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Filmmakers can’t always afford (and may not feel comfortable) having someone haul around their stuff on set. Putting together a film can be a grueling process, and for creatives who don’t have a personal assistant, finding the perfect bag to store your laptop, scripts, editing software, a tripod holder, padded compartments to protect your gadgets and other electronics, cables, and any other necessities that you might need on set, involves a bit of creativity.
Because there’s no standard laptop carrying case made specifically for filmmakers, there are lots of options to choose from when it comes to a versatile, functional bag, or backpack. Your laptop bag can double as a hiking backpack, or a bag for school, and even carry-on luggage.
Being a filmmaker sometimes means wearing different hats on set, and braving a myriad of outside elements and shaky terrain, just to get that perfect shot. It can also mean holding down a day job until your passion project takes flight. Whatever the case, we put together a list of laptop bags and backpacks that are great for filmmakers.
Whether you’re a student filmmaker, or a seasoned pro, this selection runs the gamut in style, and pricing. See below for our list of the best laptop bags, and backpacks.
This three-in-one convertible laptop case can be used as a backpack or briefcase, and it has a trolly strap to secure the bag to your luggage. The Modoker bag fits laptops up to 17.8 inches and includes padded pockets to keep your electronics safe and secure. It also has a USB charge port for your smart phone and other devices, plus lockable zippers, and it’s made from durable materials.
The Case Logic Camera and Laptop Backpack features a bunch of compartments to hold anything from a small tripod to camera lenses. There’s a computer compartment that fits 16-inch standard laptops, and up to 17 inches for MacBook Pro. The backpack is made from nylon with a waterproof base, and memory foam interior.
If tactical bags are more your style, the multifunctional 5.11 Tactical Sidestrip Briefcase is a textured nylon bag that can carry your laptop, and store an array of other essentials. Featuring molded handles and a removable shoulder strap, this shoulder bag boasts a roomy main compartment for a 15-inch laptop, and expandable side pockets.
The multifunctional Adventure Bag from Shimoda has easily accessible compartments on the rear and sides. The adjustable torso height makes it suitable for adults of different heights, plus it’s waterproof, sturdy, and can withstand the rain, mud, and a range of camera lenses.
For the student filmmaker on a budget, this multi-purpose starter bag is moderately priced and well worth it. The backpack fits laptops up to 17 inches long, and comes equipped with ample storage compartments, a USB charging port, a luggage strap, and more.
Vanguard’s Alta Sky bag is more set up for your photography needs, but it also fits up to a 15-inch laptop, an iPad or another tablet brand, smart phones, and has tons of other device storage. And if you’re planning on traveling, it converts into two small carry-on bags.
If you’re going for a sleeker design, Herschel’s Tech Backpack is a modern, on-the-go style created with the tech-savvy in mind. The bag features a luggage trolley sleeve, three main compartments are outfitted with a variety of organizers for devices and in-flight essentials.