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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, 10:22 AM   #3
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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   #4
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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, 10:30 AM   #5
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I have started using those vacume bags....they are awesome.
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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 roll my clothes and pack them really tightly into ziplock bags. Works nicely!

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Old 08-22-2013, 12:07 PM   #10
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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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Old 08-22-2013, 12:20 PM   #11
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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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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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Old 08-22-2013, 04:16 PM   #13
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I recently used those vaccum space bags. awesome! Really scary to see how condense stuff can get. I used them for two king size pillows ( we dont h ave thosesize were i live) and not even half of the suitcase bottom was filled. It was an extra large suitcase, but before it was over half.

Just keep in mind. Nby condensing, you will add more as you have space. Remeber airlines go also by weight. I knownfor myself, I couldnget in trouble here.

My tip, roll, use these or pack less and do laundry. We wash midtrip while swimming. IMO I'd leave half a suticase empty for shopping.

Btw. I checked and most resorts have mousekeepimg using vacs with a tube attachment. So i plan on hunting one down. Or i can sit on the bag
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Old 08-22-2013, 04:28 PM   #14
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Another vote for compression bags. We have Eagle Creek ones and love them. We don't have wrinkle problems, but I always fully unpack as soon as I get there.
Just like other posters said, watch the weight though.
We always take enough clothes for the whole trip (that's 2 outfits a day for my 5 year old Messy Pants Kiddo), but this time I plan to take half and do laundry. Of course, I'm taking the same amount of luggage, should have plenty of room for....other things
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Old 08-22-2013, 04:30 PM   #15
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Oh goodness, I haven't had to pack a suitcase to go on a plane in 6 years! Usually we drive to our destinations, and it's gotten so easy to say, hey, I have an SUV! I can just pack another bag. I think I'm gonna be in trouble!
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