Let's be honest: Packing for a trip is the most daunting part of traveling. Some say there's a talent in efficiently packing up a suitcase for everything to fit neatly. While this is true, there's a not-so-quietly kept secret that keeps your things organized and gives you tons of space to pack even more: — Compression cubes.
Compression cubes do exactly what their name suggests: They compress the air out of your clothes in cube bags that zip up on all four sides. This helps you create additional space in your luggage and, in turn, even helps you lower the weight of the items in your suitcase organically.
With compression cubes travelers' latest obsession, tons of travel and luggage brands have been cranking out versions. We've found that the five below are the best of the best, and we've separated them into defining categories so you're sure to buy the set that's right for your travel needs.
Whether you're looking for the set that I've personally tested and constantly use every time I travel or just need the best $25 set, we've got you covered.
Keep scrolling to check out the five best compression cube sets to buy for your next trip.
$90 at Monos
Monos is my favorite luggage brand at the moment — and has been for a number of years. After testing out a few of its best sellers (from its Hybrid Carry-On to its Metro Weekender), I'm yet to find a product that doesn't hit the ball out of the park, and its Compressible Packing Cubes are no different.
I was skeptical about the effectiveness of packing cubes until I tried these. If you're an over-packer like me, these compressible packing cubes make it super easy to do so while staying under the weight limit and keeping your clothes organized.
I recently used these cubes on two trips. The first time, I used them in my carry-on luggage on a domestic flight and the second time in a large checked suitcase on an international flight. Both times, these bags compressed so well that there was plenty of room to spare even after I closed my luggage.
The Monos Compressible Packing Cubes have a breathable mesh top panel that lets you easily see what's inside each cube without unpacking. They each also have anti-catch zippers to ensure your packing is always snag-free.
They come in five colors and two quantities (a set of four or a set of six).
$30 at Amazon
Contrary to popular belief, compression packing cubes aren't expensive at all. In fact, this four-piece set from trusted brand Bento costs just $25!
These cubes are made of high-strength, waterproof, durable nylon, polyester and leather blends and have high-grade zippers that never snag or strip. Also, like all of the compression cubes on this list, these quickly and easily compress your clothes to less than half the thickness without any struggle.
This set comes in black and gray — and the latter is even cheaper at $23.99.
$46 at Amazon
The LeanTravel Compression Packing Cubes have a similar design and functionality as the Monos Compressible Packing Cubes. They have double zipper compression security and a durable mesh window for each vision.
This set of six comes with two large cubes for coats or pants, two medium cubes for shirts and two small cubes for underwear, socks and other smaller travel gear. Amazon shopper editors highly recommend this set, so you know it's the real deal!
Choose from nine colors and patterns before adding to your cart.
$50 at Amazon
For those looking for the most bang for your buck, this Well Traveled Deluxe Set Compression Packing Cubes set comes with eight pieces, so you're guaranteed a designated space for everything you're packing.
This comprehensive set includes two large and one medium HybridMax compression cubes, two small compression cubes, two accessory bags, one laundry bag and 50 luggage tag cards. The HybridMax technology is arguably among the most effective on this list since it saves 60% more space when packing.
Choose from three colors (black, blue and white) and two quantities (four-piece or eight-piece) when shopping.
$30 at Amazon
This final option is for those who prefer having a separate bag for their shoes if they don't already have one. This seven-piece set is an ultra-lightweight nylon material, adding little-to-no extra weight to your luggage.
Unlike most nylon bags, these are reinforced with ripstop, which increases the material's resistance to rips and tears, ensuring that you'll have these for a long time.
This set comes with three standard and three compression packing cubes with one shoe bag to meet your different packing needs.
Choose from eight colors when shopping.
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