Almost next to nothing is more important than the bag you take with you on your travels (other than your actual tickets!). The bag you take with you carries all the items that you have deemed essential to travel with ease and comfort. Whether you are a “check-in all the 50 lbs luggage you can” kind of gal or a “carry-on only” lady finding the right bag is so important! I know that I personally have been on both ends of the spectrum during my travels thus far. This is why I want to tell you a bit about weekender bags for women.
Travel Mishaps Past
My last big trip with a HUGE luggage was a nightmare. First off… I seriously over packed. The night before I was weighing the heck out of my bag to try to take out one or two items that maybe weren’t as “essential” as I initially thought. At some point between O’hare airport in Chicago and Heathrow Airport in London one of the four wheels on my luggage popped off… never to be seen again! So, I had fun spending the next THREE weeks with my THREE wheeled luggage. By the end of the trip (before we had actually made it home, mind you) the poor zipper gave out. UGH! My fault for over packing really, but come on!
As a result of last summer’s packing travel mishaps, I’ve decided to take a new approach this year! Carry-ons ONLY! Just the thought of it sparks up my anxiety a bit… “What if I’m not going to be able to fit EVERYTHING I want to bring?” That’s the beauty of it all I guess… packing efficiently is an art and I hope I’m on my way to mastering it!
Finding the Perfect Weekender
On that note, that brings me to my topic today “Weekender Bags”. They are these nifty bags that are supposed to be big enough to hold everything you need for a relaxing weekend away. My trip is going to be a bit longer than a weekend (a.k.a. a month), but I’ve been on the lookout for a fun bag to supplement my small carry-on roller bag. After searching a variety of companies and weekender bags for women styles, I finally settled on The Weekender in Beige from Beis Travel! It checks a lot of the boxes I was looking for in a bag and I’ll talk more about those below.
Simple & Chic.
Honestly, I am in love with how simple yet, chic the look of this bag is.
Being as this bag only comes in beige or black, I was a bit tentative. I am a girl who loves me some color and I am also OBSESSED with pink. However, there was something about this bag that just seemed amazingly beautiful to me.
This bag feels huge to me! I was a bit worried that having that extra lower compartment (see next point) was going to take away from the overall space, but this is not the case at all. In addition to the lower compartment, the main compartment hosts a designated laptop pocket and three additional smaller pockets (1 with zipper, 2 without). Enough space and more for all your traveling essentials!
However, I was hoping that I would be able to fit this bag underneath a plane seat and I’m having a sinking feeling that it might be a bit on the big side for that? I’ll keep you updated on that development. Either way, I know that I’m going to get maximum use out of this bag on all sorts of trips be it plane, train, or automobile. 😉
Nifty Lower Compartment.
I don’t know why, but when I first discovered that bags could have a separate lower compartment for items such as shoes… this was a REVELATION to me. I absolutely had to have a bag with this nifty compartment. This weekender bag has just that! It can fit approximately 3-4 pairs of shoes depending on what kinds you are packing. In the picture I was able to fit one pair of boots, one pair of flat sneakers, and one pair of sandals! It is also a great place to keep dirty or wet clothes separate from the rest of your bag if you’re not using the whole compartment for shoes.
One of the perks of having a product with simple classic colors is that you typically can stack on some matching accessories. Who doesn’t love a beautiful bag with a carry-on cosmetics case to match? I am always looking for a more aesthetically pleasing way to carry my toiletry items when traveling with a carry-on only (as opposed to the 1-quart sandwich baggie). This cosmetic case boasts to be “TSA-friendly” as it is clear on both sides. I am keeping my fingers crossed that this is my solution to no more cheap plastic baggies!
Have I Found the Perfect Weekender?
Pros: chic, clean, spacious, matching accessories
Cons: (dare I say) slightly too big?
Let’s be real, the size is only really a “con” if I can’t fit it under the airplane seat… but in reality this bag is truly is everything that I was looking for in a weekender. Click here to read more about weekender bags for women from Beis Travel!
What do you guys think? Does this weekender bag seem like something right up your alley? 🙂