Somebody asked me how I fit 10 days’ worth of clothes into a single backpack, considering my beloved Northloom Miguee isn’t that big. There are a lot of articles containing packing tips out there, so I’m just going to list down a few tips that aren’t as publicized.
Compress your clothes in Ziploc bags.
And by Ziploc, I mean any brand of resealable storage bag (I just use the cheap SM Bonus ones). Most articles recommend special vacuum compression bags but they aren’t as readily available or cost-effective, so I just use regular Ziplocs and I kneel on them. By kneeling on them I’m using my weight — which is not insubstantial, he he — to squeeze the air out within, between and around the clothes, and I free up both hands to seal the bag. It works well enough, and you don’t have to buy special bags or, as in some types of bags, use vacuum devices.
If you don’t mind the number of Ziplocs you use, try to group just 1 whole outfit — instead of several, like I did here — in 1 bag, so you can just open one bag at a time and you don’t have to reseal them over and over. Plus, with less clothes in 1 bag, you’ll probably be able to squeeze out more air. Less air = less space.
Roll up your clothes.
Conventional wisdom says rolled-up clothes take less space and they don’t wrinkle your clothes as much. I don’t know if that’s true and if the difference is, like, statistically significant. 😀 But my clothes come out wrinkly however I pack them anyway, so I genuflect to conventional wisdom and roll them up when I can. (Exceptions include denim, as above, when I’m pretty sure rolling them up will actually cause them to take up more space.)
Here, I rolled my clothes, then used rubber bands to secure the roll. The rubber bands aren’t strictly necessary, but they help — especially when I’m still deciding which clothes to group together and where to put them — and they can be used for other purposes later in the trip.
After rolling them, I then place the clothes inside Ziplocs, kneel on the bag, and seal.
I’ll try to take some more photos next time I pack and update this post.
For what it’s worth, I don’t advise transferring toothpaste from big tubes to travel-sized tubes, because it looks messy and likely to result in a bit of wastage, and toothpaste that is already in travel-sized tubes is cheap and readily available. (For that reason, I tend to judge travel packing articles based on whether or not they include toothpaste transferring, which I know is supercilious of me, but come on, travel-sized toothpaste costs less than a dollar! Unless you use a special toothpaste, of course, in which case please go ahead.)
How do you pack?
Please share your own tips in the Comments, I’d love to read them. Especially how not to make clothes wrinkly!