If you hang around the Eagle Creek blog, you’ve heard a lot
cubes. Truth is, we’re pretty crazy for cubes … these small,
zippy bags are ideal for travelers of all types, from the weekend
warrior to the nonstop RTW
explorer. We use small cubes when packing
our gym bag, to organize our car
trunks, and in just about every instance that could benefit from a
little more neatness—including creative
uses around the house! If you are new to the culture of the
‘cube, however, you may have some questions. Let’s knock them out!
Do Packing Cubes Really Save Space?
In a word—yes! The word “cube” may invoke images of bulky corners
and rigid sides, but the name is a bit of a misnomer. Eagle Creek
packing cubes, which come in a variety
of styles and sizes to mix ‘n match as needed, are squishy
enough to pack in closely while maintaining their shape well enough to
not crush your stuff. It may be initially overwhelming when you have
several cubes and your favorite bag in front of you, but you’ll be
surprised how the cubes fit snugly, taking up less room than your
personal belongings would otherwise. Packing with a clear plan and a
couple sets of packing cubes really does save space, allowing you to
more in your suitcase. As a bonus, packing cubes are endlessly
reusable and therefore better
for the environment than plastic bags or other temporary
How Do Compression Cubes Work?
packing cubes use a zipper system to allow you to fill and zip a
packing cube closed, then use another zipper to squeeze the clothes
tighter. The packing cube compresses, sometimes halving the space
needed compared to a regular packing cube.
You can also use compression
sacs to take compression a step further—using tight plastic sacs
to compress your clothes and truly remove all of the air from the
packing sac. If you’re trying to save space in your bag, then compression
cubes are the best option. But don’t forget that all those clothes
you’re packing still add weight to your suitcase, so you should likely
not use compression cubes for all items in your suitcase, but rather
the bulkier ones.
How Should I Use Packing Cubes in my Suitcase?
Deciding how to fill you packing cubes is an individual choice, but
many travelers go for rolling clothes versus folding. Then you play
Tetris in your suitcase by
fitting the various sized cubes into the space. Some go-getters swear
by folding shirts and blouses flat in larger
cubes or packing
folders to maximize space and keep items in pristine condition
clothes wrinkle-free). The packing cubes holding your larger
garments should go into your bag first since they take up more space.
cubes are ideal for undies and socks, and these should be neatly,
tightly folded and rolled to take up as little space as possible while
still preventing wrinkles—these small cubes should go into your
suitcase last since they will fit into any extra gaps.
and thin cubes if the shape of your suitcase leaves a thin gap
anywhere—these cubes also work for small items like socks,
underthings, scarves, and accessories. Toiletry kits
also do well to fill odd-shaped gaps, and packing sacs
are another great way to keep small items together that will then slip
into your suitcase as you pack.
No matter how you roll or fold, take the time to do it well—you will
be grateful when your luggage zips closed effortlessly and you are
organized to a “T.”
Packing tip : Wondering which is really
better? Read the full debate here: Packing
Showdown: Rolling vs Folding Clothes
How About Weight, Will They Make My Bag Heavier?
baggage restrictions, every ounce counts. Packing cubes have
substance, so therefore they have weight. However, you will find that
their lightweight construction (especially of the ultra lightweight Specter and
Tech series of packing cubes) and usefulness make them
indispensable. Your clothes will be packed neatly and tightly if
you’re using them right, eliminating the need for additional
checked luggage. Plus, if you are savvy and use clean/dirty
cubes to your advantage, you can pack less because your wardrobe
will go for longer, all within one bag. Clean items will stay clean,
and dirty items can be tidily contained, rather than wadded in the
bottom of your bag—and everything
will stay smelling fresh!
How Do I Clean Eagle Creek Packing Cubes?
No need to worry about stinky packing cubes after a long haul!
Packing cubes are as low-maintenance as it gets and it’s easy to clean
your packing cubes as a part of your regular routine of sanitizing
your luggage when you return from a trip. You can throw them in
your washing machine with cold water on a gentle setting, or you can
hand-wash the outside and inside in the sink or with a soapy cloth.
Don’t put them in the dryer, however—this makes the packing cube sad.
Instead, let your cubes air-dry overnight. You’ll find them good as
new in the morning!
Still having newbie feelings about the power of packing cubes? Find
out how expert travelers have maximized
the potential of their cubes, and how the pros utilize
these awesome travel tools when not
on the road !
Related Eagle Creek Products
Specter Tech™ Compression Cube Set S/M
Original™ Starter Set
Specter™ Cube Set XS/S/M
Related Links (from the Eagle Creek blog):
Ways to Use Packing Cubes for Families
Ways Travel Pros Use Packing Cubes When Not Traveling
Are the Best Ways to Use Packing Cubes?
By Shannon O’Donnell on July 13, 2020
Shannon O'Donnell is a long-term
traveler who has
been on the road since 2008 and has lived everywhere from Southeast
Asia to Barcelona, where she now calls home. She travels slowly and
along the way, winning
numerous awards for her work advocating for the communities impacted
by travel and tourism.