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Travel Hack Tote Review: Affordable Luxury For A Weekend Getaway

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If you’re considering buying the recently-launched Travel Hack Tote bag, then I hope this detailed review helps you to decide whether this luggage is right for you.

Pockets, pockets and more pockets. That’s what I look for first when it comes to new luggage as, being able to separate out your items, really makes packing and unpacking a breeze.

Not to mention how easy it is to find essential items like your passport and tickets quickly when you need them.

I’ve loved using the Travel Hack Pro Cabin Case these past couple of years (you can read my review here), so when Monica from The Travel Hack got in touch to ask me if I’d like to try her new product: the Travel Hack Tote, I (of course) jumped at the chance!

Read on to find out what I thought after using it during our weekend trip to the Peak District. I’ve also recently updated this review to let you know whether I still love it in 2023. Spoiler: I do! Read on to find out why…

Full disclosure: Monica from The Travel Hack kindly gifted me a tote bag in exchange for my honest review and feedback. As always, all thoughts, opinions and photos are my own.

The Travel Hack Tote: Affordable, Stylish & Perfect For A Weekend Getaway

Travel Hack Tote Review - picture of the adjustable shoulder strap
The Travel Hack Tote bag is stylish, practical and affordable

In case you’ve never heard of it, the Travel Hack Tote is a 30-litre hand luggage bag.

It was designed by Cabin Max (experts in cabin luggage) in collaboration with Monica from The Travel Hack (a hugely successful full-time travel and lifestyle blogger who certainly knows a thing or two about weekend getaways and travelling the world!)

Just like the rest of Cabin Max’s luggage, the Travel Hack Tote bag is designed to fit within most airlines’ hand luggage restrictions. 

This one, in particular, is designed to fit underneath the seat in front of you. It’s exactly the size of easyJet’s latest hand luggage restrictions (45 x 36 x 20 cm). But Scott and I have yet to test it on an aeroplane ourselves.

I prefer to use the Travel Hack backpack on my trips abroad as that one also doubles up as a day trip backpack. If you’d like to know more about that bag, then you can read my other review here.

Anyway, back to The Travel Hack Tote bag: this one is a beautiful and luxurious piece of hand luggage without the hefty price tag!

Keep reading for all the reasons why I love my new favourite travelling accessory.

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What I Love About The Travel Hack Tote Bag

Here are all the top things I love about The Travel Hack Tote bag…

1. Pockets, pockets and more pockets!

I knew the Travel Hack Tote bag would have lots of pockets and compartments before it arrived, but it’s got even more than I first realised!

On the outside, it has two good-sized and slightly hidden pockets in the front (super handy for grabbing essentials like your passport and tickets quickly!)

Close up of the zipped side front pockets for my Travel Hack Tote review
One of the zipped (and slightly hidden) pockets in the front for your essentials

It’s even got a zipped pocket on the part that can slip over your suitcase handle.

Zipped pocket on the Travel Hack Tote bag (on the part that slides over a suitcase handle)
There’s even a zipped pocket on the part that can slide over your suitcase handle

And then inside, the Travel Hack Tote bag also has these additional pockets and compartments:

  • One large padded laptop compartment
  • Two smaller padded pockets (ideal for iPads and tablets)
  • Two deep mesh pockets with zips
  • One long narrow pocket in the side with a zip (perfect for your hair straighteners or more intimate items)
  • Plus, one small mesh pocket on the other side of the bag
Zipped mesh pockets inside the Travel Hack Tote
Inside the Travel Hack Tote: two zipped mesh pockets and another zipped pocket in the side of the bag
Padded laptop compartment inside the Travel Hack Tote
Inside: padded laptop and tablet compartments

Isn’t that fabulous? I love a bag with plenty of pockets as it makes finding things so much easier when you can separate your various bits and bobs out.

2. It’s hand luggage-sized, yet oh-so-spacious! 

At 45cm x 36cm x 20cm, the Travel Hack Tote is designed to fit within most airlines’ hand luggage restrictions. 

Even easyJet’s new policy allows you to take the tote bag on as hand luggage although we have yet to try this ourselves. According to Cabin Max, the bag should slide underneath the seat in front of you.

While I haven’t taken it on an aeroplane yet, I originally roadtested it during our trip to the Peak District.

Despite packing extra clothes to take us from hiking during the day to evenings out, I still had tons of room left over to fit more in. I’d say you could probably use this bag for a 4 or 5-day trip, as well as a casual weekend getaway.

3. Beautiful stylish design, yet useful too

I’m a total sucker for rose gold anything so I adore that all the zips are in rose gold, which looks striking against the plain black. Not to mention the millennial pink colour inside is gorgeous as well!

A closeup of the Travel Hack Tote's design
Beautiful, practical, affordable – a winning combination!

The tote bag also has a couple of faux leather and quilted fabric details, which also add to the luxurious feel of this stunning piece of hand luggage.

But the tote bag’s design is also just as practical as it is beautiful!

It has two large overarm handles, an adjustable (and detachable) shoulder strap and even a part that enables you to slide the bag over your suitcase handle.

Picture of the Travel Hack Tote slid over the Travel Hack Pro Cabin Case suitcase handle
The Travel Hack Tote can slide over your suitcase handle

I also love that the bottom of the bag is padded, so I wasn’t worried about damaging anything inside – including my laptop!

4. Affordable yet luxurious hand luggage

You might think that all these fabulous features and stunning design mean the tote bag comes with a hefty price tag.

But at under £50/$55, this is affordable yet luxurious hand luggage!

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What Could Be Improved

As they say, nothing’s perfect. I do have a couple of teeny tiny little niggles about the bag (but they’re certainly not deal breakers!)

  • The bottom of the bag doesn’t have studded “feet”. This is such a small thing, but I think some studded feet would finish the bag off even more. But I suspect this would have also affected its ability to fit within many airline restrictions, so I can understand why these might have been left off.
  • The zippers aren’t officially lockable. This isn’t a problem if your bag is going to stay with you when travelling, but I do prefer lockable zips for that extra security. What you should be able to do, though, is thread a padlock through the loops at the end of the zip pulls themselves.
Travel Hack Tote Review - close up of the rose gold zip pulls
You could thread a padlock through the zip pulls to make them “lockable” if you desire

Is The Travel Hack Tote Worth It?

In a word, yes. I honestly love this tote bag and I’ll certainly use it for all our future weekend getaways where Scott and I don’t need as much space as an actual suitcase.

For me, it’s the stylish, classy design, multiple pockets and affordable price tag that make this bag such a winner for weekend getaways.

Given the Travel Hack luggage collection was designed in collaboration with a blogger and influencer, I was initially worried they’d hoik the price right up like other brands have done in the past. 

But by keeping this tote bag under £50/$55, they’ve achieved something I’m so proud to own: a practical, affordable, yet luxurious piece of hand luggage!

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2023 Update: Do I Still Love The Travel Hack Tote Bag?

In a word, yes! I stand by everything I’ve written above about the Travel Hack Tote Bag and I still use it regularly on my trips around the UK.

I prefer to use the Travel Hack Backpack when I go abroad as it slides under the seat in front of me without any issues. It also doubles up as a good-sized day trip bag.

One thing I’ve noticed, though, is that it’s getting more and more difficult to find the Travel Hack Tote Bag here in the UK. If you’re also struggling, then this one from Cabin Max is very similar.

More Travel Hack Luggage For Your Wishlist…

To finish, I also wanted to point out that Cabin Max and The Travel Hack have also created some other products together, which you might like.

I also have the Travel Hack Pro Cabin Case, which I’ve reviewed in detail here. And the 20L Travel Hack Backpack (full review here). Spoiler: I love them both!

You can also now buy a hybrid trolley backpack, which The Travel Hack and Cabin Max have collaborated on together. I suspect I’ll end up loving that one, too.

Travel Hack Pro Cabin Case Review
The Travel Hack Pro Cabin Case is just as beautiful as the Travel Hack Tote bag

I also have the Pink Compression Packing Cubes on my wishlist. Apparently, 17 litres of clothing can be compressed into just 12 litres with these packing cubes, which also have a pretty pink and gold design. Check prices on Cabin Max

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this Travel Hack Tote bag review. If you’ve got any other questions, just drop me a line in the comments below and I’ll reply asap! Or… if you’re already the proud owner of this beautiful hand luggage, I’d love to know what you think of it!

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Travel Hack Tote Review Affordable Luxury For A Weekend Getaway
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Justine Jenkins

Justine is one half of the married couple behind the Wanderers of the World travel blog. She lives in Bristol, UK and has travelled extensively within Europe and beyond since 2013. After her trips, she shares detailed travel itineraries, helpful travel guides and inspiring blog posts about the places she's been to. When she's not travelling overseas, you'll find her joining her husband, Scott on various day trips, weekend getaways and walks within the UK, which she also writes about on Wanderers of the World. Aside from travelling and writing, she also loves reading, crafting and learning about nature.

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