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Packing for Ireland : Space Bags vs Packing Cubes

It's fair to say I do quite a bit of packing for travel. And, while I tend toward over-packing (especially when we are driving to destinations), I do try to keep my packing for Ireland a bit lighter.

Our most recent trip, however, had a mix of activities – from outdoor pursuits which required warm gear, to city evenings with friends, to a luxurious dinner in a castle. Which left me packing quite a few more clothes than I normally would. As I thought about the best way to pack, I began to wonder, which is best: Space Bags or Packing Cubes.

So I put it to the test.

In the video below you can see my side-by-side comparison of Space Bags vs Packing Cubes.

The video is about 21 minutes in length, as I pack my suitcase 3 times, first demonstrating Packing Cubes, followed by Space Bags, and finishing with a mixture of the two.

Space Bags vs Packing Cubes

YouTube video

My Packing List

2 jackets

3 jeans

4 tops

1 button-down flannel shirt

1 tank top

1 scarf

1 pair heels

1 dress & shrug

undergarments and socks

Spoiler : Winner – Space Bags vs Packing Cubes

If you're just looking for the short version of the video, here's where you'll find it.

I was able to fit the same amount of clothing into my carry on bag using Space Bags as I was into Packing Cubes.

BUT, I found that a mixture of the two worked best for me.

If you don't want to watch the packing, see the final moments for each process at these times:

Packing Cubes : 7:11

Space Bags 14: 02

Combination of the two 19:27

Just a note: When you use any type of packing condensation item, always be sure to watch the weight of your bag! Check your airline's limits and don't exceed them – overweight bags are an expensive inconvenience!

Quick Tip if You're Packing Boots!

Don't let that space go to waste! Stuff them! Socks in the toes, tops, leggings, scarves rolled into the upper. Not only does it fill “wasted” space, but it will help your tall boots keep their shape! And don't forget to use shoe bags to protect your other items from snags and dirt!
Packing Tip : Fill Your Boots

Do you have a favorite packing method? Do your prefer Space Bags or Packing Cubes?

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Jody Halsted
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  1. Where do you put your toiletries? Other shoes besides your heels? This is my first trip to Ireland and it will be in June 2019. Any suggestions on the type of clothing to pack? Any input is greatly appreciated!

    1. Hi Susan. My toiletries are mainly packed into their own bag and placed in my suitcase. I am not a carry-on only packer, so I usually have at least one bag that I check. It is also the bag that I bring whiskey and other items home in.

      My Ireland travel clothing recommendations are in this article. It’s important to note that the recommendations don’t really change by season.

      You will find more helpful information in the Travel Tips & FAQs document.

      Thanks so much for your question- and have an amazing trip!

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