I’m not one to buy into what’s trendy. When it comes to most things, I go with either what is enjoyable or what is useful to me. This applies to my clothes, food, books, gadgets, and even travel. A look at my possessions will show that most of the things I own have some sort of utilitarian purpose, and may not always be the most stylish or trendy item.
But every once in awhile, I make an exception.
The past few years, I’ve been hearing a lot about packing cubes. They’re all the rage in the travel world. And since I’m not one to jump onto the latest trend, I had tried to resist the urge to buy a set. After all, I reasoned to myself, I tried those compression travel bags when they were oh-so-trendy years ago, and they turned out to be quite cumbersome to pack! I already knew the technique of rolling my clothes to maximize space, and often used ziploc bags to keep my things separated. Why would I need to spend money on one more travel gadget?
Then, my husband gave me a set for my birthday, and my world was forever changed. Why didn’t I discover these before? We used my new set of packing cubes on a recent trip to Spokane, WA, and it made packing and traveling so much easier. Now I can’t get enough of them. And all I want to do is share with the world how awesome these things are!
With the holiday season here, what could be better than getting your favorite traveling family a set of packing cubes for their travels? Here are five reasons to love packing cubes for family travel.
One of the reasons why I tend to stay away from trendy travel gadgets is because they’re often quite pricey. But packing cubes are quite the opposite. A decent set can range from $15 to $40. Some travelers will say that you can get by with buying gallon size ziploc bags and using them for travel instead. But if you travel often, it’s worth spending money on something that’s a bit more durable. Also, the larger packing cubes can fit more than a gallon, which is helpful for your bigger articles of clothing, such as pants or sweaters.
They keep your things organized
When you’re talking about families, the most important word is organization. This applies as well to family travel. Trying to manage travel for a large group of people requires quite a lot of organization, and the last thing you want to worry about on a trip is the packing. My set of packing cubes comes with five cubes of varying sizes, which coincidentally, is just enough for each member of my family to have a cube for their clothes, with one extra cube for miscellaneous family items. With each family member’s clothes organized into their own respective cubes, I no longer have to go searching through the whole suitcase trying to figure out where I packed my daughter’s skirt. I can simply open up her packing cube and pull out her skirt!
They make packing easy
Since each family member has their own cube, it makes it a lot easier to pack the suitcase. We just fill up each cube, and throw them in the suitcase. My daughter even helped me pack her own cube! I remember when I used to use the compression travel bags, they would always compress into weird shapes that didn’t always stack so well in my bag. The packing cubes, on the other hand, are all roughly the same shape, even though they may be different sizes. And they stack really easily in my suitcase, which makes packing a breeze. Plus, since they’re made of cloth, they are also quite flexible, and squishable, if need be.
Another important thing about travel, especially family travel, is that you want to minimize weight as much as you can. When you’ve got a two year old who’s too tired to walk through the airport, you don’t want to be carrying him in one arm and lugging a suitcase filled with heavy travel gadgets on the other arm. Fortunately for you, packing cubes are quite light, and don’t add much extra weight to your bag. Plus, they compact pretty small, for easy storage when you’re not using them.
Unlike me, most people prefer to have a bit of style in their lives. There’s something sleek and sophisticated about a suitcase packed with cute and stylish packing cubes. They come in a variety of colors, which makes it easy to stay coordinated, or if you prefer to mix and match, you can also do that too. The set I have are from TravelWise, but I have also heard good things about eBags and Eagle Creek. All three of these brands are available on Amazon.
I have to say, I’m absolutely in love with my packing cubes. And I think all the above reasons I’ve given to love packing cubes for family travel will have you convinced too! If you’re only going to buy one travel gadget for this year, go and buy a set of packing cubes now.
Have you tried packing cubes for family travel? Let me know your experiences with them in the comments below.