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Between a dock and a hard case: 10 best Nintendo Switch travel solutions

Whatever your preference for protection, be it pouch, bag or hard case, we've rounded up the best options here.

The best thing about the Nintendo Switch – after the fact that it has sole exclusivity of games like Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild – is its portability. No train trip or long flight need bore you again when you own one of these babies. That said, it's a rough-and-tumble world out there and you'll need to protect your investment from all sorts of hazards.

Second problem: the phenomenal sales of the Nintendo Switch has attracted a ton of peripheral manufacturers – some of them great, others dodgy as anything. Fortunately, we're on hand to separate the wheat from the chaff when it comes to travel solutions.

Collected here are the best options that money can buy. No matter what your size, weight and protection level requirements, there's bound to be something that's very much your bag.


Updated December 11th, 2018
Name Product Shell type Carry handle? Provider in CTA
Orzly Carry Case for Switch
Orzly Carry Case for Switch
Hard
Yes
Deluxe Travel Carrying Case
Deluxe Travel Carrying Case
Hard
Yes
Messenger Travel bag
Messenger Travel bag
Soft
Yes
Pouch for Nintendo Switch
Pouch for Nintendo Switch
Soft
No
Clear Hybrid Protective Case
Clear Hybrid Protective Case
Hard
No
Hard EVA Travel Case
Hard EVA Travel Case
Hard
Yes
Deluxe Sheikah Eye Travel Case
Deluxe Sheikah Eye Travel Case
Hard
Yes
Super Mario Brothers Starting Kit
Super Mario Brothers Starting Kit
Hard
No
Protective Case/Stand
Protective Case/Stand
Hard
No
Quick Pouch: Super Mario
Quick Pouch: Super Mario
Soft
No

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1. WaterField Nintendo Switch Pouch

Here's the carry solution if you're an avid Nintendo Switch gamer and you've got some class. After all, this isn't 1989. Our hobby is no longer children's sole domain and you're probably much closer to the average gamer demographic nowadays (late 30s).

That being the case, you'd be mortified at your next Globocorp AGM if a fellow executive glanced over at you and spotted a Switch travel case made of blinding neon colours and more velcro than your dad's favourite wallet.

No, what they will get an envious eyeful of is the Waterfield Pouch, a Gucci-looking carry case lavished with premium full-grain leather, ballistic nylon and waxed canvasing. Heck, even the zipper is fancy, thanks to its YKK self-locking design (that won't scratch your precious Switch screen), and if you need more bling you can opt up to an aluminium or brass nickel-plated carabiner attachment.

Admittedly this is a style-over-substance solution, a pack-light pouch for those who don't want to lug around too many accessories. You'll only fit in the basics: console, a USB-c, a handful of games and some headphones – but by God you'll look fabulous while doing it.

2. Nintendo Switch Super Mario Brothers Starter Kit

If you're a true Nintendo fan, chances are you'll want to go official with everything you buy. I get it. It's a part of the quasi-cult mentality that's been burned into your brain since the NES era and the “Official Nintendo Seal of Quality” that Ninty stuccoed on everything.

If that's your deal, then this is most definitely your bag – an officially-licensed, durable, soft canvas case that flies the stars-'n-'shrooms flag of the great plumber himself.

This hard/rubbery case with embossed Mario detailing provides a decent amount of protection and offers some great storage too. You're looking at slots for 12 game cards, but it's a bit annoying that there's no divider – nothing to protect the Switch's screen from getting scratched up by loose accessories. This is probably why the case comes with a bonus screen protector and applicator, plus some soft silicone grips for your Joy-Cons.

Prospective buyers should note that there is a decent amount of thickness to this model and it may be too bulky for your needs. Not a problem, though: there's another officially-licensed PDP case that drops out the added accessories and is about half as thick.

3. Butterfox Deluxe Travel Carrying Case

As the name would suggest, the Butterfox looks smooth and is smartly designed to be your all-in-one carry solution. It is priced above the rest of the field, but there's a reason for that: the talented craftspeople at Butterfox are constantly updating this case's design, pushing it towards perfection. I can detect no mentionable downsides to the product as the team has listened to the niggling feedback from many an OCD and pedantic Amazon reviewer. The end result is an incredibly well-designed hard case.

It'll hold your Switch, a USB-A-to-C cable, a pocket wall charger, two extra Joy-Cons and four wrist straps in a compact and stylish fashion. You also get 19 little snug and safe slots for game cards and two micro SD cards, typically the easiest-to-lose items in any Switch owner's collection.

Speaking of snug, even those of you who have thrown caution to the wind by not getting a screen protector will be worry-free here, thanks to micro-fibre-lined innards that won't defile the face of your Switch. It also comes with the soft central dividers that many officially-licensed cases lack, which means fewer chances of jiggled accessories causing unpleasant scratches. This is an impressive mix of style and Switch safety.

Go out and buy with confidence in your choice of black, red, blue, green or pink.

Butterfox Deluxe Travel Carrying Case

Butterfox Deluxe Travel Carrying Case from Amazon AU

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4. Deluxe Zelda Sheikah Eye Hard Case

Here's another officially-licensed option for the purists among you. Built to exceed Nintendo's demanding standards, this puppy's main advantage over the Super Mario variant mentioned above is that it doesn't force you to pay for accessories you don't need, and it's less bulky. Not only is this case less of a fat bastard, but its durable slate-gray Koskin leather outer-shell bears some beautifully embossed Zelda Breath of the Wild artwork.

This is more or less a collector's item for one of the most well-reviewed must-own games on the system.

Carry-wise, you're looking at a pure Switch case that is felt-lined to protect your sensitive Joy-Con sticks, plus there's a dedicated padded screen panel that holds the console in place. Don't expect to carry much else beyond a power cable and/or earphones, but I do love that there are hidden compartments for squirreling away eight or so games (presumably for the winter).

The only downside I can mention: comes with a strong new-car smell. Have some Febreze ready to fire.

5. Keys Factory Quick Pouch

Here's the case you need if you hold the adorability factor above all other concerns. Though it'll win no prizes in durability stress tests, the Japan-based outfit known as Keys Factory has delivered quite the endearing carry solution here.

It's more or less a glorified pencil case design measuring 30cm x 13cm x 3cm and made from super-stretchy material. This is ideal for gamers who most likely already own a solid backpack they trust and are after a bit of secondary protection.

It's mainly for the folks who love cute, clever designs. The Mario overalls motif is pleasingly eye-catching, even though it may look to some people like you're jamming foreign objects into the dismembered torso of one of gaming's most beloved icons. Speaking of, this also comes in a bunch of other designs including (natch) a Luigi's overalls motif, plus there are a handful of sexy Splatoon-inspired options, too.

Last but not least, in a pinch the carry case can be used as a means to protect your screen from any scratches from Nintendo's ill-designed console dock. Just flip it upside down and snug it over the front of the dock before you slot the Switch in.

6. iDudu Messenger Travel bag

Originally selected for childish reasons owing to the phonetic sound of the name “iDudu”, this beast of a messenger bag quickly proved its worth to me in other ways. It's pockets a-go-go with this compact, protective and portable travel bag, thanks to a ton of padded compartments that complement the main storage area (specifically, two sewn-in compartments designed to hold your Switch and dock respectively).

You also get a back zipper pocket that provides additional storage space for accessories, extra cabling or a power bank. I personally used it to (just) hold a 10” tablet.

Basically what you're looking at here is the perfect blend of compact looks with a spacious interior. It's thin but padded, and a decent alternative to the many, many hard-shell cases out there that look like toolboxes and aren't commuter-friendly on their own. Nintendo was big on positioning its Switch as the start-a-party machine – this messenger bag is stylish and unassuming enough to let you casually set one up without looking like an obsessed gamer.

7. Mumba Nintendo Switch Clear Hybrid Protective Case

We've covered large bags and mid-size cases. But what about the minimalist end of the spectrum – the “you're protected but it feels like it's barely there” approach that wouldn't be out of place in a Durex marketing campaign.

Mumba has that corner of the market covered with its Slimfit series, a premium clear hybrid protective case whose scratch-resistant, skid-proof material goes so far as to prevent sun discoloration. (But what any gamer worth their thumbs would be doing outside escapes me.)

This is an exact-cut design that sleeves itself around your precious Switch and allows you full access to all ports, functions and buttons. This puppy's snug. It doesn't even leave space for Jesus.

Better yet, it has a large shock-resistant TPU bumper sitting on the back of the console that provides rugged defense against droppage and some additional thickness that, I think, makes the Switch a bit more ergonomic to use. The only two downsides: you'll want to buy a tempered-glass screen protector to protect the front, and this is not dock-friendly nor easy to clip off when you do want to slide your Switch back into its original home.

Mumba Nintendo Switch Clear Hybrid Protective Case

Mumba Nintendo Switch Clear Hybrid Protective Case from Amazon AU

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8. EURPMASK Protective Case/Stand

Look through this list and you'll primarily find entries from the “look tough while you're carrying your stuff” category. But what about plane trips where your intention is to maximize what limited tray-table space you have?

Eurpmask offers a pretty nifty solution that both protects your console on the go, and it'll transform to augment the Switch's existing flip-out stand (which, admittedly, is pretty flimsy and small). Better yet, when folded into a 45-degree stand mode, this case lets you slide the Switch console upwards to allow access to the Switch's underslung A/C charge port.

Being able to charge and play is a great feature, but this case also impresses with its durable design. While not offering complete, encapsulating protection, it provides decent protection against accidental bumps, moisture and scratches. That said, little consideration needs to be given to your Joy-Cons – they're left to overhang out on either side of the case, like a pair of wingnut ears. You're definitely going to want to use this in conjunction with a backpack that can hold them in a separate pocket or pouch.

9. Hermitshell Hard EVA Travel Case

The term “Big Bertha” is thrown around a lot these days (mostly by me and maybe three other people I grew up with) but rarely has it been more aptly applied than here.

The Hermitshell Hard EVA case is a monster of a thing. It's been custom built to fit in a Nintendo Switch and all the accessories you can throw at it (charging cradle, AC adaptor with power cord, Joy-Con Grip or Switch Pro Controller, HDMI cable). It's also not fazed about looking like The Football, that nuclear launch station briefcase that's handcuffed to the POTUS's closest secret service agent.

I kid, of course. It's fashionable enough with its nice, smooth and shiny polyester-like EVA material that does not flex or give when pushed or punched. The only downsides I've experienced come from a lack of foam inserts in certain compartments, which can make for some excess jiggling of accessories.

It's a minor problem, though. On the whole, this is a beast of a case that's modestly priced for what it is.

10. Orzly Protective Hard Portable Travel Case

If you're into the protection offered by the EVA material, but don't want to be lugging around something that resembles a Koopa shell with a handle, this Orzly Travel case is a good middle-ground. Its comfy, micro-fiber belly will fit in a Switch tablet with both Joy-Cons attached, and the upper section features a separate inner pocket which can accommodate more Joy-Cons or some cabling. There's no way a larger item, like a Pro controller and a dock, will squeeze in there though.

It's also worth mentioning that this is probably the most inconspicuous case solution on this list. If you know that you're going to be in a dodgy environment, having something as nondescript and logo-less as this might be a good idea. Honestly, after vigorous testing I can think of few downsides with this product, except for the fact that the little elastic carry strap is a bit weaksauce.

Orzly Protective Hard Portable Travel Case

Orzly Protective Hard Portable Travel Case from Amazon AU

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