Got mobile bag, will travel—Mobile devices make our lives easier in so many ways. No more being stuck in a cozy cubicle, staring at a big desktop screen all day. Now you can stay connected at work and home with a smartphone in your hip pocket.

But these days people have more than one mobile device. We’ve got laptops, tablets, and Kindles. Even iPods are making a surprising comeback. You can’t just toss these pricey toys in a brown paper bag and carry them around like a sack lunch. Until we start wearing our tech on our bodies, read Google Glass and Pebble watches, we’ll need an all-purpose tote that is both serviceable and stylish.

Travel Bag for Mobile Devices

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The era of the ubiquitous backpack is over (although the Ralph Lauren Nylon Utility Backpack ($298) is quite nice). After all, if you’re swimming with silicon sharks, you don’t want to look like you’re ready for a day hike in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

If you like the backpack concept, perhaps the Vans Goleta Backpack ($126) might be a good option for you. It’s a spiffy suede construct that works well as a messenger bag and/or a tote. Added bonus: it’s durable and will undoubtedly survive many years of transit bumps.

The ever-changing technological lifestyle demands something more functional than a simple backpack, however. The bag you chose needs more utility, more organization—more multiplicity. You don’t want to be stranded out there without options.

Hideo Wakamatsu is a designer from Japan who knows a thing or two about long commutes and the needs of high-tech salarymen. The right bag, he says, is an extension of you in both function and style. His attaché cases are terrific, but continually out of stock. However, the Chester Brief ($229) is functional, versatile and always handy.

Other options include bags from Want Les Essentiels de la Vie. They are perfect for business travel with pit stops to the grocery store, the zoo, and Starbucks. Launched back in 2006 by a couple of Montreal-based designers, the totes from this boutique are urban classy and tech savvy.

The Trudeau 17″ Briefcase ($1,250) is a marvel of utility and style. It looks great and provides a total of seven organizational pockets for a variety of mobile devices. Not quite as pricey, the Heathrow Cotton-Canvas Messenger Bag ($450), is an excellent companion for anyone caught in transit. And for casual Fridays, the O’Hare Leather-Trimmed Cotton-Canvas Tote Bag ($325) won’t ever let you down. No matter the price range, the bags from Want Les Essentiels de la Vie will make sure you never leave home unprepared again.

Eric Searleman
Based in San Francisco, Eric Searleman is an editor at Eric has worked as a newspaper reporter, a fiction editor and a comic book artist. Email him at [email protected]
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