We discovered packing cubes before traveling through the SE Asia and since then we don’t want anything else. We know how disorganized things can become and after some minutes in a hotel, without knowing how you have your things spread all over the room. But with packing cubes it won’t happen anymore. They are simply an indispensable item when we travel. So if you are disorganized or worship organization you will love them.

After a long research, we compiled a list of the Best packing cubes for 2018 and we will answer some of your most FAQ.

Are packing cubes worth it?

Definitely YES! We don’t like to waste money unnecessarily or own loads of stuff that we don’t use. But packing cubes are well worth the money. Packing Cubes ease the dreadful process of packing, making them a time saver. Plus, you can pack more clothes with them keeping everything organized in your bag. With packing cubes you don’t need to unpack when you check in a hotel, you just simply take out the clothes as you need them, making it much easy to repack.

Which are the best packing cubes?

So, now the main question which are the best packing cubes…? All of these packing cubes are great products and a good option, but each has its strengths and weaknesses. Remember, choose the packing cubes according to the type of traveler you are.

Best packing cubes for 2018

Packing cubePieces/SizesIdealQualityPrice
Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter
2 - M, SBackpackingLifetime warrantySee Price
Gonex Compression
5 - L, M, S, XS, SlimBackpackingMediumSee Price
EBags
3 - L, M, SCarry-onLifetime warrantySee Price
Bagail
5- XL, L, M, S, laundry
or toiletry bag
Carry-onGoodSee Price
Dot&Dot
4 - LFamily TravelGoodSee price
Pro Packing Cubes
6 - L, M, SlimFamily TravelLifetime warrantySee Price

 

What are packing cubes good for?

Packing Cubes have plenty of applications:

They keep everything Organized! You know after a few days into your trip your bag can become a jumbled mess. Packing Cubes help maintain your clothes and electronic’s neat. Besides they enable you to sort out your clothes by colors or types, for example, winter clothes in one packing cube, underwear in another…

It’s easier to access your gear and clothes! With packing cubes finding things is much easier, you just need to take out the packing cube where the object is, without unpacking your entire suitcase. Furthermore, if your baggage is examined in the airport, you have your stuff discreetly contained, without your underwear being a public display.

Maximize space in your bag! You can maximize space in your bag using packing cubes. It is possible to pack 8 T-shirts and 2 shorts in a medium packing cube. With packing cubes, it’s simple to compress your clothing fitting more things in your bag.

Make sharing a suitcase easy! Packing cubes facilitate traveling with families or friends. They prevent confusion, mixing up clothes. Each person has their packing cube with their stuff. This way you avoid taking unnecessary bags. Besides, when traveling with friends you are able to share a bag and avoid extra fees without being embarrassed because your personal belongings are privately packed.

Durable! If you choose well you packing cube will last you many years. Our packing cubes have 2 years and we travel whenever it is possible.

How to choose the best packing cubes?

When choosing the ideal packing cube, take into consideration which type of bag you most use, backpacks or suitcase.

If you are traveling with a numerous family you can choose packing cubes with different colors, hence each family member knows which packing cube is theirs. And instead of buying various sets of packing cubes you can opt by one set with several cubes.

Compare prices and quality, if you are going to use them frequently, prefer packing cubes with some quality that won’t spoil with use.

Best packing cubes for backpackers

Eagle Creek Pack-it Specter Tech Compression Cube

These packing cubes are fantastic because they allow you to compress even more than with normal packing cubes. Due to its compression zipper, you can eliminate the excess air, maximizing you luggage capacity. Fitting more baggage in your bag. The premium aspect of this packing cubes is that they are very good quality.

The Pack-it Specter Tech set come with 3 Compression Cubes.  One Medium size cube with 10″x13,25″x1,25″ (25,4×34,5×3 cm). One small cube with  6,75″x9,75″x1,25″ (17×24,5×3 cm). And one slim cube, that isn’t compressed and has the following size 4,25″x13″x2,25″ (25×34,5×3 cm). These packing cubes are made of ultralight ripstop nylon and have a lifetime warranty. The fabric is translucent allowing you to view what is inside, water repellent and stain resistant. They have a 2-way zipper with climbing rope.

These packing cubes may be on the expensive side but, they have superior quality. They are excellent packing cubes for every situation, but especially good for backpackers. You can take more clothes with less volume in your bag.

Pros

  • Compression zipper;
  • ultralight;
  • Durable and resistant, very good quality;
  • Lifetime warranty;
  • Water resistant;
  • Maximizes luggage capacity;
  • Translucid fabric;
  • 2-way zipper with climbing rope;

Cons

  • Expensive

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Gonex Compression packing cubes

Gonex packing cubes also have a compression zipper, maximizing your luggage capacity. the set is composed of 5 packing cubes with a laundry bag, allowing more packing options.

The set of 5 packing cubes consist of one large with 15,4″x15″x3,54″ (39x38x9 cm), one medium  with 11,8″x9,1″x3,54″ (20x15x9 cm), one small with 7,8″x7,5″x3,54″ (25x19x9 cm), smallest 7,9″x5,9″x3,54″ (20x15x9 cm) and a slim size with 13″x3,9″x3,54″ (33x10x9 cm). Plus a laundry bag with 18,1″x13″ (46×33 cm). It is made of soft, smooth nylon with a mesh top panel and 2-way zipper. You can choose between 6 colors.

These packing cubes are cheaper than the Eagle Creek, with a bigger variety of cubes, but have less quality. Some people complain about the bad quality of the zipper.

Pros

  • Compression zipper;
  • Maximizes luggage capacity;
  • Water resistant;
  • Mesh-top panel;
  • Set with a big variety and different sizes;
  • Cheaper option;

Cons

  • Less quality of zippers;

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Best suitcase packing cubes

EBags Packing Cubes

This set of 3 packing cubes have excellent quality, one of the best in the market, and they fit perfectly in a carry-on. They are ideal for suitcases, either in leisure or work travel.

This set includes 3 packing cubes, one large size with 17,5″x12,75″x3,25″ (44,45 x 32,38 x 8,25 cm), one medium with 13.75″ x 9.75″ x 3″ (34,9 x 32,38 x 7,62 cm) and a small size with 11″x6,75″x3″ (27,94×17,14×8,25 cm). They are made of nylon with lifetime waranty, with a mesh top panel, YKK zipper with corded pull.

These packing cubes are known for the quality material and reinforced zipper. In this set, you can fit plenty of clothes. In the large cube, you can fit 3 shorts and one or 2 pants, in the medium cube, 6 medium t-shirts and in the small cubes 6 underwear and socks. Some people particularly like the slim pack fitting most of their clothes.

Pros

  • Good fit for carry-ons
  • Set of 3 with different colors;
  • Lifetime warranty;
  • YKK zipper with climbing rope;
  • light;
  • See-through mesh;
  • Good for long time travel, primes for its quality;

Cons

  • Overly large cube;

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Bagail packing cubes

These Begail packing cubes come in a set of 4 packing cubes with a toiletry bag or with a laundry bag. The set that has the laundry bag comes with an extra large cube, while the set that has the toiletry bag instead of the extra large comes with a slim cube. Usually, we advise 3 packing cubes per person. So, these packing cubes are good to share as a couple, as they are plenty, but if you have space and don’t have to travel light you can keep them all for you 🙂

The packing cubes have the following size: extra large cube 17,5″x12,75″x4″ (44,45 x 32,38 x 10,16 cm), large cube 17,5″x13,75″x4″ (44,45 x 34,92 x 10,16 cm)  medium with 13.75″ x 9.75″ x 4″ (34,9 x 32,38 x 10,16 cm) and a small size with 11″x6,75″x4″ (27,94×17,14×10,16 cm) and slim cube 13,75″x5″x4″ (34,92 x12,7 x 10,16 cm). They are made of nylon with a mesh top panel and a 2-way zipper corded.

The Begail packing cube set is ideal for carry-on or suitcase to keep your clothes neat and without wrinkles. You will be able to fit more or less 3 pairs of jeans, 12 tops 10 underwear and socks.

Pros

  • Good fit for suitcases;
  • Good variety of packing cubes;
  • A bonus of toiletry or laundry bag;
  • See-through mesh;
  • Good for long time travel, primes for its quality;
  • Cheaper option;

Cons

  • Overly large cube;
  • Lower quality;

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Best packing cubes for Families

Dot&Dot Packing Cubes for Travel

These packing cubes are the ideal for a family of four, as they come in different colors. Each member can choose the one they like more and be involved in the packing process. With these packing cubes it easy to separate and identify the belongings of each person.

This set consists of 4 large Packing Cubes with the following dimensions 17.5″ x 12.75″ x 3″ (44,45 x 32,38 x 7,62 cm) weighing 1,05 pounds (476 gr) for the four. They are made of Honeycomb Fabric a soft and flexible material and are water resistant. The front of the packing cube is a breathable mesh and they have a double zipper simplifying packing.

Each packing holds 8 or 9 shirts and pants, or if you are a girl 20 rolled tops and 10 rolled pants. Be aware that these large packing cubes are a larger size than others makers.

Pros

  • Good for family of 4;
  • Set of 4 with different colors;
  • Durable and resistant;
  • Water resistant;
  • light;
  • See-through mesh;
  • Good value for money;

Cons

  • Overly large cubes;
  • Same size for the 4 packing cubes;

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Pro Packing Cubes 6 Piece 


The Pro Packing Cubes are perfect for big families. This set of 6 packing cubes are available in 11 different colors good for assigning a packing cube to each family member. The set comes with 1 large, 3 medium and 2 slim packing cube. So a big variety of shapes for distinct uses.

These packing cubes are made of Nylon, the fabric is ripstop, durable and flexible with a lifetime guarantee. They are ultra lightweight and they compress to maximize space. The large packing cube is 17.5″ x 12.75″ x 3.25″ (44,45 x 32,38 x 8,2 cm), the medium packing cubes are 13.75″ x 9.75″ x 3″ (34,9 x 32,38 x 7,62 cm). Finally, the slim packing cubes are 14″ x 5″ x 3″ (35,56 x 12,7 x 7,62 cm). With a mesh screen and double YKK zippers with pull.

The large packing cube is good for jackets, pants, and sweater, fitting more or less 3 jeans and 4 shirts or jacket. The Medium packing cubes are good for blouses, shirts, and shorts, fitting 7 t-shirts or 4 shirts and 4 shorts. The Slim packing cube is ideal for underwear or shoes.

Pros

  • Good for a family;
  • Set of 6 with different colors;
  • Different sizes;
  • Lifetime warranty;
  • ultralight;
  • See-through mesh;

Cons

  • One overly large cube;
  • More expensive than other packing cubes;

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What to take in consideration when buying packing cubes?

Size of packing cubes

Step one for choosing your packing cube is knowing the size of your luggage. Are you going to use them in a big suitcase, a carry-on or backpack?

Backpacks aren’t as large as carry-on’s so you need packing cubes that are a slim or medium size, preferably compression cubes that optimize space. While in a suitcase you can use the larger packing cubes. Especially if you a are traveling for work, and need to pack more formal clothes that you don’t want to wrinkle.

You will find large packing cubes, medium and small, though the sizes vary according to the manufacturer. The medium packing cubes are the ideal for most of our clothing even jeans and pants. The large packing cubes are good for winter clothes and jackets.

In our experience, we prefer medium-sized packing cubes, they are more practical and allow compressing more clothes. The large packing cubes are too big and not very useful. But, remember we are backpackers.

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Sets of packing cubes

Normally the sets of packing cubes have 3 or 4 pieces with different sizes or types: compression cubes, 2 sided cubes, slim cubes, double packing cube.

By rule, for long journeys, we use 3 packing cubes per person and a toiletry. Two medium size packing cubes, one is double sided that we use for larger clothes. One medium-size to put laundry and gear. And a small packing cube that we use as a toiletry.

If you mainly travel to hot places medium or slim packing cubes are better, for winter places the larger ones are your option. Just be sure that the packing cubes notch with each other. Commonly it is good to choose a set of different sizes, but keep in mind that the medium packing cubes are the most used ones.

Set of 4 packing cubes

The material of packing cubes

Packing cubes are usually made of nylon which makes them very versatile and flexible thus good for fitting things. Although, you can find some variations in their fabric.

Some of them are waterproof making them good for your toiletry. Others have a see-through mesh or a translucid fabric making it easy to see what is in, while others have a solid material, good if you are sharing a case. Some have the bonus of being stain resistant and water repellent.

Frequently they come with a two-way zippered opening for better compression and have breathable fabric.

The weight of packing cubes

Packing cubes are usually very light. Note that there are the ultralight packing cubes but the differences aren’t that big. Anyway, confirm the weight before buying, the lighter the better.

The resistance of packing cubes

You want resistant packing cubes that will last, particularly when traveling for long periods of time. So be aware of some facets. You want strong mesh, solid zippers, and durable fabric.

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How to pack using packing cubes?

Everyone has their packing method, but if you want to maximize space in your packing cubes, the best way is to roll your clothes.

When you finished filling the packing cubes sometimes you have some spare space, which you can try to fill in with an extra shirt or socks, for this purpose you can open the packing cube in the middle and squeeze it in. But don’t over pack you packing cubes.

When we backpacked 3 months through SE Asia we only took clothes for 2 weeks and it was enough. The less you take the better, you are lighter and more comfortable.

What to pack

If you use a suitcase, try to notch the packing cubes, and in the spare space put your gear or shoes.

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