Best Travel Packing Cubes

There are many reasons why a traveling family needs packing cubes. Before we moved to Germany, we were just traveling to the grandparents’ houses and didn’t really feel the need to have packing cubes. Since discovering them, I can’t imagine long term traveling without them.

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Organization

Everything is so neatly organized. However you choose to organize, is up to you, but it’s neat and tidy! Have them divided by person, by clothing type, by hotel/destination, whatever you want. You will instantly know where everything is, nothing gets lost or misplaced and those pressed shirts stay pressed!

Compression

Because you are placing clothes in a solid yet mesh bag, the air can be pushed out of the packing cubes without the help of a vacuum. This means you get even more room in your suitcase for even more clothes… but be careful with this feature, don’t take the extra room to pack more clothes. Use it to pack everything into a smaller suitcase.

Efficiency

With everything packed so neatly in its own packing cube, you will be spending less time looking through your suitcase, trying to find that perfect outfit you planned on wearing at that specific location (because we have all been there. Instagram images don’t take themselves).

Also, transfer each cube to a dresser drawer and tuck your suitcase away while in the hotel. Instantly, more hotel real estate at no extra cost.

Protection

Keeping your dirty clothes from touching your clean clothes, or your shoes from touching your white shirt (ok, no parent of small children actually wears white but this is just an example) can be difficult without compartments. Instead of buying a suitcase with pockets, which take up space because nothing actually fits in them, buy packing cubes. Most sets include a shoe bag but even if they don’t, keeping your clothes in a protective bag is essentially the same thing.

Eco-friendly

Many family travel bloggers or mommy bloggers suggest packing the children’s clothes in ziploc bags, in case they get soiled. While accidents can happen, I prefer to go the environmentally friendly way and use packing cubes. Yes, they contain plastic and still need to be produced but… and this is a big but… how often can you honestly wash a large ziploc bag before it springs a leak. A leaking bag to contain wet messes is not a bag I want in my suitcase. Also, if they get ripped while on vacation, you no longer have protection or organization for the owner of that particular bag.

There are waterproof packing cubes available that will not only keep moisture from entering the bag but keep the moisture from inside of the bag from spreading to the rest of your clothes. Bago, for example, provides reusable bags with their packages. Technically they are called document bags but waterproof is waterproof and since I can pack whatever I want into whatever bag I want, my airline tickets now go in my purse and Baby’s soiled outfit gets priority.

You can also read our guides to best carry-on luggage, the best packing lists, and many other useful travel products here.

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Best Packing Cubes Review

Large Amazon Basics

We take these everywhere. I can’t imagine how we traveled without them. Instead of digging thru duffel bags or backpacks (or suitcases), you can just grab the one with tops – or bottoms – or socks. It’s amazing. These are inexpensive and probably won’t last forever (material and zippers are thin) but on the other hand, they don’t add much weight to your luggage. We have been going strong for almost a year now and they still look new.

  • Mesh top panels to see inside and allow the materials to breath
  • Bottoms of cubes are supportive
  • Double zipper pulls make opening/closing simple and fast
  • Webbing handle for convenience when carried by itself
  • The fabric is a little thin and can tear if too rough

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Evatex Travel

We have bought several packing cubes on Amazon, all different brands. This medium size is a great size which you need several of. These appear to be excellent quality. The fabric is thicker than others we have purchased at a cheaper price. It’s worth it for us to pay a bit more and have a better fabric that retains its shape. Packing cubes are the way to travel and be so organized. Love them!

  • Made of diamond nylon
  • Internal stitching can withstand rough use
  • Partially see-through mesh
  • Shoe bag included
  • No-question-asked 100% guarantee.

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Bago Value

This is absolutely genius and, from my point of view, MADE for parents with small children. We have three little kids and when we go on trips, I pack one suitcase for them, always having trouble “dividing” their clothes up into sections. Everything would be mixed up by the time we reach our destination, or at least once we’ve pulled out an outfit for each one of them. I purchased a set of packing cubes for everyone in our family, in different colors, and am excited to try them out soon.

  • 4 sets and document bag
  • 6 plastic bags
  • Satisfaction guarantee
  • A little small

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Shacke Pak

Shacke Pak cubes are great quality and come in fun colors. I appreciate the mesh lining that allows you to peek inside. They’re also a great value; for essentially the same price as competitors, you get 4 bags (vs 3) and a laundry /shoe bag. Not to mention the website. If you haven’t been to the Shacke Pak website yet, check it out! They have great resources, such as example packing lists, tutorials on how to pack with the cubes, and some YouTube mentions.

I packed my clothes, shoes, and toiletry bag for a 10-day trip. I packed them as I normally would first, and then packed them in the packing cubes. There was so much more room after packing in the cubes!

  • Waterproof
  • Double stitched for reliability
  • Laundry bag included
  • Zipper a little flimsy

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eBags Set

These bags have held up beautifully, keeping everything well organized during my travels. I’ve washed them repeatedly with no compromise in shape or function. Wherever I land, if I’m staying in accommodation that does not have drawer space, I stack my cubes and use them as drawers. All sizes are available to accommodate anything and everything. I suggest you choose a colour other than the charcoal or black; the brighter colours make it easier to see your items, given the different lighting in various hotel rooms and B&Bs. Don’t worry about the colours showing dirt; they wash up perfectly!

  • Interior seams
  • eBags Packing Cubes are sized to fit perfectly in your luggage and hotel drawers. With so many size options, you’re sure to find the best fit.
  • Designed with premium YKK zippers, breathable nylon, fabric bound interior seams that ensure a snag-free inside that never frays & mesh tops to keep things breezy.
  • Lifetime guarantee

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Rusoji Premium

This set doesn’t boast the name brand zipper of the more expensive brand and it doesn’t appear to be a problem so far.  I like that this brand is $10 cheaper than the others. As a pro, it is good quality, strong and light, the handle is sewn into seams for extra strength, two cubes of each size, and the sizes work well in carry-on suitcase. Cons: they offer very little in terms of color choice. It is increasingly difficult when both kids want separate colours and none of them want black or grey, no-name zipper.

Bottom line: These are just as good as the more expensive sets. If you don’t need them in teal, fuchsia, lavender, and chartreuse these are your best bet.

  • 6 piece system
  • Durable and many colors
  • All fit in one cube when not in use
  • Great value

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PRO Packing Cubes Lightweight Travel

We were getting ready for a two week trip to Austria, and we are just using one luggage for all 4 of us. The design of these cubes is the best I’ve seen so far, and they are made well. I had planned on getting a few different brands of cubes for our trip, to get an idea of what would work best for us in the future, but these cubes are as great as I’d hope they would be. I just wish they had more colors to choose from, as the only colors my family liked were similar to each other, (which can get a bit confusing on a trip).

  • Constructed using high-quality YKK Zippers, ultra light-weight rip-stop nylon, and reinforced seams, no matter how you pack it your cubes will go the distance. No weak stitching or broken zippers to worry about here. These Pro Packing Organizers with see-through mesh will become your best travel accessory!
  • Waterproof
  •  Pro Packing Cubes are backed by a manufacturer LIFETIME GUARANTEE giving you peace of mind to buy these now.

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Dot & Dot

Being a seasoned traveler, I have become sort of a pro at packing a suitcase. My goal is to get as many items into my suitcase without busting the seams, plus a little extra space for souvenirs on my return trip. Admittedly, I get a bit anal when it comes to packing, and everything has its place. These packing cubes make packing and unpacking quick and easy, and they’re great for organizational-holics too! I can think of a bunch of uses for these little handy packing cubes.

These packing cubes really look chic and stylish, unlike other brands, the color in these cubes is a bit shiny, which is what I love about them. Also, the cubes have a very lightweight, so they won’t affect the weight of my luggage while traveling.

  • Sturdy enough for non-clothes items
  • Dual zipper opening
  • Mesh top

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Eagle Creek Specter

These packing cubes are amazing. They’re incredibly light, yet are able to pack a significant amount inside them, serving to both conserve space and aide in organizational logistics when it comes to travel planning. The white design also helps serve to provide a layer of transparency, so you can easily see into your packing cube to remind yourself of the contents in each one.

The handle at the top also helps to easily access the packing cube when placed in the luggage, and it slides right on out when nestled between the other 2 packing cubes provided in this “Half Cube Set.” And as these were from Eagle Creek, I’m sure their versatility and durability will show through time. The zippers with the extra cord help for easy access to opening and closing each individual cube.

I haven’t tested the water repellent and washable properties of this item yet, but as the material is made from ultra-light silnylon ripstop, I’m sure it’ll hold up just well in wetter elements. I just wish these were slightly cheaper so I could purchase a whole lot more of them.

  • Light weight packing folder
  • 100% nylon
  • Set of 3
  • Top handle
  • Stain and water-repellent fabric

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LeanTravel Compression Packing Cubes

Lean travel’s cubes have double zippers which compress the cube and saves you so much space.

These also fit great in a carry on luggage and helps you organize your clothes. The built-in walls of the cubes make them stand easily in a drawer. So they’re perfect for your luggage and they’re your hotel drawer organizers.

  • STYLISH, WRINKLE-FREE PACKING thanks to our premium quality polyester fabric and sturdy construction with durable mesh; Packed items can be seen through an inspection and odors are minimized thanks to increased breathability
  • PACK MORE CLOTHING INTO LESS SPACE with the extra zipper feature for added compression; Reduce the packing bags thickness from 4 inches to 1 inches.
  • MORE PACKING CAPACITY compared to other leading compression cubes in the market; Set of 3 pieces includes 2 extra large cubes for pants, coats or shirts and 1 medium cube for underwear or other travel accessories
  • LEAVE ORGANIZED & ARRIVE ORGANIZED – Organize your travel by packing garments and accessories neatly inside your suitcase or carry on and then transfer packing cubes directly to dresser drawer; The reinforced side structure holds the form of the slim cubes to make your packing and unpacking easier.

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Are Packing Cubes Worth It? Well, they certainly have big advantages, not least because they offer you a little bit of order within the jumbled mess that can be your suitcase. Here are our suggestions for the best packing cubes.