What size Eagle Creek packing cubes and folders will I need for best packing RS rolling carry on?
Click on 'Travel Store' above then click on 'Accessories'; if you'll look at RS' cubes they will have dimensions that will fit nicely; I have these, plus some old ones from EC that have the same dimensions. Nice thing about them is that they'll fit anywhere, as long as they aren't too stuffed. It depends on what you're bringing - usually I bring one large (clothing) and one small (socks, underwear; sleepshirt goes in one or the other), sometimes 3 small...or just the large one and a drawstring net bag (aka ditty bag), also sold here.
Hello Jill. Packing cubes are a good invention. My carry - on size bag (my primary bag for travel) is the same size and shape as the Rick Steves carry - on bag. I have an Eagle Creek packing cube. Its dimensions are 2 and 3/4 inches. 14 inches. 10 inches. And I have a Columbia packing cube. Its dimensions are 3 inches 14 inches 10 inches My favorite is the Columbia packing cube. I put my undergarments and socks in those two packing cubes. One side of a packing cube is a mesh material, allowing air to go out of the bag when the bag is squeezed. When I put things in my carry - on size bag, I put the empty bag on the floor : one side of the bag is on the floor. I open the bag like a suitcase. The two packing cubes are placed on the "bottom" (it is a side of the bag). The 14 inch height of the packing cubes fit in that "bottom" of the bag. The two packing cubes are side by side. The total width of the two packing cubes is 20 inches. Other clothes, folded, and a towel and folding umbrella are on top of the packing cubes. My items for personal grooming and hygiene, and rubber thong sandals, are put in the bag's external pockets. The Rick Steves packing cubes are 5 inches thick. That is too big, for me. And, I have an Eagle Creek item that looks similar to a packing cube, but it is thinner. I put my clothes for sleeping in it.
I do not want the "folders", its size and weight are excessive. The total weight of my bag (carry - on size) when fully loaded is ten Pounds. And I carry a shoulder bag (11 inches wide). It is a "personal item" in airplanes.
I like the folders for packing for business trips. Cotton and silk button shirts stay folded and unwrinkled in in the folder, to no need ever iron or steam. If what you are packing doesn't really wrinkle, or if it doesn't matter for vacation, no need for the folders.
I really like the folders, and Eagle Creek just released a new line that's about half the weight of the old ones. I find taking on of them really help with the repacking when I'm moving around. It is also great for protecting prints in my softsided luggage on the way home.
You can't go wrong with Rick's cubes, they are excellent. I bought a set in 2009 and was so impressed, after three trips to Europe with them, that I bought a second set last year, and also a set for my mother. She loves them as well....lightweight, strong, flexible, lay flat when empty, can hold a LOT of stuff, reliable zippers...I never travel without them anymore..
I started with two sets of the Rick Steves cubes, one each for me and hubby, and bought a 3rd set for my daughter. I use them all the time, foreign and domestic. They are very well made and the perfect size for the RS luggage.