Computers, Holsters, Tablets

Top Tips on How to Carry a Tablet (and Protect it)

Whether you are packing your tablet for a long car ride, a cross-country flight, or perhaps even just to school or work, you want to make sure that the device is kept safe while in transit. After all, popular tablets like the Apple iPad and the Samsung Galaxy Tab are pricey and gorgeous pieces of hardware, and you want to make sure they don’t get bumped around, scuffed up, scratched, cracked, or otherwise damaged.

The problem is, tablets aren’t as easy to carry around as smartphones. While you can just tuck your phone into a pocket, tablets are a bit more unwieldy. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of tips on how to carry a tablet safely from point A to point B.

1. Invest in a case and screen protector

Your iPad is going to look amazing when you pull it out of the box for the first time—so amazing that you might feel tempted to not cover it up with a case or screen protector. But your tablet is not going to look amazing if the screen gets cracked or scratched, or if you drop the device and damage the internal components. Buying a case will protect your tablet from bumps and drops and minimize damage, while a screen protector will deflect scratches, scuffs, and cracks. Both are fully worth your investment.

Given the popularity of tablets from the likes of Apple and Samsung, you’ll have a wide range of case options available—in varying styles, levels of protection, and price ranges. The iXCC shockproof silicone case is a good option for iPad models—as evidenced by the near-perfect Amazon customer review rating—but you can find a plethora of products just by searching for your device model followed by the words “case” or “screen protector” on Amazon.

2. Stow it in a purse, messenger bag, or briefcase

Even once you’ve bought a protective case for your tablet, you won’t exactly want to just walk around with it in your hand. It’s better to protect your iPad or Galaxy Tab with a case and screen protector, and then stow it in a bag or purse. Women have an advantage here, just because tablets can generally fit snugly in purses—even when housed in heavy-duty cases! Still, there are other options available, from messenger bags to backpacks to briefcases. A nice one is the CaseCrown North Messanger Bag.

Ideally, your chosen bag will have a specific pocket where you can store your tablet, so it isn’t just bouncing around loose with all of your other stuff. Think of your tablet a bit like you would think of your laptop. You wouldn’t just toss your laptop unsecured into a bag and hope for it to make the journey safely. Rather, you’d want to strap it down or slip it snugly into a spot in the bag where it wouldn’t move around a lot. Keep these ideas in mind as you shop for a bag, and maybe even bring your tablet along for the shopping trip to make sure you find something that works.

3. Try a tablet shoulder holster

Storing your tablet in a purse works great in just about any scenario, but tucking it inside a backpack or messenger bag only make much sense if you have other items you are carrying around with you. For instance, if you are traveling for business, your briefcase could also include your laptop, paperwork and files, some reading material for the trip, and other essentials packed alongside your tablet. Or, if you are going to class and want to pack your tablet, it would go into your backpack along with textbooks, notebooks, pencils, pens, and other school supplies.

If you really only want to take along your tablet, though, these bigger bags aren’t really the most logical or convenient option. That’s where e-Holster comes in. We’ve developed a tablet shoulder holster that allows you to easily wear and protect your tablet under your left arm. The design is perfect for anyone who wants to carry their tablet in a backpack-style fashion without all of the added bulk and weight that a backpack generally brings.

The e-Holster tablet shoulder holster is also perfect for keeping your tablet close and accessible. The tablet slides in and out of the holster from the front, and can be secured using Velcro. This design makes it easy to access your tablet at any time, while extra pouches for your smartphone and other belongings—cash, a driver’s license or passport, etc.—make the shoulder holster even more versatile. Best of all, most tablets on the market will fit into this protective holster, from the iPad to the Galaxy Tab to the Amazon Kindle and beyond.

4. Tablet sleeves are a great solution

Tablet sleeves are a simple way to carry and protect your iPad. There are thousands of them out there from simple neoprene iPad sleeves to handmade leather sleeves, and everything in between. The Evecase iPad Sleeve has some great reviews on Amazon and includes convenient handles on the top.

Be sure the tablet sleeve that you purchase will fit your tablet – many people take our advise and purchase a case for their tablet, so make sure the sleeve fits the tablet with the case on it.

One last tip – Don’t forget your charger!

There’s no sense in going through all the trouble of packing your tablet for a day at work or a long trip if the battery is going to die after a half hour. Before packing your tablet in your purse or shoulder holster, either make sure it has sufficient charge for a full day of use, or simply tuck your charger in your bag with your device.

One of the benefits of using a tablet instead of a laptop for a range of computing tasks is that you don’t have to lug around that huge AC power adaptor. Instead, you can make do with a simple USB cord and a small wall hookup. These chargers are generally easy to store in a bag—that’s one potential use for the extra pouch on e-Holster’s tablet shoulder holster, for example—and can usually be used with more than one device. Bottom line, it’s worth packing your charger just in case your tablet doesn’t have as much battery as you think it does.


Tablets may not be quite as portable as smartphones, but they can do more thank their pocket-sized counterparts, and are easier to transport than laptops. By using the tips and products above, you can make traveling with your iPad, Kindle, Galaxy Tab, Nook, Nexus 7, or any other tablet something so easy that you don’t even think twice about it.