Best Packing Cubes 2017

Best Packing Cubes 2017

Here’s our picks for the best packing cubes! Click on any of the images below to see details and shop, or scroll down for more detailed descriptions.

Most of these cubes are available in multiple colors, so be sure to click on the green button to take a closer look on Amazon if you like the style but not the featured color.

In no particular order, here’s the best packing cubes of 2017:

eBags 3 piece packing cube set features lightweight design, great quality, and comes in a rainbow of color choices. Features include premium YKK zippers, mesh panels so you can easily see what’s inside, and a lifetime warranty.

What we love:

High quality guaranteed by a lifetime warranty, and 10 color choices!

What we don’t:

Don’t hold their shape well (a downside of lightweight design), so they’re less easy to pack than cubes that have built in structure.

Shacke Pak’s packing cubes are a great all around choice! They have awesome design and 8 color options, and the 4 cube set (plus handy laundry bag) should accommodate most travelers’ needs. The set is durable, well loved by reviewers, and one of the best packing cubes you can buy.

What we love:

Cool design, plenty of color choices, high quality, and reasonable price.

What we don’t:

The heavier duty fabric isn’t quite as lightweight as some of the other options, but this isn’t likely to be an issue for most people.

The best packing cubes for longer trips or overpackers (no judgement!), Rusoji’s 6 piece packing cube set is only slightly more than what you pay for most 3 piece cube sets. The diamond shape of the mesh panels is a cool design, and while they’re not quite as lightweight as some of the others on this list, the fabric is more durable than thin nylon.

What we love:

Plenty of capacity for heavy packers (or sharing with a travel companion), and a surprisingly nice design for a value priced packing cube.

What we don’t:

This is a common complaint from us, but we’d love more color choices.

True to their name, the eBags Ultralight packing cubes are even lighter than the other eBags set on this list, in a more modern, streamlined design (they’re cubes in the photo at the very top of this article). The cubes also feature a mini frame design that helps them to stand up and keep their shape when packing.

All of these features make the Ultralight one of the best packing cubes around.

What we love:

Attractive modern design, super light weight, and frame that helps the cubes to keep their shape.

What we don’t:

Additional color choices (there’s currently just 4) would be nice.

Despite the goofy name, Hugesaving’s packing cube set has a lot to recommend it: they offer deeper than normal packing cube sizes, handy slim laundry and storage pouches, and a nice variety of color choices. And they’re half the price of many packing cube sets, making them our choice for best cheap packing cubes.

What we love:

Cheap but attractive and versatile cubes that are easy to wash.

What we don’t:

While most reviewers love these cubes, there are some complaints about quality control. Frankly, this is why we love shopping on Amazon; if you ever receive an item that’s defective, poor quality, etc, they’ll take it back (and pay for shipping) with no hassle.

This 4 piece packing cube set by Amazon Basics offers great features at a lower price point than many packing cubes. They’re lightweight, with mesh panels and carrying handles, and include a nice variety of sizes.

What we love:

Value pricing with all the features found in most other packing cubes.

What we don’t:

One reviewer complained about the red cubes color bleeding onto clothing.

Eagle Creek’s Pack It cube set may not be quite as lightweight as some of the other options, but it makes up for that in durability and ability to hold their shape. In addition to the useful mesh panels, these feature carrying handles, and are covered by a lifetime warranty.

What we love:

The high quality and lifetime warranty.

What we don’t:

Some more color choices would be nice.

Flight 001’s Spacepak for undergarments is designed for just one thing; storing your unmentionables. The cube will hold up to two weeks of lingerie, socks and pajamas, and features a separate compartment for dirty laundry. One way air vents allow you to compress the cube for ultra compact packing.

They also offer quite a few other Spacepak designs for clothing and toiletries, with colors and prints geared towards men as well. The Spacepaks are at a higher price point, but are one of the best packing cubes if you want to splurge.

What we love:

The stylish design and compression vents, both things you don’t see on the average packing cube.

What we don’t:

The Spacepack is a little pricey for just one cube.

For those who find that they never use all of the cubes in large sets, or only need to pack for shorter trips, these Travelon packing cubes are a great choice. The 3 piece set is lightweight, with handy see through mesh, and lightweight wire frame to hold their shape when packing.

What we love:

They’re lightweight and attractive, and perfect for carry-ons.

What we don’t:

Some don’t like the wire frame (though we think it’s nice to have a little structure in your packing cubes).

So yes, these are not strictly speaking, cubes. But if your cube set doesn’t come with a shoe sized cube (or that cube is too large to be practical for women’s shoes), you might want a shoe bag. Shoe bags like Flight 001’s Go Clean Heels bag set keep you shoes scuff free, and dirty soles away from your clean clothing.

Flight 001 offers a variety of shoe bags for men and women, so check out the entire selection if bright pink isn’t your color.

What we love:

Simple, colorful, and functional, these keep everything clean and organized without wasting space.

What we don’t:

As with other Flight 001 products, you’re paying for design, so they’re a tad pricey. See some of Amazon’s cheaper travel shoe bags here.

Again, these aren’t exactly what you might think of when you think packing cubes, but Eagle Creek’s Pack It Compression Sacs are fantastic space savers. The one way air vents allow for easy compression of bulky items like coats (and allow me to rationalize traveling with my pillow).

What we love:

These are great space savers, and the multiple sizes let you compress even large coats.

What we don’t:

The plastic slider that helps to zip the top of the sacs can easily slide off the end and get lost, an irritating design flaw. However, the bags still “zip” without the slider, you just need to press as you would with a ziploc bag.

After searching for ages, buying and discarding a dozen travel cosmetic bags, we finally discovered the Victorinox Muse.

It’s a bit of a hidden gem, because it doesn’t seem to be tagged or titled in a way that makes it easy to find when searching on Amazon.

If you’re a very light packer, this isn’t for you, but for those who need to pack skincare and cosmetics, plus shampoo and conditioner, there’s plenty of room.

What we love:

The Muse holds a lot, while maintaining a slim profile, so it’s easy to fit in your suitcase

What we don’t:

It’s a bit of a splurge at $50, and some additional color choices would be nice.

 

Why you should buy packing cubes

Not sold on the idea of packing cubes, or not sure why you’d want them? Here’s some reasons to use packing cubes:

  • They keep you organized! Rather than having everything floating around in your suitcase, packing cubes help your clothing to arrive organized and wrinkle free.
  • You’ll be able to find things more easily: think of your cubes like dresser drawers at home.
  • Packing cubes protect your clothing from dirt– and help to quarantine your dirty laundry.
  • You’ll save space: packing cubes let you compress more clothing into a smaller space.
  • Packing cubes make it easier for TSA to search your bag without unfolding everything.

Best Packing Cubes 2017

  1. eBags Packing Cubes 3pc Set
  2. Shacke Pak Packing Cube Set
  3. Rusoji 6 Pc Packing Cube Set
  4. eBags Ultralight Packing Cubes
  5. Hugesaving 6pc Packing Cube Set
  6. Amazon Basics 4pc Packing Cube Set
  7. Eagle Creek Pack It Cube 3pc Set
  8. Flight 001 Spacepack Undergarments Cube
  9. Travelon Lightweight Packing Cubes
  10. Flight 001 Go Clean Heels
  11. Eagle Creek Pack It Compression Sac Set
  12. Victorinox Muse Toiletry & Cosmetic Bag

 

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