2014 was a year that had a lot of travel and plenty of time living out of suitcases. After looking in my suitcase in January and seeing that I had delicate dress clothes packed along with boxes of macaroni and cheese (to take back with us to South Africa for the kids), I decided it was time to make an investment in how I packed.
I am excited to report that I am thrilled with the choice I made. I’m sure there are other good products out there. But I chose Eagle Creek packing cubes (and no, they are not paying me to write this). There are two styles. The regular cubes zip three-fourths of the way around so you can open it up really nice and see the clothes you packed in it. I’ve found that I really like these for my work clothes when I am traveling for work. These cubes are rather inexpensive. But, these cubes weigh a little bit more than another choice Eagle Creek has. Since every ounce is precious on the international 50 pound weight limit, I’ll likely leave these at home when traveling internationally.
The lightweight packing cubes (also by Eagle Creek) are from their Specter line. They are more expensive but if you are counting the ounces in your luggage, I think they are worth it. They fold down to nothing and weigh barely anything. They don’t quite unzip three-fourths of the way around, though, so I find them a little bit more difficult to use when traveling. If I’ve placed a line of about 5 t-shirts, each one rolled up, into the cube, it’s a little difficult to see the one down in the bottom. Also, because they are so lightweight, they have less structure than the others, unless completely full. Thus, they seem to work better for my casual clothes. But that is all a personal preference. They are noticeably more expensive than the other ones also so I’ve scouted out some discounted ones. I think these will work especially well when traveling internationally.
I just returned from a U.S. trip. I had my giant suitcase with me. I was thrilled when I saw that my cubes fit nicely across the bottom of my suitcase (see picture). They are designed to fit with common suitcase sizes. They also come in a couple of sizes – regular, half and quarter. Thus, they stack nicely on top of each other. After I laid out the base layer, I added some more cubes as well as the usual treasures we bring back from the U.S., like mac and cheese.
I leave for a short work trip on Monday. I actually am excited to pack and be organized with my cubes. It will help me sort my clothes and find them during my overnight stays.
What packing tips and tricks do you have?