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Packing cubes?

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Packing cubes?

Hey gang,

I have the pleasure of traveling through Africa for three weeks--Doing safaris, beach time, winelands, horseback riding, hiking etc... We plan to be very frugal with our packing. However, since we are moving so frequently, would packing cubes be helpful or would they just add unnecessary weight? I've never used them before.

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1. Re: Packing cubes?

I have used them the last couple of years and they are excellent for keeping my stuff organized.

Vancouver, Canada
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I use packing cubes, as well as some heavy-duty zipper-close plastic bags, to keep my stuff organized, especially when on the move…

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Packing cubes make luggage organized and compact and they're light to top it all. Before going for the cubes, keep in mind the amount and kind of stuff you'd be carrying. Check for the material the cubes are made of, their size and spill-proofness. Go for good makes.

Edited: 23 January 2018, 15:33
Ottawa, Canada
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My Africa travel tends to be a lot of one or two night stays. I am not sure whether cubes really work well for that unless you pack as entire outfits in a cube. But it might separate out the unecessary clothing depending on the activities for your current location. If you have internal flights with weight restrictions you will have to decide whether to buy lighter cubes, go with ziplock plastic bags, or no organizers. Do consider the all pervasive dust that may occur in jeep travel.

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I love packing cubes all the time, but especially when traveling from place to place. I use ebags packing cubes, Very light weight with some mesh so you can see what's in them. They make several shapes and sizes. It's easy to organize. For instance, one for underwear, one for tops, one for pants, etc.

Sherbrooke, Canada
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6. Re: Packing cubes?

If you buy the right brand they weigh nothing at all and keep your stuff from moving around and get wrinkled.

Vancouver, Canada
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Never use them. I prefer to just organize everything in larger compartment of my bag. Every ounce counts and every cubic inch counts. Only time something is weightless is if travelling in space.

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Thanks for all of the input--I'm still on the fence about purchasing them. Has anyone tried the "ultra light" bags available on ebags.com?

Fredericton, Canada
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I bought packing cubes and used a carry on for a 3 week trip to Portugal. They weight practically nothing and are very sturdy and was suprised just how much I could fit in them. They keep your suitcase in an orderly fashion . I found it to be a good Investment. Like any product there are different qualities depending on the company.

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We purchased them last year and were very useful to organise our packing.

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