How to Properly Use Packing Pods

A packing pod or packing cube is simply a small traveling bag that is designed to help you compartmentalize and organize your clothes inside the luggage. It compresses the clothes in order to ensure that you use the space optimally.

These pods are used by most business travelers, backpackers, and holidaymakers to carry as much luggage as possible as they are extremely convenient. The difference between using luggage alone, and using luggage and packing pods is in the number of things you can carry, the second option ensures that you have more space.

In this post, we tell you more about the packing pods, and especially how to use them effectively and their benefits for travelers. They are really not that complicated to use, and in our points below, you will realize how effective they are in your life.

How to Properly Use Packing Pods
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How to Properly Use Packing Pods

These bags are pretty easy to use, and all you need to do is fold your clothes and then lay them flat in the bags. Next, you should seal the zip-lock top of the bag and then roll the bag so you can squeeze out the air.

It helps if you can do this on the floor while kneeling on it so you can make use of your body weight to squeeze out as much of the air as you can.

Now, when choosing the compression bag, ensure that it is a suitable one for traveling. You should be in a position to remove all of the air by rolling it instead of using a vacuum cleaner.

However, some of them are flimsy, which means that they can tear easily. It is worth it to invest in a good quality and durable bag so it can serve you for a while. Also, good quality bags will be easy to replace.

The Disadvantage of Using these Pods

Packing pods normally come in all sizes and you can either choose a large one for all of your clothes or a small one for your separate accessory items.

The only downside to these bags is that your clothes can get a little creased when you are removing them from the bags. You also have to uncompress the bag before you can access the items, which is not very convenient when you desperately need something on the travel day.

They can also easily tear which is not a good thing and makes them sometimes unreliable. Additionally, it takes quite a lot of effort to effectively roll the bag and compress it especially when it is full. 

Benefits of Using Packing Pods

Here are some of the benefits we found of using these packing pods. Of course, some of them are obvious.

They Are More Efficient

It is so easy to pack using these packing pods as each cube can carry plenty of stuff and they fit easily into your luggage.

You can also keep re-arranging them in the luggage until they fit. The process of compression helps in ensuring that you do not have things left out when you need them while traveling.

They Make it Easy for You to Find Things

The cubes/pods are usually just like your drawers at home, and you know what is in them by simply looking at them. This means that everything is organized and you do not have to keep rummaging around in the suitcase to find something that you are looking for.

It Saves You Space

If you have ever had to travel and carry lots of luggage, then you understand how hard it can be to fit everything you need inside the luggage. With the packing pods, you don’t have to worry about this, as they ensure that you have as much space as you need to carry everything.

It Keeps Your Clothes Clean and Dry

These organizers are actually water and dust resistant, and you shall never end up in a situation where your clothes have become dirty or wet. They also help to protect them in dusty hotel drawers if you wish to keep them like that.

How to Properly Use Packing Pods
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There you have it; how to use packing pods effectively, and the main benefits they have to offer a frequent traveler. It is advisable to buy good quality pods so they can serve you for a long period of time. All the best. 

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