Posted July 11th, 2018, 08:36 PM
What will be the most useful for you will depend on the size of your clothing and what types of clothing you tend to pack.
I use the eBags packing cubes. I've caught them on sale...or purchased with a code. I liked that they had the see through mesh to be able to see what was in the cube. I also liked that I could purchase them in many different colors and patterns, which is helpful when the three of us in my family all travel together.
I would also say that HOW you fold your clothing will also be a factor for which cubes are the best. Several years ago, following author Marie Kondo's book, I did a major overhaul on my wardrobe. DH also. And I began folding the majority of our clothes following her methodology. That is commonly called the KonMari Method. This methodology is very useful for using the packing cubes.
To illustrate, this was my cube full of underwear and socks for my recent Alaska trip:
I find that I really like the slim cube which is the one above. I can cram it full of things that aren't harmed by being stuffed, like underwear, socks, some fitness clothing. Sometimes, I even pack pants in them. Rolling them up and laying them longwise in this thin cube, especially for shorter trips.
I find the small cubes to be very good for shirts. Especially tee shirts or other knit shirts. I can fold my shirts such that they fit across the shorter side of the cube. Again, from my recent trip...the shirts are the 4 items to one side. The other 2 are knee length dresses that just didn't fold up into that width as well as what happened:
The medium sized cubes are good for packing things like bottoms. Pants, skirts, etc. Or stacking bulkier items like fleece pullovers and sweaters. OR packing items that you don't want to be quite as crammed, like nicer blouses or more wrinkle prone dresses.
I have one large sized packing cube (when I first bought them, I bought the set of small, medium and large) as well as a 3-pack of the thin. I RARELY, if ever, use the large sized one. After that first set, I purchased two more 3-packs of the thin ones, a 3-pack of the smalls, and a 3-pack of the mediums. I find it very helpful to have all those sizes.
Oh! I would recommend that you measure your suitcases or whatever bags you are thinking about using the cubes in. I find that it's very helpful to have in mind the way that the cubes will pack into the suitcase. That might actually guide you better than trying to think about what individual sizes you need. See what makes sense size-wise based on your luggage, then work with the sizes that give a good pack by folding your clothes to fit well in those cubes.
And lastly...sorry for the long post!...a PP mentioned how nice it is to just take the packing cubes out and put them on a shelf or in a drawer when you travel. SO TRUE. We have found that unpacking is a breeze. Generally, the go home packing methodology is to bring mesh laundry bags...we consolidate the unworn items in the packing cubes (if there are any) and repack any items that should be treated better (usually dress clothes) and just have as many laundry bags as we have luggage items. We repack the cubes and shove laundry bags in the suitcases for homebound travel.
ANOTHER bonus with using cubes is that it makes it much easier to add items that you had forgotten to pack (like swimsuits) and/or replace items at the last minute (in case the weather changes unexpectedly). With my previously used bundle method of packing, getting at any one item disturbed the whole bunch. With the cubes, I don't dread any last minute changes to the packed suitcase. It's really easy to remove the cubes to get at the what you need and put them all back in.
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