With the costs of flying rising, a lot of people look to see how they can make it more affordable. One way to do that is to fly with as little luggage as possible.
Now, if you’re someone who swears by the carry on bag, you’re set. But for those who struggle to fit everything into one suitcase, there is a secret weapon out there: packing cubes.
In this post, we’re going to highlight exactly how to use packing cubes effectively. This way, you’re going to be able to get the most bang for your buck (and luggage space) while traveling.
Ready to dig in?
What Are Packing Cubes
Alright, first things first, you might not have heard of packing cubes. So, here’s a quick rundown.
Packing cubes are shaped fabric ‘bags’ of sorts that zip. They come in various sizes to fit into all kinds of different types of luggage. Most of the time, packing cubes are rectangular in shape, but you can find them in other forms as well.
The key to them is they compress your clothing. So you can fit more things in a suitcase than you normally would be able to without packing cubes.
What makes packing cubes so great is that you can fit a number of items in them easily and you can group items together. You could, for example, pack the kids clothes in one cube, and yours in another and then store them both in the same piece of luggage.
Getting Started with Packing Cubes
Now that you know the basics behind packing cubes, here’s how to best use them.
First, organize. The key to efficient packing is to be organized before you start. So, in this case, you want to separate everything into piles, so you know exactly what will go into each cube.
This really comes in handy for when you might be traveling to places with two distinct climates or if you are trying to fit clothes for some people in as few bags as possible.
Next, begin packing. A good rule of thumb with packing cubes is to use the roll method. You want to have your cube unzipped. Then roll each item and pack it into the cube. Since the cubes compress, you can really pile items in until they are nice and snug.
And remember, because you are rolling, your clothes will tend to be less wrinkled when you unpack.
Finally, zip and store. Here is where you want to remember your organization. If you have items that you know you’ll frequently need, keep those in one cube so you can take that out of your bag and get to it first.
Depending on the size of your luggage, you can stack many cubes in one bag. This means no more digging through piles of clothes to find the one thing you need. And, as you go through and use items, you can transfer them into a cube for clothing that needs to be laundered. That will help keep your clean clothes fresh.
Packing cubes are really easy and, for many travelers, a must-have item. So on your next trip, pack and travel with ease!