Packing Cubes

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Packing cubes keep your clothes organized when you travel. The right set of cubes will take your travel backpack to the next level of organization.

The problem with most packing cubes is that they're made as a commodity. Companies manufacture the cheapest possible cubes with thin, flimsy fabrics and weak zippers. They're made to be generic rectangles so that they "sort of" work but are never a perfect fit for your bag.

In this race to the bottom, travelers have lost out.

Most travel brands treat packing cubes as an afterthought. Not Tortuga.

As avid travelers ourselves, we know that packing cubes are an essential part of your luggage and organization system.

When we surveyed travelers to ask what they wanted in packing cubes, the number one concern was quality. They wanted cubes that were durable, yet lightweight. With high-quality zippers that won't break the first time you overstuff the cubes. Quality was even more important to people who had tried more than one brand. That means they tried packing cubes, realized most are cheap, and wanted to upgrade.

What are the Best Packing Cubes?

The best packing cubes are durable yet lightweight with quality zippers.

Durable But Lightweight

The Outbreaker Packing Cubes are made of a lightweight VX03 waterproof sailcloth. The ripstop nylon face fabric won't rip or tear.

The VX03 sailcloth is similar to—but lighter than—the VX21 used in the Outbreaker Backpack and is the exact same material used in the Outbreaker Daypack.

The full set of three packing cubes weighs just 0.55 lbs (250 grams).

Packing cubes—like backpacks—are impossible to pack if they don't have structure. The VX03 sailcloth has enough structure to stand up on its own for easy packing.

We don't cut corners with our packing cubes. They're made with the same material and hardware as our backpacks.

Quality Zippers

The Outbreaker Packing Cubes use the same best-in-class YKK zippers as our backpacks so you never have to worry about breaking your zipper. The double zipper puller lets you open any part of the cube so you can always fit one more thing.

Organization

Front-opening travel backpacks are all about organization. So are packing cubes. The mesh tops allow you to see inside each cube so you always know what you packed where. As a bonus, you'll have more airflow in and out of each cube.

How to Use Packing Cubes for Travel

For optimal organization, you need multiple cubes of different sizes. The Outbreaker Cubes come as a set of three: one large and two small cubes.

Packed together as shown in the photos, the Outbreaker Packing Cubes fit perfectly inside the Outbreaker Backpack.

Use the cubes to group clothing by type or to separate clean and dirty clothes.

The small cubes are perfect for socks, t-shirts, underwear, or bras. The larger cube is ideal for larger, heavier clothes like shirts, blouses, dresses, and pants.

Each large cube fits:

  • 2 pairs of long pants and 1 pair of shorts,
  • 3 long-sleeved shirts and 1 zip-up hoodie,
  • 5 long-sleeved shirts,
  • 7 t-shirts, or
  • 8 pairs of underwear.

Each small cube fits:

  • 3 t-shirts,
  • 6 pairs of large socks, or
  • 4 pairs of underwear.

The Outbreaker Packing Cubes are made of the same high-quality materials and zippers as the Outbreaker backpacks and daypacks.

Your packing cubes should last as long as your luggage.