A few days before your trip you begin packing. You start by making piles of neatly folded t-shirts, shorts, undergarments etc. then begin adding them to your suitcase orbackpack. You add accessories, toiletries and a few other bits and pieces.
Everything looks perfect, well organsied and you promise yourselfit will stay that way throughout your entire trip.
You always start with good intentions.
A few days later you’ve been in your hotel for 2 nights and already your bag looks like a laundry hamper on washing day. Those neat little piles disappeared shortly after you arrived and the last thing you want to do during your precious holiday time is fold clothes and re-organise things. You think to yourself that their has to be an easier way to pack neatly!
The Packing Cube: Our Must-Have Packing Accessory
It’s our must-have packing accessory and since discovering them two year ago we honestly couldn’t travel without themagain.
While there are hundreds of packing cube brands on the market, not all are made equal. Personally we’ve tried a few and have had varying levels of success with most of them not surviving a whole trip with seams tearing and zippers breaking.
So what should you look for in a packing cube?
First of all you want them to be lightweight. It’s no good having heavy fabric cubes that just add unnecessary extra weight to your bag, especially if you travel with carry-on luggage only.
Secondly they should be made of durable fabric that is tear resistant and have a sturdy zip that can with-stand lots of opening and closing. You want the cubes to last you a lot longer than just one trip.
Thirdly you want part of the fabric to be mesh so it is breathable. If you plan to wear some of your garments more than once you don’t want them stinking up other things they are packed with. This is also great for visibility, allowing you to see what’s in each cube quickly.
And finally you want there to be a good range of sizes available so you can have a cube that is well suited to each type of item you’re trying to pack. Small cubesare great for socks and underwear, medium for t-shirts and the larger cubesfor bulky items like trousers and jumpers. And while you’re looking at sizes make sure they are reasonably high. We’ve found some cubes in the past that are pancake thin and fit next to nothing. You want at least 8cm to make it work.
There has only been one brand that has met all of the above criteria for us and it’s the brand we want you to know about (and win).
Zoomlite Smart Packing Cubes
These guys have really hit the nail on the head with their packing cubes. I admit we were skeptical at first when buying them because so many other brands had made similar promises about durability and had not even come close to living up to these promises.
But we can tell you for certain that after using the Zoomlite Smart Packing Cubes to live out of over the last two months, they 100%meet all the criteria I mentioned above.
✔Lightweight – The large cube weighs just over 100g so having a few in your suitcase or backpack will barely even make a dent in your airline weight limit.
✔Durable – They are made of a lightweight tear-resistant ripstop nylon and the double zip is not only sturdy, but also helps with compressing the items in the cube.
✔Breathable – There’s a two-thirdmesh panel on the front flap of each cube allowing the contents to breath and letting you quickly see what’s inside.
✔Range of Sizes – They come in four sizes; XS – 8 x 22 x 15 cms,S – 8 x 27 x 19 cms, M – 12 x 36 x 25 cms,L – 12 x 43 x 33 cms; and thereavailable in either a pack of four or individually. This allows you to mix and match to suit your needs.
Plusthere are extra features that make these so much better than their competitors.
We love the range of colours with five currently (I hear there are more colours coming soon) availableto choose from; black, blue, lime, red and rust. We’ve found in the past that other brands tend to have just one or two colours available.
The other great thing we love about the Zoomlite cubes is that each one hasa handle. This makes it easy to take the cubes in and out of your bag and move them around the room if need be.
And most importantly they are competitively priced. Full price the set of four cubes is $AU76.80 and individually they start from $AU14.95 for the XS cube. The fact that they do what they say by helping you pack smart and pack more makes them worth every cent. And from our experience using them, we know they are going to last us a lot longer than just one trip.
How We Use the Cubes
Packing cubes have many uses, there not just for clothes. You can use them for basically anything that will fit like electronics, shoes, toiletries or just bits and pieces.
Saying that, we are currently just using them for clothes but when we set out on the road in a few weeks we’ll be using them for other things too.
In the XS cube we’ve packed our socks and underwear because they are small and can be rolled tightly together. The S cube weare using for things like singlets, pajamas and leggings. In the M cube we’ve got dresses, tops and t-shirts. And that leaves trousers and jackets in the L cube.
So we can fit in as much as possible we’ve neatly rolled each item as rolling helps to maximise space.
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We love these packing cubes so much and we want you to love them too!
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If you don’t happen to be the lucky winner and want to purchase yourself some of these smart packing cubes, you can view the fullrange of Zoomlite products, not just packing cubes but other lightweight travel items too, on their website. And they ship worldwide too!
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Packing cubes are great for suitcase organisation.
Avoid it by using packing cubes. Keep all your t-shirts in one packing cube, all your bottoms in another, and then socks and underwear in a third cube. This way, if you're looking for that one t-shirt, you'll instantly know where to search.
- Skip the liquids and gels, at least as many as you can get away with. ...
- Wear your bulkiest, heaviest clothes on the flight. ...
- Try limiting your colors so you have a more versatile wardrobe with which you can arrange multiple outfits with just a few key items.
- Don't carry unnecessary electronic items: carry only important electronics. ...
- Don't pack jewelry: It can increase the weight of your luggage. ...
- Don't keep any sharp object: knives, blades, and scissors are not allowed in most flights.
- Narrow Down Your Must-Haves.
- Arrange Your Clothes Carefully Using Your Favorite Packing Technique.
- Pack Wrinkle-Resistant Fabric.
- Keep Clothes in Place with Dry Cleaning Bags.
- Toss in an Extra Bag for Laundry.
- Respect the Rule of Threes.
Rolling your clothes in your suitcase will generally save space. This is because it squeezes air from between folds and means the most of available space is used. If done correctly, rolling can also ensure less wrinkles in your clothes.
How To: Pack Like a Pro - YouTube
Travel packing guide for hand luggage
A good tip for making the most out of your hand luggage is rolling, not folding, your clothes. Take each item of clothing, fold any sleeves in then roll as tightly as possible. With thinner materials, bundle them together and then roll.
- All of the tops should coordinate with all of the bottoms you pack.
- All outerwear items should match all tops and bottoms. ...
- Layering is a great way to get lots of combinations from just a few items - make sure your tops are thin enough to layer and have coordinating colors.
You can pack 10 days of clothes in one carry-on bag. The key is to pack clothes that all work together, and of course, to use clothing organizers that maximize the space in your bag.
The TSA's Stance on Fruits and Vegetables
In general, the TSA has no problem with passengers packing fresh or frozen fruit and vegetables in either carry-on or checked bags. As long as the items are in a solid form, as in the case of apples or baby carrots, the TSA doesn't have any restrictions related to these foods.
Solid food items (not liquids or gels) can be transported in either your carry-on or checked bags. Liquid or gel food items larger than 3.4 oz are not allowed in carry-on bags and should be placed in your checked bags if possible.
- 4 tank tops or t-shirts.
- 1-2 long sleeve shirts.
- 3 summer dresses.
- 2 pairs of shorts.
- 1 maxi skirt.
- 1 pair flowy pants or boyfriend jeans.
- 1 linen onesie.
- 2 evening outfits.
- 1-2 Pairs of Pants. A good pair of pants is hard to come by! ...
- 1 Pair of Shorts (or a Skirt) If you're headed to a warm climate, pack a pair of shorts. ...
- 2 Base Layer Tank Tops. ...
- 2 Tees or Blouses. ...
- 1 Hoodie or Cardigan. ...
- 1 Jacket. ...
- 1 Pair of Flats. ...
- 1+ Other Pairs of Shoes.
- Medicine. Maintaining your health while on the road is crucial to a successful trip. ...
- Jewelry. ...
- Other valuables. ...
- Irreplaceable items. ...
- Camera film. ...
- Cash or credit card. ...
- Confidential papers. ...
- Car or house keys.
Rolling is the best way to keep your clothes wrinkle-free since your clothes are tightly rolled without any hard creases. To avoid creases, fold your clothes along the seams and smooth out any wrinkles. Then roll your clothes. Don't skip the middle step of smoothing out wrinkles.
If your checked bag does happen to be overweight, take out the heaviest items and place them in your temporary bag. Ask to have the bag re-weighed and don't worry about holding up your fellow passengers.
Folding clothes is the quickest way to pack and is preferred over rolling for items that easily wrinkle such as a cotton button-down shirt or linen. Fold items along their existing creases. For example, follow the creases of jeans or pants.
- One small carry-on and a laptop backpack are the hallmark of the packing ninja.
- With a little ingenuity, all of these items can fit into one small carry-on suitcase.
- Roll socks into shoes to save space and prevent shoes from being crushed.
- Roll and lay t-shirts on top of the first layer.
Absolutely! Packing cubes are a great help in multiple ways during the packing and traveling process. Firstly, they help contain your clothes into a more compact space. Since all your clothes are zipped up into the cube, you can easily move them around while packing and have them fit neatly into your suitcase.
In general, rolling your clothing saves more space than using packing cubes. Packing cubes take up the most space, compared to rolling or even folding. Rolled items take up less room and can be configured to fit into otherwise wasted space (like putting rolled up socks inside your shoes).
Prohibited items include blasting caps, dynamite, flares, grenades, fireworks, replicas of explosives, aerosols, any fuel, gasoline, gas torches, strike-anywhere matches, lighters, paint-thinner, bleach, chlorine and spray paint. Other explosives or flammable objects not listed are prohibited as well.
So people ask us about this one all the time. Safety Razors: Because the razor blades are so easy to remove, safety razors are not permitted in your carry-on luggage with the blade. They're fine to pack in your carry-on without the blade. The blades must be stored in your checked luggage.
Carry it on
This is the most common and popular way to transport a suit. You can carry your suit onto the plane in a garment bag, as long as it fits within the airline's carry-on policy dimensions.
10 OUTFITS IN A CARRY ON | How to Pack Like a Pro - YouTube
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- Choose the Right Bags. ...
- Layout Everything First. ...
- Be Disciplined About Shoes. ...
- Check the Weather. ...
- Think About What You Will Be Doing. ...
- Choose Versatile Clothes. ...
- Consider Washing Clothes Instead of Bringing More. ...
- Maximize Space with Packing Cubes and Compression Bags.
Pack enough clothes to last you the week.
For a 5 day vacation, you will want to bring 2-3 pairs of shorts or pants, 3-4 tops, a light jacket (or a heavy jacket, depending on where you are traveling), and 1 formal outfit if you are planning on attending a nice restaurant or event.
How to Pack a Carry-On Bag for a 5-Day Trip - YouTube
Solid food items (not liquids or gels) can be transported in either your carry-on or checked bags within the continental United States.
Foods you can't pack in your carry-on
Think: creamy cheeses, liquid chocolate, liquid coffee, creamy dips and spreads, gravy, honey, hummus, ice cream, jam, jelly, juice, syrup, peanut butter, salad dressing, sauce, salsa, soda, soup and yogurt.
You cannot bring in most fruit or vegetables unless you have a 'phytosanitary' (plant health) certificate for them. You can get a certificate from the plant health authorities in the country you're leaving. You can only bring in the following without a phytosanitary certificate: pineapple.
Are you allowed to bring your own food on board a plane, or eat your own meal while waiting for your flight to depart? Yes, you are!
Tip #2: Reduce waste and save some money by bringing a reusable water bottle. So you can't bring H20 or any other liquids more than 3.4 oz. (well there are some exceptions) through security, but you CAN bring an empty bottle. Just fill it up on your way to boarding your flight after screening.
Whether it's a slice or a whole pie, pizza is permitted as a carry-on item.
The best seats on a plane
Best seat for minimizing the effects of turbulence: A seat over the wing. Best seat for peace and quiet: A seat near the front. Best seat for legroom: A bulkhead or exit-row seat. Best seat for sleeping: A window seat in a bulkhead row.
- Salty or processed food. This is a great rule to follow anyway, but don't snack on a Hungry Jacks before the flight. ...
- Cruciferous vegetables, or beans. ...
- Caffeine and Alcohol. ...
- Nuts (unsalted) ...
- Fruit. ...
- 'Umami' flavoured snacks. ...
- Water, water, more water. ...
Can I sleep on the floor of an airplane? It's not considered acceptable to sleep on the floor of the airplane. Not only is it fairly unhygienic, but you'll endanger your own safety and the safety of other passengers.
How to Pack like a Pro | Pack with ME 4 Day Carry-On Trip | Miss Louie
- 8 shirts (4 tanks, 4 tops)
- 1 cardigan.
- 1 hoodie.
- 2 pants.
- 1 pair of shorts or skirt.
- 1 dress (if applicable)
- socks (take the # of days you'll likely wear socks and add +1)
- undies (take the # of days of your trip and add +1)
- 5 shirts.
- 3 shorts or skirts.
- 2 dressy options (mix and match with accessories and outerwear)
- 1 outerwear — sweater or jacket.
- 1 pair sneakers.
- 1 pair dressy shoes.
- 1 pair flip-flops.
- 1 hat.
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- Individual Freedom. The birth of our great nation was inspired by the bold declaration that our individual,God-given liberties should be preserved against government intrusion. ...
- Limited Government. ...
- The Rule of Law. ...
- Peace through Strength. ...
- Fiscal Responsibility. ...
- Free Markets. ...
- Human Dignity.
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Liberals espouse a wide array of views depending on their understanding of these principles, but they generally support private property, market economies, individual rights (including civil rights and human rights), liberal democracy, secularism, rule of law, economic and political freedom, freedom of speech, freedom ...