This holiday season, you might be wondering what to get the travel-loving people in your life. One of my favorite and most used travel items is the packing cube. These humble fabric boxes have transformed the way I organize my bag for weekend trips! I’m a new member of the packing cube fan club, so I still haven’t had the chance use them on a longer trip (one requiring a full-sized suitcase), but I imagine the benefit would be even greater with more room to organize. I ordered a small set of TravelWise packing cubes from Amazon in the bright teal color. This starter set came with a small, medium, and large size cube. There were sets with more pieces, but I figured I would start small and add more if I really liked them. The first time I used them was for a weekend trip to Athens, GA.
When my packing cubes arrived, I was disappointed in how small they looked. I thought for sure I would only be able to use the large size, but I was wrong. It seems like the more things you put in these cubes, the more spacious they become! In fact, the big one seemed too big after all clothes were loaded up. Once clothes were all cozy in their appropriate cube – I used the large one for pants and pajamas, the medium one for shirts, and the small one for other odds and ends – I noticed that while they did organize my clothes, they didn’t really decrease the amount of space I was using in my bag like I was hoping. That being said, the real benefit of the cube came when I arrived in Athens. When I was looking through my bag for clothes, it was so much easier to find a shirt or pair of pants when they were in the cubes. Normally my bag will be neat when I leave my house and a disaster the first time I try to pull out one pair of socks. With the cubes, I didn’t churn everything up looking for one or two items. It was also super easy to pull out the cubes and place them in dresser drawer then boom – I was unpacked. I simply put them back in my bag when it was time to leave and I didn’t have to worry about re-organizing everything again.
These cubes are sturdy for normal packing, but I wouldn’t recommend trying to jam them full since the fabric is on the thin side. They also lacked compression, which would have been a nice touch to cut down the packing bulk. That being said, these cubes are a regular part of my packing routine now and they have made my transitions from home to adventure and back to home more seamless!