10 Best Packing Cubes for Maximizing Carry-On Space

Travel smoothly with these space saving packing cubes.

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How do they work? Pack your clothes into the cubes first, then fit the pieces into your bag like a puzzle. You can even get ones with built-in compression, so squeezing in that extra outfit (or two!) is no big deal. Whether you're using a carry-on, underseat suitcase or weekender bag , we think packing cubes are the ultimate travel MVP to keep your luggage totally organized.

The Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab is comprised of fiber scientists and travel product experts who test all types of luggage, travel accessories and more. To find the best packing cubes , we put 13 different styles to the test in our Lab and had consumer testers use them on their vacations all over the world (local road trips, international getaways, camping excursions and more).

Calpak Packing Cubes Set (5 Pieces)

Packing Cubes Set (5 Pieces)

Sold as a convenient set of five, these Calpak packing cubes are designed to hold everything you'll need for a trip away. The set includes one large, one medium and two small cubes as well as a zippered pouch for toiletries. Multiple GH editors swear by these cubes, and one said, "They really hold everything I need, keeping my suitcase organized (for once)."

One GH analyst used these cubes on a two-week trip to Japan and said, "These packing cubes helped me keep all my clothes organized when overpacking my carry-on. I appreciated that the sturdy material maintained its shape when I placed the cubes in my hotel drawers."

Each cube has a tab, so you can label it with what's inside; plus, they're mesh on top, so it's easy to see their contents. Calpak is known for its stylish travel solutions, and these don't disappoint. This set is currently available in 17 colors and patterns, including polka dots, cheetah print, florals and checkerboard. Complete your set with shoe packing cubes and compression cubes that make great companions for checked luggage.

Amazon Basics 4-Piece Packing Travel Organizer Cubes Set

4-Piece Packing Travel Organizer Cubes Set

This four-piece packing cube set from Amazon Basics gets you everything you'll need for your trip at the great price of about $6 per cube. And you can choose the size of the pieces that come in your set: either four small, four medium, four large or four slim or one of each.

In our Lab testing, we appreciated that each cube has a mesh upper to easily see what's inside and top handles for easy carrying . The polyester material is super lightweight and the zippers have longer tabs than some others we tested making them easy to open and close. The cubes held an impressive amount of clothing in our packing test and they stacked nicely into a carry-on suitcase.

We noticed some loose threads when evaluating these cubes, so they may not be as durable as some other options. Note that this set is spot-clean only and not machine-washable.

Eagle Creek Pack-It Set of Isolate Compression Packing Cubes

Pack-It Set of Isolate Compression Packing Cubes

If you really want to maximize your packing space, compression packing cubes are the way to do it. In our Lab analysis, these cubes from Eagle Creek zipped down to compress about 1 inch to save more space in your suitcase. "I love their compression function," said one of our testers. "They fit a decent amount of clothing and then compress to take up much less space. They're also smaller than other cubes I've had, so they slot into a smaller carry-on suitcase with ease."

We found the zippers easier to use than those on other compression packing cubes we tested. One tester agreed, saying, " The compression function is really easy to use — the zipper is pretty seamless and doesn't snag or get caught on the cubes. " The top handle is convenient to pull them out of your luggage or backpack when needed. This set is one of the pricier styles we tested, but many GH analysts have owned Eagle Creek products for years and applaud the brand's commitment to durable and long-lasting travel gear.

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Gonex Compression Packing Cubes

Compression Packing Cubes

These Gonex packing cubes compress your clothes, so you can fit as much as possible in your suitcase, and th ey are a more affordable alternative to Eagle Creek at just $22 for a three-piece set. A set of six is also available if you plan on checking a bag. The larger set includes a laundry bag to keep your dirty clothes separate on long trips. The brand recommends rolling your clothes before placing them in the cube to maximize space.

We haven't tested this set in our Lab yet, but we have received promising feedback from our at-home testers. One tester who has used these cubes on multiple vacations said: "I loved the compression aspect and how you can fit so much more because of it. They are also very large cubes. I am very happy with them and will continue to use [them]."

Away The Insider Packing Cubes

The Insider Packing Cubes

Mesh packing cubes allow you to easily see inside and have the added bonus of being lightweight and breathable to keep your clothes fresh. Designed specifically for the mega-popular Away Carry-On , these cubes are the perfect dimensions for most carry-on suitcases. In our Lab analysis, these cubes were a favorite for being simple and easy to use, and of course, fitting nicely into a carry-on.

One tester who used this set on a trip to the Hamptons said, "The mesh made it easy to compact clothes into the packing cubes as the mesh let out any trapped in air. I also liked the configuration of the packing cubes. They fit together really well inside my suitcase." We love Away’s generous 100-day return policy , so there’s no harm in trying them out. Both the 4-piece and 6-piece sets include smaller cubes, but some testers wished they were larger.

RELATED: Away Luggage Review: Are the Popular Carry-Ons Worth the Hype?

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Shacke Packing Cube Set

Packing Cube Set

With over 21,000 reviews and an average 4.8-star rating on Amazon, these packing cubes are popular for their easy-to-use design that's perfect when traveling with the whole family. These packing cubes are available in 10 colors, so each family member can have their own set . This set includes a laundry bag, which is a game-changer to keep dirty clothes separate.

Although we haven't tested this set in our Lab yet, online reviewers are extremely impressed with the quality of this set for the price. One online reviewer said, "The material used for the packing cubes is durable and lightweight, ensuring that they do not add unnecessary weight to my luggage. They are also quite flexible, which allows me to squeeze them into tight spaces within my suitcase without worrying about them getting damaged." Another shared, "They are worth every penny and have become an essential travel accessory for me."

Beis The Packing Cubes in Black

The Packing Cubes in Black

Many testers preferred packing cube sets that included shoe bags or laundry bags, like this set from Beis. With three different-size cubes, a toiletry pouch and two shoe bags, this set is ready for any vacation. Uniquely, they come with pre-printed labels for common items like jeans, swimsuits and underwear as well as the days of the week to keep your cubes organized.

One tester said, "The larger zip bags really helped me separate nice clothes for going out from my beach clothes/comfy clothes, which made getting ready much easier since I could find everything without unpacking my entire suitcase." While testers liked the shoe bags, some wished they were bigger to fit larger sizes and bulkier shoes like booties.

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Sea to Summit Hydraulic Packing Cube

Hydraulic Packing Cube

Keeping your belongings dry and clean is of the utmost importance when heading on an outdoor adventure. In our tests, these Sea to Summit cubes held up on hikes and beach vacations alike.

Sold individually, these packing cubes feature a water-resistant exterior and tight zippers to help prevent water from seeping in. Because the zippers are designed to prevent leaking, they were a bit difficult to open and close in our tests. Note that these cubes are water-resistant (not waterproof!), so they should not be fully submerged or soaked in water.

A big fan of its water-resistant capabilities, one tester said these cubes are "great for when I have to pack away wet or dirty clothes when I am leaving a vacation." She also appreciated that she was able to easily see inside because of the translucent panel. Another tester said, "The textile is indeed water-resistant, which was a nice feature to have during my outdoor camping adventure," and that the "shell is quite durable." These don't compress, so if you want both weatherproof materials and compression, we recommend Peak Design's packing cubes .

Monos Compressible Packing Cubes

Compressible Packing Cubes

Available in sets of four or six, these cubes from Monos fit very well into our carry-on suitcase during our Lab evaluations. These cubes offer compression capabilities as well, and they reduced in size the most out of all the compression packing cubes we tested . The zippers are quite stiff, so it's challenging to compress them fully, which led some testers not to use the compression function at all. We also found the smooth material easy to clean, which is great if sand, dirt and salt water are a factor.

One tester shared, " I really liked the appearance of the packing cubes; they look simple and sleek. I enjoy the mesh top window because I can easily see my belongings and because it allows my clothes to breathe (especially useful for dirty clothes during travel)." He also said, "I appreciate the lightweight lining inside the packing cubes; it is a feature that elevates the appearance and quality of the packing cubes." These cubes are more expensive than other featured styles, but we think they are worth the investment.

RELATED: Monos Luggage Review: We Tested These Popular Sleek Suitcases

Baggu Packing Cube Set

Packing Cube Set

Most packing cubes are only available in solid colors, but these trendy ones from Baggu come in fun patterns like stripes, florals and fruit prints . This set includes two packing cubes made from durable recycled nylon. We were impressed by just how lightweight these cubes are without sacrificing performance — every ounce counts! When evaluating these cubes in our Lab, we noticed they were a bit noisy (and a few testers noted the same thing).

Loving the stylish colors and patterns, one tester said, "Not only are they super cute but they are lightweight and durable. The amount you can fit in these packing cubes is amazing!" Another tester said, "I will definitely continue to use these cubes as I like them better than a set I bought off of Amazon years ago — Baggu strikes again!"

How we test packing cubes

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When evaluating packing cubes, Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab pros place a standard packing load in each cube to see how much they can hold. Then, we place them in a suitcase to see how easy they are to organize. We analyze each cube in our Lab to ensure all the zippers are easy to open and close. For compression-style cubes, we pack them with a standard load and measure how much they reduce in size when compressed.

To get real-use feedback, we have consumer testers use the packing cubes on real-life trips. We had testers bring these cubes all over the world on all types of vacations, including camping trips, international getaways and local excursions.

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How to choose the best packing cubes:

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✔️ Compression vs. regular packing cubes: Some packing cubes have compression capabilities and others don't. Cubes that compress take up slightly less space in your suitcase and are great for overpackers. Generally, compression cubes are more expensive because they have two zippers instead of one and are usually sold individually or as a pair vs. in a larger set. Some compression cubes zip all the way around, which is great if you like to place your cubes directly in the drawer at your destination, while others only open at the top.

✔️ Materials: To avoid extra weight in your luggage, most packing cubes are made with lightweight materials like nylon and mesh. While waterproof capabilities may sound like a benefit, it's probably not necessary unless you're camping, and it comes at a cost — fully sealed packing cubes don't allow for ventilation, which means your clothes may have an odor after travel.

✔️ Luggage compatibility: Depending on what type of suitcase you are using (weekender bag, carry-on or checked luggage), a different style of packing cubes might be better suited.

  • For a weekender bag , opt for smaller cubes as only two to three will fit in most weekender bags.
  • Carry-on suitcases can accommodate more cubes, including larger ones for sweaters and jeans.
  • When checking a larger suitcase , you can fit multiple sets of packing cubes. We recommend using a different color set of cubes for each member of your family for easier unpacking.

✔️ Value: Consider the cost per cube when purchasing a set. Some brands offer excellent value for their larger sets.

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✔️ How do I use packing cubes?

Most sets come with different-sized cubes that are designed for certain items — small cubes for your underwear and larger cubes for shirts and pants, for example. Everyone has a preference for either rolling or folding clothes , but when packing in a cube, our pros say you should roll to avoid wrinkles. Rolling likely won't save as much space in a traditional packing cube, but many brands recommend it for compression picks. Doing this, and storing like items together, will make it much easier to find exactly what you want without rummaging through your bag. ✔️ Do packing cubes really save space? Yes! Packing cubes ensure that every item has a spot in your suitcase without it bursting at the seams. To further max out every inch, look for styles with compression. These work by having two zippers — one that closes the cube and a second that tightly compresses it to flatten your clothes and save space. ✔️ Do packing cubes wrinkle clothes? One of the main reasons clothes come out of your suitcase looking wrinkly is because they've shifted around during the trip. Packing cubes keep all your clothes still, so items are actually less likely to wrinkle. Some fabrics will wrinkle no matter what (hello, linen!), so we recommend choosing travel dresses and pants in more forgiving fabrics like polyester and Tencel for your next trip.

Why trust Good Housekeeping?


Emma Seymour is a senior textiles product analyst in the Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab. She tested all the packing cubes in the Lab and sent samples to testers to get real-use feedback. She’s been at GH for over four years, overseeing Lab and consumer tests for all types of travel product testing including carry-on suitcases, under-seat luggage, travel backpacks and weekender bags. With a degree in fiber science and apparel design from Cornell University, she has extensive research experience and product quality expertise.

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Emma Seymour (she/her) is a senior product analyst at the Good Housekeeping Institute 's Textiles, Paper and Apparel Lab, where she has led testing for luggage, pillows, towels, tampons and more since 2018. She graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor of science in fiber science and apparel design and a minor in gerontology, completing research in the Body Scanner Lab on optimizing activewear for athletic performance. 

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The 7 Best Packing Cubes of 2024, Tested and Reviewed

We love space-saving packing cubes for long and short trips, and these are the best out there.

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Packing cubes are hands down one of the best travel hacks out there. Whether you’re a meticulous list-maker or planning procrastinator, investing in a set of packing cubes is a game changer for staying organized and saving space without having to put in too much effort. 

At Travel + Leisure , we take our travel hacks seriously so we put 23 sets of regular and compression packing cubes to the test both in our New York City lab and out during real travels to find the best ones on the market. We understand that everyone has unique preferences so we also found picks for travelers embarking on long trips, outdoor adventurers, and minimalist packers looking for one just a few cubes to do the trick.

Best Overall

Gonex compression packing cubes.

  • Capacity 5 /5
  • Design 5 /5
  • Quality 5 /5

The lightweight cubes easily compress clothing down to save space in a suitcase. 

They repel some water but are not waterproof. 

We love the Gonex Compression Packing Cubes thanks to their impressive space-saving ability. During six months of tests, we found these cubes to be monumentally helpful when it comes to consolidating and organizing clothing items between the different-sized cubes. The compression cubes help you get more items packed than a regular version of a packing cube and the sturdy zippers make compressing the packed cubes easy, leading us to believe that these cubes will last over time with the durable zippers and stitchwork. 

Although the nylon material isn’t waterproof, we splashed a little water on the outside and found that the material repels some water (but the clothing should remain dry with the extra protection of a suitcase, too). Plus, the handles on the top of each cube make it easy to grab the bags for packing and unpacking, and we love that the set includes an extra-large, large, medium, and small bag for variety.

The Details: 3 or 4 bags included | 17.3 x 13 x 3.54 inches (extra large), 14.5 x 10.6 x 3.54 inches (large), 11.8 x 8.9 x 3.54 inches (medium), and 9.8 x 7.5 x 3.54 inches (small) | Ripstop nylon

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Shacke Pak 5 Set Packing Cubes


  • Design 4 /5
  • Quality 4 /5

The set includes four cubes and a laundry bag. 

The mesh tops aren’t waterproof or resistant.

Whether you’re traveling with family or heading on a solo trip , these Shacke packing cubes are a steal of a deal. The set includes extra-large, large, medium, and small packing cubes, as well as a laundry bag for dirty clothes. Designed for up to 14 days of traveling, we found that the cubes lived up to their promise of providing plenty of space for a variety of types of clothing like pants, toiletries, shirts, and jackets. The cubes easily fit in the carry-on suitcase we used and with the various sizes, you can customize how many cubes you want to pack depending on the type of suitcase you have. 

While the cubes likely won’t prevent water from seeping through due to the mesh tops, you can easily see what you packed inside so you won’t have to unpack everything to find a piece of clothing. During our tests, we felt the durable nylon material and zippers would hold up well with prolonged use, and you can't beat the price for the full set either. 

The Details: 5 bags included | 17.5 x 12.75 x 4 inches (extra large), 13.75 x 12.75 x 4 inches (large), 3.75 x 9.75 x 4 inches (medium), 11 x 6.75 x 4 inches (small), and 20.5 x 15.75 inches (laundry bag) | Nylon

Best for Long Trips

Veken packing cubes with laundry and shoe bag.

The set includes four packing cubes, a shoe bag, and a laundry bag. 

These have to be hand-washed and air-dried. 

If you’re traveling internationally or taking an extended vacation, consider picking up a set of these Veken packing cubes from Amazon. The four packing cubes are thoughtfully designed with a clear strip on the top so travelers can easily see what they packed, and there are small graphics printed onto each cube recommending what type of clothing item could be stored inside. This set also includes a shoe bag and a laundry bag so you can keep your items separated and organized. We like that there are several different sizes so you don't have small items moving around in a cube that's too big or trying to cram a larger sweatshirt into something too small.

We think these nylon and polyester packing cubes are made to last with a thick fabric exterior and sturdy zippers and stitchwork. After six months of use, there is no sign of wear and the zippers are holding up well. Although we found the cubes to be slightly heavier than others we tested so keep that in mind if you’re an overpacker or striving to stay under the standard 50-pound limit for checked luggage. 

The Details: 6 bags included | 17.5 x 12.15 x 4 (extra large), 13.75 x 12.75 x 4 inches (large), 3.75 x 9.75 x 4 inches (medium), 11 x 6.75 x 4 inches (small), 16.96 x 9.06 x 4.72 (shoe bag), and 20 x 14 inches (laundry bag) | Nylon, ethylene vinyl acetate, and polyester 

Best for Camping

Rei co-op expandable packing cube set.

The tent-like material is lightweight and has a rugged look.

The mesh top doesn’t feel as durable as we hoped and these bags lose their shape when fully packed.

Outdoor enthusiasts should consider REI Co-op’s lightweight packing cubes for upcoming camping trips. The set of two comes with large and medium packing cubes that remain at the standard three-inch height or they can be expanded another three inches to double the capacity. After six months of regularly using the packing cubes, we found that all seams and zippers held up extremely well, even after packing heavy winter clothing.

In testing, the tent-like nylon proved to be water-resistant as advertised, however, the top of the cubes are made of a breathable mesh that doesn’t repel water and felt a little less sturdy than the nylon portion. Though the mesh top isn’t ideal for waterproofness, we like how easy it is to see what we packed through the little mesh holes. Plus, the lightweight materials are ideal for campers or backpackers looking to stay organized without sacrificing weight. 

The Details: 2 bags included | 14.5 x 10.5 x 3 inches (large) and 12 x 8 x 3 inches (medium) | Ripstop nylon and polyester

Best Sustainable

Peak design packing cubes.

Peak Design

Peak Design uses 100 percent recycled materials to make the cubes.

The easy access zippers were finicky to use.

San Francisco-based Peak Design is known for its slew of sustainable outdoor gear made with carbon neutral and recycled materials, including expandable packing cubes. We tried the small- and medium-sized cubes and found them to be spacious, well-built, and resistant to water after splashing a bit on the exterior. After regularly using the cubes for six months, we loved the capacity of the medium cube and found the smaller option to be good for packing undergarments or even toiletries. We especially love that the cubes are made from 100 percent recycled nylon that is solution-dyed to prevent excessive water use following the brand’s carbon-neutral footprint and each bag expands to fit even more items.

The cubes can compress down to a height of 3.1 inches, but we discovered they function best as an expandable packing cube that can increase in size, rather than a compression cube that is designed to heavily consolidate clothes. Additionally, the cubes feature an “easy access” zipper so travelers can reach inside the bag without opening the whole thing, but we think this feature is unnecessary to use due to the zipper getting snagged. 

The Details: 1 bag included | Various sizes | Ripstop nylon

Best Personalized

Paravel packing cube quad.

  • Design 4.5 /5

The cubes can be monogrammed with up to three letters for an additional $25. 

The large cube is so big it takes up most of the space of a carry-on bag.

Indulge your love for matching with this set of personalized packing cubes from Paravel. Although it costs an extra $25, you can get up to three letters embroidered onto the set of four packing cubes with 11 color options. If you're shopping for a stylish, functional personalized travel gift , this is a wonderful option. The set comes with one large, one medium, and two small-sized packing cubes that can hold an impressive amount of clothing and still fit in most carry-on bags. These cubes are great for any type of traveler, but especially for those looking for water-resistant cubes for checked bags that will be handled outside in different weather conditions. After six months of use, we found that these cubes provide exceptional organization with room to pack bulkier items in the larger bags and toiletries or undergarments between the two smaller cubes.

As a bonus, these cubes won't take up much space in between trips. They're easy to store and stack right inside one another. The size variety is also convenient for different types of trips and we love having the option to use one, two, three, or all four bags in a checked bag if needed.

The Details: 4 bags included | 18 x 3.75 x 12 inches (large), 12.75 x 3.75 x 10 inches (medium), and 8.2 x. 3.75 x 6.25 inches (small) | Nylon

Calpak Packing Cubes 5-piece Set

There are 14 designs to choose from including groovy blue, retro sunset, and cheetah prints. 

The set might be better suited for frequent fliers.

If you travel often and are looking to invest in a splurge-worthy set of packing cubes, you can’t go wrong with these from Calpak. We love the unique design options with 14 colors and patterns to choose from including classics like solid pink and gold marble, or limited-edition prints like a wavy retro sunset and groovy blue picks. The set includes one large, one medium, and two small cubes, as well as a water-resistant envelope for cosmetics.

After six months of using these packing cubes during international trips, we found that all the bags were spacious enough to fit a variety of clothing options for organized and efficient packing. We love the diversity of sizes to hold things like undergarments as well as shoes if needed. We also love the option to bring a folded large cube to keep dirty clothes separate. The polyester material feels well-made and built to last, and the zippers zipped without any issues which helps justify the higher price point for this set. And, if you’re traveling with your family, we think the set would be great for separating and organizing clothing for several travelers thanks to the removable identification tags where you can write what clothing went into each cube. 

The Details: 5 bags included | 17 x 12 x 3 inches (large), 15 x 11 x 3 inches (medium), 12 x 8.8 x 3 inches (small), and 13 x 10 x 1.5 inches (envelope) | Polyester

Other Packing Cubes We Liked

There were several sets of packing cubes we highlighted below that almost made our list of best packing cubes, but they fell short during testing due some minor flaws we noticed. 

Well Traveled Compression Packing Cubes : This set of compression packing cubes is great for budget-friendly travelers but our top pick is also a compression set that had a better overall performance in testing. 

Lean Travel Premium Compression Packing Cubes : The set of three cubes is made with thick polyester that still feels lightweight, but besides that, there weren’t any standout features compared to our other top performers. 

Briggs & Riley Packing Cubes : These cubes were spacious and water-resistant, but for $59, we expected a higher performance to match the price for three standard packing cubes.

We evaluated 23 sets of both compression and regular packing cubes in our New York City lab and based our testing on traits like capacity, design, quality, and value. First, we unpackaged the sets of packing cubes and examined the quality of the bags by twisting and pulling them to check the stitchwork and using the zippers to see if they snagged or glided smoothly. After packing the cubes with a variety of clothing items like pants, jackets, undergarments, and shirts, we placed the cubes in a carry-on suitcase to see how well they fit in a piece of luggage. Our top contenders for capacity and design provided plenty of space for a range of clothing items with useful and thoughtful features that made packing easier and more organized.

For compression-specific packing cubes, we paid close attention to how much space the packing cube saved once we zipped the compression zippers. For all cubes, we splashed a bit of water on the exterior and felt the inside to see if any of the packed contents were damp. After testing each set of cubes in our lab, we sent them home to be tested during real travels around the world for six months. We regularly collected insights on durability, functionality, and overall quality during this period to ensure each cube continued to impress.

Tips for Buying Packing Cubes

Compare compression versus regular packing cubes.

Compression packing cubes are designed to condense clothing by using the compression zipper to pack down the clothes in order to save space in a suitcase. Regular packing cubes are mainly for organizing clothes efficiently rather than consolidating clothing to make more room in a piece of luggage. Compression packing cubes can usually be expanded or compressed which gives travelers the best of both worlds.

One of the best parts about packing cubes is staying organized on the go with little effort. To help you keep like items together, consider buying a set of multiple packing cubes with different sizes. That way, you can know without opening the case what cube holds your pants, your shirts, your undergarments, and more. The various size options also let you mix and match the cubes to fit whatever luggage you're bringing from weekender duffles to large checked bags.

Flexible fabrics like nylon or polyester are best for packing cubes as they'll allow you to pack the most items. These materials also tend to be water-resistant, keeping your items extra safe throughout your travels.

When it comes to saving space, experts say you can fold your clothes or roll them — it ultimately doesn’t matter. The most important thing is maximizing your space, and packing cubes are great for doing just that. Besides saving space, packing cubes can help you stay organized before and during your trip making them a must-have travel organizer .

For travelers who usually use checked luggage, consider purchasing a set with five or six cubes included so you can maximize space in each suitcase. And, if you’re a carry-on-only type of traveler, one or two packing cubes in small or medium sizes could be better suited for your needs, and you won’t have to worry about storing a large set either. Backpackers or campers should consider getting just one or two compression or regular cubes that can fit in a backpack or weekender bag for lighter packing .

Depending on the size of your packing cubes and luggage, the bags can be placed in either compartment of a suitcase or duffel bag. As always, you'll want to do your best to evenly distribute the heavy packing cubes so the bag doesn't become top or bottom-heavy. Ideally, the rectangle shape of your cubes should make it easy to take up every inch of space in a suitcase.

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Anna Popp is an associate commerce editor at Travel + Leisure , covering all of the best travel products from luggage to footwear. A recently converted compression packing cube user, Anna didn't know what she was missing out on until investing in multiple sets of packing cubes. She put together this list of the best packing cubes based on the results from the packing cube test we conducted in our New York City lab.

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Even the most seasoned travelers can struggle to  pack efficiently , which is why packing cubes – organizational containers for your luggage – are so popular. You don't have to spend a lot of money for a quality set, either; in fact, some of the best packing cube sets are available for less than $20.

Read on to discover our packing cube picks in a variety of categories, based on travel expert recommendations and consumer reviews.

  • Best Overall: Veken Packing Cubes on Amazon
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  • Best Compression: Eagle Creek Pack-It Reveal Cube Set on Amazon
  • Best for Backpacking: Eagle Creek Pack-It Isolate Compression Cube Set on Amazon
  • Best Formalwear: Eagle Creek Pack-It Starter Set on Amazon
  • Best for Kids: EzPacking Clear Packing Cubes on Amazon
  • Best Size Options: Tripped Travel Gear Compression Packing Cubes on Amazon
  • Best for Style: Lug Compression Packing Cubes on QVC

(Note: Prices were accurate at the time of publication; they may fluctuate due to demand and supply chain issues.)

Best Overall: Veken Packing Cubes

Not only do the Veken Packing Cubes have 13,000 reviews and a 4.7-star rating on Amazon, but they're also super affordable (and often discounted), making them a traveler favorite. "I never thought I needed packing cubes until I tried out the Veken set and realized how much easier packing (and unpacking!) could be," says Catriona Kendall , associate editor of Travel at U.S. News. "I usually have trouble staying organized, but I've taken these cubes everywhere from weekends away to a campervan vacation in New Zealand, and with all the different pieces in the set I'm finally able to keep my belongings in order."

The eight-piece set includes four mesh packing cubes plus four bags designated for dirty laundry, a pair of shoes, toiletries and miscellaneous small items. The Veken Packing Cubes are available in a dozen different colors.

Price: $23.99 or less

Best Compression: Eagle Creek Pack-It Reveal Cube Set

Eagle Creek Pack-It Reveal Packing Cubes in blue against white background.

"I swear by the Eagle Creek Pack-It Reveal Cube Set," says Christine Sarkis, editor in chief at FamilyVacationist. "They're lightweight, you can see into them without needing to unzip them, and the fabric texture isn't slippery so as you're wedging carefully rolled items of clothing into them, they don't pop out." Made from recycled materials, these durable, water-resistant packing cubes are also backed by Eagle Creek's lifetime warranty. "I'm going on 20 years with mine!" says travel expert Candice Criscione of Mom in Italy. The Pack-It Reveal Cube Set includes three packing cubes in different sizes.

Price: $40 or less

Best for Backpacking: Eagle Creek Pack-It Isolate Compression Cube Set

Eagle Creek Pack-It Isolate Travel Cubes

The Pack-It Isolate Compression Cube Set from Eagle Creek comes highly recommended by frequent travelers, particularly for backpacking trips. Available in a set of two or three, these packing cubes are lightweight yet durable, with self-repairing zippers (standard on all Eagle Creek packing cubes) designed to withstand overpacking. The Isolate packing cubes are also machine-washable – a rarity for packing cubes.

Caroline Teel, managing editor at SmarterTravel, uses packing cubes specifically for adventure travel and appreciates that these compression bags are pre-treated with an anti-microbial agent that prevents odors. "Having used them on an eight-day hiking trip on Mount Kilimanjaro, I can confirm they work in that department!" she says. She adds that while she's tested a variety of packing cubes, she always comes back to Eagle Creek.

Price: $44.95 or less

Best for Formalwear: Eagle Creek Pack-It Starter Set

Eagle Creek Pack-It Reveal Packing Cubes

Slightly different from the Pack-It Reveal and Pack-It Isolate, the Pack-It Starter Set includes a large mesh folder with folder board for minimizing wrinkled garments – a good alternative to a traditional garment bag . The folder can hold up to 12 dress shirts, dresses, and the like, making this set an ideal choice for business travel or cruise vacations with formal nights. The other two cubes (small and medium-sized) are ideal for casual clothing, undergarments and accessories. These packing cubes are also treated with an anti-microbial agent to block odor-causing bacteria and – sans the folding board – they are water-resistant and machine washable.

Price: $54.95 or less

Best for Kids: EzPacking Clear Packing Cubes

EzPacking Clear Packing Cubes in blue suitcase against white background.

Courtesy of EzPacking

"My kids prefer these clear packing cubes," says Sarkis. "They're a little deeper and more rigid, and you can see everything in them, which helps kids pack for themselves and stay organized on the road." Even if you travel with little ones , you may find these clear packing cubes useful for organizing baby gear and locating essentials on the go. The EzPacking Clear Packing Cubes come in a set of four and are available in a variety of colors.

Price: $56.99 or less

Best Size Options: Tripped Travel Gear Compression Cubes

Tripped Travel Gear Compression Cubes

Courtesy of Tripped Travel Gear

Many travelers like the compression cubes offered by Tripped Travel Gear, a small business owned by a globetrotting couple (and their adorable dog). Their innovative luggage line includes a two-, six- and seven-piece set of packing cubes; the seven-piece set is especially noteworthy for its variety of cubes, which includes a shoe bag, laundry bag and a tube-shaped cube that's useful for storing electronics such as hair irons.

These packing cubes also feature an external pocket. "You can use this pocket to store clothing as you use it, to keep the clean and dirty clothes separate," says Andrew Uyal of the travel blog Flights and Footsteps. The packing cubes are available in solid colors as well as national park and other travel-themed prints.

Best for Style: Lug Compression Packing Cubes

Lug Compression Packing Cubes in gray and yellow against white background.

Courtesy of Lug

Luggage expert and senior editor of Travel at U.S. News, Rachael Hood , loves the fun colors and patterns – which include tartan plaid, polka dots and florals – on these packing cubes by Lug. The lightweight cubes can store a lot before compressing down to just one inch in thickness, and they each feature a carrying handle. "They make packing so easy," says Hood. "I can fit six to eight tops in the larger one and the smaller cube is ideal for socks and other accessories." She adds that these packing cubes make the perfect travel gift .

Price: $38 or less

How to Use Packing Cubes

  • Pack a color-coded set for each person in your group: " We have different color packing cubes for each member of the family so when we open the suitcase, it's easy for everyone to grab their own color and get organized in the hotel room or wherever," says travel writer Terry Ward, who is frequently on the go with her family. She also notes that her family is able to save on luggage fees by using packing cubes in a single checked suitcase .
  • Consider buying more than one set: Packing cubes are also useful for organizing toiletries, shoes , travel adapters and cords, and other miscellaneous items.
  • Categorize each packing cube: Pack each cube by activity or clothing type, such as activewear, swimwear and underwear.
  • Pack with the mesh side facing up: If you buy mesh packing cubes, this packing tip will help you easily identify the contents of each packing cube (which can be especially useful in the event you need to quickly locate items while at the airport).
  • Roll your clothing: Many travelers swear by rolling their clothing instead of folding it in their luggage, noting this tactic saves space and minimizes wrinkles. Use the same method when placing items into your packing cubes.
  • Use them for dirty laundry: If your packing cubes don't have pockets for dirty laundry like the Tripped Travel Gear bags do, you can still use them to contain dirty laundry; just avoid using mesh cubes if you're concerned about the smell of soiled clothing pervading your bag.
  • Take them with you on errands: Packing cubes are useful for everyday outings, too. "I use a smaller packing cube to keep diapers, wipes and a changing pad handy in my backpack when we're out exploring," says Criscione.

Frequently Asked Questions

Most travelers and travel experts agree packing cubes are worth buying – especially considering there are so many affordable, quality options on the market. Because they're designed to save space, they can help you avoid unnecessary luggage fees. Plus, they can be used universally in everything from your luggage set to your weekender bag and even a backpack .

Yes, packing cubes save space by organizing clothing and accessories into individual compartments that neatly fit inside luggage. To maximize space in your luggage, choose compression packing cubes, which eliminate extra air and zip nearly flat.

Compression packing cubes zip nearly flat once packed, while traditional packing cubes maintain their shape and fit neatly into your luggage like pieces in a puzzle. While the decision between packing cubes and compression bags is ultimately a matter of personal preference, most travel experts agree compression packing cubes are best.

Rolling your clothing will help to maximize space and prevent wrinkles, regardless of whether or not you use packing cubes.

Packing cubes are reusable (and in many cases, washable), making them a more economical and sustainable alternative to Ziploc bags.

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The Best Packing Cubes

One of the packing cube sets that we tested to find the best, filled with clothes and shown with a passport and sunglasses.

By Kit Dillon

Kit Dillon is a writer focused on bags and travel gear. He has worked for Wirecutter for a decade and lost count of the number of bags he has tested.

In your travels, as in life overall, a bit of organization up front can save you time and reduce frustration down the road.

Enter the packing cube: a simple bag, usually made of fabric and mesh, that tidily zips away your clutter.

After considering and testing 27 packing cubes over the last five years, we’ve chosen four to suit different kinds of travelers: a set of packing cubes for most people , a lightweight set for ultralight packers , a set of compression cubes for heavy packers , and a cube made of upcycled materials for waste-conscious travelers .

The research

Why you should trust us, best for most: eagle creek pack-it reveal cube set, for those who travel light: eagle creek pack-it isolate cube set, for overpackers: rei co-op expandable packing cube set, best upcycled option: cotopaxi cubos 10l travel cube, other good packing cubes, how we picked and tested, should you get packing cubes to match your luggage, the competition, what to look forward to.

Kit Dillon has covered luggage and travel gear for Wirecutter for more than six years. In that time, he’s crisscrossed the country and three continents, and has held, tested, and compared hundreds of different bags. Since he first traveled with packing cubes many years ago, he’s become obsessed with them, and they are the only packing essential he absolutely recommends to anyone who asks.

The Eagle Creek Pack-It Reveal Cube Set, one of our picks for the best packing cubes, shown in yellow and stacked three tall.

Eagle Creek Pack-It Reveal Cube Set

Well built with easy access.

Simple and solidly constructed, this three-cube set keeps your bag organized while you’re traveling.

Buying Options

Get this if: You need a set of basic packing cubes that do the job without getting in the way.

Why it’s great: The Eagle Creek Pack-It Reveal Cube Set doesn’t have any frills, but overall, every aspect of this set feels a bit nicer compared with the competition. This three-piece set is an updated design of Eagle Creek’s original Pack-It cube, which we’ve recommended for more than five years. The changes are largely cosmetic—the original Pack-It and the Reveal share the same materials and overall design, except the Reveal has a larger mesh window—and the cubes continue to be a durable choice for keeping up to a week’s worth of clothing organized and easy to move from suitcase to hotel dresser .

The Reveal cubes are made of 300-denier polyester. (“Denier” refers to the thickness of a fabric’s thread. The higher the denier number, the stronger the fabric; “300 denier” indicates a sturdy fabric made to resist tears.) They stay upright when empty, so they’re easy to pack. Their windows use the tightest mesh link of any cubes we tested—better for resisting snags—yet it’s easy to see what’s inside the cube without opening it. However, mesh lets in dust and dirt over time. (If that’s a worry for you , Eagle Creek’s Isolate cubes may be a better option.) The zippers slide smoothly around corners, even when a cube is overstuffed. We also like the cubes’ clamshell design, which opens fully on three sides and lets you easily access everything inside without having to unpack the entire thing.

We find the three-cube set particularly useful when separating clothes, too. The largest cube (labeled “medium”) is great for shirts, shorts, and insulating layers. The half-cube (“small”) and quarter-cube (“extra small”) are perfect for underwear, socks, and other thin fabrics, such as stockings or sleepwear.

Flaws but not dealbreakers: We haven’t had any issues with the original version of these cubes after several years of use. Wirecutter editor Tracy Vence reported, “I’ve used the Eagle Creek packing cubes at least once a month for the last seven years. They’ve held up beautifully—no issues with the zippers, netting, etc. Really, they’re just great.” That said, Eagle Creek updated the design slightly, which means we can’t rely on our past testing as strongly as before. So far, though, the Pack-It Reveal cubes show no obvious flaws, and nothing in the redesign makes us think the quality has decreased .

Dimensions: 4½ by 7½ by 2½ inches (extra small), 7¼ by 10 by 3¼ inches (small) , 1 0 by 14¼ by 3¼ inches (medium) Capacity: 1.7 liters (extra small), 7 liters (small), 14.5 liters (medium) Weight: 1.4 ounces (extra small), 2.1 ounces (small) , 3.2 ounces (medium)

The Eagle Creek Pack-It Isolate Cube Set, the best packing cubes for those who travel light, shown in gray and stacked.

Eagle Creek Pack-It Isolate Cube Set

Lighter, if you need it.

These cubes, sold in a set of three, have the same shape as the Pack-It Reveal cubes, but they are water resistant (to guard against spills) and weigh half as much, thanks to their lighter material. They do cost more.

Get this if: You need a set of lightweight packing cubes with a slight bit of water resistance.

Why it’s great: The Eagle Creek Pack-It Isolate Cube Set — an updated and renamed version of the company’s original Specter Tech design—is a good, ultralight set of three packing cubes that weigh half as much as our other picks. Based on our testing so far, these cubes are nearly identical to their predecessor. If you want the organizational benefits of packing cubes but also want to add the least amount of weight to your suitcase , the Isolate set is a great choice.

The largest Pack-It Isolate cube weighs 1.3 ounces; the same-size Eagle Creek Pack-It Reveal cube weighs just over 3 ounces. The Pack-It Isolate’s fabric—a semitranslucent, 50-denier ripstop polyester— looks fragile, but it’s held up well over time in its previous Specter Tech incarnation. The material is both tear and water resistant, and we’ve used the older version of these cubes, the Specter Techs, for four years now with no issues. Like the Reveal, the Isolate bags zip open on three sides and hinge along the fourth.

Also like the Reveal set, these cubes come as a set of three, labeled medium, small, and extra small. Whereas our other picks take up about the same packing volume as a balled-up pair of boxers, these bunch down to the size of a single ankle sock. There’s no mesh, but the fabric is translucent enough for you to see what’s inside.

Flaws but not dealbreakers: The biggest flaw of any lightweight packing cube, including the Pack-It Isolate, is that the thin sides can’t stand up on their own. If you prefer sturdier cubes that hold their shape as you pack, you're probably going to dislike any lightweight cube. This set is also more expensive than the Reveal set, so you have to really want the weight savings to justify the extra cost .

Dimensions: 4½ by 7½ by 2½ inches (extra small), 7¼ by 10 by 3¼ inches (small) , 1 0 by 14¼ by 3¼ inches (medium) Capacity: 2 liters (extra small), 7 liters (small), 13 liters (medium) Weight: 0.6 ounces (extra small), 1 ounce (small) , 1.3 ounces (medium)

REI Co-op Expandable Packing Cube Set, the best packing cubes for those who pack a lot, shown in red-orange and lined up.

REI Co-op Expandable Packing Cube Set

Compressible bags to save space.

These three cubes hold the most of any set we tested in the smallest amount of space. The compression zippers can be tricky to operate, though.

Get this if: You tend to overpack and need a little more compression to get that last T-shirt into your bag.

Why it’s great: The REI Co-op Expandable Packing Cube Set ( which includes three cubes: small, medium, and large) holds more in total than our other picks but takes up the least amount of space in your suitcase when the cubes are fully compressed. Unlike a regular packing cube, which has a single zipper around the lid, the REI Co-op cubes have two sets of zippers: one around each lid and one around the middle of the cube itself. Opening the middle zipper expands the walls of the cube. Once the cube is packed, you can compress it by pushing down on the bag and then closing the middle zipper .

This process squeezes the cube down to half its size, but it takes some practice for it to go smoothly. When the cubes are properly packed, though, you’ll see that you can squeeze about a third more clothing into the compressed REI Co-op set than into the Eagle Creek Pack-It Reveal set .

Like the Eagle Creek Pack-It Isolate cubes, these cubes are made of lightweight, tear-resistant ripstop nylon. Even with an additional zipper, a large REI cube (14 ½ by 10 ½ by 3 inches) weighs only about a quarter of an ounce more than the nearly equivalently sized medium cube (10 by 14 ¼ by 3 ¼ inches) from Eagle Creek’s Reveal set ; it weighs almost 2 ounces more than the medium cube in our ultralight pick . REI backs its gear with a satisfaction guarantee , which gives you one year to return an item. In the past, REI had a good reputation for honoring its former lifetime guarantee; the wording of REI’s current warranty for REI Co-op branded gear seems to say that if something fails after one year, accepting the return would depend upon an employee’s discretion.

Flaws but not dealbreakers: The zippers that compress the cubes can sometimes be finicky to close. This issue exists across every compression cube we tested; however, they’re pretty easy to figure out with some trial and error. When you pack these cubes, be careful to avoid overstuffing them too much. If you overpack or pack unevenly, after you zip the compression panel shut, you may end up with something shaped more like a football than a traditional cube .

Dimensions: 8 by 6 by 3 inches (small), 12 by 8 by 3 inches (medium), 14 ½ by 10 ½ by 3 inches (large) (Note: All three sizes expand in depth to 6 inches.) Capacity (unexpanded): 2.35 liters (small), 4.7 liters (medium), 7.5 liters (large) Weight: 2 ounces (small), 2.8 ounces (medium), 3.5 ounces (large)

The Cotopaxi Cubos 10L Travel Cube, our pick for a brightly colored, upcycled, single packing cube.

Cotopaxi Cubos 10L Travel Cube

A cube made of upcycled material.

This well-made, sturdy packing cube is made out of repurposed remnant materials from other Cotopaxi products. It’s not available in sets, however.

Get this if: You want a high-quality packing cube and also want to support a B-corp with its related social and sustainable missions .

Why it’s great: The Cubos 10L Travel Cube is a well-built packing cube from Cotopaxi, a certified B Corp outdoor-gear company . ( B Corp status means the manufacturer has met “high standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency,” according to B Lab , a nonprofit that issues those certifications.) We’ve reviewed and recommend plenty of Cotopaxi gear, and we’ve found that it’s built to a very high quality. All of Cotopaxi’s travel cubes are made using leftover materials from their (and other companies’) backpacks and other products. Using the scrap material here keeps it from ending up in a landfill. However, this also means that every cube has a different motley-color effect that’s unique and maybe not to everyone’s taste .

The Cubos Travel Cube’s mix of mesh and nylon paneling allows you to see inside the cube without opening it up, similar to Eagle Creek’s Pack-It Reveal. The Reveal and Cotopaxi cubes are made of similarly durable materials and have a clamshell opening, but the latter unzips a little farther, fully clearing all four corners so the top hinges open cleanly. However, the Cotopaxi cube’s mesh liner is built into the sides of the bag rather than the lid .

The Cubos also weighs more than a similarly sized medium Reveal cube: 4 ounces to the Reveal’s 3.2. And at 10 liters, the Cubos carries a little less than the medium Reveal (14.5 liters) but a little more than that set’s small (7 liters) .

Cotopaxi has a “ Guaranteed for Good ” warranty and repair program, which it maintains at its discretion: “We will determine the best path forward, whether that’s a functional repair, replacement, or store credit due to a depleted inventory.” We’ve used the warranty several times with various Cotopaxi products and have had excellent results; we’ve also not heard of anyone having problems .

Flaws but not dealbreakers: Unlike our other picks, this cube is sold individually, not as a set, and in only one size; it also costs more per cube. We’d prefer to see the mesh paneling on top of the bag (as opposed to the sides) for a better view of what’s inside. The side walls’ lack of rigidity also means the Cubos doesn’t stand up as easily as the Eagle Creek Pack-It Reveal. Due to the nature of Cotopaxi’s upcycling, you can’t pick a specific color when you order these cubes .

Dimensions: 13 by 10 by 6 inches Capacity: 10 liters Weight: 4 ounces

If the Eagle Creek Pack-It Reveal Cube Set is out of stock: Consider the July Packing Cells , which, like the Eagle Creek Pack-It Reveals , have a mesh lid, though July’s mesh feels heavier than Eagle Creek’s. (It’s more like an athletic jersey than a bag material.) The July cubes come in a set of four for $45, and July offers a five-year warranty and 100-day trial period. We haven’t used the July cubes for nearly as long as we have Eagle Creek’s, though, so we aren’t quite ready to make them an official pick .

If the Cotopaxi Cubos 10L Travel Cube is out of stock: Look into the Patagonia Black Hole Cube , which is well made from durable materials. Patagonia also makes extensive efforts to create sustainable products: employing Fair Trade Certified practices, sourcing post-consumer recycled material, and monitoring its supply chain . Plus, unlike the Cotopaxi Cubos , the Patagonia cube is water resistant. However, it’s more than twice the price of the Cubos, which is why it’s not our pick .

If you’re Yeti curious: You’ll probably like Yeti’s well-made Crossroads Packing Cubes , which are surprisingly inexpensive for a famously “premium” company. That said, these compression cubes, which come in three sizes, are still quite expensive compared to our other picks. (A single large Yeti cube costs $35, compared to $45 for the entire REI Co-op Expandable Packing Cube Set .)

Four of the packing cubes that we tested to find the best, lined up showing off a variety of colors and textures.

We’ve tested and traveled with multiple sets of packing cubes over the last five years, paying close attention to construction, material quality, ease of use, and value to determine what you need from these while you’re on a trip. Those are the qualities we considered most important when we chose which of the dozens of available packing cubes (on Amazon and elsewhere) to test. And when we narrowed down our options and actually tested the 27 (so far) sets, we focused on :

  • Weight, size, and capacity: There’s no need for overkill. If you’re going to shell out $25 to $40 for fabric, mesh, and a zipper, it better be lightweight yet still able to store a reasonable amount of clothing and gear. We looked for sets or single bags that could handle enough clothes, towels, gadget cables, toiletries, and medical supplies for a long weekend. Most sets included at least one 12-liter cube (considered “medium”)—which fit about a week’s worth of T-shirts—and two or three additional cubes of varying sizes, though we also tested some cubes that were sold individually. We tested both “standard”-weight cubes (about 4 ounces for a 12-liter cube) and pricier, “ultralight” cubes made of 30-denier siliconized nylon (which weigh about 2 ounces for a 12-liter cube) .
  • Ergonomic features: Packing cubes need to be easy to open and close. Zippers should not be prone to catching on neither the cube’s interior nor its corners as you close it. Handles are convenient for carrying and hanging, and are included on all the designs we tested. The ability of a cube’s sides to stand up on their own—generally because the fabric is thick enough to support itself—adds some convenience while packing .
  • Visibility and ventilation: Some cubes, usually the models made with polyester or nylon, include a mesh window on the top panel. But mesh is also easy to snag and damage if its weave is too large or if the mesh material is cheaply produced. The best designs expose just enough of the interior for ventilation and visibility without sacrificing the strength of overall construction. Not all models we tested had a mesh panel. Most traditional-style bags similar to those of the Eagle Creek Pack-It Reveal set have a mesh panel of some sort, but many ultralight bags forego this feature entirely .
  • Construction quality: The easiest way to test for fabric quality is to hold the bag in your hand. It should feel substantial, with a pleasant weave under your fingertips. The bags we tested are all made of some kind of nylon or polyester, which is rugged enough not to tear without adding unneeded ounces. Zippers are also a key component: YKK has been the global standard of zipper quality for generations, but there are other reliable zips too. We looked for cubes with zippers that moved smoothly and cleanly around the bags’ corners .
  • Overall value: The sets we tested ranged from three cubes to as many as five per set, and were priced between $5 and $80. But we think the best range of quality and value seems to sit between $20 and $40 .

Because most packing cubes have the same basic design, our testing process came down to assessing build quality and practical, real-world use. Over our years of testing, we’ve packed for overnight work trips, long-haul flights, and multi-tour city trips. In that time, we’ve made notes as zippers stuck or mesh snagged or when obstructed visibility slowed down the process of finding a particular item.

Though we’ve tested all the sizes included in each set while traveling, most of our controlled tests were performed using the medium size (roughly 10 by 14 by 3 inches). Into each of these medium cubes we packed things that anyone might bring on a typical weekend away: a rain jacket, two T-shirts, two pairs each of socks and underwear, two polo shirts, a thin fleece pullover, and a small travel towel. When overstuffing to test seams and zippers, we added at least a lightweight down jacket or a pair of jeans until we stressed capacity .

Sometimes the luggage companies we recommend (including Away , Topo , Travelpro , GoRuck , and Peak Design ) make their own packing cubes. Is it necessary to match your packing cubes to your bag? No. We think the packing cubes we chose will fit well in a variety of bags and transfer easily between them. However, if you’re dedicated to a specific brand or design, you may prefer to have cubes that are sized to fit perfectly within the relevant brand’s bags. You can read more about the packing cubes from the companies that make our favorite   carry-on luggage and travel backpacks  in Other good packing cubes and The competition .

AmazonBasics 4 Piece Packing Cube Set : These cubes stand out most for their inexpensive price, but the amount you save isn’t worth the drop in quality compared with our other picks. The AmazonBasics bags are made from a nylon that feels cheap, and we weren’t satisfied with the stitching quality, either .

Away The Insider Packing Cubes : Having deeper walls than most packing cubes, these Away bags resemble very minimalist bricks. Each one has one large viewing window, made of a fine weave mesh, and YKK zippers. They’re about $10 more per set than the Eagle Creek Pack-It Reveals , but you do get four cubes in the Away set instead of three. They fit into Away’s suitcases exceptionally well—bento like. However, for the price, we think you’ll be better served with the Reveals .

Bagail 6 Set Packing Cubes (and the nearly identical Veken 6 Set Packing Cubes , Bago 4 Set Packing Cubes for Travel , TravelWise 5-Piece Packing Cube Set , and Shacke Pak 5 Set Packing Cubes ): All of these sets, found on Amazon, are made from similarly cheap-feeling panels of thick nylon or ripstop and ornately separated strips of mesh. They all have similar problems: Their zippers tend to snag, they come with no trustworthy warranty, the fabric feels chintzy in your hands, and the panel stitching seems rushed and uneven. There are much better sets available .

eBags Classic Packing Cubes : We found this set of three cubes, a former runner-up pick, difficult to pack during repeated use in our long-term testing. The combination of reinforced seams and ultralight material is a strange mix: Although the reinforcement makes the ultralight material stand up, so that each cube is easier to pack, this set wasn’t as easy to pack as the Reveals , nor as pliable as our ultralight pick .

Eagle Creek’s Pack-It Isolate Compression Cube Set : Like all Eagle Creek gear, this pair of cubes are well constructed, but we prefer the fully zippered design of our REI compression pick , which are also a little more rigid and easier to pack .

GoRuck Packing Cubes : This packing cube is very well made, but it comes at a premium price—$45 for a single medium-size cube when we tested it. (It’s since dropped in price to $30; a smaller size costs $25.) The cube itself splits down the middle and reveals two sides, both of which have mesh panels for viewing and keeping things separated. Like all of these brand-specific designs, this one fits very snugly in the bag it’s made for, though you need about four to fill the basic GoRuck GR1 .

Peak Design Packing Cube : This stylish choice has unusual “tear away” dual zippers, for one-handed opening (like peeling back the lid on a can of sardines), and compression zippers. Each cube has four separate YKK zippers, plus extra compression netting and a barrier between the two compartments, pushing the weight of the medium version to just over 5 ounces. The price for that size is $40—$5 less than what you’d pay for the whole Eagle Creek Pack-It Isolate Cube Set . (The Peak Design’s smaller size costs $30.) It’s not a bad cube per se, but overly fussy and expensive compared to our current picks .

PKG Union Compression Packing Cubes : The Union compression cubes are $30 more than our top-pick compression cubes for a set of three. They’re similar in design to our Reveal picks with a few higher-end details, such as a faux-leather handle and small storage pockets .

Topo Pack Bag 10L Cube : The Topo cube is made of the same high-denier nylon of most of Topo’s gear, so if you already have a Topo bag, this cube would nicely match. It’s well made and very strong, but it lacks a mesh viewing panel. It’s also expensive. A single small (5-liter) cube costs $20 , and a medium (10-liter) cube costs $24 .

Trakke Foulden Packing Cubes : If you aren’t worried about price and need a very strong and waterproof packing cube, these are a great option. But at $80, plus shipping costs from the UK, these packing cubes are a stretch for most travelers .

Travelpro Essentials Packing Cube Set : These cubes are made of lightweight polyester, with a small strip of mesh paneling, so you can glimpse what’s inside. For $40 you get a set of three, and they fit well inside Travelpro’s carry-on suitcase . However, for the price and build quality, we found that these didn’t compare as well as our top pick . The trim around the zippers tended to catch, and the lightweight material made them slightly more difficult to pack than the similarly lightweight Eagle Creek Isolate set .

We’ll be investigating new packing cubes from Eagle Creek, Sea to Summit, Step 22, Thule, and other companies.

The latest version of this article was edited by Ria Misra and Christine Ryan. 

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We have two main priorities when it comes to packing : saving space and staying organized. The solution to both? Investing in a set of the best packing cubes. Whether you're headed on a low-key weekend away or a weeklong European adventure , these thoughtfully designed cubes help manage even the most unwieldy of travel wardrobes . The great thing about packing cubes is how versatile they are: Use them to organize your belongings by garment type, to keep complete outfits together, to separate clean clothes from dirty clothes, or to hold your shoes.

Our editors tested some of the most popular packing cubes on the market to determine which are actually worth buying. We considered their size, how much they hold, how compressive they are, and any other useful features that make them stand out. Ahead, discover 13 of the best packing cubes that will make your suitcase a whole lot neater.

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Shop our top picks:

  • The best compressive cubes: Béis compression packing cubes
  • The best for customization: Paravel packing cube quad
  • The best colorways: Calpak packing cubes
  • The best for camping: REI Co-op expandable packing cube set
  • The best Amazon find: Amazon Basics packing cubes

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The new compressive packing cubes from Béis have quickly become my go-tos. The six-piece set comes with two extra large cubes for bulky items like sweaters and jeans, four standard-size packing cubes for shirts, underwear, and athleisure, and a sheet of labels. I appreciate that each cube has a clear window where the labels can be easily replaced depending on what I pack for each trip. They feature extra zippers that allow the cubes to be expanded or compressed, making them a great option for both short and long trips. Available in black and the brand's signature shade of beige, they look good inside every suitcase. — Meaghan Kenny

Why we chose it: Compressive design, sleek look, and convenient pre-made labels

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The sophisticated packer will love this stylish four-piece set from Paravel, a favorite of Condé Nast Traveler articles director Lale Arikoglu , that features a sleek design and peek-a-boo mesh windows. Up the style with a bespoke monogram for an additional $25. As an added boon, the eco-friendly nylon material is made out of upcycled plastic water bottles.

Why we chose it: Customizable, made of recycled materials

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Another one of the best packing cube sets comes from Calpak . The five-pack includes large cubes for bulky items, medium cubes for shirts and undergarments, and one water-resistant envelope pouch for dirty clothes or wet bathing suits. These are your classic packing cubes—they're not compressive, but they're lightweight, lay completely flat when empty, and do the trick at keeping your suitcase sorted. There's a small window where you can add your own label to help identify the right packing cube, too.

Why we chose it: Available in over a dozen fun colors and patterns

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Whether you’re headed on a business trip or camping adventure , these sturdy, best-selling packing cubes from REI have you covered. They’re made of a durable ripstop nylon and feature polyester mesh. We love the loops at the top that can be used as carrying handles or to hang them up to dry after you’ve tossed them in the wash.

Why we chose it: Expansion zipper and durable water-repellent finish

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This under-$25 set of packing cubes from Amazon is among our top sets for travel. Not only has it racked up nearly 40,000 ratings and an average of 4.7 stars, it's a favorite of executive editor Erin Florio . “I love how spacious they are. I used them on a recent eight-day trip across a few climates and I was easily able to sort my different outfits and keep track of my dirty laundry,” she says. Enjoy smart features like double zippers, carrying handles, and mesh top panels to see what's inside. This set of four certainly doesn't reinvent the wheel, but it gets the job done and holds enough for a long vacation.

Why we chose it : Affordable, lightweight, and easy to carry

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If you're headed somewhere warm and plan to pack lightweight clothes, say a long weekend in Montauk or an island getaway , these Eagle Creek packing cubes are a solid, no-frills choice. This set comes with three pouches, sized extra small, small, and medium. These were tested by senior commerce editor Madison Flager , who says they're best used for lightweight clothes you can roll up or fold flat, like athletic clothes and T-shirts. “I find the extra small size is well-suited for underwear (about a week's worth, more than I thought could fit on first glance) or socks (around five ankle or no-shows, or two pairs of thicker socks). The small is good for T-shirts (three to five), and the biggest size, the medium, can accommodate one or two pairs of pants or two to three lighter sweaters,” Flager says. She admits she'll gravitate toward larger packing cubes like the Paravel set for extended trips, but will pull these out for weekend trips and overnights.

Why we chose it : Super lightweight, machine washable, and water-resistant

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If you're an overpacker, choose a compressible set like these. This set from Monos features a zipper that closes around each cube, plus another zipper that allows you to squeeze everything down after the first one is shut. These fit a ton of clothing—more than any other cubes I've tried, so I typically whip these out for a weeklong vacation or when I'm traveling abroad. I love that the mesh panels allow me to see what's inside without having to open each one—this makes getting dressed on-the-go so easy. If you prefer a more colorful set, snag them in bright shades like banana budding or purple icing. —M.K.

Why we chose it: Water- and tear-resistant nylon, breathable mesh top panels

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When it comes to design, SteamLine's luggage and travel accessories always stand out—and this applies to the brand's vibrant packing cubes, too. This set of four comes with three different sizes, all made from 100 percent recycled plastic bottles. Commerce producer Paris Wilson gravitates toward these for shorter trips when she has limited space with a carry-on or duffel bag. “The material is durable yet soft and very easy to fold up and store in your closet when you’re not traveling,” Wilson says. She also notes that the zippers glide easily and that these packing cubes are machine washable.

Why we chose it : Vibrant patterns, a transparent window in each cube

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One extremely cool feature of the Peak Design cubes is that each one has an internal divider, which means you can separate clean and dirty garments within the cube itself (or just further compartmentalize your items). The cubes are made from a sturdy nylon and poly blend, and feature two-way zippers plus a tear-away zipper that allows you to fully open the pack in less than a second, should you need instant access. The three-piece set (which includes a small cube, a medium cube, and a shoe pouch) is seen here, but you can also purchase these in a six- or eight-piece set, or purchase bags individually to fit your exact needs.

Why we chose it: Internal dividers that offer additional flexibility when you pack

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This budget-friendly set of compressible packing cubes comes with one large cube, two medium size cubes, two small cubes, and one flat shoe bag. These are a go-to of commerce bookings editor Jamie Spain —but she warns these are pretty spacious, making them ideal for weeklong trips rather than weekend getaways or overnight stays. She likes these packing cubes for the smooth zippers and compressible, nylon material that's easy to manipulate in a tight suitcase. If you don't need a whole new set, you can also purchase Bagsmart cubes in a set of two or four.

Why we chose it : Affordable price point, available in several bright colors, flat shoe bag included

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We tested several Amazon packing cubes and only the highest quality ones made it onto this list. We can attest that the material of the Bagail packing cubes is durable, lightweight, and easy to clean. The six-piece set, an Amazon bestseller, features three sizes, with two cubes in each size. Use them all yourself, or split them up with a partner or kids so you can better organize your suitcase. Another feature we like: The mesh tops that allow you to see straight into the cube.

Why we chose it: Easy to share among travel buddies

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Another competitively priced set, these organizers have such rave reviews on Amazon that we had to try them—and they didn’t disappoint. The ultralight cubes are impeccably designed. The mesh panels on top allow you to easily identify your items, and the nylon material is durable and water-resistant, in case you’re anything spills. Between the four cubes, there’s enough room to pack clothing for trips up to 14 days. In the large cube alone, we were able to fit four pairs of bulky sweatpants, three pairs of jeans, and two pairs of leggings—and it all zipped up with ease.

Why we chose it: Great for longer trips, comes with a laundry bag

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These budget-friendly packing cubes from Amazon are compressive, helping you save on space in your suitcase. After packing up a cube, we were able to shrink it down by three inches—which goes a long way, especially if you’re trying to fit everything into a carry-on or a single duffel. Other features include a double zipper, nylon material, and a carrying loop at the top.

Why we chose it: Affordable price point

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Packing cubes are growing in popularity as more and more of us look for ways to stay organized when we travel. Packing cubes can help us better arrange the interior space of our suitcases and kit bags and will turn a packing novice into an expert in no time.

Packing cubes

Trust us when we say that packing cubes will completely revolutionize the way you pack your backpack or suitcase forever. These little cubes of layered goodness will help you keep all of your belongings in neatly and ordered compartments, allowing you to find whatever you are looking for in record time.

More importantly, they give you the extra space you need to pack that little bit more! Other benefits include:

  • Quicker to transfer your clothes to a drawer
  • Easily separate your clean clothes from your dirty clothes
  • Clothes don’t shift when in transit, reducing the number of creases
  • They are incredibly affordable

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Your packing cubes should be a useful addition to your luggage armory, and not just cute little packages that don’t make any difference to the way you travel. When purchasing, consider the following:

Weight — They will need to be light in order to help organize your belongings without making your luggage too heavy.

Material — They should be made of durable, washable (or wipeable) material as they will need to withstand long journeys and multiple uses; canvas or nylon packing cubes are good for this.

Visibility — Color-coded or numbering systems can make your life even easier when you need to find something super quickly.

Breathability — Mesh fabric is your friend. You need air to be able to circulate inside the cubes to prevent dampness from setting in thus causing mold on your precious belongings.

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Surely you just put your clothes in and zip them up, right? While it might seem pretty simple how to use a packing cube, there are some tips that can make them even more useful.

Use Variety — Use a combination of different-sized packing cubes and colors that will allow for easier identification.

Theme Your Cubes — Take your organization to the next level and have each cube be a theme. Maybe you utilize your small cube for packing your socks and underwear, while you use your yellow cube for your evening outfits. The possibilities are endless.

Roll Your Clothes — Some people prefer folding but the common consensus is that rolling your clothes before putting them in a packing cube is best. The thinking behind this is that it saves space and reduces wrinkles.

Don’t Overstuff — Being organized means you can fit more in than you think, but however you organize your cubes, just remember to not overstuff them.

Once your cubes are packed, arrange them in your suitcase as you see fit. Most of these cubes will fit together like soft, overstuffed puzzle pieces, so you can have as much fun as you like arranging them to achieve maximum space in your suitcase.

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Thinking of investing in some packing cubes for your next adventure? Here are some of the best packet cubes:

YAMIU Packing Cubes 7-Pcs Travel Organizer Set

This set offers a clever combination of excellent value and outstanding practicality. With a selection of 7 different cubes to choose from , your clothes and belongings will be kept neat and tidy while in transit. There is also a handy water-resistant shoe bag, as well as 2 different-sized waterproof bags perfect for keeping your makeup, sunscreen, and toiletries contained, should any leaks occur.

For your added convenience, one of the bags is a TSA-approved size, making it just right for airline-approved toiletries or other liquids. The cubes themselves are made of lightweight and high-quality nylon fabric with strong double zippers that make for fast and easy access to your belongings every time.

What We Like

  • Includes 2 waterproof, TSA-approved clear bags

What We Don’t Like

  • The shoe bag is a bit small

TravelWise 5-Piece Packing Cube System

Perfect for a long weekend away, this 5 piece travel organizer set comes with:

  • 2 large packing cubes measuring 3.7 x 12.6 x 18.11 inches
  • 2 medium packing cubes measuring 3.3 x 9.8 x 13.8 inches
  • 1 small packing cube that measures up at 3.1 x 6.9 x 11.8 inches

The innovative lay-flat design allows you to compartmentalize your belongings in “drawers” while you travel, and the 2-way easy-to-pull zippers provide reliable and easy opening . Supplied as a matching set, you can tailor the way you pack your cubes to fit what you want to bring with you.

Made from durable nylon, this set of lightweight, breathable mesh packing cubes will ensure that your clothes remain wrinkle-free and organized while in transit, meaning you are ready to unpack and explore the minute you get to your destination.

What W Like

  • Helps to reduce wrinkled clothing
  • The mesh material is a bit fragile

Shacke Pak – 4 Set Packing Cubes Plus Laundry Bag

The Shacke Pak packing cube system is designed to help you neatly pack all of your clothes tightly away. This set of 4 different sizes of packing cubes and 1 laundry bag will leave your clothes fresh and wrinkle-free.

The cubes measure:

  • Extra Large — 17.5 x 12.75 x 4 inches
  • Large — 13.75 x 12.75 x 4 inches
  • Medium — 13.75 x 9.75 x 4 inches
  • Small — 11 x 6.75 x 4 inches

Made from high-quality, durable, water-resistant nylon , these Shacke Pak’s are designed to withstand the wear and tear of travel. At 4 inches deep, each cube gives you optimal packing space.

The X-design web stitching creates a strongly reinforced lid that will hold your clothes in place and prevents the bag from sagging in the middle. Finally, the YKK zippers are smooth and sturdy; guaranteed to stand the test of time.

  • Comes in a range of bright colors
  • Easy to overpack and stretch the seams

Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Cube Set

The Pack-It Specter Cube system offers 2 different sized packing pouches that will help you to organize your luggage without adding extra weight to your suitcase . Made from water-resistant nylon, you can keep your belongings protected from leaks or spills along the way.

The innovative design also has a zipper that runs around at least half of the perimeter of the packing cube, meaning you can easily reach the contents. There is also a haul loop to make loading and unloading super easy.

Eagle Creek’s packing cubes work like building blocks, and you can simply choose the sizes you need to meet your needs. Choose from Tube Cubes, Half Cubes, and more to make the most of your luggage space next time you travel.

  • Machine washable
  • The half zipper opening makes it harder to access your clothes

5 Piece Set Packing Cubes for Suitcases

These packing cubes are color-coded, offering you awesome luggage organization options. Allocate the different colors among family members, or categorize your own packing with each colored cube. They won’t bulge or sag, meaning you can neatly stack them like shelves or lay them flat on top of one another inside your suitcase

Made from water-resistant fabric, with tough, long-lasting quality zippers, these cubes will keep your clothing dry and free from wrinkles. They adhere to international carry-on sizing so your packing cubes will fit perfectly in your carry-on luggage , allowing you to easily access your belongings during any part of your journey. Enjoy stress-free, efficient packaging with 5 identically sized packing cubes measuring 14 x 5 x 2.75 inches.

  • Color coded for easy organization
  • The material could be stronger

Travel Packing Cubes, Gonex Luggage Organizers

As one of the most popular brands of packing cubes available, Gonex is famous for its ability to offer exceptional quality at affordable prices . This standard set contains 4 packing cubes of varying sizes, all made from durable, rip-stop nylon, and they are available in a variety of color options. The packing cubes measure:

  • 17.3 x 13 x 3.54 inches
  • 14.5 x 10.6 x 3.54 inches
  • 11.8 x 8.9 x 3.54 inches
  • 9.8 x 7.5 x 3.54 inches

These lightweight cubes also include carry handles, sturdy double zippers, and can fit comfortably in a hotel drawer or in your carry-on. These will keep your suitcase organized and make items easier to find, which in turn makes for easier packing and happier, more relaxed traveling.

  • They compress down small when not in use
  • The zippers can sometimes catch on the inner fabric

LeanTravel Compression Packing Cubes

These small, gray, and mesh cubes are stylish looking and effortlessly practical, making them perfect for travelers looking to reduce the size and bulk of their luggage.

Each of the 3 cubes features a mesh window for breathability and the cubes can compress from 4 inches to just 1 inch , which allows for flatter packing and more spare space in your suitcase. The 2 larger cubes measure 15.5 x 11.5 x 4 inches, while the medium cube measures 11 x 11 x 4 inches.

The LeanTravel system does not remove air from the packs but simply compresses the contents to make the cubes more compact. Worried about creasing? Don’t be; the premium quality polyester fabric and sturdy construction help to reduce the risk of wrinkles during transit.

  • Has a mesh top to quickly identify clothes
  • On the pricey side

Amazon Basics 4-Piece Packing Cube Set

The Amazon Basics line of products offers a great packing cube set that is not only durable but also affordable. The set contains 2 large and 2 medium cubes; this combination is ideal for heavy packers or those with young families.

The larger of the cubes measures an impressive 17.5 x 12.75 x 3.25 inches and can easily hold jeans and hoodies, while the medium measures in at 13.75 x 9.75 x 3 inches, making it perfect for pants, shirts, and dresses.

The mesh front means you can easily identify your belongings without having to take everything out of your suitcase just to know what you have. Given their value for the price, these Amazon Basics packing cubes are well worth the investment to ensure hassle-free packing.

  • Lightweight and durable
  • The large cubes are quite large for carry-on luggage

eBags Packing Cubes for Travel – 4pc Classic Plus Set

With a higher price tag than many of its competitors, eBags is a brand that is known for its superior luggage solutions and high-quality travel products . Its packing cubes are just as durable and are some of the best-selling packing cubes available today.

In this 4-piece combination, each cube is made of extremely strong Techlite diamond nylon and premium YKK zippers for fast and reliable access.

The set contains 4 different size cubes offering a variety of packing combinations that will ensure you can fit everything you need in your carry-on or checked bag . The cubes are also stackable, meaning that they can be used as impromptu drawers to save you the time and hassle of packing and unpacking at every location.

  • Comes with a lifetime guarantee
  • No choice on size combinations

PRO Packing Cubes for Travel

This 6-piece set has everything you need to keep your belongings safe and sound during transit. Available in a variety of colors, they are perfect for heavy packers, or families heading out on vacation . There are 3 different sizes of cubes in this pack, all of which are incredibly useful.

  • The large cubes measure 17.5 x 12.75 x 3.25 inches and are perfect for jackets, towels, sweaters, and trousers.
  • The medium cubes come measure 13.75 x 9.75 x 3 inches, just right for shirts, blouses, and shorts.
  • The slim bags measure 14 x 5 x 3 inches, making them ideal for underwear, socks, and toiletries, we well as your adapters and cables.

Made from strong, durable nylon, and breathable mesh, you will be able to organize your luggage interiors perfectly and arrive at your destination with wrinkle-free clothing that is as neatly organized as when you packed.

  • Double zippers for better compression
  • The material is quite thin

Packing cubes are, without a doubt, a traveling necessity. It can be easy to get carried away and overfill them or stuff too many cubes into your suitcase at one time.

The key to successful “cubing” is to separate and organize your belongings well and to allow for easy access when you arrive at your destination. If you want to arrive organized, then packing cubes are definitely for you!

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Frequently Asked Questions

How useful are packing cubes.

Packing cubes are extremely useful for keeping your backpack or suitcase organized. They make it much easier to unpack clothes into a drawer and by packing your different types of clothes together means that you can find items quicker. Packing cubes are also great for separating clean clothes from dirty ones.

Do packing cubes wrinkle clothes?

While packing clothes in any enclosed space will result in some wrinkles, packing cubes can help reduce the amount of wrinkles your clothes get during transit. As the clothes are in a cube, they are less likely to shift around as much compared to just being loose in your luggage. The excess shifting will cause more wrinkles.

Do packing cubes actually save space?

Packing cubes don’t save space as you still have the same number of items, they are just more organized and easier to find. Compression bags or vacuum bags on the other hand will suck out the air and save space. That said, packing cubes are still worthwhile for their organizational abilities.

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The 9 Best Packing Cubes for Travel

Whether you fold your clothes or roll them, using packing cubes will make it easier to organize your travel belongings. here are the best, tested and reviewed by frequent travelers..

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If you’re like me, packing a roller bag for a trip often consists of making sure you’ve packed your passport, charging cables, socks , and underwear. Everything else is dumped into the bag (or rolled up if there’s time). But there’s a better way to pack a suitcase : with packing cubes. There’s a reason why travelers worldwide swear by this travel accessory .

Packing cubes are small bags that function like mini-luggage inside your luggage so that you can separate your shirts from your socks and your socks from pants. Packing cube systems vary in quality, price, and style. At their most basic, they feature a nylon or polyester body with a mesh zippered top so you can see inside. At the higher end, the systems are made with more durable materials and quality zippers and feature more compartments.

Once you try packing cubes, you’ll be hard-pressed to go back. Of the dozens of packing cubes that AFAR editors have tested over the years, here are reviews of the nine best systems that are worth spending your money on:

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The Eagle Creek Pack-It Packing Cubes come in a variety of colors and styles.

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Pack-It Packing Cubes by Eagle Creek

Best overall packing cube system

  • Buy now: $55 for three, eaglecreek.com
  • Pros: Covered by Eagle Creek’s Lifetime Warranty, made with recycled materials, easy to mix and match for a variety of types of travel
  • Cons: None, really, but it might be hard to choose from all the different options offered

Completely redesigned in January 2021, Eagle Creek’s popular Pack-It packing cube system comes in a myriad of colors and is frequently cited by travelers as their go-to choice for packing cubes. The starter set comes complete with a large garment folder and guide, a medium-size cube, and a small cube, making it a rather good deal. The folder helps to get shirts and pants to fit right into the cubes.

The Pack-It series comes in three different styles: Pack-It Reveal cubes are made with recycled poly material and feature see-through mesh so you can easily see your belongings. Pack-It Isolate cubes are made with an ultra-lightweight ripstop material with anti-microbial odor control properties, making them ideal for dirty laundry or shoes. Pack-It Gear cubes are the most durable and water-resistant option in the Eagle Creek line for those who are going camping or bringing lots of tech along that needs some more protection.

Added bonus: Eagle Creek products are PVC free, are covered by a lifetime warranty , and are designed to have minimal negative environmental impact.

Set of two Thule compression packing cubes, in two sizes, filled with clothes

These semi-transparent packing cubes are made with durable compression zippers to maximize your packing space.

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Compression Packing Cubes by Thule

Best compression packing cubes

  • Buy now: $20–$25 for one, thule.com ; $45 for set of two, rei.com
  • Pros: Durable, water repellent, and made with materials that meet the highest safety standards for people and the environment
  • Cons: Expensive

Starting at $20 for one small cube, these Thule compression cubes are one of the priciest options on this list. But after using them for a few years, Lyndsey Matthews, AFAR’s senior commerce editor, can vouch that they are very durable.

Made with bluesign-approved ripstop nylon, these packing cubes are semitransparent, water repellent, and manufactured with minimal impact on the environment. Like other compression cubes, they feature a double set of zippers—one that closes the cube and another that zips it even tighter to eliminate extra air and reduce bulk.

“I’ve had the zippers on other compression cubes snag on the fabric or bust open on me when overpacked,” Matthews said. “But the YKK zippers on the Thule cubes are ultra durable and slide closed so easily—even when I packed three bulky sweaters in the medium-size one.”

You can buy them individually or in a set of two with one medium and one small cube. A standard-size carry on can fit either one medium and two small cubes, or four small cubes on each side.

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The Mystery Ranch Zoid Cubes are sold individually and also in sets of three.

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Zoid Cubes by Mystery Ranch

Best extra-durable packing cubes

  • Buy now: from $24 for one; $69 for three, mysteryranch.com
  • Pros: Durable, water repellent, and made with lots of handles for easy portability
  • Cons: The 14.5-liter large Zoid cube is almost too large to be useful in a standard carry-on suitcase.

Sold individually and in sets of small, medium, and large sizes, Mystery Ranch’s Zoid packing cubes are made with durable YKK zippers and 210D Hitra Robic nylon that is more tear- and abrasion-resistant than regular nylon. In addition to being virtually indestructible, this lightweight yet thick nylon is sturdy enough to stand up on its own, making it easier to pack clothes in it without fighting floppy sides. (That said, the material is soft enough you can squish the cube into the nooks and crannies of a duffel once you’ve filled it with clothes.) These cubes also come with handles on both sides and the top lid for easy portability.

Though we haven’t tested these cubes in heavy-duty camping situations, rest assured they can withstand anything you throw at them. One reviewer on backcountry.com wrote, “I woke up in the middle of the night to some scratching inside my tent vestibule, then heard something slowly being drug away from my tent. I then heard what can only be described as a cacophony of squealing as two raccoons fought over my food-filled Zoid cube. After the victor began to investigate his spoils I slowly emerged from my tent and found a raccoon mauling the lid to my Zoid. In the end, the raccoon got none of my food and minimal damage was done to my cube.”

Just don’t store food in your tent, OK?

Trio of colorful Cubos Travel Cubes, Del Dia from Cotopaxi, in three sizes

Every set of Cubos Travel Cubes – Del Dia from Cotopaxi is unique.

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Cubos Travel Cubes – Del Dia by Cotopaxi

Best sustainable packing cubes

  • Buy now: $50 for three, cotopaxi.com
  • Pros : Variety of sizes, made with repurposed materials, bright and colorful, handles, and see-through mesh siding
  • Cons : They lack compression technology and only have one zipper. (Two zippers are useful when closing an overstuffed cube, but it’s not a deal breaker.)

We’ve long been fans of Cotopaxi’s Del Dia collection, which makes use of repurposed materials and ethical labor practices, and its Cubos Travel Cubes are a welcome addition to the line. The Del Dia set comes with three packing cubes—large (10 liters), medium (3 liters), and small (2 liters). Each includes a side handle to easily lift the cube out of your bag and mesh siding for peering inside.

While no two sets are exactly alike in design—they are, after all, made from leftover fabric—they’re always bright and colorful, making them one of the most playful options on this list. “Surprisingly, though, the cubes’ sizes are what I loved the most about them,” said Jessie Beck, AFAR’s associate director of video and SEO. “The medium is 6 x 11.5 inches, which is a tad longer than the 9 x 6 inch cubes I had been traveling with, making it a far better shape for rolled-up pants. The 7 x 8–inch small is also the perfect size for a week’s worth of underwear or four or five small T-shirts and tank tops.”

Away packing cubes in an Away carry on

Away’s packing cube system is designed specifically to fit the dimensions of its carry-on luggage.

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The Insider Packing Cubes by Away

Best stylish packing cubes

  • Buy now: from $45 for four, awaytravel.com
  • Pros: Fun colors, see-through top, designed to fit popular Away luggage
  • Cons: Not compressible

Sometimes the best travel accessories are the ones designed for the luggage you already own. Case in point: Away’s Insider Packing Cubes are sized to fit specifically in its Bigger Carry-On luggage . Sold as a set of four, these lightweight cubes are made with water-resistant nylon to protect your belongings and have a mesh panel on top so you can see what you’re looking for in your bag. Each set includes a small wide cube, as well as a medium wide, medium slim, and large wide cube to keep your socks organized and separated from bulkier items like sweaters. As with its suitcases, Away sells its packing cubes in a variety of colors.

Own Away’s checked luggage? The brand also sells packing cubes in sets of six to fit in its large and medium-size suitcases.

The BluffCube comes in two different sizes and appears here in the orange “Sport” fabric.

The BluffCube comes in two different sizes and appears here in the “Sport” fabric.

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“BluffCube Pro” Compression Packing Cubes by Bluffworks

Best packing cubes for business travelers

  • Buy now: $11–$16 (was $22–$32 for one), bluffworks.com
  • Pros: Machine-washable, lightweight, adjustable size
  • Cons: Expensive when they’re not on sale

Founded in 2012, Bluffworks has gathered a cult following for its travel-friendly pants , blazers, and dresses made from wrinkle resistant, moisture wicking, and machine washable materials. Now the travel clothing company also makes “BluffCube” compression packing cubes.

In addition to a side-access zipper, these packing cubes can be packed from the elastic top access opening and compressed with a strap that has an adjustable buckle. The “Pro” fabric is a slightly structured brushed ripstop nylon designed with business travelers in mind. (There’s also a “Sport” option made with an ultra-light ripstop nylon.) Each type comes in two sizes—large (10.5 liters) and small (3.9 liters). The small is ideal for shorter trips, with room to fit one T-shirt, two pairs of shorts, three pairs of underwear, and two pairs of socks. The large can fit up to six shirts, two pairs of pants, two pairs of shorts, three sets of underwear, and two pairs of socks.

Arctic White Matador Packing Cube Set, three items in 3 sizes, with black zippers and handles

The Matador Packing Cube Set comes in three colors, including Black, Slate Blue, and Arctic White, seen here.

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Packing Cube Set by Matador

Best packing cubes for clamshell-opening backpacks or duffle bags

  • Buy now: $30 for three, matadorequipment.com
  • Pros: Waterproof coating, dual handles, and simple, modern design
  • Cons: No option to buy individual cubes

Like just about every item in Matador’s line of travel-friendly gear, the brand’s new Packing Cube Set has a sleek, modern, and minimalist aesthetic. Sturdily crafted from recycled nylon with a waterproof coating, these cubes are ready to stand up to the rigor of travel.

Available in a set of three cubes of different sizes—small (2.5 liters), medium (5 liters), and large (7.5 liters)—they’re designed to fit perfectly within the body of the Matador GlobeRider45 Travel Backpack or any other clamshell-opening backpacks of similar size.

The best parts of these cubes are in the details. The inclusion of handles on two sides of the cubes help travelers tug their packing cube out of a tightly packed backpack or duffle. Plus, each cube has two zippers, which can help close a particularly overstuffed cube.

Semicircular gray packing cube for outdoor backpacks

The PackStack system is designed specifically for use in top-loading backpacks.

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PackStacks by Hillsound

Best packing cubes for top-loading backpacks

  • Buy now: $22–$25 for one, hillsound.com ; amazon.com
  • Pros: Designed for top-loading backpacks, handles, weatherproof
  • Cons: “Tall” packing cube is too large

While most packing cubes come in a square shape designed for suitcases, the PackStack by the Canadian gear company Hillsound stands apart for its semicircle shape that fits perfectly in a traditional outdoors backpack. A top handle makes the cube easy to pull out from top-loading packs, while the weatherproof fabric keeps what’s inside safe from any weather you might encounter. Although we’ve yet to test them more long-term, these cubes have remained sturdy and intact after several trips—from camping in California to backpacking in Borneo—making them an ideal option for packing up your rucksack. The PackStack system comes in four different sizes, with short and tall versions designed specifically for 60L and 40L backpacks. The 40L short PackStack has room for 5.6 liters worth of stuff, while the 40L tall is 9.8 liters. The 60L short is 6.4 liters and 60L tall is 11.1 liters.

“I tested the 40L tall, but I would have really preferred two 40L shorts—the tall is quite spacious and I was actually able to pack all my clothes for Asia (which, admittedly, is abnormally minimalist) and had extra space leftover,” said Beck.

The blue five-piece Shacke Pak system includes a small laundry bag.

The five-piece Shacke Pak system includes a small laundry bag.

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Packing Cubes by Shacke Pak

Best value packing cubes

  • Buy now: $22 for four (plus laundry bag), amazon.com
  • Pros: Affordable, bonus laundry bag, over 18,000 five-star reviews on Amazon
  • Cons: Hand-wash only, not made from sustainable materials

The Shacke Pak set comes with four packing cubes that feature zippers made by the recognizable YKK brand, and the materials are nylon with a mesh cover. (A laundry bag is also included.) The product itself is simple, but it definitely gets the job done, according to travel blogger Sophie Anderson, who said that Shacke is her preferred brand of packing cube. “Having a designated cube for my shirts, pants, undergarments, and miscellaneous items seriously simplifies the packing process. I mean, who wants to have to take out everything when looking for one shirt or one pair of socks?” said Anderson.

How to use packing cubes

There are no set rules on how to use packing cube, but here are some tips on using them to organize and pack your luggage:

  • Find packing cubes that fit in your luggage. Optimize the space your cubes take up by buying ones that fit the dimensions of your suitcase or backpack. For example, Tortuga Backpacks sells packing cubes designed to fit perfectly within the main compartment of its backpacks.
  • Use cubes to sort your clothes or group similar items together. Underwear in one cube, hiking clothes in another.
  • Roll your clothes before you place them in the cube. This will make it easier to see everything that’s in a single packing cube without rummaging through it.
  • Layer flat items, like jeans, on top. Some items are hard to roll. That’s OK. Fold them and place them on top of your smaller, rolled T-shirts and dresses, before you zip your packing cube shut.

Can I just use Ziploc bags instead?

For the very budget-minded, there’s always Ziploc bags, including the larger Ziploc storage bags , and the brand’s travel “Space Bags,” which are a compression version space saver. These budget substitutes may be perfectly acceptable to some, but given the very short life span of a Ziploc bag compared with proper packing cube systems, this is not only the least durable option but also by far the least eco-friendly option of the bunch.

Are packing cubes worth it?

Packing cubes are absolutely worth using to keep your luggage organized, separate dirty and clean clothes, or corral small items—like electronics and cords—in one place. Generally speaking, packing cubes won’t save you space (unless you previously packed with the “shove all my clean laundry in a suitcase” method). However, a compression cube, which is like an expandable suitcase in cube form, can squish bulky items like sweaters and jackets into more manageable parcels. For frequent travelers, it’s certainly worth investing a bit more if you want your packing cubes to last.

Lyndsey Matthews and Jessie Beck contributed additional reporting to this story.

This article originally appeared online in 2018; it was updated on April 12, 2024, to include current information.

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Best Packing Cubes for Travel in 2024 (Pack Smarter)

Written by Dan

Updated on February 16th, 2024

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Packing cubes help keep your clothes organized and compressed. They're essential for traveling, but with so many options, how do you find the best packing cube? Let's find out!

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Best Packing Cubes

  • Peak Design Packing Cubes
  • Nomatic Compression Packing Cubes
  • BluffCube from Bluffworks
  • TravelWise Packing Cubes
  • Bagsmart packing cubes
  • Knack Shoe Bags
  • Tortuga Packing Cubes (Set of 3)
  • Eagle Creek Pack-it (Specter Tech Cube Set)
  • Eagle Creek Pack-It (Original set)
  • Bagail Packing Cube Set
  • Amazon Basics Packing Cubes
  • The Insider Packing Cubes, by Away Travel
  • Nested Travel Organizer Trio, by Leatherology
  • Calpak packing cubes
  • REI Co-op Expandable Packing Cube Set
  • Topo Designs Pack Bag (10L)
  • GORUCK packing cubes
  • Trakke waterproof packing cubes
  • Osprey UltraLight Zip Organizer
  • The Centerfold Garment Sleeve

Over the last few years of travel, I’ve really come to know and appreciate packing cubes.

There’s something really satisfying about seeing your packed suitcase or travel bag neatly organized with various cubes and pouches . When I get to my destination and open up my backpack or suitcase for the first time, seeing all my neat cubes, I can’t help but feel like I’m winning at the travel game.

The organization that packing cubes give you allows you to find things quickly in your luggage, and also allows you to fit more inside of your travel bag.

Here's everything that I tested

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If you’ve reached a critical capacity limit with your travel bags, and you want to pack some more, then read on, and hopefully you’ll find a packing cube that fits your needs based on the ones I’ve tried!

Peak Design Packing Cubes

The Peak Design Packing cubes are some of my favorite packing cubes on this list. In fact, I like them so much, let’s call them my #1 pick. I’ve been using them frequently for the past few years.

I enjoy the tear-away style zippers because they are easy to get things in and out of the cubes with. You can think of it like those tear-away pants from the 90s — except in packing cube form.

A small peak design packing cube

The Peak Design packing cubes are durable and lightweight. The pack away nicely when you’re not using them. As for materials, they are made from 100% recycled weatherproof 70D nylon and poly shell.

The peak design packing cube rolled up into a ball

I have the Peak Design Travel Backpack and the packing cubes integrate perfectly with that bag. The medium cube leaves about one third of the space available for other things, like a small camera cube.

A packed peak design travel packpack 45L.

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These packing cubes from Peak Design are also expandable. I’ll usually pack them pretty tightly, leveraging the expanded volume. I’ve never had any issues with overstuffing them.

Let’s quickly go through how cool expandable packing cubes are!

Here is a normal amount of items that I would fit inside of a packing cube this size.

Peak design small packing cube on a wooden floor

But because they expand, we can fit a little more!

A fully packed peak design packing cube with tshirts.with the expansion feature enabled.

We’re not done yet: there’s one more secret pocket that we can utilize to squeeze in another shirt or two.

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Here’s everything that fits inside!

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Nomatic Compression Packing Cubes

I’ve been using these Nomatic packing cubes since December 2022, and I must say, they have been a dream to use. I listed them as one of the best travel products for backpackers and for any type of traveler who likes to stay organized.

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They are plenty sturdy and do a great job of compressing the clothing items inside. I have the complete set of small, medium and large, and they all have their own purposes.

The small packing cubes are great for your socks, underwear and maybe a bathing suit or smaller accessories. Whenever I travel with a suit , I pack my undershirts, watch, belt and dress socks in the small packing cube.

For me, I’ve had the best luck packing all of my T-shirts in the medium packing cube . I roll them up, and can fit a bunch! Folding flat should also work well. There’s been enough room to pack a set of gear and apparel for a trip that’s a week or longer, because of the added compression.

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The large packing cube has been good for pants, sweatshirts and jackets. Depending on where I am going, I might skip packing the large packing cube, as I don’t typically bring a lot of pants nor multiple jackets whenever I travel. If you travel with a partner , you can always share the large packing cube, which might additionally help save space overall.

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Packing Cubes

Achieve packing perfection with these Packing Cubes, offering optimal organization and efficient use of space.

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Check out the Nomatic Compression Packing Cubes .

BluffCube from Bluffworks

I really enjoy using my BluffCubes. I think the design is unique and is really effective. Instead of needing different size cube, you can change the size by rolling the cube and closing it off.

The bluffcube by Bluffworks

You can compress your clothes as much (or as little) as you like and you can have some variety into what you fit inside.

A fully compress bluffcube by bluffworks.

I’ve packed my BluffCube full of T-shirts and also my Bluffworks travel suit .

The BluffCube did a great job of accommodating both sets of clothes. We even outline how to pack a suit into a packing cube in our guide for folding suits for wrinkle-free travel solutions.

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They are made from 100% lightweight ripstop nylon fabric, which keeps the weight and footprint down. You can wash these in the washing machine with no problem (do hang them dry, though).

Check out the BluffCube

TravelWise Packing Cubes

I got this packing cube set in 2016 (I checked my Amazon orders for this date!) when I first left to travel for a year around the world. These packing cubes of mine have been through a lot of use, zips and packs!

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I actually still use them on occasion, but since 2016, there have been a lot of new packing cubes that have come out that I also like.

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Bagsmart packing cubes

I tested these Bagsmart packing cubes (the set of 6) and was pretty impressed with the quality and practicality for the price.

The set of 6 gives you lots of size options and gives you a shoe (or laundry) bag option as well.

Not all packing cubes offer the ability to compress your clothes, but these Bagsmart packing cubes do! If you’re looking for a set of packing cubes as your first set to test out, I would recommend this set from Bagsmart without a doubt!

Clothes fitting inside the orange Bagsmart packing cube

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Knack Shoe Bags

Knack sells packing cubes , which I’ve used in the past. They help with organization, but not so much for compression in my testing. However, their shoe bags are fantastic, in my opinion.

My general packing advice is always going to be to limit the amount of shoes that you travel with. Shoes end up taking the most amount of room in your bag. My wife Becca talks all about how to decide which shoes to pack for a trip in this article .

I broke my own rule recently because I traveled to California for a wedding and wanted to bring nicer shoes, running shoes and the walking sneakers that I normally wear every day.

Half my bag was dedicated to shoes, which I wrapped in plastic bags (and reused them on the way home). This was really not the best use of space, though, and I was sure that there was something out there to solve this problem.

And there is!

The compressible shoe bags from Knack are pretty cool. You can stash one pair of shoes in the small bag, or two pairs of shoes (depending on the size of your shoes) in the larger bag.

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The best part is you can compress the bag, which allows you to save space for other things that you need to pack.

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The compression does come at a small expense, and it will sort of squish your shoes. For me, I’m ok with that, but depending on the type of shoes you have, I’d keep that in mind (like if you have leather dress shoes for a wedding).

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Check out the Knack Shoe Bags

Tortuga Packing Cubes (Set of 3)

I tested out the Tortuga Packing Cubes in the set of 3, and they are super lightweight. I thought they nested really nicely in my new Tortuga Laptop Backpack , which they pair very well with as a duo.

The packing cubes from Tortuga are made from the same high-quality materials as all Tortuga backpacks are, so they’re durable as well as waterproof, and have these great zippers with little turtle logos on them.

Three Tortuga packing cubes with mesh tops and zippers

When I say they’re lightweight, I mean it. The three of them weigh around half a pound all together and they’re thin, yet strong. I like the top mesh flap and structured design.

Three shirts fitting inside the Tortuga packing cube

They won’t provide as much compression as some of the other packing cubes on this list.

Hands opening the Tortuga packing cube

These packing cubes come at a higher price point than, say, the ones from Amazon Basics. That’s because Tortuga is a trusted brand and a leader in adventure gear for travelers. These aren’t any old packing cubes, so they’re for a person who appreciates quality and long-lasting goods to invest in.

Check out the Tortuga Packing Cubes Set

Everything else!

Here are the other packing cubes that I found that either offer something unique, have a good price or are overall well reviewed and used in the travel space.

Eagle Creek Pack-it (Specter Tech Cube Set)

The Eagle Creek Pack-it (Specter Tech edition) will be your lightweight and relatively affordable option for a set of packing cubes.

You can trust Eagle Creek because they have been around for more than 40 years! They were some of the first packing cubes that I ever tested. I don’t own them anymore. I think I sent some older style of Eagle Creek off to a friend that didn’t have them. I don’t remember!

This particular set has some waterproofing, but isn’t rated to be fully submerged in water. They can withstand a few drops and splashes, but I would not suggest letting them fall in the ocean or be rained on for more than a few minutes.

You are able to wash them in a washing machine. I would air-dry them as opposed to putting them in a dryer, for sure.

They are made from 30D Silnylon Ripstop. Silnylon in a combo material made from silicone and nylon. It’s strength-to-weight ratio is known to be favorable! So, these packing cubes are both strong and lightweight.

Check out the Eagle Creek Pack-it (Specter Set)

Eagle Creek Pack-It (Original set)

This original set of Eagle Creek packing cubes is pretty much your classic packing cube set .

They come in a set of three, which is perfect for most of your packing needs. I like to dedicate one cube for socks and underwear, one cube for shirts and one cube for pants and sweatshirts .

You can expect a standard level of quality and functionality with these packing cubes. They are made from a nylon material, have decent zippers and feature a quick-grab handle.

Compared to the Eagle Creek Specter set, these are a bit heavier.

Check out the Eagle Creek Pack-It (Original set)

Bagail Packing Cube Set

The Bagail packing cube set is going to be the most affordable option in this list.

You’ll receive six packing cubes in three unique sizes. They are made from a typical nylon material, and that’s about it!

I would get these packing cubes if you’re interested in keeping your costs down and don’t need any major features or care about the design.

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There are a few similar types of packing cubes that you can find on Amazon. I would check these options and compare which has the best price.

Amazon Basics Packing Cubes

I’ve had good luck with most Amazon Basics products. I am pretty sure that Amazon white-labels existing products and puts their own branding on them.

My guess is that these packing cubes are some variation of the TravelWise or eBags ones. They likely all share a similar manufacturing process.

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Like most of the Amazon Basic products, the cost is affordable and you can find a generous return policy. You’ll also get a 1-year warranty.

These packing cubes have a mesh top. The mesh is nice, for seeing what is inside. If you are careful with your packing cubes, the mesh should be okay.

If you use the cubes a lot and are a bit more rough with your things typically, I would assume that the mesh will be the first part of them that will start to show signs of wear.

Check out the Amazon Basics Packing Cubes

The Insider Packing Cubes, by Away Travel

We like the products that we have from Away. Becca uses the Away Daypack and the Away Carry-On suitcase for most trips that we take these days.

These packing cubes are great because they integrate really well with the carry-on bag.

They come in a pack of four and have a 100-day free trial. The free trial is basically an extended return policy. You still have to pay for them up front, but Away will refund you if you aren’t happy within the 100-day period of time.

If you’re looking for more packing cubes or want to split them between a few bags, they also offer a set of 6 .

In terms of material and usability, they are made from a nylon material and are somewhat water-resistant. They have a mesh top, so they’re not totally waterproof.

Away travel packing cubes.

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Nested Travel Organizer Trio, by Leatherology

The travel organizers from Leatherology are absolutely going to be your splurge pick or high-end choice of the bunch.

They are made from full grain leather and includes nickel hardware accents. You’re able to personalize the bags, which I believe is having your initials or some other small marks that are custom to you.

These bags would be a great complement to any luxury travel or would be a nice gift for someone who likes quality items.

The size variety that comes in the set is perfect for packing toiletries, charging cables, clothes and everything in between, in style.

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Check out the Nested Travel Organizer Trio

Calpak packing cubes

The packing cube options from Calpak are so fun! The set comes with five pieces and has many of great color choice and patterns to choose from.

If you’re traveling with your packing cubes outside of your bag for some reason, you’ll be able to benefit from the carrying handle and an organization label.

Calpak packing cubes product photo.

Check out the Calpak packing cubes

REI Co-op Expandable Packing Cube Set

REI is known for consistency, quality products, good customer service and having everything you need for travel and outdoor activities.

REI’s packing cubes hold up to their expectations, undoubtedly.

The REI expandable packing cubes come in a few sizes and are made from ripstop nylon. The outside has a durable water-repellant finish.

You can use them for a number of applications and can beat them up a little bit. Don’t take their lunch money, though.

One of the best features of these packing cubes is their ability to expand. Each of the three sizes expands to hold more capacity.

These packing cubes also hold some sustainability credentials. They have a bluesign® certification. You can learn more about what that is directly on their website .

As an added bonus, if you’re an REI Co-op member, you’ll save about $4 (coming back to you in a dividend) after buying these packing cubes. Learn more about becoming a Co-op member here!

REI packing cube set, oack of 3 in small, medium and large.

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Topo Designs Pack Bag (10L)

The bags and packing cubes from Topo Designs are among some of the highest quality items that you can find.

Their products will likely hold up for many years and you can put them through a lot of wear and tear.

The 10L packing cube is made from 400D nylon pack cloth and includes heavy-duty YKK zippers. This basically means they are some of the highest quality packing cubes on this list.

If you’re into it, they hold a Fair Wear certification and you can learn more about that process here.

The size and durability of this packing cube is perfect for some of your bulkier items, like shoes, sweaters, jackets and so on.

TOPO Designs packing cube in blue.

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GORUCK packing cubes

The packing cubes from GORUCK come in two sizes, a 5L and a 10L size. They are incredibly durable being made from 200D nylon.

When you’re not using them, the pack down really small, which allows you to keep them out of sight.

They integrate nicely to the GORUCK GR3, GR2 or Kit Bag. If you already own some of the GORUCK products or like their mission, these would be a great option for you!

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Trakke waterproof packing cubes

For people who like camping or need a waterproof option, this packing cube set from Trakke is your go-to option.

They are truly waterproof and hand made in Scotland. Their bright orange color makes them stand out and easy to identify.

Let’s say the wash away in a river, you’ll be able to easily find them assuming whatever you have inside decides to float.

The material is a dry-finish waxed canvas, which is really my favorite material.

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Check out the Trakke waterproof packing cubes

Osprey UltraLight Zip Organizer

The Osprey UltraLight Organizer has a feature that makes them stand out from the rest. Why? Because you can hang it.

The hanging ability allows you to stash away electronics or toiletries (hopefully not together) and have them easily accessible.

There are plenty of pockets inside for additional storage and really allows you to organize everything exactly how you want it.

Check out the Osprey UltraLight Zip Organizer

The Centerfold Garment Sleeve

If you’ve ever tried traveling with a suit, it’s not easy. You usually need to be really careful to make sure everything stays propped up and doesn’t fall off the hanger and collapse and wrinkle.

If you’re looking for a travel suit, check out the travel suit options from Bluffworks as well as my Gramercy travel suit review .

Away makes a nice garment bag that you can use to travel with a suit, dress or really any attire that you want to keep looking freshly pressed.

Inside of the bag, they have a small pocket perfect for some accessories, like a tie, clips or a comb.

The outside of the bag has some hanger clips that you can use for organization after you travel. The bag is designed to clip into some of Away’s existing bags.

This is a great option if you’re looking for a garment bag!

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Check out the Centerfold Garment Sleeve


If you know anyone who loves IKEA like I do, you’ll like the RENSARE packing cubes. They are exactly what you would expect IKEA to make.

Don’t worry, though: you won’t have to assemble them. They come pre-assembled!

They are mostly polyester and some polyurethane. I believe they are made from 90% recycled material, but don’t quote me on it!

They are able to be put into the washing machine, but be careful and don’t put them in the dryer.

The biggest benefit of these is the price. They are really some of the most affordable packing cube options that you can find. If you live near an IKEA, check them out. Otherwise, you’ll probably need to pay for shipping.

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Check out the IKEA RENSARE

Why should you trust me?

I’ve been packing bags since I left for my first full year of travel in 2016. In preparation for that trip, I thought I discovered packing cubes and was so impressed by how I could effectively turn my duffle bag into a lost game of Tetris.

Little did I know that the packing cube industry was thriving and about to explode with tons of new ways to pack your stuff.

By the time I finished my year of travel, I downsized a lot of my duffle bag because I was moving around so frequently. There were some instances where my bag would barely close, because it wasn’t packed well enough. There were other instances when I needed to dig something from the depths of my bag, and digging through all of the loose items was not fun.

I realized how useful packing cubes were for both of those reasons. And during that realization, after more long trips, another year of travel, and lots of testing, did I come to really know and love packing cubes.

You should trust my because without knowing it, I’ve willingly packed well over 50 suitcases, duffle bags and backpacks to travel anywhere between 2 and 365 days.

Does rolling or folding your clothes matter?

Kind of? But probably not enough to over-think it.

I always like to tell people to pack half what you think you need. But there are times when it’s hard and that extra pair of pants sometimes takes you over the edge and makes it hard to close your suitcase.

I’ve repacked my bag a few times, by carefully rolling clothes to leave no gap, so they compress more. I’ve neatly stacked my clothes to the same effect. I haven’t found a huge space savings by doing either method.

I have found that using packing cubes is a better space-saving method because when I have a mix of dirty and clean clothes, sometimes my dirty clothes are loose in my bag when the clean clothes are in the packing cubes. It’s those times when my bag is hard to close.

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The 13 Best Packing Cubes for Better Travel & Adventure

Contain your suitcase clutter and keep things neat wherever you go with these modular packing cubes

The 13 Best Packing Cubes for Better Travel & Adventure

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Not one to be underestimated, a humble set of packing cubes is a small set of modular gear capable of making a big difference in getting ready to go on a trip and staying organized while you travel . Packable and versatile, the best packing cubes are efficient space savers by design, easily storing clothing, accessories, gear (or whatever you can stuff into one) in a neat and zippered compartment that easily fits into a duffel bag , backpack, or carry-on luggage.

Packing cubes are the perfect antidote to the mess that inevitably accumulates in travel bags through the process of packing and unpacking and repacking. They might sound simple, but a packing cube set can boast technical details like mesh for breathability, antimicrobial treatments to ward off stink, and compressive compartments that free up space—some are even custom made to fit in specific bags like Tetris pieces.

Whether you’re an organized traveler who likes to obsess over keeping your bag nice and tidy at all times or the disorganized overpacker that simply needs an unfussy way to contain the clutter, you’ll want at least one of these tiny but mighty travel accessories with you to streamline packing for the trail, the road, and beyond.

Skip the overwhelming Google search and go straight to our shortlist of the most well-designed packing cubes to get you, but mostly your bag, travel-ready for your next adventure.

The 13 Best Packing Cubes for Travel


Peak Design Packing Cubes

Available in two different sizes plus a shoe bag, Peak Design’s packing cubes take your organization to the next level. Made from 100% recycled ripstop nylon with ultra-durable zippers, they can handle some serious wear and tear while keeping all your belongings safe and in place inside expandable and compressive compartments. They work seamlessly with Peak Design's Travel Backpack , but the best feature might be a pull-tab design that lets you rip them open quickly.

Price: $30+


Eagle Creek Pack-It Reveal Clean/Dirty Cubes

Leave the laundry bag at home—an internal divider to keep clean and dirty clothes separate instantly sets these Eagle Creek travel packing cubes apart from the rest with extra functionality. The divider floats, so both compartments shift and self-adjust to fit whatever you have more of, clean or dirty, without leaving unused space. An ultralight, translucent fabric that's available in different colors gives you a peek at what’s inside, and the lining is antimicrobial to minimize stink.


Hyperlite Mountain Gear Pods

These ultralight gear pods are Hyperlite’s answer to packing cubes for the multi-day trekker who simply cannot afford to waste one precious cubic inch. Made from their signature Dyneema Composite Fabric, each one is ultra durable and weather sealed right down to the water-resistant zipper to ensure your hard and soft goods stay safe and dry. These packing organizers come in small and large sizes to fit seamlessly into Hyperlite's trademark ultralight backpacks .

Price: $59+


Patagonia Black Hole Cube

Custom made to fit inside of Patagonia’s signature Black Hole duffel bag , the recently released Black Hole Cubes can effortlessly organize the contents of big gear hauling bags with two compartments separated by a mesh panel. Crafted in a Fair Trade facility with recycled polyester and Bluesign materials, they’re available in three sizes: the small cube is three liters (and works great as a Dopp kit or toiletry bag), the medium cube is six liters, and the large packing cube is 10 liters.

Price: $29+


Topo Designs Pack Bag 10L Cube

Tame an unruly, messy bag by containing your bulkiest items with Topo Designs’ 10L Pack Bag. This well-designed travel organizer is like an extra large packing cube and is sturdy enough to hold things like jeans, shoes, and hefty sweaters with a sleek look and durable construction thanks to its 400D recycled nylon pack cloth—for a functional, stylish, and eco-friendly option all at a budget-friendly price.


STATE Packing Cubes Set

First of all, this set of organizer cubes has a very cute colorblock design. But besides its good looks, the travel cubes also come as a set with two different options to choose from: two large or one large plus two small, depending on your preferred method of organization. With every STATE bag purchased, the brand supports American families and children in need through various giving initiatives, too. And on top of that, this purpose-driven brand also offers the option to buy their gently used products through the Pre-Loved section on their website.


Dakine Expandable Packing Cube

Designed for easy on-the-go carry, Dakine’s take on a packing cube features a mesh top window for ventilation and viewing and expandable compartments that nearly double the bag in size with one simple zip (it still fits in a carry-on suitcase). A sturdy buckle handle has mesh webbing so this piece of travel gear can hang on a hook at campground showers , the back of your hotel bathroom door, or in the locker room during an afterwork sweat.


Thule Compression Packing Cube

Leave it to the Scandinavians to maximize small spaces. This Swedish outdoor brand made a high-quality, multi-faceted packing cube with a heavy duty zipper designed to squeeze every last bit of air out to create more room inside your travel bag. With all that extra space, you can and should feel free to stuff it to the brim—and don’t forget to use the semi transparent ripstop nylon to peek at what’s inside. What's more, these packing cubes come with Thule's limited lifetime warranty.


Away F.A.R. Organizational Packing Cube

Away’s F.A.R. collection (“For All Routes”) is a line of luggage that skews more outdoorsy than first class flier. Designed to pack it all and then some, their expandable packing cubes are made from a tough and durable recycled nylon material that is both water and abrasion resistant to withstand wear and tear. Available in sizes small to extra large.


ROAM Packing Pods

Keep your bag neat and tidy with ROAM’s modular packing pods. Sold as a four-piece packing cube set, each pod has a slightly different end use: two large pods store things like t-shirts and other clothing, one small fleece-lined pod has pockets to stash delicate items like jewelry, and a waterproof pod holds toiletries. Perfect for air travel and ideal for not making a mess of your things.


Cotopaxi Cubos Travel Cube Bundle

A brightly colored bundle of three packing cubes (two-liter, three-liter, and 10-liter sizes), provide a breathable and durable option to stash your (presumably) sweaty items when you’re on the trail or exploring outdoors. Made with repurposed materials leftover from the production of other Cotopaxi gear, every one is unique.


Yeti Packing Cubes

Washable, durable, and lightweight, Yeti's three differently sized packing cubes are perfect for staying organized on adventurous trips where a little extra durability is called for. The smallest is designed to neatly stow your miscellaneous items (think headphones, snacks, keys, and phone), while the medium and large sizes keep that change of clothes handy for post-adventure hangs.

Price: Starts at $25


Calpak Packing Cubes 5-Piece Set

Activate vacation mode without losing your socks: this five-piece set of packing cubes is made with a waterproof, breathable mesh material, including a unique envelope pouch for toiletries or dirty clothes. Plus, they’re made to easily transition right out of your suitcase and into a drawer, so you have no excuse for that messy duffel bag.

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16 Best Packing Cubes for Easy, Organized, Wrinkle-Free Travel

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Suitcase neatly packed with travel packing cubes.

Traveling can be an incredibly exciting experience, but it also has its own unique set of challenges. From fitting everything you need for your trip into one suitcase to preventing your clothes from ending up in a wrinkled mess, travel experts know the importance of investing in travel gear that keeps them organized and efficient while on the go.

That’s where compression packing cubes come in. A genius must-have piece of luggage for anyone – overpackers, underpackers and just-right packers alike – the best packing cubes allow you to fit a week’s worth of stuff in your carry-on luggage or even just a travel backpack.

Keep it all organized during transit and make unpacking at your destination super easy with one of these great compression cube sets.

1. Eagle Creek Pack-It Overnight Packing Cubes Set.

  • Durable and water-resistant luggage organizer set
  • Made with rugged Bluesign-certified poly ripstop fabric from post-consumer recycled material
  • Self-repairing zippers with easy climbing rope-inspired puller
  • Pack-It Reveal Cube S with a large mesh window and innovative angled zipper design for different packing styles

The Eagle Creek Pack-It Overnight Packing Cubes Set is a must-have for frequent travelers who want to keep their belongings well-organized and protected. Made with durable Bluesign-certified poly ripstop fabric from post-consumer recycled material, these compression cubes can withstand the wear and tear of constant travel while keeping your clothes and other essentials safe from water damage.

2. AmazonBasics 4 Piece Packing Travel Organizer Cubes Set.

  • Double zipper pulls make it easy to open and close the packing cubes quickly
  • A mesh panel allows for easy identification of the contents inside while providing ventilation
  • The soft mesh used in the construction of these packing cubes won’t damage delicate fabrics
  • A webbing handle on each cube allows for the convenient carrying of individual cubes
  • This set includes four packing cubes – a slim cube, small cube, medium cube and large cube

Traveling can be an exciting adventure, but the planning and packing stages can often be overwhelming, especially if you’re packing for a family. Fortunately, this set of packing cubes from Amazon comes in a variety of different colors so you can get every member of the family their own set for easy identification once you arrive at your destination.

3. eBags Light 5 Piece Packing Cube Set.

  • Made with 30D CORDURA brand nylon and a polyurethane coating for durability and resistance to shifting
  • Patent-pending spring-loaded framed design helps cubes hold their shape
  • Premium self-repairing coil zippers with corded pulls
  • Available in multiple colors
  • Guaranteed for life

The eBags Light 5 Piece Packing Cube Set includes one slim, two small and two large cubes. The spring-loaded frame design helps the cubes hold their shape when filled which makes them easy to use and ensures that everything stays in its place while in transit. Should a zipper get stuck, simply wiggle the corded pulls and realign the zipper teeth.

4. Peak Design Packing Cube Medium for Quick and Efficient Packing

  • Ultra-fast tear-away for quick access
  • Top and bottom handles for easy opening
  • Controllable expansion with an expansion and compression zipper
  • The weatherproof exterior is made of ultralight, 100% recycled 70D nylon and a poly shell that is abrasion- and rip-resistant
  • The interior is made up of silicone-coated mesh internal pockets that keep items clean and dry
  • Lifetime guarantee

The Peak Design Packing Cube is an excellent choice for travelers because it is an expandable packing cube as well as one of the best compression cubes. Expand it to pack more in a checked bag or compress it to fit into a carry-on. This feature is especially useful for those who plan to go on extended trips or need to pack for multiple destinations.

5. AmazonBasics 4 Piece Packing Travel Organizer Cubes Set

  • Double zipper pulls for easy access
  • Mesh top panel for identification of contents and ventilation
  • Soft mesh won’t damage delicate fabrics
  • Webbing handle for convenient carrying
  • Set includes 2 medium cubs and 2 large cubes

The AmazonBasics 4 Piece Packing Travel Organizer Cubes Set is a must-have for all types of travelers and makes a great travel gift under $25. The double zipper pulls make it easy to access your packed items, and the mesh top panel allows for easy identification of contents and also promotes ventilation to keep your clothes fresh. Use the large cubes to pack bulky items such as sweaters into a smaller compressed space while the small travel cubes work great for organizing underwear and even electronics.

6. BAGAIL 8 Set Packing Cubes Luggage Packing Organizers for Travel Accessories

  • Smooth nylon fabric that protects clothes from wrinkles and stains
  • Water-repellent feature to keep clothes safe from spills or leaks
  • Sturdy double-way zipper with extended cord for easy opening and closing
  • Soft and smooth mesh top panel to avoid fumbling and help identify clothes
  • Includes laundry bag, toiletry bag and shoe bag

The BAGAIL 8 Set Packing Cubes Luggage Packing Organizers for Travel Accessories is an essential item for any traveler. The water-repellent feature also adds an extra layer of protection against spills or leaks, so you don’t have to worry about ruining your clothes. And it comes in many colors so everyone can have their own set!

7. Gonex Packing Cubes

  • Mesh top panel for easy identification and ventilation
  • Honeycomb RipStop water-repellent fabric
  • High-quality zippers for durability
  • Lightweight and easy to store and organize
  • Set includes a shoe bag and electronics organizer

The packing cubes are made from durable Honeycomb RipStop fabric. This material resists wear and tear, ensuring that your items remain safe and sound. Furthermore, the high-quality zippers are robust; they won’t break or become stuck.

8. Osprey Packing Cube

  • Made of high-quality 100% nylon material
  • Designed and manufactured in the USA
  • Provides premium efficiency and style
  • Convenient storage suitable for every season

Osprey Packing Cube Large Shadow is an excellent choice for travelers due to its practical design and multipurpose capabilities. The product is designed to harmonize with each season, providing ample space for your travel items, and making it an excellent choice for frequent travelers. You can use this packing cube to store items like clothes, shoes, toiletries or any other travel essentials that you may require during your exploration.

9. Shacke Pak Packing Cubes

  • Reinforced Stitching
  • Easy Clean Material
  • Includes a laundry bag

The Shacke Pak is an essential starter kit for a 14-day vacation. The included laundry bag is particularly useful for separating soiled clothing from clean clothes.

10. Thule Compression Packing Cubes

  • A durable compression zipper eliminates excess air to maximize packing space
  • The semitransparent fabric allows you to see what’s inside while still keeping belongings discreet
  • Cube opens wide easily for convenient packing
  • Made from durable, bluesign-approved 100D ripstop nylon material that is water-repellent and minimizes impact on the environment

Thule Compression Packing Cubes come in two sizes – small and medium. Most carry-on luggage can easily hold two medium packing cubes or one medium and two small cubes, so you can choose the sizes that fit your traveling needs.

11. Samsonite 3 Piece Packing Cube Set.

  • 3-piece packing cube set includes small, medium and large cubes
  • Mesh top provides visibility and breathability
  • Lightweight design for easy transport

One of the best features of this packing cube set is its lightweight design. The whole set weighs just 0.44 pounds, meaning it won’t add unnecessary weight to your luggage. The smaller cubes are perfect for keeping jewelry, toiletries, undergarments, socks, scarves, ties, belts and electronic cords organized.

12. Vekens Packing Cubes

  • Square-shaped packing cubes in 4 different sizes – extra large, large, medium and small – plus a laundry bag and shoe bag
  • 26% thicker nylon fabric for durability and resistance
  • Unique logo stamp for easy identification of items inside

Their innovative design with waterproof and recyclable Eva material ensures that your items stay dry even if your suitcase or backpack gets wet. Plus, the unique logo stamp on each cube helps you quickly locate what you need without wasting time.

13. Paravel Packing Cube Quads

  • Four cubes in three different sizes – one large, one medium and two small
  • Nylon made from upcycled plastic bottles
  • View window for easy identification of contents

The Paravel Packing Cube Quads offer a versatile and sustainable solution for travelers who value organization and eco-friendliness. These packing cubes can fit a wide range of items, from undergarments to larger clothing items like light jackets and towels. One standout feature of these packing cubes is their negative nylon material, which is made from 16 upcycled plastic bottles, saving the planet while it saves space in your suitcase!

14. BAGAIL 6 Set Packing Cubes

  • Made of high-quality nylon
  • Mesh top panel for easy identification of contents and ventilation
  • Durable and long-lasting construction with no broken zippers or weak stitching.
  • Comes with a laundry bag for dirty clothes 
  • Grab handle at the top

The BAGAIL 6 Set Packing Cubes have handles on top, which makes it easy to pull them out of a travel backpack. It also means they can double as a daypack.

15. Gonex Compression Packing Cubes

  • 6-piece set with various sizes, including a laundry bag
  • Soft, water-repellent polyester material with HD printed flower pattern
  • Breathable and visible mesh top
  • Well-organized and convenient for sorting clothes, towels and dirty laundry
  • Space-saving and multifunctional, suitable for various occasions

Gonex Compression Packing Cubes are a must-have for anyone who travels frequently. This 6-piece set offers a range of sizes to meet all of your packing needs, including a laundry bag to keep your dirty clothes separate. The soft, water-repellent polyester material is not only durable, but it also features a beautiful HD printed flower pattern that is both stylish and functional.

16. Briggs & Riley 3 Pack Zippered Packing Cubes

  • Premium quality polyester fabric and PVC-lined compartments keep clothes neat and wrinkle-free
  • Mesh windows for breathability
  • Machine washable on low or delicate setting
  • Double zipper pulls for smoother zipping action

The set includes three varied sizes that can accommodate all types of clothing, allowing you to fit more clothing and accessories in your luggage while keeping everything organized. Made from premium quality polyester fabric and equipped with PVC-lined compartments, these packing cubes help to keep clothes neat and free from wrinkles.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What are the benefits of using packing cubes.

When it comes to traveling, it is essential to pack efficiently and effectively. One of the best ways to achieve this is by using packing cubes. These small, lightweight and versatile cubes maximize your packing space and help you stay organized and protect your belongings.

What to look for when buying packing cubes?

Size and quantity.  Some sets come with varying sizes to fit different types of clothing or personal belongings.

Durability.  A well-constructed packing cube will protect and preserve your items. The best travel packing cubes come with a guarantee or warranty.

Breathability . A breathable material will prevent unpleasant odors or moisture build-up, ultimately providing a more hygienic and fresh packing experience.

Water resistance .  Look for waterproof or water-resistant packing cubes to protect your clothes from spills in your suitcase.

Does TSA go through packing cubes?

Not necessarily. Opt for packing cubes with see-through sides if you want to lessen the chance a TSA security screener will want to open your carefully packed and compressed packing cubes.

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The Best Packing Cubes for Travel (2023)

Best packing cubes for travel

What are Packing Cubes?

Many travelers consider travel cubes as "drawers" for their suitcase or bags. These pouches separate your luggage into different compartments so you don’t need to dig through the entire bag to find a pair of socks!

Travel packing cells come in different sizes, colors, styles, etc. They can be used in various ways (not just for travel) as well. If you aren't using them yet, you’re probably missing out on all the organizing fun.

Packing cubes can be made of different materials: nylon, polyester, oxford, etc. You can choose them according to your travel style! But for us, nylon is our top choice (which is what EzPacking cubes are made of) because it’s just so durable and super easy to clean.

They also have different opening types, design, construction, and come with unique features. Packing cubes are so diverse so if you want to go into the nitty gritty details, read our Packing Cubes Review 101: All You Need to Know and More!

Why Use Packing Cubes?

Organizing gym bag using clear cubes

The real question is, why not? Do you like feeling organized? Do you like your travel essentials to be in perfect harmony with each other inside your bag? Do you like to see all your travel items at one glance without having to rummage through your bag just to find that 1 pair of socks? 

Using traveling cubes will change the way you perceive packing. From utter repugnance to pure joy; from "thinking about it just makes you want to stay" to "the best part of this trip is packing!" These little heavenly cubes will surely revolutionize the way you pack forever.

Here are some (out of the many) reasons to use packing cubes:

✓ Makes it easier to pack (and unpack) your clothes.

✓ Allows you to organize not only your clothing items but all your other travel essentials.

✓ Comes in different sizes for all your travel needs.

✓ Keeps all items in your suitcase intact so they don't move around while in transit.

✓ Available in fun colors for color coding the kids into 1 suitcase.

✓ Easy to clean (just wipe with a wet cloth) to be used for your next trip.

✓ Say goodbye to unnecessary excess baggage fees when you pack just right using these cubes.

✓ Easily compartmentalize your suitcase or bag using packing cubes.

✓ Plus, they're much cheaper than the meds you take for your raging nerves from all the stress of life without packing cubes!

What are the BEST Packing Cubes for Travel?

Sure, there are a lot of great packing cubes out there. But the real question is, which are the best? Look no further. We've rounded up the best packing cubes in town and made the best of the best list right here. There's always a packing cube that fits every traveler's needs. Take a look at this list. Maybe you'll find what you're looking for.

1. EzPacking’s Complete Bundle

Complete Bundle in turquoise

If you're looking for a complete package for all your travel needs, you can count on this Complete Bundle by EzPacking. It comes with 2 sets of each of their 4 packing cube sizes, 1 folding board set, 2 shoe bags, and 1 laundry bag. These cubes have a clear, see-through design with a modular construction that makes packing easy breezy.

2. Shacke Pak Packing Cube

Shacke Pak Packing cube

This packing cube set includes 4 different size cubes + a travel laundry bag. These cubes are made from durable nylon so you'll be sure that it will hold all your clothes in place and keep your items organized. 

3. Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Cube Set

Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Cube Set

The Specter tech cube set includes 3 medium cubes. This packing cube set allows you to keep your luggage organized without adding extra weight on your shoulders. Because these cubes are made from water-resistant nylon, you'll be sure that your travel essentials are protected from leaks or spills along the way.

4. AmazonBasics Packing Cube

AmazonBasics Packing Cube

The AmazonBasics 4-piece set includes 1 large, 1 medium, 1 small, and 1 slim packing cube. This set is perfect for those travelers on a budget. These cubes have mesh tops that allow you to see what's inside and you can also wash them in the washing machine.

5. LeanTravel Compression Packing Cube

LeanTravel Compression Packing Cube

This set will give you 2 large cubes and 1 medium cube to organize your essentials. If  you’re looking for compression packing cubes, this set is what you need. Made from premium quality polyester fabric and sturdy construction, your clothes are protected from wrinkles while in transit.

6. Gonex Compression Packing Cubes

Gonex Compression Packing Cubes

You'll get 1 large, 1 medium, and 1 small cube with this set. You're never a goner with Gonex and their expendable cubes made of nylon. These cubes are super lightweight, durable, and breathable with mesh-top panels.

7. VASCO Compression Packing Cubes

VASCO Compression Packing Cubes

With this generous set, you'll get 1 small, 1 medium, 1 large, and 1 slim cube along with 1 traveling shoe case, 1 hanging toiletry bag, 1 electronics packing cube, 1 travel wallet with RFID shield, and 1 electronic organizer. VASCO's ultimate travel packing bags can make you feel like you're packing your entire closet! Their 9-pack travel cube set will make sure every single travel essential that you need has their own safe place.

8. eBags Packing Cube

eBags Packing Cube

This set includes 6 varying sizes of packing cubes including 1 large, 1 medium, 1 small, and 3 slim cubes. This set sure bags the prize when it comes to superior luggage solutions and high-quality travel products. Their packing cubes are definitely durable thus living up to their price, making them quite expensive.

9. Peak Design Packing Cubes

Peak Design Packing Cubes

For the complete set, you'll get 1 medium and 1 small cube, 1 shoe pouch, 1 camera cube, 1 tech pouch, and 1 accessory pouch. Priced at individual sizes, these compression cubes are made from ultra-light nylon fabric and recycled materials that have rip-resistant coating, unique tear-away zipper, and an expansion zipper for additional space.

10. Dot&Dot Packing Cube

Dot&Dot Packing Cube

This set includes 4 medium cubes in different fun colors. The brand also offers slim, small, and large sizes at a different set. Their clamshell opening enables you to pack and unpack easily and the cubes have got more depth so you can pack more!

Here are the packing cubes that have earned their rightful awards:

Features of the Best Travel Cubes

Just like with any other item that you buy in life, you should make sure it's good quality. You shouldn't just use any packing cubes. Here are a few things to consider before making your special purchase: 

1. Lightweight - Every traveler wants a lighter weight on their shoulders. The best travel packing cubes should allow you to organize your things without compromising a lighter load. 

Mom holding lightweight packing cubes

2. Durability - Your packing cubes should last as long as you do when traveling. Packing cubes made of nylon are usually good for this. But you know what’s better? Cordura which is a stronger type of nylon (and only a few brands use this type!), including EzPacking .

3. Visibility - Go for packing cubes that allow you to see what's inside at a glance, without having to memorize what you put where. This is important if you want to find something you need right away.

4. Variety - Packing cubes that are available in different colors and sizes will allow you to have a color-coded system, especially if you're traveling with family. This is very convenient and enables you to personalize your items by storing them in an assigned colored cube for each member to avoid confusion and mixing items.

5. Quality vs Budget - Whether you’re a frequent or occasional traveler, choose a packing cube brand that fits your budget BUT is high quality. Don’t settle for less because sometimes, you do get what you pay for. 

6. Opening / Access  - There are usually 2 types: clamshell opening (zips open from three sides) and top opening (only opens from the top). We prefer the former because it’s easier to access the items inside without having to dump all the items inside.

7. Handles - These are not exactly necessary for packing cubes but they can be quite handy especially if you're planning to carry them by hand (and you can!) A handle can be helpful in grabbing, lifting, or holding your cubes to and from the suitcase. Opt for one with a durable handle.

8. Adaptable - Unfortunately, not all packing cubes are great for warm and cold travels, but somewhere in between lies the best travel cubes that are adaptable to both! Choosing the right packing cubes will depend on where you're going and what you're doing. For example, if you're going to sandy beaches, clear plastic packing cubes are definitely for you. Sand can get everywhere. That's the last thing you want for your clothes. 

9. Aesthetics - A lot of packing cubes are available in different colors. You can keep it personal and stylish by going for a single color for all your travel essentials or keep it fun and lively by using different colors for each cube. You can definitely be sure your luggage will be Instagram-worthy.

10. Versatility - Choose a packing cube brand that is not just functional but also versatile. Remember, you’re going to pack a lot more than just clothes when you’re traveling. How will you organize your other travel items like your toiletries, medicines, cosmetics, etc.? What if you’re staying somewhere with very limited space, can you use the cubes as drawers to maximize space?

Packing cubes as traveling drawers

Wondering which packing cube brand ticks all checkboxes above? It’s none other than...

Flexing Our Brand - EzPacking

Tali and Salo with EzPacking cubes

Of course the brands that we mentioned above are great, but we just can’t help waving our own turquoise flag! We are passionate and proud about what we do and what we are advocating through our products. It’s more than just organizing and saving space - it’s all these things but in a crystal clear way! That’s right, clear plastic packing cubes are definitely the best option for organizing luggages. 

What makes EzPacking cubes stand out from the rest? 

1. the answer is clear.

Literally. Our unique see-through cubes have a clear, transparent design, that allows you to see exactly what’s inside. Go ahead and try searching “clear packing cubes” in your search engine. We’ll be the first one you’ll find! Sure, there are mesh cubes, but you don’t really get to see properly what’s inside the cubes unless you look really, really hard. 

Starter Set

And there are cubes that are completely, utterly transparent; front and back, side to side. Now, where’s the privacy in that? Although the front and the sides of our packing cubes are transparent, the back part conceals - enough for you, and only you, to see what essentials are inside (especially in a public area, like airports and such). And you will see what’s inside and what you need in an instant. You don’t have to open your cubes or label them just to find what you’re looking for.

2. Perfect for travel!

Small packing cube for a hiking trip

All types of travel! Whether you're going on an overnight trip, a hiking trip, camping trip, or a month-length cruise, EzPacking cubes will organize your travel essentials like they've never been organized before! They're great for organizing your carry-on and checked suitcases, duffel bags, tote bags, backpacks, and so much more. Here's how you can make use of the different sizes:

✔️ Extra Small Cube - The perfect TSA-approved clear toiletry bag for all your hygiene essentials. On other days, you can use it to store your cosmetics, snacks, beach essentials and more..

✔️ Small Cube - Keeps your underwear, socks, and cozy loungewear and organized in their own comfy clear storage. Just roll them up to save space for more items.

✔️ Medium Cube - Best for organizing your casual tops, like shirts and blouses, your lightweight bottoms such as leggings and shorts. You can pack by outfit, by category or individually using this aptly spacious cube.

✔️ Large Cube - The best place for all your bulky clothing items to be. This roomy cube can handle your jeans, sweaters, blankets, and other thick and heavier clothes.

The Starter Set is perfect for your long weekend travels but if you’re on a trip with the whole fam, the Complete Bundle is going to be your best friend!

3. Has everything you should consider in a packing cube!

Burgundy starter set and travel roll jewelry

Remember all the things we talked about that you should consider in a packing cube? Well, not to brag, but we actually ticked all those boxes! Our packing cubes are definitely light and you won't feel the difference before and after using them - just the difference of being organized! 

Our cubes are made from the best type of nylon - cordura - which makes it durable, washable and wipeable, and can absolutely withstand the test of traveling time. Our cubes have complete visibility and variety. 

On a budget? We got you covered! Our prices are definitely family-friendly. Our zippers are dual clam-shells - the best kinds! And no matter where you're going, be it beach trip or humid location, our packing cubes are ready to report for service. 

Aesthetics? Our packing cubes are made Instagram-ready! And whether you're an occasional or a frequent traveler, our packing cubes are the exact match for you!

We hope all these things we’ve talked about somehow enlightened you to pack more wisely using packing cubes. No matter what type of traveler you are, where you’re going, or what you’re doing, there’s always a packing cube fit for you. And these packing cubes all have one goal in mind - to provide you a better, easier, and more organized way to travel. So, which one’s your favorite?

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The 12 Best Packing Cubes for Travel

Streamline your pre-trip preparations with these time-saving packing accessories.

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By Sean Tirman and Hayley Helms

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The many minimalists among us will assert that there is really only one right way to pack luggage : efficiently. Thus, one travel accessory most Gear Patrol staffers won’t hit the road without is packing cubes. These mini organizational tools are a low-lift way to keep your bag tidy; they offer some modularity (so you can customize them to the suitcase you’re packing ), and you can even use them to compartmentalize your travel gear (keeping your travel pants separate from your dress shirts and other travel gear , for instance). Whether you’re packing a hard-sided roller , a duffel or a carry-on backpack , packing cubes streamline the process, so you never have to worry if you packed your extra pair of socks, undies or favorite jacket.

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How to Use Packing Cubes (the Right Way)

The truth of the matter is that packing cubes are really not that complicated, and if you just want to stuff and/or shove all your clothes into one, you can do just that. But if you want to maximize their effectiveness, there are a few tips and tricks you might want to follow — and we’ve outlined them below.


There are two schools of thought regarding how to pack in a packing cube. The first is that each cube hosts one type of item — pants in one, shirts in another, socks and underwear in yet another, etc. This can help keep you organized when you travel and will also ensure you’re not rooting around in desperate search for a specific garment when the time comes. The other is that you can pack a full day’s worth of supplies into a single cube — meaning you’d just have your full outfit in a single bag rather than multiples.

We’ve found that the latter method works best for shorter trips and the former works best for longer ones, generally speaking. But you can and should figure out what works best for you through trial and error.

Roll, Don’t Fold

While folding (or hanging) your clothing might work at home in your dresser or closet, you can actually maximize your packing space by rolling your clothes into tight burrito-like rolls. Not only will this allow you to fit more into the same space, but it can help guard against wrinkles just as well, so long as you’re cautious and conscientious with your rolling.

Be Strategic About Sizes

While there are no standardized sizes for packing cubes, you should be careful when choosing which ones to use for which bags. A huge packing cube isn’t going to do you much good if it’s the same size as your carry-on and your checked luggage will be a pain to manage if you have to stuff 50 different tiny cubes into it. Think of packing your cubes into your suitcase like Tetris — there are lots of possible winning combinations, but you still want to be clever and careful with how you pack them, which sizes you choose and where you put them.

If your bag has compression straps, we highly recommend using them. They’ll help compress your cubes (and clothes) into a smaller area than you might be able to manage yourself, giving you more packing space than you might otherwise expect.

Don’t Assume They’re Good for Everything

Packing cubes aren’t the end-all-be-all of packing. In fact, it can be risky to use them for all your travel gear. For instance, toiletries probably belong in a waterproof dopp kit instead of a packing cube, as they were designed for things like haircare and skincare products, whereas a packing cube might have a mesh exterior — meaning if you stuff some toothpaste into a packing cube and it bursts, you could end up with toothpaste all over everything in your bag. Use your noggin and you should be fine.

How We Tested

Peak Design Packing Cube Set of 6

Peak Design Packing Cube

  • $30.00 at peakdesign.com
  • Versatile and comprehensive
  • Surprisingly good-looking
  • Can't see what's inside
  • Material: 100% recycled 70D nylon/polyester
  • Number of bags: 1-8
  • Size Range: S-M

Peak Design has won over crowds of photographers with its innovative camera accessories and bags. It’s no surprise that when it launched a travel collection that also turned out to be incredible. The Travel Backpack anchors the line, but the under-the-radar winner might be the Packing Cubes . They’re available in two sizes, small and medium; they also expand and contract with clever zippers to accommodate more or less stuff and include a second compartment for dirties that gets bigger as the ratio of clean-to-dirty changes. There’s also a shoe pouch that’s perfect for bringing along footwear.

One other feature our tester loved is the opening mechanism: it uses two zippers on separate tracks divided by a tab you simply pull up for fast access. If our tester could change one thing, however, it would be adding a see-through panel so they could see what’s inside each cube without opening them.

Away The Insider Packing Cubes

Away The Insider Packing Cubes

  • $3,237.00 at Away
  • Designed for use with popular Away luggage
  • Water resistant
  • Seven available colorways
  • Somewhat expensive
  • Material: Nylon
  • Number of bags: 6
  • Size Range: XS-XL

These strategically structured cubes from one of our favorite wheeled carry-on luggage brands fit perfectly in Away’s luggage — and presumably fit pretty well into any standard-size rolling carry-on. The waterproof nylon exterior keeps clothes free from dust and the mesh top allows you to see everything you packed, so you’re not scrambling to find that one button-up you need for the rehearsal dinner. The cubes come in nine colors, and while this is the priciest option here, you’re getting a total of six cubes, the most of any package deal on this list.

OEE Packing Cubes Set of 6

OEE Packing Cubes

  • $12.00 at Amazon $13.00 (8% off)
  • As versatile as they come
  • A whopping 13 size/color options
  • Size range: S-L

With a whopping six size options to choose from, OEE takes the cake for most versatile packing cube option. The nylon cubes are washable and water-resistant thanks to YKK zippers and have interior buckles to keep everything in its place. Use these to pack items from toiletries to clothing and everything in between.

REI Co-op Expandable Packing Cube Set

REI Co-op Expandable Packing Cubes

  • $45.00 at REI
  • Four unique colorways
  • Made from recycled materials
  • Only three size options
  • Number of bags: 3

Made of ripstop nylon with a DWR (durable water repellent) coating, REI’s three-cube set is as sturdy and reliable as they come. If you’re the fastidious type, the mesh windows are for placing cards listing each cube’s contents. These cubes also feature a compression system similar to that of Peak Design and Eagle Creek, plus user-friendly top and side handles.

eBags Classic Packing Cubes 3pc Set

eBags Classic Packing Cubes

  • $17.00 at Amazon $20.00 (15% off)
  • Super inexpensive
  • Versatile (many size options)
  • Not the most durable
  • Kind of ugly
  • Material: TechLite Diamond nylon

These packing cubes come in three sizes and are made from TechLite Diamond nylon. Each has a self-healing zipper, so the bag is guaranteed for its lifetime, which is pretty hard to beat. Mesh top panels remind you what’s in each cube, and multiple color options allow you to coordinate with your carry-on — if that’s how you roll.

Our tester actually used these cubes over the course of years, to the point that a couple of them are getting worn out. That is to say: they really love these bags, especially for anyone looking for a reliable, long-lasting budget option.

Shacke Pak Set of 5 Packing Cubes

Shacke Pak Packing Cubes

  • $22.00 at Amazon $25.00 (12% off)
  • Exceptional value proposition
  • Sturdy zippers
  • Not great looking
  • Somewhat bulky
  • Chemical smell
  • Number of bags: 5
  • Size range: S-XL

You don’t garner more than 13,000 five-star ratings on Amazon without making something people can count on. And that’s what you get with the Shacke Pak, four durable, differently sized nylon cubes with mesh windows for visibility and x-shaped reinforcements to keep them from squishing or folding during travel — plus a laundry sack for stashing dirty clothes. In short, quite a lot of value for the price.

Mystery Ranch Zoid Packing Cubes

Mystery Ranch Zoid Packing Cubes

  • $24.00 at mysteryranch.com
  • Can be purchased individually
  • Super durable
  • Seven colorways
  • Expensive for single bags
  • Material: 210d Hitra Robic nylon
  • Number of bags: 1
  • Size range : S-L

Mystery Ranch is known for its bomb-proof outdoor items, and its Zoid Packing Cubes continue that trend. Three different sizes (245 cu-in, 505 cu-in and 885 cu-in) mean you don’t have to compromise your wardrobe on the go, and lightweight yet durable 210d Hitra Robic nylon and YKK zippers up the hard-working aspects of the packs. The mesh lid provides visibility into the cube, making it simple to grab and go.

Our tester loves the durability of these cubes, as well as the semi-transparent top panels — which make it easier to discern what’s inside of them at-a-glance. However, the fact that each must be bought individually is a big drawback, as it can get pricey fast.

Tumi Double-Sided Packing Cubes

Tumi Double-Sided Packing Cubes

  • Double-sided for better organization
  • Only two sizes available
  • Size range: M-L

This nylon packing cube does double duty with dual compartments — and it has a larger brother to expand on its versatility and organizational options. At under half a pound each, Tumi’s packing cubes fit everything you need and nothing you don’t. The dual compartments make it easy to organize by clothing type or for the cleanliness-conscious, to divide worn and unworn items.

Osprey Ultralight Packing Cube Set

Osprey Ultralight Packing Cube Set

  • $12.00 at osprey.com $42.00 (71% off)
  • Incredibly lightweight
  • Can't see what's inside when closed
  • Somewhat small
  • Material: 40D ripstop nylon

Anybody that travels a lot can tell you that every ounce makes a difference when it comes to packing. Unfortunately, that means your packing cubes are eating up some of your bag’s weight. You can limit that as much as possible, however, with these incredibly lightweight cubes from lauded pack brand Osprey. This three-pack will have you organized and ready to go without costing you too much on weight.

If only these packing cubes had a transparent window, they might be perfect, according to our tester. Still, even without that, these are tough contenders for their combination of durability, ultralight weight, and super thin material (which saves on space).

Leatherology Nested Travel Organizer Trio

Leatherology Nested Travel Organizer Trio

  • $275.00 at Leatherology
  • Beautifully made
  • Five colors available
  • Not vegan / vegetarian friendly
  • Extremely expensive
  • Material: Leather
  • Number of bags: 1 or 3

As rugged as it can be, nylon isn’t for everyone. If you’re a fan of the finer things, however, you’re not out of luck when it comes to packing cubes. That’s because the folks at Leatherology have made this set out of top-grain leather (in your choice of five different handsome colorways). And while they work great in use, they also nest inside one another to make storing them easier when you’re not using them.

cotopaxi packing cubes

Cotopaxi Cubos Del Dia Travel Cubes

  • Good quality to price ratio
  • Only three sizes
  • Can't pick your own colorways
  • Material: Repurposed nylon and mesh

Cotopaxi has done wonders in using recycled materials that would otherwise be discarded in landfills. And these packing cubes are prime examples of just that. Made from nylon and mesh, albeit recycled, they’re just as tough and capable as any of the others on our list. Plus, they come in vibrant, unique colorways — no two are exactly the same. The only downside: you can’t pick your colors. You get what you get.

calpak travel pack cubes

Calpak Packing Cubes

  • $34.00 at Calpak
  • Available in single, duo, trio, and quintet sets
  • 14 colorways to choose from
  • A little expensive compared to others
  • Polyester isn't the best material
  • Material: Polyester
  • Number of bags: 1-5
  • Size range: XS-L

With a whopping 14 different colorways (including some sold-out special editions), Calpak’s packing cubes come in more available styles than just about any others on our list. And while we don’t love polyester (especially when nylon is an option elsewhere for comparable prices), these cubes are so versatile and stylish its hard not to love them, especially for anyone who puts style at the top of their list of gear wants.

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7 Top Packing Cubes of 2024: Traveler & Backpacker Reviewed!

7 Top Packing Cubes of 2024: Traveler & Backpacker Reviewed!

Keeping your belongings organized and easily accessible in your luggage sounds like a dream. If you haven't come across it before, packing cubes are the perfect solution to managing your things while traveling.

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Let's face it... It's always a struggle to pack for a trip , regardless of how long or short it is.

For some, it may be due to the lack of planning (psst ... if this is you, we have just the app to solve all your headaches!).

But for most, packing is a struggle, no matter how prepared you are. It can get pretty stressful, from managing to stuff everything into your suitcase to reopening the luggage every 5 minutes to check whether you've packed enough socks or shirts.

For me, even when I meticulously plan and pack everything beforehand, there's almost always something I leave behind.

Imagine this.

You've carefully planned out your perfect itinerary, including the cheapest flights and the most exciting destinations and attractions. While you get hyped up for the trip, you realize that the biggest nightmare is yet to come. Packing for the trip. YIKES.

Keep reading to find out what a packing cube is and why I rarely travel without it anymore!

Organizing and packing shirts and pants for travel

What's a Packing Cube Set?

Packing cubes are flexible compartments of bags designed to help travelers stay organized by compartmentalizing clothes inside their luggage.

Packing cubes aren't actually always cubes!

They can come in multiple shapes and sizes, but their end goal is always the same, to reduce the amount of space your clothes take up in your suitcase. Depending on the length of your trip and the number of clothes you're planning on bringing, you can opt for larger or smaller packing cubes.

Can you buy them separately?

While you can purchase packing cubes individually, many come in sets (some even come with the purchase of a new suitcase!), giving you various size options.

With packing cubes, you can organize your suitcase and know exactly how much space a cube will take up before you've even packed it. Typically packing cubes use zippers to close, which means that anything you put in them will be easily contained.

There's no risk of them opening during travel. You can fit loads of clothes or anything really into a packing cube, zip it up, and have it slot easily into your suitcase. This is especially handy when flying airlines that have strict luggage size restrictions.

Even better, they can double as laundry bags or something to put your valuables in during a day trip.‍ ‍ ‍

Organized suitcases with folded clothes shoes and sunglasses

Packing cubes vs compression bags

While packing cubes are a great way to save space and organize your packing, they’re not always the most space-saving packing option. If you’re looking to take up as minimal space as possible in your suitcase, compression bags might be a good option for you.

Compression bags are specifically designed to be squished down to remove all the air in them prior to packing so that they take up very little space. Due to this, compression bags are typically plastic, almost bigger versions of Ziploc bags, with either a vacuum hole or a sealed close.

One big difference between the two is the amount of effort it takes to pack them.

With packing cubes, you only need to fold or roll your clothes and zip them shut.

Compression bags, on the other hand, require slightly more attention. Since you have to remove the air from the compression bags, this is an additional step that you don’t have to take with packing cubes.

It’s also important to think about where you’re going. You don’t want to use compression bags that require vacuums only to discover you don’t have access to one when you’re packing to leave!

Best Packing Cubes to Buy in 2024!

Without further delay, let's get into my recommendations of the best packing cubes you can possibly buy to start your travels right!

With so many brands out there, and while many packing cube sets are similar, here are a few I've picked out of the bunch that are the best in quality and affordability!

1. FlightDeck Essentials - Traveler's Compression Packing Cubes

I'll admit, we're not the first to come up with the concept. After seeing these in a hostel at Medellin Colombia, I knew I had to get it.

Regular packing cubes are definitely a thing of the past now.

I loved it so much, we decided to sell them ourselves. We sourced through literally hundreds of suppliers and versions of these packing cubes, looking for the 3 factors that makes up this packing cube.

  • Versatility - Being a backpacker myself, this needs to fit into my backpack, suitcase, you name it.
  • Quality - Biggest problem I've had with these cubes are the zippers themselves. Zippers must be durable through all of my stressful last-minute packing.
  • Cost - I tried to find the balance between sourcing quality materials while being cost-conscious.

I'm glad to say that our packing cubes deliver on all 3 factors.

Besides it being super lightweight and durable with a breathable mesh top for ventilation, you can also easily locate your clothing in a heartbeat without turning your suitcase inside out. It's also made with waterproof, rip-resistant nylon fabric, so you can bet they're super versatile and would survive stress-packing wear and tear!

The highlight of this compression cube is in its ability to compress up to 50% using our compression zippers, creating additional space for me to jam more souvenirs (mostly snacks) to bring back home.

Say no to checked bag fees, and say yes to an organized carry-on suitcase!

Grab one yourself and you'll see what I mean! These come in a variety of color options.

Rating: 4.8/5

  • Lightweight, Durable, Portable
  • Variety of colors & patterns
  • Compression feature
  • Not a name brand
  • No Lifetime Warranty
  • few reviews
  • Biased, since we're the seller!

FlightDeck Essentials Traveler's Compression Packing Cubes

2. Ebags Packing Cubes

These lightweight packing cubes are a great alternative to optimize space without adding any extra weight to your suitcase.

This highly-rated set comes with five packing cubes, designed to stand up when empty so you can easily pack.

They also are designed to neatly fit together, no matter the set you buy so your packing will be organized and efficient.

Our Rating: 4.4/5

  • Durable & lightweight
  • Premium Zippers
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • Tons of reviews!
  • No compartments
  • Few varieties

ebags packing cubes

3. Eagle Creek Pack-It Cubes

Eagle Creek is known for making quality packing cubes (or as they call it, "Pack-It" cubes). Their Reveal cubes, for example, is a quality choice. Made with denier polyester, they can withstand a great amount of wear and tear, while being super lightweight and portable.

They also come equipped with a top mesh panel, which allows you to easily identify what you've packed in the cubes.

These packing cubes come with a handle so you can easily carry them or use them for more than just packing in your suitcase. This set comes with a small and medium cube.

They're also highly featured and advertised on amazon.

Our Rating: 4.3/5

  • TSA-Approved
  • Compressible mesh-top
  • No Warranty
  • Comes with fewer cubes

eagle creek packing cubes

4. Bagail Cubes

‍ This six-piece set offers packing cubes in three separate sizes to give you multiple options for your packing. Complete with handles, you can grab and go with these packing cubes anywhere.

If you don’t fill one up completely, they’re designed to squish down to remove excess air so the cube takes up even less space!

Our Rating: 4.6/5

  • Cool patterns/Colors!
  • Laundry bag included
  • Sleek premium materials
  • Smaller than it looks

bagail packing cubes

5. Away Travel Cubes

‍ If you’re a fan of the Away brand for suitcases, you’ll be pleased to know they also make packing cubes!

Even if you don’t own an Away suitcase, these water-resistant packing cubes would be a great addition to any traveler's suitcase.

In my opinion, packing cubes should not be this expensive, so I personally would not be buying any more of these from Away. While that's the case, I can definitely see the premium look that attracts other travelers though!

Wondering what Away luggages are like instead? We've wrote a separate full review on Away Travel , check it out!

Our Rating: 3.9/5

  • Water-resistant
  • Variety of Colors
  • Comes with fewer bags

away packing cubes

6. Rick Steve Packing Cubes

‍ The world’s well-known travel guide, Rick Steve, also has his own packing cubes! This set of three, easily collapsible packing cubes, are what you'd expect as a merchandise. Super functional, but no additional features.

With all sides made of mesh, you’ll easily know what’s in each cube as well. However, I think having the different choices of color and patterns can really brighten up your mood when packing for a trip , so that's a deal breaker for me.

Our Rating: 3.1/5

  • Rick Steve Merchandise
  • Purely functional

rick steve packing cubes

7. CalPak Packing Cubes

This five-piece set comes in a variety of colors so you can travel in style. The cubes include a water resistant envelope pouch, as well as an organizing label so you can keep it on top of what’s in each cube.

CalPak is a widely known travel brand, making travel-related products since 1989. While CalPak has gained quite some fans, I personally wouldnt spend 50+ dollars on packing cubes, CalPak or not.

Our Rating: 3.8/5

  • Variety of colors
  • Premium look
  • Branded with mesh-top

calpak packing cubes

Do packing cubes really help?

Absolutely, they do!

Can you imagine not stressing and panicking about packing for your next trip and have everything neatly falling into place? That's the magic of packing cubes for me, I'm a huge believer. They help turn the chaotic mess that's your suitcase into a satisfying, organized game of Tetris.

With all your outfits zipped away securely, you can play around with arranging them in your suitcase, like you're a kid again with a new set of building blocks. And just like that, everything fits perfectly! Add on the benefit of compression packing cubes, they create more space for you to pack souvenirs, snacks, and even more new clothes!

But the magic doesn't stop there. Imagine being able to locate your favorite pair of socks or underwear in a pinch, without turning your suitcase inside out. That's right, packing cubes are also your secret weapon to increasing visibility and accessibility of your suitcases/backpacks, and for staying organized on the go.

The best thing about them is that they are super portable and versatile, meaning you can stuff them into your backpacking backpack, suitcase, regular backpack. These guys fit pretty much everywhere.

That's even more true when you grab them by the sets! You're able to use large cubes for coats, hoodies, or long-sleeves, while using medium cubes for regular t-shirts and pants, and small cubes for underwear, legging, socks, and even keys and toiletries.

And guess what? Packing cubes are also perfect for those pesky cords that love to tangle themselves up. Pop them in a cube, and voila! No more frustrating untangling sessions. When you arrive at your dream destination, you can jump right into the fun.

In short, packing cubes are the ultimate travel accessory. Take it from me, I stuff 2 week's worth of clothing in 1 packing cube, and they stayed organized throughout the trip (they usually are a mess).

They're not just practical - they add a splash of excitement to the packing process. So why not give them a try? Your next adventure deserves it!

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Verdict: Are Packing Cubes Worth It?

Alright, let's cut to the chase: are packing cubes a gimmick or genuinely worth your money?

While their space-saving claims can be up for debate, no one can deny the game-changing organization they offer. If you're a digital nomad or an organized traveler, this tidiness alone might justify the cost.

Simply put, packing cubes can turn suitcase chaos into clean and easy order. Ready to zip up your suitcase and dive into your next adventure?

Consider packing cubes - they might just be your ultimate travel companion! If you'd like to read a more in-depth review on packing cubes and whether they're worth it , we've covered that as well!

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It’s a debate that always comes to the surface when travel is on the horizon. “ What are the best packing hacks? ” From bloggers to business pros, everyone has their own theory on the best way to pack a suitcase. Some say, “Just throw it all in,” but others suggest, “Rolling is the most efficient answer.” We’re not here to judge anyone, but we are here to offer our selection of the best packing cubes available to help you in your organizational quest.

Why Choose Packing Cubes? 

While there is certainly a debate to be had about how to fit the most things in one suitcase , you’d struggle to argue against the effectiveness of packing cubes. Because packing cubes separate and compress, they allow you to fit far more in a single bag than you would otherwise packing normally. Furthermore, they provide the quickest and easiest way to organize an open block of luggage space. By separating your clothes by type and storing them together in a cube, not only do you eradicate the time it takes to locate them in a disorganized mess, but you’ll also know when something has been worn, giving you the ability to quickly differentiate between clean and dirty clothes.

How to Use Packing Cubes

Using packing cubes is a simple process. If you’ve never used packing cubes before, it’s worth learning how to use them to pack effectively. Once you feel like you know how packing cubes work, pick the right set for your needs.

Here is a quick overview of the process broken down into a step-by-step guide:

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1. Unzip the packing cube. 2. Prepare your clothing for packing inside the cube. Our advice is to roll your clothing for several reasons. Rolled clothes are more easily crammed into each cube to maximize the amount inside and minimize lost space. When rolled, your clothes are also less susceptible to creases than when folded flat or pushed inside. Lastly, several shirts, pants or underwear pieces are more easily identified when placed alongside each other. 3. Place your clothing into the packing cube. 4. Seal the packing cube with the zipper. 5. If you have more than one packing cube, place them Tetris-style inside your backpack or suitcase to finish the job.

Depending on how long you’re traveling for and how much you’re taking with you, an example packing cube organizational structure could look something like:

  • Underwear (Small)
  • Socks (Small)
  • T-Shirts (Medium)
  • Shorts/Trousers (Large)
  • Miscellaneous (Large)

However, this process can be a very personal experience and one which should be decided by each individual traveler to ensure your bags meet your needs.

Below you can check out our collection of the 15 best packing cube sets available on Amazon. Each set is well-reviewed, so no matter which cubes you choose, you’re making a wise decision for your next trip. We’ve also included a range of options, from single cubes all the way up to packs of seven.

1. Shacke Pak Travel Organizers


With over 11,000 five-star ratings from Amazon users, any investment in the Shacke Pak Travel Organizers is one you can be confident in. The five-piece pack includes four packing cubes, in four different sizes, as well as a handy, drawstring laundry bag for keeping your dirty clothes separate. Each of the organizers is four inches deep and made from high-quality, water-resistant nylon material with double stitching, making them more than capable of withstanding the rigors of regular travel. Furthermore, you’ll have nine different colors to choose from, so each family member can have their own to avoid any confusion.

Shacke Pak Travel Organizers

$21.99 $24.99 12% off, 2. travelwise packing cube system.


TravelWise have made packing simple with their TravelWise Packing Cube System. It includes three cubes: one small, one medium and one large. That means you have plenty of packing space for any length trip. The different sizes are ideal for separating your clothing items, and the durable nylon build allows you to pack them full without fear of tearing the cubes. The material is lightweight to ensure you don’t go over your weight limits, and the cubes come in a range of colors to match your case or ensure you don’t mix up your cubes with those of other family members. These well-reviewed cubes are also available in a five-piece kit for packers who love that little bit of extra storage space.

TravelWise Packing Cube System

3. eagle creek pack-it specter cube set.


For something of a little higher quality, give the Eagle Creek Pack-it Specter Cube Set a try. It comes in one of four colors, which include both all-blue and all-green options. The user-friendly design incorporates large handles and large mesh screens for greater convenience when identifying what’s inside each cub. These packing cubes are also made from a material that is lightweight, durable and water-resistant, which may come in handy in watery environments or if unforeseen in-transit spillages occur. In addition, this three-piece set, which includes a large, medium and small cubes, comes backed by Eagle Creek’s no-matter-what, lifetime warranty.

Eagle Creek Pack-it Specter Cube Set

4. jj power travel packing cubes.


For a choice of pastel-colored storage options, try the JJ POWER Travel Packing Cubes. This six-piece set includes five clothes cubes and an additional shoe bag. The shoe bag also features a handy pocket for storing slippers or flip flops alongside a pair of shoes and has a reinforced handle for easy and comfortable carrying. All of the cubes are constructed from a tough and durable material, which is both waterproof and has double stitching at the joints to improve the cubes’ strength and longevity. The set includes two smaller cubes, one medium cube and two larger cubes, which means there’s plenty of storage space for long trips away.

JJ POWER Travel Packing Cubes

5. pro packing cubes packing cubes.


Whether you’re hiking, traveling for business, camping or cruising, this versatile set of PRO Packing Cubes is made to come with you. Not only is each of the four cubes made from lightweight materials, but they also sport double YKK zippers, double-stitched seams and a carry handle mounted on the side for easy carrying and moving. Furthermore, all the top panels are constructed from a tough mesh, which allows you to see into your cube without opening it, preventing any messes as you search for a particular piece of clothing. In addition, the set is available in a range of colors, including a mixed color option which makes identifying the cube you’re after even easier.

PRO Packing Cubes Packing Cubes

6. samsonite compression packing bags.


Inside this pack of Samsonite Compression Packing Bags, you’ll find 12 individual pieces for carrying all of your luggage. They come in a range of different sizes, from carry-on to large, and while a little different from the typical packing cubes, the compression capabilities of these see-through pouches create a more efficient way to compress and store your belongings while still being able to see what’s inside. Additionally, these packing bags are both airtight and waterproof, adding a greater level of protection to your belongings in transit.

Samsonite Compression Packing Bags

7. yamiu packing cubes.


This packing cube set has truly thought of everything and includes four packing cubes alongside a shoe bag and two toiletry bags to boot. The set includes two small cubes, one medium cube and one large cube, and each is made from a water-resistant fabric, which is lightweight and durable. All the cubes have carry handles and mesh fronts for easy identification of what’s inside. The shoe bag sports an easy carry handle, too. In addition, the two toiletry bags are different sizes, one is for larger toiletries like towels and washcloths, while the other TSA-approved bag is carry-on friendly, so you can carry what you might want on any long haul flights. When you order this set, you’ll also get the choice of six attractive colors and an accompanying lifetime guarantee.

YAMIU Packing Cubes

$19.99 $29.99 33% off, 8. jj power travel packing cubes.


For packing cubes in an appealing pastel color, it’s hard to look beyond these popular JJ POWER Travel Packing Cubes. From blue to cream, these bags with 2,500+ five-star ratings come in five different colors and use a premium-quality nylon fabric in the production process to ensure they’re ready for any kind of adventure. Further adding to this high-quality construction is the double stitching and strong, two-way SBS zippers. Two large cubes, one medium cube and two smaller cubes are included in this visually appealing set. Additionally, the set features a free shoe bag to ensure you have every clothing item covered.

9. Bagail Packing Cubes


With over 10,000 five-star ratings, these Bagail Packing Cubes were vying for the top spot on our list. This six-piece set features pairs of cubes in three different sizes as well as a range of different designs, including more attractive, patterned designs, too. The bags are made from quality nylon and use interior seams to provide great durability. In addition, the mesh top panels make it easy to identify what’s inside each pouch, while the built-in handles make carrying your cubes just that little bit easier.

Bagail Packing Cubes

$19.99 $23.98 17% off, 10. veken packing cubes.


If you like the idea of having cubes in a range of different sizes, the Veken Packing Cubes could be the right choice for you. No two are the same size, meaning you get four cubes, a shoe bag and a laundry bag to help you stay organized when packing. These cubes are also available in eight different colors and come backed by over 6,000 five-star ratings from happy Amazon users. Plus, the double zippers and built-in handles make these cubes supremely user-friendly and convenient for anyone who travels regularly.

Veken Packing Cubes

$19.99 $26.99 26% off, 11. dot&dot large packing cubes for travel.


These Dot&Dot Large Packing Cubes are a great choice for packers who want a balance between organization and chaos. All four cubes are the same size and provide plenty of space for organizing your belongings. However, because there are no smaller-sized cubes, it may be more convenient to use smaller items to pad your case and maximize the space available. Each of the cubes sports a durable mesh front, durable zippers and a honeycomb, water-resistant fabric. This set has also received top marks from 88% of Amazon users, making it one of the best reviewed options on our list.

Dot&Dot Large Packing Cubes for Travel

12. amazonbasics packing travel organizer cubes set.


AmazonBasics products are usually a solid, middle-of-the-road option that tick most boxes for the average user, and this AmazonBasics Packing Travel Organizer Cubes Set is no different. The four-piece set includes one large, one medium, one small and one rather unique, slim packing cube. The set has received over 7,000 five-star ratings from Amazon users and comes in six bright colors, making it easier to locate your bags. The set is also made from high-quality fabric with mesh tops for greater convenience when identifying what’s inside each cube.

Amazon Basics Packing Travel Organizer Cubes Set

13. bago packing cubes.


Choosing a set like the Bago Packing Cubes offers an additional way to remember what’s inside each cube. While it is simple enough to write on them, having a red cube for underwear, a yellow one for T-shirts and a purple one for shorts can make the identification process faster. This set is also available in either a four or five-piece option and comes backed by 3,000+ five-star reviews from Amazon users. Alternatively, you can also choose from a range of one-color options, which include orange, purple and blue.

Bago Packing Cubes

14. travelwise luggage packing organization cubes.


With blue, green, pink, black and silver colors to choose from, the TravelWise Luggage Packing Organization Cubes are a great option for families or friends who want to assign a different color to each person. Whether you’re sharing a suitcase or simply like to know whose is whose, these quality cubes tick all the right boxes functionally and aesthetically. Each five-piece set includes one small, two medium and two large packing cubes, which are made from a lightweight and durable material capable of withstanding the test of time. Furthermore, each cube includes a centrally located mesh window to allow for easy identification of what’s inside.

TravelWise Luggage Packing Organization Cubes

15. gonex compression packing cubes.


By including large handles on each of the cubes included in this six-piece set, you’ll enjoy a hard-to-beat level of convenience for carrying them around. The set includes cubes in a range of different sizes, from large to small, as well as a handy, drawstring laundry bag to further add to the impressive convenience of this set. Each of the cubes sports a large, mesh cover for easier identification of what’s inside, while the double zipper design ensures you never pick the wrong side when it comes to closing them up. Lastly, the range of 13 different colors ensures there’s one to suit every preference.

Gonex Compression Packing Cubes

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Michaela and Zoe Katz from New York-based lifestyle organization company, Twice as Organized , agree. “We always recommend packing an extra change of clothes and essentials in your carry on. You can always purchase hygienic products such as toothbrushes and deodorant at a local pharmacy, but having an extra change of clothes is always ideal.”

Studies have also shown that 1 in 5 people often forget to pack critically . “One of the biggest concerns brought to us about packing for vacation is not having enough room in your luggage for all the items you want to pack,” says Michaela and Zoe Katz. Think this might be you? If so, you may want to consider packing cubes to limit your luggage and make the most out of your next vacation.

Top Packing Cubes for Travel 2022

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Packing cubes are the easiest way to ensure you’re packing everything you want and need to unwind on vacation. Often sold in a variety of prints and size combinations, packing cubes easily eliminate a messy suitcase into something organized. Think of them as a way to spark joy for your suitcase.

Ahead, you’ll find the best packing cubes for travel.

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  • Materials : Nylon
  • Number of pieces in the set : four
  • Pros : Compression technology
  • Cons : Set of three cubes and one laundry bag
  • Special features : Water resistant fabric and premiere webbing for easy gripping

Alameda’s Compression Packing Cube set is ideal for the overpacker who has limited space. Made in a smooth, tear-resistant, slightly translucent fabric, the compression cubes have a flexible double zipper allowing for easy compression. They’re great for short trips that may require a few easy outfit changes and they come with a laundry bag, so you can travel without the fear of mixing dirty pieces with clean ones.

What Reviewers Say : “I just bought my second set of these compression cubes. They are awesome. I am amazed at how much stuff I can carry neatly using these. Very easy to load up and zip and I can get them quite full/tight with no signs of seams splitting, zipper breaking etc. Super lightweight too! The ripstop fabric does not hold onto dust or lint and is washable. Nothing but good to say about these.”

Alameda cubes

  • Materials : Nylon and mesh
  • Number of pieces in the set : eight
  • Pros : A variety of eight bags for different usage keeps essentials in the appropriate places, ensuring a seamless pack
  • Cons : Only three distinctly sized packing cubes allow for space for clothing, not optimal for those looking for more cubes
  • Special features : Super lightweight nylon and mesh fabric keep clothing protected from odors, wrinkles, and stains. Waterproof nylon keep any spills from damaging your clothing and double zippers allow for heavy duty packing.

This set , recommended by Michaela and Zoe Katz, has been voted a #1 bestseller on Amazon . “We love packing cubes and our favorite sets are ones that come with multiple sizes,” they say. The Bagail set of eight cubes offers a range of different pieces for the traveler who craves variety. With specific bags for cosmetics, underwear, laundry and shoes, to name a few, the Bagail set allows the user to mix and match depending on their needs. Additionally, as the bags are fully collapsible, they store easily when not in use.

What Reviewers Say : “These bags are very well made. I love that some have the mesh tops so you can see what is inside. That is very helpful when packing for multiple family members. The solid ones are perfect for more personal items. I never thought I’d be one to use packing cubes, but now I can’t see myself packing any other way! You can fit so much in them and it really does help to keep the suitcase organized. They are also perfect for short, overnight stays.”

Bagail cubes

Bagail 8 Set Packing Cubes $25 Buy Now

  • Materials : Polyester, nylon, ethylene vinyl acetate
  • Number of pieces in the set : six
  • Pros : 26% thicker and waterproof, with four distinctive pouches for clothing and two pouches for shoes and laundry
  • Cons : No pouch specifically for toiletries or cosmetics
  • Special features : Made with environmentally friendly materials that are sturdy and recyclable

If you’re looking for a set of packing cubes that will allow you to pack more clothing than cosmetics and toiletries, this set is fab for that. With four packing cubes in sizes ranging from extra small to large, each part of your wardrobe will have a place. It also boasts separate bags for laundry, bras, underwear, and shoes. This set is truly for the person who’s got a lot of outfits planned and wants to think smarter about packing effectively.

What Reviewers Say : “These little things are the bomb! I would highly recommend using packing cubes. I always thought they might be just an extra thing to deal with, but let me tell you they helped me so much on my recent trip to Scotland. We were gone for 14 days and had a limited amount of luggage that we could take. In addition we were staying at different places and traveling throughout the country. Separating your items into these little cubes really made me feel like I got more packed into my bag. Who knew something so simple could make such a difference!”

Veken packing cubes

Veken 6 Set of Packing Cubes $26 Buy Now

  • Materials : Nylon and polyester
  • Pros : Large compression and foldable organizer allows for more items to be stored
  • Cons : The larger sizes don’t offer themselves for quick weekend getaways
  • Special features : Unique and large cosmetic bag is ideal for someone who wants to bring full-sized bottles with them

With a large cosmetic bag that can fit 10 to 12 full size bottles and a softly padded electronics case to safely and securely store all your tech and cords, this set may be even better for those constantly in competitions, whether they be for dance or sports. “Most of the sets we look for are versatile in sizing, durable, and high performance,” say Michaela and Zoe Katz. With a medium sized cube that can easily fit five different outfits, a dedicated shoe bag that can fit three to four pairs, and a small laundry bag, this set definitely offers the most space.

What Reviewers Say : “Sounds weird but having these makes more room in your suitcase! I hate waiting in long lines to check in my suitcase before a flight. So using these for a carry on comes in handy! I’m able to pack up at least almost 10 days worth of clothes as well as toiletries for a trip! Great idea!”

Dimj packing cubes

Dimj Compression and Foldable Lightweight Organizer $23 Buy Now

  • Pros : Cubes dominate this set over a cosmetics and electronics case
  • Cons : No dedicated cube for cosmetics or footwear
  • Special features : Breathable mesh, double stitching for reinforced strength and a handle on each cube

If you’re looking for a set that prioritizes cubes specifically for clothing organization, this OlarHike set may be perfect for you. With different sizes, you have the option to mix and match depending on how large your suitcase it. If it’s an overnight bag, you can use the smaller cubes, but if you’re checking a bag, you can use all of them. They’re also dust and water resistant, making them easy to clean, and ensuring any accidental spills will be kept at bay.

What Reviewers Say : “I buy this for organizing my closet, putting my clothes in my luggage. These cubes fit nicely in my luggage, the size of the cubes are great, each for different types of clothes. The fabric is pretty solid, once you get this product you will notice this, so far I washed the product once, and the fabric stays the same. One additional thing was interesting is that, you may use it as a closet organizer, which stays nicely on the rack. I think it is pretty much worth it because now you don’t have to buy extra closet storage boxes.”


OlarHike 6 Set Packing Cubes $25 Buy Now

  • Pros : A hanging toiletries pouch can easily hang on a door knob or towel rack
  • Cons : Three of the pouches are specifically for shoes, electronics and cosmetics, leaving you with five for clothing-specific needs
  • Special features : Water resistant, non-rip nylon

In a set that has many features of other cubes sets, the standout of this set is the hanging toiletries pouch that will easily move from your suitcase to the bathroom without disrupting or rearranging anything in the process. With specific pouches for everything from makeup and toothbrushes to electronics and shoes, everything will have a dedicated space and place, making packing a breeze.

What Reviewers Say : “I really recommend these packing cubes. I have bought other brand in the past but they do not even come close to these in terms of quality. The different sizes are perfect because I put all my shirts in 1 pants in another dresses and also underwear have their own cubes as well, and everything stays well organized and does not get wrinkled. The material is durable and the color is beautiful. Highly recommend for traveling.”

Dimj cubes

Dimj Packing Cubes for Travel $22 Buy Now

  • Materials : Mesh top, nylon
  • Number of pieces in the set : three
  • Pros : Smaller sized pouches easily fit items for children
  • Cons : Smaller set, more ideal for day-to-day use over travel
  • Special features : Machine washable and easy to wipe down

A solid option for those with infants and small children, the Itzy Ritzy set of three packing set can help parents who want to keep their children’s pieces a bit more organized, from playdates to visits to Grandma. This three piece set can easily fit in a backpack or diaper bag and is completely machine washable when accidents happen.

What Reviewers Say : “I’m a huge Itzy Ritzy fan. I have tons of bags and baby accessories. I’ve seen these for months and never ordered as I think they looked to small. I was sick of my diaper bag always being a mess so I put these on my Xmas list. So happy I did. Definitely not too small and now everything is organized and I can get to things I need without digging all over the place. I am ordering more for when we go out of town and I can separate my children’s things into different packing cubes. The designs are an added bonus.”

Itzy Ritzy

Itzy Ritzy Set of 3 Packing Cubes $35 Buy Now

  • Number of pieces in the set : five
  • Pros : Lightweight and perfect for the overpacker
  • Cons : Hand wash only, not recommended for washing machine
  • Special features : Ideal for duffels and overnight bags

For those looking specifically for just packing cubes in a one-size-fits-all format, this Dot & Dot set of five offers uniform structure so you can fill it exactly the way you need to. Fashioned out of a nylon and mesh combination, these are perfect for the overpacker who doesn’t want packing cubes to weigh down their suitcase more than necessary. With their lightweight fabric, they’re also easy to toss into a duffel or weekender for quick jaunts.

What Reviewers Say : “These are perfect! I ordered the small, medium, and large sizes so that I’d have a range to work with, and so my partner can use some as well. So far I’ve only received the small and large (medium is on the way) and they’re great! What I love about these is that they’re super lightweight, unlike other packing cubes I’ve tried. This is a must for me since I tend to over pack/pack close to the weight limit for checked luggage.”

Dot & Dot

Dot & Dot Packing Cubes $28 Buy Now

  • Pros : Slimmer packing cubes are ideal for packing lighter layers, such as underwear, shirts and socks
  • Cons : Consider these for lighter packing and lighter layers as opposed to using for bulkier needs
  • Special features : Grab handles, a lightweight nylon and fully finished interior seams to reinforce heavy-duty packing

Ideal for usage when lighter layers reign supreme and you’re not packing too many layers, reach for these slim packing cubes , which are great for summer trips. If you’re looking for cubes that fit more of your everyday pieces or as an expansion of a set you already have, their slimmed down design allows more cubes to fit comfortably in your suitcase.


Ebags Classic Slim Packing Cubes $25 Buy Now

  • Materials : Polyester
  • Pros : Spacious cubes allow for more spacious packing
  • Cons : No laundry bag or dedicated toiletries bag
  • Special features : Hidden pockets throughout allow for packing up odds and ends

“We feel the biggest mistake with packing cubes is when they are being underutilized,” say Michaela and Zoe Katz. With six spacious cubes in a variety of sizes, this set can be mixed and matched depending on the needs of the user. Whether you need larger ones for bulkier pieces, or a smaller set for lighter clothing, this set caters to all types of clothes. This set is also stackable, so it can be stored in closets or drawers when space is limited. Hidden pockets in the shoe cube allow for an extra set of flip flops or slippers to be added in alongside sneakers and booties.

What Reviewers Say : “These are amazing!! I fit ALL my outfits for a seven day cruise into ONE large cube. I had at least six tops, one pants, four capris and shorts. These worked PERFECT in the tight cabin space. There were no drawers, just closets. It kept everything perfectly organized and accessible. So happy with this purchase! Zippers worked perfectly the entire time. Not sure how I traveled without these before! Highly recommended!”

JJ power

JJ Power Travel Packing Cubes $19 Buy Now

  • Pros : Essential five cube set comes with two medium, two large and one small cube
  • Cons : No dedicated shoe or laundry bag
  • Special features : Two way, two zipper options allow for ease while packing

With two medium, two large and one small cube, these TravelWise storage options are all about versatility. Extremely lightweight, but also durable, these come in a variety of colors and design patterns to add flare to your suitcase’s interior. With a small cube that’s perfect for socks and underwear, plus larger cubes for everything else, these are best packing cubes for those who want options and more cubes than special pouches.

What Reviewers Say : “I found these TravelWise packing cubes a few weeks back when my family was preparing to fly to Palm Springs, CA for vacation. I was skeptical, so I just ordered my own set for that trip. I compared several other packing cubes based on price, amount and variety of sizes included and colors. I chose TravelWise because you get five bags of differing size, and I liked the purple option! I was absolutely shocked when my suitcase was neat and easy to pack!! I rolled everything into each cube and neatly packed it into my suitcase. The best part was how organized I stayed during the trip. Usually my suitcase ends up a disaster and I have to essentially re-pack the night before we head home. This time, I didn’t!!”

TravelWise Luggage Packing Organization Cubes $33   $17 Buy Now

  • Pros : Compression cubes allow for optimal packing
  • Cons : Fewer compression cubes may be optimal for lighter packers
  • Special features : Compression packs allow for more suitcase space

Lightweight and water resistant, this set is perfect for those who want to bring their essentials, but do a lot of shopping while they’re away from home. Easier and more efficient than vacuum bags, these powerful and mighty packing cubes use one zipper to hold all of your pieces together and another zipper to compress down everything into a slim and sleek design. If you’re looking to add onto your traditional set of cubes, or fit more pieces into a smaller bag, this may be the best bet for you.

What Reviewers Say : “These compression cubes are super nice, they feel durable and are easy to use. I like these better than the bags because they fit my luggage perfectly because they seem to be designed for it. I will purchase more for the rest of the family for our vacation.”


Cipway Compression Travel Organizer $21 Buy Now

  • Pros : Compression technology allows for optimal packing
  • Cons : 4 different sizes, more available for purchase
  • Special features : Waterproof and sturdy with double zippers and thick handles to grab and go

“Look for a set that includes a minimum of four different sized cubes,” recommends Jacobs. “The largest size should be roomy enough to contain sweaters and bulkier clothing.” This Pinzon set fits the bill perfectly with its sturdy design, strong handles, and four different sizes. Water resistant and durable, it can save up to 60% more space in your suitcase, allowing for more space for shopping abroad.

What Reviewers Say : “These cubes worked great. I had to pack for a wedding and needed room for 4 bridesmaids dresses, shawls, groomsmen ties, flower girl dress, my own dresses for the week, etc. I managed to fold and stuff so many dresses inside the big cube. I also liked being able to stuff all of my undergarments into a small case. I’m definitely using these for all my future trips! The quality is great and they are very sturdy. The zippers are good quality as well.”


Pinzon Premium Packing Cubes $30 Buy Now

  • Pros : Simple, elegant design and detailing are perfect to keep in your drawers at home on the go in a suitcase
  • Cons : Smaller set may be ideal for solo travelers over families
  • Special features : View finder window makes finding what you’re looking for easy without exposing everything to everyone.

“Invest in soft mesh packing cubes for clothing, underwear, socks, pajamas, bathing suits, and shoes,” recommends Jacobs. This cult favorite from Paravel is best suited for those taking longer trips. With view windows to keep everything recognizable, this trio is as beautiful as it is ingenious.

What Reviewers Say : “My closet and my suitcase are typically pretty organized, so I resisted the idea of packing cubes for a while, especially because most of them don’t seem to be made very well. But I gave these a try when I decided to pack for a couple of weeks in a carryon. I love them! The material is substantial, and the zipper quality seems great! They’re also the perfect size for my suitcase. I’ve even started using a couple of them in a smaller weekend bag when I’m only away from home for a couple of nights.”


Paravel Packing Cube Trio $55 Buy Now

  • Materials : Polyvinyl chloride
  • Pros : Ideal for essentials that need to be identified quickly, such a medicine or cosmetics and easy to clean in case of a spill
  • Cons : Lack of privacy with completely clear cubes
  • Special features : With an XS size cube TSA approved, there’s no guessing about whether these cubes will pass airline security.

Optimum for families, this set ensures you won’t end up with your dad’s pants on vacation or your sister’s workout gear. “Use clear cubes for toiletries, medicines and gadgets, which will contain any spills or leaks,” Jacobs recommends. Additionally, they’re useful for everything, from luggage to duffel bags and even in cars for families juggling extracurriculars.

What Reviewers Say : “I have a few of these cubes already but wanted more so decided to get the whole packing cube set! It comes with 4 cubes (one of each size) and I LOVE the turquoise color too. The best part about these packing cubes is that they’re see-through / clear and also well made! So when my suitcase is packed, I can easily find things without opening every cube.”


EzPaking Clear Packing Cubes $57 Buy Now

Are Packing Cubes Worth It?

If you’re someone who struggles with overpacking or organization while packing essentials for your trips, a packing cube set may be a great investment. “This tool is a great way to ensure your items are categorized by type, helps you avoid overpacking, and keeps your items in order,” say Michaela and Zoe Katz.

While many packing cubes offer smaller bags that can double as a makeup bag, you’re better off using one of the best makeup organizers and the best men’s toiletry bags , which were designed specifically for easy travel, and make perfect gifts for those messy friends (we all have them).

Still wondering how packing cubes may benefit you? This viral TikTok video may help you understand how packing cubes can get your suitcase more streamlined and organized.

What To Look For in the Best Packing Cubes

Your needs will determine the right set of packing cubes for you. If you’re someone who can’t imagine traveling anywhere without their toiletries, finding a set that has a dedicated cosmetics bag may be key for you.

“Our favorite sets are ones that come with multiple sizes. We like to have smaller packing cubes for socks and intimates, whereas some other items need larger cubes, so having versatile sizes is what we look for. We [also] think that having durable packing cubes is the ideal,” says Michaela and Zoe Katz.

Another thing to consider? Prioritizing function over fashion. “With anything, most people buy for beauty over function,” says Jacobs. “It is important to read reviews before you purchase anything and remember that not everything has to look good for it to work well.“

If you’re someone who finds themselves bringing an abundance of options or if you’re headed to a colder location that may require layers of clothing, finding cubes that offer compression features, which reduce unnecessary bulk, in a variety of larger sizes may suite your needs best.

Luckily, as the demand for different types of packing cubes has increased, so has the variety on the market. Many sets have a range of sizes, and some even offer drawstring laundry bags, ensuring your dirty clothing stays away from your clean clothing.

How to Use Packing Cubes for Travel

“Two of the biggest packing mistakes when it comes to packing are overpacking and not taking enough time to review your daily outfits. Plan in advance!” recommends Jacobs. “Another mistake is to not utilize the entire space of the suitcase, such as travel shoes being placed on the perimeter of the interior.”

One of the most common questions many new cube adoptees ask? How to avoid excessive wrinkles whilst packing.

“We recommend rolling items when you pack in cubes,” Jacobs offers. “Not only does this help prevent wrinkles, but it makes it so you can see all of your items from the top. When you stack your clothing, you have to leaf through it to see what is at the bottom.”

Another pro tip? Jacobs recommends use lightweight packing paper to separate garments to reduce wrinkles.

Michaela and Zoe Katz echo similar sentiments, adding that it “is inevitable that wrinkles will appear, so we would recommend packing a wrinkle spray.”

We like this one  from the Laundress to keep your pieces looking fresh.

With bulkier garments that can often can take up a lot of space in a suitcase, Michaela and Zoe recommend laying them at the top of the cube. “It defeats the purpose if you were to fill a packing cube with one bulky item, therefore, laying it on top would be the best way.”

Meet the Experts

  • Michaela and Zoe Katz are the founders of New York based Twice as Organized , a lifestyle organization company offering full-service in-home organization.
  • Lisa Jacobs is the founder and CEO of Imagine It Done , a New York based exclusive organization company, providing services to clients in the New York tristate area

Meet the Author

  • Fernando Snellings is a Washington, DC-based freelance writer, focusing on fashion and lifestyle.

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