The “Poor Man’s Vacuum Packing System” – Packing tip

Try the “poor man’s vacuum packing system” to make more room in your suitcase or carry-on:

  1. Get a gallon-sized or two-gallon-sized zipper storage bags (Ziplock, Glad, etc.) and a plastic straw.
  2. Fold the clothing and put it in the bag.
  3. Insert the straw and seal the bag around the straw.
  4. Suck the air out (use your mouth — it’s free and no heavy vacuum cleaner to pack!) using the straw, then quickly remove the straw and finish sealing the bag.
  5. Pack the straw to repeat when coming home.

Bonus: if a toiletry leaks, everything is safe in the plastic bags.

[Photo: Flickr | Artnow314]