The 10 Best Packing Cubes For Easy, Organized Travel

published Jul 18, 2023
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Packing is typically no fun, especially if you consider yourself to be an over-packer. Before the excitement of any vacation can commence, you first have to figure out how you’re going to get all of your clothes, shoes, toiletries, and other essentials into a suitcase that never seems big enough. And then, once you actually arrive at your destination, it takes virtually no time at all for your belongings to become a jumbled mess inside your bag. As you likely already know, there’s a simple solution to this common problem. We’re talking about packing cubes, of course! If you don’t have your own set already, you should know they’re incredibly effective at keeping luggage items neat and tidy, not to mention helping you get that suitcase zipper closed all the way before you depart. Now that we’re at the peak of travel season, there’s no better time to look into a set, which is why we’ve rounded up a list of our faves. Check out these cubes, and say goodbye to messy luggage for good.

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was $29.99

An editor favorite, these compact packing cubes will help you compress your clothes so you have more space for other items (and maybe even some souvenirs). Shopping director Jada loves that the set comes with eight different-sized pouches, among other favorable qualities. "The accessories pouch will undoubtedly double as a clutch for dinner because even though I’ll pack two pairs of sunglasses and jewelry that I never wear, I’ll always forget to bring a purse," she wrote. "The laundry and shoe bags are also particularly handy — I usually reuse plastic bags with holes at the bottom and ultimately get my suitcase sandy or wet because my swimming and snorkel gear didn’t fully dry before my flight." With these, your things will stay dry, clean, and crease-free.

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Urban Outfitters

Leave it to Urban Outfitters to carry the cutest travel accessories. Shoppers love these multicolored zip pouches, noting that they're ideal for bathing suits, intimates, and other small items that tend to get lost amid larger garments. Mesh panels let you see what's inside each pouch, too, so you're not left rummaging through all of your things to find what you need. If you're after a smaller packing cube set, look no further than this fun trio.

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We included these packing cubes in our list of editor travel must-haves, but it bears repeating how great they are. AT contributor Stephanie credits them with keeping her T-shirt rolls perfectly in place, writing, "I like that this set has a variety of colors, easy zippers with mesh sides (no mothball smells), and are made of water-resistant, flexible fabric." The pouches will also protect garments from spills and wrinkles, plus you get a drawstring bag to separate dirty clothes.

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The Container Store

Of course, you don't have to buy your packing cubes in a set. If you're tired of using unsightly plastic bags to hold dirty clothes, for instance, check out this individual pouch from The Container Store. One side is for clean garments, while the other is for dirty items. It's certainly a much more stylish option! And because this cube is sold on its own, it's great for both long vacations and day trips alike.

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Since what's on the inside is just as important as what's on the outside, these handy packing helpers are definitely worth adding to your shopping cart. The four-piece set includes differently-sized cubes for keeping your clothes, shoes, chargers, and other items neat and organized. They're made from water-resistant nylon, with mesh on top to make it easy to identify what's inside. You can grab a set in one of five stylish colors.

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$38.00 is perhaps best known for its internet-famous tote bags, but they make some pretty great travel essentials, too. Case in point: this three-piece set of nylon packing cubes, which comes in a whimsical flurry of colors. All of the cubes can be folded up for neat storage post-travel, and they even arrive in their own reusable drawstring bag. The three size options only add to the cubes' convenience.

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From sectioning garments into types to corraling clothes into daily outfits, these clever compression cubes will take the hassle out of packing. Former lifestyle editor Ella swears by them and their durable but accommodating nylon material. "Each cube features a second zipper that you can pull shut once the pouch is filled; that zipper helps squish soft items like clothing in a way that freestanding piles does not," she wrote. Unpacking was also a breeze thanks to these. "Because I kept most of my things in their respective cubes until I needed them, I knew where everything was when it was time to pack my suitcase back up for my flight home," Ella added.

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Béis Travel

With some cubes, it can feel like you're playing a game of Tetris as you try to fit them into your bag. But you'll find this set from Béis travel easy to place. Although each pouch is a different size from the others, they're all similar enough, so it won't feel like you're trying to stuff one overly large cube amid a bunch of smaller ones. In addition to the three garment cubes, you get a zip pouch and two shoe bags — in other words, everything you could possibly need!

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I'm a fan of Calpak, myself, because not only is their travel gear super sturdy and reliable, but their suitcases, makeup bags, and leather goods are also unbelievably cute. The same goes for this five-piece packing cube set, which is available in a bunch of eye-catching and limited-edition prints. Unlike some of the other cubes in this list, the ones in this set sport more rectangular, flat silhouettes. As a result, you'll find them easy to stack and compress, optimizing your luggage space.

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was $19.54

In addition to their convenient mesh panels, these Wrangler cubes also sport sizeable side handles, so you'll have no trouble pulling out the exact cube you need without disrupting the other items in your bag. Each pouch in the four-piece set is also lightweight. This quality, combined with how much space the cubes are bound to save you, means no more stressing over a potentially overweight checked bag. Notably, the set also comes in four pleasant colors.