Hi kids (trapped in adult bodies)!

If all goes as planned, when this goes up I should be somewhere in Osaka, hopefully eating my weight in Okonomiyaki. In honor of my upcoming travel plans, I want to talk about aduling your suitcase.

Now, I’m not going to try to tell you what to pack. Because, despite my extensive experience traveling (I even run a group called Girls Who Travel!), I can’t control myself when it comes time to choose what to wear. I give in to every “what if” and before you know it, I’ve packed half my closet for a three day trip. (Ok, because seriously, WHAT IF)

Or maybe you’re like Mr. Juris Doctor who packs in – no literally – five minutes. I don’t understand it.

I don’t care if you’re a messy packer or an organized packer or a last minute packer or a two weeks before packer. No matter your style, I want to talk to you about how you pack. And all I have for you is two words (plus the rest of this blog): packing cubes.

If you do not already own packing cubes, please be prepared to make that face when you use them for the first time and are amazed by their simple yet undeniable brilliance.

Ok what is a packing cube? Well, it’s like a mini suitcase for your suitcase. It’s literally just fabric cubes that you put things into and zip up.

The concept behind them this pretty basic:

By compressing your clothes into smaller cubes, you create more space in your suitcase. 

Not only do you compress your clothes but by putting everything in cubes, you create uniformity so you can stack the cubes (cue Tetris music) and create even more space.

It seems like it shouldn’t work, but it does.

AND it comes with an additional benefit. As we’ve discussed on this blog many times, clutter creates stress. Because SCIENCE. At some point, whether because you didn’t try from the beginning or because life happened as you were traveling, your suitcase will get messy. But…

Packing cubes keep you organized. 

You don’t even have to try really. Just opening a suitcase to a bunch of little cubes neatly stacked up can be enough to ward off the messy stress.

And because the cubes are small, it’s a lot easier to find things than just rummaging around your entire suitcase. So that reduces stress.

And if you’re really going to go crazy, you can use the cubes to group like items together or outfits together so it’s even easier to find what you need when you’re traveling.

So bottom line?

Packing cubes are cheap and practical and super adulting friendly

They work for any type of suitcase

or backpack.

They’re very inexpensive on Amazon – no more than $10-$12 unless you want to get a fancier kind.

No matter where you are going, what bag you are using or how long you are traveling – increase your space and reduce your stress by using travel cubes!

Now get out there and pack like a champ, you adult you.