Best Packing Cubes For Long Term Travel

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Best Packing Cubes

Living on the road means we pack and unpack our bags a lot, as in a couple times a week. Packing can be a total drag, but we both invested in some of the best packing cubes we could find and it saves us a lot of time. We were skeptical when we first bought something to organize our bags. However, we have to be honest, it’s two years later and we are going strong in the same packing cubes.

After about a year of having a fantastic packing experience every other morning with my cubes, I had the genius idea “I wonder what my bag will look like without the cubes.” I quickly dumped my items out of the cubes and packed up my old way. It didn’t take more than an hour before I was repacking everything into my precious packing cubes. They are a travel life saver. 

Why You Should Use Packing Cubes

  • Organization

This is clearly one of the main arguments for packing cubes. You can organize all of your clothes, toiletries, accessories and random items into neat tidy bags. You don’t have to worry as much about little things getting lost in your luggage with packing cubes because they’re always in the corresponding cube.

  • Compression

Many packing cubes (or if you jam pack like me) do a good job at compressing your clothes. This frees up space in your suitcase allowing room for other things.

  • Efficiency

When my bags are packed with packing cubes and I open my suitcase I can easily move the packing cubes – not all the clothes – from point A to point B. I don’t lose things like I used to. I can get in and out of my luggage with ease.

  • Protection

Packing cubes really do a great job at protecting my clothes. I don’t have to wrap things in plastic bags in case there is a spill in my bag, and I don’t have to watch out for snagging my clothes on zippers anymore.

The Best Packing Cubes for Travel

It’s 2017, there are tons of packing cubes on the market now. Selecting the best packing cubes for your travels can be daunting, but these are some of our favorite packing cubes for travel.

TravelWise Packing Cubes

These travel cubes come in a variety of colors which is great for choosing what goes in where and distinguishing between all the bags. They come in large, medium, and small. A basic set comes with one large, one medium, and one small. There is an option to get a five piece set as well. I personally only need three in my bag as it is not that big, but for those of you that love your clothes and have a bigger suitcase I would recommend the five piece. The TravelWise packing cubes are one of the best travel packing cubes because of how lightweight they are.

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TravelWise Packing Cube Pros:

  • Durable packs and lightweight that pack up well
  • Option Five Piece Starter Set (2 Large, 2 Medium, 1 Small)
  • Open mesh so easy to find items

TravelWide Packing Cube Cons:

  • Users note thinness of bags

Dot&Dot Packing Cubes

Cameron has the Dot&Dot system and they have held up nicely for the past two years. He keeps all sorts of things in them jeans, toiletries, and shoes. The Dot&Dot Packing Cubes for Travel hold everything together well and have held up to his destructive habits, for not being super sturdy that’s impressive. It could be that they are spacious and they aren’t under much strain. I have to note that these packing cubes are larger than any of the others we’ve had. It’s not a bad thing, but it’s not necessary either.

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Dot&Dot Packing Cube Pros:

  • More affordable option
  • Easy Mesh design to see items without packing
  • Has handle

Dot&Dot Packing Cube Cons: 

  • Less durable feel
  • Overly large pieces with set only giving one size

Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Compression Cube Set

While Cameron thinks the Dot&Dot packing cubes are some of the best travel packing cubes I think differently with my Eagle Creek set.  I scored the Eagle Creek Pack-It Compression set a few years ago on a mega sale at The Container Store. The Eagle Creek brand is great and have stood up to the test of time. They are slightly more expensive than most other packing cubes on the market, but that’s what you get for brand recognition. I like the compression set because it compresses, but to be honest it doesn’t save a ton of extra room in my luggage! I love stuffing my packing cubes full and then having the option to zip them even tighter. In my opinion, these are the very best packing cubes for backpacks like mine.

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Eagle Creek Pack-It Pros:

  • Eagle Creek Brand Backing
  • Durability
  • Zip up feature
  • Compressible to give you a tad bit extra space

Eagle Creek Pack-It Cons

  • Expensive
  • Smaller sets than most other packing cube sets.
  • Hard to actually compress if the cube is too stuffed.

Shacke Pak

These packing cubes are nylon and water resistant. They are pretty durable and good for getting tossed around while traveling. The basic pack comes with four packing cubes which should be more than enough for any travel bag. Shacke Pak prides itself on the quality of its zippers, which seem like a small feature but can obviously make or break your packing cube experience.

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Shacke Pak Pros:

  • Quality Zippers
  • Lightweight
  • Lifetime warranty

Shacke Pak Cons:

  • Users note that the seaming is cheap


eBags Packing System

The eBags are very similar to the Dot&Dot System except the sizing isn’t so monstrous. We love all the fun colors that eBags has, and that makes it great for organizing for a family.  The eBags are some of the most popular andrecognizable on Amazon.They’re basic, but well known heavy duty products and some of the best packing cubes.

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eBags Packing Cubes Pros:

  • Comes in Three Different Sizes
  • Lightweight and Durable
  • Open Mesh front and handle on each cube

eBags Packing Cubes Cons:

  • Many users comment on how small the bags are. Check the dimensions to make sure you’re okay with them.


Now you may be wondering just how to use a packing cube. Here is the ultimate breakdown:

There are plenty of other packing cubes online. Many of them I find are available for purchase on Amazon. The ones listed above are some of the best backing cubes on the market. Ready to get packing?

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