The Perfect Personal Carry On Bag

The Perfect Personal Carry On Bag

Looking for a new bag to take on your next short trip? Finding the best personal size carry on bag can be tricky, especially if it is the only bag you will be able to take with you on the flight. I have recently been flying with a lot of budget airlines recently and I’m too cheap to pay for a carryon, so it’s just me and my airline personal item!

Why you need to choose your airline personal item wisely

If you aren’t already aware many budget airlines are now not only charging for checked luggage, but they are also charging for cabin luggage and only allowing passengers to have one personal item. But even if you are allowed to have a carry on bag and personal item. If you choose wisely you can maximize how much you can take with you on the plane to avoid having to check-in luggage.

Choosing the best personal item carry on bag

I have been traveling the world with my CabinZero backpack since 2016. It is still going strong, and I’m still in love! It’s 28l and it fits underneath the seat in front of me making it the perfect airline personal item size. It even has compression straps so if you have filled it to the max you can use them to make it fit.

Looking for a new carry on? I have had my Cabin Zero backpack for 2 months now and I’m a little bit in love! I had been looking for a new functional carry one that I could double up as my day pack and this is the winner.

Size is everything

The CabinZero bags come in 2 sizes. A Large 44L or a small 28L. Both can be used as carry on, the 44L as your main carry on and the 28l as your airline personal bag.

The 28L is perfect for me. I use the backpack for 2 things, as a carry on while I’m flying (which is a lot) and as a work day pack while I’m out and about. It works perfectly for both. Although a side holder for my water would make this bag even more perfect. It’s pretty much the one thing that lets it down as a daypack. That said it’s not actually sold as a day pack, more as a carry-on. However, as a backpacker, everything I take with me has to have multi-functions.

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As my carry one, I load it up with my electronics and anything else I can’t fit in my check-in so it can weigh a fair amount. The padded straps mean the weight isn’t uncomfortable (good job cabin zero). It’s even fine as a front pack, which I have to use it as when I’m on the move!

Then as a day pack, It normally has my laptop, camera, rain jacket and anything else I may need for the day.

Packing | Cabin Zero the perfect carry on bag?

I’ve also used it on a few adventures! Like horse riding in Costa Rica at Mistico Park!


The backpack comes in a lot of colors, it was not easy to decide on yellow! But I liked the idea of having a backpack that’s a bit brighter. I’m really happy with the color, my only issue is keeping it clean! Using it every day it picks up a lot of dirt. Good job its machine washable!

Packing | Cabin Zero the perfect carry on bag?

Things I love about my Cabinzero backpack

  • The size is perfect for me to go with my big checked in hiking backpack. If you get the 28l size it is the perfect size for your personal item.
  • It also works well as a day pack and a work bag for my digital nomad office. It has some seriously thick padded shoulder straps, which really help with the weight I carry!
  • The color and look of the bag is great, the extra padded straps are also a big win for me
  • Inside the bag, there is a compartment for my laptop plus 2 zip pockets that I use to store my chargers, first aid kit and any other smaller items I keep in my carry on.
  • The size clips are perfect for me to attach my yoga mat! I know they may not be meant for that but I love that I can do this!
  • It has a Built-in Global Tracker, powered by Okoban. That means if you lose it you can just go online and find out where it is.
  • If you like them on Facebook you get a 25-year warranty!

So if you are looking for a stylish multi-functional bag look no further! If you want to get your hands on one of these fabulous bags then all you need to do is visit CabinZero

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Click here to check prices.

Don’t forget insurance!

Whatever you do, don’t forget about insurance. I personally use Safetywing insurance for Digital Nomads. But that will only cover your medical expenses. So if you need something more comprehensive then it’s World Nomads all the way!

This post was proofread by Grammarly


Book your trip now

Are you ready to book your trip?  To help you get the best deals and service here are the companies that I personally use to book all of my travel online. I always shop around before booking anything, but these are my tried and tested starting places.

  • Skyscanner – I’m a bit fan of Skyscanner, it is who I use to book all of my flights. I often will check other like Google Flights or Momodo, but I always go here first and it is who I book 99% of my flights with. 
  • – I LOVE especially when I can book and cancel free up until a certain point, mostly because my plans are forever changing. It’s easy to use and has one of the widest selections. 
  • Airbnb – I’m not a huge user of Airbnb, but sometimes I do like to use it, and I ALWAYS check it before I book anything else. You can get some really cool places to stay here, and it is especially good in places like Cuba. If you don’t have an account and you click on this link then you will get $36 off your first booking.
  • Hostelworld – If you are looking for hostels then this is a great place to check first. They often have additional places that you won’t find on
  • Agoda – Although I don’t use it as much as, Agonda is especially good if you are traveling in Asia as they really do dominate there. 
  • Worldpackers – If you want to travel on the cheap and save money on accommodation then you need Worldpackers in your life. You can read more about it here. If you click this link to sign up and use the code CLAIRESITCHYFEET then you can get a 40% discount on your membership! 
  • Book a Way – If you are traveling in Asia and want to pre-book your transportation then is a fantastic site to do so. They have buses, trains, and cars.
  • RentalCars – Looking to rent a. car while you are away? I always book through Rental Cars as they do a search of all of the big sites and find the best deals. 
  • Welcome Pickups – Very occasionally getting from the airport to my accommodation is a total pain in the butt, or I’m traveling in a group and it makes sense to arrange a pickup. When I do I use Welcome pickups.
  • World Nomads – If you are looking for flexible travel insurance then it’s World Nomads all the way. I wrote all about insurance here if you want a more thorough review. 
  • SafetyWing – AsI’m a Digital Nomad and not moving around quite so much anymore I personally use SafetyWing now for my health insurance. I wrote a full review here
  • Viatour – Sometimes it can be a little expensive, but I like Viatour for somethings, especially if you can get a discount code! It’s also great for inspiration. 
  • Klook – If you are traveling in Asia, then Klook is great! You can book all kinds of tours, activities, and train tickets, plus they even have sim cards and WiFi.

Claire Summers

Dancer, producer, traveller, photographer, cake maker, dog lover and knitter of Christmas scarfs.

This Post Has 19 Comments

  1. Julianna

    Interesting post. I’m in the market for a new daypack and this looks like it would do the trick nicely… was so keen on the yellow too until I read about it getting dirty a lot – might have to get it in another colour.

    1. Claire Summers

      Yes I wish I had chosen a darker color now. I do love the yellow but I use this pack every day and so a darker color would have been better.

  2. Monika @ My Food & Happiness

    What a practical backpack! I really like the colour, it sounds like something every traveller needs. I would probably go for the bigger one though, lots of camera equipment to carry around! 🙂

    1. Claire Summers

      I kind of wish I had the bigger one…I was just a bit worried as I already have a 70ltr on my back haha

  3. Maggie

    I’ve been looking for a new backpack and this seems perfect! I love the tracker, how cool to be able to track its whereabouts if you lose it/it’s stolen. Thanks for sharing, I’ve researched so much but have never heard of this one!

    1. Claire Summers

      I think the tracker is one of the things I love the most about it!

  4. James

    The Cabin Zero pack looks perfect for not only on the plane but also when you’re on a bus or train etc… and to hold your important items like electronics. As you show, they are perfect for horse riding, I could have done with one when I was horse riding in Mexico. It’s good how they offer different sizes and colours, I think I’d go for green.

    1. Claire Summers

      I think green would be a great choice! I normally carry a lot of weight around because of my laptop so the straps being so cushioned are perfect.

  5. Emily

    I keep hearing good things about Cabin Zero bags. I think I’ll have to look into getting one as even if I don’t manage to go carry-on every time I go away it looks useful as a day pack too. Plus I need lots of storage for kid snacks and nappy changes on the go! I also like how they come in bright colours – yellow is a good choice!

  6. Ali May

    This really does sound like a great day pack. I love that it’s sturdy, has padded straps and is machine washable. I think I would also choose a bright colour like the one you have! So washing would be important. My day pack is almost on it’s last journey (as I too use it as a mobile office, with laptop etc)… so this cabin zero pack seems like a great replacement.

  7. yukti

    Cabin Zero bag looks perfect for hikers and travellers. I love yellow colors. I am going to like it on facebook to avail 25 years warranty

    1. Claire Summers

      The warrantee, bright colours and the tracking tag are huge bonuses!

  8. Annie B

    I actually began to ditch handbags for backpacks! They are so practical and I love the look of this one. I would probably need the bigger one for all my cameras! It looks sturdy and could cope with traveling lots.

    1. Claire Summers

      I have a handbag I love but it hardly gets used these days. I’m much more of a backpack girl! I like having all my things with me and my handbag hardly fits anything in…looks pretty though!


    Backpacks from cabin zero are so amazing. 🙂 They are must have travel buddy and perfect for all types of travelers.. I hope I could get one myself and be able to bring them in my travel and adventures.

  10. Diana - MVMT Blog

    This looks like the perfect day pack! I love the variety of colors it comes in. It looks quite sturdy too – perfect for hikes and other outdoor adventures.

    1. Claire Summers

      It’s great! My only fault with it is it doesn’t have a water bottle holder 🙁

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