The 8 Best Packing Cubes to Buy in 2018

Keep your clothes organized when you're traveling

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Efficiently prep for upcoming trips (and cram more clothes into your carry-on) with these best packing cubes.

Our Top Picks

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Best Overall: LeanTravel Compression Packing Cubes

4.6

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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Best Durable: Gonex Luggage Organizers Different Set

Travel Packing Cubes, Gonex Luggage Organizers Different Set
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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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Best Budget: Amazon Basics Four-Piece Packing Cube Set

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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Best Runner Up: Ebags Packing Cubes Classic Four Piece Set

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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Best Value: L&N Always Eight-Piece Packing Cube Set

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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Best for Longer Trips: Pro Packing Cubes

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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Best Compression Cubes: Eagle Creek Pack It Original Compression Set

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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Best Water-Resistant: APREUTY 5-Piece Clear TSA Travel Pouches

Made of spill-proof PVC, the APREUTY 5-piece set 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 submerged. The set comes with five clear cubes (two small, two medium and one 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 smallest cube measure 7.08" x 1.57” x 5.51” while the largest measures 11.81” x 3.94” x 8.66”. 

Products We Tested

How We Tested

Our reviewers spent 13 hours testing a top-rated set of packing cubes. To put them to the test, they took them on their next trip. We asked our reviewers to consider the most important features when using these packing cubes, from their durability to their amount of storage space. We've outlined the most important points here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.

What to Look for in Packing Cubes

Features While more generic packing cubes will do the job, some have special features worth looking into. Compression cubes, for example, keep clothes as tightly packed as possible, while other sets offer dedicated bags for laundry, underwear, and shoes.

Price How much you spend is, of course, up to you, but consider how much you’ll be traveling. If you’re a frequent business traveler, it might be worth it to opt for a more expensive set. If you’re a once-a-year flier, cheaper cubes will likely do the trick.

Waterproof material If you’re traveling to a rainy or humid climate, consider waterproof cubes for extra protection. After all, you didn’t do all that organization just to wind up with wet clothes. (For backpackers especially, these rainproof cubes can be lifesavers.)

Test Results: LeanTravel Compression Packing Cubes (Best Overall)

4.6

What We Like

  • Durable

  • Attractive design

  • Effective at compressing larger items

What We Don't Like

  • Doesn’t make a noticeable difference with smaller items

LeanTravel Compression Packing Cubes
LeanTravel Packing Cubes
LeanTravel
LeanTravel Cubes

Our testers thought that these packing cubes were well-made overall. “The zipper is strong and easy to use, and they're pretty good looking as far as packing cubes go,” one noted. They were also, according to our reviewers, “definitely effective” at compressing larger items like jackets. However, if you’re packing lighter or easily rollable clothing, our testers thought these cubes didn’t make a big difference.