The 11 best laptop backpacks to travel with in 2019

School is back in full swing, which means that for anyone who doesn’t have kids or isn’t in college, it’s a great time to travel, too. Whether you’re after the best laptop backpack to carry around campus or a bag that’s a good fit for getting you through the work week and then through a weekend away, you’ll find it here. If you’re not traveling or a student, or a traveling student, and need to carry a backpack for work or a daily commute, there are options here for those, too. I’ve spent countless hours walking city streets, commuting and traveling with these backpacks to see how they hold up and how useful their individual designs and features are. And if you don’t find the best laptop backpack for you in this list, hit the gallery at the end for more options. I will continue to test out new bags, so if you’ve got a favorite that belongs on this list, let me know in the comments. And note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of some of the products in this guide. The Icon backpack is a favorite for its understated style and huge carry capacity (and well-padded shoulder straps to carry it all comfortably)....

This could probably be any of our grandmothers at work. George Grantham Bain Collection [PD], via

This could probably be any of our grandmothers at work. George Grantham Bain Collection [PD], via Wikimedia Commons.In our hackspace, we’ve opened a textile room in the last month. We have high hopes for it as a focal point for cosplayers and LARPers as well as the makers of wearable electronics and more traditional textile users. Putting it in has involved several months of hard work bringing a semi-derelict and previously flooded room that was once the walk-in safe for our local school authority to a point at which it is a light and welcoming space, but a surprising amount of work has also had to go into winning the hearts and minds of our community for the project. Putting it quite simply, textiles aren’t seen as very cool, in hackspace terms. You know, Women’s stuff. Your mother does it, or even maybe if you are a little younger, your grandmother. It’s just not up there with laser cutting or 3D printing, and as a result those of us for whom it’s a big part of making stuff have had to fight its corner when it comes to resources within the space. Yet not so long ago when I brought a pair of worn-out jeans into the space on a social night and hauled out our Lervia sewing machin...