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I was a little skeptical at first getting these. I asked around a bunch of people before I left on my big Europe trip and was basically laughed at when I asked if anyone used packing cubes. Boy am I glad I ordered a pair. Problem is you need to figure out the right number of sizes to fit your suitcase and of course everyone will be different. I have a tendency to pack way to much and not have any room for goodies to bring back.
I was able to put 10, yes 10! pairs of pants/jeans/shorts (Im a size 36 waist!) in a large and 15 shirts rolled up in another. Yes these things pack a ton of stuff!! (Yes I know I said I pack way too much stuff!!) But I was able to really consolidate what I was bringing and have plenty of room to bring stuff back for friends.
Biggest downside was that the zipper broke on one. You can tell these are a little lesser quality than others. Thats why they were half the price. There is a little handle on the side for carrying. One side is a mesh so you can see inside and the other is solid. It has a small "amazon basics" tag on it as well.
Pros: Fit a ton of stuff Organizes your clothes Makes it super easy to unpack Cheaper price than most
Con: Have to get right number of sizes to fit your suitcase otherwise you have gaps The zipper broke on first use on one of the cubes
Bottom line: For the price you can try these out on your next weekend trip. Fits a ton of stuff so you can have room left over for souveniers! Im glad I got them as I can pack much more efficiently now.
I bought the Ebags packing cubes many years ago as soon as they were available and have used them on dozens of trips. When I decided to order more packing cubes, I saw the AmazonBasics that had good reviews and thought I'd save a few bucks by ordering those. BIG MISTAKE! I can only imagine that the good reviews are from people that have never used packing cubes before and recognize it as a great idea. The AmazonBasics don't come close to EBags as far as quality. They are made of some cheap plasticky, noisy material as opposed to the strong, silky material of EBags. I returned these ASAP and ordered EBags, even paying the expedited shipping so I could get these in time for our cruise. Don't be fooled, it is worth a few extra bucks to get the EBags quality. (I am in no way affiliated with EBags)
I travel for business over 100 nights a year and always thought these were a gimmick but was I wrong. A steward on a long-haul told me to try them and I'll never travel without them. Keeps everything in place and makes packing a breeze!
As for these, they are well made and last. The zippers are plastic but they have taken some abuse and still work like new, No jamming or breaking. And, they are mesh which is important so your clothes, especially the dirty ones, can breath.
Great item. Nice quality and I think as lightweight as possible while having durability. My only criticism is I wish the mesh fabric "window" was easier to see through. I bought the light grey with black trim and had no problem with cubes staining my clothing. Sturdier and classier option than using plastic bags to organize my clothes and travel necessities.
I bought a very large Amazon Gonex duffle bag and the cubes were excellent for keeping my clothes neatly folded and organized in the duffle.
I used three of the narrow ones and stacked them in my Jansport knapsack for a flight. The cube on the bottom contained items needed after landing (raincoat, makeup, and overnight necessities), middle one was for items I wanted during flight (headphones, ipod, book, mints, kleenex, cough drops), and top one was mostly for airport security "liquids" bag, other toiletries, and jewelry. After going through airport security I moved the "flight needs" cube to the top and moved the toiletries cube to the bottom. After using these I felt more organized and prepared for a trip than usual!
These would make a great gift; I bought many and each cube or set of cubes was packaged in its own sealed cardboard box.
I'm very sensitive to smell and did not detect anything objectionable with these cubes. The fabric has a windbreaker jacket feel, nice and smooth.
Perfect size for packing up my life. Several expats love to talk about moving abroad with one bag other ridiculousness. I am not that person. If you already were a minimalist when it comes to clothing, shoes and purses then you may not need packing cube. I am not that person. While I am only taking 10% of my wardrobe, it is probably more than most. I exclusively used the large cubes to pack my flats and wedges for work. I used a mixture of large and medium cubes to pack work clothes. I actually alternated between cubes and large vacuum bags to keep the weight from getting ridiculous. Vacuum bags are great for maximizing space but don't forget about the weight. My 66lb bag is going to cost $360 to ship. My company is covering most of the cost for my three bags. Yes, three don't judge me. In the end a happy fashionista is worth the extra cost.
The combo of clear vacuum bags and easy to inspect mesh cubes will also mean that the customs people will have no problems checking the contents of the luggage against the itemized inventory list. Make it easy for the agents to see that you are following the rules is the best advice. I purchased three different brands of these cubes. The basics line has been the most affordable and there is no difference in quality.
So, these mini travel bags are great regardless of the brand/make if you a traveling with lots of clothes in a suitcase. The Amazon basics ones have served me well over a 4 week tour of Europe and I did not witness anything indicating inferior quality.
These cubes are the best. I scoffed at them initially, but after a recent trip to Europe, I have a new appreciation for them. 1) you can sort your clothes. Nice/casual, dirty/clean, for the first part of your trip and the last etc. 2) they keep everything beautifully compressed in your suitcase so you can cram in souvenirs 3) if your bag is overweight at the airport, just pull out a cube and stick it in another bag or your carry on. Easy, fast, discreet. 4) get each member of your family a different color and you can easily pack multiple suitcases to maximize space and weight and quickly and easily sort clothes out when you get to your destination.
When we travel I'm responsible for packing myself and my three children. Sometimes I organize by person, sometimes by day. In this first trip with the packing cubes, I was packing for 3 days car travel. I started with the medium cubes for my 6 and 8 yr olds (girls) and the large cubes for myself (sm/md female) and my 10 yr old (boy) [summer clothes]. They were all too big! Not a huge deal (better than too small), but other reviewers weren't kidding when they said the large is big. Later in the trip I put all 4 outfits for a day in the large and our dirty clothes for a day in another large and still had plenty of shift room in each. I moved everything to one end and folded it in half (the good thing about lacking structure). When we are using for winter clothes, it will probably be just right, not to mention as my kids get bigger. I'm actually ordering another set so I can have 1 med and 1 large for each person. I'm not looking for compression right now, just a way to easily separate out 4 people's stuff without carrying 4 bags. Note: for air travel, I do require each person to carry their own backpack, but for car travel, I prefer one bag for all of us - either way, these will be useful!