I doubt I will ever achieve the “perfect pack” but one thing I’ve learned in all of the travelling we’ve done is to pack light and pack organized. Packing light comes from letting go of the need to pack for every possible occasion. You’ll end up bringing home clothes you didn’t wear. Packing organized means you don’t have to fumble through your suitcase to find something and after you’re through, your clothing still looks neat. There are several solutions for this, but one that ranks high on my list is packing cubes.
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I was sent a large set of TravelWise packing cubes in exchange for my honest evaluation. I’ve wanted a set of packing cubes for ages but was never impressed with the quality of the ones I could find. That’s not the case with this product. I’m pretty happy with them so far so and I want to tell you about them and how I plan to use them.
The first time Rick and I travelled to Spain I had a huge suitcase full of clothes; after all we were going to be there for three weeks. I had pants, shorts, skirts, dresses, workout clothes, underwear, a sweater for the evening, several pairs of shoes plus jewelry, makeup and a tablet. The weight adds up, especially when you have to drag your suitcase along uneven pavement.
Looking back on photos from that trip I wore the same outfits over and over: a couple dresses that I liked and two different tops that I alternated between a pair of shorts and a skirt. They were all made from comfortable, crushable fabrics that didn’t wrinkle, were easy to wash and quick to dry. (Keep in mind this was before I went on the Camino and learned how to get by with just two sets of clothes.) I might have worn a couple other pieces of clothing but for the most part I had overpacked. Bigly.
I thought I was being efficient by using the vacuum packing bags but they didn’t help me pack smart. They enabled me to pack more. They slid all over my suitcase and settled to the bottom like a bag of chips. Plus I had to dig through everything to find what I wanted. The same happens when I use mesh bags in my backpack.
I evaluated the 5 piece weekender set. There’s one small, two medium and two large cubes in the set and they come in a wide variety of colors. The large cubes are 4 inches deep while the small and medium cubes are slightly less tall. I found the two large cubes fit easily in my suitcase, which isn’t super large, but it would have to be checked on a plane. You can mix and match and stack the different sized cubes to make it work with whatever you have. There will still be room for bulky items like shoes or hair dryers.
Here are some examples of what you can fit in one of the large cubes:
- 1 pair of jeans
- 1 pair of slacks
- 1 pair of shorts
- 1 pair of yoga pants
- 1 skirt
- 1 hooded sweatshirt
- 1 dressy blouse
- 1 long sleeve pullover shirt
- 2 t shirts
That will easily fit into a small carry on type bag and cover a three day fall weekend with options in case the weather changes. The TravelWise packing cubes expand to accommodate your preferred packing style, rolling or folding. For the sample pack I laid some items flat and arranged the rolled pieces on top. You will still be able to fit your toiletry kit and an extra pair of shoes alongside of the cubes.
The cubes have a mesh grid so you can see inside without having to open them; very convenient. The smallest size would work well for all those little things…chargers, belts, gloves, etc. while the medium size is perfect for underwear and lingerie or toiletries. I also found the medium size worked better with my backpack, although they don’t quite lay flat. They’re definitely coming with me on the next Camino.
When you want to open the cubes you’ll find the zippers are of good quality and glide easily from either end. What’s the point of using a cube if you have to fight to get into it?
You can organize the cubes as you please. I like to keep like items together because I will mix and match among them; tops, bottoms and underwear. If you prefer to pack outfits together you can fit two or three changes in one large cube.#Travel cubes from @EatSmartScales help you pack efficiently and save $$ on luggage fees. #ReviewClick To Tweet
Packing efficiently allows you to avoid checked luggage fees because you can fit everything you need into a carry on. These handy items are priced below the cost of one checked suitcase. They’ll pay for themselves quickly.
TravelWise packing cubes are sold by the people at Eat Smart Products. They make a great gift for the frequent flyer, casual traveler, biker and backpacker who desires to be efficient in their packing. Be sure to drop by their website to see all their travel accessories and other handy products. Right now the website hasn’t been updated to reflect all of the colors available. You will find them listed at Amazon.