BEST PACKING CUBES FOR TRAVEL 2020 | Eagle Creek vs. Amazon Basics vs. Gonex vs. Bagail (Review!)

BEST PACKING CUBES FOR TRAVEL 2020 | Eagle Creek vs. Amazon Basics vs. Gonex vs. Bagail (Review!)


Packing cubes. Total travel game-changers…
But with thousands out there on the market, which are actually worth the
money? Well I’ve done the research for you in this overly dramatic video with
the packing cube showdown that nobody asked for.
So, which packing cubes are the best? Which are best value for money? And why
am I talking like a Bachelor promo? Find out in this video and even win a set for
yourself. Now let’s hit that cheesy intro! What’s up, smarties? Christina here from
HappyToWander.com and today we are talking all about packing cubes, the most
magical piece of gear that help you travel, pack and organize like a total
pro. In today’s video I am going to be breaking down my personal favorites in
terms of packing cubes over the past six months of testing them very aggressively
so if you enjoy that kind of dedication in your life and you want more videos
just like this one, you should give this video a like first of all and hit that
subscribe button for more. Now before we get started, I do have a postcard to give
away because one of the things I love to do is give away a postcard every week to
someone who comments… hint hint please comment so congratulations to
Mikayla from last week for winning this week’s postcard. Now because we are
talking all about packing cubes today I’m gonna up the ante a little bit and
also throw in a set of packing cubes of your choice so be sure to comment below
with your favorite packing cubes from this video and I will randomly draw a
winner to receive them next week along with a postcard because postcards are
really fun. Anyways let’s get ready to packing cube Rumble…… oh man that was so
much cooler in my head. Anyways let’s just get started so here’s
a little backstory for you about six months ago I guess I was feeling a
little bit spendy, it was Amazon Prime day and I decided
hey why not buy a bunch of packing cubes and test them out so I can actually
report back to you guys and let you know which ones are the best? See nowadays
packing cube choice is pretty overwhelming. There are literally
thousands of brands out there that sell packing cubes that all kind of look the
same. 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 the
top six rated ones on Amazon.ca bought them, ordered them and have been testing
them for the past six months. Here are the ones that I tested: the
Eagle Creek Pack-It cubes, the Eagle Creek Specter compression cubes, the Bagail
packing cubes in fuchsia, the Gonex packing cubes in green, the Goex,
compression pouches in yellow and the medium Amazon Basics in black. So let’s
get started… we are gonna start with compression cubes. So if you didn’t know
this already there are two main types of packing cubes in the packing cube world
okay, so the first ones are the regular standard ones which are basically just
little zippered cubbies for your clothes so they tend to have
just one layer of zippers whereas on the other hand there are compression cubes
and compression cubes tend to have two layers of zippers so they can compress
and further just squish down your clothes to save more space. So which ones
are better totally depends on your travel style and your needs. For me personally
because my priority with packing cubes is being able to have everything I own
at my fingertips being able to see what I’ve brought,
personally the regular packing cubes are way better for me. On the other hand
though with the compression cubes if your priority is saving space, maybe you
want 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 against
though is that compression cubes do not make your suitcase any lighter okay so
be sure to still keep in mind even when you’re using compression packing cubes
that there are luggage weight restrictions and so you shouldn’t just
use them to stuff as much clothing as possible, so keep that in mind. Alright so
in terms of the compression packing cubes, what I’ve purchased are two of the
top rated ones. Firstly let’s get them out of the way, SO I’ve purchased the top rated
ones firstly the Eagle Creek ones (the Eagle Creek Specter compression
cubes) and also the Gonex compression packing cubes which look like this. So I
will review the pros and cons of each one starting with the one from Eagle
Creek. In terms of pros, these Eagle Creek compression cubes are very very light
probably the lightest out of all the ones I bought so this would be great if
you’re backpacking and in need of a lightweight solution but they’re still
really well built and like new even after six months, plus they also compress
clothes really well and with their double zip they’re very satisfying to
use. Overall these are a great quality product. There are some cons though, these
compression cubes are more expensive than most. I also don’t love that they
don’t open all the way, they actually only open halfway and so you can’t
really use them like mini drawers for your stuff which is half the reason I
love packing cubes in the first place. Now on the other hand we have the
Gonex packing cubes which are completely different so here are the
pros and cons of that one. In terms of pros they’re really affordable and do
open up all the way like a regular packing cube just with a second zip for
compression. They also come in a large range of sizes and have a much larger
colour selection than the Eagle Creek one. In terms of cons though it
doesn’t really compress as much as I feel like the Eagle Creek ones do and
they’re also a bit heavier than the Eagle Creek ones so in summary if you’re
looking for something that is very lightweight and something that is going
to be really durable long term, I do recommend the Eagle Creek Specter
compression cubes. They’re very high-quality. On the other hand if you’re
looking for something a bit more like a conventional packing cube, but does have
slight compression ability then I’d go with the Gonex. Now as I mentioned
before, my personal preference with packing cubes is the non compression one
so with those ones I actually purchased four different brands now let’s see how
they stack up. Alright so why don’t we start with my least favorite which was
unfortunately the Amazon Basics in black, the medium packing cube because
unfortunately as you see here it ripped within one week. Here the pros and cons
so in terms of pros, these packing cubes are highly affordable, the material is
decently sturdy and it holds up its shape well when stuffed with clothes. The
zippers are also quite smooth and they come in some nice colors including sky
blue, mint green, red, and gray but there are some significant cons. Over the past
six months as you can see there has been quite a bit of wear and tear, some
fraying as you can see here and even though it still works fine it’s just not
very promising in terms of durability so I wouldn’t really recommend these since
they can’t seem to handle my gorilla enthusiasm… now if you’re looking for
something that is still budget-friendly but is actually in my opinion better
quality and in some instances cheaper I would go for the Gonex packing cubes
right here. I got mine in lime green but they also come in a lot of other really
fun colors. In terms of pros they’re cheap, very very cheap, but the quality is
still 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 of
what you’ve packed. They also offer a lot of really great bundle options and
colors 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 cube
set can look a little bit cheap… it’s not exactly super fashionable or chic in any
way but I mean it does the job. It’s also a small pet peeve of mine but the
zippers just don’t feel as smooth as some of the other ones as you can see
they’re quite small, there’s no special tabs and they do feel like a little bit
jammed sometimes. Overall though great budget-friendly packing cube with nice
nice colors. Another great one that I really recommend are the Bagail packing
cubes which look like this. I got mine in fuchsia and as you can see they’re quite
pretty. So in terms of the pros I just love the look of these, the design is a
bit different from most standard packing cubes and they just look really nice
when they’re all arranged in your suitcase… there’s also a great colour and
print selection so if you’re looking for something a bit more chic, something a
bit more fashionable or cute, you can get different patterns like ones lined with
polka dots or prettier colors like teal, purple, and pink. They’re also incredibly
sturdy with thick fabric which feels more robust than Amazon Basics for
example and also a few centimetres deeper than the other cubes which is
great if you need more space for your clothes, I also love these pulley zippers
which are really easy to grab hold of and most of their sets actually come
with a free laundry bag which is a great bonus. As for cons though, the sizing and
bundling of these cubes is interesting… Most of the sets I found all came with
at least one of these giant ones which is not super practical for normal
travels since they can take up like 90% of a carry-on suitcase. Another con is
depending on how you feel about nylon, the fabric of these cubes can feel a
little bit cheap, but they still hold up really really well apart from a little
bit of fraying which I did begin to notice after about six months of
frequent use. Now, what are my top picks? Unsurprisingly they are the most
expensive 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 cubes
just have a smart look and feel. The fabric is really strong and durable
without feeling too slippery or cheap like some of the other budget ones. The
full Cube size is also really perfect for my needs because they stack nicely
into a carry-on and hold their shape really well… it’s also really really
durable and looks as good as brand new after six months of use which can’t
really be said for some of the cheaper ones I bought. In terms of cons though
well the price tag is a little bit more than most standard packing cubes and
they are of course the priciest of the bunch averaging about ten dollars per
cube, but honestly they are more than worth it for me because I travel really
often and in terms of quality you can feel like these ones have more
structural integrity and just don’t feel as flimsy or cheap as some of the budget
ones so you can kind of expect that it will last longer so overall what I would
say is if you are looking for a very high quality packing cube that is gonna
be durable, I mean look at this Eagle Creek one, it looks like it’s brand-new
and I’ve been using them aggressively for six months… so if you’re willing to
pay a little bit extra, go for these ones especially if you travel a lot but what
I will honestly say is that having any kind of packing cube is better than
having none at all if you don’t travel super often and you take quite good care
of 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 first
set of packing cubes was from IKEA family for like less than 20 bucks and I
had used them for three years and they are still very much standing today, so
what’s important is that you find something that really works for you and
having the best brand possible is not actually that important
especially if you don’t travel that often, but in my personal opinion if
you’re gonna spend a little bit extra, it IS worth it because long term you do get
a lot more usage out of it. Alright smarties, which one of these would you
most like to have in your possession? Let me know in the comments below which one
of these was your favourite for a chance to win your own personal set and a
postcard. Anyways thanks for watching smarties I will let you know next week
who won these packing cubes and be sure to tune in next week for more videos just
like this one… Until then, byeeee!!

46 thoughts on “BEST PACKING CUBES FOR TRAVEL 2020 | Eagle Creek vs. Amazon Basics vs. Gonex vs. Bagail (Review!)

  1. Who else LOVES PACKING CUBES?! I swear I'm a packing cube cult leader. Anyways, if you want to win a set of your own, just comment which ones were your favourites!

    Here are the packing cubes showcased in this video {affiliate links below}:

    Eagle Creek Pack-It Cubes (Best Packing Cubes Overall): https://amzn.to/2U60oRl
    Eagle Creek Specter Pack-It Cubes (Great Compression Packing Cubes): https://amzn.to/3169Khp
    Gonex Compression Pouches (Great Cheaper, Budget Compression Cubes): https://amzn.to/3aWLDGC
    Bagail Packing Cubes (Durable Packing Cubes in Pretty Colours): https://amzn.to/2S1Hmsy
    Gonex Packing Cubes (Excellent Budget Packing Cubes): https://amzn.to/37JvCSo
    Amazon Basics (Cheap packing cubes, but not my favourite): https://amzn.to/2Ob5Pux

  2. I love the eagle creek compression one! I have been eyeing those ones for a while now but just researching whether it’s worth the price tag! Thanks for this video Christina!! 💖

  3. I LOVE the Bagail ones! I bought a really nice set of the teal ones and I used them for 4 months in Europe. They really held up well and are on standby for another epic adventure. Thanks for your video, it was so pleasing to watch…even if the topic was about packing cubes 🤣

  4. I use Bagail! I just bought them a few months ago so I haven’t gotten to test them out a lot but so far they have been handy. I just wish it came with a few more different sizes

  5. I love the eagle creek compression cubes! Hopefully they are worth the price! Looking for some cubes for my trip to France and the UK! 🙂 love the video by the way Christina! ❤️

  6. I didn't even know there were such things as compression packing cubes! Given that I just bought a 20" spinner, which is much smaller than my regular carry on, this is definitely something I needed to know! I Love the Eagle Creek Specter Pack-It Cubes!

  7. I swear by the Gonex packing cubes. I was pleasantly surprised at how well they've held up over my years of travels.

  8. You are adorable! I am new to the packing cube world but travel quite a bit. I used a cheap set I bought at Christmas time and was able to pack everything I needed for a 2-week visit! I liked the Bagail and the one with the longer zipper pulls, best in your review. I learned quite a bit and really appreciate your site and your email!

  9. I bought my first packing cubes a few months ago and am now obsessed, buying them for all my family members! I would love a set of the Eagle Creek ones!

  10. Have never used packing cubes, but planning a trip to Europe and they seem to fit the bill. I liked the Gonex cubes which I didn't think looked cheap just because of the labels. All the rest have some branding on them so what's the diff? Thanks for the links to all the products and packing tips. Really helpful!!!

  11. I loved this video!
    I've been looking at getting some for myself. I especially loved the tip about the ones not opening all the way. I think I would go with the gonex or the eagle creek compression!!

  12. My favorite of the ones you tried are the Eagle Creek Specter Compression cubes. I agree, it’s annoying that they don’t unzip all the way around. I always bring an empty one along for dirty undies/clothes, very efficient compression on the way home. Next I like the Eagle Creek Pack-It cubes. They also come in a compression model, I think, and they hold their shape nicely, though they’re not quite so light weight as the Specters. Another brand that you should check out—gotten a little harder to find but super light and compressible is Lewis n Clark’s Electrolight or Featherlight line. I’m addicted and have a bunch of those. Thanks for your tips!

  13. I've had my eye on the eagle creek ones so this is so helpful! I definitely need to invest before my next trip in May.

  14. I have a set of regular packing cubes that I use every time I travel. Love them! So my favorites of the ones you showed are the Eagle Creek Compression cubes. I can see how they would be really handy for trips to Europe. I can pack all the clothes I need without having to resort to a huge suitcase. Because we don't stay in one place for more than a week, being able to use a smaller suitcase would be super helpful. Thanks for this very valuable info!

  15. I love the eagle creek ones!! I have some packing cubes that are all the same size (kind of small) and would love to try some others!

  16. Just recently changed my mom's LIFE with packing cubes – I've been using some cheap Target ones (they still do the job) but plan to grab some higher quality ones soon!

  17. I thought I was the only person obsessed with packing cubes…I actually have 3 different sets including the same fuchsia bagail ones you have! I am not a fan of compression ones because the make my clothes way more wrinkly. And I am not the person that cares about spaces because I will always take my largest suitcase (sometimes even for a weekend trip lol)

  18. I like the Eagle Creek Compression. Until I watched your video, I never heard of packing cubes! they will fit in my small back pack for a no check in flight. awesome!

  19. Embarrassed to admit I’d never even heard of packing cubes before I started following Happy to Wander! I travel quite a bit, but somehow these glorious game changers eluded me. So honestly, I’d be thrilled to have any of the ones you reviewed! I think the compression style bags would suit my needs best, but I know ANY of them would make my packing anxiety significantly decrease!!

  20. Thanks Christina… I recently used packing cubes for the first time with my tiny "International" size carry-on roller bag. Wow… What a game-changer! My very favorite carry-on roller bag is made by Eagle Creek (unfortunately it is too big for International). I bought it over 12 years ago and it had held up perfectly. I love Eagle Creek products and agree that they are well worth the extra expense. Thanks for this video!

  21. I like the bagail ones best! I don’t travel much yet! But plan I’m starting soon! Next year we go to Munich for Christmas! That’s how I found you on Pinterest ☺️

  22. I never even though of packing cubes before, as I use to pack big items first and fill the holes with smaller items. would love to give it a try though. I think I would love the eagle creek compression ones though. thanks

  23. Enjoyed this video. I'm primarily an "ultralight" backpacker, and I love compression cubes to keep my pack organized. Travel to access my backpack trips requires some epic packing strategies! Any compression-type cube fits the bill for me for flights and train trips. Mesh panels are a must to keep track of the contents of each cube. A sturdy zipper is also great for someone like me who pushes the cubes to their limit!

  24. Yesssss I’ve been looking for a video like this through my whole research for backpacking cubes 🥰🥰🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 thank you so much!!!

  25. Did a two-month trip in the summer with just a carry on, and I can honestly say that was all possible because of packing cubes lol I had one eagle creek and the rest were gonex. And I can attest that eagle creek really is the best quality one!

    Now I have an upcoming 10 day trip with the smallest carry on luggage. I already know I'm gonna have so much fun with packing winter clothes in these lovely packing cubes … 😅

  26. The Gonex compression cube is exactly what i need right now! i often pack for longer trips but can't upgrade my bag size.

  27. How did I not know these existed?! From someone that probably rearranges their suitcase 100 times when away, definitely going to get some of the Eagle Creek compression ones!

  28. I feel so validated! My husband and I are taking our first big trip together, and we were debating the necessity of packing cubes. I think this proves my point. I think the eagle creek really have it all, but bagail has the patterns!

  29. Love this!! I travel so much and need something like this!!i bought some cheap ones in Spain last year but need to up my game after seeing this lol

  30. I got the Amazon Basics large a few years ago and I love them. Haven’t had issues with them. I also love packing cubes from Lewis n Clark.

  31. Eagle Creek – read about those before I traveled last year to Europe for 2 weeks with just a carry-on! This year it's 10 days with just a carry-on!

  32. I have a set of Gonex cubes, but I'd love to try the Eagle Creek compression set– I think that would solve some of my packing problems! Great review–thank you! 🙂

  33. "Gorilla handling" 😂🤣😂🤣 I did not know cubes came in compression style! We have cubes, we have compression plastic bags…if I were to be given say, Eagle Creek compression cubes then I'd have them all (evil laughter in echo chamber here).

  34. We never thought of having packing tubes and your video has given us an idea especially traveling with kid! make our clothing tidier 🙂 the light packing tubes would be our fav haha 🙂 thanks for sharing this!

  35. Wow awesome video! I really thought I'd want to go for the compression cubes for our honeymoon to just have backpacks with us while we Travel Thailand, but I didn't consider they actually aren't going to make anything Lighter for us to carry around doh! Love the bagtail ones, look super chic! Definitely want a range that has good size options too though. Thanks for the vid!

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