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How to Use Packing Cubes To Get Organized

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How to Use Packing Cubes To Get Organized

If you've ever torn apart your luggage in search of that t-shirt or phone charger you thought you packed, you know how important it is to stay organized while traveling.

Using a luggage organizer like packing cubes can help minimize time spent rummaging through your bags while also maximizing the space inside your suitcase. Here’s how to use packing cubes to set yourself up for success - from packing to unpacking and at your destination. 

What are Packing Cubes?

Packing cubes are standalone compartments that can be used inside your carry-on or checked bags, as needed. You can purchase them individually or in sets of various sizes. There are also different shapes and functions to accommodate different needs, including packing cubes that expand and compress to help you make the most out of your packing spaces

3 pack packing cube set

Are Packing Cubes Worth It?

Whether you’re a frequent traveler or a once-a-year vacationer, packing cubes make the most efficient space of the inside of your suitcase. They keep you organized, protect your possessions, and can even save you money.

You’ll know where all of your belongings are stowed at all times, taking the hassle out of getting ready for a bright-and-early business meeting or a leisurely afternoon spent lounging by the pool. (There are also cubes specially designed to keep damp items from soiling the rest of your clothes, just in case you can’t resist one last dip in the ocean just before heading to the airport.)

packing cubes inside luggage

Packing cubes also help keep you organized at your destination by serving as containers. Many modern hotel rooms have done away with dresser drawers. When you travel with packing cubes, you can still stay organized and avoid the jumbled mess that often comes from living out of a suitcase.

Save on baggage fees by assigning separate cubes to family members traveling together and then combining them into one suitcase to limit the number of bags you check in or carry.

How to Use Packing Cubes:

Packing cubes are incredibly flexible and different sizes, shapes and styles can be combined to suit your own personal packing needs. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

    • Assign a packing cube to each type of item – Give bottoms, tops, pajamas, socks, and intimates their own individual cubes. Then, bring an empty cube for accumulating dirty clothes during the trip.
    • Designate a cube per day or activity – Pack each cube with a top-and-bottom combination for each day and night of your vacation, taking the decision-making out of getting ready by picking out your outfits in advance.
    • Choose luggage with coordinating cubes and organizers – The Roadtrip 30” Drop-Bottom Duffel comes with three sizable packing cubes, while the Crew™ VersaPack™ collection lets you personalize the way you pack with a variety of optional Zip-In Organizers designed for specific tasks.
    • Guard against wrinkles with a garment folder– If you’re traveling for a wedding or formal event, use a garment folder to keep pressed shirts crisp during transit. 
    • Use a toiletry bag or packing cube designed for wet items – If you’re bringing liquids, use the proper luggage organizer to protect the rest of your packed items from accidental spills.

Find more tips on how to make the most of your luggage space in our carry-on packing guide.

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