Success in the field depends on actually getting into the field, and the fastest way to do that is through planning, preparations and extensive organization. I was introduced to packing cubes while planning working photography trip to Hungary. I had to pack clothes for everything from hunting to the opera. I was traveling with camera gear, computers, cables, and batteries and I also had to look nice in the evenings. That trip was a working lesson on planning and preparation because once on the ground it was basically impossible to replace gear. If I did not have something with me, I did not get the photography I needed. Hunting is really no different.
That first trip, I used stuff sacks in different colors for different things. Orange was camera batteries, blue was cables, etc. While I no longer film hunting trips, the trips for my own hunting and guiding still requires the same level of organization. I have one stuff sack for my Woobie, one for knives, one for rope and ones for meat bags and other items we want to keep together and easily accessible in our go box.
This summer on a quick trip through the South, I tested out the Sea to Summit Garment Mesh Bags for my clothes so I would have shirts, underwear, socks, shorts and pants organized and ready to go. It made our 17 days on the road so easy. I liked being able to see through the mesh on these bags to know what was in each one. I just placed an additional order for more small bags that I plan to use for gear like electronics and one for my binocular case, extra lens cleaners and cleaning rags so it will be easy to just grab and go on my next trip.
The more time you spend organizing up front, the less time you will scramble to find the gear you need when the timing is critical. The Ultra-Sil fabric on these keeps these garment bags super light and easy to store up when empty. The small one is 10 x 7 by 4 in, the medium is 14 x 10 x 4 in, and the large is 16 by 12 by 4 in. The small is my absolute favorite; it holds four to five rolled shirts, a bunch of socks and underwear, or a small amount of gear. Look for these at Seatosummit.com.