Packing Cubes vs Compression Bags: What’s The Difference? – EzPacking, Inc
Free US shipping on orders over $50 Cart 0

Packing Cubes vs Compression Bags: What’s The Difference?

Packing Cubes vs Compression Bags:

What’s The Difference?

Which is better packing cubes vs compression bags?

It’s never been easier to pack for a trip, thanks to the many different travel luggage organizers out there! We’ve got two of the most popular travel luggage organizers in battle today: packing cubes and compression bags. Do you know the differences between packing cubes vs compression bags? Still not sure? Let this blog post be your guide!

What are packing cubes? What are compression bags?

Defining packing cubes and compression bags Packing cubes vs compression bags

So first, let’s define what packing cubes and compression bags are.

Packing cubes are like mini drawers for your suitcase or bag, acting as an organizational tool for your items. They are rectangular in shape, zippered on all three sides and come in a variety of colors, sizes and materials. They are commonly referred to as bags in bags, because they are literally small bags that fit within a bigger bag. The EzPacking cubes are one of the few see-through packing cubes on the market, which allows you to see what items are inside without even opening them.

Compression bags are sometimes known as compression sacks, acting to reduce the space in a suitcase. There are two types of compression bags: travel-specific and home-specific ones. We are interested in the travel-specific kind. They are like ziplock bags in appearance, come in various sizes but have less variety in color. They work by reducing the air in clothes to compress them and lessen their volume inside the suitcase. A brand that we recommend is the Space Saver Compression Storage Bags.

Packing cubes vs compression bags

 Empty suitcase for packing cubes and compression bags

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe… Which should you choose between packing cubes and compression bags? If you’re confused about these two luggage organizer tools, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve created a mini comparison guide below for these two organization systems.


➔ Packing Cubes - Most packing cubes are made from less durable nylon and mesh materials, making them more prone to tears. But at EzPacking, things are different. Their cubes are a combination of cordura and vinyl plastic. This makes them durable, long lasting and flexible but also shape retaining. In other words, choose wisely because not all packing cubes are created equal!

Packing cubes are made from durable cordura and nylon materials

➔ Compression Bags - In contrast, all compression bags are made with plastic. The difference between different brands of compression bags is the thickness of the plastic material used. Cheaper compression bags utilize thinner plastic material making them more prone to tears. Hands down, packing cubes win this round because they are made from more durable (and thicker) materials.


➔ Packing Cubes - In a nutshell, packing cubes are rectangular-shaped smaller bags. They come in different sizes and colors, all of which have three-sided zipper capability. The EzPacking cubes are unique because their vinyl plastic allows them to be see through and splash resistant. Packing cubes are more stylish and are stiffer compared to compression bags.

Turquoise packing cube magnified view of zipper and handle

➔ Compression Bags - Compression bags have three main features. They are made from plastic, they have a ziplock feature for shutting the bag closed, and each bag has a valve at the bottom of the bag meant for squeezing excess air out. Like packing cubes, compression bags also come in varying sizes, from small, up to extra large or jumbo.


➔ Packing Cubes = Organization

Packing cubes are meant to organize luggage in a more systematic way. As bags in bags, they can hold similar items to make luggage organization a breeze. Large packing cubes are ideal for bulkier clothing items. Medium packing cubes are ideal for lightweight and cotton clothing items. Small packing cubes can hold underwear and socks while extra small packing cubes are ideal for toiletries. Think organization, think packing cubes.

Woman organizing suitcase using packing cubes

➔ Compression Bags = Space Saver

Compression bags for travel were invented for the purpose of reducing the bulk of heavier clothing items. If used correctly, compression bags can lessen the volume of clothes up to 300%. With compression bags, you can remove excess air from bulky clothes and get the most space out of your luggage. So compression bags are meant more for saving space in the luggage.


➔ Packing Cubes - Most packing cubes do not have much compression capability. Some packing cubes are simply meant to organize clothing and other travel items. But! EzPacking cubes have some compression capability, to a lesser extent compared to compression bags.

Packing cubes can be compressed if not filled fully

➔ Compression Bags - As mentioned above, compression bags can reduce clothing volume up to 300% if utilized correctly. You need to remove excess air from the bulky clothes via rolling of the compression bags to the valve area. Compared to packing cubes, compression sacks do have higher compression ability. That’s what they're meant to do!


➔ Packing Cubes - There are many uses for packing cubes -- in and outside of traveling! For traveling, packing cubes can be used to store heavy or bulky items, as well as small items or even liquids. At home, packing cubes can be used too as in-cabinet drawers or for comforter/duvet storage. Check out our 20 Unique Ways to Use Extra Small Packing Cubes blog post. Versatility? Check!

Black packing cube used for organizing hair tools and products

➔ Compression Bags - Not as practical for organizing items around the house, but can still be used to compress bulky items such as bedding, blankets and out of season clothes. However, it’s definitely more of a hassle to grab something you need from these now compressed bags.

Man organizing closet with compression bags


Packing Cubes - Wrinkle prevention for clothes in packing cubes really depends on how well you rolled or folded them prior closing up the  packing cube. For lighter, softer and wrinkle-resistant clothing items, rolling is a preferred method. But for other items such as shirts, pants, and sweaters it’s best to fold them into neat piles inside the cube. Since packing cubes prevent items from moving around in your luggage, there’s less likelihood of wrinkling.

Large packing cube for preventing wrinkles on dress shirts

➔ Compression Bags - Compression bags aren’t meant to reduce wrinkling of clothes. Their main purpose is simply to reduce clothes’ volume. For wrinkle-resistant clothes, this might not be a problem. Actually, compression bags have a knack for increasing the likelihood of wrinkling in clothes!


Packing Cubes - Not all packing cubes are splash resistant. Some packing cubes (usually those made from mesh fabric) aren’t meant for use in beach or pool trips. But! EzPacking cubes are made from splash-resistant cordura and water-resistant vinyl plastic. This makes EzPacking cubes ideal for beach trips and other activities that might involve a little splash!

Blue large packing cube as a beach tote bag

➔ Compression Bags - All compression bags are made from plastic so technically, they are considered water resistant and waterproof. But once the ziplocks of these compression bags break, they become prone to leakage. Ziplocks are not always as reliable as zippers (which packing cubes have).


➔ Packing Cubes - Besides for organizing clothes, they are SO many ways to use packing cubes. If you have kids, a small cube can hold toys and snacks for a flight. You can store first aid items, toiletries, or hair accessories in a small cube too.

Different size packing cubes for organizing a tote bag

➔ Compression Bags - For travel purposes, these bags  are meant to hold clothing items only. At home, they can also store bulky bed sheets and comforters. It’s  not really ideal to invest in a compression bag for storing other types of items.

Choosing between travel cubes vs compression bags

Choosing between travel cubes and compression sacks

For families, nothing beats packing cubes for keeping your items organized and neat! Especially if organization is the priority of your family. When you can find what you need in the shortest amount of time possible, then you can allot more time for other fun activities. Compression bags are ideal for overpackers or solo travelers who just want to make use of all the available space in their luggage.

Packing Cubes Versus Compression Bags


Packing Cubes

Compression Bags


Materials Used

Cordura, nylon or vinyl

Plastic (Thickness depends on brands)

Packing Cubes


Rectangular-shaped with zippering capability (Many features)

Plastic body, zip locking capability and air valve (Fewer features)

Packing Cubes

Main Purpose

Organizing travel or home items

Compressing bulky clothing items

Packing Cubes

Compression Capability

Lower compression capability

Good compression capability

Compression Bags


Can be used for travel or home organization

Only works for saving space in luggage

Packing Cubes

Wrinkle Prevention

Good wrinkle prevention

Average wrinkle prevention

Packing Cubes

Splash Resistance

Resists splashes

Resists splashes


Ideal Items Inside

Clothes, gadgets, toiletries and many more

Usually just clothes or bulky items like comforters

Packing Cubes 

Both packing cubes and compression bags can be utilized for hassle-free travel. If you’re looking for a practical yet versatile option, EzPacking cubes are definitely calling your name. Decide what your main purpose for using travel luggage organizers is and you’ll be able to make an easy decision  between packing cubes vs compression bags.

Happy Packing!

Packing cubes vs compression bags
Packing cubes and compression sacks

Older Post Newer Post