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3 Best Work Bags: Choosing the Right Bag for Your Profession

BY Buffalo Jackson Insight
BY Amanda Uher

Whether you’ve just earned your first degree or have recently embarked on a midlife career change, it’s a good time to find a new bag for work. Take some time, and make sure you choose the right bag for your profession. Regardless of your field, one of these three best work bags should fit the bill:

Briefcase Bags

If you work in a more traditional or formal office environment, a classic option for today’s professional is the leather briefcase bag. With interior sections for a laptop, meeting briefs, and more, a briefcase bag offers room to carry your work materials in style. A carry handle and an adjustable shoulder strap give you the option of carrying your bag in your hand (traditional briefcase-style) or over your shoulder for hands-free convenience. For a slimmer profile and even more formal look, consider a leather attaché briefcase.

Messenger Bags

Depending on the quality, material, and finishes, messenger bags can come across as tidy and professional or loose and casual. Consider your work environment, typical meeting locale, and your personal style (yes, that still matters). For the best messenger bag for work, be sure to look beyond the basic crossbody strap and flap cover. If you like a rugged style, look at a belted flap cover like on this leather messenger bag (with a single-belted cover) or this waxed canvas messenger bag (with a double-belted cover). If you prefer a more streamlined, clean look, check out a bag with a full flap and hidden magnetic closure like this buffalo leather messenger bag. Even on a more streamlined messenger bag, there should be compartments for organizing everything. Messenger bags are roomy enough for your laptop, meeting materials, phone, and chargers.


Yes, our list of best work bags includes backpacks. This is not your middle schooler’s backpack. While using a backpack as a work bag can certainly land at the most casual end of our work bag spectrum, the right leather backpack will take the carrying convenience of a classic backpack and package it in the professional look of a leather messenger or briefcase bag. With plenty of room to securely carry your laptop and all your meeting materials, a quality leather backpack maintains a slim profile and a professional air.

If your profession allows for an even more casual choice of work bags, the waxed canvas backpack should definitely be on your list. Bring your love for the great outdoors into the workplace with a well-made and highly functional commuter backpack. The interior compartments offer the space you need, and the padded shoulder straps mean you can carry this work bag straight from the office to the trail.

No matter your profession, the best work bags are the ones that hold what you need and are made to last. Whether formal or casual, choose a work bag you’ll be proud to carry.


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