The Ultimate Guide to Traveling with your Xbox One - SLAPPA M.A.S.K. Backpack

Video game consoles are meant to be played at home, but sometimes we might need to take a system with us to a hotel, event, or elsewhere. If you're going to take your Xbox One on the go, you'll have a better time with the right accessories.

Whether it's a bag, monitor or some simpler accessories like hard drives and controller cases you're looking for, here are some great accessories to get you gaming on the go.

CTA Digital Multi-Function Case for Xbox One

CTA Digital Xbox One Carrying Case

On the affordable end of the spectrum is CTA Digital's Multi-Function Carrying Case. It's a black messenger-style bag that can hold an Xbox One, a Kinect, and a few accessories.

The front side of the CTA Digital Carrying Case contains two external pockets, one sized to hold cables and smaller accessories, the other large enough to comfortably hold up to three Xbox One controllers. The main body of the bag is divided into two compartments: one that snugly fits an Xbox One and secures it with four Velcro straps; the other for more accessories, such as controllers, a Kinect, power supplies, and more.

CTA Digital's case sells for around $30, so it won't break the bank. But you can't expect the most durable bag for that price – two of the zipper pulls have broken off of mine after a year of admittedly heavy use. Check out our review for more pros, cons, and photos.

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USA Gear S13 Travel Case for consoles

The USA Gear S13 comes from carrying case specialist Accessory Power. It's a large black messenger bag that can carry an Xbox One console and most of its accessories.

The interior of the bag features two compartments, plus a soft divider wall in the middle. The console side holds the Xbox One in via a single Velcro strap. An extra divider will allow the case to hold an Xbox One S in place without it bouncing around.

On the opposite side, the case has one large area with several adjustable dividers. These allow you to create compartments for controllers, a power supply, and a headset or external hard drive.

This one sells for around $40 and hits a good sweet spot between price and durability.

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GAEMS Universal M155 Backpack Pro

This backpack features a unique design, with a single outer cover that protects all interior pockets and is held in place by two clasps. Open the cover and you'll find two sizable compartments, one to hold your console, and the other to store a portable monitor or laptop up to 15 inches in size (or some accessories of your choice). A zippered pocket holds cables, power supply, and one controller.

The downside to the GAEMS Backpack is its unusually rectangular shape, which could draw unwanted attention – as might the large GAEMS logos on both the backpack and one of the chest straps. But if you're looking to transport both a console and portable monitor or laptop, you can't beat this backpack's $80 price.

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SLAPPA M.A.S.K. Laptop Backpack

SLAPPA M.A.S.K. Backpack with Xbox One

SLAPPA is known for its distinctive designs, and its and quality. Their signature backpack, the M.A.S.K., is no exception.

The M.A.S.K.'s zippered laptop compartment will hold a 17-inch notebook, power supply, mouse, and mousepad – everything you need for mobile computing. The middle of the backpack hosts a very large main compartment that can comfortably hold an Xbox One and its power supply. Alternately, you can buy a divider set for this compartment and use it for storing DSLR lenses or other knickknacks — this can be a multi-purpose bag, should you so want.

SLAPPA's M.A.S.K. has one very unique feature: swappable faces: you can pull off the entire back of the bag and put on a different panel with a design that suits your needs and style — the DSLR face, for example, adds an quick-access flap for getting to your camera (or your controller) without having to open the entire bag.

You get what you pay for — the M.A.S.K. is stylish and durable, so it doesn't come cheap. Most styles cost $129, with the DSLR variant selling for $10 more.

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GAEMS Portable Gaming Monitors

Traveling with your Xbox One is all well and good, but you'll also need a screen when you get where you're going. There's no promise you'll have a TV you can hook up to (especially at some especially evil hotels).

You'll need a portable display that hooks up via HDMI (some do USB 3.0 or USB-C — and Xbox doesn't support that). That's where GAEMS comes in.

GAEMS M155

GAEMS M155 Portable Gaming Monitor

The GAEMS M155 is a 15.5-inch monitor with a 720p resolution. It's not huge or hi-res, but it'll do the job. The monitor includes a protective cover that also acts as a stand.

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GAEMS M240

GAEMS M240 Professional Gaming Monitor

The M240 Professional Gaming Monitor suffers from none of the M155's weaknesses. At 24 inches and 1080p, it basically provides the same quality and viewing experience you'd get from a standard computer monitor.

It has built-in speakers, headphone and subwoofer output, two HDMI inputs, and one HDMI output. The M240's built-in stand also functions as a carrying handle and a protective cover slides over the front to shield it during travel.

As portable monitors go, you won't do any better than the GAEMS M240, even if it's quite large.

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GAEMS Vanguard Personal Gaming Environment

If you don't want to deal with carrying both a case and a monitor around, the GAEMS Vanguard might be just the thing for you. GAEMS' flagship product is a hard plastic carrying case with a 19-inch 720p monitor and speakers built inside.

A single interior compartment holds the console itself, with Velcro straps holding it tightly in place. The console and monitor's power supplies and cables fit inside a coupon of padded bags that sit on either side of the console during use. When you're ready to play, just unpack the cables, hook it up, and play the system directly from within the case.

One downside when using the Vanguard to transport an original Xbox One is the beefy console leaves precious little room for the accessories on the side. It's a tight fit, and you might need to carry extra controllers and such in a separate bag. The Xbox One S and X fir like a charm, as do other consoles. The GAEMS Vanguard sells for around $350.

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Portable hard drive

At home, you may well have a large, powered hard drive with masses of storage to store your Xbox One games on, especially if you have a 500GB console. That's not going to work very well on the road since it's probably pretty big and something else you'll need power for.

A portable USB drive, though, won't be such a hassle. It hooks up over a single USB cable, requires no external power and will slip inside even a small pocket inside your bag. There are plenty to choose from, including Xbox-branded game drives from Seagate, and a bunch of small drives in various capacities from Western Digital.

Xbox One controller case

If you have an Xbox Elite controller then you'll already have a case, but if not, it's a great and inexpensive way to look after it when you're traveling.

They don't need to be flashy or fancy — this case from Snakebyte is just $10. It doesn't add much bulk and will easily protect it from damage.

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Updated January 17, 2018: Removed some older accessories no longer on sale and added portable hard drives and controller cases to the mix.