5 Ways to Use Sturdy, Water-Resistant Packing Cubes

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Packing cubes are a great way to stay organized when you travel, but you don’t have to wait for a trip to put Eagle Creek’s new Pack-It® Gear to good use. The heavy-duty, water-resistant line can be used every day, whether you’re planning a day at the beach or just heading to the gym. Here’s how to use sturdy packing cubes for your travel, play, and home.

Eagle Creek’s new Pack-It Gear line is unlike any other on the market. Its TPU laminate coating offers maximum water resistance while its durable structure protects everything from electronics to scuba gear on a trip. There’s never been a packing cube quite like it.

But don’t wait for your next trip to make best use of these packing cubes. Packing cubes are worth the investment because you can put your cubes to use on a daily basis organizing things you want to store, transporting gear to your favorite activities, keeping your camera equipment organized, and more. Here are five ways to use water-resistant and padded packing cubes when you’re adventuring, or even when you’re not on the road.

How to Use Packing Cubes at the Pool or Beach

Because the new Pack-It Gear line is water resistant, it’s ideal when packing for a day at a friend's pool or the beach. Pack a beach towel, change of clothes, or tablet for reading the latest page-turner in the sturdy cube, and zip your favorite sunscreen into the mesh pouch. When you’re lounging by the water, store your cell phone in the cube to protect it from water and sand.

A separate lightweight laundry sack or slim water-resistant cube could come in handy for keeping damp bathing suits, towels, and other items from getting your dry items wet or sandy on the way home.

Using Water-Resistant Packing Cubes on the Water

Whether you’re packing for a day on the boat, a rafting trip, or a kayaking adventure, the Pack-It Gear line is a must. Fill a water-resistant packing cube with dry clothes, a towel to dry off with, and snacks. The structured toiletry kit is actually also a great place to stash your cell phone or sunglasses when you are on the go—the internal zipper mesh pocket keeps small items organized and the external hook means you can securely fasten it to the boat.

Also, frequent boaters should dedicate the rugged and perfectly-sized Pack-It Gear M X3 to creating an on-water emergency kit with a flashlight, distress flag, hull plug, fire extinguisher, and tools for minor repairs.

Keeping Gear Accessible & Dry in the Snow

Downhill and cross-country skiers can carry dry socks, an extra pair of gloves, ski goggles, and other equipment in durable cubes. Hand warmers are easy to store in the mesh pouch. Snowmobilers can add repair items to their cube, such as spark plugs, a spark plug wrench, tow rope, duct tape, siphon hose, and similar items.

A Pack-It Gear Pouch makes it easy to protect your cell phone in the snow, stash snacks, or keep simple first aid items like Band-Aids on hand.

Outfitting and Organizing Your Car

Most of us spend a lot of time in our cars—either in everyday life, or when car camping and road tripping. Choose the largest packing cube to store basic tools, jumper cables, a tow rope, flares, work gloves, and a first aid kit.

Then organize the interior of your car with packing sacs and pouches—a sturdy pouch keeps its form, so it’s ideal for organizing your glove compartment. Use slimmer packing sacs for organizing everything else! They can keep your snack bars, energy drinks, chapstick, toll money, sunglasses, and other basics on hand. They also work wondrously for parents—use a packing sac or cube to wrangle toys and books for each kid. Lastly, compression cubes work perfectly to store light blankets in the car, which can then easily keep you and your passengers warm and cozy on longer trips.

Using Packing Cubes for Your Active Life

These durable cubes are also the perfect tote for carrying sports equipment. Pack cleats, gloves, mouth guards, crampons, and other specialized gear as well as a first-aid kit in the large, deep packing cube. Meanwhile, removable dividers in the Protect-It cube make it easy to keep all of your key outdoors items separate from the power bars, energy drinks, and water you’ll need to fuel your fun. When packing a gym bag, these packing cubes can carry a change of clothes, towel, soap, shampoo, and deodorant for freshening up after a workout.

No matter where your adventures may take you, durable, water-resistant packing cubes are the perfect companion to keep you organized.

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