There’s a nasty stereotype when it comes to gamers and gamer culture. People outside of the hobby often think of gamers as people who never leave home and are antisocial. The funny thing is, for most gamers, being a part of the video game hobby is the way we make friends and meet people.

Whether it was heading over to a buddy’s house as a kid to play Nintendo, or packing up your PC to head to a LAN party, games were a way to become social. Today online gaming is a huge business, which means you don’t have to leave your home to play with friends. That doesn’t mean that plenty of people aren’t doing it! So if you need to move your gamer gear with you, for whatever reason, you need some specialized products to do it safely. So I decided to have a look at what’s available for the gamer who wants to take it all with them, no matter how impractical it may be.

USA GEAR Console Carrying Case Compatible with Xbox One and Xbox 360

I’ve written an article dedicated to portable console cases, where you get a carry case with a screen built in. That’s an expensive option meant for people such as active service members who won’t have a TV at their destination. What if you just want a way to take your console with you, so that you can hook it up when you arrive? Perhaps you frequent hotels or take part in events where screens are provided. Regardless, this carry case from USA Gear promises to let you take your Xbox One or Xbox 360 with you in comfort and safety. I’m also reviewing the exact same case for the PS4 Pro/PS4 Slim here. For the most part, what I have to say about the one also applies to the other.

You can get it in black, but for my money the black and green is the option to go for since these are actually the traditional Xbox colors and very on-brand. On the PS4 side, the black and blue gets the same thumbs up from me.

The bag has a very simple layout, with a single retention strap holding your console in place. The console compartment has its own zippered flap, which means when you open the case there’s no chance of your Xbox or PS4 falling out. It’s attractive, elegant, and functional. If I wanted to cart my console around from A to B, this is probably what I’d consider buying first.

Hermitshell Hard EVA Travel Case for Sony PlayStation 4

The company that makes this more rugged PS4-lugging option is called “Hermitshell”, which is, of course, meant to be “Hermit Shell”. I first read it as “Hermit’s Hell”, which is wrong on so many levels.

That naming weirdness aside, this is an EVA case designed to house the PS4 or PS4 Pro. The marketing bumf doesn’t explicitly list the PS4 base model, but it seems plenty of people are using it with the non-pro model of this generation’s most popular console.

The Hermitshell case seems to have space for just about everything, including two DS4s, Move controllers, and six disc pockets for the few people who still buy physical games. The price is absolutely amazing for what you get, although I do think the interior looks a little cheaper than some of the other options. User feedback is positive overall, with some minor complaints of the plastic factory smell you often get with some products from the Far East. Regardless, this is one of the best deals I’ve seen; if this is your budget it’s hard to see a better way to go.

Crazzie Pro GTR Backpack - Carry Your PC Tower

My current computer is actually built with a mini-ITX LAN case. It’s small, compact, and has a built-in handle to make lugging it around pretty easy. That does come with more than a few compromises, though. Not many, but I had to make some performance and feature concessions to get the size and portability I wanted.

If you aren’t willing to buy a gaming laptop or build a mini-ITX system, but still want to lug your tower around easily, Crazzie might have the product for you.

This can take as much as 70 pounds (31 kilograms) of total weight. If your computer and its accessories weigh more than that, you probably should not be carrying it around by hand.

This is essentially a huge, sophisticated backpack that has specialized compartments to store your gaming tower and all the bits and bobs that go with it. It’s the ultimate LAN party tool. I could also see this working for other types of computer pros who need to take their workstations on a plane or something. Still, this is a gaming site so that’s the angle I care about. In terms of dimensions, this has been designed to handle mid-tower cases. That’s going to cover the vast majority of gaming rigs, but do be sure to check the specific dimension on the spec sheet of your case and compare it with the supported size of the bag.

The bag has a military “tactical aesthetic” that will probably appeal to lots of LAN gamers and other nomadic PC gamers. But, personally, it’s not my favorite look. Looks aside, I absolutely love the design and purpose of this backpack; if you need to move your tower PC around all the time, the GTR needs to be on your shortlist.

ASUS Republic of Gamers Nomad Backpack for 17-inch G-Series Notebooks

While a full-on tower case backpack is impressive and very cool, most PC gamers who move around all the time are going to be using gaming laptops, in which case a laptop designed specifically for that purpose is probably the better bet. The Nomad has been designed to work with specific Asus gaming laptops. You’ll find a list of compatible model numbers in the product info. That being said, obviously gaming laptops with a similar shape or size will work just as well.

The Nomad is a little on the pricey side of things, but brings a nice design and some pretty cool features. I am a little worried about a few people complaining about build quality, but they are in the minority so I’d chalk it up to isolated factory faults or abuse of the bag.

The main compartment is designed for laptops up to 17” and is suspended in the bag so that dropping it or putting it down on a hard surface won’t mash the laptop directly against the floor.

The shoulder straps have extra padding to make up for the extra weight of these big gaming laptops. It’s also ventilated to prevent sweat buildup between your back and the bag. While it takes care of its main purpose well enough, I mostly like the fact that every common gaming peripheral that you’d want to lug along has its own dedicated space. So you have a secure spot for your gaming keyboard, mouse, and everything else.

The backpack is also water resistant, which is non-negotiable when it’s filled with the electronic equivalent of your life savings. It’s a great choice for the laptop gamer on the go.

PDP Nintendo Switch System Backpack Elite Edition

I’ve already covered cases for the Nintendo Switch in another article, but this is a product with a different purpose. For handheld gaming purposes, you can throw the Switch into any old bag. This backpack is designed to transport your entire Switch system, minus the dock. You can take your AC adapter, Pro Controller, and everything else you need, with a dedicated space for each item.

It also has space for you to put a 15” laptop, so it’s not just meant for Switch transport but dedicated Switch pockets make it a fantastic product for the Nintendo fan. It’s officially licenced and I have to say I love the styling. It’s a simple, no-nonsense backpack that will serve well as a work laptop and Switch console combo carrier. If you’re all about Mario and Zelda, what more could you want?

ROCCAT Tusko Flat Screen Bag

Having a bag to carry your big PC tower case is cool and all, but what about your screen? It’s arguably the most fragile component and, unlike many LAN cases, they don’t generally come with handles. That’s why this monitor carry bag from Roccat is a work of pure genius. You can use it for just about any monitor between 20 and 24 inches and it also has a place to strap your keyboard and store your mouse, along with a few cables. If your screen’s power brick is small enough, I bet you could even fit it into one of the four compartments.

The only real downside here is that this does not yet come in a 27” variant and you can forget about using an ultrawide screen with it. I feel that 27” is becoming the norm these days, but for LAN gamers on the move, a 24” screen makes sense in many ways.

If you have an all-in-one computer, it can even carry that! That is, if the total size of the machine is still within spec. Kudos to Roccat for making a product whose time has come, and at a price that wouldn’t make most people think twice.

Bonvince 18.4" Laptop Backpack

The premium gaming laptop segment is dominated by 17.3” machines, but there is a mythical class of laptop that goes even further, hitting a massive 18.4” in screen size. If you are crazy enough to own such a machine, where can you put it? This pack from Bonvince is the answer and has been designed specifically for the handful of 18” gaming laptops on the market.

As you might expect, this is one capacious bag that provides ample opportunity to integrate umpteen little bags, slots, and compartments. It’s big, durable, and has a limited lifetime warranty. It’s also one of the only bags I could find for those top-tier monsters, so it’s a good thing it doesn’t suck and is very reasonably priced.

ASUS Republic of Gamers Messenger Bag

The Asus ROG brand is pretty well-known and respected in the gaming world. They make some of the best gaming laptops and components out there. At a price, of course. So perhaps this messenger bag is best for people who want something to match the 15.6” ROG gaming laptop they’ve bought. Personally, I would not feel obligated to have a matching laptop if the bag is awesome. So, is it?

In terms of styling, I’m on-board with it. It’s not too audacious, while clearly being a gamer-oriented item. It’s got all the pockets and cubbies you need to store a laptop and all its accessories. The straps are made from a quick-drying material and have ergonomic padding to make it comfortable to walk around with. The quick-drying bit is important, since the bag’s material is water-resistant Gucci polyester. Gucci! That’s pretty fancy, y’all.

Overall, this is a very nice bag, but there are some troubling user reviews saying that it ripped after a year or so. Take that with a pinch of salt though. I’ve ripped my fair share of messenger bags because I overloaded them. There doesn’t seem to be enough mention of build quality issues to turn this into a pattern.