As many of you know in early November I traveled to Atlanta to speak at the All Things Silhouette Conference. In preparation, I purchased the Silhouette CAMEO rolling tote for around $60 on Amazon so I could take my CAMEO with me.
The CAMEO travel bag is large enough to fit the machine as well as all the cords, a laptop and a lot of other tools and equipment you might need. The problem is the rolling tote is actually too large. If you are traveling around town the bag may be okay, but if you're planning to fly with it - count it as checked bag. Ugh...
The over-sized size is just one reason I would say 'pass' on this bag for the CAMEO. One might think 'How hard can it be to put a bag together?' Well, let me explain...because the CAMEO tote comes with no directions. Along with the wheeled tote, you get a bunch of padded velcro pieces and one large insert that, if you're like me, you flipped around 89 times to figure out how it was supposed to properly fit in the bag.
The easiest (and I use that term loosely here) way to explain how it should fit in the bag is to tell to find find the laptop sleeve. You want that compartment facing against the inside of the bag on the opposite side of the zippered CAMEO compartment. Sorry I know that's confusing....
So when it's positioned correctly, the insert should sit like this - but of course on the inside of the bag.
Here's a view from the top when it's fully assembled and all filled up.
The smaller padded pieces can be placed at whatever distance apart you desire along the top to create compartments (a Mint would fit nicely in here!). This is actually nice - I like to customize my stuff so I can use it how it's best for me!
Since the area where the CAMEO actually fits into the bag isn't real snug, however, I was afraid my machine would get jostled around. I actually used several of the padded pieces to buffer the machine - especially since it was now out of may hands and into the plane's cargo area! I did insist they add a 'fragile' sticker...and the nice man at American Airlines obliged as I handed over another $35 to check my now extra checked luggage. Double ugh.
There is some good news in all of this - I'm happy to report my Silhouette CAMEO arrived in one piece so for that I can say the bag did a nice job of protecting the machine. On my way home from Atlanta, though, I refused to check the bag separately. It was like I was taking a stand - I shoved the entire thing - with the CAMEO inside - into my suitcase. You think I'm kidding? I'm not...and I have no shame in showing off my packing skills.
And yes, since I know you're silently asking, you can add HTV to your bag. The heat press didn't work so well, so I resorted to an iron.
The Silhouette CAMEO rolling tote may not be terribly functional for air travel, but at least it's cute!
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