Whether you’re a digital nomad, tech fan, frequent business traveler, student abroad or a travel junkie, chances are you’re at your laptop wherever you go.
If this is the case, your laptop inevitably sees a lot of sticky situations every day – you have to remove it at the airport security gate, put it back in, pick it up again on the flight or in the airport lounge to kill the time and so on.
Your Laptop’s Salvation: A Laptop Backpack
Carelessness and improper handling can cause permanent damage to your laptop. The first step in protecting your laptop is buying a quality digital backpack for your travels. In standard luggage, we’ve put together a list of things for you to consider when choosing a backpack for travel.
Backpack or laptop bag?
High-quality laptop folders are also great if you’re a professional or student who never leaves town. But if you are constantly traveling to and from airports, train stations and bus depots, any extra luggage item you carry with you will be a source of annoyance.
To avoid carrying too much luggage, we recommend purchasing a travel backpack with a detachable laptop sleeve. The laptop case will not only protect your laptop but also give you easy access to your laptop when you are in airport security.
Now, on to the criteria for a good laptop backpack.
1. Laptop backpack should be water resistant and easy to clean
When you travel frequently, you may also encounter rainy weather. Backpacks made of water resistant materials will protect your laptop and keep it dry in rainy weather. Plus, an additional detachable laptop sleeve will provide even more protection.
Some travel backpacks also come with waterproof rain covers to keep your valuables and electronics completely dry.
You can also buy a backpack that has a waterproof protective bag, which you can place over the backpack to protect it from the rain, like a raincoat.
2. Full-zip laptop backpacks
Why should you get a backpack with a full perimeter zipper that goes all the way? They are super easy to use.
Backpacks with full perimeter zippers open from the front and can be packed like a suitcase. This way you can carry it like a backpack, but pack it like a suitcase.
Traditional backpacks that load from the top are difficult to pack and unpack. To get something that’s stuck somewhere in the middle or bottom, you’ll have to unzip everything on top of it. This can be highly inconvenient if you are staying at a hostel or sharing a room with other travelers.
3. Inner frame backpacks or outer frame backpacks?
Inner frame backpacks are travel backpacks that have a spacious interior compartment and a pair of exterior pockets to hold smaller items.
On the other hand, outdoor frame backpacks have a standard-sized inner compartment and multiple outer pockets to allow for better organization of your belongings.
If you like things segregated and packed separately, outer frame backpacks are best for you. Outboard backpacks are also designed to carry more weight.
However, in-frame backpacks are more comfortable on your back.
This choice depends entirely on your needs. If you want to carry more and separate your belongings into different compartments, go for an outdoor frame backpack.
4. Laptop backpack must comply with airline regulations
What’s the point of having a backpack if you have to check in at the airport? The best laptop backpacks for travelers are usually designed to be carry-on bags.
Carry-on baggage rules may differ from airline to airline, but the most commonly accepted dimensions are 22 x 14 x 9 inches / 55 x 35 x 23 centimeters.
Also, buy a backpack that weighs less than 4 pounds/1.81 kg. Anything more than that will limit the number of things you can carry because most airlines also have restrictions on baggage weight. Carry-on baggage weight limits are between 15 and 22 pounds/6.80 and 10 kg.
If you hope to bring back memories of your trip, your bag should have an expandable zipper to increase its storage capacity.
5. Choose an anti-theft laptop backpack
This happened to a friend of mine, who works with programming:
“My laptop was recently stolen while I was on an international trip to meet a very important customer. I lost a lot of important data and was forced to reschedule the meeting. My boss was furious.”
Now, this nightmare could happen to any of us, especially if we’re trying to toss around multiple backpacks at a time.
To keep your electronics safe while traveling, grab a laptop bag with zippers and anti-theft features.
6. Your laptop backpack should be comfortable and stylish
Did you know that some backpacks have hidden straps that allow them to be carried like suitcases? Great, isn’t it?
If you’re rushing from the airport to a client meeting, you can simply strap on and make your travel backpack look like a stylish suitcase.
A good laptop backpack should fit comfortably and have padding. For comfort is an important factor to consider when choosing a laptop backpack. While you can leave it in your hotel room, lugging an uncomfortable backpack around in a busy airport or while using public transport can drain your energy.
Before buying a backpack, try to see if it is comfortable. Make sure the straps are designed with plenty of breathable padding, including the hip straps, which help distribute weight from your shoulders to your hips, making it easier to carry the weight.
So you’ve spent a lot of money on a fancy laptop, isn’t it your responsibility to do your best to protect it? The difference between an expensive repair or replacement can simply come down to the type of backpack you carry it. By choosing specialist backpacks specially designed for your travels, you can ensure your laptop is in safe hands.
Have you ever bought laptop backpacks? How did they choose? What criteria do you think are most important?