A lot of thought goes into picking the right backpack to tote along to work. It must be comfortable, spacious (without being massive), structured and – most importantly – stylish enough for your co-workers not to confuse you with a teen extra on Riverdale.
Tastes can range, but a good business-friendly backpack should keep you organized while you're on the move and ensure that your laptop and other digital devices are secure. The last thing you need is for your computer to be flailing around as you dash to catch a train or for your cellphone to get lost in a bottomless abyss.
With thousands of backpack options on the market, it can be hard to choose just the right one. Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here's our list of five of the best business-friendly backpacks that you'd be proud to wear.
Uoobag Business Laptop Backpack
Hearing the "recharge battery now" beep on your phone when you're nowhere near an outlet might just be the most stressful sound ever. The Uoobag Business Laptop Backpack eliminates trying moments by including an external USB port that you can use to recharge your phone throughout the day. The carryall fits up to a 16-inch laptop and includes tons of pockets to keep all your important items organized. The nylon backpack also includes a chest buckle in addition to breathable shoulder straps for easier carrying and is water-resistant. The $39.99 Uoobag Business Laptop Backpack is available in black.
Bosca Dolce Backpack
Sometimes style is nonnegotiable, even if it does cost you. The Bosca Dolce Backpack has you covered in those moments. Made from polished, vegetable-tanned old leather, the bag is sleek without sacrificing function. A flat pocket and pocket pouch on the outside of the Dolce provide quick access to small work essentials, and the internal laptop sleeve and shock-absorbing leather feet keep a laptop of up to 14 inches snug and secure. The back features padding on the straps and body to keep you cool during the most daunting commutes. The backpack also sports RFID-blocking technology to protect your credit cards and passport from skimmers. Available in amber and dark brown, the Dolce is $625.
Genius Pack Commuter Travel Backpack
You're always on the go; opt for a carryall that can keep up. The Genius Pack Commuter Travel Backpack is designed with a TSA-friendly butterfly compartment that allows you to keep your laptop inside your bag when you pass through security. It also has a designated area to hold your tablet, two easy-access pockets on the front, and padded shoulder straps to keep you comfortable even when it is filled to the brim. The Commuter includes a side pocket to fit a compact umbrella or water bottle and fits laptops up to 16 inches. The water-resistant backpack is $65 and comes in heather navy.
Peak Design Everyday Backpack
Having everything you need to get through the workday is a must when you're working on the road. The Peak Design Everyday Backpack is designed with that fact in mind. A favorite of photographers and remote workers, the bag has a spot for just about everything you need to get the job done. The inside contains a dedicated sleeve that fits up to a 15-inch laptop or tablet and space to hold additional files and folders if you're the paper-carrying type. Removable FlexFold dividers allow you to configure the bag to keep equipment such as cameras, routers, external hard drives or even snacks secure and organized. Two expandable pockets are located on the outside of the bag to provide extra storage when you need it. The Everyday Backpack has three handles – one on the top and two on the sides – in addition to padded straps for convenient carrying. The Everyday Backpack is available in tan, ash and charcoal at $259.95.
DHK Vintage Convertible
There is nothing like a bag that works for multiple occasions. The DHK Vintage Convertible is a sleek backpack that also transforms into a modern messenger bag. The inside of the bag has multiple compartments to store books, files, a tablet and up to a 15-inch laptop. The outside of the vintage-style bag includes four small pockets for stashing USB drives, keys, pens or your cellphone. The leather carryall comes in brown and is $47.