Pakt One Bag Review

WATCH OUR VIDEO REVIEW HERE

The Pakt One bag has easily become one of my favourite travel pieces. The portability, versatility, organization and impeccable construction make this carry-on bag a worthwhile investment.

I learned of the Pakt One bag through The Minimalists. Knowing that they worked alongside of founder, Malcom Fontier to design the organization and function of the bag; was reason for my initial intrigue. After checking out the Pakt website, I knew that our standard travel needs for weekend trips and equally longer vacations would be met with this carry-on bag.

INVESTMENT

Typically I wouldn’t begin a review by jumping right into the cost of the product; but in this case, I feel it’s important to acknowledge that the Pakt One is more costly than the average carry-on bag. Priced at $325 USD, the Pakt One is an investment. However, like most things, you get what you pay for and this is absolutely the case with this bag. Travel pieces in particular are products where quality especially matters. Initially spending more money on something made to last means being able to consistently rely on the item and also reduces waste by not having to regularly replace broken luggage. It’s also a risk free purchase as Pakt offers a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.

BAG SPECIFICATIONS

- Size (from website):

  • L 20" (50.8cm) x W 10" (25.4cm) x H 11" (27.9cm)

  • Empty weight of 3.25 lbs

  • 35 liter capacity

- Exterior Pockets:

  • 3x zippers

    • 1x TSA security pouch

  • 1x magnet pocket style

- Interior compartments:

  • 2x main sections

  • 2x privacy zippered pockets

  • 4x mesh pockets

  • 1x padded laptop sleeve (up to 15” according to website, but my 17” MacBook fit perfectly)

TSA SECURITY POUCH

PADDED LAPTOP POCKET

FAVOURITE FEATURES

  • Duffle bag style. I love that the Pakt One is compact; making it easy to store. The comfortable shoulder strap and handles provide efficiency when in use.

  • Organization. Exterior zippered pockets allow for quick access to frequently used items.

  • Main compartment access. With three exterior zippers, being able to conveniently get to all areas of the bag couldn’t be easier.

  • TSA Pouch. Contained in the largest of the three exterior pockets is an attached mesh zippered pouch. This can quickly be pulled out during airport security, so you don’t have to remove separate items and will keep things moving quickly during the security process.

  • Packing compartments. The interior design of the bag allows for packing contents in two separate compartments; which creates easy organization and efficiency.

  • Built-in laptop sleeve. Great padding and quick access.

  • Construction. The Pakt One is simply made well. Quality is obvious from the zippers, to the reinforced stitching and coated exterior canvas fabric.

  • Minimalist aesthetic. The Pakt One is offered in three neutral colour options. Clean lines and a simple colour palette make this a versatile piece that Rob and I can both use.

  • Included laundry bag. In the video review I didn’t realize this was actually a laundry bag (though I wasn’t too off base because the Pakt website does indicate it can be used as a tote). Having the zippered laundry bag keeps soiled clothing separate from clean.

Made With Heart

Pakt cares. They ensure that their product(s) are made in a a safe, legal and humane environment. Pakt takes great strives to ensure that they minimize their environmental impact and are 100% animal friendly. They also ship plastic free!! How refreshing!

If you’re in need of a new carry-on bag, I cannot recommend the Pakt One enough. You can check out more on Pakt and keep up with their latest creations on their socials (Facebook, YouTube). If you have any questions, please ask away! Comments are always welcome!

MiFold Review Pros/Cons

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We have been using MiFolds for well over a year now and have become big fans of these little booster seats! While MiFolds will never be our children’s main booster (for reasons I’ll share in a bit), they have become essential in certain situations. Over the last year we have had used our MiFolds in many situations and have never been disappointed; but there are things to note about this ‘grab and go’' booster that will help determine if the MiFold is a good fit for your needs.

Pros

  • Extremely Compact - Based on the look/design of the MiFold, it’s obvious that they’re small; but even still, I was surprised at just how compact they truly are. Each unit fits easily in a glovebox, backpack, front luggage pouch and even purse.

  • Safe - “MiFold meets and exceeds global safety standards”. Truthfully, I was initially skeptical of the MiFold when I first discovered the booster style. I was uncertain that something so compact could keep my children as safe as their standard sized boosters. However, when you learn about the innovation and design it makes perfect sense. Rather than raise the child up, via a traditional booster, to meet the appropriate heigh of the should strap; the MiFold brings the shoulder strap down to the correct height of the child. Fasteners also ensure proper placement of the lap belt.

  • Convenient - As I mentioned, the MiFold has become essential for us during certain situations. The main one is definitely travel. We are able to easily fit two MiFolds in the front pouch of our carry-on luggage and no longer either have to bring larger boosters (with the hassle of flying them as checked luggage) or rent boosters upon arrival. We also know we can fit in any rental vehicle or taxi with ease.

  • Three Across - This has been huge for us! We do a lot of road trips with a friend and her three children. Without the MiFolds, all eight of us would not be able to travel together in one van. Traditional sized boosters are on average 10x wider than a MiFold. We can fit three older children across the backseat of the van with still plenty of room between kids. The same is true for three children seated in MiFolds across the back of a small car.

  • Affordable - In my opinion, at approximately $60 CAD the MiFold is priced fair. While more expensive than some traditional booster options, given the convenience (especially for travel) it is well worth the investment.

  • Pick-Ups - MiFolds have made things so easy when our children are being picked up by grandparents or other family. Sometimes it’s not easy or even logistical to send a child to school or an extracurricular activity with their booster seat; yet if someone else is picking them up, they need one. The MiFold is so small the kids can easily store it in their backpack.

 
 

CONS

  • It Takes Practice - The first time I tried to set-up the MiFold for each of our boys, I quickly realized there was a learning curve involved. After watching the official MiFold instructional videos, I was able to confidently use them; but it does take some time and practice.

  • Others May Not Be Familiar With the MiFold - We made sure that anyone who would be using the MiFold with our children received a proper tutorial and were comfortable using it before we left them to set it up without our help. This doesn’t allow for spontaneous pick-ups with friends etc. if the MiFold is the only option for a booster.

  • Kids Require Assistance - At eight and six, both of our boys are able to properly buckle themselves using a traditional booster. However, with the MiFold my six year needs my assistance buckling for every use. My eight year old is a bit better, but when he is seated close to others he really struggles with the lap belt fasteners. This isn’t an overly big deal; we just ensure we buckle the kids first before we get seated.

  • Kids Prefer Standard Size - My kids by no means dislike their MiFolds, but if given a choice, they would choose the ease of use and comfort of their bigger boosters.

For us the pros of the MiFold far outweigh the few inconveniences. We don’t use them as regular booster seats for our children, but they definitely could be. For families that rely mainly on taxi and Uber services and/or who travel frequently; it would be the perfect full-time booster. The convenience of being able to travel lighter, not be limited by vehicle rental options, travel as a large group and have grandparents conveniently pick-up our kids have made the world of difference and would not be possible without the MiFold.

Feel free to leave any questions you may have as a comment and I would be happy to answer!

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