Best Packing Cubes for Family Travel
I was in the process of planning our ski trip and deciding what we needed, how many bags etc.. when I recalled a post regarding packing cubes. Now, I have to admit I was dubious about whether or not these would work. So I did some investigation work and read up on other family blogs about whether they were worthwhile. I had previously ordered an Eagle Creek single compression sac and wasn’t that impressed… read my review here http://www.worldadventurewithfamily.com/travel-blogs/maries-travel-blog/compression-sacs-are-they-worth-it/
Packing cube requirements
Again most of the reviews I read were positive ones, but the difference was most related to the kids and how easy it made finding things. So I thought about what my requirements were:
- Easily able to identify whose clothes were in each cube.
- Able to fit more than just socks and pants.
- Sturdier than a zip lock bag (which was my plan b!)
- £10 budget!!? (this wasn’t too far off and although there is quite a choice, most packs ranged from £8 to £20)
Following a little research I came across Rhino Tough Packing Cubes, priced at £15.95 (reduced from £30) on Amazon uk. https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01GFX3Q56/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
These packs stood out as they had 3 different colour coded bags, lightweight and also a mesh top for visibility. Most other packs had 3 or 4 cubes but the pack was all the same colour and completely sealed so did not meet the original brief. Also, other packs had much smaller cubes which again didn’t meet the criteria.
There are some people who would like a full set of different size cubes, but for our needs (and while we are travelling), we are focused on space. Therefore, 1 cube per family member with main essentials and the rest of the socks and pants will be squeezed inside shoes and tiny, non-existent spaces. Or larger items, which are easier to see, will just be rolled as per normal.
These ones measured 35cm x 25cm x 10cm max (13.7 x 9.8 x 3.9 inches max).
What to expect?
I ordered and was pleasantly surprised that it came with a ‘Do’s for packing’, many of which I already knew, but for the non-traveller I liked this idea; and so I gave this a little nod of acceptance! ha ha!
What fits into packing cubes?
And so onto the packing…. For the boys I had:
- 2 sets of thermals
- 2 sweatshirts
- 4 t-shirts
- 2 long sleeve tops
- 6 x underwear
- 2 x socks
- 1 x pjyamas
- 3 x trousers
- 1 x woollen hat
- 1 x ski gloves
- 1 x swimming trunks
Their salopettes and ski socks were kept separate but that was it… all folded in comfortably. Easily accessible and a doddle to find! I LIKE them… ALOT!
What made it even better was that when it came to packing up at the end of the holiday. I just put their things away gradually and when it was time to go, just slipped them into the suitcase. I was actually raving about them to my fellow ski families who also gave that understanding ‘nod’. My husband is still not convinced (note he doesn’t do the packing for the kids!!) and has suggested a plastic bag would do the job just fine. PAH! and he’s also just found out these cost more than £10 – hee hee!
Packing cubes recommendation
I really liked the Rhino Packing Cubes. As the main ‘packer’ I’d definitely recommend to anyone who is a regular traveller, especially with kids.