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Recommendations for packing cubes
Post: #1
I’ve seen recommendations on here for packing cubes which, I have to say I hadn’t heard of before.
Wish I had, would have been very useful on other trips with one or two night stop itineraries!

Can I ask those of you who bought them for recommendations ?
Looking on Amazon there seem to be quite an array, of various numbers of boxes.
Presumably, if you buy a larger number it gives you more freedom to optimise to suit your individual suitcase?  Or am I over complicating things !
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Post: #2
I hadn't heard of them before, Graham, until I saw mention of them on the Forum. I agree that they are very useful, especially when touring around.

I bought mine from Amazon and went for a pack of small ones (fine for keeping things like chargers, adapters, socks etc); then the next size up, 3 or 4 of which will fit across my suitcase and take undies, t-shirts etc; and finally, the next size up from there, 2 of which will fit side by side on the top and take sweaters. I have to admit that I rarely use the biggest ones, preferring to put the bulkiest stuff in the lid of my suitcase, but the others are always useful. I pack them neatly when going on holiday, keep them on the wardrobe shelves of my room (or in the suitcase if moving on each night) and use one of them to hold the dirty laundry on the way home. I haven't yet done it but it would be possible to use one to keep all the stuff together for the following day to save having to unpack the whole suitcase if touring and arriving somewhere fairly late in the evening.

My suitcase is black so I bought turquoise cubes, that way I can see them easily in the gloom of the interior. As they come in several colours, too, you can just go for whichever makes you feel most cheerful when tackling the packing/unpacking/packing.

So yes, I would recommend packing cubes - if you get them, enjoy the holiday that goes with them.

Ann
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Post: #3
Hi Graham,
Packing cubes are a brilliant idea; just perfect for touring holidays when you’re living out of a suitcase. I bought a pack of 3 a few years ago, and after reading several reviews on Amazon I chose eBags. They aren’t the cheapest on the market but they’re well made (the mesh is quite strong) and the zips are substantial. Again, after reading reviews I understand that the zips have a tendency to break on some of the cheaper options, but no such problems with eBags.
You will find that they come in a variety of sizes and colours, together with the option to purchase packs of 3 - in different sizes or a trio of the same size if you wish. Just select what you think will suit you best.

I use mine to store short and long sleeve shirts, t-shirts and jumpers as I prefer to fold my trousers with tissue paper in between, and even the largest size bag isn’t big enough to hold trousers folded in half - you’d have to roll them up to fit inside.. But I have to say that, like all the best ideas, packing cubes are brilliantly simple.

Hope this helps
Mike
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Post: #4
Cubes are a bit like Marmite - you love them or hate them.
Some swear by them for clothing but I've never really got on with them in this context.
However I tend to use travel clothing which is easily washable overnight. If you pack stuff loose such as travel wash and a sink plug you can almost guarantee they will work themselves to opposite ends of the case! So I find cubes invaluable for packing small things together so they stay together. One for room things such as travel wash, adaptors etc, another for medical stuff such as asprins and plasters etc etc. And so on as needed and in different colours it is easy to find stuff when you want it. The larger ones are, as mentioned, are however very useful for dirty laundry.
Ian
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Post: #5
I second everything that has been said. I don’t personally tend to use the very small bags much. I have medium size that just take folded shirts, and tshirts. Three will fit snugly across my case. Not being very tall, folded pairs of my trousers fit nicely into a large cube. I think it’s a case of working out what suits you best. I have recently bought one of the suitcases that zip around the middle. Wasn’t sure at first, but after one trip I am hooked. So easy to have shoes toiletries and underwear in one half, leaving a flat base in the other for folded items in my cubes. Also, I have started using zip sandwich bags for under wear and shoes. It’s so easy to see contents at a glance. Happy packing!
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Post: #6
What I should also have said, Graham, is that before you buy any I would suggest measuring your suitcase to give you an idea of how many cubes would fit across to get the maximum use. And I agree with Mike, I bought the eBag ones before my first trip to Canada 5 years ago, have used them twice a year since then and they are still going strong.

Ann
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Post: #7
Hi

I bought two packs of Caribee packing cubes some years ago and they are still in perfect condition. I have used them on many holidays and find them really useful. Found two websites selling cubes at a reduced price. Just type Caribee into search engine and details will come up.

Hope this helps

Lesley
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Post: #8
I can wholeheartedly recommend eBags. Used them for many years and still going strong.
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Post: #9
Many thanks, everyone.... lots there for me to think about.
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Post: #10
I have seen these in Millets and Go Outdoors shops.
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