How To: Use Vacuum Compression Bags for Travel Packing

How To: Use Vacuum Compression Bags for Travel Packing


Hey guys, Jacob Marek here from IntroverTravels. I’m inviting you into my bedroom today because
I want to share with you one of my all-time favorite pieces of packing gear: compression
bags! If you’re not already using these to pack
your luggage, then you’re seriously missing out. 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 it to come back in. You basically just created your own vacuum
seal! I love these bags for three main reasons. First, they save a ton of space. This is great if you’re packing bulky items,
like sweaters or jackets. 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 just toss my sweaty shirts
and pants into a compression bag, so that the odors didn’t stink up my clean clothes! I’m not usually into camping, so this was
a good way to be able to wear clean clothing the entire time and not feel like a grungy
neanderthal on my hike. 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 even a light rain. Conversely, if you have a damp swimming suit
or towel, you can just toss those into a bag, so they don’t get your other stuff wet. I’m heading out of town later today for a
trip, so I thought I’d show you how these work. I’ve got about a week of clothing here, so
I’ll start by putting in the pants and shorts first. Then, I’ll put the shirts on top. I don’t know why I do it this way, but I find
that it works the best. I should mention, this method will create
wrinkles in your clothes, so if that matters to you, you’ll want to have an iron at your
arrival destination. Next, I’m just going to zip the bag up and
start rolling it from the top, gently squeezing the air out to create a tight seal. And voila! You now have a neat little bundle of clothing
that packs away in your luggage. I really hope that this tip helped you out,
and if it did, please feel free to share it with your friends and family to help them
pack better, AND to support a small business – like IntroverTravels – in the process. Until next time, I’m Jacob Marek. Thank you so much for watching.

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