My Go-To Travel Backpack

Delsey Chatelet Plus 21" Carry-On Hardside Spinner Suitcase | Beis Backpack by popular D.C. travel blogger, Alicia Tenise: image of Alicia Tenise standing next to a Beis backpack thats resting on top of a Delsey Chatelet Plus 21" Carry-On Hardside Spinner Suitcase.

This Beis backpack post is going to be a bit short and sweet, one because it’s a holiday weekend, and two, my carpal tunnel is acting up a bit!

At the beginning of this year, before my Cancun trip, I decided to invest in a new travel backpack. Don’t get me wrong: I love my Madewell leather backpack, but it isn’t the most efficient for traveling. It didn’t have enough compartments or a zipper, and it didn’t even hold a ton of things.

Since I used to travel a lot, I knew I needed a backpack where I could be super organized. I walked into Nordstrom on a whim and saw the Beis line of luggage. My old manager was raving about this line the month before, so I decided to give the BÉIS Backpack a try.

And man, do I love it.

BÉIS The Backpack | Beis Backpack by popular D.C. travel blogger, Alicia Tenise: image of Alicia Tenise standing next to a Beis backpack thats resting on top of a Delsey Chatelet Plus 21" Carry-On Hardside Spinner Suitcase.

The BÉIS Backpack Review

BÉIS Backpack: Organization

When I was in the store and able to look at the BÉIS Backpack in person, I loved all of the storage options it had. It has a padded sleeve for your laptop, a roomy middle compartment with elastics to keep your clothes in place and two mesh compartments, and the front pocket has a key fob to hook your keys on, pen holders, and another pocket large enough to hold a Kindle or a small tablet.

Plus, it has a trolley passthrough to easily hook on your suitcase and two pockets on the side that are perfect for water bottles or other belongings you might throw in your bag last minute.

I love how much stuff I can fit in this backpack. I’ve even used this as a weekend bag for super quick, low key trips as well. It’s very efficient, and a gamechanger!

BÉIS Backpack: Style

Another thing I love about this backpack? How sleek it is!

I love walking around in this backpack because it looks sophisticated and grown up. This bag also comes in black if you’re not brave enough for a light color, but I’m shocked that it’s still in perfect condition after having it for eight months now. Granted, it did collect dust at the beginning of quarantine, but I am starting to use it more now that I’m back out shooting again and making shorter trips.

BÉIS Backpack: Quality

Granted, I have had this backpack for less than a year, and it hasn’t been put through my regular travel schedule yet, but overall I’m impressed with the quality. It survived three pretty intense trips before quarantine: Mexico, a cross-country trip to Los Angeles, and a cramped NYC hotel for NYFW back in February. Plus, I’ve thrown it in my car for photoshoots and other road trips this summer as well. I’ll have to report back once things get back to normal, but, incredibly, it’s held up this well!

BÉIS Backpack: What I Use It For

Ok, so obviously, I’m not traveling as much right now. But, I do need to pack up quite a few things for photoshoots, and occasionally, I’ll head out to socially distanced, outdoor spots in town where I can cowork, so that I can get a change of scenery. I love this bag for the workday! It fits my planner, laptop, headphones/tech accessories with ease, and I can pack a couple of outfits as well if I’m shooting. Even if you’re not traveling this year, this would be a fantastic backpack for school or work!

Do you own a Beis backpack? Let me know in the comments below!

Photo by Tom McGovern

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  1. Dana Mannarino wrote:

    I definitely need to invest in a backpack for travel. I usually just carry around my LL Bean tote, but it has ZERO compartments or closures. LOL

    This backpack looks great!

    Dana | It’s Casual Blog 

    Posted 9.4.20 Reply
  2. Mari wrote:

    I bought the backpack. I love it and can’t wait to use it overseas this summer. Did you have any problem making it fit under your seat on airplane? I’ve tried to find everywhere reviews on that but can’t find any

    Posted 3.29.21 Reply
    • Alicia wrote:

      Sorry for the delay on this! I was able to fit it under my seat, as long as it wasn’t overpacked/filled to the absolute brim!

      Posted 5.16.21 Reply
      • Mari wrote:

        Thank you for responding. I appreciate it ❤️

        Posted 5.17.21 Reply