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9 Best Cord Organizers to Throw in Your Bag

By Andrew Peloquin  |  Updated February 7, 2024

9 Best Cord Organizers to Throw in Your Bag
Courtesy of Nite Ize

If there’s one thing that annoys me no end, it’s tangled cables.

Everywhere I go, I’m carrying a plethora of cables and cords—for my iPad, smartphone, smartwatch, computer, battery backup charger, not to mention an extension cord in the trunk.

When they get messy, it can feel like trying to untie the Gordian knot (the impossible knot from Greek mythology) just to get one charger or cable from the tangle.


WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
  • The more the merrier. You can never have too many cord organizers. The more you travel, the more gear and tech you’ll end up carrying, so you’ll always need more organizers to keep everything neat. Plus, because they’re typically on the small side, they’re easy to lose. Most come in multi-packs.
  • Variety abounds. Cord organizers come in all shapes and sizes, made from a wide range of material—from silicone to plastic to Velcro to nylon to even fancy leather. You’ve got plenty of options to choose the organizers that suit your style choices as well as the specific gear you’re packing.
  • Test a few to see which suit you best. Cable ties are cheap enough that you can easily buy two or three varieties, and test them out to see which works best for your needs. Having multiple types lets you more easily organize a wider variety of cables and cords. After a few trips, you’ll quickly see which suits your particular packing style and tech needs most efficiently.

I’ve spent the last two years testing every cord organizer I could get my hands on, researching dozens more, and combing through hundreds of reviews from real-life users.

Basically, I’ve made it my life’s goal to find the very best cord organizers to pack for my trips—and now I’m showing them to you in this list below.

Trust me, with a few of these in your messenger bag, backpack, or briefcase, you’ll never have to worry about messy or tangled cables or cords again.

Best Overall

VELCRO Brand ONE-WRAP Cable Ties

Why did I choose it?

You can’t beat this for value or convenience. 100 Velcro-adherent, reusable, hyper-sturdy cable ties that are easy to use over and over for your daily commute or take on every trip.


Most Durable Cable Ties
Nite Ize Original Gear Rubber Twist Ties

Best Leather Cable Organizers
CAILLU Cord Organizer 10-Pack

Best Cable Winder
Side Winder Cable Winder

Best Silicone Organizers
Nearockle 16Pcs Silicone Cable Straps

Best Magnet Cable Ties
SMART&COOL Reusable Silicone Magnetic Cable Ties 20-Pack


Best Overall

VELCRO Brand ONE-WRAP Cable Ties


$10
 

I’ve yet to find any cord organizers easier to use than these. The Velcro pads make it easy to secure the cords when packed, but lets me keep the cable ties secured around my cords and cables when in use so I don’t lose them.

If I lose a few ties, no problem! This is a 100-pack. Yes, 100 tough, reusable, highly convenient ties in one pack.





Most Durable Cable Ties

Nite Ize Original Gear Rubber Twist Ties


$23
 

Whether you’re packing cables or hanging lanterns in your tent, these rubber twist ties are more than up to the task.

Their 12-inch length makes them suitable for wrapping or hanging anything. Thanks to their rubber exterior, they’re easy to handle even if your hands are wet or slippery, and the metal core ensures everything stays tightly packed and securely in place.





Best Leather Cable Organizers

CAILLU Cord Organizer 10-Pack


$10
 

This 10-pack of leather cord organizers adds a little elegance to your tech loadout, and the buckles make packing an absolute breeze.

They’re better-suited to headphones and smaller cables than extension cords and computer chargers, though. Use them to keep your desktop organized and your carry-on neat and tidy.





Best Cable Winder

Side Winder Cable Winder


$11
 

For those (like me) who pack a pair of wired headphones (no worries about Bluetooth draining my phone or computer battery), this cable winder is the perfect storage solution.

It’ll work for any pair of wired headphones, phone charger, or USB cable. With two sizes—Mini for cables up to 5 feet long, Max for cables up to 8 feet long—it’s a highly versatile storage solution.





Best Silicone Organizers

Nearockle 16Pcs Silicone Cable Straps


 

Of all the cord organizers I tested, this one proved the most valuable to use around my home office as well as packing for my trips.

The silicone has just enough stretch that you can wrap them around thicker cable bundles (extension cords, HDMI cords, and laptop chargers), and the buckle closure is tight enough to never come undone while still easy to pull open.





Best Magnet Cable Ties

SMART&COOL Reusable Silicone Magnetic Cable Ties 20-Pack


$14
 

The magnets integrated into these silicone cable ties are the strongest of any I tested.

Their adherence is superior to the others on this list, making it easy to secure a wide range of cables and cords in tightly wrapped bundles.

The cable ties loop easily around even thick cords and can be pulled tight to manage thin headphone and phone charger cables, too.






Bobino Cord Wrap


 

This is the ideal solution for wrapping a charger or HDMI cable that you want to keep neatly and tightly packed.

It’s only able to accommodate one cable at a time, but provides a simple, user-friendly organizational solution that’s intuitive and easy to use. It’s very much a one-size-fits-all solution that’ll serve you well for any cables or cords you need to carry.






TOPHOME Cord Organizer


$10
 

Pack your wired headphones in style with this leather cord organizer. Simply wrap the cable around the leather core, then secure everything in place using the handy strap.

When the time comes to use them again, just pop open the snap-buckle and pull your cords off the end of the leather core. In seconds, you’ve got access to everything—it doesn’t get more user-friendly than this.






Leatherology Cord Wrap


$15
 

Luxury meets convenience in these leather cord wrappers. Each is made using sturdy, eye-catching full grain leather that is tough enough to withstand even adventure travel, and will grow more beautiful with every use as the leather develops a unique patina.

Thanks to the integrated magnets, they’re easy to snap open and closed, and will stay firmly shut once you’ve got your cable wrapped and packed.





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