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Are you curious about packing cubes? Are they really beneficial? Do they really save space? Read on to find out!
12 Benefits of Using Packing Cubes
With a price tag of roughly $20 for a set of three, I’d say packing cubes are definitely worth a try. I can’t travel without mine and many travelers feel the same way.
While it’s possible to use Ziploc bags to store your clothing, actual packing organizers have several more benefits and don’t cost that much more money.
These are my (and our readers’!) top 12 reasons why every traveler should use at least one packing cube:
I’ve had mine for over 3 years and use them almost daily.
A reader also says, “Once you buy one (or a few), you’re set for years!”
You can use a small/slim packing cube to compress your clothing and travel for any trip with just a carry-on bag.
One reader says, “They literally weigh nothing. Not only do they keep you organized, but they also compress your items and let you pack more in less space. The Travel Fashion Girl set of packing cubes are great to start with!” Another says, “Packing cubes have changed the way I pack. They compress my things and force me to limit what I pack.”
Watch this packing video tutorial for more info.
Separate your clothing by bottoms/tops, travel outfits, or weather.
One reader says, “I bought TFG’s packing cubes, which fit my suitcase exactly. I now find I can get so much in it without being stuffed that I’m almost over the weight limit! They keep your bag neater and organized.” Another adds, “I am able to organize and keep things tiny in mine. It also gives me limits to stay in when packing.”
Find out how I used mine to travel carry-on only in Europe!
Color-code clothing by using different color organizers for each family member.
One reader says, “I like that I can designate a cube to me, another for my baby, and another for my husband. It makes things so much easier to find while traveling.” Another says, “You can organize them how you like – one for undies, one for tops, etc. Or you could use a cube for each outfit if you pack that way. My friend used to plan in advance every day’s outfit with the accessories and all!”
Ideal for organization/storage within a hotel/hostel when shelf space is limited.
A reader says, “I used to be the messiest packer. The cubes make me organized and I can find everything. At a hotel I just put my cubes in the dresser. I do feel like I can pack more with the cubes.”
Easy to Clean
Throw them in the wash (hang dry) after a trip or during for long term travels.
Use them for clothing, shoes, electronics, and anything else you want to store.
One reader says, “Not only can you use them in your suitcase, but packing cube in your carryon tote helps me stay sane. I organize all of my technology into one packing cube, so I can grab my wallet without grabbing a cord, etc. They are incredibly versatile.”
Use packing cubes in any bag for a more organized solution. They’re great to use in big backpacks or totes that don’t have any interior pockets.
One reader says, “Packing cubes turn any bag into a good travel bag. A friend just used her large purse as a carry on for four days with one packing cube!” Another adds, “If you’re using a backpack, they’re especially good to use. With backpacks, you’re always digging around and ultimately messing up all the organization you took time to do before you left.”
On your flight, use a cube stuffed with clothing as a neck pillow.
One reader says, “I use one cube to pack all of my on-flight essentials, including a scarf, eye mask, and other items that will keep me comfortable on the plane.”
Carry your travel comforts, like a neck pillow, scarf, sweater, or blanket.
One reader says, “Packing cubes also prevent woven clothing from turning into a huge wrinkled mess in your luggage. I use two full-size cubes – one for knits, one for wovens.”
One reader says, “I don’t like my clothes touching the bottoms of drawers so that’s why I just take the cubes from my suitcase into the drawers.” You can do the same at home for keeping dust off of items you don’t wear as frequently.
Use them at home for storage or to maximize limited closet space!
Better than using plastic bags!
One reader says, “I love my packing organizers. I used to use plastic bags, but now I don’t need to. I’m organized and can keep one full of toiletries ready to go.”
How to Use Packing Cubes
Use one packing cube to store the clothing for your hot weather destination and use the other for your cold weather destination. The third can be used for layering pieces. Create mini capsule wardrobes for each weather system.
Where To Buy Packing Cubes
Here’s a quick overview for each of products on our best packing cubes list:
|BRAND / MODEL||FEATURES||RATING||PRICE|
|Compass Rose Compression Packing Cubes||Set includes: 4 slim: they’re the only packing cubes that fit perfectly into a carryon suitcase. You can stack them on top of each other like shelves or lay them flat on top of each other||Check Price|
|AmazonBasics 4-Piece Slim Packing Cube Set||100% Polyester, double zipper pull closure, mesh top panel, webbing handle||Check Price|
|TravelWise Packing Cube System||5 piece travel organizer set (1 small, 2 medium and 2 large packing cubes)||Check Price|
|Dot&Dot Medium Packing Cube||Look Great and Organized, see through mesh, with a carrying strap||Check Price|
|Bago Packing Cube||Set includes - 2 MEDIUM (13.4” x 8.7” x 4”) 2 LARGE (15.8” x 11.8” x 4”). PLUS 6 Reusable Plastic ZIP BAGS||Check Price|
|Shacke Pak - 4 Set Packing Cubes||Made from high quality water resistant nylon material, X design with double stitching, laundry bag Included||Check Price|
These are my preferred packing organizers of choice!
Compass Rose Travel Accessories
Do you use packing organizers? Share your favorite in the comments!
For more tips on travel gear, please read:
- How to Choose a Suitcase
- How to Choose the Best Travel Backpack
- Top Packing Organizers
- Top 10 Toiletry Bags
- Packing Cubes Video Tutorial
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