Why I prefer vacuum type packing bags



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.... and the dirty clothes don't touch the possible clean ones on the way home.

I've always done the standard flat fold into the suitcase, and have just started looking the cubes and vacuum bags. For the vacuum bags - do your clothes come out any more wrinkled than the standard fold method? On the return home, can you manually force the air out, or will you need a vacuum?

Thanks and have a great cruise!!

I'd be concerned about the creasing too. It sure saves a lot of room using the vac bags, but we travel to the cruise port city usually 2 days in advance, so I'm concerned that most of our clothes would look a mess by the time we unpack.

Some say rolling prevents wrinkles and creasing. I wonder if you could roll, then put into the vacuum bags? I certainly like the idea of the bags and keeping the dirty stuff separate from the clean items on the way home.

Well, I currently have 6 travel or carry on bags in a medium (22") suitcase. It's only socks, underwear, and t shirts. Wrinkling is minimal, but I wouldn't put a suit in one. Rolling the clothes first might defeat the purpose of saving space. We usually pack an unused bag for dirty laundry. Some of the bags are the roll out the air type. A couple are the pump or vacuum out the air. One set came with a hand pump, which actually works better than a vacuum. Vacuum cleaners sometimes suck out so much air, the clothes bunch up. The hand pump keeps the bags flat. In the past we have borrowed the stewards vacuum cleaner the night we pack up. This time I'll just bring the pump, which is in the second pic, along the hinge.

I see the pump now. Seems like a great idea for the sock & undies as you mentioned. Will be looking for some of these. Thanks!!


Yeah, I too am concerned about wrinkling. I fold flat. Hubby rolls. Mine always comes out with less wrinkles.

I saw a travel agent recently on TV giving tips - she always folds, never rolls her clothes.

Shorts and like things are folded then rolled. Socks are stuffed in shoes. Shirts are folded and stacked on top. Dress shirts are folded like they come packaged from the store and packed in the case with the sports coats and suits.

DGF likes the vac packing.


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