Savvy travelers know the secret to stress-free packing: cubes. These simple yet somehow innovative squares act as drawers in the dresser that is your carry-on, meaning you won’t be rifling through your suitcase to find the right shirt at 4 a.m. when you arrive at your hotel. Storage cubes also keep the funk of your dirty clothes from stinking up your clean shirts and empower you to pack strategically and squeeze more into your bag. They come in a variety of sizes, so you can compartmentalize your bulky jeans as well as those tiny no-show socks you wear with your Keds. Grab a set for your next trip.
Bagail Packing Cubes
Nylon cubes with mesh lining let you organize and see what’s inside. Amazon
These packing cubes are made out of durable nylon with tough interior seams in a range of colors (grab it in black or gray, or opt for fuchsia or some polka dots). A mesh panel lets you see what’s inside. A six-piece set comes with two large, two medium, or two slim cubes. They’re all four-inches deep.
Shacke Pak 4 Set Packing Cubes
Reinforced packing cubes for serious travelers. Amazon
If you’re a frequent traveler and want something that’ll hold up to many trips a year, go for the Shacke packing cubes. They’re made out of water-resistant nylon, come with double-stitched lids that will stay in place. They’re four inches deep and hold multiple pairs of jeans, shirts, and underwear. A set comes with four sizes, and the included storage bag works double duty as a travel laundry bag. They come in colors like black, green, and orchid.
GoNex Compression Packing Cubes
Fit more clothes in less space with these compression packing cubes. Amazon
Always overpacking? Trying to fit everything into a carry-on to avoid airline fees? Grab a couple of these compression packing cubes—they’re less fussy than those plastic zip bags that require you to compress out all the air, plus they look better. They fit a lot of material into a small space: an extra small bag can fit up to 15 pairs of underwear. The cubes are made out of nylon and mesh, and have sturdy double zippers that compress and hold up through many rounds of packing and unpacking. They’re made out of mostly white mesh with pops of bright colors.
JJ Power Travel Packing Cubes
Lightweight and stylish packing cubes in pastel hues. Amazon
These pretty cubes are perfect for packing outfits for a long cruise—they come in attractive, light shades of pink and light blue and they’re super lightweight. All six cubes combined weigh less than 10 ounces, and all can fit inside the smallest cube for storage. A set comes with two large, one medium, and two small cubes, plus a shoe bag that fits a pair of sneakers and sandals.