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Monday, 5 June 2017

TRAVELLING HAND LUGGAGE ONLY - CABIN ZERO REVIEW


As many of you who are regular readers know, although I never skimp on quality, I am quite the budget traveller. I will always opt for the cheapest airline available to get to my destination and 9/10 times it will be a budget airline which will charge to check in luggage. Meaning I am quite the hand luggage only gal! Usually, for short city breaks I would bring along a small wheely case, but if travelling on public transport a lot and having to walk from place to place with luggage, especially in countries with bumpy pavements, it really is impractical. Which is why Cabin Zero's offering of a suitcase on my back was pretty appealing!


THE DESIGN

Although the little Japanophile in me would have liked a navy bag reminiscent of the Japanese school bags, I got sent this lovely light blue one in the shade 'Karma Blue'. It certainly was easy to spot on the baggage carousel as I volunteered my bag to go in the hold since I wanted no stress of finding an overhead locker spot! Sadly it got dirty easily once in the baggage handlers hands, but throughout all my trip the colour was brilliant and I didn't get a single scuff on it. All in all, it's a nice shade for a pop of colour without going too far!

THE TECHNICAL STUFF

So what about the details? Well it has a 44 litre capacity, meaning you can fit A LOT in this airline approved cabin bag (Dimensions 55 x 40 x 20 cm). It's also extremely lightweight, weighing 760 grams. When it comes to the actual packing, there are inside compartments, and outside compartment and four compression straps on the sides to help it keep its shape. Another great feature, although I believe will be underused due to it fitting airline cabin sizes, is the tracker. It has an Okoban code attached to the bag, meaning if you register your bag online before you travel, if it ever gets lost, finders can look up your code on the website and update you on its location and get in contact. Will definitely try this service for my hold baggage in future, as I have been separated from my bags too many times!


WHAT DID I PACK?

I used this backpack on my recent trip to Athens and the Saronic Islands. So I had to pack a variety of things, and they did all indeed fit!

  • 5 days worth of clothes
  • A spare dress in case (you know, if I actually made an effort for a nice restaurant...)
  • Makeup, skincare, suncream and bug repellent.
  • Pair of trecker sandals
  • A wad of magazines
  • Three books
  • Notepad
  • iPad
  • Camera and lens
  • All of my electronic chargers
FUNCTIONABILITY

The bag was very comfortable. Of course, it was heavy as I was pretty much wearing a suitcase on my back, but the straps were well padded and it sat on my back in a way it did not strain me too much, nor did it affect my centre of gravity and make me clumsy! I would say though, trying to wear it around the front in areas which are prone to pickpocketing was a little difficult but it's very rare you will be placed in these situations. I did instead carry it by its side as it can also be carried like a hodal! Which was pretty handy when I needed it.


VERDICT?

This bag was a perfect companion for my hand luggage only trip to Athens, especially for getting to the Airbnb which was a few streets back from the metro. I thoroughly recommend it! I think I might have to eventually invest in the navy bag... 

For anyone who is eyeing one up too, I have a discount code for 10% you can use!: CZSOPHIEANNETAYLOR

*This post features a gifted item, however, this is an honest review with all opinions being my own.

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11 comments

  1. This sounds like the perfect bag for a short-ish trip! I also hate checking luggage or paying for bags, so I always try to bring something that would fit under my seat if need be.

    I love the sky blue, too -- it's so pretty!

    xx
    Emily
    emilyhallock.blogspot.com

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  2. Wow, I'm seriously impressed that you managed to cram such a large amount into this small and lightweight bag! I will definitely be checking out Cabin Zero once I book my next trip, travelling hand luggage only cuts out so much uneccessary hassle! Thanks for sharing, your photos are fab as ever!

    Abbey 💖 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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  3. This bag looks great! I'm going interrailing with my boyfriend in September and need a good backpack. I need to learn to pack light first though haha.
    I'll definitely look into this.
    Eve x
    evemorganinteriors.com

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  4. This sounds like the perfect bag, although I don't go on city breaks much anymore, I dontravel to Chester and soon Sheffield again over weekends, so this is defo a great alternative to my wheely lagguage that I'm starting to hate. Thanks for sharing!

    Jessica | growchangeaccept.co.uk

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  5. This bag looks like a great alternative to a small suitcase, that can sometimes be a pain to travel with!

    Kirsty
    www.corinneandkirsty.com

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  6. This bag sounds amazing! It's one I wish I had when I went away in May, it would have been super handy for sure. It's a lovely colour too! Very on trend.

    Jordanne || Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

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  7. This bag sounds like the perfect bag for a short haul flight. I hate paying for luggage like most people. Oh and love the colour, Chloe #TeacupClub

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  8. Sounds like a great back for short trips! I'm so bad at packing light though and don't think I could fit all my stuff!
    PaleGirlRambling xo

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  9. As I was reading how much you've managed to fit inside the bag - I was thinking it would be too heavy! Though the good thing is that there was padding on the shoulders - is it also for the back as well? I currently have a North Face backpack & with the padding in the back I never feel how heavy it really is! Also that's amazing that there's a way to track the bag in case you get separated from your luggage - I think all bags should have that! Oh and I love the color of the bag!

    -Sahara
    http://saharas-dreams.blogspot.com

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  10. I expected you to be able to fit so much into it since you're used to travelling with hand luggage only, but when I saw that list I was like: WOAH, how?!
    Seriously thinking about getting myself one. I loved the color as well.

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  11. This is pretty on par with my most recent challenge as well. We flew Spirit for a week in Las Vegas and decided that I didn't want to pay not only for check luggage, but also for carry on, so I was determined to pack everything in a 'personal item' sized bag lol I made it work, but it definitely made me reconsider everything I normally pack.

    Britt | http://alternativelyspeaking.ca/

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