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How I keep my backpack organized
What's ironic is that I'm a total mess - I'm famously disorganized, and the contents of my bag will spew over the floor and bed of my hotel room in a colorful vomit until it's time to move on. So, in order to contain my sloppy piles, I've implemented a packing strategy that has changed my travel life. Well, it's less of a strategy and more of a product: Eagle Creek's packing cubes. (Full disclosure - I receive a pro-purchase deal on Eagle Creek products, but I was buying packing cubes long before that privilege.)
For my round-the-world trip, I used a Marmot Diva backpack, which is thin and deep, and only has a top opening. With the packing cubes, I could color-coordinate (pants in the yellow cube, shirts in the blue one) and grab exactly what I needed rather than dig blindly through the black cavern of the backpack. Though the pack is cylindrical and the cubes are square, I could use the empty space along the sides of the cubes for stuffing dirty clothes, books, and shoes.
I would have included a picture of my own stellar packing job, except that I've been home a month now and my stuff is currently spilling out of my cubes and pack on my bedroom floor....