Total travel game-changers.
But with thousands out there on the market, which are actually worth themoney? Well I’ve done the research for you in this overly dramatic video withthe packing cube showdown that nobody asked for.
So, which packing cubes are the best? Which are best value for money? And whyam I talking like a Bachelor promo? Find out in this video and even win a set foryourself.
Now let’s hit that cheesy intro! What’s up, smarties? Christina here fromHappyToWander.
com and today we are talking all about packing cubes, the mostmagical piece of gear that help you travel, pack and organize like a totalpro.
In today’s video I am going to be breaking down my personal favorites interms of packing cubes over the past six months of testing them very aggressivelyso if you enjoy that kind of dedication in your life and you want more videosjust like this one, you should give this video a like first of all and hit thatsubscribe button for more.
Now before we get started, I do have a postcard to giveaway because one of the things I love to do is give away a postcard every week tosomeone who comments.
hint hint please comment so congratulations toMikayla from last week for winning this week’s postcard.
Now because we aretalking all about packing cubes today I’m gonna up the ante a little bit andalso throw in a set of packing cubes of your choice so be sure to comment belowwith your favorite packing cubes from this video and I will randomly draw awinner to receive them next week along with a postcard because postcards arereally fun.
Anyways let’s get ready to packing cube Rumble.
oh man that was somuch cooler in my head.
Anyways let’s just get started so here’sa little backstory for you about six months ago I guess I was feeling alittle bit spendy, it was Amazon Prime day and I decidedhey why not buy a bunch of packing cubes and test them out so I can actuallyreport back to you guys and let you know which ones are the best? See nowadayspacking cube choice is pretty overwhelming.
There are literallythousands of brands out there that sell packing cubes that all kind of look thesame.
You can get ones that have puppies on them, get ones avocados on them, you even get ones with skulls.
Actual skulls! So what I did was I picked thetop six rated ones on Amazon.
ca bought them, ordered them and have been testingthem for the past six months.
Here are the ones that I tested: theEagle Creek Pack-It cubes, the Eagle Creek Specter compression cubes, the Bagailpacking cubes in fuchsia, the Gonex packing cubes in green, the Goex, compression pouches in yellow and the medium Amazon Basics in black.
So let’sget started.
we are gonna start with compression cubes.
So if you didn’t knowthis already there are two main types of packing cubes in the packing cube worldokay, so the first ones are the regular standard ones which are basically justlittle zippered cubbies for your clothes so they tend to havejust one layer of zippers whereas on the other hand there are compression cubesand compression cubes tend to have two layers of zippers so they can compressand further just squish down your clothes to save more space.
So which onesare better totally depends on your travel style and your needs.
For me personallybecause my priority with packing cubes is being able to have everything I ownat my fingertips being able to see what I’ve brought, personally the regular packing cubes are way better for me.
On the other handthough with the compression cubes if your priority is saving space, maybe youwant to squish down a really big jacket or a really thick sleeping bag, compression cubes are really great for that.
One thing I would warn againstthough is that compression cubes do not make your suitcase any lighter okay sobe sure to still keep in mind even when you’re using compression packing cubesthat there are luggage weight restrictions and so you shouldn’t justuse them to stuff as much clothing as possible, so keep that in mind.
Alright soin terms of the compression packing cubes, what I’ve purchased are two of thetop rated ones.
Firstly let’s get them out of the way, SO I’ve purchased the top ratedones firstly the Eagle Creek ones (the Eagle Creek Specter compressioncubes) and also the Gonex compression packing cubes which look like this.
So Iwill review the pros and cons of each one starting with the one from EagleCreek.
In terms of pros, these Eagle Creek compression cubes are very very lightprobably the lightest out of all the ones I bought so this would be great ifyou’re backpacking and in need of a lightweight solution but they’re stillreally well built and like new even after six months, plus they also compressclothes really well and with their double zip they’re very satisfying touse.
Overall these are a great quality product.
There are some cons though, thesecompression cubes are more expensive than most.
I also don’t love that theydon’t open all the way, they actually only open halfway and so you can’treally use them like mini drawers for your stuff which is half the reason Ilove packing cubes in the first place.
Now on the other hand we have theGonex packing cubes which are completely different so here are thepros and cons of that one.
In terms of pros they’re really affordable and doopen up all the way like a regular packing cube just with a second zip forcompression.
They also come in a large range of sizes and have a much largercolour selection than the Eagle Creek one.
In terms of cons though itdoesn’t really compress as much as I feel like the Eagle Creek ones do andthey’re also a bit heavier than the Eagle Creek ones so in summary if you’relooking for something that is very lightweight and something that is goingto be really durable long term, I do recommend the Eagle Creek Spectercompression cubes.
They’re very high-quality.
On the other hand if you’relooking for something a bit more like a conventional packing cube, but does haveslight compression ability then I’d go with the Gonex.
Now as I mentionedbefore, my personal preference with packing cubes is the non compression oneso with those ones I actually purchased four different brands now let’s see howthey stack up.
Alright so why don’t we start with my least favorite which wasunfortunately the Amazon Basics in black, the medium packing cube becauseunfortunately as you see here it ripped within one week.
Here the pros and consso in terms of pros, these packing cubes are highly affordable, the material isdecently sturdy and it holds up its shape well when stuffed with clothes.
Thezippers are also quite smooth and they come in some nice colors including skyblue, mint green, red, and gray but there are some significant cons.
Over the pastsix months as you can see there has been quite a bit of wear and tear, somefraying as you can see here and even though it still works fine it’s just notvery promising in terms of durability so I wouldn’t really recommend these sincethey can’t seem to handle my gorilla enthusiasm.
now if you’re looking forsomething that is still budget-friendly but is actually in my opinion betterquality and in some instances cheaper I would go for the Gonex packing cubesright here.
I got mine in lime green but they also come in a lot of other reallyfun colors.
In terms of pros they’re cheap, very very cheap, but the quality isstill pretty decent.
The fabric here feels very durable like a good raincoat, very water-resistant, but still with a nice mesh top so you can see most ofwhat you’ve packed.
They also offer a lot of really great bundle options andcolors so it’s easy to find a set that would match your needs.
In terms of cons, I do think with the red tag and its branding, this packing cubeset can look a little bit cheap.
it’s not exactly super fashionable or chic in anyway but I mean it does the job.
It’s also a small pet peeve of mine but thezippers just don’t feel as smooth as some of the other ones as you can seethey’re quite small, there’s no special tabs and they do feel like a little bitjammed sometimes.
Overall though great budget-friendly packing cube with nicenice colors.
Another great one that I really recommend are the Bagail packingcubes which look like this.
I got mine in fuchsia and as you can see they’re quitepretty.
So in terms of the pros I just love the look of these, the design is abit different from most standard packing cubes and they just look really nicewhen they’re all arranged in your suitcase.
there’s also a great colour andprint selection so if you’re looking for something a bit more chic, something abit more fashionable or cute, you can get different patterns like ones lined withpolka dots or prettier colors like teal, purple, and pink.
They’re also incrediblysturdy with thick fabric which feels more robust than Amazon Basics forexample and also a few centimetres deeper than the other cubes which isgreat if you need more space for your clothes, I also love these pulley zipperswhich are really easy to grab hold of and most of their sets actually comewith a free laundry bag which is a great bonus.
As for cons though, the sizing andbundling of these cubes is interesting.
Most of the sets I found all came withat least one of these giant ones which is not super practical for normaltravels since they can take up like 90% of a carry-on suitcase.
Another con isdepending on how you feel about nylon, the fabric of these cubes can feel alittle bit cheap, but they still hold up really really well apart from a littlebit of fraying which I did begin to notice after about six months offrequent use.
Now, what are my top picks? Unsurprisingly they are the mostexpensive ones and those would be the Eagle Creek.
(that was awkward)The Eagle Creek Pack-It cubes I got mine in blue.
As for pros, these packing cubesjust have a smart look and feel.
The fabric is really strong and durablewithout feeling too slippery or cheap like some of the other budget ones.
Thefull Cube size is also really perfect for my needs because they stack nicelyinto a carry-on and hold their shape really well.
it’s also really reallydurable and looks as good as brand new after six months of use which can’treally be said for some of the cheaper ones I bought.
In terms of cons thoughwell the price tag is a little bit more than most standard packing cubes andthey are of course the priciest of the bunch averaging about ten dollars percube, but honestly they are more than worth it for me because I travel reallyoften and in terms of quality you can feel like these ones have morestructural integrity and just don’t feel as flimsy or cheap as some of the budgetones so you can kind of expect that it will last longer so overall what I wouldsay is if you are looking for a very high quality packing cube that is gonnabe durable, I mean look at this Eagle Creek one, it looks like it’s brand-newand I’ve been using them aggressively for six months.
so if you’re willing topay a little bit extra, go for these ones especially if you travel a lot but whatI will honestly say is that having any kind of packing cube is better thanhaving none at all if you don’t travel super often and you take quite good careof your stuff, as in, you’re not like me and like gorilla handling everything.
Well then you can honestly go for whatever suits your budget best, my firstset of packing cubes was from IKEA family for like less than 20 bucks and Ihad used them for three years and they are still very much standing today, sowhat’s important is that you find something that really works for you andhaving the best brand possible is not actually that importantespecially if you don’t travel that often, but in my personal opinion ifyou’re gonna spend a little bit extra, it IS worth it because long term you do geta lot more usage out of it.
Alright smarties, which one of these would youmost like to have in your possession? Let me know in the comments below which oneof these was your favourite for a chance to win your own personal set and apostcard.
Anyways thanks for watching smarties I will let you know next weekwho won these packing cubes and be sure to tune in next week for more videos justlike this one.
Until then, byeeee!!.