The kids are getting to the stage where they want their independence, they want their things to be separate from everyone else’s and they want control over their own bits. This is really highlighted when we travel. We used to pack 2 big bags when we went away, one for the adults and one for the three kids to share, but more recently they’ve each wanted to bring their own bag when we were going to Granny’s for the weekend. With a trip to London being planned I decided to invest in suitable luggage for each of them, and to take advantage of their hand luggage allowances by not paying for any checked bag at all this time.
My first thought was to buy another Cabin Max bag, we’ve had two since our Italy trip in 2012 and use them loads so we knew that they would be a safe bet, but we wondered if, filled up they would be too heavy for our kids to carry by themselves. A look at the site showed that Cabin Max do kids’ bags too, so I contacted Cabinmax and asked if they would like us to review them, and they agreed. We were sent two different kids’ bags to review.
The first was the Bear Bag, we chose the pink polka dot pattern but it comes in 11 different colourways and patterns including plain colours and an emoji print. We chose the pink spotty one. Laoise was overjoyed when the bag arrived and even though it was two weeks before our holiday she started to pack it immediately.
The Bear Bag is designed for children aged 4 up, It’s lightweight (just 1kg of your precious hand luggage allowance) and is made from strong polyester. The bag holds 34 litres capacity which was ideal for our 5 day winter/Spring break (I’d definitely fit a week of summer clothes in). They also come with a 3 year warranty, which doesn’t surprise me since our other ones are 5 years in use and not showing any signs of wear.
The quirky thing about the Bear Bag is that it features adjustable “pants” straps on the front that will fit a teddy or doll. Laoise’s dolly didn’t want to travel so she used it to carry her coat in the airport when it got too hot and then she won a big pink bunny on the way home so it travelled there, much to the amusement of everyone in security control in Gatwick airport! The bag also has backpack straps (though it recommends these to be used by adults not kids) and internal and external pockets and comes with a cute Teddy Passport that younger kids can colour.
Using the bag worked out great, Laoise complained that it wobbled a big but that as more down to her inexperience as a trolley bag driver. She was well able (at almost 4) to pull it along and only gave it to us to do when she got bored.
The Camo bag, which the boys received, is pretty much the same bag as the Bear Bag but instead of the pants-type straps for dolly or teddy it has a velcro pouch which is perfect for popping a light jacket into or for keeping comics or books. Much cooler for the older child.
The Camo bag was perfect for the boys’ needs, even when stuffed to capacity my small six-year-old was able to pull his along without any effort, and carried it up and down the stairs of the plane and in the train stations. He loved the independence that the bag gave him and we loved that we never once had to carry it for him.
The bags really made our hand luggage only experiment work so smoothly and made the whole transfer easier than we expected.
Our only minor issue was that the Velcro holding the backpack straps in place came undone on one strap on one of the bag which annoyed its owner, but it didn’t happen on the other two, so it may have been due to its owner messing with the straps on the train.
I look forward to seeing more colours available in the Camo bag as the boys don’t love having things exactly the same as each other.
Having received the products free to test, I’d happily have spent the money on them. Not alone are they handy for holidays and flights, but they are ideal for weekends away like our trips to say with our grannies.
Laoise did this little video with me on Facebook Live where we look at the bag and all its features, if you want to see more.
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