One of the things I spent the most time researching before embarking on our trip to England was the best type of luggage to take with us. I had heard story after story of checked luggage getting lost this year, especially on flights in and out of Heathrow, so as a serial planner I felt like bringing a spare pair of clothes in my carry on was a good idea.
But that put me in a bit of a quandary – I needed a weekender bag that would be roomy enough for an extra pair of shoes, jacket, and pants - without having wheels and without getting so heavy that I couldn't reasonably carry it around an airport.
I also wanted a laptop sleeve, some exterior pockets, and a pretty aesthetic. Basically, I had a lot of criteria and ultimately pulled the trigger on the Beis Weekender Bag in Beige. There are a lot of things to love about this carry on bag and I wanted to break them all down for you here.
Watch the "What's In My Carry On" YouTube Video
This was something I was the most interested/pessimistic about before seeing the bag in person. Carry on bags are hard to tell the size of without seeing it in person and as a very small person I get overwhelmed by large bags very quickly.
With the Beis Weekender Bag I initially wondered if it would be too big - even right out of the box, but the more I played around with what to pack inside, the more I realized anything smaller wouldn't fit what I needed.
Ultimately, after lugging it around multiple airports, I don't think it was too big, but it's definitely a large bag to carry long distances. The redeeming factor is the ability for it to slide easily onto the handle of a suitcase so when I had all my luggage I didn't need to carry it at all.
7/10 for bag size to carry
8/10 for bag size to fit items in
Pouches and Zippers on the Bag
One of my criteria for a weekender bag was the addition of a padded laptop sleeve. We go on quite a few weekend trips where I bring my computer, so it made sense to get a more multi-purpose bag for all sorts of one-day to many-day trips.
I was pleasantly surprised with the addition of the other pockets and zippered pouches on the bag – they let me keep safe things like my passport and documents, souvenirs from the trip, and even snacks.
In addition to the laptop sleeve there is another zippered pocket on the interior, one on the exterior and then the full shoe compartment that zips along the bottom.
I'm also always one to look at zippers on the bag because a high quality zipper can make or break a piece of luggage in my opinion. These zippers were of excellent quality and were smooth and easy to maneuver the entire time I used it.
What I Put in The Bag
The YouTube video above details more of what I ended up packing in my Beis Weekender Bag, but I was very pleased with the amount of room I ended up.
- chelsea boots
- Barbour coat
- neck pillow
- water bottle
- makeup pouch with extra toothbrush, toothpaste, and skincare
- some prints and documents on the way back
Cons of the Bag
I don't particularly think there were many cons of the bag in the true sense of the word. Apart from the size - which is a personal preference - and the color, which again was my own choice, it really was an exceptional bag for this trip and I expect many others to come.
Where to Purchase
If you're in the market for a weekender bag or carry on bag, the Beis website is one of the best places to go to see their entire product range.
They have lots of bags that would be excellent for different types of adventures and if you use this link on your first purchase you can get $15 off.
You can also find them on the Nordstrom website as well, but I've heard that often go out of stock, so you may want to check multiple places before ordering.