Product review: CabinZero Bag

A few months back I was due to travel with hand luggage only to Greece for our sailing trip and I needed a bag that would be able to fit in all my essentials for 10 days at sea, plus it also needed to be soft so that I could stash it in our tiny cabin. After doing some research online I discovered the CabinZero bag – and it seemed perfect!

Ideally proportioned at the specified cabin luggage dimensions, the CabinZero bag is a soft, albeit durable, hand luggage bag that’s been designed with frequent travellers in mind. It was born from the dream of having “a lightweight backpack with zippers that actually locked, durable enough for the rigours of travelling and small enough to keep by your side.”

CabinZero = Cabin Sized, Zero Hassle.

Most savvy travellers these days aim to travel with hand luggage only for a number of reasons – to avoid lost luggage delays, to get through airports quickly, to be able to travel anywhere, to avoid the schlep of heavy suitcases that don’t work well with cobblestones and public transport. There are a number of reasons. Every traveller has their own. My main motivation was to travel lightly, to pack less stuff, to be able to transit through airports quickly and to be able to store the bag on the boat easily… unfortunately my CabinZero bag did not arrive in time which meant we had to scramble to borrow 2 small backpacks (yes, day packs!) from friends.

A few weeks after my return from Greece, my CabinZero bag arrived! I was itching to get it packed and head out on my next trip (although my next trip was on board the most luxurious train in the world) That didn’t stop me! Yes, this might look like a backpack, but it’s a really good looking one that can totally pass as suitable luggage for traveling on board Rovos Rail – so I used my CabinZero bag as hand luggage only for my #BucketListWeekend – even packing in high heels and a cocktail dress!

The great thing about this versatile bag is that it’s not only a bag that can be packed to the hilt for international travel on planes, trains and sailing boats… it’s also a really great day pack, as evident here when we used it for our recent family friendly hike in Cape Town…

My Travel Classic 44L Royal Blue CabinZero bag weighs only 0.76kg so it’s super lightweight as a day pack, it’s also got padded shoulder straps that make it very comfortable to wear.


Features of my CabinZero bag…

  • CabinZero bags meets most airline hand carry specifications so you can travel light.
  • All CabinZero backpacks use highly water resistant materials which should keep your belongings dry during a surprise rain shower.
  • Built in Global Luggage Tracker, powered by Okoban, so you can trace your bag if it’s lost (or even stolen).
  • Lockable Zippers on main compartment (lock not included)
  • Lightweight (between 760g & 950g depending on the style)
  • 10 years warranty (upgradable to 25 years free of charge if you ‘like’ CabinZero on FaceBook)
  • Thick padded shoulder straps
  • Fully Lined
  • Shipping to every country in the world (including South Africa) is FREE!

The great thing about CabinZero is that there is a style and colour to suit every taste. The designs come in Classic 28L, Classic 44L, Vintage 44L and Military 44L.

The two different sizes (28L and 44L) have different compartments to keep various items such as clothing, shoes and toiletries separately inside the bag. There is also a front pouch that’s perfect for storing your laptop. You can also purchase separate packing cubes to easily separate and organize the contents of your bag which makes unpacking and repacking so much smoother. The cubes come individually or as a set of 3 (1 Large 11L and 2 Medium 5.5L).



Be sure to check out this guide if you’re looking to do some more research on the best travel backpacks



Images: Kathryn Rossiter

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Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

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