How do I know what size laptop bag to buy?
This is perhaps the most important thing to consider as many bags are only designed to fit up to a certain size. A standard Mac ( the MacBook Air or Pro) is around 13 inches whereas other laptops from brands like Hp tend to be larger.
You can either find out how big your laptop is by googling the model or you can take a tape measure to it and find out that way. Ideally, it’s always good to have half an inch on either side, so your bag isn’t holding your laptop too tightly.
You’ve also got to consider that your laptop should be in a protective sleeve and this may add half an inch to the overall measurements.
Where can I buy a laptop bag?
If you’re shopping in-store then places like Currys, John Lewis, and Argos will offer the best choice, however, if you really want to see what’s available, we recommend shopping online. You’ll get far more choice, and you can find brands that specialise in luggage such as Samsonite and Wenger.
Other online shops include ASOS, Amazon, Harrods, House of Fraiser, Fossil, Peak Design, the Hp shop and the Apple store.
What is a checkpoint-friendly laptop bag?
For a bag to be checkpoint friendly, it must have a designated laptop section that is easy to see in plain sight. It can not have pockets on the inside or outside of the laptop section and can not include any metal on it such as a belt, buckle or zip.
The laptop section can’t be blocked from the X-ray, and so a travel-friendly bag will most likely include the feature where it can spread out, so the contents of the bag are clean and open. Think like a whole unfolding into two halves or a butterfly wing.
When you’re looking for a new bag, check to see if it’s TSA approved. If you’re worried that your bag doesn’t comply, then it may be just as easy to put your laptop into a protective sleeve and place it separately in the tray at the checkpoint.
Can laptop bags be washed?
While some may be machine washable, it’s unlikely, and more often the case that the bag can be washed by hand.
Use a delicate colour-friendly detergent on a warm sponge or an old toothbrush and gently scrub the area unlike the stain has faded. Be sure to rinse off the residue as well so as not to leave a watermark.