As a frequent traveller with a serious case of wanderlust, I spend a significant chunk of my free time searching for new places to visit and planning my next adventure. Whether it’s a weekend getaway to France or a two-month trip around Asia, I love nothing more than sitting down with a map and putting a kick-ass itinerary together. But as much as I love planning and travelling, I’ve always found packing a chore.
Consequently, over the past few years I slowly got into the habit of travelling with just a backpack or a small-ish carry-on – not only does it make my life ten times easier, but it’s cheaper, quicker, and it means less waiting time at the airport. It means less stress, no lost luggage and, more importantly, me not having to spend an eternity packing and unpacking my suitcase.
But when I was preparing for my two-month trip to Asia earlier this year (which, unfortunately, involved different climates, from boiling hot to freezing cold and rainy), taking a bigger suitcase was inevitable. And that’s when I discovered – and fell in love with – packing cubes.
So, if you’re like me and either hate the thought of packing, or are always struggling to fit everything into your suitcase, this post is for you. In today’s post, I’ll talk about my experience with packing cubes, which ones I use, and how I use them to stay organised while travelling – and how to make the process of packing easier and less stressful.
But… what are packing cubes?
Packing cubes are small, lightweight fabric bags that are used for packing clothes and making them easier to find and organise in your luggage. As with everything else, they come in different shapes and sizes – while some of them are bigger and are ideal for storing bulkier items, such as jeans or knitwear, some of them are smaller and are designed to hold smaller items of clothing – t-shirts, socks, or even underwear. There are separate cubes for shoes and accessories, and some brands even make special pouches that you can use for storing other items, like make-up or charging cables.