The 10 Best Packing Cubes of 2021

Top picks for jetsetters to organize their clothes and gear

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The Rundown

Best Overall: Lean Travel Premium Compression Packing Cubes at Amazon

"Made of sturdy material with see-through mesh covers, these popular cubes combine durability and functionality."

Best Budget: Amazon Basics Packing Travel Organizer Cubes at Amazon

"When value is a top priority, this set delivers standard organizing features for an unbeatable price."

Best Compression: Eagle Creek Pack-It Isolate Compression Cube Set at eaglecreek.com

"Outfitted with super-strong compression zippers, these cubes are perfect for saving space."

Best for Families: Bentoko 6-Piece Packing Cube Set at Amazon

"This Bentoko set features six cubes of varying sizes in Crayola colors that allow parents to wrangle kids’ gear."

Best for Carry-Ons: Away The Insider Packing Cubes (Set of 6) at awaytravel.com

"Find the perfect fit with Away’s packing cubes, which fit perfectly into Away’s popular line of carry ons."

Best for Backpacking: Osprey Ultralight Packing Cube Set at Amazon

"With a trusted name in backpacking, Osprey’s ultralight packing cube set allows for organization without adding bulk or weight."

Best Style: Bagail Compression Packing Cubes at Amazon

"The Bagail packing cubes come in a variety of colorful hues and patterns, from zebra stripes to a geometric blue pattern."

Best for Durability: Peak Design Packing Cube at peakdesign.com

"The outer shell has a rough-and-ready self-healing 70D nylon/poly blend shell."

Best for Longer Trips: Pro Packing Cubes at Amazon

"With six pieces in this set, you’ll be able to compress your items and pack enough for long journeys."

Best for Over-Packers: Calpak Packing Cubes 5-Piece Set at nordstrom.com

"This five-piece, basic black set will help people who can’t narrow down their packing lists bring it all."

Some travelers turn packing into an Olympic-level sport. There’s something challenging and incredibly satisfying about being perfectly organized or fitting in that one last outfit option into a carry-on. Using packing cubes is a top packing hack. They allow you to arrive with all your desired items, find said items in an instant, and have wrinkle-free clothes. With so many brands, styles, and sizes available, it can be difficult to know where to start when picking the perfect cubes. We’ve consulted with avid travelers and rounded up some of the top varieties on the market.

Read on to discover the best packing cubes of the year. 

Best Overall: Lean Travel Premium Compression Packing Cubes Organizers – 3 Piece Set

What We Like
  • Sturdy

  • Great compression

What We Don't Like
  • Not the best for smaller items

Made of sturdy material with see-through mesh covers, these popular cubes combine durability and functionality. Double zippers allow for a great deal of compression; they pack items down from 4 inches to 1 inch. However, you’re not squeezing the air out; you’re just flattening items. Reviewers attest the Lean Travel Premium Compression Packing Cubes Organizers keep wrinkles to a minimum. The set comes in a stylish gray color that professional travelers may enjoy more than other cubes on the market. The set includes three packing cubes: two large (measuring 15.5 x 11.5 x 4 inches) and one medium (11 x 11 x 4 inches), which allows for some variation in item size when packing. However, if you’re planning to pack small items you may need additional cubes or to keep searching for the perfect set. 

Material: Polyester | Dimensions: 15.5 x 11.5 x 4 inches and 11 x 11 x 4 inches | Number of Cubes: 3

Best Budget: Amazon Basics 4 Piece Packing Travel Organizer Cubes Set

What We Like
  • See through mesh panel

  • Sturdy

What We Don't Like
  • No wet/dry or clean/dirty compartments

When the value is a top priority, the Amazon Basics 4 Piece Packing Travel Organizer Cubes Set delivers standard organizing features. Double zipper pulls make opening the clam-shell-like cubes easy; however, you don’t always need to. A top mesh panel makes it easy to see the cube’s contents. The set includes two medium-sized cubes (measuring 13.75 x 9.75 x 3 inches) and two large-sized cubes (measuring 17.5 x 12.75 x 3.25 inches). They also don’t have the bells and whistles of other cubes, like wet/dry or clean/dirty compartments.

Material: Polyester | Dimensions: 13.75 x 9.75 x 3 inches and 17.5 x 12.75 x 3.25 inches | Number of Cubes: 4

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

 Eagle Creek Pack-It Isolate Compression Cube Set

Courtesy of Eagle Creek

What We Like
  • Has Protx2 antimicrobial treatment

  • Lightweight

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

Outfitted with super-strong compression zippers, these cubes are perfect for saving space on clean or dirty laundry. The set includes two cubes, a small cube for undergarments and t-shirts (measuring 7.25 x 10.25 x 3.25 inches when expanded), and a medium cube for jeans and outerwear (measuring 10 x 14.5 x 3.25 inches when expanded). As a bonus, the fabric is treated with Protx2 antimicrobial treatment that combats odor-causing bacteria, so your suitcase won’t stink on the way home.

Material: Antimicrobial 50D HT Diamond Ripstop Poly | Dimensions: 7.25 x 10.25 x 3.25 inches and 10 x 14.5 x 3.25 inches (expanded) | Number of Cubes: 2

Best for Families: Bentoko 6-Piece Packing Cube Set

What We Like
  • Has an side-zip pocket

  • Comes in various colors

  • See through mesh panel

What We Don't Like
  • Not as durable as other options

Packing for a family can be a feat. This Bentoko set features six cubes of varying sizes in Crayola colors that allow parents to wrangle kids’ gear or can easily be thrown in kids’ suitcases. Unlike other packing cubes on the market, this set also includes an additional side-zip pocket on each cube so that even odds and ends can find a home. Mesh tops allow parents to search for items without having to unzip. The set includes one large cube (measuring 15.7 x 11.8 x 4.7 inches), two medium cubes (measuring 11.8 x 11 x 4.7 inches), two small (11.8 x 7.9 x 4.7 inches), and one bag (13.8 x 20.5 x 0.25 inches) that could be used for shoes or miscellaneous items.

Material: Not listed | Dimensions: 15.7 x 11.8 x 4.7 inches, 11.8 x 11 x 4.7 inches, 11.8 x 7.9 x 4.7 inches, and 13.8 x 20.5 x 0.25 inches | Number of Cubes: 6

Best for Carry-Ons: Away The Insider Packing Cubes (Set of 6)

The Insider Packing Cubes

Courtesy of Away

What We Like
  • See through mesh panel

  • Comes in various colors

  • Water-resistant

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon, the travel writer and Caribbean expert behind JetSetSarah, was a longtime member of Team Carry On when a Peru trip that involved multiple climates and hotels turned her into a member of Team Packing Cubes. Greaves-Gabbadon found the perfect fit with Away’s packing cubes, which fit perfectly into Away’s popular line of carry-ons. They also have see-through mesh covers so you can see what’s inside without having to unzip them. This set comes in six sizes so you can pack them “Tetris-style” into your bag, Greaves-Gabbadon says. Although she prefers her sunshine yellow hue, the cubes come in six colors.

Material: Nylon | Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.1 x 4.3 inches, 10 x 4.1 x 8.25 inches, 13 x 4.1 x 10 inches, 13 x 4.1 x 6.9 inches, and 17 x 4.1 x 12.8 inches | Number of Cubes: 6

Best for Backpacking: Osprey Ultralight Packing Cube Set

What We Like
  • Lightweight

  • Durable

What We Don't Like
  • Reviewers note they are small

Backpacks can fit a lot of gear, but they can also turn into endless pits where it’s impossible to find anything. With a trusted name in backpacking, Osprey’s Ultralight Packing Cube Set allows for organization without adding bulk or weight—two qualities that are at a premium in outdoor adventure. Together, the cubes weigh just 2.1 ounces thanks to durable 40D polyester ripstop construction. The set includes a small cube (measuring 7.5 X 5 X 2 inches), a medium cube (measuring 10 X 7 X 2 inches), and a large cube (measuring 14 X 10 X 2 inches). The set comes in two colors, basic black and eye-catching (especially when hunting for things in your bag) lime green.

Material: 40D polyester ripstop | Dimensions: 7.5 x 5 x 2 inches, 10 x 7 x 2 inches, and 14 x 10 x 2 inches | Number of Cubes: 3

Best Style: Bagail Compression Packing Cubes

What We Like
  • Comes in various colors

  • Durable

What We Don't Like
  • Must pack them light for carry-ons

The Bagail packing cubes come in a variety of colorful hues and patterns, from zebra stripes to a geometric blue pattern. They’re a favorite of Kim Wilkin, who blogs at The Abundant Traveler, who says these bags aren’t just style over function. “The material is strong, yet lightweight; the zippers are high quality with nice zipper pulls on them. Additionally, there is a handle at the top so it's easy to grab and go,” she says. The cubes come in sets of four or six, which allow for several different sizes to fit your items. The storage cubes compression promises to save up to 60 percent of space in your bag.

Material: Nylon | Dimensions: 17.5 x 12.75 x 4 inches, 13.75 x 12.75 x 4 inches, 13.75 x 9.75 x 4 inches, 11 x 6.75 x 4 inches | Number of Cubes: 4 or 6

Best for Durability: Peak Design Packing Cube

Peak Design Packing Cube

Courtesy of Peak Design

What We Like
  • Durable

  • Has a clean/dirty divider

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

Andrea Zoellner, the creator of The Capsule Suitcase, always seeks packing cubes with high-quality zippers and well-sewn seams. “My packing cubes get put to the test every single trip, so I need them to hold up to tension when I stuff them to capacity.” She’s found the Peak Design packing cubes to be reliable. The outer shell has a rough-and-ready self-healing 70D nylon/poly blend shell. They’re serviceable, too. Zoellner attests they compress when extra air is squeezed out and save space. The u-zip opening allows access to every square inch of the packing cubes, which come in small and medium varieties. An internal divider keeps clean and dirty clothes separate.

Material: 70D nylon/poly blend | Dimensions: 12.6 x 6.7 x 6.7 inches or 6.69 x 12.6 x 12.6 inches | Number of Cubes: 1

Best for Longer Trips: Pro Packing Cubes

What We Like
  • Comes in various colors

  • Water-resistant

What We Don't Like
  • No compression

With six pieces in this set, you’ll be able to compress your items and pack enough for long journeys. This set promises to reduce your luggage bulk by 30 percent—and maximize your available space. The set comes in four colorways, including two single-colored sets in pink and neutral beige, as well as two mixed-hue sets that may further help with organization. These cubes are performance-minded with water-resistant fabric, top-of-the-line easy-gliding zippers, and double-stitched seams to make sure the cubes last.

Material: Nylon | Dimensions: 17 x 12.75 x 3.25 inches, 13.75 x 9.75 x 3 inches, and 13.75 x 5 x 3 inches | Number of Cubes: 6

Best for Over-Packers: Calpak Packing Cubes 5-Piece Set

Calpak 5-Piece Packing Cube Set

Courtesy of Calpak

What We Like
  • See through mesh panel

  • Has ID labels

  • Has a wet/dry bag

What We Don't Like
  • May fit awkwardly in suitcase

This five-piece basic black set will help people who can’t narrow down their packing lists bring it all. Four packing cubes in various sizes come with breathable, mesh fronts that allow you to easily identify what’s inside. An exterior ID label allows for some further organization or to help you add the names of different people if you’re sharing a suitcase with someone. With an additional wet/dry bag, you’ll have an ideal place to store your dirty laundry or a wet swimsuit on the return trip.

Material: Polyester | Dimensions: 13 x 10 x 1.5 inches, 12 x 8.8 x 3 inches, 15 x 11 x 3 inches, and 17 x 12 x 3 inches | Number of Cubes: 4

Final Verdict

We’re fans of the Lean Travel Premium Compression Packing Cubes Organizers – 3 Piece Set (view at Amazon) for their durability and functionality. While we love the organization, it’s also hard to beat the compression this set allows, especially since it leaves clothing items relatively crease-free.

FAQs

How do packing cubes work?

Packing cubes are small, often rectangular, fabric containers that help you sort, organize, and contain packed items. They come in various sizes and fit inside a bag, suitcase, or backpack.

Will packing cubes wrinkle my clothes?

Packing cubes should fight off clothes wrinkles while you’re in transit. Because they allow you to organize and pack items more securely, your clothes will shift less as you roll, lift, and toss your luggage around. Without this shifting, your clothes are likely to have fewer creases upon arrival.

How should I clean my packing cubes?

Unless your packing cube’s care label says otherwise, you should avoid using a washing machine. It may be too rough on the delicate mesh that cubes often use. Instead, after each use, wipe down the cube with a damp cloth and hang it to dry.

Why Trust TripSavvy?

Freelance journalist Ashley M. Biggers has used packing cubes to organize her gear for writing assignments from her New Mexico home to far-flung global destinations.

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