Packing Cubes

 

Packing Cubes sweet organisation

Packing cubes can be bought for anywhere between £5 Packing-Cubes-Dive-Conquerto about £20 for a set of three. They are definitely worth a try especially for families. You’ll hear travellers say they wonder how they ever managed without them.

It is possible to use Ziploc bags to store your clothing but actual packing organizers have several more benefits and don’t cost that much more money. These are our top 10 reasons why every traveller should use Packing Cubes:

 

  • Long-lasting – buy good quality and don’t abuse them and they’ll last for years.
  • Compression – use them to compress your clothing and travel for any trip with just a carry-on bag.
  • Organize – Separate your clothing whatever way you need – by bottoms/tops; travel outfits; or weather.
  • Family – Colour code clothing by using different colour packing cubes for each family member.
  • Practical – Ideal for organization and storage in your hotel when shelf space is limited.
  • Easy to Clean – Throw them in the wash (hang dry) after a trip or during for long term travels.
  • Versatility – Use them for clothing, shoes, electronics, and anything else you want to store.
  • In-Flight Organization – Carry your travel comforts such as neck pillow/scarf/sweater/blanket.
  • Non-travel Uses – Use them at home for storage or to maximize limited closet space.
  • Environmentally Friendly – Better than using plastic bags.

Here’s a quick review of some examples of what’s available.

 

DIBAG Bag Packers Tidy Case Luggage Packing Cubes Set of 3

This 3 piece packing cubes comes with three sizes and each has an “easy view” window and double zip closures. A reasonably good Net Promoter Score (NPS) of 78. The price is certainly right but is it value for your money?

  • Large:     29 x 46 x 6 cm
  • Medium: 28 x 23 x 5 cm
  • Small:      23 x 20 x 2 cm

87% of Buyers Liked or Loved this product.
At this price they say you can’t expect outstanding material and great needlework on the binding that will stand the test of time. And to be fair it does look a little on the cheap side. But you do get will get an item that does what it says and has metal zippers.
Read more of what buyers liked.

9% of Buyers were disappointed with this product.
For one buyer the seams on the larger cube ripped even though they were careful not to overfill any of the cubes.  Buyers thought packing cubes were a definite boon but as regards this product perhaps there were others that might do the job better.
Read more of what buyers disliked.

BXT Travel Essentials Bag Organisers Set of 5

A 5 piece set for around a tenner. These are made from Polyester Fibre and come in a range of colours: Pink/Blue/Red/Grey/Purple. Two have handles but like many packing cubes the zips seem to be the weak link in an otherwise good product. A very low NPS of 46.

  • Bag 1:   37 x 30 x 14 cm (with handle)
  • Bag 2:   29 x 19 x 11 cm (with handle)
  • Bag 3:   37 x 27 x 7 cm
  • Bag 4:   31 x 27 x 7 cm
  • Bag 5:   26 x 20 x 7 cm

66% of Buyers Liked or Loved this product.
One side is opaque and the flip side is a partial breathable mesh that you can see through. The fabric is serviceable and the zips are adequate given the price although they may not stand up to repeated harsh treatment. They can be stored inside each other like a Russian doll.
Read more of what buyers liked.

20% of Buyers were disappointed with this product.
The zips broke or caught quite easily and they didn’t hold their shape.
Read more of what buyers disliked

AmazonBasics Packing Cubes – 2 Med. + 2 Large (4-Piece Set)

This Amazon Basics 4-piece set at the time of review has a maximum NPS of 100. They are made from soft mesh to protect delicate fabrics and come with a webbing handle for convenience when carried by itself.  There are 2 medium-sized cubes and 2 large-sized cubes.

  • Large:     44 x 32 x 8 cm
  • Medium: 35 x 25 x 8 cm

100% of Buyers thought these were great quality at a very reasonable price. Lightweight but strong with attention to detail such as a carrying handle, double-zippers, and strong stitching.  The medium sized pack is probably a good all-round choice, This particular set from Amazon Basics compares very well with the other brands that buyers have used.
Read more of what buyers liked.

0% What Buyers disliked? – Apparently nothing!

Packing Cubes Set of 3 Carry On Organisers

Made from Nylon diamond fabric with mesh front for easy visibility the bags come in 3 sizes. The very high NPS of 97% is impressive:

  • Large:      44.5 x 32  x 8  cm
  • Medium:  35    x 25  x 7.5 cm
  • Small:      28    x 17  x  7.5 cm

98% of Buyers were impressed with these bags.
Made from Nylon diamond fabric which makes them lightweight, tough and also washable. They are really strong and the mesh is very good quality. The zips too put up with a lot of opening and closing.
Read more of what buyers liked.

1% of Buyers thought these were a bit on the flimsy side and too small.
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eBags Packing Cubes – 3 Piece Set

This travel set is lightweight, durable and a very colourful packing solution. The three piece Packing Cube Set includes: a small, medium, and a large packing cube. Buyers gave this an excellent NPS of 96%

  • Large:     44 x 32 x 8 cm
  • Medium: 35 x 25 x 7.5 cm
  • Small:      28 x 17 x 7.5 cm

97%  Buyers say the eBags cubes are fantastic quality and come in a good range of sizes. However the Large eBags Cube appears to be too big for some buyers. The Medium bag is perfect for clothes / shirts / t-shirts etc. and the Small bag is perfect for a week’s worth of smalls.
Read more of what buyers liked.

1%  One Amazon reviewer mentions that the large cube is actually too big to fit in the bag for which it was intended, another says that they are smaller than expected.
Read more of what buyers disliked

We chose the AmazonBasics Packing Cubes Set of 4 as the overall winner in this group of 5 based on having 100% satisfaction from buyers and the reasonable average cost per bag.

Price*Per BagNPSRated
AmazonBasics Packing Cubes Set of 4 £14.49 £3.62 100 1
Packing Cubes Set of 3 £15.67 £5.22 97 2
DIBAG Bag Packers Tidy Case Set of 3 £6.99 £2.33 78 3
eBags Packing Cubes Set of 3 £19.99 £6.66 96 4
BXT Travel Essentials Set of 5 £7.49 £1.50 46 5

*Prices at time of review
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Travel Pillow Travel Accessories

Travel Pillows a big difference to your comfort

Travelling can leave you achy, not least with neck pain caused by dozing off at an awkward angle. That’s where a pillow can help. Be it inflatable, filled with tension-easing beads , polystyrene or clever memory foam, a strategically-placed cushion can make a big difference to your comfort on a journey.

Here we look at four very different designs to help you find the most suitable one.

Motionperformance Travel Pillow

The Motionperformance travel pillow is made from memory foam with a velour cover. It slips around the neck quickly and easily and provides a soft, but firm support for the head, reducing tension in the neck, head, shoulders for greater comfort and relaxation.

Ideal for travelling, holidays, watching TV or reading, the Neck Cushion can be used in the home or out and about.


J Pillow Travel Pillow

The J Pillow was winner of the British Invention of the Year 2013. Its ingenious chin support s while you’re sleeping.

The curvy part of the “J” curls under your chin, cradling and supporting your neck and chin, preventing you from snapping awake.

Its easy-carry and be squeezed in the smallest of spaces. This super soft plush pillow folds down smaller than an average average “U” shaped pillow and can be clipped onto hand luggage with the handy snap-loop fastener. The J PIllow is well reviewed in the press both in the UK and America.

Travelrest Travel Pillow

The Travelrest is inflatable and is positioned across the torso or down the side.They claim it is the only Travel Pillow that provides lateral support for the upper body which makes its easier to relax, fall asleep, and stay asleep longer. It weighs just 7 ounces and when deflated and rolled up it is 2″ x 9″ x 3.5″. There is an instruction sheet and even a video. This too is well reviewed in the press here and in the US. The Chicago Triubne reported “The tether works, and the long, curved design of the pillow gives a delicious sense of snuggling up with one of those full-body bed pillows”

NapScarf (TM) Travel Pillow

Trtl® NapScarf(TM) – The Travel Pillow. Reinvented. NapScarf(TM) has been scientifically proven to hold the head in a better ergonomic position than a traditional memory foam U-Shaped travel pillow. During the study, 9 out of 10 participants chose the NapScarf(TM) over a traditional memory foam travel pillow.

It is incredibly comfortable. The Internal Support System (ISS) creates a hammock effect on the face and ear, so it doesn’t feel like a strange apparatus is holding your head up, but rather that your head is being gently cradled.

Customer feedback has consistently proven that it allows you to sleep for UP TO 8 HOURS in ECONOMY; the design has been optimised for regular long haul flyers.

 

TSA Locks – Suitcase Locks – Cable Ties

TSA Locks

TSA locks, Travel Sentry Approved locks, used to be only relevant for America but are becoming increasingly adopted in many countries. TSA is pretty standard on most luggage locks now.

You lock your house.You lock your car. Why not LOCK YOUR LUGGAGE?

Did you know?

  1.  International treaties require that all luggage be security screened before being loaded on passenger airplanes
  2. The Travel Sentry system is used by security agencies at Canadian Airports  and at Tokyo’s Narita an Haneda Airports. It is also used by the customs agencies of the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany and New Zealand.
  3. Baggage security inspections often requires luggage to be opened to complete the inspection
  4. If your luggage is locked with TSA locks the security officers can open it for inspection and relock it
  5. In the USA and some other countries if your luggage does not use a TSA accepted lock the security officers can and will break it open for inspection
  6. Luggage that uses TSA Locks can be inspected faster and not delayed to break open the locks
  7. You can use your Travel Sentry Approved locks and luggage anywhere in the worl
  8. In 2004, Samsonite developed the first luggage with integrated TSA locks..
  9. By 2014 there were 300 million TSA locks and luggage in use and that this number increases every minute
  10. Locking your luggage protects your possessions from theft, tampering and misuse by smugglers
  11. Many models of luggage are designed to stay closed during handling ONLY if they are locked

Cable Ties

Even more effective, if a little less convenient, are Cable Ties. You can get 100 of these for under £2 at Amazon  or your local hardware store. You’ll know if your cable tie is still there it hasn’t been messed with. You can’t tell if your lock have been opened or not.

 

 

 

 

Travel Document Holders and Wallets

Travel Document Holders Passport Holders and Travel Document Wallets

rfid-walletIf you knew that someone could read your credit cards, passport, and even driver’s license without actually having to swipe them or look at them, would you take steps to guard against it? I know I would.

RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification) technology is used to track sensitive data in many of today’s portable identifiers (e.g. cards) and can be easily scanned without you ever knowing.

An RFID blocking Travel Document Holder is an essential piece of kit for any well-organised traveller. They are designed to block illegal scans of RFID chips embedded in modern-day passports and credits cards and stop highly sensitive personal data from being stolen.


travel document holder - RFID secure organiser

GO TRAVEL – Travel Organiser RFID Secure
£13.74
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18 compartments organises passports credit cards and any travel documents. A sporty look and made from high quality rich-feeling material. Zip around case for extra security.

11 colours Durable Waterproof Nylon Travel Document Wallet
£1.98
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Not RFID secure but can hold 5 passports, credit cards, European Health Insurance Cards, airline tickets and boarding passes and a zip pouch is perfect for loose change.

 

travel document holder - fabretti
FABRETTI – Travel Document Holder 
£10.00
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The Fabretti is not RFID secure but is stylish, very popular and comes in a range of colours. It has 4 slits inside the case for credit cards, ID cards etc. and also a zipped compartment.

travel document holder - RFID blocking executive wallet
RFID Blocking Executive Travel Wallet
£29.99
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2 passport slots, 9 card slots, a zipped pocket for coins and many other pockets. Made from leather with a polyurethane coating to provide a long-lasting “like new” appearance..

Luggage Scales

Luggage Scales  – Avoid Excess Baggage Fees

Excess baggage fees can leave a sour taste in your mouth at the end of your holiday as well as a hefty dent in your wallet.  Check your weight and get your wine, gifts and presents home safe and sound with no extra cost. Useful on the outbound journey too!

Avoid being clobbered by £10 per kilo excess baggage fees by buying one of these little luggage scales gizmos.

  • Easy to use luggage scales
  • Compact and only 175g
  • Weighs up to 40kg and is accurate to 50g
  • The automatic hold feature allows you to lift the luggage, set it down on the floor and then read the weight.

The No More Excess scales are compact, lightweight and simple to use. However some buyers have found the steel grip to lift is quite narrow and you can only use about 3 fingers making it a bit painful when weighing anything over 15kg.

  • reliable, accurate, compact, easy to use
  • both kg and lb.
  • comfort grip, woven nylon strap, high quality
  • up to 50kg in weight.  is built to last.

The Duronic is accurate and comfortable to use even with a 20kg bag. The handle is curved and is designed to be held using your whole hand or even both. Very simple to use – you just press the button, wait till it beeps /sets the scale to zero, then lift.

  • very lightweight, unique design, easy to use
  • auto hold feature with a beep alert
  • weigh up to 50kg

The Tekbox very accurate compared to BA and Easyjet scales. They weigh in kilos, lbs and grammes and have a cool backlit display.

  • can be used for fishing, post room, luggage etc.
  • Weighs up to 40kg
  • Precise weighing within 0.02kg (20 grams,0.05lb)
  • Auto Shut Down in 90 seconds when not in use

There look cute and are pretty accurate for weight checking but it can be tricky getting a steady number sometimes.

  • user friendly; easy to use luggage scales
  • digital display on top of the scales so you do not need to bend down nor lift the luggage higher to see the weight
  • reliable and accurate scale measuring bags and luggages
  • up to 50KG in weight in kg, st, lb
  • red light if over 20kg green light if under 20k

Readings are very accurate, to one decimal place, however there is definitely a knack to using it as the scales have to reset when there is no tension on the straps. One buyer found its weighed light – 90kg of luggage on the scale came in at 95kg at the airport.

 

A survey of 2000 Britons reveals that the average man packs 18 items of clothing for one week away, while women take 36 items of clothing and generally pack between six and eight pairs of shoes.

A pair of shoes weighs roughly 1kg so that’s a third of your baggage allowance in shoes alone!

The findings also reveal 77% of men claim their other half has used their case to take extra clothes away with them. And it seems it’s a bone of contention, as more than two thirds of couples admit to arguing while sorting out luggage for a break – with unnecessary items taking up space the main reason for a pre-trip bust-up.

However, it seems women are in control of what makes it into a suitcase. 42% of men in a relationship confess to letting their partner pack for them. But only 5% of women said they would be happy to let their other half sort out the luggage for a holiday.