Cabin Max Backpacks
I thought I’d do a little review of our Cabin Max Backpacks as we use them quite a lot for travelling. We bought them back in 2014 for our trip to Marrakech as it was the first flight we’d been on where we didn’t have any checked bag. When I was trying to find a small cabin suitcase, I weighed up the pros and cons of a cabin-suitcase or a backpack and the backpack won!
The main thing that swayed me was that as we were flying with both Ryanair and Easyjet on the trip and Ryanair only allow 10kg allowance (in comparison to Easyjet who don’t have a weight limit), most cabin suitcases by themselves weighed over 2kg leaving me with under 8kg for all of my clothes! That definitely didn’t seem like a lot.
The Cabin Max Backpacks that we bought weigh around 650g, giving us almost our full 10kg Ryanair allowance to use! We bought the original Cabin Max Metz* bags, as they are Ryanair approved sizes, but they have a whole load of different style and size bags to choose from, and even include some Wizz Air approved backpacks.
The outside of the bag has 1 front compartment, which I usually use for things like passports or boarding cards for quick and easy access. Then there’s 2 other compartments. The first is a smaller compartment, with little zip and mesh areas for holding smaller items. I usually store things like liquids to take out easily at security, or if we’re flying with Easyjet, then all of my airplane things too like my i-pad and phone so I can just grab them when we get on the plane.
The main compartment is for everything else. It’s huge, so I’d put everything else in here, like my clothes, cameras and laptop. The best way I’ve found to pack these, because they don’t have a rigid shape to them like suitcases do, is to use packing cubes, so that everything is compacted and doesn’t slide around while you’re moving.
They also have clip buckle straps to pull everything in once it’s all packed and adjustable shoulder straps. The only downside to the backpacks is that once you’ve filled them, and if you’re like us carrying cameras and laptops everywhere, they can get really really heavy on your back. We used them for our recent trip to Annecy, and what a mistake that was! We had a 15 minute walk to the train station in London, then from platform to platform in France, then another 15 minute walk to the accomodation in Annecy. It was so bad that we had to keep stopping for rests from the back pain!
If you’re not planning on taking so many heavy items, or walking long distances then it’s fine. We took them to Marrakech with the same items, but since we were only in the airport mostly seated until we were walking to our gates, it was fine.
I always take them when we go away in the caravan too, as they’re easier to store away in the caravan than cabin suitcases as they fold down quite nicely.
What do you use when you travel? Backpacks or a cabin suitcase?
*This is not a sponsored post in any way (but does contain an affiliate link) and all thoughts are my own.