You just completed a long-haul flight across the Atlantic Ocean, made it through customs and immigration, picked your bag up off the carousel (somehow it didn’t get lost), and finally made it to your hotel. A quick shower is needed to wash off the long day of travel, and to keep that jet lag at bay. You’re getting dressed, about to go explore this brand-new city - which you have been dreaming about for months - but can’t find the shirt you want to wear. You know you packed it. Somehow it ended up in the bottom corner of your suitcase. In a jet-lagged frenzy, you emptied your whole suitcase to dig it out. Now all your carefully rolled clothes are strewn about your room, and the last thing you want to do is re-pack, especially considering you just arrived! “Leave it, I’ll get to it later,” you tell yourself. We all know how that goes. After a long day of exploring, on top of your long-haul transit, all you want to do is lay down and rest. Sloppy Suitcase – 1, Traveler – 0.
There is a simple and inexpensive fix to this traveler’s dilemma we like to call Sloppy Suitcase - packing cubes. These little cubes make a huge impact on how you pack, unpack, organize, and make use of precious luggage space. Packing Cubes have helped us so much, we would dare say they are as important as your passport!
Think about the last time you moved, or helped a friend move. When you move, you pack everything into boxes, and then put those boxes into a truck. Think of moving as traveling, boxes as packing cubes, and the truck as your suitcase. Packing cubes are small fabric storage containers that you can pack your clothes, accessories, electronics (anything really!) inside of, which you then pack in your suitcase. Most times, packing cubes are squarish, come in a set with multiple sizes, are fabric, and zipper open and closed.
Packing cubes effectively compartmentalize and organize that vast open space of your suitcase. Using packing cubes keeps even the messiest of us organized, makes packing and unpacking a breeze, and can even help you pack more into the same space.
Organization – Packing cubes provide order to the mayhem that is filling the inside of your suitcase. Most luggage provides no option for packing other than shoving everything in and zipping the lid closed. Using packing cubes is like adding dresser draws to your suitcase. You could put socks and underwear in one cube, shirts in another, and pants in another. Or you could organize by the day, put one days’ worth of clothes in each cube. With different sized cubes, you can mix and match how you pack to best suit your travel needs.
Fit more Stuff – We find that most cubes allow you to pack more efficiently. By tightly rolling up your clothes, placing them in a cube, and zipping it shut keeps most items packed as compactly as possible. Which allows you to make the best use of precious luggage space. And, some cubes even offer the ability to compress the contents. So, you pack each cube, zip it up, then zip the secondary compression zipper which forces out air and now your cube takes up even less space.
Pack and Unpack – Once your cubes are organized with everything you need, simply pack them in your luggage. Then once you arrive, unpacking is quick and easy. Grab that one cube with today’s set of clothes. Or pull out that one cube with the shirt you want to wear. No more digging to the bottom of your bag to find that other sock – all your socks are in the same cube. No more sloppy suitcase all over the corner of your room. All your belongings are safely contained with your cubes. Then packing up to leave is easy because your luggage didn’t explode everywhere. Just throw your cubes back in, and be on your way!
We love packing cubes so much that we are currently sponsoring a free giveaway! We have extensively used the Pack-It Original Cube set from Eagle Creek, and will be giving away a set of these cubes for free. Simply sign up by entering your email below. If you don’t want to wait for the contest to be over, check out this set of cubes from Standard Luggage! Armed with packing cubes, you too can prevent sloppy suitcase.
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