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The Pros and Cons of Using a Travel Luggage Organizer (2020)

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Different types of travel luggage organizers

You might be using storage bins for organizing your kid’s toys in the bedroom. Or you have a tool box to organize your screwdrivers in your garage. You also have plastic dividers to separate your forks from your knives in the kitchen drawer. 

A travel luggage organizer works exactly the same! It helps you separate and organize the items in your luggage.

Not sure if a suitcase organizer is for you? We’ll help you decide with this pros and cons list!

What are Luggage Organizers?

Different kinds of suitcase organizers

Luggage organizers are simply small bags or pouches you can use to organize your suitcase, duffle bag or backpack when traveling. They are sometimes referred to as bags in bags.

With travel organizers, organizing and separating items inside your luggage makes life (and traveling) so much easier. Instead of one huge bag with an assortment of different clothing or travel items, you have one bag compartmentalized into different sections.

Packing, unpacking and repacking becomes much easier! Having this kind of ease and organization is not a luxury. It’s a necessity that all travelers, especially moms, truly need! Here are some of the benefits of using packing organizers:

 Separates items in your luggage (shirts, jeans, underwear, toiletries, etc.) 

 Separates clean clothes from dirty clothes

 Easily find which items you need

 No need to unpack / repack (use like drawers)

 Economical because most travel organizers are reusable

Different Types of Luggage Organizers for Travel

There are many different types of packing organizers. We did the work to find out the top five packing organizers travelers love for organizing. Here are our top 5 favorites below. See which option fits your style the most!

1. Clear Packing Cubes 

Gray packing cubes for travel organizer inside a carry-on luggage

At the top of our list is clear packing cubes! The most innovative and modern type of travel organizer bag. Their rectangular shape makes them ideal for organizing suitcases. They also come in different sizes, from extra small to extra large, so you can choose which variety suits your travel needs.

That is why Monica, a mother of three, decided to create a line of clear packing cubes. EzPacking cubes have a clear, see-through design allowing you to see what’s inside without having to open up each bag organizer! Packing cubes are great for organizing clothes into separate categories, outfits or even separated by each kid!

Although they are not technically compression bags, when closing each bag organizer you will naturally press air out and compress the clothes inside each cube. You definitely fit way more items into the cubes than without them!



    ✓ Most innovative type of travel bag organizer

    ✓ Comes in different sizes and colors

    ✓ Useful for separating and organizing clothes

    ✓ Great for family organization

    ✓ No need to unpack/ traveling drawers 

    ✓ Reusable and washable

    ✓ Some brands are very expensive

    ✓ Not all packing cubes are made equally, some have very low quality and will break easily

      2. Compression Bags 

      Compression bags or sacks are usually made from plastic. They are like ziplock bags but specifically created for compressing clothing items into suitcases or bags.

      They work well to remove excess air and thus helps save lots space in your luggage. These work mainly for over-packers who want to bring more clothing items than their luggage can fit and aren’t worried about aesthetics.

      We recommend The Chestnut Compression Bags which are quite affordable yet durable. Compression bags also come in varying sizes and colors. However, they lack the innovative design that packing cubes have and have no zippering capability nor wrinkle protection.



        ✓ Cheap and available everywhere

        ✓ Works well to remove excess air from clothes and save space

        ✓ Reusable

        ✓ Saves you lots of space

        ✓ No need for a vacuum!

        ✓ Some brands are bad quality

        ✓ Mainly for saving space and not for organizing

        ✓ Can lead to wrinkles in clothes

        ✓ Takes time to press air out of each bag

        3. Packing Folders 

        Packing folders are highly recommended for families traveling and attending a formal event or for business travelers! Obviously these types of trips require nice clothes that could wrinkle very easily.

        Packing folders can hold several items of clothing. However, they are on the larger and bulkier side. They are also not recommended for storing or organizing casual clothing items.

        The Eagle Creek Pack-It Garment Folders is our recommended brand, and they have a variety of colors and sizes that you can choose from. You might still need other types of travel clothes organizers even if you have packing folders (they’re just not meant to organize clothing).



          ✓ Comes in a variety of colors

          ✓ Ideal for business travelers or special event travels

          ✓ Prevents wrinkling of clothes

          ✓ Some brands are made cheaply and can break easily

          ✓ Not ideal for packing or saving space in your luggage

          ✓ Not ideal for keep suitcase neat and separated by item

          4. Vacuum Storage Bags 

          Compression bag with valve

          Excited for your winter skiing trip? You can use vacuum storage bags for compressing bulky items like jackets and sweaters. This works wonders for winter vacations where bulky items are a must (and your suitcase isn’t getting any bigger).

          These storage bags are another type of plastic organizer, however you’ll use a vacuum to suck out all the air. This makes your large pile of clothes into a small size in a few minutes! You can also use it for small items although wrinkling might be enhanced if you do so.

          Our recommended brand is the Space Saver Vacuum Storage Bags. If using a vacuum already sounds like a hassle, then these are not for you. If your ultimate goal is to save tons of space and don’t mind the extra time spent vacuuming, then you have met your match!   



            ✓ Available online everywhere

            ✓ Works well for bulky clothing items to reduce space in luggage

            ✓ Perfect for winter vacations where bulky items are a must

            ✓ Comes in different sizes

            ✓ Requires extra time / effort to use

            ✓ Not ideal for non-bulky clothing items

            ✓ Might enhance wrinkling

            5. Ziplock Bags

            Everyone’s done this at some point (or at least thought about it). But it’s only so convenient until your toothpaste punctures a hole in the bag. Sure, you can use large ziplock bags as a travel clothes organizer. You can purchase them in varying sizes. They are cheap.

            If you’re truly on a budget, we recommend using the original Ziploc Bags brand which is sturdier than other generic brands. But listen....when you feel it’s time to ditch the bags and upgrade to packing cubes, you deserve it honey. 



              ✓ Very cheap

              ✓ Available everywhere

              ✓ Works well for separating clothes

              ✓ Comes in varying sizes

                ✓ Do not have any shape

                ✓ Reusable but can be easily worn out with repeated use

                ✓ Doesn’t help with wrinkles

                ✓ Clothes are not easily accessible (you’ll have to take everything out to reach what you need)

                  Why are Luggage Organizers Important?

                  Mom and kids packing using clear cubes

                  **Thanks to Hey, It's Jenna for this photo!

                  The best reason for using luggage organizers? Peace of mind. For travelers, especially families, keeping a luggage organized keeps everyone sane (especially mom). Below are some of the advantages and disadvantages of using luggage organizer bags:


                  ✅ Luggage is organized and neat - Simply folding or rolling clothes is not enough to keep your luggage organized. If you’re a mom, you know the struggle all too well. A suitcase that took you an hour (or so) to organize gets messed up in seconds! With suitcase organizers, there’s a place for everything. Packing cubes let you sort items according to their type. If ever you need something, simply pull out the cube and take out the item you need. Mess averted!

                  Different color packing cubes in one suitcase

                  **Thanks to Zina for this awesome photo!

                  ✅ Separates items into categories - With travel luggage organizers, items are separated and you can find what you need in a second. You can simply use packing cubes as "traveling drawers" once you reach your hotel. This is an ideal option for those always on the go or those staying in smaller hotels or hostels.

                  ✅ Less risk for leaks - Using a clear toiletry bag means there’s less likelihood for leaking lotions and shampoos all over your suitcase. Even if the liquids do leak a bit, they are contained within a luggage organizer so the other items in your bag are protected.

                  ✅ Saves you money on baggage fees - If you don’t need to travel in a carry on, share a larger suitcase and color code each person with packing cubes! Your hubby gets Gray and you get Turquoise. Finding your items is super easy. “Honey… Can you pass the Turquoise Small Cube please?” Check in one suitcase instead of two and your packing cubes just paid for themselves!

                  Kid’s travel items organized using packing cubes

                  ✅ Saves you time / no unpacking - Pack your clothes into various packing cubes, separated by item or category. For example, Small Cube has underwear and socks. Medium Cube has shirts and shorts. Unpack the cubes when reaching your destination and use them as traveling drawers! No unpacking or repacking. You just saved a whole lot of time. 


                  ✅ Requires money - Think of travel packing organizers as investments. You do need to spend some money before enjoying the many wonders of these suitcase organizers. There are some high-end brands that are very expensive (though not necessarily providing you with better quality --- our next point).

                  ✅ Quality isn’t always assured - There are many brands of travel luggage organizers to choose from. But not all of them take into account the quality of the products. That’s why it’s important to invest in a luggage organizer that will provide you efficiency and quality in the long run.

                  Why not invest in EzPacking cubes? These are high-quality travel luggage organizers that won’t break the bank. They come with many features like:

                  ✓ Durability - Made from strong materials so that they last long.

                  ✓ Functionality - Comes in various sizes and colors for storing all your travel essentials.

                  ✓ Very versatile - Cubes can be used for suitcase organization, tote bag organization, closet organization, kids toy room organization and so much more.

                  How to Choose the Best Travel Organizer for You and Your Family

                  Customer photos of luggage organizers

                  In terms of functionality, innovativeness and style, nothing beats packing cubes - especially the EzPacking Cubes. They are very diverse, can be used for casual clothes, formal clothes, underwear, sleepwear and toiletries. Besides for traveling, these cubes can also be used for storing cosmetics, snacks and even electronics for organization around the house, in the car, kids toy room or day to day activities.

                  So there’s no doubt that when it comes to organizing your luggage and separating items, packing cubes are your the best option. They will last you the longest, will organize your items into ‘traveling drawers’ and you won’t even need to unpack! But your other options are also just as valid. Which one do you relate to the most below?

                  Type of Luggage Organizer

                  Ideal For

                  1. Packing Cubes

                    Families/couples who want to stay organized while traveling, save space and make packing and unpacking easier

                    2. Compression Bags

                      Families who want to save lots of space (over-packers, winter travelers, etc.)

                      3. Packing Folders

                        Families bringing formal clothes, clothes that wrinkle easily or business travelers

                        4. Vacuum Storage Bags

                          Families going to winter destination (or those bringing bulky clothing items) and have some extra time for vacuuming

                          5. Ziplock Bags

                            Families who are on a budget but want to organize luggage

                            It’s important to remember your own travel needs! Ask yourself what’s most important.

                            Is it organization? Saving lots of space? Sticking to a budget?

                            We always recommend packing cubes as our favorite option because they give you the most flexibility for how to use them! They have both organizing and space-saving capabilities. At the same time, they are designed to make packing (and unpacking) an enjoyable experience, not a chore!

                            Best type of luggage organizer for suitcase

                            Best type of luggage organizer

                            However, you can always opt for the other types of travel clothes organizers depending on your needs. Over-packers might benefit more from using compression or vacuum storage bags to save tons of space in their luggage.

                            Convinced to try out suitcase organizers?

                            Woman packing with luggage organizers

                            **Thanks to Livi for this awesome photo!

                            It’s matter of whether you’re ready to take the leap or not. If you want your packing game to level up, it’s time. Want to learn more about packing cubes? Click here!

                            Good thing EzPacking has a 30 day money back guarantee. You can try them out and see if they’re worth it! If not, just send them back. The options are endless when it comes to luggage organization. Do your research and see what is the best fit for you or your family.


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