The 8 Best Packing Cubes to Buy in 2017

Keep your clothes organized when you're traveling

Packing cubes are an effective way to make the packing process easier and can save you time by helping you efficiently prep for upcoming trips. These fabric cubes keep travelers organized and reduce space inside of luggage, acting like individual suitcases within a carry-on or checked bag. It is important to find packing cubes that can withstand what they’re designed for: holding a lot of clothes. Here are the best packing cubes from Amazon.

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    Gonex is one of the most popular brands of packing cubes because of its affordable price and quality products. A standard set includes a large (17.3 x 1 x 3.54 inches), medium and slim (narrow) packing cube, as well as a laundry bag. And they're all made of durable, rip-stop nylon. The cubes are available in a variety of color options ranging from bright green or yellow to more traditional black or red. The lightweight cubes include carry handles, sturdy double zippers and can fit comfortably in a hotel drawer or in a carry-on luggage. Amazon buyers felt that the sizes were perfect and that the cubes made living out of a suitcase much easier.

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    Known for making efficient luggage and travel accessories, Ebags’ packing cubes are just as durable and useful and have become a top choice among Amazon buyers. The four-piece set is made with Techlite diamond nylon and premium YKK zippers and includes a slim (14 x 5 x 2.75 inches), small, medium and large (17.5 x 12.75 x 3.25 inches) packing cube. These stackable cubes can be used as impromptu drawers in a pinch, thus saving the hassle of packing and unpacking. Available in several different colors, they also make excellent gifts. Although they are washable, it is recommended to let the cubes air dry. A lifetime warranty is included. 

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    While a lower price usually means lower quality, the Amazon Basics packing cubes remain durable and affordable. Although there are six color options, if you’re not picky with the color you can save a few bucks (for example red and blue are often cheaper than other options). The set is made of polyester and comes with four cubes: two medium and two large – ideal for heavier packers. The large cubes measure 17.5 x 12.75 x 3.25 inches and comfortably hold hoodies, sweaters, and jeans, while the medium (13.75 x 9.75 x 3 inches) are great for pants and long-sleeve shirts. They also feature dual zippers and a mesh front for identifying items quickly.

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    Eagle Creek takes the traditional packing cube design to the next level of compression with the “Pack It Original Compression Cubes” that will save travelers space in their luggage (thus allowing you to bring more). The cubes have a patented one-way pressure valve with a two-way zipper designed to compresses items without a need for air vacuums. The set comes with two pieces (small and medium) and are constructed from nylon with a breathable mesh top and easy carry handles. The cubes can save up to 80 percent packing volume, however, keep in mind that clothes will wrinkle in the bags. To help keep you organized, they are available in seven different colors. 

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    If you’re packing for a longer trip, you’ll need a few more cubes in various sizes, so the Pro Packing Cube Six-Piece Lightweight Travel Cube Set is a must. Made of ultralight, durable rip-stop nylon, the entire set can fit inside one bag – making them easy to store when not in use – and comes with sturdy zippers that can withstand the test of time. Each packing kit includes two small cubes, two medium and two large, with the large size measuring 17 x 11.5 inches - fitting coats, sweaters and dresses. The set comes in 11 different color options, but the multi-color set is a convenient choice that will keep you organized (or it can be shared among two people). 

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    When using packing cubes that compress items, there is likely to be some wrinkling involved, however, the LeanTravel Compression Packing Cubes do a great job of keeping wrinkles to a minimum. The gray cubes are a little more stylish and professional looking than some of the competition and feature mesh windows for breathability. The set includes three cubes: two large (measuring 15.5 x 11.5 x 4 inches) and one medium (11 x 11 x 4 inches). The cubes can compress from four inches to one (although you are not removing air, just packing the items flatter). These compression cubes are much larger than others on the market, so if you are packing small items you may want to consider a different brand. 

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    For a wide variety of packing cubes at a great price, the L&N Always Eight-Piece Packing Cube Set is a great selection for an overall value. Perfect for helping you stay uber-organized, the set consists of four packing cubes and four packing bags for laundry, shoes and undergarments (that are not see-through). The packing cubes are not compression cubes, but will help to organize items and come with a mesh front, as well as straps and closures to hold items in place. The largest cube measures 15.7 x 12.2 x 4.7 inches, but the entire set can fit into a 29-inch checked bag. Several colors are available. 

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    Made of spill-proof PVC, the TRANVERS is a great water-resistant packing cube if you are transporting liquids in your checked bag (like that bottle of island rum) or if you’re traveling in a rainy area and are worried about it soaking through your suitcase. Although clothes will stay dry, the zippers are not waterproof so these cubes cannot be fully submersed. The set comes with three clear cubes (one small, medium and large) and are great for organizing (but do not compress). They are also useful in keeping wet or dirty items separate from the rest of your clothes. The largest cube measures 14 x 8 x 3 inches and can also be used in carry-on bags.

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