As a travel couple you generally make some rules before you hit the road. Some are spoken quite clearly and others are hidden away behind the veil of keeping the peace in your relationship. Some travel couples don’t pee in front of one another, others have scheduled “me” days and quite a few claim that they never go to bed angry. The most common rule we hear is that we won’t share a backpack.

As if your backpack is that one space within time and history that is your own to do with. That one area of me where the socks can run wild and the underway dancers the night away. Be the leader of your backpack I say.

 

As affordable adventure travellers we generally have a fair amount of stuff that we need. Being prepared can be a weighty experience. Since our first cycle adventure with G Adventures across Indochina we’ve been backpack sharing where ever possible. It just seems to make sense. One large 65ltr pack to rule them all (socks and jocks that is). No more sitting on a corner, grasping at a bag and screaming my precious when someone walks by.

Times are changing. Budgets are tightening around the world and wherever possible we’re saving a penny to extend our travels and drinking habits. Oh we like to eat regularly too. So paying for checked in luggage seems like a bit of a waste to me. But we also understand that you might be after a bigger backpack for your travel needs.

Two Travellers One Backpack

Two Travellers One Backpack

Recently we’ve taken our two travellers one backpack rule to the next level of light weightiness and greatness thanks to Cabin Zero. A 44ltr, ultra light weight British designed masterpiece of travel luggage.

Ah only 44 ltr? Surely that won’t fit in your hair dryers and books Jean! Say no more. This one pack fits in both my ridiculous books, commercial hair dryers and leaves enough space for our (yes OUR) clothing for short and affordable adventures.

Yes we are taking and wearing clean socks & jocks
We have made a conscious effort to have more versatile travel clothing. Yes I am talking about myself here as James really already had that part down pat.

Perks

The square shape of the bag makes it very versatile when travelling. Either by air or road, it seems to squish into places quite nicely. Like that one time, we had to squish it under our seats on a Jetstar flight.

Thick shoulder straps make for ease of carrying around. It’s not a hiking pack so don’t expect the full harness set up. These straps are basic but have got your back.

Large opening with small sliding pockets. The large opening and area make the Cabin Zero bag perfect for packing cubes. Which I love. Separates his and her stuff. Also, I tend to throw my stuff around and this stops that from happening quite as often.

This pack literally saves you money if you regularly fly with low-cost carrier airlines. With the average checked in baggage fee being around $35 at the time of booking you’ll only need to fly three times to have this pack pay for itself.

Downsides

There’s no hip belt and the straps are padded but super basic.

No rain cover.

Again this pack is great for travelling but isn’t a replacement for a hiking pack.

Why Are We Only Telling You This Now?

Oh, lovely readers, we do value and adore you. Without you, this wouldn’t quite be possible. As such we have been testing the Cabin Zero bag for nearly 6 months. It’s been to Tasmania, on our Easter Road trip and even took itself to Europe on a four week bender with my younger sister who being a poor university graduate only flew low-cost carriers and budget trains. After some crazy adventures it’s held up really well.  So far no complaints.

Where Can I Get One?

Cabin Zero ships around the world at very affordable prices.

Buy One Now.

There are three sizes

28ltr (super small) $85

42 ltr  Urban Range *$169 AU

48ltr Winning size $102 AU

*Built using Tarpaulin, the Urban Range is the most waterproof and most durable CabinZero bag. Considering its durability, the Urban is still a lightweight bag with 1300g. 

Our Final Thoughts

The Cabin Zero 44ltr bag is the perfect bag for short and affordable travel adventures. Or even the longer more fun adventures where you don’t want to have to worry about checked in luggage. These bags offer a lot of space and weigh next to nothing. Win-win in my mind.

Would I buy another? Yup I certainly would but in saying that we’ve found one to be the perfect size for the both of us to share.

Have you got a Cabin Zero bag? Or any questions about how wonderful these bags are. Let us know in the comments below.

Jeanette

Jeanette

Founder, Principal Blogger & Coffee Drinker

Coffee Lover | Travel Blogger | Horse Rider | Adventure Racer | Donut Dame. Generally nice lady-enjoys wine, indie movies & random dance parties in my tent.

Disclaimer:

Cabin Zero provided us with a 44ltr classic bag for review. Any and all views and opinions expressed are entirely my own based on personal experiences when travelling and are honest and factual without any bias.

This article contains affiliate links. If you do decide to purchase any items from the links above we receive a meagre sacrifice from the accounting gods. These funds help us continue to live, feed the dogs and go on cafe runs. Which Milly really does appreciate.

49 Comments

  1. I HAVE THE SAME BACKPACK BUT DIFFERENT COLOR! im way too excited about this

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  2. Am in love with these CabinZero bags, and cant wait to get my hands on them. Am sure its going to be a good option to carry on the low cost airlines and for those frequent weekend trips.

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  3. Kudos to you! I can’t imagine traveling with only a backpack at all, much less one backpack for two people. True story: I thought I was going to become a backpacker on this 4 month Asian trip, made it as far as Bangalore (my first trip) and left the backpack in a hotel after buying a proper suitcase. I hope some Indian room attendant is making good use of it!

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  4. WOW! I can imagine sharing a suitcase with my partner, but a carry-on backpack? I already struggle to limit myself to that when I travel alone 😀

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    • It takes dedication but it can be done

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  5. ” No more sitting on a corner, grasping at a bag and screaming my precious when someone walks by.” hahaha 😀 Loved the review. Was looking for something compact, stylish, high on utility and with thick shoulder straps. Thanks for the heads up!

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  6. Seriously, one bag for two. I travel with my husband too, but each of us will have at least one backpack, and sometimes an extra bag. Thank you for sharing this info, I will check this bag!

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    • Seriously true story!!

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  7. This is incredible that you can fit everything for two people into this pack! I am super intrigued, do you have a packing guide for what you pack for minimalistic adventures?

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    • Oh no yet. Usually we just go super simple. But after so many questions I think we might have to!

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  8. That looks like an amazing bag to wear to your travels. It’s so amazing that you can share that backpack – call that lightweight travel indeed. I need this in my life. I hate checking in luggage too. Hate the queue to claim the baggage and the hassles of checking it in. Hence, carry-on luggage is the way to go for me.

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    • Oh I’m with you I hate the waiting for luggage!!!

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  9. My boyfriend needs a new backback for our New Zealand trip. I’ll have a look at this one and be sure to buy one for him.

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  10. Great review! I’m always looking for easy ways to carry everything – will definitely check this out!

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  11. I really cannot believe that you can fit all of your things into that! I travel with a backpack a lot and don’t know what size mine is but it’s definitely bigger than that and I can barely fit everything I need! Good for you. Thanks for the thorough review of the bag, also.

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    • It’s doable. You just need to reasses what you actually need when you’re travelling. Compared to what you think you need

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  12. That looks so small even for one traveler! So impressed you can fit TWO people’s luggage in there! That’s really packing smart!! 😀

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    • It’s 44ltrs! Which is a lot bigger then you think.

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  13. Wow. I give you so much credit. I travel alone and hate sharing a hotel room, let alone a backpack. Thanks for sharing your experience. Very inspiring!!!

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  14. Omg! Respect! I’m not ready to share my backpack with the boyfriend! I’m a light packer but you guys are doing it perfectly! 😁

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  15. This takes a whole other meaning to packing light! I dont think I could share a bag with my boyfriend! He doesnt know the meaning of packing light!!

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  16. As a solo traveler it’s interesting to read about how couples travel as I do often think, should I find a girlfriend to travel with. If I was traveling with a partner then I would definitely share a backpack like you guys do. On flights it would save on check in luggage. I’m glad you like the Cabin Zero bags, I’m considering a super small for carry on when I’m on a plane or bus as well as walking around a city etc..

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  17. This looks so handy! I’m afraid I fall i to the cateogory of not being too willing to share but the versatility of this bag is amazing

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    • You could always just get on for yourself 😉

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  18. Im all about travelling light, this is great!! I travel with my boyfriend and we’re always looking at bags/ways to avoid the extra cost and hassle of checking in a bag. Thanks for the tips!

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  19. I have a cabinzero backpack and I LOVE it! I use it as a cabin bag and a my daypack. It goes everywhere with me! I actually have the slightly smaller one as I also have a 60ltr hiking backpack! Don’t judge me haha. I’m travelling fulltime so I have to travel with my whole life in those two bags!

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    • Oh I also have a 65ltr back pack! It’s great for longer trips and those times I’m hiking

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  20. Ugh, I hate paying for checked luggage as well (and waiting around for my bags once caused me to miss a flight). You’ve seen the size of my camera (that mighty Canon 7D) – it takes up a lot of room. If I ever made the leap over to mirrorless, would jump onto the cabin only bandwagon for long trips for sure.
    However, for jaunts around Oz… this bag seems perfect! Kudos to you and James for managing to share the bag between you as well.

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  21. We use one large backpack too. It helps us when we are trying to control how much we pack. It’s also easier. You can switch the backpack between two people so that one person doesn’t get too tired. I love our oversized red backpack so much.

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    • The joy of this one is how small it is. So easy for carry on luggage

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  22. Travel light and live light. I’m looking for something like this, gonna be a carry on girl on my next adventure. My suitcase got really annoying lugging it around for a whole year!

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    • A suitcase? For a whole year!!!

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  23. Wow, I have to look into this bag. I can’t believe you can fit so much into it. With checked bags becoming so expensive, a good carry-on is a travel necessity.

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  24. Hi Jean,

    Sounds awesome to me. Me and my wife could make this work. Neither of us packs heavy and of course I would willingly carry it around. Extra workout. Space saver. Cash saver as well, for plane luggage fees, etc. Stylish and square too; I dig it. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Ryan

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  25. Cabin Zero bag really looks like a durable bag and money saviour option when booking for low cost flights. As you have stated that it has large opening then it is very useful to organize my things inside. I am ordering it today only.

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  26. These are great tips. I’ve also found that the older I get, the less “stuff” I really feel I need to take with me…I used to be a multiple-pairs-of-shoes and an absolutely huge toiletry bag type person, haha. Somehow the more places you visit, the less you really need that stuff!

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    • I have to agree the bag is a great tip to lighten your travel load!

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  27. Looks like a great bag for short trips. I hate paying for checked bags, so I’d love to get down to a carry on. And it’s great how lightweight they are– I’m going to check them out.

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    • Oh please do! We tried this for 6 months before doing a review. Wanted to make sure it really was as awesome as it looks

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  28. That bag looks super practical. Especially when you are flying with low cost airlines in Europe, this one will help you a lot. I would like to get one cabin zero. It looks just the best thing for frequent travelers.

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  29. The bag looks nice and practical. I travel via budget airlines. I like finding products that I can use for a long time and versatile. I like the shape and large opening of this bag because I use packing cubes. It will be easier to organize them inside this backpack. I will check out the site of CabinZero to see the color selections.

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  30. I loved the humor in your article and the reference to LOTR! Generally when me and hubby travel, we share one large backpack to squish in the clothes, shoes and everything ‘non-gadget’ ; and we use a smaller one to fit in the camera and every other electronic gadgets like chargers, power banks, laptop etc. I think its time for me to get one Cabin Zero for us! Thanks for the insightful article!

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    • They are amazing!!!

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  31. I can’t believe you were able to fit so much in the Cabin Zero backpack! Please teach me your ways, I can barely fit my travel essentials into one backpack let alone share with my partner. What was the longest trip you took with this backpack?

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    • So far I’ve done a two week road trip. My sister borrowed it and did a month in Europe no problems

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  32. Wow! Didn’t think it would be possible to travel some time and with only one bag 😀 kudos for both of you!! And I’ll keep in mind to agree with my partner about the me time, that’s definitely something to remember for my next trip! I’m actually googling a cabin zero bag right now!

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  33. That looks like a great backpack and something I need for short trips. I also love the fact you can take it as a carry on and don’t need to pay extra for bags. Also, I always want more space in my bags 🙂

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  34. This looks like a great bag. I’m surprised at the lack of rain cover though, most bags these days come with one since you are bound to be caught in a rain storm sooner or later. I actually like the idea of one backpack, especially if someone else carries it!

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    • It’s all about the light weightness. It’s a travel pack and not a a hiking pack. In saying that it is made out of tough material. I’d classify it as showerproof

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