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The 12 Best Packing Cubes and Organizers in 2020

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The 12 Best Packing Cubes and Organizers in 2020

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Staying organized while traveling is a problem that even some of the best backpacks and duffels on the market aren’t going to solve completely. There’s always smaller items that end up getting lost in the corners, and at the end of the trip your clean clothes usually get mixed up with dirty ones. One way to avoid this is with a good set of packing cubes that help you keep everything in order. When everything has its place it’s easier to retrieve the items you need in a pinch without needing to dig through your bag every time. It’s a great storage solution that helps keep things compact for one-bag travel, and it makes loading and unloading your bag a simple affair. There’s a lot of packing cubes out there to help you settle your luggage for your next trip whether near or far, and they’re not all the same. In this guide we’ll highlighting some of our favorite storage options for your consideration, and we’ll explain what makes them so indispensable when it comes to carrying smarter and packing your gear more efficiently.

AmazonBasics Packing Cube Set

AmazonBasics Packing Cube Set

Purchase
Key Features
Breathable mesh window
Two-way zippers
Top grab handles
Specifications
Materials
Nylon
Dimensions
17.5 x 12.75 x 3.25 inches
Weight
13.6 oz (all four bags together)
EDC Rating


Price
$
Amazon has a surprising number of quality gear under its AmazonBasics brand, one of them being their 4-piece packing cube set. While you won’t find any abrasion resistance or waterproof materials here, these cubes are perfect for anyone that already has a quality bag and is just seeking a better way to stay organized. You get four different sizes (large, medium, small, and slim) and a mesh top that lets you see where every item of clothing is at a glance. What makes these a good option is the versatility of having four options available to you. The slim one is perfect for socks or underwear while the large packing cube easily holds jeans and dress shirts. For the price, these are hard to beat, and it’s a good and inexpensive place to start if you’re looking for a no-frills option that covers most bases well.
Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Compression Packing Cube Set

Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Compression Packing Cube Set

Purchase
Key Features
Compressible design
Grab handles
Two sizes
Specifications
Materials
30D nylon ripstop
Dimensions
13L and 6L
Weight
1 oz (medium)
EDC Rating


Price
$
Eagle Creek’s solution allows you to keep things slim in your pack to maximize your carry potential when you’re on the road. Their cubes come in two sizes--13 and 6 liters--and they are meant to make it easy for you to roll them up to fit them down to a smaller size. Rolling your clothes also helps prevent wrinkles, making it less of a hassle when you get to your hotel because you won’t have to spend time with the ironing board getting the kinks out of your dress shirts before the next day rolls along.
Peak Design Packing Cube

Peak Design Packing Cube

Purchase
Key Features
Expandable design
Rip-resistant
Secondary compartment for dirty clothes
Specifications
Materials
70D nylon/poly blend shell
Dimensions
18L and 9L
Weight
4 oz and 5.1 oz
EDC Rating


Price
$
While Peak Design is best known for their camera bags, their thoughtful design language extends to travel bags and accessories as well. The Peak Design packing cubes are also a great option for anyone looking to keep clothing or smaller essentials organized on long trips. The cubes are made from a weatherproof 70D nylon and poly shell that’s 100% recycled and rip-resistant as well. It compresses down to a small size if you don’t have much, but you can expand it by unzipping it to increase the capacity when needed. If you’re not sure where your next trip is going to take you, then something tough like these packing cubes might be for you.
Osprey Ultralight Packing Cube Set

Osprey Ultralight Packing Cube Set

Purchase
Key Features
Ultralight
Wide zipper opening
Top grab handle
Specifications
Materials
40D ripstop polyester
Dimensions
6L, 3L, and 1.5L
Weight
1.1 oz
EDC Rating


Price
$
Osprey is one of the go-to brands when you’re looking for reliable outdoor travel bags, but it also makes plenty of quality accessories designed to make your trip easier. Take the ultralight packing cubes for example, with their super light 40D ripstop polyester construction. It won’t weigh you down or easily tear on your next trip. You’ll get 6L, 3L, and 1.5L cubes so you can choose what goes where. All three also have convenient top-handles so you can access them easily from the bag without needing to remove everything. And if anything should happen to these packing cubes during your travels, you can avail of Osprey’s lifetime no-hassle warranty to get it repaired quickly.
NOMATIC Packing Cube

NOMATIC Packing Cube

Purchase
Key Features
Zippered compression system
See-through mesh window
Snag-free zippers
Specifications
Materials
Nylon, mesh
Dimensions
11.5 x 7.75 x 5 inches (compresses to 2.5 inches depth)
Weight
6.3 oz
EDC Rating


Price
$
NOMATIC’s line of packing cubes allows for easy identification of the clothes and gear you place inside of them, with a see-through front cover that means you don’t have to fully unpack your bag when you’re on the hunt for a specific piece of clothing. The snag-free zippered compression system also lets you slim things down when you’re trying to take full advantage of your luggage capacity on a trip abroad.
Topo Designs Pack Bags Packing Cube

Topo Designs Pack Bags Packing Cube

Purchase
Key Features
Top carry handle
YKK zippers
Removable shoulder strap
Specifications
Materials
1000D CORDURA nylon
Dimensions
17.3L
Weight
8.01 oz
EDC Rating


Price
$
Topo Designs opted to give their packing cubes the same 1000D CORDURA nylon and bombproof construction as their bags and packs, making these some of the most durable bags within bags you can opt for as you travel. The sturdy YKK zippers give other packing cubes a run for their money as well, meaning that it’s far less likely that you break a zipper when you least need it in the field due to the quality of this pack. And with the top carry handle, getting this out of your bag once you get to where you’re going is an easy one-handed affair.
Timbuk2 Stack Packing Cube

Timbuk2 Stack Packing Cube

Purchase
Key Features
Stacking design for packing and storage
Breathable material
Color-coded for easy identification
Specifications
Materials
200D PA Crinkle Effect
Dimensions
15.2 x 10.4 x 1.5 inches
Weight
12 oz
EDC Rating


Just released
Price
$
Made out of breathable 200D PA Crinkle Effect fabric, the Stack packing cubes from Timbuk2 allow your clothes to breathe, keeping away strange smells built up over time, especially if you can’t get to a proper wash cycle on an extended trip away from home. As the name implies, these packing cubes are meant to stack one on top of another in your luggage, and for further convenience, the cubes fit into each other for storage. The color guides on the bags themselves allow for some visual separation between your clean gear and dirty laundry. The reflective zipper pulls are easy to identify in the dark as well, which can come in handy at the end of the day.
Patagonia Black Hole Packing Cube

Patagonia Black Hole Packing Cube

Purchase
Key Features
Weatherproof design
Clamshell opening
Grab handle
Specifications
Materials
100% recycled polyester ripstop, TPU laminated
Dimensions
10L, 6L, and 3L
Weight
8.1 oz
EDC Rating


Just released
Price
$
Patagonia recently updated their Black Hole line of packing cubes by integrating a tough polyester ripstop that’s been further treated with TPU laminate that makes these packing cubes highly weatherproof and water repellant. This means that if you’re unlucky enough to get caught out in the rain and some water gets into your pack, you have an added layer of protection against having to wear soggy underwear when you get to your next destination. Aside from the large 10L size we feature here, these packing cubes also come in 6 liter medium and 3L small for all of your travel needs.
Aer Packing Cube

Aer Packing Cube

Purchase
Key Features
Lightweight
Two-way zippers
Mesh panel
Specifications
Materials
70D ripstop nylon
Dimensions
10.9L
Weight
0.25 lbs
EDC Rating


Just released
Price
$
Aer’s packing cube makes even more sense to pick up if you already have their award winning Travel Packs, but even if you don’t they’re a great option for travel EDC. They’re made to fit your standard dress shirts folded in half to avoid wrinkling and damage from a life on the road, and their mesh top allows for both breathability and easy identification of the clothes inside at a glance as you open your pack.
Bluffworks Bluffcube Packing Cube

Bluffworks Bluffcube Packing Cube

Purchase
Key Features
Versatile cinch design
Two models to suit your needs
High-vis colorways
Specifications
Materials
Ripstop nylon
Dimensions
10.5L and 3.9L
Weight
2-4.5 oz
EDC Rating


Just released
Price
$
The flap top and cinch compression closure helps the Bluffworks Bluffcube stand apart from the competition. You can pack them to the brim and stand them up in your travel backpack, or if you need more space (or you are running lighter than usual) you can cinch things down and compress your packing cubes on the go. The Pro version offers a bit more structure for the internals of your bag, and the sport uses lighter ripstop nylon that’s available in five bright colors for easy ID in your bag, and you can use these colors to pack different things in different packing cubes for efficiency’s sake too.
DSPTCH Packing Cube

DSPTCH Packing Cube

Purchase
Key Features
Mesh window
Grab handle
Larger size to accommodate footwear
Specifications
Materials
Ballistic nylon
Dimensions
13 x 9 x 4 inches
Weight
N/A
EDC Rating


Just released
Price
$
The ventilated top design of the DSPTCH Packing Cube as well as the larger size makes them a great option if you have a pair of hiking boots in your travel carry and you need to separate them from the rest of your clothes as you move from point A to point B. It’s also a perfect fit for DSPTCH’s Weekender bag, but as long as the bag of your choice fits it you can certainly use this packing cube in the configuration of your choice.
WANDRD Essential Camera Packing Cube

WANDRD Essential Camera Packing Cube

Purchase
Key Features
Robust protection for your camera gear
Configurable dividers
Weatherproof materials
Specifications
Materials
420 Robic nylon with weather resistant coating
Dimensions
12.5 x 11 x 5 inches
Weight
14.75 oz
EDC Rating


Price
$$
We’ve spent a lot of time talking about carrying your clothes and shoes within your luggage of choice, but when your travel EDC also contains expensive camera gear, packing up a packing cube that can protect those items as you travel is paramount too. That’s where the padded design of the WANDRD Essential Camera cube comes in, with enough space to carry a standard mirrorless interchangeable-lens digital camera and 1-4 lenses including a pro-sized 70-200mm workhorse, this is a great option for photographers on the go. The configurable dividers can also accommodate smaller gear like drones in a pinch, and you can configure the interior how you need, when you need it.

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Josh ·
I just bought a couple sets of the Amazon packing cubes on Prime Day and literally just finished packing a set of clothes for me and my son in one for emergencies right before I got on my laptop and saw this...lol