Why We Chose It: Simple, convenient, recycled fabrics
We’ve all been there… trying to cram all the stuff you need for a week-long adventure into a ridiculously small ‘carry on’-sized bag. Why do we do it? Well, for a number of reasons. Firstly, because nobody really wants to line the pockets of budget airline bosses by paying extra for checked baggage, and secondly because you might be understandably reluctant to entrust your much-loved gear to a gorilla-limbed baggage handler who is seemingly intent on using your luggage to practice his hammer throw. Then there’s the dreaded possibility that your bag gets lost in transit, leaving you in airport limbo, endlessly watching the baggage carousel go round and round like the first circle of hell from Dante’s Inferno.
Anyway, we digress (and yes, if you couldn’t tell from that opening paragraph, we are still a little bitter about what happened the last time we went on holiday). But as it turns out, the solution to ultimate, no-fuss travel efficiency is to invest in a set of packing cubes. These ingenious items are fantastic space savers, helping you to maximise the room inside almost any bag, case or duffel bag, while also keeping your gear highly organised and perfectly compartmentalised.
By far the coolest examples we’ve encountered come from innovative German outdoor brand Heimplanet, probably best known for their space-age geodesic dome tents, but who, it turns out, also do a nice line in eco-friendly travel bags and everyday carry essentials.
What Are the Heimplanet Packing Cubes Best Suited To?
They’re made for travellers of all breeds, whether you’re going by plane, train or automobile. In terms of volume, they’re best suited to shorter trips of up to a week, being sized to accommodate a few days’ worth of tees and underwear.
Heimplanet gear has a distinct aesthetic. Their stuff often looks a bit sci-fi, like the props out of a Ridley Scott film. But it’s not all style over substance – far from it. In fact, this brand has thought very carefully indeed about the sustainability of each and every product, as well as the environmental impacts of their wider business model.