A professional traveler who spent a year touring the world says he won’t go anywhere without packing cubes

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Sebastian Modak

Sebastian Modak just wrapped up his stint as “The 52 Places Traveler” for The New York Times, having traveled to 52 places in 52 weeks.
He credits packing cubes — material compartments that help organize items in a suitcase — with changing the way he travels.
Modak told Insider packing cubes streamlined his belongings, and also helped him fit more into his suitcase by compressing items.
Modak used cubes and pouches from Peak Design on his travels, finding them “lightweight” and “high-quality.”
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Sebastian Modak just wrapped up his stint as “The 52 Places Traveler” for The New York Times, visiting 52 places around the world — all in the span of 52 weeks.

Rarely spending more than around six days in one place, Modak became an expert packer, telling Insider he “had it down to a science.”

Between 88 flights, 45 train trips, and 48 boat rides, he says he managed to lose only two items: a pair of sunglasses and swim trunks.

“For a whole year those being the only two things I lost, I can totally thank the packing methods I developed,” he said.

Modak credits his newfound organization with one simple purchase: packing cubes

Modak had a carry-on full of camera gear and electronics, as well as a suitcase that he checked.

“By the end of my stay the hotel would be a mess. When you’re traveling alone and you have nobody to tell you to clean up after yourself, it’s just a disaster,” he said, adding that after a few weeks of traveling he had packing down to an eight-minute exercise.

He says that he is not an organized person, but that the packing cubes “streamlined everything.”

“When you’re traveling at this pace it just forces you to come up with new things like that [packing cubes]. So I had like all my T-shirts in one packing cube, my underwear and socks in another one, etc. So it was basically as if my suitcase only had like five things in it and I knew what went into each one.”

He also says that the cubes helped him fit more into his suitcase, as they compressed items

Modak explained that he extended his packing method to his carry-on as well, filling his backpack with “specialized tech pouches” and repurposing toiletry bags he’d get on long-haul flights or in hotels to hold specific items, from hard drives to cables.

“I knew where everything lived and I knew where it lived in my bag, so I knew if something was missing,” he said.

“So that’s how I got [packing] down to a science and it changed everything. I’m never going back now. I am packing cubes and pouches all the way.”


Modak used cubes and pouches from Peak Design on his travels, finding them “lightweight” and “high-quality.”

At the time of writing, Peak Design’s packing cubes are available to purchase individually in a size small ($29.95) or medium ($39.95), while …read more

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