First pick the style that suits your needs. The wheeled bag is the least strenuous on your back; however, it’s bulky and rolling it through rush hour foot traffic can get frustrating fast as people kick or trip over it. Backpacks evenly distribute the weight of the bag, alleviating some back strain, but once donned, can leave you feeling like a fifth grader going off to school. Tote bags and briefcases are the most traditional and popular, but can be back-breakers if you aren’t careful.
If the bag has handles or shoulder straps, make sure the straps are somewhat-wide with cushioning. The cushioning helps protect your shoulder, and the width helps distribute pressure. Also, if the strap has a bit of elasticity it’ll give as you walk, which will help absorb some of the shock. Stay away from heavy materials, like leather. Why add weight to an already weighty bag?
Organizational pockets are essential; however too many pockets can lead to chaos as you misplace items, too few, and you’ll have to cram everything together. Three is the magic number of pockets inside your bag: Two shallow ones for business cards, pens, an ipod, headphones, etc. and one deeper section for files, papers, and magazines. Outside, you only need one pocket for quick storage.
A good bag doesn’t have to cost alot, either; prices start at about $50. Now that you’re armed with what to look for, you’ll quickly find the perfect bag worthy of your style and your laptop.