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Now that many of us are able to work from anywhere with a decent Wi-Fi connection, we’re carrying our laptops and electronic gadgets more often. Whether you’re traveling for business or for pleasure, keep your electronics well protected with a bag that has a laptop sleeve and other functional features. Read on to find out our best business backpacks!
Best Business Backpacks
Written By: Rebecca Theriot
It doesn’t take long to realize that distributing weight evenly across our backs results in less pain than struggling to lug shoulder bags across airports or cities.
Regardless if you’re traveling strictly for business, work remotely, or like to bring your laptop wherever you go, it’s important to keep your electronics in a bag that’s practical, comfortable, and suitable to your needs.
Read my over-the-top tips about how I protect my laptop while traveling!
If you’re looking for a lovely padded laptop backpack, here are the best:
Jansport’s come a long way since you went to school! This is the laptop backpack used by TFG’s editor and she absolutely loves it! At 28L, it’s very spacious having enough room for a long weekend or for a minimalist traveler.
The features are incredible with various interior and exterior pockets, two water bottle holders, a bottle opener, and a wet/dry zippered space in the front – extremely handy for travelers spending time by the sea.
It’s 31 x 16 x 4 inches and 2 pounds – great for digital nomads, too!
This is TFG’s top pick!
A sleek travel backpack that protects electronics and includes a PowerPocket to manage cords between your device and mobile charger. Perfect for digital nomads and business travelers that want to protect their electronics and also have additional room for some of their personal belongings.
This backpack is only 2.5 lb, it’s practical, stylish, and has coated cotton making it waterproof! Its waterproof fabric makes it well-suited to outdoor travel, while the padded laptop sleeve makes it practical when you’re working on the go. I own this bag and love the canvas look but appreciate the water-resistance for my electronics.
Herschel offers a wide range of colors and prints in a classic backpack style. This is a good option for more casual travelers that work in coffee shops or co-working spaces and find themselves in a more relaxed business setting. As a bonus, you can also use it as a daypack, too.
Because of the lightweight canvas material, it can easily be packed into your luggage when not using it. It measures 19.3 x 11 x 6.3 inches and weighs 2.3lb.
We love a leather backpack – it’s classic, elegant, and effortlessly cool. A unisex style like this one by Timberland will never go out of style. Surprisingly, this bag is only 1lb making it stylish and practical, too! It measures 12″W x 18 1/2″H x 3 1/2″D.
For a more budget-friendly option inspired by this look, try this.
For something more traditional, here’s a sleek, slim backpack that’s organized so efficiently that you can still fit in most of what you need. There’s a slot for a tablet in front of the laptop compartment plus additional slots for a phone and wallet. A luggage strap in the back lets you add it to a larger rolling bag.
While there are no outside side pockets, you should be able to fit a small bottle of water, umbrella, and light sweater along with all your chargers, as long as you don’t have too much more paraphernalia.
On the small side, measuring at 12″ x 5″ x 18″, it can still hold laptops up to 15.6” and weighs 1.6 lbs.
This classy-looking linen backpack is available in seven colors helping you mix and match with your travel wardrobe of choice. Although the laptop compartment can fit up to a 15.6” computer, a 17” computer should fit in the larger section. There are handy bottle/umbrella holders on each side.
Super slim and lightweight at 1.3 pounds, it should still fit everything you need at 18″ x 12″ x 4″.
Read this post to learn about daypacks and why you might need to travel with one!
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Rolling backpacks have been around for years, but spinner business backpack options are still rare. This one has excellent storage in 3 compartments, plus a small vertical zippered pockets in front. It can fit most 17″ laptops.
The rear compartment has a file pocket as well as garment straps so you can pack clothes securely. The wheels mean it weights a bit more, nearly 6 pounds, so it might be best for business only travel. It measures in at 22″ x 14″ x 9″.
Find out if you should travel with a roller bag or a backpack!
This backpack was made for travel. You can pull out your laptop without revealing anything else in the bag. There’s a heavy-duty anti-theft zipper and a hidden pocket on the back. There’s also an elastic strap to attach the backpack to a larger piece of luggage.
The bag is made from water-resistant nylon which is a plus if you’re traveling in humid areas. A bottle holder on the side is zipped up, so it isn’t visible unless you’re using it. It can fit up to 17″ laptops and measures 13″ x 8″ x 19″ and weighs 2.7 pounds.
For more security conscious travelers, take a look at this list of “theft-proof” bags for travel!
The Tumi Voyageur Halle is lovely nylon fabric that is both scratch and water-resistant. It comes in several colors and prints offering a feminine look with sophisticated yet understated hardware. They tend to sell out frequently so when you see one you like, grab it while you can.
It holds laptops up to 15.6″ and measures 16” x 12” x 3” and weighs 1.6 pounds.
To determine what day pack or day bag is best for your travels, please read this post on how to choose one.
For travelers that prefer something more whimsical and lighthearted, Vera Bradley usually does the trick. There are 30 other color and pattern variations available, too.
The different styles vary in features a bit, so check to be sure your favorite color has what you need. Some offer trolley straps to fit over larger bags, and most have bottle holders on the side.
These bags can hold up to a 15” laptop and measure 16″ x 12″ x 6″. At 1.3 lb they’re ultralight and packable, too.
Take a look at these cute backpacks for women!
This brand is classic, cool, and has various styles and prints in it’s water-resistant fabric. The unisex design wins us over and is one of TFG’s top choices on this list. As a plus, it’s under $100.
For a classic yet subdued print, opt for stripes. The bag measures 11″W x 19″H x 6″D and weighs 1.7lb.
If you’re worried about security, it’s hard to beat a Pacsafe bag. They all have 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” laptop sleeve. It measures 12″ x 18″ x 6″ and weighs a little over 1 pound.
This brand has a variety of backpacks including one that has space for clothing, too. We’re big fans of Incase designs and their well-thought out bags. Check out how this style opens up on the side making it easy to access your clothes and organize all of your belongings. Love it!
At 13″W x 18 1/2″H x 6 1/2″D it’s big enough for a weekend getaway while also giving you plenty of space for all of your electronics.
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Love a classic leather bag and this one not only has space for a laptop but it’s also vegan-friendly. It’s slim but fits up to a 13″ laptop. This one’s a big winner on style, great for either business or vacation travelers.
It measures 10″W x 15″H x 6 ½”D and weighs 2.1 lb. It’s also available in burgundy and pale pink.
If you’re an outdoorsy type that likes to travel light, then you’ll love this packable Symbolife backpack. It’s ultra-slim there’s room in the main compartment for essentials, with lots of pockets to stay organized and it holds laptops up to 14″. A vertical zippered compartment in front offers easy access to items you need frequently.
Read this post for more packable travel accessories!
Ruggan is another anti-theft choice for laptops up to 14”, but there are also 17” models available. It features lots of pockets, including one on the side for bottles/umbrellas and a couple of secret ones, as well.
It has an anti-theft zipper and rings that allow you to secure the bag using the included padlock. It’s available in navy, purple, and dark gray, measures 8″ x 14″ x 18″, and weighs nearly 2 pounds.
Take a look at the best anti-theft accessories for travel!
American inspired with a modern twist – this backpack works equally well for travel and everyday use. It features a roomy main compartment with padded sleeve to hold to a 15.6 inch laptop.
Two easy accesses, locking front compartments and organizer includes a zippered rfid blocking pocket. Anti-theft features have slash-resistant construction, locking compartments, slash-resistant adjustable straps will keep you and your belongings protected.
Crafted in a durable cotton, water-repellant canvas with rich suede trim, matte nickel hardware and classic pinstriped lining, this Travelon anti-theft heritage backpack will quickly become a travel favorite.
Watch this video where I show you how I traveled for four weeks with just this backpack and a purse!
If you’re headed on an adventurous trip but still need to work on the go, the latest backpack by Travelon has a sporty look with all the practical features you need. It measures19.5×5.5×12, fits a 15.6″ laptop and has water-resistant nylon fabric to keep your gear dry.
What do you think are the best business backpack brands available? Comment and share!
For more travel bags, please read:
- 12 Cute Backpacks for Travel
- Best Travel Bags for Sightseeing
- What Exactly is a Carry-on Personal item
- The Best Day Packs
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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.