An Organized Suitcase:
How to Use EzPacking Cubes as Traveling Drawers
It's every traveler's dirty little secret. Something you would never admit to. You'd rather be stopped by TSA, pay excess baggage fees, sit next to a baby, than admit you're guilty of this: There's nothing you hate more than packing for your trip.
That as much as you're willing to trek for hours to watch the sunrise, fearlessly jump off cliffs, or eat bugs for dinner, you have to drag yourself to pack your own suitcase.
And all you can think about is, how nice it would be if bored billionaires can stop sending stuff to space and focus instead on the important stuff - like making a self-packing suitcase.
But until they get their priorities straight, here's an organized suitcase hack, so you can pack your clothes once, and never have to unpack until your return home.
Functional Suitcase = Traveling Drawers
If you want to have an organized luggage for your trip with breakneck speed, all you have to do is store your clothes into packing cubes one time. When you arrive at your destination, you don't have to unpack! Simply take out the cubes, open the zip and treat your cubes like traveling drawers. Just follow these simple steps to get started.
Get rid of excess baggage
One of the reasons people hate packing is because it forces them to come face-to-face with all their extremely questionable shopping decisions - and why they have so many of them.
Which is why if you want to make packing for your trip an enjoyable experience, the first step is to get rid of your closet's excess baggage.
By ridding your closet of things you don't really need, you avoid having decision fatigue when it's time to pack for your trip, because each of your outfits are your favorites.
An easy way to trim down your closet to its most stylish version is to follow Tim Gunn's method. In his book A Guide to Quality, Taste, & Style, the style guru suggests sorting your clothes into four piles:
1. The Soul-Stirring Pile. It doesn't have to be your most lavish item. If a pair of jeans makes you feel like your best self, it goes into this pile too.
2. The Repair Pile. Clothes that need to be repaired / fixed / hemmed. The items you haven't gotten repaired within five days of cleaning out your closet should go directly to The Give-Away Pile. No excuses.
3. The Give-Away Pile. The clothes you never wear. Period. List items from this pile on any of these fashion reselling sites for some extra cash.
4. The Throw-Out Pile. If you're uncertain which items go in this pile, remember, if "There is no reason to have something taking up space in your closet that does not make you feel good. These items must go."
The EzPacking method
This Starter Set of clear packing cubes is the go-to organizing system for frequent flyers when it comes to their suitcase, so should it be yours too.
By using clear packing cubes to organize and de-clutter your closet, you're naturally training yourself to strategically pack your suitcase with absolute ease.
Which is especially helpful if you lead a nomadic lifestyle, like Amber and her munchkins from her travel blog, and want to make packing and unpacking at your place of accommodations a breeze.
Once you arrive at your destination, you can simply lay the cubes out on a flat surface, zip open the tops of the cubes, and 'voila'... you're unpacked!
|“With EzPacking Cubes, you simply stack them to create a functional mobile closet, which you can as easily pack away when it's time to move on to your next destination.”|
Separate packing cubes by category
The call of adventure can come at anytime, and there's nothing worse than not being packed (or organized) for it.
Wait, you know what, there is - realizing that you actually have to pack for it.
Preparing your suitcase a few days in advance (with the help of packing cubes) gives you no time to hate packing.
Here's a sample packing list for all your different cubes:
Toiletries (Extra Small Packing Cube)
Most personal care products last for years, so you don't have to worry about keeping them in stock. Make sure to use TSA-approved, 3 ounce containers for all your toiletries. You can also include your prescription medication and first aid kit in this cube.
- - Toothbrush
- - Toothpaste
- - Floss
- - Mouthwash
- - Shampoo
- - Conditioner
- - Body Wash/Gel
- - Moisturizer
- - Sunscreen
- - Shaving Cream
- - Razor
- - Contact Lens Solution
Technology or Gadgets (Extra Small Packing Cube)
To keep your mobile devices from getting ruined while traveling, make sure to first check out this complete list of plug, socket, and voltage in different countries.
- - Chargers (computer / phone / ipad)
- - Universal Adapter
- - USB Cables
- - Flash disk
- - SD cards
- - Extension socket
Underwear, Socks, Bathing Suits, etc. (Small Packing Cube)
This size of packing cube is perfect for your undergarments, smaller clothing items, or even to store makeup! Decide what you could make the most use of.
- - Underwear / Undergarments
- - Bras / Sports Bras
- - Socks
- - Bathing Suits
Shirts, Shorts, Dresses, etc. (Medium Packing Cubes)
Depending on your destination and estimated length of stay, you can opt for two Medium Packing Cubes or a one Medium and one large packing cube. These cubes are perfect for:
- - T-shirts
- - Blouses
- - Shorts
- - Dresses
Jeans, Jackets, Sweaters, Long Sleeves, etc. (Large Packing Cube)
The largest of the them! Use this cube for your biggest and bulkiest items.
- - Jeans
- - Sweaters
- - Jackets
- - Long Sleeves
- - Workout Gear
TRAVEL TIP: If you can wear your bulkiest sweater around your waist or place it in your carry on bag, you'll save tons of space in your suitcase!
Don't forget to include a laundry bag to keep your dirty clothes separate from your clean ones.
Sharing a large suitcase
This goes without saying, but how great would it be to take just one suitcase?
You can order the Complete Bundle in 2 different colors, making it a breeze to organize your large suitcase while traveling.
Easily split a suitcase with your hubby, have the kids share, or split up your suitcase by winter and summer clothes if traveling for a long period of time. The kids will love having their "own color" and packing will become a fun activity for them!
If you want to get more organizing and packing ideas for travel, read this post on a simple pre-trip checklist or get some more tips on how to be an organized traveler.