2. Packing Cubes are Better for the Environment
You’ve already made the switch to fabric bags for your grocery trips, so it makes sense to carry that attitude into the rest of your activities, too: According to a 2017 study in the Science Advances journal (if current production trends continue), roughly 13 tons of plastic will be produced worldwide by 2050 … and most of it will accumulate in landfills or the natural environment. Eagle Creek offers a lifetime No Matter What™ Warranty on all products, which includes packing cubes! Also: “Plastic bags have a tendency to slip and slide in your bag, since they aren’t structured like packing cubes,” McAlpin says. Opt for Eagle Creek’s Pack-It Reveal Pro Set, which is translucent, allowing you to easily see your belongings. A bonus, especially if you're headed to the beach or a trek where you might encounter moisture: Unlike plastic bags, the mesh allows items to breathe.
3. Packing Cubes Save You Time at the Airport
We've all left home with more than we need, only to be told at the airport that we need to pay to check our bags before boarding. Some items that make your carry-on bag overweight: shoes, guidebooks, toiletries, and gifts. Along with toiletries—which are usually the first items to be stored in cubes—it pays to keep these items in travel cubes—one of the many benefits of well-organized packing cubes is easily transferring them between your checked bag, carry-on, or personal item, if needed.