For weekend getaways and more rugged adventures, using a backpack can be easier than regular luggage. But not all backpacks are created equal. Clamshell backpacks — much like the internet famous The Backpack from Beis — can be total game changers.
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Founded by actress and entrepreneur Shay Mitchell, the Beis backpack has taken social media by storm with its surprisingly roomy clamshell design. Also known as front-loading backpacks or panel loading backpacks, this silhouette tends to be more spacious, making it easier to pack and leaving room for more clothes or travel essentials. Not to mention, they're more lightweight than your average carry-on.
But despite all the bells and whistles of our ideal travel backpack, the Beis backpack might be too pricey or limited in colorways for some travelers. That's why we rounded up the best budget-friendly Beis dupes and travel backpack alternatives to get you ready for your next trip, below.
The Best Beis Backpack Dupes and Travel Backpack Alternatives
Perfect for traveling light, this weekender backpack can fit laptops of up to 17 inches with a dedicated (and padded) compartment and open up like a suitcase. It's also made with water resistant and anti-scratch nylon, so it can hold up against all sorts of travel.
This affordable travel backpack has a 38-liter capacity and is designed to fit in overhead compartments or under seats, with enough space to fit all of your vacation clothes and travel gear. If you want to get even more organized, you can fit at least three packing cubes in there, too.
This travel backpack from Target costs under $50 and has enough space for everything you need during a quick weekend trip. It can fit up to a 15-inch laptop and has a main compartment that's divided by a zipper, so you can organize and pack with ease. This option also has a sleeve on the back that can slide over your luggage handle, making running through the airport or carrying extra baggage a breeze.
Target's in-house brand Made By Design doesn't only have bedding, kitchen, and furniture. It has a collection of travel accessories, too. On top of packing cubes, neck pillows, and luggage, you can find a collection of travel backpacks in small (23 liters), medium (35 liters), and large (45 liters). The travel backpack has adjustable straps, multiple interior pockets, and an outer compartment that can fit a 17-inch laptop.
The Amazon Basics Carry-On Travel Backpack is a lightweight option that has multiple compartments and pockets to store your travel documents and essentials. It has comfortable padded shoulder straps that can be removed, so you can use the backpack as a messenger bag with a single shoulder strap. And don't worry about bringing back a few souvenirs from your trip; the backpack has a full-expansion zipper that provides 10% more packing space.
The Go-Bag from Baboon to the Moon comes in three sizes for all of your travel needs. The Mini (which has a 32-liter capacity) can fit up to three days of clothes and is a TSA-approved personal item. It's made with waterproof shell materials, has multiple handles, and comes in 12 vibrant colors and prints.
The Monos Metro Backpack is a sleek option that comes in either nylon or vegan leather. It's perfect for daily use and travel, with an 18-liter capacity, water- and scratch-resistant exterior, multiple compartments, and a space for a 15-inch laptop. The Metro Backpack also has a trolley sleeve to secure it to your suitcase if you're using it as a personal item.
The Cotopaxi Allpa Travel Pack is ideal for any trip, especially those that are off the grid. For maximum comfort, the backpack has padded shoulder straps, a breathable mesh back panel, and a weight-distributing harness system to relieve back pain. The backpack has one large compartment on the right, two mesh compartments on the left, and a padded laptop and tablet sleeve with easy access. The Allpa Travel Pack also comes in a smaller size with a 28-liter capacity for an even more travel-friendly option.
With a 28-liter capacity, the Bellroy Transit Backpack is compact and carry-on approved for most major airlines. In addition to its spacious interior and compression straps, the backpack is made with durable, water-resistant fabric and recycled materials. And for added comfort, the Bellroy Transit Backpack has padded shoulder straps and a contoured back panel.
Well known in the travel world, Samsonite offers a travel backpack that shares the same clamshell design as the Beis backpack, but at a higher price point. Designed with modular organization in mind, it has multiple compartments, three carrying options, and comes with a small bag to carry your tech gear.