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Finding your soul bag doesn’t have to be hard, but there are some things you should first consider. Take a look at your lifestyle and priorities. What type of computer do you have? Is this for work, school, casual outings, or a combination? Are you seeking durability, or a stylish bag that can go from day to night?

If you’re just starting off and looking for a simple laptop bag to get you from point A to point B, Amazon is a good place to get your feet wet. They offer a huge selection that can be narrowed down to help find just what you’re looking for. Even if this isn’t where you make your purchase, it’s a low-pressure way to get a better idea of what you want and what you need. You may find something you’d never even considered before! A few years ago, I’d never even heard of a laptop backpack. I would just cram my laptop into a book bag and drag it around campus, unaware that there were bags specifically designed for laptops to offer protection from the elements (and a few hard drops).

As you continue your search, you’ll find that the more specific you are about your needs, the better results you’ll find. If you get attached to a MacBook pro bag but are the proud owner of a 15.6″ HP laptop, your relationship is doomed before it begins. Often times, you can conduct your search using your specific brand of laptop. Not only will this ensure that you find something that fits your computer, but it may offer other features that you never knew you wanted. For example, you may not have thought to search for a bag that offers a velcro strap to hold your laptop in place within the bag, but you could come to find that it’s something you just can’t live without.

Other factors to consider are how you plan to carry your bag. While a laptop backpack is an easy way to go hands-free, those with bad backs or sore shoulders may be in search of an alternative. My personal favorite is a messenger bag. This allows the weight to be distributed more evenly across the body without pulling the wearer backwards. However, if you prefer to have a bag that you can quickly sling over your shoulder or grab and go, a more traditional case or a briefcase style may be just what you’re after.

If you have a resilient laptop such as an ASUS Chromebook that can withstand a little rain and a few bumps, you may opt for style over sturdiness when selecting a Chromebook bag. This may lead you to the magical crafting world of Etsy. On Etsy, you’ll only be limited by your imagination. If you can’t find exactly what your heart desires, a polite note to a seller may allow you to request the custom bag of your dreams.

While it can be fun to go through the various options Etsy has to offer, one unfortunate reality is that the extravagant choices can also come with an extravagant price tag. The majority of Etsy sellers make their items by hand and, as a result, charge prices that account for both cost of materials as well as time required to make the products. If price is a major factor, Amazon may be a better fit, as the items tend to be more budget-friendly due to being mass-produced. To help protect your wallet (and your heart) when shopping, decide on a price limit before starting your search, then set your filter to only show options within your price range. This can help prevent falling in love with a bag that was never meant to be.

Making a commitment to something as important as a bag that carries and protects your laptop may seem like a daunting task, but with the right planning and strategy, you can find your one true soul bag out there, just waiting for you and your happily ever after.