I’ve always tried to travel as light as possible. Not only does it make life simpler, but with more and more airlines now charging for checking in bags – taking a single cabin bag saves you time and money.
I was therefore intrigued to see what the Cabin Max bag could do for a light traveller like me, and so last week I took it on its inaugural flight.
The bag is designed to fit the maximum carry-on luggage dimensions of 55x40x20cm, which means it even comes within Ryanair’s measly cabin-baggage allowance (as long as you don’t load it with more than 10kg of gear).*
The result is a sizable 44 litres of space to play with – quite a generous amount.
The bag has two compartments; a large one for the main bulk of your clothes, and a smaller one with various zip and mesh pockets, which keep all your smaller items nice and neat.
On top is a handy carry handle; there are two adjustable shoulder straps, and the back has some light padding. There are also two quick release crush straps on the sides to help squeeze all your gear in if you need to. The bag fitted easily in the overhead lockers as well as under the seat in front.
Zips seemed tough enough and you can open the bag completely up like a suitcase which makes packing and unpacking a breeze.
In terms of space – I had plenty to spare. Admittedly it was just a three day trip, but I think I could hold enough for a week-long journey with careful packing.
And the downsides? Well – the Cabin Max’s cuboidal shape means it’s not the sexiest bag on the plane. It’s not going to win any style competitions compared to a sleek, silver Samsonite Sky Wheeler.
But then you can carry much more in the Cabin Max, and because it’s soft-sided rather than a rigid shell, it can be easily squeezed into cramped spaces. So I’m happy to sacrifice looking flash for the Cabin Max’s extra space and much lower weight (it’s well under 1kg when empty).
Overall – at a price of £29.95 – I can recommend the Cabin Max as an excellent bag for those who want to travel light and avoid those ever increasing hold luggage fees.
_*_NOTE: Flybe have a max cabin bag size of 50x35x23cm so if your bag is full to capacity you may have trouble.