The Ultimate Cabin Bag from CabinZero – Review

As a wanderlust family, we love to travel and do so as often as our finances and BattleDad’s work allows. We average about three holidays a year that involve flying, with weekends away thrown in for good measure. Packing a family for a holiday is no mean feat, as I’m sure most parents will agree, but one thing that is always a bug-bear of mine is getting our carry-on luggage sorted. I have been on the hunt for a carry-on bag that will fit all our needs. And I might just have found the ultimate cabin bag from CabinZero. Imagine my delight when they recently got in touch and offered me the chance to review one of their bags.  They also have a special offer for you, so read on.

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CabinZero bags first came to my attention earlier in the year but for some reason their name escaped me when I started trying to find the ultimate cabin bag. As a mum of a pre-schooler I have travelled with a baby change bag for a few years. This always had everything I needed for him but we had to travel with at least a second bag for anything my husband and I needed for flights. Even worse, I had to travel lightly myself if I was flying solo with our son.

However, after our son was toilet trained I no longer had the need for a cumbersome change bag. And so, my search for the ultimate cabin bag commenced. We considered normal backpacks but nothing quite suited our needs. Large weekend bags were just awkward to use with an energetic pre-schooler in tow.

What I believe is the ultimate cabin bag from CabinZero has been designed by a British company and is the brainchild of Neil Varden, the founder of CabinZero. In his own eternal quest to find a lightweight, lockable, trackable, durable travel and cabin bag, he designed his own and CabinZero was born. Hailed as an urban carry-on, these lightweight cabin and travel bags are not only practical but very stylish. All the CabinZero range are cabin sized and fits 55 x 40 x 20cm. They can be carried in a variety of ways including by hand or as a backpack. This alone was a huge advantage for me. Having both options when travelling with a pre-schooler is a must.

CabinZero bags come in a range of capacity from 28L to 44L, they have global tracking built in with Okaban, have lockable YKK zips, are made from lightweight, yet durable materials and come with a minimum 10 years warranty. And there are loads of colours to choose from. All of this, in my eyes, makes them the ultimate cabin bag.

I received the Classic 44L Cabin Zero bag in white for review and was absolutely thrilled to receive it prior to our recent visit to Bluestone in Wales. And believe me, choosing one colour is not as easy as it sounds as the range available is large. We have visited Bluestone many times before, but this time we were going as part of their Bloggers Programme and we were also flying into the UK from Portugal. So, this gave me the perfect opportunity to road test our CabinZero bag.

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Arriving into Bristol with our CabinZero bag

When I received my bag from CabinZero I knew instantly what it was that first piqued my interest in them. It’s how stylish they are! They don’t resemble your typical hiking backpacks and yet still maintain a look of versatility, durability and most importantly, style. On closer inspection it’s a great bag made of high-quality materials. The outer shell is a waterproof polyester, with the inner being made from polyester. The zips are YKK zips and are strong and have loops to allow them to be locked for safety and security. The seams and stitching are well constructed too.

The main compartment is large, mine with a 44L capacity. There is an internal zipped compartment and a netted one too. In the front is a side-zipped compartment which is large enough to store my 15” laptop with room to spare. The sides are secured with strong side release luggage straps too. The bag has two carry handles, one on top and one on the side and has strong, padded shoulder straps to convert it from a carry bag to a backpack. The back is also padded.ultimate cabin bag from cabinzero

Do I really think this is the ultimate cabin bag from CabinZero?

Simply put, yes. On our recent trip back to the UK this bag ticked all the boxes for us. BattleKid had his own little bag with his tablet and a few small toys in it for the plane, while our CabinZero bag contained everything else we needed for the plane journey and more. I packed the following items into it, with room to spare:

  • A bag of spare clothes for BattleKid.
  • A bag of spare t-shirts for BattleDad and I.
  • A set of Bose QC15 headphones for BattleKid (not small in their case!).
  • Toiletries bag containing essential just-in-case items for the plane.
  • Spare tablet for BattleKid.
  • My blogging notebooks and pens.
  • Wallets, sunglasses and light jackets for all three of us.
  • Portable chargers and cables for our phones and tablets.
  • All our travel documents and papers.
  • Snack boxes for BattleKid and his drinks bottle.
  • Additional bottles of water bought at the airport.
  • BattleKid’s Adventure Belt.

On the way back from the UK I fitted even more into the bag. And again, had room to spare. The 44L CabinZero Classic bag really is big.

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Getting ready to depart the UK once more with CabinZero

And while we were visiting Bluestone, it doubled up as a day-out bag. I hadn’t brought a spare bag with me, so for our trips out to discover some of Pembrokeshire, it worked well to carry spare clothes and snacks for BattleKid.

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CabinZero bags can double up as day-bags for busy wanderlust families

Within Bluestone, it came into its own when we visited the Blue Lagoon, their swimming pool. I managed to fit all our swimming gear, towels and toiletries inside. And it fit neatly into the changing lockers too. It was truly an all-round perfect bag for our trip to Bluestone from Portugal.

What I loved about the ultimate cabin bag from CabinZero

  • Ultra-lightweight, weighs only 760g so doesn’t impact your weight allowance like some bags.
  • Airline approved (50 x 40 x 20cm) so will fit even the meanest of airlines’ carry-on limits.
  • Made from strong, durable materials and has a waterproof outer lining.
  • Made with YKK zips which are lockable for safety and security.
  • Thick padded shoulder straps to use as a backpack. Has two carry handles on top and at the side.
  • Comes in a range of capacities from 28 to 44L and a large range of colours are available.
  • Fitted everything we needed into it, with lots of room to spare.
  • Doubled-up as a day-out bag while out and about in Bluestone and wider afield in Pembrokeshire.
  • Very comfortable to wear and easy to fit into overhead lockers on the plane.
  • Having a backpack type bag is always handy when travelling with a pre-schooler as it leaves both hands free to keep hold of them in busy airports.

What I didn’t like about the ultimate cabin bag from CabinZero

  • Nothing at all, although a chest or waist belt could make it just that little bit more secure when travelling. But this is not essential

Our overall verdict is this bag is absolutely brilliant, as not only a cabin bag, but as a day-out bag too. For families it is by far an extremely versatile bag, that is not only stylish but comfortable to wear, and with lots of room for both kids and adults’ essentials.

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Very comfortable to wear

I cannot express how thrilled I am to have had the opportunity to receive a CabinZero bag for review, and have already gotten rid of one of my other backpacks that I’d been using as a travel bag. This fits everything we, as a family, need for a comfortable plane journey (and more), and will get a lot more use from here on in, starting with an overnight stay in Northern Portugal tonight and also our forthcoming trip to Disneyland Paris in December.

So, if you are sick of struggling with cabin bags and are on the hunt for one that ticks all the boxes, I highly recommend you check out what I believe is the ultimate cabin bag from CabinZero. There are bound to be a few that will fit all your needs. Not only will you have a cool and stylish cabin bag, but also something that easily and comfortably doubles up for days out, wherever your wanderlust takes you. BattleDad has already hijacked it for a business trip back to London this week!ultimate cabin bag from cabinzero

And that’s not all. The lovely people at CabinZero are offering my readers a 10% discount off their entire order on the CabinZero website for the next 30 days (expires 27th November 2017). Just use the following code at the checkout:

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If you’d like to get your hands on a great cabin bag from CabinZero, check out the full range on their website.

Cath x

*I received the Classic 44L white CabinZero bag for the purpose of this review. However, as always, these are my own honest thought and opinions of the bag.

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Adventure Belt from More-2-Explore Review

Shortly before we headed off on our USA road trip, I got the chance to receive an Adventure Belt from More-2-Explore for review. We had used traditional baby reins with BattleKid when out and about until they got too small for him shortly before he turned 3. Since then, and as he has grown older and more stubborn, we have struggled to keep hold of his hand, especially in busy places. So, when I discovered the Adventure Belt from More-2-Explore I knew it might be the answer to our problems. And I was even more thrilled to receive one for review.

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The Adventure Belt is the brainchild of Lucy Bostock. It came about after her 5-year-old son got separated from them during a family trip to Legoland. Although he was only missing for 10 minutes and was found safe and well, she immediately started to think about ways to keep him close to her without him losing his independence. And so, the Adventure Belt was born.

We received the Panda Adventure Belt from More-2-Explore, although there are three other colours in the range as well. I held off opening the Adventure Belt until just before we were ready to head off on our trip. We had to get a flight to Heathrow to get our flight to Portland as we had booked our trip before we moved to Portugal. The only flight I could book direct to Heathrow, to save us messing around with changing airports in London, was on the Thursday evening. This resulted in us having 36 hours to ourselves in London before heading to the USA.adventure belt from More-2-Explore

What better way to spend 36 hours than a family day trip into London itself. BattleKid has never been to London before, so we considered things to do with him and decided on a trip to the London Eye, SeaLife and the Tower of London. I knew when planning this day trip that the Adventure Belt from More-2-Explore was going to get its first outing.

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Waiting to go on the London Eye

And boy did it come in useful around the London Eye. I had booked Fast Track tickets but despite this, we still had to negotiate our way through the crowds at the Eye. We had brunch in Southbank before walking around to the London Eye, but before we left the café, I put the Adventure Belt on BattleKid and me. This meant he was free to walk slightly ahead himself but not so far as to become separated from us.

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Keeping safe while we cross the Jubilee Bridge in London

We kept it on while we waited in the Fast Track queue and removed the bungee cord while we were in the Pod itself. But as soon as we exited the Eye, it was back on so we could walk to SeaLife. Again, we removed it while we were inside so BattleKid was free to enjoy the aquarium but it was firmly back on while we walked to the tube to get to the Tower of London.

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The Adventure Belt in the Tower of London

BattleKid never once resisted putting on the Adventure Belt from More-2-Explore, as he used to with his baby reins, probably because it wasn’t as restricting as them. His hands, and mine, were free and he still retained his own sense of freedom. That said I could pull back on the bungee to get him closer to me if necessary.

We also used the Adventure Belt in Yellowstone National Park, one of the destinations we visited during our USA road trip. It came into its own around the geysers and springs. Many of them around accessible via boardwalks but not many have side rails. The Adventure Belt meant we could keep him close to us at all times around these beautiful but dangerous natural wonders.

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Discovering the hot springs of Yellowstone National Park

In Portland, our final destination, we used the Adventure Belt to keep BattleKid close to us during our shopping trip into Downtown Portland. I don’t know about you, but I generally worry about the safety of BattleKid when we visit new cities and places for the first time. Although it feels like a very safe city, there are tram lines on the roads, and a train-mad fan like BattleKid might easily become excited or distracted and wander onto those roads. The Adventure Belt meant he could still enjoy spotting the trams (or trains in his eyes) but from a safe distance. It also put our minds at ease knowing he couldn’t wander into the road as he was tethered to one of us at all times.

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Strolling through Portland

The Adventure Belt from More-2-Explore got a lot of remarks from parents while we were in America, many of whom said it was exactly what they needed for their pre-schooler. I have also had comments from followers on Instagram with older children saying it looks brilliant. And it really is.

What we love about the Adventure Belt from More-2-Explore

  • It is the ideal alternative to traditional baby reins.
  • The Adventure Belt doesn’t look or feel like traditional reins and that is why I think BattleKid was more than willing to put it on.
  • The pouch, which measures 10cm x 10.5cm, is the perfect little place for them to store their treasures, or small bag of SeaLife toys as BattleKid did. It also fits several Disney Cars models as I can testify to. It closes via Velcro so is easy for kids to use.
  • Because the Adventure Belt from More-2-Explore physically links child to parent, there is no chance of them running away from you.
  • With no rein to hold, your hands are free to browse the shops, or take pictures if acting as a tourist for the day, as we were. 
  • The elasticated bungee strap is adjustable from approximately 40 to 80cm and can be detached when you want to let them be completely independent.
  • Because the buckles to the bungee and child’s belt have a three-way opening system, it means little hands are unable to open it themselves.
  • The Adventure Belt from More-2-Explore is designed to be used with children aged 2 years or more who are walking independently.
  • It fits a hip waist of 75 to 150cm and complies with EU safety regulations for children’s toys and accessories (standards I used to test against in my job as a scientist).
  • While we received the Panda Belt for review, there are four colours in the range including the Panda, a black, a blue and a purple belt. So, there is one to suit everyone. Personally, I love the Panda one and am thrilled it’s the one we received for review.

What we didn’t like about the Adventure Belt from More-2-Explore

  • Absolutely nothing!

The Adventure Belt is available via the More-2-Explore website (and Amazon) and costs just £15.99. A Two-pack is available to purchase for £27.99 and a triple pack for £37.99. And yes, you can use the Adventure Belt with more than one child.

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The Adventure Belt pouch

I cannot tell you how much we’ve loved the Adventure Belt while on our own adventures. It has made our lives less stressful while acting as tourists. Before it came into our lives, BattleDad and I would be constantly fighting with BattleKid to keep him close to us while out and about, particularly in new places. Being an independent almost 4-year-old meant the battles were real. He’s not called BattleKid lightly! But with the Adventure Belt he retains his independence, has a hidey hole for a few toys and his hands are free to enjoy discovering new things. It hasn’t bothered him in the slightest putting it on and he really likes his Panda.

For those of you with children who have outgrown their baby reins, or who refuse to wear their reins, the Adventure Belt from More-2-Explore might be the solution to your problems. It has certainly eased things for us, leaving us all free to enjoy the things we love doing the most, exploring and discovering new places.

Cath x

*We received a Panda Adventure Belt from More-2-Explore for the purpose of this review. However, as always, these are my own honest thoughts and opinions of the product.

**This post contains an Amazon Affiliate.

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