11 of the best packing cubes – travel reviews 2018

Packing for a trip is often the kryptonite of every traveller regardless of their experience and there are plenty of ‘How-To’ guides out there offering the solution to your packing woes, whether its rolling your clothes or stuffing shoes with underwear, but it is the packing cube that is actually going to revolutionise how you pack from now on. These little, humble cubes of zippered goodness ensure that your seperates are separated and don’t make a break for it during a routine airport security check but aside from all that, they have many practical benefits too from keeping dirty clothes separated (think bacteria and odour!) to being a paragon of organisation and convenience. Imagine never having to root for that elusive travel adapter again!

We have compiled a list of what we think are the best packing cube sets out there to suit every traveller’s needs, because we’re nice like that!

Best compression cube – Gonex Packing Cubes

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First up are the Gonex Packing Cubes, Gonex have perfected compression technology with an extra zip that helps compress the cube to make it even smaller and less bulky. Perfect for trying to squeeze in those extra essentials into a carry-on! All three cubes will fit comfortably into a 33 litre rucksack. Other benefits include; a variety of colours, durable fabric and strong zips.

Best for waterproof –  Aizbo seven set waterproof packing cubes

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Aizbo’s lightweight, colourful packing cube set are renowned among extensive travellers for being secure and durable. What makes them so popular is the waterproof, wipe-clean material they are made from which makes them quick drying. They are the perfect travel companion with meticulous stitching, sturdy design and the variety of sizes mean they are perfect for a backpack, suitcase or holdall which, makes it ideal for every travel opportunity.

Best for ultra lightweight – Pro Packing Cubes

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Pro Packing Cubes put the pro in proficient packing! They have been designed with organisation, speed and efficiency in mind, and meeting the needs and desires of frequent flyers and travel enthusiasts is their goal. Made with super lightweight material, heavy-duty zippers and state of the art compression technology ensuring that your luggage is kept safe throughout your journey, but better still giving you 30% more space in your case. Whether you use that extra space by bringing more outfits with you or filling it on your way back with duty-free – that’s up to you! 

Best for cool colours – Bagail Packing Cubes

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Bagail have produced a set of packing cubes that are not only functional and practical with the large cubes suitable for long-term journeys while the smaller of the 6-pack set are perfect for short-term trips. What Bagail have done differently to other packing cube sets are that they provide the set in a number of colours, the only difficult decision you have to make here is, which colour?

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Best value – Amazon Basic Packing Cubes

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The Amazon Basic Packing Cube set comes in at the best value for money without any of the compromises in quality. The double zipper is durable and secure, the mesh design is breathable and prevents any damage to delicate fabrics and the fabric containers help keep clothes wrinkle free, reducing the need for any ironing on arrival. For some packing is an annual occurrence but for others it’s an art form perfected over many years as part of a travel routine, the Amazon Packing Cubes are the perfect tool for the art of packing. The four-piece set comes in at under €25.

Best for floral design – HiDay7 Set Travel Organiser Bag System

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The HiDay set has to be the most elegant currently on the market, with a vintage-esque floral design making it both unique and trendy- perfect for the travelling fashionista. The thick polyester fabric is high quality ensuring that it’s both style and substance. The set includes three packing cubes, 3 compression pouches and a unique hanging toiletry bag so all your items can be perfectly organised. HiDay will offer a 100% money back guarantee if it doesn’t reach your standards.

Best for Adventure Trips – Rhino Tough Packing Cubes

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This premium quality, durable packing cubes are perfect for packing for adventure and outdoorsy trips as gear can be easily separated so there is no need for extra bags for swim gear or exercise clothes. The cubes ensure that you are able to pack everything together in one rucksack or backpack. Packing cubes make packing so quick and easy, it means you are able to spend more time on your trip doing exciting things, instead of trying to stuff your suitcase!

Best Designer Brands – Jenni Chan Colima and Ben Sherman

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Jenni Chan’s lightweight cubes are the perfect blend of style and functionality, making travel simple and effortless. The durable materials inside and out, signature hardware and a variety of useful pockets, keeps you both fashionable and organised at the same time. The quality of fabric safeguards and protects your garments- the true globetrotters secret.

11 of the best packing cubes - travel reviews 2018 Global Grasshopper

And for the boys..the Ben Sherman check print packing cubes includes three different sized cubes which keep clothes protected and organised, the breathable mesh keeps clothes fresh and the durable fabric ensures robustness and dependability for the consistent traveller.

Best 10 Piece Packing Cubes – SLV 10 Piece Travel Organiser Set

11 of the best packing cubes - travel reviews 2018 Global Grasshopper

The ten-piece travel organiser set is the essential companion for any dedicated traveller. The three larger cubes ensure the ultimate organisation of the clothing, with an extra laundry bag to keep dirty clothes separate. The mesh dividers allow for clear visability so there’s no need for chaos when looking for something! A waterproof toiletry bag can also double up as a pool or gym accompiant while the drawstring bag is perfect for keep shoes away from clothes. The stylish, matching beach bag also can double up as a carry-on or carrier bag for walking around cities. What’s unique about the SLV Travel set is that there is a tablet and electronics carry case which makes airport security check-in easier and also ensures that your technology is kept safe. This luggage set is essential for anyone who finds themselves travelling regularly and can be adapted easily to suit any sort of trip.

Best All Rounder – Hoperay Packing Cubes Travel Organiser

11 of the best packing cubes - travel reviews 2018 Global Grasshopper

This slick, black and compact travel organiser set is perfect for any sort of trip, the cubes are divided into their trip suitability. The weekender cube is ideal for a short break while the Extended Getaway and Essential Cube are more suited to longer trips. Like all packing cube sets they are focused on allowing travellers pack more in less space, protect clothing from wrinkles and damage as well as enhancing the traveller experience by ensuring speedy unpacking. However, the Hoperay Packing Cube set combines efficiency with style, durability and reliability as well as still costing less than €25, what’s not to love?

For many people the idea of having packing cubes is just another travel gimmick- like the passport cover or document holder but those people haven’t experienced the ease of having all your boarding passes in the one place and haven’t queued at their local passport office to have a new passport issued because of a ripped front cover. So just like those, the packing cube serves a genuine purpose for the seasoned traveller, especially those who travel for a living- casual and business clothes can be kept separate, dirty clothes can be zipped out of sight and unpacking has never been easier and more organised. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it, once you go cube- you never go back!

With itchy feet, an inquisitive nature and an ardent wanderlust, Emma Clair has always been a traveller at heart. Hailing from the Emerald Isle she calls a tiny coastal town near Dublin home, but has lived in a few countries including Saigon, Vietnam where she resided for over a year. She counts supping on Bloody Marys on a rooftop in Manhattan, downing Singapore slings at the Raffles Hotel, daring a paraglide on the Grand Cayman, spending an exotic Christmas in Malaysia and exploring the Angkor Wat Tomb Raider-style as her all time favourite travel moments. Although, she’ll always have a special place in her heart for the city where she makes her annual pilgrimages – Paris, her true city of lights.

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