10 Backpacks and Bags Every Commuter Needs to Know About
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10 Backpacks and Bags Every Commuter Needs to Know About

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By Banu Ibrahim
There’s an art to selecting the perfect commuter bag—and we're here to help.

The ideal commuter bag is roomy enough for your work essentials (think laptops and notebooks), but not so bulky that it causes strain as you're hopping on the train or walking to happy hour drinks. There should be built-in pockets or organizers to help you easily find important items like MetroCards at a moment’s notice. Plus, since it is a work bag, it needs to read professional.

Of course, that’s just the tip of the shopping iceberg. Some options are more minimalist (read: work with every outfit), some have extra perks like charging ports, and others are made with cyclists in mind—the list goes on. So to make your life a little easier, we’ve rounded up 10 outstanding commuter bags and backpacks. Whether you’re the type of commuter who brings a tote from the office to the gym, or someone craving a bag with business travel in mind, there’s an option that suits.

Everlane Day Market Tote
Everlane Day Market Tote
This Duchess of Sussex-approved Italian-crafted tote is the design standard of what you’d want in an everyday bag. It's larger and taller than a typical tote, meaning you’ll get more bang for your buck, and its refined and polished exterior is well-suited for life both inside and outside the office.
Herschel Supply Co. Little America Backpack
Herschel Supply Co. Little America Backpack
You can’t go wrong with a backpack that features cushioned straps, laptop compartments, extra organizational pouches, and classic style. Plus, it doubles as a great weekender bag if you’re headed out straight from your desk to a long weekend.
Ted Baker London Pitza Faux Leather Document Bag
Ted Baker London Pitza Faux Leather Document Bag
If totes and backpacks aren’t quite your style, a briefcase may be right up your alley. Ted Baker London designs plenty of stellar options in this arena. With luxe leather-inspired finishes, a functional and organized interior, and bright color options, this bag will be the star of your outfit.
Anti-Theft Travel Backpack
Anti-Theft Travel Backpack
How many times have you been mid-commute and realized you forgot to charge your iPhone before heading out the door? A backpack like this one, which features a built-in USB charger, means that you can continue your commute answering emails and calls, scheduling meetings, or—let’s be real—jamming out...
XB Handbag
XB Handbag
An ultralight tote that has everything we’d need to conquer the day ahead (adjustable straps, separate laptop compartment, small pockets, and a clean everyday-friendly design) for under $35? Sign us up....
Fjallraven Kanken Water-Resistant Backpack
Fjallraven Kanken Water-Resistant Backpack
Scandinavian design is all about practicality, simplicity, and premium craftsmanship.
Timbuk2 Tuck Laptop Backpack
Timbuk2 Tuck Laptop Backpack
The key to a great cycling backpack is a waterproof and durable exterior (remember, you will be out in the elements en route to work). Luckily for you, this color-blocked Laptop Backpack from Timbuk2 fits the bill.
Madewell Medium Drawstring Transport Tote
Madewell Medium Drawstring Transport Tote
Many bucket bag iterations are on the smaller side. And while they’re great for nights out, they’re not very functional for commuting. Madewell, however, found the sweet spot with this customizable medium tote that doubles as an across-the-body number.
Kaya Faux Leather Laptop Backpack
Kaya Faux Leather Laptop Backpack
Jetsetters will gush over this sleek backpack. It can seamlessly slip over your suitcase handle, so you can navigate around the airport with ease.
Cuyana Classic Leather Tote
Cuyana Classic Leather Tote
Cuyana’s bags have quickly become cult favorites, and for good reason. This Italian-crafted leather tote has the same quality and durability you’ve come to expect from a designer label, but for a fraction of the premium price tag.