The Best Packing Cubes on the Planet | Eagle Creek Compression PackingCubes

14 May 2015

We love packing cubes. Packing cubes are just the best. When you're living out of a backpack for weeks on end, cubes not only help you stay organized, but they also make it easier to quickly access any item you have stowed away.

When we backpacked across Europe for seven weeks, we purchased mesh eBags packing cubes. While they were certainly a life saver, they weren't perfect. The wired lining made them heavy when full, and it often got stuck on the interior of my backpack, making it difficult to slide them in and out of my pack. I knew pretty quickly that I would eventually need to invest in new packing cubes.
Before my recent trip to Costa Rica, I purchased a set of three Eagle Creek Pack-It Compression Cubes in a lovely Caribbean blue shade. And let me just tell you, these are probably the best packing cubes on the planet. The cubes are made of nylon, making them both incredibly lightweight and durable. These cubes have a solid form to them, which helps to "compress" the items you pack in them, but they won't function in the same way as you would expect a compression sack to work. Still, I find this feature useful for creating space in my pack.

The cubes come in three different sizes: small, medium and large. I packed heavier clothing items like jeans, sweaters and tops in the large one, and my socks, pajamas and unmentionables went into the medium one. The small cube isn't quite big enough for clothing items, in my opinion. Perhaps you could stuff your socks in it, but I opted to use it to collect all of my chargers, cords and other electronic accessories. It worked quite well for this, however, I think I would get more use out of it if it was a second medium sized one.
Each cube features a handle at the top, which makes it nice and easy to pull them out of your pack. The nylon material also improves their usability and enables the cubes to slide in and out without much effort. 

The Eagle Creek Pack-It Spector Compression Cube Set is awesome for any traveler. You can find them on Amazon for $38 in a wide array of fun colors. 

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