I’ve spent most of my life travelling to different locations around the world, sometimes on short trips and sometimes a lot longer. My luggage would always start off tidy. The longer I travelled the messier it would become and on many occasions I would be pulling my hair out because I was unable to find the piece of clothing I was looking for. If this sounds like you, then you, and I, are in luck because I have discovered packing cubes . Yes, packing cubes, they have revolutionised the way I pack. After using them on a number of trips now they have given me my sanity back as they keep my things organised and I can find them in record time. So here are my 8 reasons to use packing cubes.
What are packing cubes?
Before I get into my reasons for loving packing cubes here is my definition of them. Packing cubes are luggage organisers. Basically they are fabric containers of varying sizes and shapes that allow you to put your clothes and other things inside them. They are also made of different materials and some have zips while others have a drawstring. In a nutshell packing cubes can turn a messy bag into an organised bag. So what are the benefits of using packing cubes?
Benefits of using Packing Cubes
Come in a variety of sizes and shapes
You would expect a packing cube to be the shape of a cube but they actually come in different shapes with varying lengths, width and height. Some are squares, others are rectangles while some can be long tubes. No matter what size or shape they are ideal to pack different clothes or anything else you want to stash inside them. Their size allows you to pack a number of them into your luggage whether that be your backpack, suitcase or daypack.
Organise clothing to make identification easier
Having different sizes and shapes allows you to put like items together. One packing cube for your underwear, one for your tops, one for your bottoms, etc. Some use one for dirty clothing or maybe you could pack a specific outfit with the accessories for a special event all in the one cube. Having your things organised will allow you to find them quicker. No more taking everything out of your luggage only to find what you are looking for at the bottom of your bottom.
Packing cubes are easy to pack inside your luggage to help you maximise space. Not everyone will agree but I find having different size packing cubes lets you pack and re-arrange your luggage so the cubes fit in. Have a look at the before and packing photo scenarios. You can also get compression packing cubes which compress the clothes to help you maximise your space.
Keep clothes neat and minimise wrinkles
No matter how well you pack there will always be a few wrinkles in your clothing, even when rolling clothing. By filling the packing cubes to capacity with neatly folded or rolled garments will help your items stay in place. Less movement will lead to less wrinkled clothes.
Made from different materials
Having packing cubes made from different material may not excite everyone, but for some reason it does me. They can be made from fabric, plastic and mesh with zippers and / or a drawstring. I like the ones that have a mesh top so I can see what is inside. The mesh also lets my clothes breath. The cubes are usually closed with a zip or drawstring to ensure things are safe and sound. Plastic cubes are usually water resistant which can be great for keeping wet clothes away from dry clothes. Also, if you are ever caught in the rain the waterproof material will help keep your items dry.
Make packing and repacking easier
Packing and repacking your bag will be made easier because you can easily pull out one packing cube to get the item you are wanting. You won’t need to wade through piles of clothes and then have to repack the clothes you have just waded through. You will only need to repack the cube and put it back in your luggage.
A range of colours
Packing cubes come in different colours. You could buy a couple or more sets so you can use different colours to identify different clothing. So you could have all your underwear in one colour, tops in another and so on. Different colours come in handy when you are travelling with other people like kids. You can put different people’s clothes in different colours to identify whose has what clothes.
Don’t have to unpack
If you like to unpack when you reach your destination and put things away in draws you don’t need to unpack your packing cubes. Simply put the cubes in the draws and take things out of the packing cubes when needed. Simple.
How do you use Packing Cubes?
There is no right or wrong way on how to use packing cubes. There are different ways to categorise what you put in your packing cubes and that will be up to you. My biggest tip to you is to fill the packing cube, not overfill or under-fill it. Overfilling can cause stress on the zipper or drawstring. While under-filling may cause wrinkles in clothes.
I believe you will agree these are 8 very good reasons why you should invest in packing cubes. They will revolutionise the way you pack. I’m not just saying that, I truly believe this after using them a number of times now and they have helped make my travels easier.
There are a lot of packing cubes out there in the marketplace so you may be thinking, ‘how do I choose packing cubes’? I suggest you consider where you are going, what you are taking and then work it out from there. Here are some packing cube suggestions to get you started. Click on the links for further details about each packing cube set. Happy packing!
Sharyn McCullum has travelled most of her life thanks to her dad who worked for an airline. She has travelled with her family, as a single person, as one half of a couple and then with her own kids. Over her years of travel she has discovered some very useful travel gear and accessories that have helped make her travels easier. She reviews and sells them at The Travel Gear Store.