5 Reasons You Need Packing Cubes

Why you need packing cubes for a cruise

Packing cubes can take your cruise packing game to the next level.

Do You Need Packing Cubes For Your Cruise?

We are big fans of packing cubes here at CruiseTipsTV. Seriously, I love ‘em, and I’ve got a bin *bursting full of packing cubes* in my closet to prove it.  But, what’s the big deal with packing cubes, and why would you want them for your cruise? Well, I’m glad you asked, because we have 5 solid reasons you might want … nope, I’m just gonna say it … why you need packing cubes for your cruise.

Read ‘til the end because I’m going to throw in a bonus reason. Oh, and if you’re a visual person, you can see exactly what packing cubes look like in action in this Pack with Me video!

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Picture this: you arrive at the airport for your pre-cruise flight. Your checked back comes in 3 pounds overweight. Your heart starts racing, you don’t have time to remove items from your suitcase and take them home…aaaah! What to do? Then, you remember you used packing cubes. You unzip your overweight suitcase, pull a cube out, slide it into your backpack or personal item, and voila, problem solved! And that’s just ONE scenario for why packing cubes are GAME changers! Keep reading…

#1:  Packing cubes help you keep things organized. For instance you can put all your shirts in one cube, pants in another, and socks and undergarments in still another.  Packing cubes come in all sizes and colors, so you could even organize things by cube size or color. This makes finding things super easy … without ripping everything out of your suitcase in a tangled mess. Want more of a visual? This video will help!

Some people even choose to pack by color & family member. For example, each person chooses a set of packing cubes in a designated color. In our family, I use an orange set, my husband packs with the e-Bags medium set in aquamarine, and our son loves these blue cubes, although I’ll be honest, he’s growing out of this smaller set!

#2: Packing cubes help keep clothes neat and minimize wrinkles. It’s true, but let’s be real, you’re always going to have wrinkles when packing clothes. But packing cubes keep neatly folded or tightly rolled clothes in place throughout your travels, and that’s going to reduce wrinkles. To reduce wrinkles, try: 1) A wrinkle release product 2) packing wrinkle free clothing, and 3) laying your most wrinkle-prone clothing (formal night clothing dress shirts) across the TOP of your suitcase in clear, plastic dry cleaning bags (don’t throw those thin, clear bags away- this is a great use for them!).

Packing cubes help organize

#3: Packing cubes help you get the most out of your luggage space.  You’ll be able to compress your clothing more using packing cubes. There are also packing cubes specifically designed to compress your clothes before placing them in your suitcase, like THESE. Think of this as a better way of mashing the lid down on your suitcase.  Actually a way better way. Yes, I’m a reformed lid smasher. Oh, and here’s a tip; for bags with pull up handles, make sure to fill the gaps between the bars at the bottom of the suitcase before placing the cubes in. We often put socks or similar items in this space.

#4: Packing cubes are an excellent way to redistribute weight between luggage. Let’s say you find one of your bags overweight at the airport.  Rather than paying the weight fee, simply pull out a packing cube and transfer it to a lighter bag, or worst case scenario, take the packing cube on the plane as carry on. Believe me, trying to redistribute weight by grabbing handfuls of clothes, and stuffing them into another bag at the checkin counter line is not a fun experience. 

#5: Packing cubes help keep your cruise cabin organized. Most times we unpack on the ship, we simply transfer our packing cubes directly into the storage shelves. There’s really no reason to pull everything out.  Packing cubes stack up all nice and neat, and we know exactly where everything is. We have different colors for each of us, so we just pick a shelf, and bam, unpacked.

Watch & Learn:

-How to use packing cubes.

Pack with me for a cruise!

There’s our 5 reasons, but I promised you a bonus, so here it is. Reason number 6, you need packing cubes because they are the fashion accessory of the luggage world.  Am I right? Aren’t they cute? For a full assortment of our favorite cube styles and brands, check out our packing cube store HERE. Don’t like flashy colors or prints? Check out this neutral option.

And, before you go, here’s HOW to use packing cubes, once you choose your favorites!

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    Sheri and her family are cruise content creators focused on providing practical tips and advice to new and seasoned cruisers. CruiseTipsTV’s audience enjoys following Sheri and her family as they travel the world by ship creating travel films. Sheri has visited destinations like Japan, Mexico, Alaska, Europe and the Caribbean, and has experienced 33 cruises on 6 cruise lines. She was named one of Porthole Cruise Magazine’s 10 Travel Influencers Changing How We Vacation in 2018 and 2019. Sheri has been quoted in the New York Times, CNBC, Forbes, Prevention, and Business Innovator Radio. Her YouTube Channel, CruiseTipsTV has over 87,000 subscribers and 17 million views.