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Are packing cubes worth it?:
G4Free packing cubes  

​If you’re wondering whether packing cubes are worth it, the answer is a resounding yes. I’ve been using them since October 2016, and now I wouldn’t travel without them.

They take a lot of the hassle out of packing and unpacking, particularly if you’re visiting somewhere for a short time: they mean you don’t have to unpack, you can just put the case into the hotel chest of drawers and head out on your bike. They’re also excellent if you are travelling with family, as you can separate each person’s clothes into a different bag.  

When they came to the market a few years ago, they were pretty expensive, but since then there have been lots of new entrants that have made them very affordable. That means that it’s low risk to get a couple and see how you get on with them.

Once you’ve tried them and fallen in love with them, you’ll find yourself wanting a bag for your bike clothes, a bag for your gels, bottles etc and a bag for your non-cycling clothes. If you’re like me and travel with lots of gadgets, a bag for gadgets is really handy too. I also take an extra one with me for dirty laundry.

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G4Free packing cube

What size cubes do you need?

I spent far too long trying to work this out the first time I bought travel cubes. This is what I find I use for my clothes for a week’s cycling holiday - and if you buy the G4Free set we use, you handily get all of these in one bundle:

  • ​Large packing cube, 40 x 26 x 7.5cm case, for cycling kit. The case looks small, but you can get a lot in!
  • ​Another large packing cube, or an extra large packing cube which is 45 x 32 x 7.5cm, for my general clothes.
  • ​Medium packing cube, 29 x 17 x 7.5cm, for two bottles. I put bars and gels inside the bottles.
  • ​Another medium packing cube for wires, chargers, adapters, Garmin, Virb camera etc.
  • ​Small packing cube, 24 x 12 x 7.5cm, for sun tan lotion, wash kit etc.
  • ​This just leaves one large packing case left over for the dirty washing. Perfect!

One word of advice: when the packing cubes arrive you might think they look small. Start packing and you quickly realise you can get a lot into each.

best cubes to buy

​There are lots of manufacturers out there. In fact, it can feel a bit daunting when you head on to Amazon as there is a vast array of companies, colours and sizes.

We have used ​
eBags and G4Free. We like both but would probably go for G4Free packing cubes over Ebags simply because the products are very similar, but because they’re less well known, they’re less expensive.


G4Free packing cube zipped up

Mesh netting lets you see what's inside

I find the carrying handle is surprisingly useful

Pros

  • ​Keep all your kit organised so you can easily find what you’re looking for. No more digging through the suitcase!
    You can unpack by just putting the cubes into the chest of drawers. This is helpful if you’re only staying somewhere for a couple of nights.
  • ​Made of lightweight nylon.
  • ​Carry handle on each case.
  • ​Good zip.
  • ​Reasonably big mesh panel allows you to see what’s inside without having to open it.
  • G4Free Value Set provides a good range of sizes and an excellent price. ​

Cons

  • ​The bags in this set are all the same colour. This is great when you’re with a family, as you can buy a different colour set for each family member, but when you’re by yourself, you have to spend a second looking through the mesh panel to check which bag you’re looking at.
  • ​The bags don’t really compress the clothes, though I’m sure I get more in each bag than I would if the clothes were loose in the suitcase.


​do you think ​packing cubes are worth it?

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If you're packing for a cycling trip, check out our ultimate packing list.

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