Packing cubes are the simplest and smartest way to pack your bag neatly and efficiently. There are many options available that vary in size, shape, material and overall quality.
The best approach is to focus on the items that you have the most of (Merino wool underwear and Merino wool socks for example) so there are less loose items in your bag. Packing socks and underwear alone will make things a great deal tidier and more organized.
Before buying packing cubes, quickly figure out what would be appropriate for you by sorting out your packing list. Here is an example of a packing list sorted for packing cubes (does not include what is being worn on the airplane):
This is how the above packing list can be sorted, for example:
Something to consider when packing into cubes, is that you’re adding stuff to your bag by adding the cubes. So depending on how much you decide to pack, it’s often better to use fewer packing cubes with more stuff in each cube.
With the packing cubes neatly organized and packed, it’s time to organize your bag for travel.
Think of it like playing 3D Tetris inside your carry-on...and the prize is not having to wait by the luggage carousel with the rest of the horde.