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is there really a benefit to those packing cubes?

is there really a benefit to those packing cubes?

Jan 30th, 2006, 04:19 AM
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Compression bags work great for some things; packing my daughter's one small suitcase for a week's skiing would have been very hard without them. Especially for bulky things like ski trousers, socks, fleeces.
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Jan 30th, 2006, 05:04 AM
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Ah, "organized." That would appeal to Mrs. Fly.
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Jan 30th, 2006, 05:13 AM
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Intrepid, yes I had to do a bit of laundry, and had packed a small plastic bottle of Woolite (it works great). Most clothes will dry over night on a heated towel rack, jeans take two days.

I prefer this to checking/carrying excess luggage, but understand that many would not.


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Jan 30th, 2006, 06:49 AM
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The mesh packing cubes from Magellans are great for keeping things organized when I am moving from place to place every few days, but not so much if I'm staying in the same place for the entire trip.
An alternate item for small itmes is the mesh lingerie laundry bag that you put delicates into for machine washing. It weighs less than the packing cube, can be squished into different shapes in the suitcase, and can be used regularly at home between trips. This is what I use when I'll be in the same place for a while -- clean socks and undies go in it for the outbound trip, then into a drawer in the hotel room. The bag then becomes the laundry bag for laundry on the road (if necessary) or for bringing home the dirty clothes.
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Jan 30th, 2006, 06:57 AM
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Thanks for your reply. Since I wear a size 12 shoe that alone can make getting everything into a carry-on a challenge.

I actually use dish detergent instead of Woolite and fortunately I have a "dryer pillow" I got from Magellans a couple years ago which you can use to dry even a pair of jeans in a short period of time!
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Jan 30th, 2006, 07:10 AM
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Tamara, who asked -
"..I was just thinking, why not simply punch some holes in the ziplock; eliviating the need to sit on them to release the air The air will exit as it is rolled .."

If you punch holes in the ziplock, then air will simply re-emter after you've compressed it and defeat the purpose. You partially zip it, compress it, then zip it the rest of the way, then let go. That keeps the air out fairly well.

I agree there is no need to buy cubes - it is difficult to find the extra-large baggies (2-gallon) so if you do find them, buy 2-3 boxes!

I once had an airport security agent compliment me on the 'most neatly packed bag' he'd ever seen

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Jan 30th, 2006, 10:04 AM
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What is a dryer pillow? Sounds intriging.
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Jan 30th, 2006, 10:16 AM
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I have both the ziploc bags and the packing cubes. I do find that the cubes take up a lot of room. So, if I am not cramped for space, I use the cubes but if I am I use the ziploc bags. Because the bottom of my duffel type rolling bag is uneven, I might use the cubes with the solid bottom just for the first layer in my suitcase.
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Jan 30th, 2006, 10:22 AM
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I use the compressable bags for really bulky items, like my ski jacket. Other than those types of items, I usually don't need the bags.

But zip-locks work great for bringing back stuff like used socks.
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Jan 30th, 2006, 11:43 AM
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thanks for everyone sharing their experiences!
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Jan 30th, 2006, 12:31 PM
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i use the little hotel shampoo bottle provided instead of taking my own woolite
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Jan 31st, 2006, 05:04 PM
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Duh, I didn't even think about the bag filling up if you punch holes. I was just thinking that's what those compressor bags do essentially. I was a sucker and bought 2 med. and 1 large bag for my first Europe trip in March. I'll have to report back how they worked.
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Jan 31st, 2006, 05:16 PM
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they work really well, Tamaraeden, just be a little careful with them because one hole puts a hole in your plans.

The downside of the compression bags is they may wrinkle your clothes and you may pack more and make your bag very heavy. I use mine on the way home with new stuff inside.
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Jan 31st, 2006, 06:20 PM
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We have used the large two and a half gallon zip-lock style of bags for packing both coming and going. Sweater, jacket, dress shirt, socks, just about everything. Fold the clothes, slip them into the bags, partially close them, sit on to expel as much air as possible, then zip closed all the way. You can pack a LOT into a small space this way AND surprisingly we have had no wrinkling problems at all. You would think there would be but it hasn't happened.
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Jan 31st, 2006, 07:07 PM
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Where can I by a packing cube?
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Jan 31st, 2006, 07:13 PM
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I use both ziplock bags and small cubes for uwear and sox....take some xtra ziplocks if you go that route in case one of them breaks...It can sure save time when you're trying to live out of your suitcase and want to know where all your uwear is...or all your tops,etc...
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Jan 31st, 2006, 08:15 PM
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I too want to know what the dryer pillow is.

By the way, check out SierraTradingPost.com. I got my mesh cubes there for quite a good price.
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Jan 31st, 2006, 08:33 PM
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Another downside to the compression bags is that you can get so much in your suitcase that it may weigh so much you have to pay a penalty to take it!

They work great. We use them to pack our ski clothes for Aspen every year. I like the ones that you just roll to compress- no vacuum cleaner to do the work- as we don't always have access to a vacuum cleaner for the trip home.
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Jan 31st, 2006, 09:17 PM
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First, you can get the cubes (black see thru mesh) and the bags at the Rick Steve's website.

I'm not too worried about overpacking as far as the weight goes. I plan on packing enough for 1 week, and I'll do laundry once while on my two day trip. The nice thing is if I can condense size wise, I can bring a much smaller suitcase. However, I still am not convinced I can stuff everything in a small carry on.
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Feb 1st, 2006, 04:39 AM
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For large bulky items like ski clothes, ziploc makes a supersized bag that you can use too. http://www.ziploc.com/big-bags/ I bought one pack at home to store comforters etc.
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