Packing cubes vs. Ziploc bags
Replies: 18 - Last Post: Feb 24, 2011 6:15 AM Last Post By: howmuch
Aug 12, 2010 3:39 AM
15For those unaware, they do make much larger re-usable storage bags - zip lock brand or others. These will help for organization and give you some compression... some of the nicer (and more expensive) poly bags even have one way air valves.
That said, I'm with pirate, compression sacks are a great investment and will reduce volume A LOT. Relatively speaking, they will be a lot more expensive.
For organization, consider packing by outfit rather than putting all jeans in one, all shirts in another, etc.
Aug 17, 2010 12:19 PM
16I use both, depending on what I'm packing and where I'm going. Packing cubes/folders tend to be for nice, specific things (clean, folded shirts and pants) whereas ziplocs hold dirty clothes and miscellaneous nonsense (duct tape, clothesline, soap, batteries). Works for me, and a big plus to ziplocs is that a few extra gallon freezer bags takes almost no space in your luggage, so you can switch more stuff into them later in the trip when you may be having more issues with funk.
Oct 31, 2010 11:16 PM
17Never tried the packing cubes, but they seem awkward to fit in a cylindrical backpack and are very expensive. I've found that the perfect organizer for me are those mesh laundry bags used for delicates. Come in all different sizes, see through so you can find what you're looking for, don't crinkle noisily like zip-locks so you aren't "that person" in the hostel at 4am, and are durable enough (my current set has lasted me through several multi-month trips). And as a plus, they can be thrown in the wash to clean...since thats what they're made for anyway... Oh...and I got mine at the dollar store! For dirties I just use a regular nylon stuff sack, since I don't need to be able to see any of it. And I never EVER pack wet things. SO yes, sometimes I'm the girl with a sodden bathing suit hanging off her backpack...but I'll take looking silly in favor of that mildewy smell that comes from a wet suit fermenting in a zip-lock all day.
Feb 24, 2011 6:15 AM
18I use both too. I used to only use ziploc bags as we used to only take one large bag (for a family of four) so ziploc bags would segregate everyones clothes.
Then I invested in Eagle Creeks packing cubes and found them the best thing for travelling especially as a family. Each person got a different colour 'set' (one small for underwear, medium for shirts and large for 'bottoms') And whatever doestn't fit in you can't take- so keeps it light and easily manageable.
The main reason I prefer packing cubes over ziploc is: easily identifiable for each person - ie colour and size of packing cube to find exactly what they are after (Dad looking for shirt goes to 'blue medium' packing cube) and also when we arrive at a place for a few days (we usually like staying a minimum of 3-4 days in one spot then the packing cubes can be lined up, unzipped and the flaptucked underneath and then they act as a 'drawer' which can easily be closed up again and chucked back in. Makes packing up a cinch, whereas with ziploc bags no one could be bothered putting clothes back in all the time and hence got muddled up when in one place for an extended time and made repacking too timeconsuming.
I still however always take ziploc bags (for a emergency set of clothes for kids in day pack/carry on luggage) the occasional wet item and for a myriad of other little bits and pieces I need to keep together (keep headtorches,adapter plug, alarm clock all together)
I know this is an old post but I often use old posts for ideas when searching for specific ideas/things
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