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A Work Backpack or a Briefcase: Which is more suitable for you?

man holding a briefcase in hotel lobby

In the past two decades, laptop briefcases and professional backpacks, also known as "business backpacks", have risen the corporate ladder quickly. These days, the modern work backpack, brief, or laptop bag has mostly replaced the traditional hard-sided, rectangular briefcase, which used to be the essential accessory for any businessman or woman.

The classic flip-top briefcase used to be a sign of business-savvy, and was perfect for the job of carrying paperwork or legal documents back and forth from the office or courtroom. However, the power of laptop computers, tablets, business travel, commuters and remote workers proved too much for the briefcase to bear - a seismic shift in the way we work had begun.

Making an entrance, the business brief – an iconic briefcase for laptops made in the 1980s – continues to be popular to this day. The business backpack and travel backpack on the list of essentials for both business and travel have since joined this classic work bag.

For over three and a half decades, laptop backpacks and briefcases have advanced almost as quickly as laptop technology. As a result, today's business backpacks and laptop bags are light and spacious and are seen by professionals, college students, and business and leisure travellers alike.

The demand for stylish professional backpacks and briefcases has skyrocketed, leading to an array of stylish business bags now available. From small laptop backpacks and feminine briefcases to multi-purpose totes that carry laptops, tablets, documents and even a spare outfit, there's a work bag to meet every need.  Read more about which luggage size is right for you here.


Do you take your laptop, tablet, or other devices with you wherever you go – be it commuting, working from home, or even just travelling for pleasure? If so, chances are you have a tote bag, business briefcase, or backpack to store them in. But is it really the perfect bag for you?

Are you looking for a bag that will keep your laptop and phone safe and secure with its padded compartments and pockets, while still allowing you to charge your devices on the go? Does it need to be waterproof and provide easy access to your other essentials, like keys, water bottles and cellphones? And do you want something that will also accommodate your gym clothes, business suits and sweaters? Whatever you need to carry, choose a bag that fits your lifestyle - whether you prefer a shoulder bag or shoulder straps.

Are you trying to figure out which travel/work bag would be the best for you? We have the answer! From a briefcase, rolling tote, backpack, or other bags, we'll demystify your choices and help you find the perfect companion for all your needs!

Work and/or Travel? It’s in the Bag…Backpack… and Brief

Protect your laptop or tablet on the go with stylish and practical laptop bags from Travelpro®. Whether you're looking for a business backpack, a durable laptop briefcase, a travel tote with built-in padded laptop pockets, or a rolling carry-on with dedicated laptop storage, you'll find the perfect bag to suit your needs and personal style.

Durable bags for business purposes

Need to transport books, tools, or need a versatile bag that can function as a compact suitcase and briefcase? A wheeled briefcase or a larger travel backpack is the ideal selection.

Pack light, stay organized! With Travelpro®, you'll find a selection of durable and lightweight bags, perfect for safeguarding your tech and business essentials while you explore. For shorter trips, opt for an all-in-one tote or backpack with cushioned pockets for laptops and tablets, plus plenty of room for an extra outfit and other items you need for an overnight stay.

platinum elite business backpack with laptop pocket

Discover Platinum® Elite Business Backpack, a stylish backpack that means business. Smart design features include padded laptop and tablet sleeves, a built-in organizational system for pens, earphones, chargers and more, a Travelpro® QuickSlip™ exterior pocket and adjustable comfort straps. Plus, the Travelpro® ID TheftBlock™ pocket is specially designed to keep credit cards and passports safely stored and protected from identity theft scanners. A stand-out on its own, this business backpack also coordinates beautifully with the Platinum® Elite line. In addition, it features a stacking strap that fits over the extension handle of any Travelpro® rolling suitcase. Backed by our 10-Year Warranty.

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But if you are looking for a stylish business brief bag,  Platinum® Elite Expandable Business Brief is the right choice. The Platinum® Elite Expandable Business Brief offers all the organization and convenience you need in a travelling brief with luxurious design details that stand out with style. The convenient expansion option adds packing capacity when needed for storing files, electronics or even a light jacket. Genuine leather carry handles feel as good as they look, while the high-density nylon fabric resists stains and abrasions to stay looking sharp. Additional features include built-in organizers, separate laptop and tablet sleeves, and our Travelpro® ID TheftBlock™ pocket that protects credit cards and passports against loss and identity theft. As always, this bag is backed by our 10-Year Warranty.

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