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Do Packing Cubes Really Save Space?

What are Packing Cubes?

Packing cubes are zippered fabric containers, usually in a rectangular shape, for organising your items and making them easier to find in your luggage.

What do packing cubes actually do?

Packing cubes can help you carefully pack your suitcases and travel better in a number of ways:

  • Come in a variety of sizes
    While packing cubes are often rectangular in shape, they vary in length, width, and height, making them perfect for packing any type of clothing or anything else you may want to stash inside. Differing sizes also mean they can fit in any size daypack, backpack, or suitcase.
  •  Organize clothing
    Packing cubes help you pack like items together. One cube for bottoms, one for tops, another for underwear, and etc. You can choose to further organize according to cube size, or even by choosing a specific color signify which cube holds which belongings.


  • Keep clothes neat and minimize wrinkles
    It’s unavoidable to have a few wrinkles, even when rolling clothing. By filling packing cubes to capacity with tightly rolled clothing or neatly folded garments, the items are kept in place from point A to B.
  • Make packing, repacking, and finding exactly what you need easier
    When using packing cubes, you can pull that one specific cube out of your bag to get exactly what you need instead of flipping through piles of clothing in a suitcase. Some cubes have a mesh panel so you can see what’s inside each one.
  • Offer alternative storage solutions
    Some travelers will use the smaller sized packing cubes as cosmetics bags, while others will use packing cubes to store their electronics cables and small devices.
  • Maximize space
    Packing cubes can keep your clothes a bit more compressed, meaning you can fit more into your luggage. Also due to the building-block shape of the cubes – they’re easy to stack and fit neatly into every available inch of your pack.
  • Serve as impromptu pillows
    Sometimes the hostel pillow just doesn’t cut it. Or perhaps you find yourself on an impromptu trip or camping in the middle of nowhere. In situations like these, you might be able to use a large packing cube filled with clothing.
  • Store travel belongings between trips
    There are certain items you might only use when you travel. Instead of taking everything out, only to have to track down the items again for your next trip, you can store them in a packing cube to make them easy to find.


How to pick the best Packing Cubes?

Look for packing cubes that are as lightweight as possible. There’s no need to add extra weight to your luggage, especially with airlines charging a fortune for overweight luggage.

It’s also a good idea to choose packing cubes with a mesh panel that lets you see what’s inside, and lets the contents breathe, keeping them fresh.


How do packing cubes save space?

Find out how packing cubes can help you save space in your luggage.

  • Save actual space, fit more clothes
    When you pack clothes into a packing cube, zipping it closed in itself is pushing out air. This method presses the clothes closer together, allowing for less wrinkles and room for more clothes! 
  • Prevent over packing
    Limit what you pack by choosing an organiser for each category. A good rule of thumb - if your clothes don’t fit inside the cubes, something must be left at home.
  • Keep clothes clean and dry
    Some organisers are water resistant and offer protection from dirt. They can also be used to protect clothes in dusty hotel drawers.
  • Maximize small spaces
    Separating specific items or outfits from each other is an efficient use of space.  Saving space all comes down to the tricks you use. After filling a single packing cube with items, zip it closed and inspect for any extra space.

With OW-Travel Packing Organisers, you can opt for different sizes, colors, and sets depending on your specific travel needs. You’ll be happily surprised to see how much can fit in these cubes!

Happy packing!

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