“Oh, no, really? You can’t possibly take all of that in that tiny backpack. Love, you need to take a cabin case. Or take one of the bigger cases.” – Mr Kiwi watching me pack most of my trips. Now because I’m in love with the Travel Hack Pro Cabin Case, that conversation isn’t necessary at all… marital travel bliss recalibrated.
Disclaimer: The Travel Hack kindly gifted me the Pro Cabin Case (affiliate link). I took it with me on a 5-day trip to Budapest to really test it out thoroughly – two major airports, two low-cost airlines, two excited friends exploring the city…
I treasure speeding through airports over having 17,000 changes of outfit, so will more often than not travel only with hand luggage – preferring an overnight bag or backpack, to a lugging a heavy suitcase filled with clothes that I won’t even touch.
Don’t even get me started on the number of times that carry on suitcases have been deemed a centimetre oversized, the wheels have broken, they’ve proven to be heavier than the items contained within it or simply broken (we had a memorable situation in Vancouver where a suitcase zip broke en-route to the airport, so we had to pin the suitcase together and used coloured bands to hold it together until London) – yeah, don’t get me started.
Honestly, I’ve never reviewed a suitcase on here because I’ve never liked one enough to enthuse over it. But I have gone through enough of them to fill our understairs cupboard with the luggage version of Russian Dolls – including a forlorn sub-collection of abandoned carry-on luggage that only the cat enjoys using. To snooze in.
Enter stage left, the Travel Hack Pro Cabin Case.
I’ve always been a low-key packer. Just ask anyone who has travelled with me over the last few years. I keep my airport ready toiletries bag always stocked, work out how many outfits that are required and lob in one more pair of shoes that I think I’ll need.
However, now I do need to take a lot of things whilst on holiday. As a freelancer running my own business from anywhere I am in the world (including answering client emails on the side of a New Zealand volcano, checking Instagram posts from the lobbies of Singaporean Hotels and pitching for new projects from LAX airport) I need my laptop, camera, diary, several billion charging cords, all of the travel adaptors we own just in case, hairbrush, back up hairbrush….etc etc… so an upgrade was absolutely needed.
Want to know the vital statistics of my sexy wee beast, which fitted all of the above with room to spare?
- Capacity: Enough for a Kiwi to travel for 5 days and still have space for souvenir gifts aka 28 litres
- Weight: Super light aka 2.7kgs
- Measurements: Perfect as a carry-on for 20 low-cost airlines (I flew Ryanair and Easyjet) aka 55 x 40 x 20 cm
- Materials: The kinds that garner compliments from strangers aka smart 600D PU material with faux leather detailing, rose gold zips and a hot pink interior
- Wheels: The right balance for scooting around, but not freewheeling on the train aka 2
- Cost: Worth its weight in rose gold aka very reasonable
The absolute best thing about the Travel Hack Pro Cabin Case is the one thing that women always want – pockets. There is a main compartment which has two secret pockets for all of your secrets (or books), an upper hatch compartment for handbags/passport cases/cameras/toiletries bag which has fantastic access when you go through airports and is collapsible when you don’t want it, a generous laptop pocket on the back and a drink compartment on the side.
When Monica sat down with the Cabin Max team to design her packing piece de resistance they ended up discussing the worst aspects of travelling – not having easy access to laptops and toiletries so having to unpack their suitcases through security, unreliable suitcases that are heavy or break easily, luggage that gets shabby quickly and simply impractical cabin bags. Et Voila, the Travel Hack Pro Cabin Case was born (and lives up to every capital letter in the fulsome title.)
Long story short, if you saw my Instagram Stories, you’ll know exactly how much I delighted in the ease of travelling with this bad boy, live in action.
It’s stylish, durable, light, practical and super handy. (And don’t worry, I’ll be updating this post in a couple of months to see how it’s getting on – but my friends who have owned theirs for an age adore theirs.)
The Travel Hack Pro Cabin Case (affiliate link) would make a rather brilliant Christmas or Birthday present for someone that you love. Or yourself…
What is your packing style? Take the kitchen sink, or back the barest minimum?
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