Packing cubes are one of the best-ever inventions for organizing and maximizing space in your luggage. Haven't tried them yet or are frustrated with the ones you bought on a whim? We've rounded up seven of the best ones out there, with options—including tear-resistance, waterproofing, and space-saving functions—to suit every kind of traveler.

Eagle Creek Travel Gear Pack-It Specter Compression Cube Set

If you tend to fill your suitcase to almost-bursting, you need packing cubes that will help you save a little space. Like the Eagle Creek Travel Gear Pack-It Specter Compression Cube Set. These space-savers have a dual-zipper system that helps condense your stuff to take up a little less space. Just roll your clothing and put them in these cubes.

TranVERS Waterproof PVC Travel Packing Cubes

Camping, boating, or heading to the beach? Keep your clothes protected from sand and water with the TRANVERS Waterproof PVS Packing Cubes. The clear PVC keeps your belongings safe inside, or, works the opposite way if you want to fill them with wet towels or swimsuits and keep everything else in your bag dry.

Shacke Pak

The Shacke Paks are the highest-rated packing cubes on Amazon. They earn high marks from reviewers for their durability and roomy size. Their unique X design helps the bag to maintain its shape.

Uncharted Ultra-Light Packing Cube

Packing cubes can be a double-edged sword—you can fit way more in your suitcase, but then your bag becomes overweight thanks to everything you stuffed inside. Don't add on any more weight than you have to. Instead, get the Uncharted Ultra-Lite Packing Cubes, which are made from an incredibly lightweight nylon. Each bag weighs just 4 ounces!

Ohuhu Tear-Proof Travel Packing Cubes

Some packing cubes can split if you overstuff them (not that we're speaking from personal experience or anything … ). You won't have this problem with the ones from Ohuh, which are made from tear-proof nylon and oxford cloth.

Hanging Packing Cube Set by Great Useful Stuff

Create your own portable dresser with this nifty Hanging Packing Cube Set from Great Useful Stuff. These pouches Velcro together to hang securely at your hotel, keeping all your stuff organized and easy to find. No more digging through a messy suitcase to find that last pair of clean socks.

Travis Travel Gear Space Saver Bags for Travel

The Travis Travel Gear Space Saver Bags are perfect for winter travel (when you're bringing heavier, bulky clothing), or for anyone who wants to fit a lot into a small suitcase. These bags are a travel-friendly version of the vacuum space savers we've all seen on television—they get all of the excess air out and tamp down your clothes. Unlike the ones on TV though, these don't need a vacuum to work (they have a one-way air valve instead).

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