The 9 Best Packing Cubes

Your suitcase may be stuffed to the brim, but everything is neatly packed away. Still, once you get the hotel, your bag practically springs open and clothes fly out everywhere. If this unhappy scenario has ever happened to you, it's time to give one of the best packing cubes a try.

Packing cubes work great for anyone, but they're especially good for the organizationally challenged. If you're not good at folding, it's hard to keep your suitcase from becoming a mess. But if you keep your clothes, undergarments, and shoes all in separate little spaces, they won't get dirty or slide around. And even if what's in the packing cube looks less than perfect, your overall suitcase will be neatly organized.

Many of these packing cubes come with mesh covers, so you can quickly see what's inside. That's a lot easier that rummaging through your entire suitcase for the one mini skirt you were looking for. Plus, most packing cube sets come with a laundry bag, so you can keep your dirty clothes separate and put them right in the wash when you get home.

If you think the cubes themselves will take up too much space, don't worry. You can get compression cubes that squeeze your stuff into a smaller package. That way, you can actually fit more things than usual and your suitcase will still be organized.

These 9 highly-rated packing cubes will make any trip easier by giving you one less thing to worry about.

1A Packing Cube Set Amazon Reviewers Love

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Shacke Pack 4 Set Packing Cubes with Laundry Bag, $25, Amazon

These packing cubes are rated five stars on Amazon with almost 5,500 reviews. The water resistant nylon cubes come in different sizes but fit together for easy storage when they're not in use. Their double-stitched, reinforced lids keep your things in place while the mesh cutouts make it easy to see what's in the cube. Plus, it comes with a laundry bag to keep your dirty clothes separate.

2Four Packing Cubes That Fit Right Inside Your Carry-On

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Bagail 4 Set Packing Cubes with Laundry Bag, $20, Amazon

This set of four packing cubes fits into most any carry-on bag, so you'll always be able to pack the perfect amount. The YKK zippers give the cubes a strong hold while the mesh inserts on the sturdy nylon cases makes it easy to find whatever you're looking for. And, you get a laundry bag for all your used clothes, too.

3Mini Cubes That Keep All Your Little (Read: Random) Items Organized

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Travelon 3 Set Mini Packing Cubes, $18, Amazon

This mini packing cube set keeps all the small stuff in order. Separate your makeup by type with these little cubes, then store them all in a larger makeup bag. Or use on their own to keep track of the littlest items in your luggage. The three cubes nest together for storage and come in beautifully bright colors so they're always easy to find.

4Compression Cubes That Give You Twice As Much Storage Space

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Gonex Compression Packing Cubes, $20, Amazon

Watch your clothes shrink with these compression cubes. Use the cubes at their full width for things like shoes and toiletries or watch them compress your soft items (like clothes) down to half the size. The nylon exterior is tear-resistant and waterproof, so your items are guaranteed to stay safe. One enthusiastic reviewer wrote: "These compression cubes have transformed packing for me - I'm blown away by the quality and the fact that they really work!"

5Reliable Packing Cubes That Will Last A Lifetime

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eBags Packing Cubes Set of 3, $30, Amazon

Made with Techlite Diamond Nylon, these packing cubes will stand up to even the worst packing disaster. The premium zippers open and close with ease, while the compact three piece size is easy to fit into almost any sized luggage. Plus, the company offers a limited lifetime warranty, so these'll be a staple for years to come.

6A Packing Cube Set That's Super Affordable

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Utopia Home Durable Packing Cubes 3 Piece Set, $10, Amazon

If you'd like to give packing cubes a try without making a big investment, give this set a try. You get a small, medium, and large cube, all with double pull zippers and a tough nylon exterior. Plus, the mesh tops give you a window to see what's inside.

7A Set Of Packing Cubes With A Label For Everything

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Beschan 9 Piece Compression Packing Cubes, $21, Amazon

It's easy to forget what's what when you pack, so this packing cube set has everything labeled for you. With a pouch for your digital items, shoes, underthings, shirts, pants, and four different sized bags for dirty laundry, your luggage stays extremely organized. All of them are completely waterproof and the digital pouch has an extra bubble later to keep your devices extra-safe. Plus, the laundry bags keep any bad odors inside and away from the rest of your clean clothes.

8A Single Compression Cube For When You Need Only One

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Pro Packing Cube, $10-$13, Amazon

If you're not looking for a full set, but still want to experience the glory of a compression cube, this one is it. You can buy an individual medium or large cube with a manufacturer lifetime warranty. Plus, it compresses your clothes to give you extra luggage space.

9Breathable Packing Cubes That Hold A Little Extra

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TravelWise Packing Cube System 5 Piece Weekender Set, $23, Amazon

When you need to fill more than a carry-on, this five piece set will still keep you organized. With two large, two medium, and one small cube — all with extra deep pockets — you'll find space for anything you need to travel with. The high quality nylon is very lightweight, but can take a beating. The two-way zippers make the cubes quick to open or close and the mesh windows let your items breathe.

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