Best packing cubes

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Packing can fill any camper with dread. It's not working out what to take. We enjoy making lists. But actually squeezing it all into our backpacks and then the car can be the worst part of any trip. Particularly when you have to do the same thing, only with dirty clothes, at the end of your camp. 

One solution we recommend is to use packing cubes to make the whole process less painful. These zip-up bags are great for any sort of travel and what works in your suitcase is just as valid in your backpack, particularly as you often need to find particular items of clothing in the dark of your tent. With packing cubes, you can organize your clothes properly so you know where to find your socks in the morning or that warm top when it gets cold. The fact that they are in a water-resistant bag is a good thing when your pack gets wet too. Here are some packing cubes that we would recommend.

Best overall

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Well Traveled - 3pc Compression Packing Cubes

Put the extra squeeze on your packing

The double zippered design of these packing cubes means you can compress the contents down to fit more in or use the second zip to extend the space and make packing easier. Made from lightweight ripstop water-resistant material, with outdoor-themed artwork on rather than the mesh material you get on other cubes, this three-piece set is particularly suited to camping where things are more at risk of getting wet.

Best selection of sizes

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Veken 6 Set Packing Cubes, Travel Luggage Organizers with Laundry Shoe Bag

Keeps washing and shoes separate

These water-resistant nylon zippered bags come in sets of six or seven. As well as cubes ranging from extra-large (17. 5" x 12.15" x 4”) to small (11" x 6.75" x 4”), you also get a shoe bag and a laundry bag, both of which work well for camping where you need to have some washday discipline.

Most durable design

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Shacke Pak - 5 Set Packing Cubes - Travel Organizers with Laundry Bag

Durable with distinctive design

With a distinctive X design for the four varying sizes of packing cubes in this set and an additional laundry bag, you have plenty of packing options here. The material they are made from is durable nylon with double stitching and high-quality zippers, essential if you need to squeeze more in without breaking them. 

Best value

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AmazonBasics 4 Piece Packing Travel Organizer Cubes Set, Green

Four sizes to keep things organized

This four-piece set has small, medium, large and slim cubes, all made from high-quality nylon with mesh panels to let your clothes breathe and aid identification of your stuff. Double zippers make for quicker opening and closing and webbing handles mean you can carry them easily. 

Bottom line

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Packing cubes make all the difference to how easy it is to pack your clothes for a trip and help you find everything when you’re there. You are much less likely to forget something vital – like your underwear – if you have it well organized with these handy bags. For camping, the packing cubes we would recommend are the Well Traveled - 3pc Compression Packing Cubes. They are suited to tent living because you have closed, water-resistant bags with distinctive designs to help organize your clothes.

If you want a packing cube set that has lots of options, maybe for a longer, more formal trip than camping, the Veken 6 Set Packing Cubes work well. They give you options to ensure everything is at hand and easy to find and there’s no risk of mixing up fresh clothes with worn ones.

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