A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Packing Cubes

Packing cubes can make a big difference in your travel experience. They allow you to be organized and for your items to be compartmentalized into different bags. You will know exactly where everything is without searching from bag to bag.

Here's a step-by-step guide to how I use packing cubes to maximize my packing space. While packing cubes automatically compress your belongings, the best technique I’ve found is to combine rolling clothes with using packing cubes.

Rolling clothes seem to provide more space in bags than folding clothes. The process I use for rolling clothes is folding each piece in half, then starting to roll from the bottom of the garment to the top. This allows the roll to start thin, then expand as needed. This method works well for all types of clothing - pants, shirts, dresses, etc.

Once rolled, I lay the packing cube horizontally and start packing items in the packing cube vertically. This method allows me to pack approximately 5-6 larger items across the width of the cube. It also leaves room to roll 2 shirts and place them horizontally across the top of the packing cube to fill in the empty space. When cubes are made of flexible fabric, they stretch and I can even stuff a few extra t-shirts on the sides or place them in a thin layer on top of the other clothing. When all of my clothes are packed in cubes, I begin to place them in my travel bag (backpack, duffle, carry-on bag).

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