I’m so excited to finally say that The Travel Hack Cabin Case is ready!!
In case you missed me excitedly sharing the news on Facebook, I’ve designed a cabin case in partnership with a company called Cabin Max.
I’m so proud of this case as it’s literally my dream cabin bag with all the features I’ve been wishing I could have for years. Here are just some of the reasons I love it (and why I think you will too!)
The Travel Hack Cabin Case Features
- It’s enormous (the main compartment is 28 litres)
- It’s the perfect dimensions so it’ll be accepted as cabin baggage on most airlines
- It’s black and rose gold – those chunky rose gold zips are gorgeous!
- It’s a combination of lovely soft faux leather and more durable 600D PU material so it’s stylish but you don’t need to worry about bumps and scratches (practical AND stylish!)
- It’s lightweight at just 2kg – so not only is there plenty of space but also plenty of weight left for your belongings
- It has a super padded large laptop pocket – so my MacBook Pro is protected but I don’t need to squeeze and stretch and wiggle every time I want to get it in!
- It has lots of little pockets to keep things organised
- It has a large compartment on the top (this is my favourite feature!) that can be used for your handbag when you’re travelling with those airlines that, annoyingly, only allow one piece of hand luggage. You can also use it for liquids (to avoid the awkward suitcase rummage at security!) or items you want to quickly remove once you’re on the plane. It’s also great to store cameras or delicate items or things you don’t want to touch your clothes, like shoes or food.
- It has a strong, sturdy handle
- There’s a large handle on the top to easily lift and carry it
- It’s beautiful!!
So how did this come about?
I’ve created this cabin case with a company called Cabin Max, a local company I’ve worked with a few times in the past. Cabin Max specialise in creating hand luggage that is just the right size to fit airline restrictions. They make the most of every centimetre you’re allowed so you get the biggest bag possible without worrying you’ll have to check it in (and pay extra because your bag is too big!) Their bags are really good quality, but also really great prices at around £40-£50 for most cases.
Everything about Cabin Max fits with The Travel Hack ethos perfectly. They create quality, affordable products that make travelling that little bit easier.
Cabin Max got in touch to see if I’d like to work with them on designing a ‘Travel Hack Cabin Case’. As you can imagine, I was pretty excited!
You may have noticed that I’ve reviewed a lot of luggage on The Travel Hack in the past. I’m definitely a ‘bag girl’ and I love bags in all shapes and sizes – whether that’s a designer handbag, a canvas shopper or a family-sized suitcase, I love them all!
Of all these bags I’ve reviewed, I’ve never found one that is just right. They’re a little bit too big, a little bit too small, difficult to pull, overpriced, poor quality or don’t have the right assortment of pockets and pouches. They’ve always been good, but never been great.
I arrived at my first design meeting with Cabin Max with a list of things I wanted from a bag but it soon turned into a conversation about travelling, airports, airport security, packing and the stresses of travelling. It was this chat that sparked lots of ideas for a perfect cabin bag.
When I’m at the airport, I see a lot of people stressing about security. It’s that moment where the security staff are rushing you through the conveyor while barking orders at you, listing rules, shoving sandwich bags in your face and telling you to remove virtually everything in your suitcase.
You see people struggling to open up their entire bag, revealing all their belongings to everyone in the queue and rummaging through their clothes while digging around for liquids, then struggling to squeeze laptops, iPads and Kindles out of tiny compartments.
Wouldn’t it be easier if there was one easy-to-access pocket at the top of a case you could whip open and remove all this stuff?
And then you’re ready to board the plane and the air stewards are telling all the ladies to pack away their handbags and you see them trying to squeeze it into their suitcase alongside their shoes and toiletries and clothes. This is annoying….but it’s even more annoying when you board the plane and you want to get your handbag right back out again! So you see all the ladies in the isles of the plane trying to wiggle it back out without everything else falling out their case.
And what about camera equipment? Any photography enthusiast out there will know how difficult it can be to travel with cameras and lenses. I’ve actually bought this cheap camera pouch off Amazon to insert in the top pocket of the Travel Hack Cabin Case and it works perfectly as a camera compartment.
I feel like virtually everyone has a different need for this top compartment and everyone will use it differently.
I’ll be making a video this week to give you a better look at the case but I was just too excited to not share a few photos!