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The Best Nintendo Switch travel case to protect your console

Best Nintendo Switch travel cases - a shot of the red and blue ivoler carry case
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Investing in the best Nintendo Switch travel case means you can safely take your beloved Nintendo console with you wherever you go whilst also stylishly storing it. The Switch itself is known for being easily portable, but you'll still want to keep it safe in a case to ensure no harm comes to it.

Owning a good-quality travel case ensures your Switch will be properly protected when travelling, and there's a multitude of options that have adequate storage for all the extra accessories like spare controllers, cables and games. There are even Nintendo Switch travel bags that'll give you enough room to pack your entire Switch system, dock and power supply included.

This list rounds up the best options for both US and UK buyers, and we've made sure to include a range of options for all three Switch models including the original, the Switch Lite and the newest OLED. If you still have yet to own a Switch console, our guide to the best Nintendo Switch deals is a great starting point if you're looking for a bargain. We also have guides to both the best Nintendo Switch games and the best Nintendo Switch Lite games. Happy travels! 

The best Nintendo Switch travel cases

Best Nintendo Switch travel case: US

Game Traveler Nintendo Switch Case

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01. Game Traveler Nintendo Switch Case

The best Nintendo Switch travel case all round

Specifications

Materials used: Nylon and linen
Cartridge compartments: 8
Additional storage: Accessories pocket
Extra features: Screen protector

Reasons to buy

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Reassuringly solid
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Good storage
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Built-in play stand

Reasons to avoid

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No room for AC adapter

Whatever kind of Switch you have, the Nintendo-approved Game Traveler case will hold it firmly and securely so you can take it out and about without fear of coming to grief. Its hard-shell case has a ballistic nylon covering, while a soft linen fitted interior means your Switch won't get scratched up while you're on the move, its built-in screen protector doubles up as an adjustable stand for playing in Tabletop mode, and it even includes cases for game cards and Micro SD cards.

Nintendo Switch Deluxe Carrying Case

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03. Nintendo Switch Deluxe Carrying Case

The best Nintendo Switch travel case deluxe model

Specifications

Materials used: Nylon, EVA
Cartridge compartments: 18
Additional storage: Storage for complete Switch system plus Pro Controller
Extra features: Shoulder strap

Reasons to buy

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Heavy duty protection
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Pre-cut storage pockets
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Choice of designs

Reasons to avoid

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Pointless Poké Ball holder

For maximum protection for your Switch and all its accessories, the Nintendo Switch Deluxe Carrying Case from Glamgen is a fantastic option. It's like a little flight case for your console, made from hard EVA with ballistic nylon, with a pre-cut foam interior with shaped pockets designed to hold your Switch, dock, power adapter, joy-con grips and straps, HDMI cable and Pro Controller. The case is themed after the popular Animal Crossing franchise with a unique turquoise leaf design to make your case stand out. There's also room for 21 game cards, plus an extra zippered pouch for anything else you want to take with you.

tomtoc Carrying Case for Nintendo Switch

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02. tomtoc Carrying Case

A great travel case for extra storage

Specifications

Materials used: Nylon and linen
Cartridge compartments: 24
Additional storage: Storage for AC adapter, extra Joy-Cons, Pro Controller
Extra features: Works as a stand

Reasons to buy

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Protective case
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Lots of storage space
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Holds loads of game cards

Reasons to avoid

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Looks a bit chunky

If you take your gaming seriously, you'll want a Nintendo Switch travel case that can accommodate a serious controller, and the tomtoc Carrying Case does just that without overloading you. The mesh pouch in the lid is designed to hold a Pro Controller as well as an AC adapter and extra Joy-Cons, and there's also storage for up to 24 game  as well as a built-in stand. It'll keep your Switch or Switch OLED secure, too, with drop protection and an integrated screen protector.

HeysTop Switch OLED Case

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04. HeysTop Switch OLED Case

The best travel case for the Switch OLED

Specifications

Materials used: EVA
Cartridge compartments: 8
Additional storage: Accessories pocket
Extra features: Screen protector

Reasons to buy

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Water and dustproof
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Storage for spare Joy-Cons
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Works with standard Switch

Reasons to avoid

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Smells a little weird

Anyone who's treated themselves to a top-of-the-range Switch OLED is definitely going to want a suitable case for it, and this HeysTop model will fit the bill. It's designed with the Switch OLED in mind but it'll also accommodate the standard Switch, and it's waterproof and dustproof with a hard EVA shell and softer inner materials to keep your console from getting kicked about in transit. There's storage space for eight game cards as well as room for extra Joy-Cons and other accessories, and while you might find it smells a bit odd when you unpack it, that should fade.

A product shot of the iVoler carry case for Nintendo Switch Lite

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05. iVoler Carrying Case for Nintendo Switch Lite

The best Nintendo Switch Lite travel case

Specifications

Materials used: Not stated
Cartridge compartments: 20
Additional storage: Large accessories pocket
Extra features: Screen protector

Reasons to buy

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Good sturdy case
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Plenty of game storage
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Lots of room for extras

Reasons to avoid

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May not fit AC adapter

The Switch Lite is an ideal travel companion, but if you really want to make the most of it you'll need plenty of room for all those little extras such as an AC adapter, charging cable, earphones and of course game cards. This iVoler travel case does the job, with a big mesh pocket that'll hold loads of additional gear (we've heard complaints that an AC adapter might not actually fit, so be warned), as well as holders for up to 20 game cards. It has an outer hard shell to protect your Lite from knocks and drops, plus a soft microfiber lining and screen protector.

Best Nintendo Switch travel case: UK

NSW Universal Everywhere Messenger Bag

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01. NSW Universal Everywhere Messenger Bag

The most practical carry case for the Nintendo Switch console

Specifications

Materials used: Polyester and neoprene
Cartridge compartments: 6
Additional storage: Storage for complete Switch system
Extra features: Shoulder strap and rubberised handle

Reasons to buy

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Looks impressive
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Compartments for everything...
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...including your dock

Reasons to avoid

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Only six game card slots

This fantastic messenger bag is a top option for anyone who wants a Nintendo Switch travel case that looks like a standard bag. It's another case with the Nintendo seal of approval and it looks amazing from the outside, while inside you'll find plenty of fitted compartments designed to hold your Switch and all the accessories you're likely to need, including your dock, power supply, cables and Pro Controller. There are only enough slots for six game cards, but if you need more than that then you'll find there's plenty of room to put them in loose.

A product shot of the ivoler Red and Blue Travel Case for Nintendo Switch

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02. ivoler Red and Blue Travel Case for Nintendo Switch

The best-looking Nintendo Switch travel case

Specifications

Materials used: EVA foam
Cartridge compartments: 18
Additional storage: Storage for complete Switch system
Extra features: Detachable shoulder strap and rubberised handle

Reasons to buy

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Unique Mario design
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Hard shell to ensure device is protected
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Optional shoulder strap included

Reasons to avoid

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Can be pretty bulky

Similar to our top choice, this is a versatile hard-shell case that can fit all your Switch parts and accessories including a Pro controller and Switch dock! The case has a unique and flashy Mario themed design, complete with its own overalls. It can fit up to 18 games and comes with a detachable shoulder strap, so you can simply sling it over your shoulder if you want to take your Nintendo kit with you on the go.

HORI Slim Tough Pouch

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03. Hori Slim Tough Pouch

The best compact and protective Switch travel case

Specifications

Materials used: Nylon and linen
Cartridge compartments: 10
Additional storage: Accessories pocket
Extra features: None

Reasons to buy

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Made for Switch Lite
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Built-in screen protector
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Nintendo-approved

Reasons to avoid

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Not much storage space

Want to keep things minimal? This Nintendo Switch Lite travel case from Hori is lovely and slimline, but it'll keep your handheld console protected thanks to its semi-hard case, and it still has slots for up to 10 game cards, plus there's room whatever other accessories you can fit inside its integrated mesh pocket. The game card holder doubles up as a screen protector to save your Lite from scratches, and this is another travel case that's approved by Nintendo.

A product shot of the CoooPoo Animal Crossing Carry Case for Switch Lite

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04. CoooPoo Animal Crossing Carry Case for Switch Lite

A stylish yet protective Switch Lite travel case

Specifications

Materials used: Not stated
Cartridge compartments: 20
Additional storage: Accessories pocket
Extra features: None

Reasons to buy

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Great cartridge storage
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Unique design 
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Extremely sturdy 

Reasons to avoid

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No extras included

For taking your Switch Lite out on your travels, this carry case is both stylish and functional. Made from a sturdy EVA foam and with soft velvet lining you can ensure your console is kept safe when you're out and about. The included cartridge slots means you can keep 20 games stored safely at all times. This case is also decorated with a unique Animal Crossing design, so it's perfect if you're a fan of the franchise. 

Orzly Carrying Case for Nintendo Switch

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05. Orzly Carrying Case

A popular and full-featured Nintendo Switch travel case

Specifications

Materials used: Hard EVA
Cartridge compartments: 8
Additional storage: Inner pocket for extra Joy-Cons and accessories
Extra features: Screen protector

Reasons to buy

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Works with Switch OLED
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Plenty of colour options
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Solid and protective

Reasons to avoid

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No Pro Controller storage

Orzly's carrying case is a popular option for people in search of a Nintendo Switch travel case, and it's easy to see why. Its hard EVA outer shell and soft inner material provide plenty of protection for either a Switch or Switch OLED, and inside there's lots of room for extras. As well as your Switch, you'll find space for extra pairs of Joy-Cons and cables (although sadly there's no room for a dock or Pro Controller), and there are eight slots for holding your game cards. There are some great colour options to choose from, too.

NSW Stealth Case Kit

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06. NSW Stealth Case

A great looking slimline case for your Nintendo Switch

Specifications

Materials used: Nylon and linen
Cartridge compartments: 5
Additional storage: Mesh pocket
Extra features: Plays stand, screen protector and cleaning cloth

Reasons to buy

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Great fit
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Built-in stand
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Minimal and functional

Reasons to avoid

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Not very much storage

Obviously the thing that attracted us to the NSW Stealth Case was the old-school Super Mario Bros. design (there are three other official Nintendo designs available as well), but beyond that this a decent Nintendo Switch travel case. It has a soft outer shell that'll fit your Switch perfectly, and there's a soft felt lining inside as well as a screen protector, cleaning cloth and a stand for playing in tabletop mode. There are slots for five game cards, and if you need more storage there's also mesh pocket you can use. Simple and great looking, it's just the thing if you want a minimal case.

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Jim McCauley is a writer, performer and cat-wrangler who started writing professionally way back in 1995 on PC Format magazine, and has been covering technology-related subjects ever since, whether it's hardware, software or videogames. A chance call in 2005 led to Jim taking charge of Computer Arts' website and developing an interest in the world of graphic design, and eventually led to a move over to the freshly-launched Creative Bloq in 2012. Jim now works as a freelance writer for sites including Creative Bloq, T3 and PetsRadar, specialising in design, technology, wellness and cats, while doing the occasional pantomime and street performance in Bath and designing posters for a local drama group on the side.

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