​​​​​Whether you're a digital nomad, globe-trotting creative, or just someone who loves to stay productive on the go, keeping your iPad safe on your travels is essential. 

But nobody wants to travel with a case that counts as its own carry-on! 

That's why we've compiled a list of the best iPad cases for travel so you'll never again have to worry about protection versus practicality when you're on the go.

What Are the Best iPad Cases for Travel?

Travelers have put a variety of iPad travel cases to the test. From drops and scuffs to spills and bumps, these travel cases came out on top for their ability to combine form and function in one complete package. 

Here's a quick reference of our top picks:

Product Name
Ease of Use
Additional Storage
Average Score
Best for
Noblessa Leather iPad Case
Maximum portability and style
Durable Portfolio Case
Those who want more space and protection
Executive Leather Case
Business travelers
Apple Smart Folio
Minimalistic travelers
Speck Balance Folio
Those on a tight budget

Criteria for Selecting the Best iPad Case for Travel

Traveling with an iPad differs from person to person. Some people only want to protect their devices while in transit because they like to handle their devices sans case most of the time. Others want cases 24/7.

When we looked at choosing the best iPad cases for travel, we sought out those that offered a wide range of features for improved accessibility while being flexible and supportive in all the right areas.


Perhaps the most important factor out of them all, you want a case that offers dependable protection without blocking important buttons or ports. 

To protect your investment, we recommend looking out for:

  • Durable Construction: Look for a case that is made from high-quality materials that can withstand the wear and tear of travel.

  • Full Coverage: You want an iPad travel case that offers comprehensive protection for the front and back of the device and the corners, where most cases are weak. 

Ease of Use

You want a travel case that keeps up with your busy schedule, which means being able to take notes or snap photos at a moment's notice. 

After all, you don't want a case that makes it difficult to access your device or its features. Here's what to look for when evaluating how easy your case will be to use:

  • Auto Wake/Sleep:  The iPad offers built-in functionality to detect whether or not the case is open or closed and puts itself in sleep or wake mode accordingly. 

  • Compatibility with Accessories:  If you plan on using an Apple Pencil or keyboard, you want to ensure that the case is compatible with them.

  • Accessibility:  Having access to important buttons, the camera lens and other available ports prevents you from having to fumble for them while you're on the go. 

Additional Storage

Whether you need to carry your Apple Pencil, charger, or other items, having a case that offers additional storage can make a big difference when you're traveling.

Here are some key things to consider:

  • Additional Storage Pockets: Pockets or compartments give you streamlined organization and smart storage for your tech accessories.

  • Built-In Apple Pencil Storage: If you have an Apple Pencil or other stylus, look for a secure holder or loop to keep it within reach.

  • Size: Make sure the case you choose is compact and lightweight but still provides enough storage for your needs.

Best for Stylish Travelers

True to its noble roots, the Noblessa is the epitome of refined luxury. Featuring a high-quality leather exterior, a soft suede interior, and a 360° foldable front cover, it offers stylish protection that's truly a cut above the rest. 

Every Noblessa leather case is handcrafted with model-specific openings for the camera, ports, and buttons, giving you a truly custom fit. 

Its braided nylon elastic closure offers a greater layer of security than simple magnetic closure, giving you even more peace of mind that your iPad is fully protected. 

Plus, it has a built-in Smart Cover that works with your device's auto sleep/wake functions.

Key Features

  • Handcrafted Construction: Each case is handcrafted by local artisans, giving you a truly exquisite piece that's built to last.

  • Complete Accessibility: Model-specific design ensures easy access to buttons, ports, and more.

  • Premium Leather: Noblessa leather is renowned for its beautiful grain print, luxuriously soft texture, remarkable durability, and unparalleled water resistance.

  • Apple Pencil Storage: Every case comes equipped with an Apple Pencil loop so you can keep your tool with you at all times.


  • Smart Cover technology is built in so it can prolong your device's battery

  • A secure polymer tray allows the iPad to snap into place

  • Built-in Apple pencil holder doesn't interfere with wireless charging

  • Made from the highest quality, durable, and water-resistant material


  • Does not support Apple's Magic Keyboard (see DODOcase's book-style magic keyboard case for an alternative!) 

  • Premium leather requires some maintenance to ensure longevity

Best for All Your Extras

The Durable Portfolio is the perfect accessory for today's busy professionals, combining portability and storage into one sleek package.

From meeting essentials to portfolio designs, this case seamlessly bridges the gap between those looking for a timeless travel case and those who need a way to transport all their extras. 

This case features a built-in divider pocket that helps you separate your iPad from notebooks, sketchbooks, or other important documents. Plus, it has additional pockets for business cards, pens, and other meeting essentials.

Keeping everything organized and secure is easy with the Durable Portfolio travel case. 

Key Features

  • Durable Materials: The waxed canvas fabric used for this case is a durable and stylish material that develops its own unique character with time.

  • Spacious Design: With plenty of room to store your must-haves, this design allows you the freedom and convenience to travel hassle-free.

  • Flexible Compatibility: The case fits anything from a MacBook Pro 13" to an iPad mini.

  • Brass Snap Closure: Feel secure knowing your bag contents will remain safe and sound with an elegant brass snap closure that adds a hint of style to the case.


  • Has a slim, travel-ready design

  • Ample space for your laptop, iPad, papers, folders, notebooks, and more

  • Built-in divider keeps your extras separate from your iPad for easy access

  • You won't need to worry about getting a new case if you get a new device


  • Doesn't protect your device when it's not in the portfolio

  • Higher price point than comparable products

Best for Business Travelers

The Executive Leather iPad case is an essential accessory for the modern traveler.

Handcrafted from genuine leather and high quality materials, this classic yet stylish design provides exquisite protection that will keep your device secure while elevating any ensemble with a luxurious touch.

Its built-in stand lets you prop up and use your device hands-free in either landscape or portrait mode, making it ideal if you're working on the go, watching a film while traveling, or simply enjoying some leisure time.

Plus, it has a place to store your Apple Pencil that's compatible with the wireless charging feature. 

Key Features

  • Upscale luxury design: These stylish book-style cases boast luxurious leather accents and carefully hand-stitched spines for extra strength.

  • Auto Sleep/Wake Compatible: Every case comes equipped with Smart Cover technology to preserve battery life.

  • Durable Materials: Premium leather is one of the most sought-after materials due to its durability, comfort, and water resistance.

  • Braided Nylon Apple Pencil Loop: Keep your Apple Pencil or stylus within easy reach.


  • Provides a classy, traditional look at an excellent price point

  • Hand-stitched leather reinforces each protective layer

  • Built-in stand allows for multiple viewing angles so you can quickly transition between work and leisure


  • Since each case is hand-stitched by local artisans, there is a slight wait to get your case

  • Not compatible with Apple Keyboards

Best Basic Travel Case

apple smart folio case, open

Apple Smart Folio Case


Travelers love the Smart Folio case due to its combination of protection, functionality, and portability. 

The durable polyurethane material provides excellent protection for your device, while the slim design makes it easy to carry around with you on your travels.

The Smart Folio also offers an additional feature that allows it to magnetically lock into place, creating a simple stand for reading, Facetime, and more. 

Key Features

  • Slim Coverage: This sleek case offers defense for both sides of your device without bulkiness.

  • Versatile positioning: It can be positioned upright for making Facetime calls, reading, or typing.

  • Durable Polyurethane Material: The Smart Folio case is made of robust, resilient polyurethane material to safeguard your device with superior protection.


  • Has an aesthetically-pleasing slim design that gives you complete coverage

  • Constructed from thin and lightweight materials

  • The built-in stand is easily adjustable for whatever task you need to accomplish


  • The slim design is too thin to offer lasting protection from drops and falls

  • The material quickly shows signs of wear and tear

  • Doesn't have any additional storage

Best Budget iPad Travel Case

apple smart folio case, open

Speck Balance Folio


The sleek Speck Balance Folio case is an excellent lightweight iPad travel case if you're looking for something on a budget.

Its interior liner guards your screen against scratches, while the outer shell provides an added level of security to protect against drops up to 4 feet high. 

And for that extra peace of mind, it's equipped with a secure latch closure keeping everything safe and sound inside.

With its lightweight design, this case won't weigh you down while protecting your iPad's front and back.

Key Features

  • Multi-Layer Construction: The interior liner prevents scuffs and scratches from damaging the display, while the rugged exterior protects your device from accidental damage.

  • Antimicrobial Treatment: This case is equipped with Microban® Antimicrobial treatment to dramatically curb the proliferation of bacteria, leaving you with a 99% reduction in stains and odors.

  • Magnetic Shield: The magnetic shield guards sensitive components like the camera lens.


  • Extremely affordable travel case option

  • Offers basic well-rounded, 360-degree protection

  • Compatible with your device's auto wake/sleep function


  • Not compatible with Apple Pencil 2nd generation

  • Groves for holding the iPad are not deep enough to keep the device from falling with a light touch

  • Some users report uneven ports for camera/button accessibility

Find the Perfect Case for Your Busy Lifestyle

Still looking for another option? Our top five cases only scratched the surface of the possibilities. There are plenty more options available! 

Maybe you have an iPad model that other case makers don't keep in stock anymore, or maybe you just want to look at some more options. We've got you covered (literally)!

At DODOcase, we have a wide selection of colorways and designs to choose from (or you can customize your own). Plus, we make cases to fit every size.

Each of our cases have:

  • Superior Protection: Our cases are made from the highest-quality materials that are designed to protect your device. 

  • Timeless Design: Whether you're looking for a classic or modern look, we offer a variety of stylish cases to match your personal style.

  • Quality Craftsmanship: Each case is expertly handcrafted by local artisans with decades of experience and skill.

Ready to find a case that can grow with you? Explore our full range of iPad cases and sleeves.

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