I Will Never Buy Another Carry-On That Doesn't Specifically Have A Place For Shoes

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Long weekend szn is right around the corner. Like, Memorial Day is so close that I can literally smell the sunscreen. (That, or I got some of my daily SPF stuck up my nose while getting ready this morning.) And TBH, ever since the start of adulthood (aka when I could start affording buying a flight without draining my bank account), I’ve always wanted to be one of those ~effortless~ people who could pack everything so seamlessly into a backpack. But, despite giving it the old college try, if it’s more than an overnight trip I’m going to need something bigger than just a carry-on. I mean, where else am I going to store the 15 bathing suits I packed for a four day trip? A girl needs options.

After seeing about 68394078 TikToks raving about the Beis Weekender, I finally caved and bought one for myself. What can I say? I’m chronically influenced. I’m not sure what eventually got to me—the fact that the brand threw so much shade at Raquel during the Scandoval drama, or because I’ve had the biggest girl crush on Shay Mitchell since her PLL days. Either way, this has probably been the best investment I’ve made since I discovered Botox. 

Shop it: The Weekender, $108, Beis

Getting it in the mail made me giddy. I think the true definition of “adulting” is getting excited to unbox new luggage. To say I was obsessed is an understatement. I could go on and on about the way it gracefully folds open so you can actually get your shit in there instead of trying to shove it into the corners, but let’s save some time with a brief recap. TLDR; I fit 5 dresses, a pair of PJs, 2 workout outfits, plus a bathing suit and cover up and that was just in the top zipper. On that note, I would highly recommend never going back to another bag that doesn’t specially have a place to keep your shoes. No one tells you how much room you’ll have for clothes if your shoes aren’t in the way. Plus, I’ve actually seen people store this bag under the seat in front of them on a plane, and while I’ve never been able to accomplish that, a girl can dream. 

Before you start yelling at me about “function over fashion,” get yourself a bag who can do both.  I know “aesthetics are over” or whatever, but I honestly wouldn’t be caught dead with the old floral roller suitcase I had growing up that looked more like my grandmother’s couch than it did a piece of luggage. Not only is this bag functional, but it’s cute AF and I will arguably have it in every color by the end of the year because I plan on taking full advantage of summer Fridays.

And for my girlies who are serial over-packers (don’t worry this is a safe space) this bag has both a shoulder and crossbody strap which, if worn at the same time, definitely lightens the load. It also allows you to be handsfree to hold the multiple beverages you’ll undoubtedly accumulate in the terminal. The only thing that would make this bag better would be if it could force me to pack it earlier than an hour before I leave for the airport. 

Abbey Westlin
Abbey Westlin
Abbey Westlin is a self-proclaimed iced coffee enthusiast, practitioner of beauty, and fashion connoisseur. By day, she makes a living by creating Fashion and Lifestyle content for Betches Media. By night, she enjoys cooking intricate meals, sipping a glass (or four) of rosé, and keeping up with the news. Follow her on Instagram @abbey_westlin.