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Old 08-22-2013, 09:51 AM   #1
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Packing tips: How do you fit all your stuff in your luggage?

I didn't know where to ask this question so mods please move it if not appropriate. Anyone have any good packing tips, I'm not to good at folding techniques and space saving? And I always am worse on the way home with dirty clothes all shoved in. I'm thinking maybe actual using the drawers in the room and then neatly packing dirty clothes, any other suggestions?
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Old 08-22-2013, 10:13 AM   #2
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We lay our pants and shirts in the suitcase and then shove/stuff socks, underwear, bathing suits, pjs, plastic bags with toiletries, flipflops around the edges to fill in the small spaces. Polos/tops are folded in half widthway, folding sleeves across front. A lot less wrinkles than folding in half lengthways. Also, we always unpack, using drawers and hanging up everything we can. We then set a suit case on end in a closet leaving the end unzipped and use it as a hamper. If/when it is full we just change it out with the next one. No need to fold dirty clothes. Just keep stuffing until the suitcase is full!
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Old 08-22-2013, 10:30 AM   #3
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I have started using those vacume bags....they are awesome.
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Old 08-22-2013, 10:22 AM   #4
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I use eagle creek packing cubes. Roll you clothes instead of folding.
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Old 08-22-2013, 10:24 AM   #5
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Oh! I also bring drawstring laundry bags. At the end of the trip all the clothes are in there... Just lay it in your bag. Great for when you go home and need to wash them.
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Old 08-22-2013, 10:34 AM   #6
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I bought compression packing bags from Walmart for my upcoming trip. You fill the bag and roll the end so that the air escapes.
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Old 08-22-2013, 11:50 AM   #7
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First off I allocate one set of clothes per day +1 more. I fold the shirts or pants to a point then roll them up. I only take 2 pairs of shoes, wearing one while traveling. The other pair gets filled with sox. I can pack for 5 days in one carry on and a back pack(goes under the seat) with a little room to spare. I wear a coat on the plane or use it as a pillow or arm rest. The key is to not over pack. You then fill in the holes with sox/underwear and things that don't matter if they get squished.

If for whatever reason I might have to laundry at the destination then I'll do it.
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I bought compression packing bags from Walmart for my upcoming trip. You fill the bag and roll the end so that the air escapes.
Been using these for years...I fill and press against the side of the bed to purge the air out....

After loading suitcase you scratch your head wondering why you have so much room left... So easy to overpack ....excess weight....these don't require a vacuum....

I can easily pack for 9 nights, do no laundry in a rolling duffle bag suitcase...
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I buy giant ziplock bags at the dollar store. I have also bought the more expensive Ziplock brand at target. I put my clothes in there and squeeze out the air and then pack the ziplock bags. Seems like I can fit more in the suitcase like that and it makes unpacking and bag searches a breeze. Makes it super easy to find things, too.
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Been using these for years...I fill and press against the side of the bed to purge the air out....

After loading suitcase you scratch your head wondering why you have so much room left... So easy to overpack ....excess weight....these don't require a vacuum....

I can easily pack for 9 nights, do no laundry in a rolling duffle bag suitcase...
Just curious about these and the wrinkle effect on clothes? Is it bad? I would love to give these a try!!!
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Old 08-22-2013, 12:31 PM   #11
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I've taken space bags in the past and they do help free up some space. And I have folded my clothes so they are super small and compact when I pack them (haha that's the best way I can describe it).
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I roll my clothes and pack them really tightly into ziplock bags. Works nicely!

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Old 08-22-2013, 07:33 PM   #13
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We are a family of 5. We just went for 10 days.

I don't bring much. We each had 5 outfits and 2 shoes, so e water shoes and something to wear to the pool-cover up/tshirt.

And laundry detergent and dryer sheets.

I roll everything as well. My son was able to mix and match but my girls outfits were more or less that shirt goes with those shorts.

I did laundry just about every day and best part was I didn't have a ton to put away when we got home.
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Another vaccume space bagger here! LOVE them.
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Old 08-22-2013, 08:41 PM   #15
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I think people pack too much. Put all of your clothes/things on your bed...then put 1/2 of it away, and don't take it!

I ALWAYS pack too much, for instance, I take two or three pairs of shoes, I generally only wear my comfortable sandals after I am there. Just two pairs of un-needed shoes will make some room.

So, let your zippers on your luggage rest! Just take less!
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