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The 8 Best Packing Cubes To Help You Organize Your Travel
Messing up your previously perfect packing while rummaging for an elusive charging cable is not great. Still, it beats having your underwear make a daring escape during an airport security check. Between frantic dashes and interminable waits, lack of sleep and doing without the comforts of home, traveling can be hard enough without adding carry chaos to the mix. But there’s a convenient solution at hand. The humble and hard-working packing cube keeps your travel gear organized, helps you access specific items quickly without disturbing the rest, and gives you flexibility when it comes to packing and unpacking alike.
To help you on the journey to hassle-free hauling, we’ve picked out some of the best packing cubes for travel – because everyone should be able to enjoy a little oasis of carry calm no matter how crazy their surroundings get…
Tom Bihn 3D Organizer Cubes
Simple, versatile and straightforward, Tom Bihn’s 3D Organizer Cubes provide pint-sized ports in a carry storm. With choices such as the 3D Fabric Organizer Cube, 3D Mesh Organizer Cube and 3D Clear Organizer Cube you can easily carry a host of small items, from toiletries and cables to pens and flashlights. The cubes have a #5 YKK zip and come in a variety of materials and colorway options. Each organizer cube includes an internal hook for hanging and is also available with an optional key strap and shoulder strap to tailor it to your carry needs.
GORUCK Field Pockets
GORUCK packs have a solid rep for toughness, so it makes sense that their Field Pockets don’t mess around in the durability department either. GORUCK provides two hard-wearing pocket options. Padded Field Pockets offer enhanced protection for the contents, while also providing a choice of compartments for organization. Available in 2L, 3L and 4L sizes, they open and lie flat for easy access and can be attached to webbing on bags if desired. GORUCK’s Simple Field Pockets on the other hand don’t weigh as much as their padded cousins and can be easily collapsed and rolled. They also don’t have the internal organization or the MOLLE attachment options that the Padded Field Pockets provide. Available in 3L and 4L versions, the Simple Field Pockets offer a cheaper and more minimalist approach to keeping your gear in order.
MUJI Double Zip Garment Case
MUJI’s Double Zip Garment Case features a double zip construction with two separate compartments, giving you the flexibility to pack a variety of items in one cube while still keeping them organized and within easy reach. Alternatively, shield your fresh clothes from your dirty ones by using one compartment for clean items and the other for dirty laundry. However, if you prefer the one-compartment layout MUJI has plenty of single-zip cubes in small, medium and large sizes to choose from too.
Sea to Summit Travelling Light Garment Mesh Bag
Whether you’re getting to your destination by plane or on foot, the less your bag weighs, the better. Constructed out of water-resistant Ultra-Sil™ fabric utilizing Cordura yarn, the Sea to Summit Travelling Light Garment Mesh Bag balances light weight and durability. Available in three sizes (4L, 8L and 11L) and four colorways, the cubes pack flat for easy storage when not in use. The mesh tops provide visibility of the contents, with YKK zip access to your gear and a grab handle for easy carrying. The three sizes have you covered for a range of garments and other travel items, from socks and underwear, to trousers and shirts.
Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Cubes
Another weight-conscious option for organizing your travel gear is the Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter range. The range includes a variety of sizes and shapes such as the Tube Cube, Quarter Cube, Half Cube and Full Cube options to accommodate a host of different items and bag sizes. Plus you can opt for individual cubes or purchase sets depending on your requirements. If you need to compress your gear, Eagle Creek Travel Gear Pack-It Specter Compression Cubes are also on hand to get you out of (or rather, into) a tight spot. The range is constructed out of water-resistant and translucent ultra-light silnylon ripstop for minimal weight while still allowing you to determine the contents.
eBags Packing Cube Set
If you want to bag a bargain, the eBags Packing Cube Set provides a large, medium and small packing cube at a budget-friendly price. The top of the cubes are a combo of mesh and fabric, allowing for breathability and visibility of the contents. Further features include YKK zips with convenient corded pulls and carry handles for easy portability. There is also no shortage of color choices, so you can go bright and bold or keep things subtle. If three different sizes don’t quite suit your needs, you can also opt for three of the same size instead, with sets of small, medium and large packing cubes.
Rick Steves Packing Cube Set
The Rick Steves Packing Cube Set is a good option if you prefer packing cubes with more depth to them or are using a bag with dimensions that would better accommodate such cubes. The set includes one large and two smaller cubes, each measuring 5 inches deep. A mesh lid and walls in combination with colored zip pulls allow contents to be quickly identified. The cubes also pack flat when not in use, so you can stash them out of the way until needed.
Red Oxx Packing Cubes
Red Oxx are known for crafting burly travel gear, and their packing cubes are no exception. Made by hand in Montana, the packing cubes come with a lifetime warranty and are available in a choice of sizes to suit different needs. Mesh lids provide easy visibility of the contents, and the YKK zips are easily opened with Monkey Fist Zip Knots. The packing cubes also feature grab handles for easy portability and retrieval from your bag.