I’m one of those people who want to take lots of stuff with me when I travel, but I don’t want to haul around a huge suitcase. That can be a bit of a challenge.
Squeeze more in your bag with Ziploc packing
While the basic laws of physics still apply, I’ve found a low-cost grocery store basic that can help me stretch those laws a little: the Ziploc bag.
These bags are great for packing – just divide your clothes into small groups and tuck them into the resealable bags, squeeze the air out, and seal them shut. (I’m partial to the half-gallon and gallon size. The two-gallon bags work for larger items, but they are harder to squeeze the air out of, leak more quickly, and don’t hold up well for repeated use.) The initial vacuum will compress your clothes into a compact little package that will make your suitcase seem larger than it is.
The bags won’t stay completely air-free indefinitely, but they’ll stay compact long enough for you to tuck a few extra items in your bag. . . and all your clothes will be neatly sorted when you open your bag!
In addition, even if you don’t practice Ziploc packing all the time, leave a couple of unused bags in your suitcase just in case you need them while you are on the road.
Any brand of air-tight resealable bag will work, but Ziploc seems to be both the easy to find and sturdy. There are bags available that are specifically for travel. Someday I’d like to test those, but for now the grocery store variety are inexpensive and handy.