Updated September 19, 2019 by Melissa Harr

The 10 Best Portable File Boxes

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This wiki has been updated 11 times since it was first published in February of 2018. Cabinets are excellent for storing and organizing paperwork, but you can't easily take them with you. With a portable file box, however, you can transport important documents to school or the office from home and vice versa. Our picks are sturdy, dependable, and make it easy to keep all your records within arm's reach no matter where you go. Some are even attractive, to boot. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best portable file box on Amazon.

10. Advantus Companion

8. Iris Desktop

7. Internet's Best Collapsible

6. SummerZee Expanding

5. Sterilite Black

4. Amazon Basics Letter

3. Avlone Double Closure

2. Office Depot Mobile

1. Iris 9 Quart Clear

Special Honors

Grandin Road Faux Lizard Totes Don’t worry, no reptiles are harmed in the making of the Grandin Road Faux Lizard Totes, which are sold in pairs. They’re more purse-like than many options and come in a lovely range of colors, making them a fashion-forward, if somewhat pricey, choice. grandinroad.com

Editor's Notes

September 15, 2019:

At this time, we’ve removed two plastic options, the Oxford Pendaflex and Bankers Box Heavy Duty, because their hinges aren’t as sturdy as those found on many others. But we’ve kept a wide range of types and sizes; we encourage you to look at the dimensions closely, because they aren’t necessarily one-size-fits-all when it comes to folders and papers. For most, though, the Iris 9 Quart Clear or Avlone Double Closure work well. The former is a general-duty choice with several handy features, including storage in the top, while the latter is made for protection in the event of a fire.

We’ve also decided to add one rolling model, the Office Depot Mobile. It doesn't offer rails, but for users who have back pain or for those who simply don’t want to pick up a bulky box, it might do the trick. Plus, it'll help you cart all your other supplies, from your tablet to your dry-erase markers. Finally, we've decided to keep the Amazon Basics Letter, with the caveat that the cord closure can be hard to use when it’s filled to capacity. On the other hand, it’s difficult to beat the price, making it a worthy option for casual users.


Melissa Harr
Last updated on September 19, 2019 by Melissa Harr

Melissa Harr is a language-obsessed writer from Chicagoland who holds both a bachelor of arts and master of arts in English. Although she began as a TEFL teacher, earning several teaching certificates and working in both Russia and Vietnam, she moved into freelance writing to satisfy her passion for the written word. She has published full-length courses and books in the realm of arts & crafts and DIY; in fact, most of her non-working time is spent knitting, cleaning, or committing acts of home improvement. Along with an extensive knowledge of tools, home goods, and crafts and organizational supplies, she has ample experience (okay, an obsession) with travel gear, luggage, and the electronics that make modern life more convenient.


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