Travel Tuesday: Packing Cubes

How to Pack an Organised Suitcase

Travel has become more complicated today. Most airlines have placed  restrictions on the weight and number of pieces of luggage that can be checked in or taken aboard a plane. This has put a lot of pressure on travellers to pack lighter and simpler. Anything that makes travel less stressful is a bonus as far as I am concerned.

I have found that I can make sure that nothing is forgotten, and that I can find whatever I need when I need it, by using suitcase organisers such as packing cubes. They are a perfect solution to my packing problems.


What are packing cubes?

Packing cubes are small, ultra lightweight zippered bags that are often rectangular in shape (go figure). They come in a variety of sizes and are designed to fit into carry-on bags, backpacks, duffles and checked in luggage. If your trip is only for a weekend, then you may not need packing cubes, but for any longer, they are a fantastic idea.



Minimise wrinkles.

When the New York Times asked flight attendants how they packed over 40 garments in a single suitcase, the universal answer: roll your clothes to save space. When you roll instead of folding, you’ll find that you can fit more outfits and maximise the available space. But if you want your clothes to stay rolled, that’s where a packing cube comes in handy. It ensures that every time you open your suitcase, your rolled clothes stay exactly where they need to be. (


Organise clothing.

Packing cubes allow you to organise your clothing into categories – underwear, t-shirts, pants etc. You don’t have to rummage around in your suitcase in search of an item; just take the appropriate cube out.


You can also sort your clothing into outfits, or if you are travelling through different climate zones, into lightweight or warmer groupings.


Where to Buy.

Depending on how much you want to spend, you can find packing cubes in specialist luggage stores or online. Here are some links for you. These are just a few. Happy searching.


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