Packing cubes can be expensive and also take up precious space in your suitcase or backpack. Recently, there has been a lot of hype about packing cubes but thankfully, packing cubes aren’t mandatory for you to have a great vacation or RTW. There are several alternatives if you are willing to be creative. This is my list of the best packing cube alternatives:
1. Plastic Bags
Plastic bags are virtually free and extremely lightweight. While your clothes might get wrinkled in them, they are a great way to separate and organize your travel gear. Plastic bags can also separate wet clothes from dry ones or dirty clothes from clean ones. Plus, they have handles! Be sure to save your plastic bags after your next grocery store visit.
2. Rubber Bands
There are as many uses for rubber bands as there are for a roll of duct tape. Rubber bands can be used to compress your clothes, and to keep clothes in groups. Socks are a great item to use rubber bands for since you could group your socks together using the band, then at the same time compress them together with the tension of the rubber band. You’ll never lose socks again.
3. Small Boxes and Containers
Small boxes and containers are great for putting small accessories or socks/underwear. I’ve reused a cylindrical container that used to contain dried cilantro leaves by washing it out then putting flash drives and money in it. The end product was a waterproof hard sided container to protect my flash drives and money.
4. Toiletry Kits
Packing cubes are almost identical to toiletry kits. Large toiletry kits, like the eBags Pack-it-Flat Toiletry Kit, have several small pockets that can be used to store small accessories or undergarments in addition to your personal care items. You might even be able to fit some tees in the extra space of your toiletry kit.
5. Zipper Storage Bags/Vacuum Space Saving Bags
Ziploc bags or vacuum space saving bags can organize your gear, keep clothes try, and even compress towels and bulky garments. Vacuum bags can be used to remove the air, making clothes more compact and allowing you to pack more. The bags tend to be transparent making it easy to recognize what is inside each bag. Plus zipper bags are a lot cheaper than packing cubes.
6. Handwoven Travel Jewelry Roll
Got small valuables you want to keep in your packing cubes? You can try using a jewelry roll instead. This packing cube-like accessory is meant especially for jewelry and keeps your necklaces, bracelets, earrings and more securely.
You can find it here on UncommonGoods.com for $18.
Overall, finding packing cube alternatives takes creativity. Trust me – there are a lot of uses for the random things that you find around your house or hotel room.
Do you use any packing cube alternatives? Leave a comment below.
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