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The best packing cubes to keep your luggage organised

Keep things neat, tidy and organised on the go with our pick of the best packing cubes.

By Mumsnet HQ | Last updated Jul 16, 2021

Packing cubes

Packing to go on holiday, I’m sure we’d all agree, isn’t a massive funfest – especially if your family wants to take all but the kitchen sink. So anything designed to make this task a little easier and to make unloading at the other end less stressful can only be a good thing.

Packing cubes can help you load luggage more efficiently and can save you vital space in the process. And they can keep you super organised on trips near and far.

Whether you’re looking to keep clothes clean and dry, want extra space in your case or just like to keep things neat and tidy at all times, our list has you covered.

Here are the best packing cubes to buy in 2021.

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1. Best overall packing cubes: Amazon Basics Packing Cubes 4-Piece Set

Amazon Basics packing cubes

"Amazon Basics are good. They have several packages available, with different sizes" – handbagsatdawn33

A task most people dread, packing your suitcase can become a bit of a Tetris-style task to ensure you don’t go over that baggage allowance. These Amazon Basics packing cubes help to keep your belongings neatly stored and conveniently organised. Best of all, the fabric containers protect garments against wrinkles so there's no need to ask for the hotel iron after you’ve unpacked. This four-piece set comes with two large and two medium cubes which means they can hold anything from bulky jackets to underwear. The breathable, mesh-top panels provide ventilation and also means you can see what’s inside at a glance. They come in six different colours to match your luggage.

Key specs

  • Size: Pack of four
  • Weight: Not specified
  • Material: Nylon
  • Waterproof: Not specified

2. Best budget packing cubes: Newdora Packing Cubes 8-Piece Set

Newdora packing cubes

"I love my packing cubes. Each person has one big cube which makes it super easy to unpack at the other end. Everyone just takes their own cube to their room. Late arrival? All first night PJs in one cube. Super easy" – Neolara

You get a lot of bang for your buck with these space-saving packing cubes. The eight-piece set offers a one-stop travel packing solution with packing cubes, toiletry bags, underwear organisers, shoe bags, laundry bags and a bag for small accessories. Whether you want to keep your clean clothes from your dirty ones or separate your electrical items from your shoes, this Newdora bundle has things covered. And once you're home you can easily store them away without taking up loads of room in the cupboard.

Key specs

  • Size: Pack of eight
  • Weight: 500g
  • Material: Nylon
  • Waterproof: Yes

3. Best expandable packing cubes: LeanTravel Compression Packing Cubes

LeanTravel packing cubes

"I've just bought the LeanTravel compression ones" – jay55

Sometimes you just need that little bit more space to fit that ‘just in case’ item of clothing which makes these expandable packing cubes perfect. The cubes change easily between one to four inches wide by using the double zipper. LeanTravel pride themselves on their zippers which feature anti-catch technology to prevent fabric from getting caught when opening and closing. The cubes also have reinforced wall structures and can be transferred straight from your suitcase into dresser drawers. The bags have a durable mesh which means you can see what’s inside each one and the set of three include two large cubes for coats or trousers and one medium cube for shirts, underwear or socks.

Key specs

  • Size: Pack of three
  • Weight: Not specified
  • Material: Polyester
  • Waterproof: Waterproof plastic zipper bag included

4. Best patterned packing cubes: Eagle Creek Pack-It Set 5 GYRES

Eagle Creek packing cubes

"I absolutely love my packing cubes! Completely changed how I pack, and so much easier. Especially on a long trip, you can have a cube for the first night if you are staying at an airport hotel, or different cubes for each person" – Jammiebammie

For the traveller with a lot to pack, this cube set will help keep you super organised and the quirky pattern brings a bit of style to your luggage. They’re made from 100% recycled materials and the Smog of the Sea print is inspired by the billions of microplastics that circulate in the ocean. The cubes come in various sizes and are lightweight, as well as easy to wash. And to bolster the eco credentials, 10% of proceeds go to conservation and plastics clean-up efforts.

Key specs

  • Size: Pack of five
  • Weight: 28g
  • Material: 100% recycled materials
  • Waterproof: Yes

5. Best backpack packing cubes: Cabin Max Set of 6 Packing Cubes

Cabin Max packing cubes

These cubes are designed to fit the Cabin Max Metz Backpack but will fit inside most backpacks and cabin luggage too. They have see-through fronts which means you can easily see what’s in each cube and they can be used as laundry bags when you’re returning from holiday. The set comes with two extra-large packing cubes, one large, two medium and one smaller packing cube, providing you with plenty of options.

Key specs

  • Size: Pack of six
  • Weight: Not specified
  • Material: Ripstop fabric
  • Waterproof: Not specified

6. Best small packing cubes: Briggs & Riley 3-Pack Zippered Packing Cubes

Briggs & Riley 3-Pack Zippered Packing Cubes

Good things come in small packages and this three-cube set fits that description. Sometimes you only need a small packing cube to keep things separate and organised in your case and these do that job well according to user reviews. Machine washable, the mesh windows make clothes easily visible as well as increasing breathability. They come with an integrated carry handle on each cube for easy transferring and storage.

Key specs

  • Size: Pack of three
  • Weight: Not specified
  • Material: Polyester
  • Waterproof: Yes

7. Best sturdy packing cubes: Osprey UL Packing Cube Set

Osprey UL Packing Cube Set

Osprey is well-known for its quality luggage so it’s no surprise its packing cubes make travelling as stress-free as possible. No one wants to spend more time packing and unpacking than needed and this sturdy and ultra-light packing cube set will mean you can spend more time enjoying your holiday. They come in either electric lime or black and have top access zippers and handles to make them super simple to use.

Key specs

  • Size: Pack of three
  • Weight: 59g
  • Material: Not specified
  • Waterproof: Not specified

8. Best lightweight packing cubes: eBags Ultralight Packing Cubes 7-Piece Set

eBags Ultralight Packing Cubes

Containing one large, two slim and four small ultralight packing cubes, this set has been praised by Amazon customers for its “excellent quality” and being "extremely lightweight”. eBags has thought of everything to make their cubes as light as can be and even the zippers are made from extra light material. Each cube comes with a spring-loaded mini framed design that holds its shape while you’re filling them up with all of life essentials.

Key specs

  • Size: Pack of seven
  • Weight: 28g
  • Material: Nylon
  • Waterproof: Not specified

9. Best compression packing cubes: Gonex Compression Packing Cubes Mesh Travel Luggage Packing Organisers

Gonex Compression Packing Cubes

This fancy looking packing cube set comes in a variety of colours and looks quite different to other packing cubes on our list. The cubes are made from lightweight, soft and washable nylon fabric and there’s plenty of space for your clothing without adding much extra weight to your luggage, despite being some of the heaviest we’ve reviewed. Not only do they do the job of organising your clothes but they cleverly compress them so you can take more away without the risk of zips breaking as they’re doubly reinforced.

Key specs

  • Size: Pack of six
  • Weight: 500g
  • Material: Nylon
  • Waterproof: Yes

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How to choose the best packing cubes

There are a few things to keep in mind when buying packing cubes. How often you travel is one of the main considerations. If you don't travel very often, there are lots of budget options that should suit your needs but if you travel a lot it might be worth investing in a more durable brand and spending a bit more money. It’s also worth considering how much you normally pack as that will determine how many cubes you need. Packing cubes pretty much always come in multi-pack sets with larger sets including accessories like shoe bags and flat cases for items like laptops and tablets. The longer you’re travelling, the larger the set you’ll need. The other two important considerations are whether you need to protect your possessions and how much space you need. If you’re off on a walking holiday and your luggage will be exposed to the elements it would be a good idea to buy waterproof packing cubes. If space is a problem and you need to fit a lot into your case, compression-style packing cubes would be a good buy.

Are packing cubes better than rolling items?

There’s no right or wrong way to pack but travel experts at Airfarewatchdog recommend bulkier items such as sweatshirts and jackets would be better in a packing cube as laying them flat will take up less space than rolling. But in general, rolled items often take up less room and can be configured to fit into otherwise wasted space (like putting rolled up socks inside your shoes).

Are compression packing cubes worth it?

As mentioned above, if you’re short on space in your bag or suitcase, compression-style packing cubes can prove invaluable. These are designed with an extra zip that, once closed, will push your possessions down into as little space as possible.

What are the best packing cubes to buy?

Our overall best buy is the Amazon Basics 4-piece Set which receives top marks across the web and on the Mumsnet forums. Not only is it a great price at just over £20 for four good sized cubes, it’s rated highly for durability. And when you’re done, the cubes can be stored away without taking up too much room in the cupboard.

How we chose our recommendations

Because we know that there’s nothing like a real recommendation, we first headed to the Mumsnet forums to find out what packing cubes were being recommended.

We then did some research across the wider web, looking at what packing cubes had won accolades or been featured in ‘best buy’ lists across websites, and what customer reviews said about them. Having collated all that information, we then narrowed our list down to the best packing cubes online at the moment.

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