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The Best Packing Cubes For First Time Travelers

We can’t say it enough—you need to own a set of these.

The best way to have a great first trip is to be organized and plan ahead. Packing cubes will help ease the first-time jitters and keep your stuff in place. Here are five sets to consider and why.

Veken 6 Set Packing Cubes, Travel Luggage Organizers with Laundry Bag & Shoe Bag
It's like having miniature suitcases that fit perfectly inside your actual suitcase. | Veken

Material is important, so pick cubes that have nylon, polyester, or similar hard-wearing materials that can take a beating and keep your stuff together.

AmazonBasics 4 Piece Packing Travel Organizer Cubes Set, Black
One of the advantages is keeping clean stuff from mingling with dirty stuff. | Amazon Basics

Look for cubes that will let you see what's inside at a glance, with mesh or clear plastic panels, so you can grab what you need.

YAMIU Packing Cubes 7-Pcs Travel Organizer Accessories with Shoe Bag and 2 Toiletry Bags(Black)
You'll also know exactly where everything is at all times, so you'll never be late for reservations because you can't find socks. | YAMIU

Get a set with a clear plastic cube to keep toiletries in, so you can finally ditch the zipper-top bag.

Packing Cubes, 8 Set Luggage Organizer for Travel Suitcase Include 2 Toiletry Bags and 2 Shoe Bags
When you're a more adventurous traveler, that means dirtier gear and reluctance to bring certain items. Not this time. | Easyfun

If you'll need to bring a change of shoes or keep your hiking gear separate from the rest of your stuff, shoe bags are a must-have.

Gonex Compression Packing Cubes, 4pcs Expandable Storage Travel Luggage Bags Organizers
Not only do you want to save room when on vacation, but you need to think about that at home, too. | Gonex

If you're going to need a lot of space, look into reusable compression bags.