We have been traveling extensively since 2013. And for quite a long time we didn’t really care about how we organize our stuff. We would just pack our bags, somehow. And then when we would need to find something, we would just go through everything. Later, however, we started to organize our things a bit, by using plastic bags.
Well, yeah, you can do like we did before. You can use plastic bags, or woven bags. But you should also know, that there is a much better solution called packing cubes. For about 20 – 40 bucks now you can get a set of 3, 4 or sometimes also 5 packing cubes. And that will be enough to organize all of your clothes. In particular if you are traveling with a carry on luggage (be it a carry on suitcase or a carry on backpack). If you, just like us, are used to travel with even less, then one set might be enough also for 2 people.
To give you an idea what are the options, here in this article I have gathered information about the best packing cubes available. At the end of this article you will also find two top rated packing cubes made solely for ladies.
Best Packing Cubes – 2017
Now let’s look at the list of the best packing cubes for travel!
To read more about every one of them scroll down to – Packing Cube Reviews! Most of the packing cubes are available in different colors. For more photos, latest price and user reviews check them out on Amazon – just click on the name or image of the packing cube set! I have also included a link to Amazon under every review.
To learn more about packing cubes, why to use them and how to choose the right ones for yourself, scroll down a bit!
|NAME||IMAGE||PIECES||SIZE OF THE CUBES||PRICE ON AMAZON|
|*** - our favorites|
|Zero Grid***||3 + laundry / shoe bag||S, S, L||$$||Check the price!|
|Shacke Pak***||4+ laundry / shoe bag||XL, L, M, S||$||Check the price!|
|Bagail||4 + laundry / shoe bag||XL, L, M, S||$$||Check the price!|
|TravelWise||5||L, L, M, M, S||$$||Check the price!|
|eBags***||3||M||$||Check the price!|
|PRO||4||XL, L, M, S||$||Check the price!|
|Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter||3||L, M, S||$||Check the price!|
|Eagle Creek Pack-It Starter||3||L, M + garment folder M||$$||Check the price!|
|Dot&Dot***||4||Medium & Slim||$$||Check the price!|
|Bago||4 + 6 plastic zip bags||L, M||$$||Check the price!|
What Is a Packing Cube and How to Use It?
Packing cubes are lightweight zippered bags of different sizes for keeping your clothes and other things contained in an organized manner during traveling. Packing cubes are usually made of lightweight and thin yet very durable nylon material. Some of the packing cubes are made of mesh fabric. Most of the nylon packing cubes have a lid partly made of mesh fabric. Thanks to this fact contents of these packing cubes are visible, even when the packing cube is closed.
Packing cubes are available in different sizes. The largest ones usually are around 45 cm / 18” wide, medium sized ones are usually 11” / 28 cm wide, and smallest ones are 7-9” / 18 – 23 cm wide. There are both slim and rather deep packing cubes, as well as tube-packing cubes, which are both slim and narrow.
Mostly packing cubes come in sets, and some of the top rated packing cube sets comes with a laundry bag.
Using packing cubes is very easy – just roll your clothes, put them tightly together in a packing cube, zip it up and place them into your luggage! When unpacking – just take all of your packing cubes and place them in a hotel wardrobe or drawer! No need even to unpack your clothing.
Why One Should Use Packing Cubes?
- Not only packing cubes keep everything together neatly in your luggage but they also maximize packing space. Even though mostly packing cubes do not compress, clothes still stay tightly contained in packing cubes. And you are able to pack more into the same backpack or suitcase than before.
- Packing cubes help you to organize your things. Even if you have a lot of them. Useful packing tip: separate your things. For example, keep your jeans and sweaters in one packing cube, t-shirts – in another, and underwear – in yet another. You will see what’s inside every packing cube, as the most best packing cubes have a see-through mesh screen. And even if your packing cubes don’t have a mesh lid, keeping things separate will help you to quickly understand, if the thing you are looking for is in this cube or not.
- Packing cubes can be used as organizers for your drawers. Unpacking is very easy and fast – just take out all your packing cubes and place them in a hotel drawer.
- They protect your clothing. Thanks to packing cubes you can keep dirty laundry separated from the fresh clothing.
- Packing cubes are way more durable than cheap plastic bags that don’t last even one trip.
How To Choose the Best Packing Cubes for Yourself?
It’s not a hard task – to choose packing cubes! Because, frankly, they aren’t that different one from another. Follow my guide and you will find the best packing cubes for yourself and your family!
1. What Size Packing Cubes Should I Buy?
Depends on your trip! Is it a backpacking trip to a tropical destination? Business trip? Hiking trip? What clothes will you pack? Only T-shirts, shorts and underwear? Jackets and suit pants? Jeans and sweaters?
The largest packing cubes (about 45 cm / 18” wide) could be used for storing jeans, sweaters and shorts. Medium ones – for T-shirts and light dresses. Smallest ones – for underwear and socks. Tube cubes are especially good for keeping your socks (and ladies underwear!) organized.
Remember, larger the person, larger the clothes! I am 1.57 m / 5’2”, and, of course, my clothes are way smaller than, for example, Kaspars’s (6’1”). So I was able to pack most of my clothes for a 4 month backpacking trip to Southeast Asia in 2 of the smallest Zero Grid (10” x 7” x 3”) packing cubes!
Get yourself a garment folders for your upcoming business trip! These organizers will keep your suit pants and shirts neat and wrinkle-free.
2. How Many Packing Cubes Will I Need?
Mostly packing cubes come in sets. The number of packing cubes in a set and size of the packing cubes in the set vary. Each manufacturer has different sets. Mostly these sets include packing cubes of different sizes, but that’s not the same all the time. For example, Dot&Dot 4 piece slim packing cube set we have reviewed (see it on Amazon!) has 4 packing cubes all of whom are the same size. Similar like the set from eBags that we have reviewed as well.
If you don’t like packing cube sets of one manufacturer, look at packing cube sets of another manufacturer. As easy as that!
Since most travelers need more than one packing cube it’s worth buying packing cubes in sets. And it saves your money, as the set of cubes usually costs less than buying them by the piece.
How many do you need? Again – it depends on the trip and the size of your luggage. Take a set with 4 pieces, if you think that 3 might be enough but you aren’t sure. Choose the biggest set, if you have a lot of stuff. Pay attention to the dimensions (they differ significantly), if you have a small bag or if you just want to use the space you have the best way possible.
3. Top Loading or Zip-Around?
Most of the best packing cubes are zip-around with a mesh flap. But still some of the top rated packing cubes are top-loading, like Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter (check it out on Amazon!).
Some people may find the latter inconvenient to use. I personally don’t really like these, too. One will have to roll all the clothes and put them into the packing cube just like into a backpack. And in order to get some of the clothes, which are at the bottom of the cube, a person will need to take out all of the stuff.
4. Design and Color
Most of the best packing cubes are made of durable water resistant nylon, and feature a mesh screen and a two way head-to-head zipper. Basically, structure of most of the packing cubes is very similar. Only designs and colors are different. Most of manufacturers offer packing cubes in at least several colors, some – in 10+ different colors.
So, all customers will be satisfied – both men, who would maybe prefer dark colors, and women. Some ladies will definitely love to have pink and violet packing cubes, just like me, haha!
5. Should I Buy Regular Packing Cubes or Some of the Special Packing Cubes or Organizers?
There are not only, what we could call, regular packing cubes, but also other special packing cubes and organizers. For example, special packing solutions for ladies: bra cases, packing cubes for underwear and bras, packing cubes only for panties.
Looking for a new set of packing cubes on Amazon (or any other online store) you might notice also hanging packing cubes and organizers which look like drawers.
There are also some pretty cool packing solutions for business travelers – garment folders, which will keep suit pants and shirts neat and wrinkle-free.
As well as you’ll most probably see different shoe bags. And best of them will be made of durable dirt proof and water resistant material! Which is much better option than packing your shoes in a plastic bag and / or in a regular packing cube!
Your choice of packing cubes and travel organizers will depend on your needs, your upcoming trip, destination and the length of the trip.
Packing Cube Reviews
1. Zero Grid Packing Cube Set Review
The Zero Grid packing cube set consists of 1 large and 2 small packing cubes and 1 water resistant shoe bag. These packing cubes can be used for clothing, accessories and even electronics. All together they are about the right size to fit in easily in most of the carry on size bags with a room to spare. If your bag is exactly the size of a carry on or at least 16.7” x 13.4” x 6.3” (50 x 34 x 16 cm), then you will be able to fit in 2 Zero Grid packing cube sets, if necessary.
The depth of each packing cube is only 3.14” (8 cm). Cubes have a breathable mesh lid for ventilation. It also allows you to easily spot what’s inside without opening the packing cubes.
The Zero Grid packing cubes are made of durable liquid and tear resistant dual layered 420D nylon. Each cube features reinforced edges, which helps to maintain the shape and, of course, it gives an extra durability.
Each packing cube has two handles – a top handle and a side handle. As well as two way zipper.
- Dimensions of the largest packing cube: 13.38” x 9.84” x 3.14” (34 x 25 x 8 cm)
- Dimensions of the smallest packing cube: 9.84” x 6.69” x 3.14” (25 x 17 x 8 cm)
- Dimensions of the shoe bag: 16.53” x 12.59” (42 x 32 cm).
These are the packing cubes we use ourselves. Check out the article where we speak about Zero Grid travel gear.
2. Shacke Pak 4 Cube Set Review
This particular packing cube set is one of the most popular sets available on Amazon, and one of our personal favorites as well. The Shacke Pak packing cubes are among the best packing cubes available. They are made of quality durable and water resistant nylon material.
This set consists of 4 packing cubes: extra large, large, medium and small. 1 laundry / shoe bag is included, too.
The Shacke Pak packing cubes have distinctive lid design – an “X” with double stitching for extra durability. The strong reinforced lid holds clothes in place. There still are mesh sections on the lid, so you can see what’s in the packing cube without a need to open it.
The packing cubes are available in several colors, and feature a two way zipper and a side handle.
Dimensions of the Shacke Pak cubes:
- Extra large – 17.5″ x 12.75″ x 4″ (44.45 x 32.39 x 10.16 cm)
- Large – 13.75″ x 12.75″ x 4″ (34.93 x 32.39 x 10.6 cm)
- Medium – 13.75” x 9.75” x 4” (34.93 x 24.77 x 10.16 cm)
- Small – 11″ x 6.75″ x 4″ (27.94 x 17.15 x 10.16 cm)
There are also different Shacke Pak sets available. For instance, set 5 of medium / small cubes.Click Here for the Latest Price, More Photos and User Reviews on Amazon!
3. Bagail 4 Piece Packing Cube Set Review
The nylon material is extremely lightweight and also water resistant. Thanks to mesh sections of the lid, the contents of the packing cube are visible even when the packing cube is closed.
This Bagail packing cube set consists of 4 packing cubes and a laundry / shoe bag.
The four-piece packing cube set will fit into 21” x 14” (or larger) carry on suitcase or backpack. If your bag is smaller, then it’s possible that not all of the cubes will fit in it. In this case – use only 3 of them – large, medium and small-sized, and you’ll have no problems.
The largest packing cube I would use to store pants, second largest – for sweaters and T-shirts, medium and smallest one – for underwear, pajamas, toiletries, etc.
The Bagail packing cubes are available in several colors. If it’s not enough with four cubes, six packing cube set is available, too.
Dimensions of the packing cubes:
- Extra large – 17.5” x 12.75” x 4” (44.45 x 32.39 x 10.16 cm)
- Large – 13.75” x 12.75” x 4” (34.93 x 32.39 x 10.16 cm)
- Medium – 13.75” x 9.75” x 4” (34.93 x 24.77 x 10.16 cm)
- Small – 11” x 6.75” x 4” (27.94 x 17.15 x 10.16 cm)
The size of the laundry bag is 20.5″ x 14.5″ (52.07 x 36.83 cm).Click Here for the Latest Price, More Photos and User Reviews on Amazon!
4. TravelWise 5 Piece Packing Cube Set Review
The TravelWise packing cube set consists of 5 packing cubes: 1 small, 2 medium and 2 large-sized. They are made of high-quality durable and lightweight nylon fabric. Just like the ones reviewed above, also the TravelWise cubes has a lid partly made of mesh fabric, a side handle and two way zipper.
Open mesh design makes it easy to locate items you have packed inside.
As there are 5 packing cubes in this set, and two of them large-sized, all of them won’t fit in one carry on bag (if fully packed). But if you are 2 people traveling together, and you both have carry on luggage only, then this set might be a enough for both of you.
At the same time it’s a great choice if you are traveling with more than just a carry on.
Dimensions of the packing cubes are:
- Small: 11.5″ x 6.75″ x 3.75″ (29.21 x 17.15 x 9.53 cm)
- Medium (2 pcs): 13.75″ x 9.75″ x 3.75″ (34.93 x 24.77 x 9.53 cm)
- Large (2 pcs): 17.5″ x 12.75″ x 4″ (44.45 x 32.39 x 10.16 cm)
The packing cubes are available in several different colors. The three piece set is available, too.
5. eBags 3 Piece Packing Cube Set Review
The packing cubes are made of Techlite Diamond nylon fabric, which is breathable, extremely strong and very lightweight. The packing cubes feature high quality two way zipper, mesh lid and a side handle. The fabric bound interior seams ensure a snag-free inside that doesn’t fray.
The three-piece packing cube set will fit easily into most carry on suitcases and backpacks.
eBags packing cubes set comes in several bright colors.
There are other really good sets available from eBags, that you can find also on Amazon. For instance – a set of three different-sized packing cubes (large, medium and small), a set of six different-sized packing cubes, etc.
6. PRO 4 Piece Packing Cube Set Review
There are 4 packing cubes in the set. The largest one is perfect for jackets, sweaters, and pants. The large one will be good for storing shirts, t-shirts and blouses. Medium – for underwear and socks. The smallest one can be used to store cables, adapters.
The PRO packing cubes are shallower than most of the others. Making these packing cubes less roomy. Some might consider it as a serious drawback, others – as an advantage. Take it into account!
Manufacturer provides a lifetime warranty.
Packing cubes are available in several colors.
The dimensions of the PRO packing cubes are:
- Large: 17.5″ x 12.75″ x 3.25″ (44.45 x 32.39 x 8.26 cm)
- Medium: 13.75″ x 9.75″ x 3″ (34.93 x 24.77 x 7.62 cm)
- Small: 11″ x 6.75″ x 3″ (27.94 x 17.15 x 7.62 cm)
- Smallest: 9″ x 3.75″ x 3″ (22.86 x 9.53 x 7.62 cm)
7. Eagle Creek 3 Piece Pack-It Specter Packing Cube Set Review
The Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter packing cubes are made of ultra lightweight 30D Silnylon ripstop fabric. The same material is used for lightweight tents and backpacks, and it is translucent and weather resistant, with anti-staining properties.
The packing cubes have a top handle and a durable zipper. They don’t zip all the way round, though. And that’s why for some people it may be inconvenient to use them. As you will have to roll your clothes and put them into the packing cube just like into a backpack. And in order to take out something, that you have put at the bottom of the cube, you will need to take out all of your stuff.
These packing cubes are very slim. While for some it might be an advantage, others might be disappointed. Depends on the size of your travel bag – whether it is a large suitcase or just a small backpack – and how much stuff you are bringing with you.
The packing cubes are covered by Eagle Creek’s Lifetime Warranty. Available in several bright colors.
Dimensions of the packing cubes:
- Large: 14” x 10” x 3” (35.56 x 25.4 x 7.62 cm),
- Medium: 10” x 7” x 3” (25.4 x 17.78 x 7.62 cm),
- Small: 7.5” x 4.5” x 2.5” (19.05 x 11.43 x 6.35 cm).
8. Eagle Creek 3 Piece Pack-It Starter Set Review
The Pack-It garment folder is rather roomy and flexible – it can hold about 8 shirts and pants. The garment folder features a folding board. Follow instructions on the board to fold your shirts neatly!
The garment folder can fit in most carry on bags. However, the height of the suitcase should be at least 46 cm / 18 ” (better a little bit more).
Apart from the garment bag there are 2 packing cubes – medium and small-sized. To fit garments in the packing cube, you should roll them. Whereas to put the garments into a garment folder, you should fold them, as mentioned above.
The set is available in several colors.
Dimensions of the items are:
- Small – 10” x 7” x 3” (24.5 x 18 x 8 cm)
- Medium – 14” x 10” x 3” (36 x 25.4 x 8 cm)
- Garment folder – 18” x 12” (46 x 31 cm)
9. Dot&Dot 4 Piece Slim Packing Cube Set Review
Dot&Dot packing cubes are flimsy and extremely lightweight, so they don’t occupy so much space in the luggage. They can be squeezed and pushed around easily, too. Perfect for those who tend to over-pack.
These slim packing cubes are available in several different colors.
All of them are the same size: 14″ x 5″ x 2.75″ (35.56 x 12.7 x 7 cm).
There are other sets available, for instance, four large cube set. Check out on Amazon!Click Here for the Latest Price, More Photos and User Reviews on Amazon!
10. Bago 4 Piece Packing Cube Set Review
Bago packing cubes, one of the best packing cubes you can get, are made of durable Honeycomb rip-stop nylon fabric, which is tear and water resistant. The packing cubes have mesh sections on the lid. Thanks to those sections, the contents of the packing cube are visible even when it is closed.
The Bago set includes not only 4 packing cubes (large and medium) but also 6 plastic zip bags of various sizes for toiletries and dirty clothing.
As all of the cubes of this set are rather large, they all won’t fit in one carry on bag. This Bago cube set will be perfect for a couple who travel with carry on luggage only, or for individuals who travel with check in luggage.
The Bago packing cubes are available in several colors. Customers are backed by Bago Satisfaction Guarantee.
Dimensions of the packing cubes:
- Large cubes – 15.8” x 11.8” x 4” (40.13 x 30 x 10.16 cm)
- Medium cubes – 13.4” x 8.7” x 4” (34 x 22.1 x 10.16 cm)
Dimensions of the plastic zip bags:
- 5.9” x 9.8” (15 x 25 cm)
- 7.1” x 13” (18 x 33 cm)
- 9.5” x 15.8” (24 x 40 cm)
Top Rated Packing Cubes for Ladies
1. Freegrace Underwear and Accessory Travel Organizer Review
The Freegrace travel organizer is a versatile packing cube, which will be suitable for storing underwear, bras, accessories and even toiletries. It is one of the best packing cubes made solely for ladies!
It is made of durable, long lasting nylon fabric. The organizer is padded on the inside, and there is a cording on the edges. It will keep the organizer in shape and protect your underwear and bras from getting smashed.
The travel organizer has 2 layers and multiple compartments, and a few pockets. Thanks to all of these compartments your things can be stored in a very organized manner, even better than with regular packing cubes! Placing each thing (or a couple of things) in its own pocket makes it easy to find everything. You won’t need to dig through all your stuff to find one particular thing.
The top compartment (layer) is smaller than the bottom compartment. It features two mesh pockets. This compartment is large enough to store several pairs of socks.
The bottom compartment has four small pockets for underpants and socks, as well as a small zippered pockets for small accessories or jewellery. The bottom compartment is large enough to store several bras and some more underwear as well.
The dimensions of the organizer are: 11.42” x 7.87” x 7.87” (29 x 20 x 20 cm).
2. B&C Travel Bra Organizer Review
The largest of compartments can be used for storing bras or other clothing items. It is large enough to fit 6 large (for example, DD) sized bras. Bras can be stored either folded or unfolded – facing the front of the organizer. Note, when storing unfolded bras, you will be able to fit in less.
There is a smaller zippered compartment with small pockets for underwear and socks at the top of the largest compartment.
The smaller compartment at the bottom of the organizer can be used for storing socks, stockings or some other small personal items, such as documents. This compartment features one mesh pocket as well.
You also can use this organizer for storing hair styling tools and hair accessories, as well as electronics and cables.
Product dimensions are: 14” x 6.5” x 5.25” (36 x 17 x 13.3 cm). So, there really is a lot of space for your personal things.
Other Top Rated Packing Solutions
1. Eagle Creek Pack-It Compression Sac 3 Piece Set Review
These polyethylene, nylon reinforced, compression sacks remove excess air from garments and thus reduces volume up to 80%. They are very easy to use – just put your clothes inside a compression sac, close it and then roll it. The excess air will go through the built-in one-way valves. Compression sacks feature zippered closure, which is airtight and watertight, and very easy to close.
These sacks can also be used to store damp and dirty clothing. They are extremely good solution, if you plan to pack blankets, skiing jackets, pillows and other bulkier items.
The dimensions of the sacks are:
- Small – 11.5” x 14.5” / 29 x 37 cm
- Medium – 15.5” x 24.5” / 39 x 62 cm
- Large – 17.5” x 28.5” / 44 x 72 cm
Different sets are available, too. And the Eagle Creek compression sacks are sold by the piece, as well.Click Here for the Latest Price, More Photos and User Reviews on Amazon!
2. PACK Gear Hanging Organizer Review
It is very lightweight, and it’s made of durable nylon material. Each compartment (except the one at the top) has a mesh lid with zippers. Thanks to those mesh lids it is easier to spot your things, without going through all of your stuff.
The PackGear comes with two adjustable straps and two hooks, and can be hung in a wardrobe or on a clothes rack. Just take it out of your luggage and hang it up! Easy as that!
Please note, that the PACK Gear hanging organizer is not designed to hold heavy items, like laptops and books. But weightier clothing items, like jeans, easily can be stored in the hanging organizer.
Dimensions of the organizer (when full of clothes) are: 18” x 10” x 8” (46 x 25 x 20 cm).Click Here for the Latest Price, More Photos and User Reviews on Amazon!
3. Eagle Creek Pack-It Shoe Sack Review
The Eagle Creek Pack-It Shoe sack is made of LinkSeal Mesh material, which is a pliable semi transparent rubberized material with a mesh pattern. As this material is dirt-proof, the shoe sack will protect your clean clothes from dirty soles of your shoes.
The shoe sack has a center zipper closure, so you will be able to pack your footwear with ease! As the material is slightly see-through, you will be able to tell what’s inside without opening the sack. It’s cool, if you have more than one those shoe sacks.
Ladies will be able to pack at least a couple of flat summer sandals in such a sack. And the sack can easily accommodate 2 pairs of slim and lightweight 7.5 (38 EU / 5 UK) women’s running shoes. However, bulky shoes that are 5” high won’t fit in the sack any more.
Dimensions of the shoe sack are: 15″ x 9” (38 x 23 cm).Click Here for the Latest Price, More Photos and User Reviews on Amazon!
4. Eagle Creek Pack-It Medium Garment Folder Review
The Eagle Creek 3 piece Pack-It Starter set comes with 2 packing cubes and a medium-sized garment folder. I have already reviewed this set before. And this is the same garment folder, which you can buy also separately, without getting a full set.
A garment folder will keep your shirts and pants wrinkle free. It can hold about 8 shirts and pants. All Eagle Creek garment folders feature a folding board. Follow instructions on the board to fold your shirts neatly!
This garment folder can fit in most carry on bags. However, it would not fit in a smaller suitcase, which height is less than 18” (46 cm).
Dimensions of this garment folder are: 18” x 12” (46 x 31 cm).
Author: Una Baufala
Una is a traveler and travel blogger from Latvia. Apart from traveling and exploring new places she loves to read books. And she adores cats. Together with Kaspars they have been traveling – volunteering – working abroad since October 2013. WeAreFromLatvia.com is where she shares her travel experiences.