world trunks of the past have now made way for lightweight and playful options like this one from July. Available in 11 pleasing colors and with personalization options, this chic trunk with 360 spin wheels, comfy rubber handles, and roomy 80/20 split compartments might be your new favorite travel go-to.

  • Dimensions: 28.35 x 16.34 x 14.5 inches
  • Weight: 13.2 pounds
  • Material: Glazed polycarbonate shell
  • Capacity: 95 liters
  • Warranty: Lifetime warranty on manufacturing faults
  • Price on publish: $595
  • Lightweight
  • Can be personalized
  • Reviewers suggest going with matte finish, as scratches on shiny colors are more noticeable

This sturdy and sleek trunk is extra roomy for bulky items.

Get it here: July Checked Trunk

Best backpack for international travel: Cotopaxi Allpa 35L Travel Pack

Cotopaxi Allpa 35L Travel Pack in Indigo

Cotopaxi Allpa 35L Travel Pack in Indigo

I own this colorful and lightweight backpack from Cotopaxi that can fit the packing needs of an overhead-compliant carry-on with the ease of a backpack. It zips open to reveal a suitcase-like interior with mesh, zippered pockets and compartments to keep everything organized. It comes with a waist belt, in addition to adjustable straps for better weight distribution, and it comes with four grab handles so you can carry it from every angle. I especially like the laptop space and compartment at the top for quick access to essentials like money, your passport, and sunglasses. For additional backpack options, read our guide on travel backpacks .

  • Dimensions: 22 x 12 x 10 inches
  • Weight: 3.5 pounds
  • Material: TPU-coated 1000D polyester, 840D ballistic nylon paneling
  • Capacity: 35 liters
  • Warranty: Guaranteed for Good limited lifetime warranty
  • Price on publish: $200
  • Carry-on compliant with most airlines 
  • Comes in so many fun colors
  • Certified B-Corp company 
  • Made from 94% recycled materials
  • Included rain cover
  • Straps can be loose on smaller shoulder frames

On the pricier side of backpacks, but it has a lot of wonderful features and organization.

Get it here: Cotopaxi Allpa 35L Travel Pack

Best duffel bag for international travel: CALPAK Luka Duffel

CALPAK Luka Duffel in Copper

CALPAK Luka Duffel in Copper

This best-selling Luka duffel from CALPAK can pack everything you need for a weekend—and still counts as a personal item, fitting comfortably under your seat. It has a trolley sleeve that slides through suitcase handles so it can rest comfortably on your luggage as you zip through the airport. It has nine pockets, including one for your shoes, and it’s made of water resistant polyester, so like most duffel bags it looks good and lasts for years to come.

  • Dimensions: 12 x 16 x 8 inches
  • Weight: 2 pounds
  • Material: Polyester
  • Capacity: 25 liters
  • Warranty: One-year limited
  • Price on publish: $128
  • Comes in 19 eye-catching colors
  • Has both handle and strap options
  • Can fit under airline seat
  • Some colors are final sale, so check the fine print

Lightweight and roomy personal bag that can still fit under your seat.

Get it here: CALPAK Luka Duffel

Best weekender bag for international travel: shortyLOVE Friday Weekender Travel Bag

shortyLOVE Friday Weekender Travel Bag

shortyLOVE Friday Weekender Travel Bag

“I highly recommend the shortyLOVE Friday Weekender bag” says Manners.“ It’s super roomy and streamlined, not bulky at all, and the straps are super comfortable, you hardly feel it’s on your shoulder.” Though it has a sleek design, it can fit all of your important documents, jewelry, and clothes for any quick trip. The water-resistant nylon bag comes in five colorways and is easy to clean.

  • Dimensions: 15 x 27.5 x 9 inches
  • Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Material: Water-resistant nylon twill
  • Warranty: None
  • Price on publish: $298
  • Roomy yet streamlined
  • No warranty

Roomy and stylish weekender that is sturdy and comfy.

Get it here: shortyLOVE Friday Weekender Travel Bag

Best size luggage for international travel

“I like medium-size check-in suitcases,” says Manners.” It helps keep you from overpacking, but allows you to take what you need for a week of travel. And you’ll be able to move around easier in transit.” If traveling alone or sharing a suitcase, we find medium size suitcases (usually around 26-28 inches in length) to be ideal. Look for suitcases that can expand and compress for extra packing needs. Weighing around 10 pounds empty, you can pack a lot, but make sure you don’t go over the airline weight limits.

Tips for buying a suitcase for international travel

Online retailers and outlet stores are both great places to buy luggage , especially during major shopping days. But you should first check the baggage requirements of the airline you intend to fly, including restrictions, and extra charges, so you’re not met with any surprises.

Once you’ve determined your right size, Manners suggest “finding one with well-made spinning wheels and a comfortable, sturdy retractable handle.” Another thing to consider is the material, like soft side, hard side, waterproof, etc. And don’t forget important details, like durable zippers, solid locks, and lots of room and interior compartments to pack everything you need. Many brands offer 60-100-day free trials and money-back guarantees, so utilize these policies to try out the luggage before you invest.

How we selected the best luggage for international travel

As a former travel writer and editor myself, I have zig-zagged continents for work and leisure. I also tapped jet-setting friends, colleagues, and experts who weighed in on their favorite luggage. I tested different brands, read through customer reviews and looked at certain criteria.

Luggage size and type

Whether you’re jetting off for a swanky girls weekend or a longer trip abroad, the type of trip you’re taking will help determine which luggage to choose, so I rated them all (weekender, duffel, backpack, carry-on, larger checked suitcases, and trunks), examining their storage capacity, expandability, organizational features, weight, and construction.

Features and materials

Luggage these days offer so many high-tech features, like charging ports and nearly-indestructible thermoplastic exteriors, as well as fun extras including laundry bags, TSA-approved locks, multiple storage capabilities, along with lifetime guarantees that will help your luggage last a lifetime.

International airline compliance

I found international baggage allowance to differ slightly from American domestic, so be sure and check your airline baggage requirements first before travel. That said, for carry-ons, the general rule of thumb is for an international carry-on to be no bigger than 21.5-21.7 inches long and weigh 18 pounds. Again, while rules (and adherence) vary from airline to airline, to be safe, I chose carry-ons that meet these requirements.

I chose luggage at every price point and chose the best in class across the board from budget to luxe in all types of luggage.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Which luggage brand is best for international travel.

Well-known luggage brands like Samsonite and Travelpro have earned reputations for both quality and affordability, so they made my list. “I really recommend Away and TravelPro suitcases,” adds Manners. I also included more expensive options like Briggs & Riley, because their no-questions-asked lifetime guarantee on all of their luggage is unmatched industry wide.

Is hard luggage better than soft for international travel?

“Some people love hard case bags, but I find that you can pack more things in a softside suitcase.” says Manners. Hardside versus softside is really a preference. Softside seems to scuff less because of the treated materials, while hardside suitcases can also handle wear and tear and seem to be more trendy these days.

What is the best material for checked luggage?

“That depends on preference, but a nylon with coating to prevent scuffs and scratches for softside luggage, and polycarbonate-shell or thermoplastic are incredibly durable If you like hard case suitcases,” says Manners.

How many suitcases can you take on an international flight?

This often depends on the type of airplane ticket you purchase. Some tickets include your first checked bag for free, then you have to pay a fee for additional bags. Other tickets don’t include baggage, so you’ll have to pay a certain fee for the first checked-in bag, plus fees for additional bags. Look into bag allowances before you buy your tickets, warns Manners, so you can factor the cost of your checked bags into your flight—and avoid surprises at the airport.

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The best travel duffel bags to buy in 2024, according to reviews

  • Published: Apr. 15, 2024, 9:00 p.m.

Best Travel Duffel Bags 2024

Here are some of the top travel duffel bags you can buy today, including this Patagonia Black Hole style. REI

  • Dawn Magyar | NJ Advance Media for

If you have a getaway planned for the summer, you’ll need a durable bag to stand up to all the adventures you have planned during your trip.

A travel duffel bag is the perfect companion for those summer vacations as it allows you to pack what you need with ample roominess and easy portability. These bags also offer compartments to keep your personal belongings organized with adjustable straps to sling over the shoulder or carry as a backpack.

But with so many different duffel bag styles to choose from, it can be a challenge to decide which one to buy.

To help, here are some of the most recommended travel duffel bags available, including styles from Patagonia and Beis .

  • Patagonia Black Hole Duffel: “This bag is the most versatile gear duffle we’ve found. It’s tough, water-resistant, and great for toting clothes and equipment in almost any travel or outdoor scenario,” Wirecutter says.
  • Beis Commuter Duffel: “The bag is bursting with compartments and pockets for organizing small, medium, and large items so you can pack efficiently before a weekend getaway. After we packed the bag full of clothing, shoes, and a toiletry bag, it was fairly heavy, but the shoulder and tote straps were shockingly comfortable and helped balance out the weight,” Travel + Leisure says.
  • REI Co-op Roadtripper: “The REI Roadtripper offers excellent storage and utility at over half the price of other bags, making it an exceptional value for a duffel bag on a budget,” GearLab says.
  • Away The Everywhere Bag: “It’s made of nylon with leather details on the handles and straps and it features two large outer pockets. Inside, it’s just as well-organized, with a 15-inch laptop sleeve and a host of zippered and slip pockets to hold everything from a paperback to your mobile phone,” Popular Mechanics says.
  • Osprey Transporter Duffel Bag: “After testing a series of duffels, the Osprey Transporter 40L stands out as the go-to hauler for a long weekend. It features a zippered end pocket about the exterior for smaller items like keys or headphones, and a large, easy-to-access main body with a lockable U-zipper carries everything from shirts and shorts to technical equipment,” Forbes says.

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The Best Carry-on Luggage of 2024

T hings aren't always as they seem – especially when it comes to luggage. In our quest to find the best carry-on bags, we discovered that while some suitcases look good, they don't always hold up to the demands of travel. Some designs have attractive features that add bulk but not additional functionality, while others just don't live up to the hype.

To determine the best carry-on luggage, we tested dozens of bags on countless trips to find the ideal bag for every travel need. Read on to find the best option in a variety of categories, tested and reviewed by our team of experts.

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Best Overall: Solgaard Carry-On Closet Original – Large

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Price:  $315 or less

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Dimensions: 22.4 x 14.6 x 9.6 inches | Weight: 8.1 pounds; 8.85 pounds with closet insert

Packing capacity: 4-7 days |  Color options:  Red, purple, navy or 6 others, plus precious metals options

Hard- or soft-sided:  Hard-sided | Warranty: Lifetime

Sturdy and attractive, this suitcase is set apart from the rest by its patented and removable shelving system. This unique design feature makes packing easier, keeps items in place and removes the need for unpacking at your destination. Rather than a zippered clamshell design, the Solgaard Carry-on Closet has two latches that open with just the squeeze of two levers together; it secures with a TSA-approved lock.

The waterproof polycarbonate exterior has an aluminum frame and corner guards so this suitcase can withstand all the rigors of travel. There's also an ergonomic handle and frictionless wheels, which make it easy to maneuver on all types of terrain. What's more, this sustainable suitcase helps to repurpose 6 pounds of plastics that may have ended up in the ocean.

What our editors say:

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Best Overall Runner-up: Travelpro Platinum Elite Carry-On Hardside Spinner

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Price: $369.99 or less

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Dimensions: 23 x 14.5 x 9.5 inches | Weight: 8.1 pounds

Packing capacity: Up to 10 days; 45 liters | Color options: White, red, blue, green or gray

Hard- or soft-sided: Hard-sided | Warranty: Limited lifetime

The Travelpro Platinum Elite Carry-On Hardside Spinner is a truly well-rounded carry-on with a plethora of unique features. USB A & C ports on the outside of the bag give easy access to charging. (A power bank is not included, though the bag does have a pocket for one inside the expansion zipper.) Self-aligning magnetic wheels – a reviewer-favorite feature – allow painless travel through the airport as well as on roads, sidewalks, uneven surfaces and more. A built-in TSA zipper lock offers ultimate protection for your possessions.

Even without the features listed above, this Travelpro spinner is, at its core, a high-quality piece. The hard outer shell is ultra-strong and 100% polycarbonate; aluminum corner guards further protect your belongings. The clamshell-style suitcase has two large interior compartments along with three extra pockets, one of which is water-resistant, and the expansion zipper allows for an extra 2 inches of packing room. Plus, this carry-on is made with genuine leather trim, so you can travel in style as well as comfort.

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Best Hard-sided: Away The Carry-On

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Price: $275 or less

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Dimensions: 21.7 x 14.4 x 9 inches | Weight: 7.5 pounds

Packing capacity: Up to 5 days; 39.8 liters | Color options: Black, navy, blue gray or olive, plus 2 glossy options

Hard- or soft-sided: Hard-sided | Warranty: Limited

When it comes to hard-sided carry-on luggage , nothing beats The Carry-On by Away. The bag is lightweight yet indestructible thanks to a 100% polycarbonate exterior. Plus, you can easily wipe away most scratches with a magic eraser.

In late 2023, Away launched a new iteration of The Carry-On that somehow made it even more efficient. The most notable new features are an additional underside grab handle, three extra interior compartments, and an enhanced compression system that upholds the bag's ability to accommodate nearly a week's worth of clothing. The bag's 360-degree wheels are also slimmer than those of its predecessor for improved maneuverability. While Away has long been known for its neutral colored matte options, glossy options of this bag are now available.

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Best Soft-sided: Samsonite SoLyte DLX Carry-On Spinner

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Price: $199.99 or less

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Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 9.5 inches | Weight: 7.1 pounds

Packing capacity: Up to 7 days; 32 liters | Color options: Black, gray, green, aqua blue or royal blue

Hard- or soft-sided: Soft-sided | Warranty: 10-year limited

This classic soft-sided option from Samsonite offers everything you need for a smooth trip. There are three spacious pockets and a trolley strap on the outside so you can stack it on top of another rolling suitcase, as well as a USB port for charging your phone (though you'll have to purchase a battery separately).

Inside the suitcase, three more zippered pockets – including one for wet items – help you stay organized, while buckles keep the main compartment's tie-down straps out of your way while packing. This spinner can conveniently expand by 0.75 inches, but keep in mind if you're flying that overpacking may put it over your carry-on size allowance.

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Best Lightweight: July Carry On Light

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Price: $245 or less

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Dimensions: 21.25 x 14.17 x 7.5 inches | Weight: 3.9 pounds

Packing capacity: Up to 7 days; 32 liters | Color options: Beige, light green, dark green, lilac, charcoal or 3 others

Hard- or soft-sided: Hard | Warranty: Lifetime with 100-day returns

Weighing just under 4 pounds, this bag is the lightest hard-sided carry-on we found on the market. It's constructed with an extremely durable German polycarbonate shell, and the interior has two mesh zippered compartments to keep your belongings from shifting. The inner nylon lining is also resistant to water and stains. To make the suitcase easy to maneuver, there's a top carry handle, a telescoping handle and dual-spinner wheels.

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Best for International Travel: DELSEY PARIS Helium Aero International Carry-On - Expandable Spinner

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Price: $179.99 or less

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Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 10 inches | Weight: 8.16 pounds

Packing capacity: 5-7 days; 41 liters | Color options: Black, blue, red or gray

Hard- or soft-sided: Hard-sided | Warranty: 10-year limited

This DELSEY PARIS carry-on is a well-built piece of hard-sided luggage. It meets carry-on suitcase size restrictions for most international airlines and offers an easily accessible front compartment – ideal for a laptop up to 15.6 inches or other items you want to be able to grab quickly. The suitcase has a TSA lock and two spacious internal compartments for clothing, shoes and travel gear. The double-spinner wheels glide smoothly across all types of surfaces, and the handle pulls out and retracts with ease.

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Best Affordable: Amazon Basics 20-Inch Hardside Spinner

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Price: $80 or less

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Dimensions: 21.46 x 14.76 x 9.45 inches | Weight: 7.34 pounds

Packing capacity: Up to 7 days; 23 liters | Color options: Black, navy blue, orange or light blue

Hard- or soft-sided: Hard-sided | Warranty: 1-year

The Amazon Basics 20-inch Hardside Spinner is similar to many other hard-sided luggage products on the market, but it's available at a fraction of the price. The ABS shell is textured, so even if you – or luggage handlers – bang it around a bit, it does not show scuffs or scratches easily. The double-spinner wheels (a must, honestly, in today's luggage landscape) make the bag effortless to maneuver.

Inside, one side of the bag features a compression strap, while the other has a large fabric zippered closure, complete with a few organizer pockets for smaller items. Thanks to its availability on Amazon Prime, the carry-on luggage ships quickly, so it's also a great option if you need new luggage in a crunch.

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Best Expandability: Briggs & Riley Essential 22" Carry-on Expandable Spinner

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Price: $699 or less

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Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 9 (up to 11.5) inches | Weight: 10 pounds

Packing capacity: Up to 7 days; 37-48 liters | Color options: Black, navy or olive

Hard- or soft-sided: Soft-sided | Warranty: Lifetime

The Briggs & Riley Essential 22" Carry-on Expandable Spinner has a standout feature that other bags on this list don't: one-touch CX expansion. Exclusive to Briggs & Riley, this technology allows your bag to expand and compress in one swift motion. Simply press and pull up on the red levers found at opposite ends of the bag, and it will grow 2.5 inches. Once you've packed your belongings, push down on the buttons to compress the bag before zipping it up.

This bag also features a garment folder to reduce wrinkles in a suit or dress, as well as cinch-down garment panels to secure the clothing in place. Other convenient features include interior mesh compartments for organization, an exterior pocket for airport essentials (or even your laptop) and a signature PowerPocket where you can charge your smartphone.

While the bag is undoubtedly an investment at $700, its "simple as that" guarantee (free repairs forever, no questions asked) – plus sturdy features like impact-resistant corner guards and self-repairing zippers – means you'll have it for life.

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Best Underseater: CALPAK Luka Soft-Sided Mini Carry-On Luggage

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Price: $165 or less

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Dimensions: 16 x 14.5 x 9 inches | Weight: 5.1 pounds

Packing capacity: 2-4 days; 34 liters | Color options: Chocolate, oatmeal or rose quartz

Hard- or soft-sided: Soft-sided | Warranty: 2-year limited

Compact and filled with useful features, this CALPAK underseater has a water-resistant exterior, a TSA-approved lock, and side and top handles for easy lifting into the overhead or pushing under the seat. There's a telescoping handle, a luggage trolley sleeve and two exterior pockets for stowing small items like your passport, boarding pass and earbuds.

On the inside, there's a padded laptop sleeve, multiple interior pockets and compression straps. For added convenience, the main panel can be secured via built-in snaps to get your laptop out while traveling (and keep your other belongings from spilling out), or you can unsnap it while packing to maximize the interior storage space.

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Best for Business Travel: Amazon Basics Expandable Softside Carry-On Spinner – 20.4 Inch

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Price: $83 or less

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Dimensions: 20.4 x 14.9 x 8.2 inches | Weight: 6.35 pounds

Packing capacity: 2-3 days; 26 liters | Color options: Black, olive, gray, red, blue or purple

This simple but sturdy carry-on piece from Amazon is a great option for business travelers, thanks to its front pocket for easy laptop access, smooth double-spinner wheels and TSA lock. This Amazon Basics soft-sided carry-on also features a handle on the bottom between the wheels, which makes it easy to put the bag up into and pull it out of the overhead bin. On some airplanes, it may even be small enough to fit under the seat.

The interior of the bag features one large compartment with two compression straps, plus two zippered pockets on the opposite site. The 20.4-inch option is ideal for shorter trips, but this style is available in larger sizes as well. Another bonus: It's available on Amazon Prime, so it ships quickly.

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Best Luxury: Carl Friedrik The Carry-on Pro

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Price: $565 or less

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Dimensions: 21.7 x 15 x 9.6 inches | Weight: 9.5 pounds

Packing capacity: 5-7 days; 43 liters | Color options: Gray/cognac, gray/chocolate, gray/black or black

Hard- or soft-sided: Hard-sided | Warranty: Lifetime with a 100-day trial

Constructed with premium materials, this luxury carry-on has Italian leather accents, Japanese spinner wheels and a polycarbonate exterior with an aluminum metal frame for stability. It closes via two secure latches with combination locks (rather than a zipper). There's a front laptop compartment with a smaller pocket and pen slots to keep business essentials or travel documents easy to access.

The interior has leather details, compression straps and a removable compression pad with a pocket – ideal for small items like ties, fashion jewelry or silk scarves. Travelers can also purchase an additional compression pad to have a pad on each side of the interior compartment.

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Best Carry-on Duffel: The North Face Rolling Thunder – 22"

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Price: $270 or less

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Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 8.5 inches | Weight: 7.34 pounds

Packing capacity: Up to 5 days; 40 liters | Color options: Black

Hard- or soft-sided: Soft-sided | Warranty: Limited lifetime

The North Face's 22-inch Rolling Thunder duffel doesn't have the bells and whistles of other carry-on options, but it's a sturdy and reliable option for those who want a duffel style on wheels. The duffel has a hard-sided back panel, two wheels that can withstand various terrain and plastic bumpers for abrasion resistance. The soft-sided top of the bag is made of water-resistant Base Camp material and nylon for extra durability. There are two zippered pockets on the outside to stash small items and a mesh pocket inside for some added organization.

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Best Carry-on Backpack: Cotopaxi Allpa 35L

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Price: $200 or less

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Dimensions: 22 x 12 x 10 inches | Weight: 3.5 pounds

Packing capacity: 5-10 days; 35 liters | Color options: Multiple options but color availability changes frequently

When it comes to hands-free and adventure travel, the Cotopaxi Allpa 35L can't be beat. This lightweight carry-on backpack comes with a sternum strap, a removable waist belt and a weight-distributing harness system, all to make for a comfortable carry (since sore shoulders can be a concern when it comes to carrying backpacks through time-consuming airport experiences).

Organization is a breeze with a top zippered pocket – perfect for storing travel documents or a Cotopaxi hip pack – and a padded laptop sleeve on the outside. Internally, you'll find two mesh compartments, one large and one subdivided, that work great with Cotopaxi packing cubes . The backpack's straps can be tucked away for more streamlined travel, and the bag even comes with a rain cover (though the Allpa is already TPU-coated to be water-resistant).

Furthermore, Cotopaxi is dedicated to sustainability : 94% of Cotopaxi products contain repurposed, recycled or responsible materials. The vibrant, one-of-a-kind Del Dia Allpa backpacks , for example, use remnant fabric.

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Also Recommended

Solo New York Re:Serve Carry-On Spinner: While the Solo New York Re:Serve Carry-On Spinner is a solid (and sustainable) carry-on bag for less than $200, it doesn't offer quite enough space – especially for someone who may be traveling for longer.

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Away The Aluminum Carry-On Bag: This is a well-built carry-on bag. The only downfall is that it's on the heavier side, weighing nearly 11 pounds. Away's Aluminum Carry-On is also more than twice the cost of the standard carry-on by Away, which works just as well.

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Lipault Plume Cabin Size Spinner: This is a great soft-sided option if you're looking for a lightweight suitcase. Featuring a sleek nylon construction, a large front exterior pocket and internal zippered pockets, the Lipault Plume Cabin Size Spinner works well but isn't as lightweight as the July Carry-on Light.

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Monos Carry-on Plus: It's a high-quality suitcase with a lot of internal details, but given its larger size this bag doesn't fit in the overhead compartment on multiple planes (especially regional jets). That said, if you're traveling domestically on larger planes, the Monos Carry-on Plus could be an option to consider. Or, the smaller standard Monos Carry-on could be a good option as well.

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Pros and Cons of Hard-sided Luggage

Pros and cons of soft-sided luggage.

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How We Tested

Our team tested 26 carry-on bags across several price points and on a variety of trips spanning overseas flights, weekend getaways, overnight trips and more. We traveled by car, plane, train and cruise and packed for a variety of climates and activities, from shore excursions in Mexico to rainy road trips around Iceland. For bags with wheels, we tested their maneuverability on multiple surfaces, including gravel, pavement, grass, moving walkways, cobblestone and carpet. After four months of testing, we deem these carry-on bags the best of the best for 2024.

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The following editors personally tested the luggage recommended in this article:

Erin Evans , Managing Editor: Evans loves a durable bag and also can't say no to a good deal. Considering how banged up luggage can get, her picks on this list are both well-made and affordable.

Rachael Hood , Senior Editor: Hood rarely checks a bag, yet she loves to pack a lot and pick up some new finds along her journey. She looks for a combination of durability, functionality, interior space and overall appearance.

Catriona Kendall , Associate Editor: Kendall opts for convenient and versatile carry-ons that can work well for weekend and weekslong trips alike.

Amanda Norcross , Content & SEO Strategist: Norcross has mastered the art of traveling with a carry-on bag only, but believes this is only possible with the right luggage.

Leilani Osmundson , Digital Producer: Osmundson prefers lightweight, streamlined luggage that's ideal for adventure travel.

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The 13 best weekender bags for women in 2024, tested & reviewed.

Despite its name, the weekender bag is ideal for a variety of trips.

The Best Weekender Bags for Women

BÉIS The Weekender in gray/green.

Amanda Norcross | U.S. News

Although they're available in traditional duffel styles, weekender bags come in a variety of shapes and sizes, making them a luggage category of their own. Designed for overnight trips or a few days away, they can also be used as a personal item or carry-on bag depending on airline size restrictions.

Based on recent consumer reviews and our own testing, we've determined the best weekender bags for women – perfect for business, solo travel , girls trips , romantic weekend getaways and more.

Best Overall: BÉIS The Weekender

  • Jump to features and expert insights ↓

Best Leather: Monos Metro Carry-All Duffel

Best with shoe compartment: calpak luka duffel.

  • Best Quilted: Vera Bradley Large Travel Duffel Bag

Best Duffel: Dagne Dover Landon Neoprene Carryall Bag – XL

  • Best With Laptop Compartment: July Carry All Weekender Plus

Best Rolling: CALPAK Luka Soft-Sided Mini Carry-On Luggage

Best organization: pakt one travel duffel – 28l, best for business: tumi voyageur contine weekender, best affordable: steve madden quilted weekender bag, best luxury: mz wallace nik duffel.

  • Best Large: Lo & Sons The Catalina Supreme

Best Foldable: LOJEL Niru – 24H Overnighter

(Note: Prices and availability were accurate at the time of publication; they may fluctuate due to demand and other factors).

BÉIS The Weekender in gray/green.

Price: $108 or less

What started as a trendy bag is now a travel staple. The Weekender by BÉIS combines the right amount of style and efficiency, with features including a bottom compartment for shoes or other large items, a padded laptop compartment that can accommodate 13- and 15-inch devices, and a trolley sleeve. There's also a zippered exterior pocket, plus three additional pockets and a key leash inside. Largely made of poly canvas, The Weekender is structured yet provides just the right amount of "give" for squeezing those last-minute items in. The Weekender is available in a variety of colors and comes with a detachable strap.

What our editors say:

This is the weekender bag I didn't know I needed. To say it lives up to the hype is an understatement. – Amanda Norcross, Senior Content & SEO Strategist

Monos Metro Carry-All Duffel in brown.

Rachael Hood | U.S. News

Monos Metro Carry-All Duffel in brown.

Price: $260 or less

This vegan leather duffel has a classic look and is available in four colors, plus it provides numerous built-in organizational details. The exterior has a front slip pocket, and each end has a pocket with a magnetic snap closure. Inside, the bag features a soft cotton twill lining, a 16-inch laptop sleeve, a spacious zippered pocket and a slip pocket on each end of the bag.

For carrying, use the two top handles, the trolley sleeve, or the removable and adjustable padded strap. Made of ultra microfiber vegan leather, this structured bag resists scratches and abrasions, making it a standout choice for a leather weekender bag.

This vegan leather duffel exudes timeless luxury. Its structure makes it easy to pack, all of the pockets help keep you organized, and its polished look makes it appropriate for any getaway. – Rachael Hood, Senior Editor

CALPAK Luka Duffel in gold.

Price: $128 or less

While you can find several bags with specific shoe compartments, the unique design of the CALPAK Luka Duffel stands out. The exterior zippered compartment makes it easy to reach your spare pair whether you're ready to put your walking shoes on or you need to access that pair of flats after a business meeting. When not needed, the shoe compartment lays flat on the interior of the bag to give you more room for your weekend getaway essentials.

Constructed with a lightweight polyester, the bag is structured but not bulky. There are nine pockets (including the shoe pocket), along with a trolley sleeve, two shoulder-length handles and a removable carrying strap.

To say I love this bag is an understatement. I bought it a couple of years ago for my wedding, and it's been a go-to ever since. I adore the shoe compartment, which works well for flats or sneakers, and it lays flat if I don't need an extra pair of shoes. There's tons of organizational pockets, it has a trolley sleeve, it works as a personal item on a flight, and it's cute! – Rachael Hood

Best Quilted: Vera Bradley Large Travel Duffel Bag in Cotton

Price: $120 or less

Vera Bradley's Large Travel Duffel Bag remains a classic choice for weekender bags. Available in a variety of patterns and solid colors, the latest cotton version of this bag includes four exterior pockets (one zipped, three slip) for easy access to the essentials, plus three elastic mesh pockets inside. The quilted material makes it especially lightweight as well as washable. Note that this same style in performance twill is slightly smaller, at 20 x 12.5 x 11.5 inches.

I love the simplicity of this bag. It holds everything I need, and after more than a decade of use (and several trips through the washing machine), it's still in excellent condition. – Amanda Norcross

Dagne Dover Landon Neoprene Carryall Bag – XL in green.

Leilani Osmundson | U.S. News

Dagne Dover Landon Neoprene Carryall Bag – XL in green.

Price: $245 or less

The stylish yet durable Dagne Dover Landon Neoprene Carryall Bag in the extra-large size stores 35 liters of belongings and comes with a shoe bag, a detachable mesh pouch and a crossbody strap. If that's not enough, you'll find several mesh pockets inside for organization, including a zippered laptop sleeve that can fit most 16-inch laptops. On the exterior of the bag, the neoprene luggage sleeve is perfect for attaching the duffel to a rolling suitcase, and a small pocket above the handle can securely hold your phone or ID.

Plus, this duffel is a great choice when it comes to sustainable travel . The lining is made from recycled plastic water bottles, and the bag is 100% vegan. This weekender also comes in air mesh material.

I love the zippered shoe bag – which is big enough to fit a pair of small boots or a couple pairs of sandals – as well as buttons on the sides that allow the bag to be clipped down for more streamlined travel. Additionally, this weekender duffel is surprisingly lightweight for how durable it is. – Leilani Osmundson, Senior Digital Producer

Best with Laptop Compartment: July Carry All Weekender Plus

July Carry All Weekender Plus in black.

Price: $295 or less

Featuring a clamshell design, this waterproof nylon bag opens flat for easy packing. There are two separate zippered interior compartments as well as an internal padded 16-inch laptop compartment. The thoughtfully designed weekender makes it easy to separate your travel essentials while maximizing packing space. On the exterior, there's a large front zippered pocket for reading materials, and the back features a hidden pocket behind the trolley sleeve for small items like your boarding pass or passport. For added versatility, the bag has two leather carrying handles and a removable shoulder strap.

This bag was a wow from the moment I opened it. The clamshell design makes packing a breeze. You can separate your clothes from other essentials and stow your laptop in its designated sleeve that is protected in the center of your bag. Since everything is divided, you can easily reach in to get your laptop out without spilling anything from your bag. – Rachael Hood

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The CALPAK Luka Soft-Sided Mini Carry-On Luggage in black.

Price: $165 or less

From the laptop pocket to the trolley sleeve, this mini bag packs a punch. There's an exterior front pocket for reading material or your boarding pass, an interior compartment with room for two to three outfits, and a small exterior zippered compartment that works well for a phone charger or earbuds. This rolling bag fits perfectly under the seat on most planes (even the small regional jets) and can be trolleyed with a larger carry-on or checked bag for added convenience.

For a weekend getaway or quick business trip, this is my go-to bag. I can maximize the packing space with compression packing cubes , put my laptop in the interior sleeve and fit all the essentials in this compact rolling style. It works well as an underseater or it easily fits in the overhead bin. I'm on and off flights with ease! – Rachael Hood

Pakt One Travel Duffel – 28L in blue.

Catriona Kendall | U.S. News

Pakt One Travel Duffel – 28L in blue.

Price: $285 or less

This 2.0 version of the crowdfunded Pakt One is beloved for good reason, with a variety of useful organizational features. This carry-on duffel opens clamshell-style for easy packing, and a 16-inch padded laptop pocket separates the two main compartments. The 28L size of this bag may be able to fit under the seat on certain airlines if it's not fully packed, but at full capacity it is better suited to the overhead bin. If you want a bit more space, consider the 35L, which also fits carry-on size guidelines .

On one side of the exterior, a zippered pocket doubles as a luggage sleeve for attaching it to a suitcase; on the other side you'll find two zippered pockets, one of which has multiple smaller pockets and a key clip inside. Built-in accessory straps on top of the duffel allow you to secure bulkier items such as a jacket or tripod. There's also a hideaway side pocket for your water bottle that can be stashed when not in use. The duffel is made of recycled nylon with a water-resistant coating, and the company is committed to eco-conscious production, which includes plastic-free packaging.

I am super impressed by the thoughtful design of this weekender duffel. The organization is top-notch, and it folds up when not in use so it doesn't take up too much room. I've been able to fit around three to four days' worth of clothing, plus my toiletries, my laptop and a pair of shoes. The adjustable padded shoulder strap is pretty comfortable too. – Catriona Kendall, Editor

TUMI Voyageur Contine Weekender in black.

Price: $575 or less

This sophisticated style works well for business trips, weekend getaways and everything in between. This TUMI weekender is separated into two compartments. The upper compartment has a laptop sleeve (for an up to 13-inch PC or 14-inch MacBook), a removable interior water bottle holder, a large zippered pocket, a slip pocket and a key leash. The lower section is ideal for shoes or business documents; it can be reached through a zipper at the base of the upper compartment or accessed on the outside through a zipper. The exterior nylon shell has a front zippered pocket, a phone slip pocket and a trolley sleeve.

From the sleek exterior with contrasting metal hardware details, genuine leather accents, monogrammable leather charm and all the interior features, this bag perfectly blends function and elegance. It's rather lightweight, yet still holds a shape, and it can even be used as a work bag if needed. – Rachael Hood

Steve Madden Quilted Weekender Bag in black.

Erin Evans | U.S. News

Steve Madden Quilted Weekender Bag in black.

Price: From $59.98

For less than $60, the Steve Madden Quilted Weekender Bag is a steal. The lightweight bag has a quilted exterior and a spacious interior, which makes this weekender option an ideal carryall for travel, work or the gym. It includes a medium interior zippered pocket and two small open pockets, plus 9-inch handles and a removable 25-inch crossbody strap. It's easy to wipe down when dirty, or you can even throw it in the washer. What's more, this bag can easily be used as a personal item, neatly fitting under the seat on most planes.

I've had this bag for six years and it's still in great shape. It fits a surprising amount of clothing and accessories, and its straps are plenty long enough so even when it's filled to the brim, it's comfortable to carry around. – Erin Evans, Managing Editor

MZ Wallace Nik Duffel in black.

Price: $325 or less

This understated quilted duffel has a lightweight construction, a hidden back slip pocket, a trolley sleeve, a phone slip pocket and two large zippered front pockets on the outside. There's also a pocket on each end for water or other items. The interior of the MZ Wallace Nik Duffel has a padded 16-inch laptop sleeve, four slip pockets, a zippered pocket and a removable zippered pouch. The sleek quilted bag has Italian leather accents and provides a chic look for work or leisure trips. It also folds relatively flat for easy storage when you're not out exploring.

I've seen a lot of travelers with these bags over the years, and I can see why. I love the feel of this bag; it feels luxurious, yet it's not flashy or over the top – truly quiet luxury at its finest. I especially love the two large front zippered pockets, as you can put your 3-1-1 bag and other items you need to reach while traveling so you don't have to rifle through your whole bag in the security line. – Rachael Hood

Best Large: Lo & Sons The Catalina Supreme

Lo & Sons The Catalina Supreme in black.

Price: $350 or less

Flexible with a very large top opening design, this weekender bag works well for packing clothing and gear that may not fit well within a structured bag. The expandable bottom compartment has a removable divider for shoes or other items, and it can be accessed inside the bag or from the outside. There's a trolley sleeve, a removable shoulder strap and top carry handles depending on your needs. This large bag is great for weekend ski trips or bringing along your pillow . It can be a carry-on bag on most airlines, but it will need to go in the overhead compartment because of its size.

This bag works well for car trips, and it has space to pack for two people going on a weekend getaway. I really like the pliability of this bag, and I think it is a good choice for when I need to pack a pillow, a winter coat, cowboy boots, wrapped gifts or other larger items that don't necessarily fit in a small duffel. – Rachael Hood

LOJEL Niru – 24H Overnighter in green.

Price: $155 or less

Constructed with 100% recycled nylon, this bag is ideal for travelers who are short on storage space. It folds flat into its storage pouch – which can be used for organization within the bag when traveling. The interior has a spacious zippered pocket for small items. The size of this bag is ideal for an overnight trip with room for toiletries, essentials and a full change of clothes. For a longer weekend trip, there's also the Niru 48H Weekender .

The size and quality of this bag are superior to other folding totes I've tried. It's very sturdy, the handles are comfortable to carry, the front slip pocket is convenient, and the leather details are a nice touch. – Rachael Hood

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LeSportsac Deluxe Large Weekender: Many travelers (our team included) love this bag. It's durable, offers several exterior and interior pockets, and folds down compactly when not in use.

Nomad Lane Bento Bag: This bag has exceptional organizational features (including a toiletry pouch and an electronics organizer), but it may be a little small for a weekender. If you want a personal item that fits under the plane seat, the Bento Bag is an excellent option for short trips or light packers.

Carl Friedrik Compact Weekender: Sophisticated yet understated, this nylon weekender bag with Italian leather trim is a classic travel bag. It is spacious and looks appropriate regardless of the setting. However, it does lack a luggage trolley sleeve, which makes it a bit limited in terms of carrying options.

Samsonite Virtuosa Weekender: This sleek and simple bag from the well-respected luggage brand is a solid choice, if slightly small for a weekend's worth of belongings. The Virtuosa Weekender has some convenient storage pockets and a luggage sleeve, but the strap can be a little uncomfortable when the bag is heavy.

How We Tested

Our team packed and tested more than 25 weekender bags from a variety of brands at a range of price points. We tested to see if you can pack for a weekend getaway in each bag, along with the durability, details and overall functionality. After taking these weekender bags on an array of car, plane and train trips, we've selected these weekender bags the best for 2024.

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