Monday, we meet again!
It’s 9:30 am, and I’ve already done my journaling, pulled my tarot cards for the week, walked two miles, showered, and had breakfast. I hope this is a sign of what’s to come, because I have a lot on my to-do list this week!
But, I’m kicking off a week of blog posts with a review of The Backpack from Beis.
I asked for new luggage for my birthday (in July), and I got a matching set: a suitcase, a backpack, and a fanny pack.
I’m starting with the review of The Backpack, because this is the item I was most excited about.
To put things into context, I got a gift card for new luggage and this is what I picked. I looked at so many different bags, took note of their specs, and read all the reviews.
Before getting this backpack, I had been using a Northface backpack as my carry-on item. I had the Northface backpack for one year. Before that, I had a simple (but cute) black backpack I got from TJ Maxx.
I like traveling with a backpack because I like being hands-free in the airport. It also stays out of the way when you’re walking down the aisle in the plane, which I like.
However, the Northface backpack was bulky — even when there wasn’t much stuff in it. It was also pretty heavy. I got it as a gift from my last job, so it cost me $0 (just for context) and it was not something I chose.
Beis has tons of bags made for travel, and I was open to anything. The main thing that was important to me what that it would fit plenty of things, and still fit under the seat in front of me.
I settled on The Backpack, and as of this writing, I’ve used it on two trips.
What I like about the Beis Backpack
There’s so much I like about this thing, but I’ll fire them off:
- It holds a lot of stuff. I don’t like to put lots in my carry-on bag, but I want to have the option if I need it.
- It unzips completely. No more blindly stuffing the bag or reaching in without seeing what’s inside. This opens all the way so you can pack and organize it the way you want.
- It has two cup holders (one on each side). I always bring. a reusable bottle to the airport with me and the cupholder means it’s within reach. I use the second holder to stuff a pair of slipper socks, in case I get stuck with a long layover and need extra comfort.
- It has interior straps. The main compartment is large enough to hold whatever you need, including clothes. I’ve used it for my rain jacket, a jean jacket, toiletry bag, you name it. You can secure everything in place with elastic straps that buckle in-place, just like in a suitcase.
- It has zipper compartments. On one side of the main interior compartment, there are two medium-size zipper compartments. One is clear, and one is mesh. I use one compartment for all of my plugs, cords, and external batteries. The other, I use for a book to read on the plane.
- The front pocket keeps you organized. The front pocket has so many little compartments to hold everything in place and keep it within reach. I keep pens, a booklight, cough drops, masks, wipes, reusable silverware, CBD drops, and a hairclip in the front pocket — and it’s not crammed at all.
- It has a padded compartment for electronics. There’s a separate compartment in the pack for a laptop. I hate traveling with my laptop (unless I realllyyyyy need it), but I use the compartment for my iPad and my Bluetooth keyboard.
- It slides over a suitcase handle. On the back of the backpack. is a thick band that keeps the bag secure over a suitcase handle. At first, I thought I’d never use it because I don’t mind wearing a backpack. But, it’s nice to have the open to roll through the airport with no weight on my back.
- It fits under the seat. Yep. This thing fits easily under the seat in front of me — and I sit in the cheap seats. I was so happy when I used it the first time and it fit, no problem.
- It’s versatile. Yes, I bought this mostly for travel. But, when I went to the retreat, I also used it the entire week to carry all of my things (like my notebook and iPad) to the workshops and the library. Whenever my next international trip is, I can imagine bringing this with me for any daytime excursions.
Can you tell I love this backpack??
To be honest, I haven’t ever thought so much about the bags I bring with me on trips. I have always just used the same luggage I’ve had (which I had for 20+ years!), and I would just bring whatever backpack I had, and that was that.
So, when I had a gift card to buy what I wanted, I carefully researched everything so I could select the right back that would work for how I travel.
A lot of the reviews said Beis, as a brand, thinks of everything. There are things they’ve thought of that I wouldn’t even think of myself!
I’m so pleased with this bag, and I definitely think it’s well-worth the price.
Have you ever tried any Beis items?
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I am also of the pro backpack camp. That one looks amazing!
Right? I’m tempted to add the Northface one to my “Donate” pile — I just love the Beis one so much!