How to: Use Vacuum-Sealed Compression Bags for Packing Luggage

If you've ever seen those vacuum-sealed bags on infomercials, where you suck the air out of a bag full of sweaters, blankets, and jackets, you may not have considered using them to pack your luggage. 

But they are brilliant. And with a compression bag - where you squeeze the air out of a small valve - you don't need a vacuum cleaner. 

Seriously smart.

Watch the video below to see how they work and for a few more reasons why these are the smartest piece of packing gear you're not using (yet).

In this video, I want to share with you one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE pieces of packing gear: compression bags!

If you’re not already using them to pack your luggage, you’re missing out.

How vacuum-sealed compression bags work

Basically, they’re like large Ziplock bags, but there’s a tiny one-way valve at the bottom that allows you to squeeze the air out, but it doesn’t allow air back in.

You basically create your own vacuum seal!

3 reasons I love using compression bags for packing

  1. First, they save a ton of space. This is great if you’re packing bulky items, like sweaters or jackets.
  2. Secondly, they protect against odors. I found this SUPER HELPFUL when I was hiking for 4 days on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. It was convenient to toss my sweaty shirts and pants into a compression bag, so that the odors didn’t stink up my clean clothes. I am NOT usually into camping, so this was a good way to be able to wear clean clothes and not feel like a grungy neanderthal the entire time.
  3. And lastly, compression bags are water-resistant - but not water-PROOF. So if you’re outside or on a camping trip, this will help protect against humidity, dew, or a light rain. Conversely, if you have a damp swimming suit or towel, you can toss those in a bag so they don’t get your other stuff wet.

In the video above, I've got about a week’s worth of clothes here and I’ll start by putting the pants and shorts in first.

Then I’ll put the shirts on top. I don’t know why I do it this why, but I find that it works best.

Note: I should mention, compression bags will create wrinkles in your clothing, so if that matters to you, then you’ll want to have an iron in your arrival destination. Of course, if you’re going hiking or something, then wrinkles don’t matter so much.

Next, just zip the bag up and start rolling it from the top - gently squeezing the air out to create a tight seal.

Voila! You’ve now got a neat little bundle of clothes that packs away in your luggage!

I really hope this tip helped you out, and if it did, please share it with your friends and family to help them pack better - and support a small business like IntroverTravels in the process!

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