Here’s A Chronic Over-Packer’s Hack For Packing More Efficiently

I’m a terrible packer. By that, I don’t mean I’m a last-minute packer or that I consistently pack the wrong things. I mean that I loathe the entire process of packing for air travel and international trips.

Still, none of that compares to the stress I feel about being a chronic over-packer and needing to make enough space for everything in my luggage. There are plenty of space-saving packing hacks — like rolling clothes instead of folding them and tucking socks and undies into shoes — but none seem to give me a significant amount of additional space.

The point of packing cubes is to make suitcase packing like building blocks. The modular cubes hold your clothes, toiletries and belongings, then stack neatly within your suitcases and carry-on bags. They’re naturally compressive, so you end up with more room than you’d have without them, and they keep your luggage organized while you’re on your trip, not just during takeoff.

What I particularly like about packing cubes is that I can keep my dirty clothes separate from my clean ones. Plus, everything takes up the same amount of space upon departure as it did on arrival ― that’s a miracle in and of itself.

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