Buying a Laptop Tote Bag? Here’s What You Need to Know

A laptop tote bag is a sturdy, lightweight carryall designed to hold your mobile device, and any other essentials you need on-the-go. Choose from a variety of stylish designs, sizes and materials to find the right fit for you. Targus laptop tote bags are crafted of high-quality materials to provide rugged protection for tablets and laptops while offering a sleek, sophisticated form.

Whether you’re headed to the office, coworking space, coffee shop or the pool at your apartment complex, there is one thing that all commutes have in common: You need to bring your tech along with you. Whether you’re looking for something to hold just your laptop or you need a big enough bag to carry your lunch, notebooks and your go-to encyclopedia (or whatever else you use on the go), we have the perfect bag for you.

While the lifespan of a toteĀ laptop messenger bag depends on how much you use it and the type of material, most last at least a year or more with heavy usage. If yours starts to show some wear and tear, it can easily be fixed. For example, if the handle rips, this indicates you’ve been carrying heavier loads than the bag was meant to carry and may require a little darning. The solution is simple: Simply use fabric glue or stitch the ripped areas together and you’ll be good to go.

The best tote bags offer plenty of interior organization, so you can keep all your work and personal belongings separate. Style influencer Bethany Everett-Ratcliffe says the Dagne Dover bag she has is a “go-to” that she trusts to hold her digital camera, school supplies, a change of clothes and a few snacks for her toddler, as well as her work files and travel coffee tumbler. It also features a separate laptop compartment, luggage sleeve and several zippered pockets to keep everything in place.

We love the padded shoulder straps on this bag, which can be worn over the shoulder or crossbody for added comfort. It has a roomy main compartment that can accommodate most laptops, plus one large open pocket and two small zippered pockets for organizing your things. We especially appreciate the clean lines and minimal hardware on this bag, which give it a refined look that can easily transition from work to play.

The DSPTCH Utility Tote offers the most basic design of all our top picks, but it still comes packed with useful features. Its exterior is made of water-resistant polyester, while its inner lining has one big open pocket for documents or books, a smaller zippered pocket to hold your ID and credit card, as well as a slip and pen pocket. The bag also has a convenient side zip-out pouch to store a water bottle or umbrella.