Simplifying Packing with Wildcraft Bag Organisers or Packing cubes

Hi Guys,

Today I wanted to share with you my experience of using packing cubes. We at India mostly pack our clothes in our suitcases, sky bags or rucksacks so packing cubes are not really popular here. For me packing for a vacation or even a small trip is like an event. I keep fretting and planning and some more planning but still the fact that I need to pack my stuff does give me night mares. So to ease that anxiety I tried to learn from my Youtube Travel Guru Sonia Gill from Sonia’s Travel. Basically I search each and everything in Youtube , sometimes to learn a new way of doing it or to gain knowledge on the existing one. So while going through Youtube I came across this concept of packing your stuff in packing cubes. Globally  Eagle Creek Packing cubes are very famous for their durability and flexibility. But poor me ! Where do I get them in India so while browsing through Amazon I came across 2 reputed brands that make packing cubes

  1. AmazonBasics Packing Cubes – which is available in a set of 4 pieces of different sizes and serving different purposes priced around 1095. Sometimes they are in sale and you’ll get them for around 949 and they come in 6 different colours.

  2. Wild craft – which comes with individual packing cubes with different sizes.

 

 

 

So after deliberating a lot … you know how we girls keep on thinking , rethinking and finally come up with a decision and even after executing the decision we wonder whether we made the right choice. Sorry for drifting away but the point is I chose the following packing cubes from WildCraft each for me and my husband.

I chose WildCraft mainly because I have already used its big bag pack which my husband gifted me and I have literally abused it. Still it didn’t  disappoint me. That’s why I trust WildCraft for their quality. The packing cubes were orange in colour and I love orange.

    • Wildcraft Orange Bag Organizer (2 Compartment Travel Cube Orange) – Priced at Rs 499
    • Wildcraft Orange Bag Organizer (Travel Cube Orange) – Priced at Rs 349
    • Wildcraft Grey Bag Organizer (Travel Cube Mini Grey) – Priced at Rs 249

So if you are like my mother, you will obviously become sceptical of the fact whether it actually works or I simply wasted my money on some random online stuff. I have to deal with this quite often so I weigh the pros and cons.

Pros

1. Organizability –  Saves space in your luggage and also you can use them at home like I do to keep the smaller stuff like inners and handkerchiefs in place.

2. Practicality –  Saves time and effort to pack and unpack

3. Quality – Quality is very good. The mesh in wildcraft one is quite strong and not at all flimsy. Further the material of the cube itself is also sturdy and not stiff at all. You can squash them in the corners of your suitcases.

4. Flexibility – Sometimes in the smaller ones I pack my travel chargers, adapters , electronics items and when I need them I know which cube to pick up and done.

Especially I am a very “only hand baggage sort of person” and I hate rummaging through my clothes and stuff in my backpack to  grab something essential while am travelling.I remember once in security check-in I was asked to show a facial brush cleanser which was tucked deep inside my clothes and just imagine dealing with the clutter and retrieving it under heaps of clothes.

Cons

1. I don’t know whether it counts as a con but  when you carry ironed clothes in these cubes after unpacking , these may not remain intact and may get some creases.

My Experience 

In my bid to attain  perfection in packing I started using my packing cubes and boy did it save a lot of hassle and space for me !

Not only when you pack but also when you unpack you will really feel the difference.While travelling to Leh and Ladakh I used these cubes for the first time. When I reached my hotel, I just took out my cubes and laid them on the cupboard shelves and voila !! I was done with my unpacking. I am very fussed about clutter and these cubes have made my life easier. I take all my husband’s inner wear and pack them inside the smallest one and I am sorted. So do I with my ones as well. These small items are very prone to get scattered inside your luggage.

In the smallest cube I can keep upto 6 briefs which I feel is quite sufficient for both small and long trips.

Now coming to the 2 compartment cube, you can pack all your vests and night wear in one side and all your t-shirts in another.

 

The single cube has more depth than the dual compartment one and apt for keeping shirts , trousers or thick clothes.

What is even more handy is while coming back from your vacation you can use these to store your dirty laundry.

Pic Courtesy : Amazon.in

 

 

Travel Diary – Rutugandh Resort & Sinhagad Fort

The entire team was bored and it was about time that we packed our bags and set out for some exploring. So started our frantic search for a good resort. I being new in the city I was super excited to go absolutely anywhere as long as my team members are there. Having a husband at home who was preparing for exam and amidst a whole lot of household chores I was feeling overwhelmed. It was like my big escape with new set of people , their families and me. For me who’s a little sceptical about going alone anywhere it was a big move trust me. But my team was a friendly one. They took me in like I was there all along.

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While searching for the perfect getaway that suited our budget we came across Rutugandh resort. I may warn the non vegetarians that its has pure veg restaurant so if you are the one who can’t survive a day without non veg this place is not for you. The Funny thing about this place is all the villains in Bollywood have visited the resort.

This place is beside the Khadakwasla dam near Sinhagad Fort.

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We started our journey on the 1st of October 2016 in a tempo traveller along the Pune highway. With the kids around us cheering us on it couldn’t have been better. On our way to Pune we stopped near the …. to grab some breakfast and tea.

I was quite apprehensive about the Rutugandh Resort but it really turned out to be a nice retreat especially if you have an energetic team with you who can make the stay worthwhile. It was like a small place tucked away from the humdrum of city life . The air changed to a lighter one and the greenery around soothed our eyes. Our flats were also nice and cozy which felt more like home rather than hotel rooms.

We reached around afternoon so soon after we headed for lunch and were greeted with a scrumptious veg spread. It was quite chilly given the rainy weather and the hot dal and paneer gave us new energy. We spent the entire afternoon and evening playing carrom and table tennis. The swimming pool however was closed for the day.

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By late evening it had started raining heavily so after having snacks I retired back to our room while others tried going to the Khadakwasla dam which was just 5 mins walk behind the resort. However given the rain and the muddy roads even they had to come back.

Rain having dampened our mood we decided to make most of our time indoors. We played non stop card games and non stop “Chor Police”. It was damn funny when we were suspecting our manager being the thief he tried hard to ward off our suspicious looks.
It was past midnight when we finally hit our beds. The weather by then had turned to that of a winter night and we snuggled under our blankets.

Next morning we woke up to a pleasant sunny morning. After having tea I had a very refreshing round of badminton with my manager Shrirang and his son Tanay.

Having finished our breakfast we headed for our next destination The Sinhagad Fort. I didn’t know that Sinhagad fort was one of the popular security posts of the Legendary Shivaji. Though the place is in ruins but the trek to the top really gives you a glimpse of the Maratha Empire. From the base of the Sinhagad fort big vehicles are not allowed so we hired an open jeep which took us the gate of Sinhagad fort.

The weather being lovely cool we gorged on the vada pao with chillies – my first time finding out why Marathi people are obsessed with Vada Pao and bhajia and I could not agree more. The journey to the top began with lots of knickknacks like singhdana which are peanuts actually and raw mango with chilly powder , cucumber etc. The slippery steps and the foggy weather were adding to the mystery of the place.

While climbing we came across the memorial of famous Maratha general Tanaji who won a vicious battle against the Mughals.Visiting his memorial was like witnessing a part of Indian history.
Kaundinyeshwar temple is also worth mentioning. We even got to see a lake which I am not sure is temporary due to the heavy rains or a permanent one.
We walked for around 3-4 hours after which we got tired and started descending. While descending we came across a hut where an aged Aunty served us hot lunch consisting of Bhakri, Pitla, baigan ka bharta , bhajiya and homemade yoghurt which are made in clay pots. It was my first time trying out Marathi cuisine and I am not sure if the clay oven added even more taste to our simple lunch. I absolutely fell in love with Pitla the simple gram flour dish which is like the local fast food.

After the lunch affair we got down to the entrance of the Sinhagad Fort where we enjoyed ice creams. While going back to the base we felt our trip had come to an end so quickly.