One thing that has really improved my travel experience in the last decade is packing cubes. While there’s a ton of videos and articles out there on the subject, we wanted to do a brief packing cubes review for those of you who might not be familiar with these products.
Packing cubes are lightweight zippered compartment bags that allow you to organize the contents of your bag. The bags often have some level of elasticity, allowing them to compress the clothing inside. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and manufacturers, and are fairly inexpensive. You basically fold or roll your clothes, place them in the cube, and zip them up. Once you’re done, you just place them in your suitcase. It’s simple but completely genius!
Here are some ways that packing cubes improve the process of packing.
1. Segment your packing:
One benefit is that it segments your packing, which allows you to pack in phases. For me, this means that I usually start with my underwear and socks, pants and shorts, then shirts and tops. Breaking down my packing into smaller units helps me to pack faster and seems less daunting than packing everything at once.
2. Allow you to unpack easily:
Packing cubes allow me to unpack my bag easily and efficiently. When I get to my hotel, I just grab each individual cube and place them in the drawer. It’s not only efficient, but it keeps my clothes from getting wrinkled.
This is also handy if you’re ever get stopped at customs and asked to unpack your bag. This happened when I traveled to Thailand, and when I quickly unpacked all the cubes in from my backpack, the customs officer seemed impressed!
3. Compress your items:
Another benefit to packing cubes is that they compress the items in your bag. Rather than having clothing that can shift inside your suitcase and take up unnecessary space, your items are kept compact and neat in the packing cube.
I’ve also seen some cubes that are two-sided to hold your dirty laundry on one side. I haven’t personally tried them, but I think it’s a great idea. I currently use an Eagle Creek Pack-it Compression Sac as my laundry bag, and I’m pretty happy with my set-up.
Packing cube sets start around $15 and go up in price depending on size, features, and quality of materials. I personally have ones from Eagle Creek, eBags, and AmazonBasics. All of them work well and have never failed me. They also make awesome gifts for any travelers in your life.
Lastly, once you start using packing cubes, you’ll want to explore other accessories for packing. Some of the other accessories that I would recommend are shoe bags, a compressible laundry bag, and a garment folder.
Do you use packing cubes or any other special gear when traveling? If so, please share in the comment section below.