Stash your gear in style, with our selection of essential commuter bags for work and play.
So you’re catching the train to work. Or maybe you’re hopping on the red-eye flight to Cape Town, or working off-site, or just walking up the stairs to your desk in that open-plan dreamland you call the office. Whatever you’re doing, you’re going to need a commuter bag to carry all your gear safely to and from home to work.
We’ve hand-picked seven types of bags, with recommendations for each. Like all good things, they’re available from retailers across the RCS shopping network… and they’ll even provide a safe place for you to store your RCS Card!
THE CLASSIC COMPACT LAPTOP BAG
Modern laptops are thin and fast – unlike the fat, clunky units of olden times. The bag you use should follow the same slim-line approach. The Manhattan Berlin notebook computer messenger sling bag (R480.07, Makro) does just that, with a padded computer compartment offering bump protection, and a top-load configuration allowing for easy access. It’s light, strong and easy to carry. And if your life is stored on your laptop, that’s exactly what you’re looking for.
THE BODY-HUGGING NOTEBOOK BAG
By “body-hugging”, we mean it’s so slim that it hugs the body of your laptop (up to 17 inches), in a tight-fitting, elasticated setup that somehow manages to squeeze in stowing space for hideaway handles. The Everki Commute 17.3” notebook carrying case (R239.40, Makro) is the bag you’ll want to store inside another bag… only to discover you don’t actually need to.
THE TECHIE GEEK BAG
The GRID-IT! Gramercy sling bag (R299, Cape Union Mart) is a single-strap vertical messenger bag that holds a 10-inch tablet on the inside, with a special system offering optimal storage organisation. The special smartphone compartment on the outside is the bit we like best: it saves you the pain of having to dig through a billion pockets whenever you get a call.
THE POCKET PROTECTOR
Mind you, sometimes a billion pockets aren’t such a bad thing. The Adidas Originals backpack patch (R699, Superbalist) is a stylish, two-strap solution to your too-much-to-carry problems. It looks like the backpack version of a trendy puffer jacket, and its breathable mesh back makes it super comfy to carry.
THE OLD SCHOOL BACKPACK
There’s a timeless quality to the ol’ two-strapper backpack: it’s simple, it’s effective, and it does a fine job of helping you carry schoolbooks, laptop, lunchbox, product samples or whatever else you need to lug around. The grey and black Vans Old Skool II (R449, Superbalist) is the sturdy, timeless piece you’ll want on your back this year.
THE CANVAS MESSENGER
Classic. Stylish. Effortlessly cool. Gets the job done. But enough about you; let’s talk about this urban-inspired canvas messenger bag (R199, Old Khaki). At 28cm wide and 25cm long, it’s perfectly sized to handle A4 notebooks, tablets and whatever else you’re packing. The fold-over flap and adjustable strap, combined with the durable canvas fabric, make this the handbag/manbag you’ll be toting for all of 2017.
THE LEATHER MESSENGER
For a stylish step up from the utilitarian canvas option, go for a faux leather Beaz messenger bag from Aldo (R899, Superbalist). It ain’t cheap – but it ain’t supposed to be. It’s the take-anywhere, carry-anything commuter bag that you take with you to larney meetings where you want to show the world that you mean business.
CARRY IT OFF!
* Prices were correct at time of publication, and are subject to change.