Travel essentials: Laptop sleeves

Protect your laptop from knocks, scratches and water – wherever it may be.

Slappa Aura laptop sleeve

Ballistic nylon was developed during the Second World War to protect soldiers from shrapnel. While it was only partially successful at stopping shards of molten metal, the material has gone on to become a staple for making everything from luggage to motorcycle jackets because it has proven to be so tough. This sleeve, made from ballistic nylon, is water resistant and difficult to tear. It is available in two sizes (15.4" and 17") from, and costs US$32.10 (Dh118), plus shipping.

Crumpler the Skivvy laptop messenger bag

It may be called a bag, but this is more like a laptop sleeve with an adjustable strap. It has a simple design with an expandable main compartment, plenty of padding and a zip-fastened pouch for a mouse and power-supply cables. The rip-stock material is strong and waterproof, and the bag comes with a lifetime warranty. It is available in a variety of two-tone colours. Available from and priced from $70 (Dh257), plus shipping.

Eagle Creek Protect-It laptop sleeve

With retractable handles and D-rings for a shoulder strap, this suave sleeve can also be used as a bag. Because it conforms to US Transport Security Administration screening requirements, you don't have to remove your laptop during airport security checks. The sleeve comes in various patterns and colours, including black and textured red. It is available from From $22.45 (Dh82), plus shipping.

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