Recently, I went camping with my CabinZero backpack.
Haven’t seen CabinZero yet? Well they design a pretty cute, pretty innovative carry-on size backpack which is the shape of a suitcase.
For awhile now, I had been looking for a new backpack around 35-45L so I could have the possibility to carry it on board most planes, and I kept seeing this amusing square backpack around the blogosphere.
So after receiving the CabinZero backpack, I had to test it out!
Luckily, I planned to attend Shensara Yoga festival, an intimate gathering of local yogis, in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, on a camp site just next to the river.
A perfect opportunity to try out my CabinZero backpack!
This year I was giving Thai massage treatments, and of course swimming, practicing yoga, and meditation, enjoying the company of many good friends, and dancing to music in the evenings.
Because this was outdoors, I didn’t need to bring many clothes, but at the same time, I wanted to stay relatively clean while giving treatments, so I did bring more clothes than I normally would have.
And since I packed for a week or so instead of just the three I was there, I wanted to see how far the CabinZero could take me.
Camping with this backpack was great!
I was packing a bit last minute (as usual?), and I was able to shove all of my clothes in there, plus toiletries and a few extras, with room to spare. The backpack has one main compartment, which I would separate with organizers in the future, plus three separate zip compartments, two inside, and one outside, as well as a laptop sleeve.
I figured the true test would be the weather. It rained almost everyday, and though the bag was mostly inside my tent, it still got a bit wet on the outside, and my clothes were just fine. I wouldn’t say the bag is water proof, nor does it advertise to be, but for general, usual outdoor use, this bag was wonderful.
So, you are looking for a new backpack for yourself? Want to have the possibility to carry on, and still have maximal space? I like the CabinZero bag, and I’d recommend it!
Why this backpack?
What I liked about this bag is that it is the square space of a carry-on suitcase, but it is first and foremost a backpack. When I travel, I usually like to carry my bags on my body, for hands free convenience, so for me, a backpack is essential. I wanted a smaller bag for backpacking, but still big enough to hold all the junk I seem to carry around. So, this is just perfect! It’s super light weight, roomy, and square, so things fit well into compression sacks or packing cubes, or by just shoving it all in there.
I also plain and simple love the look!!
Is it perfect?
Well, what is perfect? What was missing for me is a waist strap. I like to have a strap around the waist to relieve the pressure from the shoulders, and carry my bags in a more natural way. This version of CabinZero backpack doesn’t have a waist closure, but I will mention the military version does.
Should you get one?
Why not? It’s lightweight, convenient, cute, and affordable, especially if you like to save time, money, and hassle with airlines by carrying your bag on board.