Packing cubes are my biggest travel hack! They will revolutionise the way you pack – I travel a lot and therefore I am constantly on the lookout for ways to make travelling less stressful and more enjoyable. I have recently used packing cubes for my trip to Australia and New Zealand and only a few weeks in to the trip the two main cubes had alright ripped or the zip had broken. I was super annoyed and couldn’t wait to find a better alternative when I returned. These little cubes are a lifesaver when you travel and will give you back time and sanity, when unpacking and repacking that backpack multiple times a week.
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What are Packing Cubes?
Packing cubes are small containers made of fabric, often in a rectangular shape, used for packing clothing. They zip closed and are small enough that you can fit several into a carry-on bag, suitcase, or backpack. With different sizes and shapes, it is possible to find the right packing cubes to fit perfectly into your luggage. Packing cubes keep your clothing compressed and enable you stay to organised and make unpacking quick and easy. IKEA also do an IKEA suitcase, which you can use as luggage alongside the IKEA packing cubes.
What are the Benefits of Using Packing Cubes?
It’s true that you can pack well (enough) without ever using packing cubes. I did it for years! Once I started using them, however, I discovered the numerous benefits. No more pulling every piece of clothing out of my bag to get to the one thing at the bottom! Use alongside the IKEA suitcase and you will find even more benefits for the IKEA packing cubes.
- Come in a variety of sizes
- Organize clothing
- Keep clothes neat and minimize wrinkles
- Make packing, repacking, and finding exactly what you need easier
- Offer alternative storage solutions
- Maximize space
- Serve as impromptu pillows
- Store travel belongings between trips
Buying Packing Cubes – My Favourite IKEA Packing Cubes
On a recent trip to IKEA I realised they had also started selling their version of a packing cube in their travel and IKEA family range. (They have also started selling suitcases, I am intrigued to see how they match up to higher priced brands.) However, many of you may be asking ‘what is a packing cube?’
A packing cube is a fabric cube which is usually encased with a zip. The purpose of the cube is to aid packing when going abroad, by both saving space in your suitcase but also protecting your clothes/separating your clothes. Below I have listed my pros and cons for why I would recommend using packing cubes! You can buy them here.
You can separate your clothes if you are sharing a suitcase
Protects your clothes from explosions with toiletries
Compartmentalise different types of clothes
Keeps clothes wrinkle free
Separate dirty laundry from clean clothes
The cost – although these are pretty cheap!
Could you alternative methods
More weight if you are travelling ultra light
The IKEA, UPPTÄCKA range has two different types of packing cubes. I bought the navy blue coloured range as the other colour is pink, and I am just not a fan of pink. They come as a set of 4 for £5 if you have an IKEA family card (you can ask for one at the checkout) or for £7.50 without a family members card. They have mesh in the front so they’re breathable, and its also useful so you can see what’s in them, instead of taking everything out to find one top. One of the cubes is double sided, and they come in a variety of sizes.
There is a large, medium, small and shoe bag. SO HANDY! The IKEA packing cubes don’t have an odour proof/water proof cube like many others do but I still like the idea of being able to separate my dirty laundry away from my clean clothes. If you are after an odour cube I know that Eagle Creek do some. Overall, a really good investment, at £5 you really can’t go wrong and I will be sure to invest in a few more of these packing cubes for the family and partner for our next trip away this spring.
What do you do to keep organised when you’re travelling? Let me know in the comments below!
Here are some other options from Kathmandu. If you use packing cubes, how many do you pack?! Let me know in the comments!
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