Best Business Briefcases for Travel – 2020

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The changes to the way we travel in 2020 have had a tremendous impact on the style and the function of the Business Travel Briefcase. Fortunately for us, several forward-thinking designers have taken advantage of the opportunity and provided us with a wide selection of travel briefcases and travel briefcase accessories.

Business Travel Gadgets also recognizes that more and more women are taking their rightful place in the world of traveling business executives than ever before. This has helped to shape the look of today’s travel briefcase as well.

Let’s take a look at some of the features that Business Travel Gadgets uses to evaluate the business travel briefcase. Each of these qualities is examined and BTG combines these with customer feedback to determine our Top 10 Business Travel Briefcases:

Durability – Travel accessories are nothing if they are not durable. Business travel briefcases need to stand up to the rigors of daily use, continual opening and closing, accessing pockets and compartments and being shoved in the overhead or crammed in the trunk.

Quality stitching on a Business Travel BriefcaseQuality Materials – The craftsmanship and the quality of the materials used to manufacture the briefcase are essential to the lasting nature of the accessory. Here are a few tips to make a quick assessment of the unit’s durability chances:

Look for quality zippers: Briefcase zippers should be metal and not plastic. Metal, of course, is more durable and the zipper should run smoothly across its length, particularly at both ends. Zippers that hang or feel uneven could be problematic. When purchasing online, note the zipper material and look for photos of the zipper opened and closed.

Quality stitching is a must: Closely examine the stitching on your new briefcase. Look for frayed or uneven stitching, ensure that the ends of the stitch are tucked into the material and not visible.  Check to see that the actual threads of the stitching look robust and strong.

Business Travel Briefcase - Business Travel GadgetsAreas that are frequently accessed or are expected to carry heavier objects should have reinforced stitching.  The additional stitching provides protection for these vulnerable areas of the bag and should appear much thicker than the standard stitches.

The Bostanten Leather Briefcase pictured to the right exemplifies workmanship.  Bostanten boasts that “Our factory has 30 years of production experience and exquisite workmanship, aiming to create high-quality products” and their product shows the first-class results of their work.

BTG reviews our recommended products thoroughly and we have read the reviews regarding the quality of this product.  All in all, we have not observed the workmanship problems outlined in these reviews and highly recommend the product.

Product ImageProduct NameRatingPrice Rank
Knomo Luggage Women's Hanover Briefcase

Best Short Trip Business Briefcase for Women


5 out of 5 stars
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Roosevelt by Buffalo Jackson

Best Classic Style Leather Business Briefcase


4 out of 5 Stars
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Samsonite Classic Business 3 Gusset Business Case

Best Business Travel Briefcase for those who need space


4.3 out of 5 Stars
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AmazonBasics Rolling Bag Laptop Computer Case

Best Value Rolling Business Travel Briefcase


4.4 out of 5 Stars
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Texbo Men's Genuine Leather Business Trip Briefcase

Best Business Travel Briefcase for the Compartment Lover


4.5 out of 5 Stars
$$
Wowbox Messenger Satchel Bag for Men and Women

Best Craftsmanship in a Business Travel Briefcase


4.5 out of 5 Stars
$
Alpine Swiss Expandable Leather Attache Briefcase

Best Business Travel Briefcase with Traditional Briefcase Style


4 out of 5 Stars
$$
KROSER 18" Laptop Bag Premium Laptop Briefcase

Best Travel Briefcase for Storing and Transporting Larger Laptops


4.8 out of 5 stars
$
Ytonet Travel Briefcase with Organizer

Best Value in a Business Travel Briefcase


4.6 out of 5 Stars
$
YOGCI Laptop Bag Tote Messenger Bag

Best Business Travel Briefcase per Customer Rating


5 out of 5 stars
$$

More on “What to look for in a Quality Briefcase”

Organizer – A solid business travel briefcase should have some personality and the best way to accomplish that is lots of pockets and sections for organization.  Clearly a modern briefcase should be designed to transport a laptop in addition to documents, files, and literature.

An organization friendly briefcase should offer storage areas for travel documents that allow for easy access when needed during the transportation phase of your travel.

Security – It’s an unfortunate reality in today’s travel environment that security is essential.  Nothing is more violating and disruptive than having valuable business information or equipment stolen or damaged.

Piece of mind is also an invaluable asset when traveling, for that reason security should be one of the features everyone should seek in a business travel briefcase.

Storage – When evaluating a business travel briefcase, the amount of storage space may be a personal choice.  Your need for more or less storage space will greatly depend on the belongings that you will travel with and the amount you need to have immediately on hand.


Knomo Luggage Women’s Hanover Briefcase

Best Short Trip Business Briefcase for Women

This super light-weight gem from Knomo should be at the top of your wish list. Weighing in comfortably under 2 pounds (1.76 lbs to be exact) there is no need to use the detachable shoulder strap for most trips.

But the strap is there if you need it.  We designated this briefcase as a “short trip” top recommendation because you will love how this bag feels as you hustle from meeting to meeting, but it may not give you the storage needed for an extended stay away from the office.

The pleated pockets will expand for more storage space and your smaller devices such as a ThinkPad or tablet will fit nicely inside.  This unit is also equipped with an RFID protected pocket for added security.  The RFID blocking material prevents your personal information from being stolen by electronic pick-pocketers.

The outside pockets make for easy access to facilitate retrieval of your essential electronics and travel documents are at your fingertips.  And all of this functionality does not distract from the classic styling that this bag offers, this is a must-have travel accessory.

This briefcase is constructed with water-resistant twill nylon with luxurious full-grain leather touchpoints for an amazing look.  The Knomo fits up to a 14″ device and is perfect for today’s compact laptops.

Best Features of the Knomo Luggage Women’s Briefcase

  • The light-weight design makes this the perfect “grab the laptop and go” bag.
  • Room enough for a 14″ devices, a few important files, Granola bar, and phone charger.
  • Detachable shoulder strap and thin comfortable carry handle.
  • Product dimensions: 10H x 14W x 1.6D (inches)
  • Business functionality and regal style wrapped up into one small package.

“Authentic product with a unique color. Love it!” mentions one user and another highlights the “slim not bulky” design of the Knomo briefcase. This briefcase is a must-have accessory when you need your laptop and a few essential items. You will get classic styling together with today’s functionality in this unit.

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Roosevelt by Buffalo Jackson Leather Bag

Best Classic Style Leather Business Briefcase

This briefcase has “rugged” built right into it and the Roosevelt Buffalo Briefcase lives up to that standard.  The makers at Buffalo Jackson designed this bag to last beyond one generation and the heavy-duty construction will be evident the moment you receive the briefcase.

This stylish business briefcase holds up to a 15″ laptop and all the files and folders you can possibly need on an extended business trip.  This bag is spacious and is capable of carrying the laptop, files, folders, an extra jacket, and more.

Made using the finest leather with genuine brass and iron hardware, you will stand out from the crowd and still have the most functional travel accessory on the market.

Buffalo Jackson Trading Co. holds onto the values and traditions that made western style leather products a staple in the early days of this country.  The quality that goes into each of the company’s products today, keep that same heritage of excellence.

Best Features of the Buffalo Jackson Briefcase Bag

  • 2 inch wide adjustable and padded leather strap.
  •  Interior Pockets are canvas lined and hold 13,14 or 15″ laptop.
  • These perfect briefcase bags are handcrafted.
  • Exterior zippered pocket, Open pockets for travel docs and exterior buckled pockets.

Buffalo Jackson expects that this product will stay in your family for generations.  The unit offers the right combination of segmented inner compartments along with convenient exterior buckled pockets for added security.

As we read through the reviews for this product we took note that a couple of buyers suggested that the buckles may be a bit cumbersome, please keep that in mind as you shop for your new briefcase.

The rugged style and old fashioned look of this bag comes with the price of opening the time-honored buckles for the leather exterior pockets but with practice, you will master them, a thief, however, may think twice.

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Samsonite Classic Business 3 Gusset Business Case

Best Business Travel Briefcase for those who need space

From the luggage experts, Samsonite comes to this briefcase loaded with compartments.  This unit can hold all of your essentials and more.  The timeless classic design of this briefcase makes it a good fit for any business trip or high-level meeting.

This briefcase is perfect for the daily commute or the occasional trip out of town.  Place your items in this bag with confidence, confidence that your laptop will arrive in one piece and confidence that you will not break your strap mid-trip.

The Samsonite Classic Three Gusset bag is top loaded and made from durable ballistic nylon. The SmartPocket slides over upright handles for easy mobility and worry-free transport of the briefcase and it’s contents. Honestly, BTG was stunned at the price point for this Briefcase and strongly considered giving this bag a “best value” rating, but the size was the best feature of this case.

Best Features of the Samsonite 3 Gusset Briefcase

  • Removable shoulder strap
  • Open top pockets to hold laptop accessories and peripherals
  • Zippered mesh pockets to hold cords and cables and an organizer with pen sleeves
  • This case has card slots and pockets to hold all types of small accessories.

As we have mentioned before, the name Samsonite is synonymous with quality and synonymous with luggage, so when you purchase this briefcase, you can expect the same level of superior workmanship that goes into every Samsonite product.

This briefcase has received over 1,350 reviews with more than 75% giving the briefcase a 5-star rating.  Think about that for a minute, over 1,000 highly satisfied customers who thought enough of this product to give a review.  Just think about that.

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Amazon Basics Rolling Bag Laptop Computer Case

Best Value Rolling Business Travel Briefcase

Perfect for any business traveler, the Amazon Basics rolling briefcase brings quality craftsmanship to an affordable price.  There are no secrets with this product, AmazonBasics has packed as much quality as it can into a reasonably priced product.

Whether you are jetting off to your next business convention or hurrying from one business meeting to the next the rolling laptop case allows you to arrive in style with everything you need comfortably close at hand.

This rolling briefcase has over 3,300 reviews and maintains a 72% 5-star rating.  The product is designed to be a reliable product and will last a long time when handled properly.  BTG makes it clear that this bag is not designed for aggressive conditions and should not be expected to do so.

Best Features of the Amazon Basics Briefcase

  • Removable shoulder strap
  • Open top pockets to hold laptop accessories and peripherals
  • Zippered mesh pockets to hold cords and cables and an organizer with pen sleeves
  • This case has card slots and pockets to hold all types of small accessories.
  • Designed to protect laptops with up to 15.6-inch screens.

This bag is versatile and remarkably reliable for such a low price point.  If you are looking for a decent bag for your money, this is quite likely the bad you are looking for. The bag offers a solid design for organizing your smaller items and makes them highly accessible via the front zipper pouch.

As always we will not dismiss the negative reviews for any given product and this bag does have reviews that question it’s quality, but we diagnose such reviews carefully and believe that this bag will hold up with proper treatment.  Some positive reviewers have stated that the bag will last well beyond a year’s worth of daily use, so please take note of the available information when purchasing.

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Texbo Men’s Genuine Leather Business Trip Briefcase

Best Business Travel Briefcase for the Compartment Lover

This is a beast of a briefcase and I mean that in the most complimentary of ways. If you are looking for a “take everything with you” type of briefcase, then you need to look into the Texbo Business Briefcase.

The Texbo Travel Briefcase features 3 front zipper pockets designed to fit your small belongings and keep them readily accessible, glasses, wallet, credit cards, passport and more, right at your fingertips.

The main compartment can fit up to 17.3” laptop, although we always caution those with larger laptops that they can vary in size. Alpine claims the padded laptop compartment fit a 16-inch laptop, but again, use caution and measure.  The front and interior pockets provide for the organization of all your business necessities like Ipad, Books, Glasses, Phone, wallet, and clothes for short business trips.

Best Features of the Texbo Men’s Genuine Leather Business Trip Briefcase

  • The light-weight design makes this the perfect “grab the laptop and go” bag.
  • Room enough for a 14″ devices, a few important files, Granola bar, and phone charger.
  • Detachable shoulder strap and thin comfortable carry handle.
  • Product dimensions: 10H x 14W x 1.6D (inches)
  • Business functionality and regal style wrapped up into one small package.

The reviewer who love this bag, love it in a big way.  As we mentioned this is a compartment lovers dream.  If organization is your thing then this is the bag for you. One thorough review did mention that the bad could use some additional internal padding, but padding takes space so the choice is yours.

We found the bag to be well made and very functional.  It is not the highest tech bag on the market and neither is it the most stylish, but the Alpine does get the job done and can be your travel companion for a long time.

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Wowbox Messenger Satchel Bag for Men and Women

Best Craftsmanship in a Business Travel Briefcase

This travel briefcase brings modern technology to a vintage look and the result is well… “Fabulous”

Sorry, but I couldn’t think of a more appropriate word to describe the look that this bag brings to the table if you are looking to stand out from the crowd, I would consider this briefcase.

This satchel styled carry bag is made of superior-top cowhide and the most rugged heavy canvas fabric of any bag in our lineup. Add the sturdy hardware and this travel briefcase has the moxie to last you a very long time. Described as a retro-looking crossbody bag with a classic unisex style the Wowbox briefcase breathes fashion, plain and simple.

Best Features of the Wowbox Messenger Satchel Bag for Men and Women

  • The light-weight design makes this the perfect “grab the laptop and go” bag.
  • Room enough for a 14″ devices, a few important files, Granola bar, and phone charger.
  • Detachable shoulder strap and thin comfortable carry handle.
  • Product dimensions: 10H x 14W x 1.6D (inches)
  • Business functionality and regal style wrapped up into one small package.

This stylish bag is not without function though and you will need to deal with those pesky belt buckles, but as we have pointed out in the past, the buckles do add a low tech level of security.

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Alpine Swiss Expandable Leather Attache Briefcase

Best Business Travel Briefcase with Traditional Briefcase Style

When you are looking for a briefcase that looks like a briefcase and still features the latest in quality craftsmanship, the Alpine meets your needs.

We must admit that Business Travel Gadgets has a soft spot for traditional designs and we felt that this Alpine Swiss briefcase deserved a spot in the Top 10.  Let’s start with the dual combination locks on the front of the unit.  You cannot get better security for your valuable then these locks which can be individually set to will keep your personal belongings more secure than ever before.

Next, we need to mention the DURABLE QUALITY built into the Alpine Swiss. The exterior of this unit is crafted from quality genuine leather which provides a refined and sophisticated look that is unmatched and the fine black leather is accented by durable silver hardware. This briefcase is equipped with four protective metal feet at the bottom of the case to keep it elevated to prevent fast wear and tears from typical travel and handling.

Best Features of the Alpine Swiss Expandable Leather Attache Briefcase

  • Comes with 1-year Alpine Swiss manufacturer’s warranty against defects
  • The interior organizer features an expanding folder section and a cellphone pocket.
  • Carrying top handle is sturdy and comfortable and four metal feet protect the bottom.
  • Product dimensions: 19 inches  x 14 inches x 4 inches
  • Traditional Business look and functionality will make an impression wherever you go.

As our first bullet point states, Alpine stands behind this briefcase with a 1-year warranty against any defect, so purchase this briefcase with confidence.  BTG always recommends that you check out the reviews for any given product and this unit does have quality-related negative reviews, but it has just as many positive reviews and a 1-year warranty. So we do recommend the briefcase.

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KROSER 18″ Laptop Bag Premium Laptop Briefcase

Best Travel Briefcase for Storing and Transporting Larger Laptops

Business Travel Gadgets is strongly considering this business travel briefcase for a more prominent spot in our review.  This Kroser briefcase has received a 5-star rating from over 82% of the people who rated this product.

This Premium Laptop Briefcase has a perfect combination of style and functionality with its environment-friendly canvas poly fabric, the unit is durable and water-repellent.  You may recall from our business travel briefcase introduction that we look for a combination of quality craftsmanship, storage space, organization and safety, and security as the main components of a great business travel briefcase, this bag has all of those components.

Best Features of the KROSER 18″ Laptop Bag Premium Laptop Briefcase

  • Padded laptop compartment protects from accidental bumps and shocks.
  • The interior organizer features an expanding folder section and a cellphone pocket.
  • Carrying top handle is sturdy and comfortable and four metal feet protect the bottom.
  • Product Dimensions: 18”x12.8”x7.5”/9.5”; Weight:2.88LBS.
  • Traditional Business look and functionality will make an impression wherever you go.

This unit is built to last with a sturdy handle, quality metal accessories, large ani-skip shoulder strap, and well-crafted zippers.  The three major compartments will accommodate even the pickiest of organizers; this unit includes two front zipped pockets with internal organizing sections and the rear pocket contains an additional zipped private pocket for added security.

The roomy main compartment includes a padded laptop compartment that offers protection from accidental bumps and shocks. It also provides expandable capacity via an expansion zipper that will extend the main compartment space to accommodate your clothing, files or additional electronics.

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Ytonet Expandable Large Hybrid Shoulder Laptop Bag

Best Value in a Business Travel Briefcase

BTG very often gets asked to review a briefcase that provides the best value for a traveler’s dollar and we believe that the Ytonet is that briefcase.

Priced at just under $30 at the time of this posting, the Ytonet business travel briefcase offers many of the same features that you will find in much more expensive bags.

Best Features of the Ytonet Expandable Large Hybrid Shoulder Laptop Bag

  • Padded laptop compartment protects from accidental bumps and shocks.
  • The interior organizer features an expanding folder section and a cellphone pocket.
  • Carrying top handle is sturdy and comfortable and four metal feet protect the bottom.
  • Product Dimensions: 18”x12.8”x7.5”/9.5”; Weight:2.88LBS.
  • Traditional Business look and functionality will make an impression wherever you go.

“A surprisingly wonderful upgrade from my old favorite bag.” was how one reviewer described the Ytonet briefcase.  And this reviewer along with over 1,600 additional buyers who rated the unit, gave this bag a 5-star rating.

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YOGCI Leather Briefcase for Men

Best Business Travel Briefcase per Customer Rating

We cannot help but be a fan of the leather briefcase, they may be a bit more difficult to take care of, but with a little effort these briefcases can last for a very long time.

We would like to introduce you to the Yogci Leather Briefcase and all of the many features that this bag has to offer. Let’s start with the dimensions:17.5″L x 6″ W x 12″H and weighing in at about 3.3 lbs, making the Yogci leather briefcase a sizable bag ready to accommodate a trip worth of stuff.  The briefcase includes 3 sizable front pockets and 3 roomy main compartments, one designed to hold a 15+” laptop.

This briefcase comes with the standard options for carrying to Included an adjustable and detachable shoulder strap and handle for flexible usage as a laptop bag, messenger bag, shoulder bag or as a standard briefcase.  This unit is also designed to be carried with your rolling luggage while securely attached using the built-in handle strap.

Best Features of the YOGCI Leather Briefcase for Men

  • Made of full-grain leather imported from Italy and handcrafted.
  • Three amazing colors: Napa Leather Brown, Napa Leather Black, and Crazy Horse Brown.
  • Carrying top handle is sturdy and comfortable and four metal feet protect the bottom.
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5″ L x 6″ W x 12″ H; Weight:3.3 LBS.
  • Traditional Business look and functionality will make an impression wherever you go.

At the time of this posting, the Yogci Leather Briefcase had been reviewed by 14 users and as we all know people are more likely to review an item if they are dissatisfied with the product.  This briefcase, however, has fourteen 5-star reviews.  You read that correctly, everyone that has submitted a review for this product, gave it 5-stars.

The most frequently used word in those 14 reviews is “beautiful” and BTG agrees that this is a very attractive piece of luggage.


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