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Okay guys, yesterday I discovered my new favorite packing tool! In the past, I praised packing cubes as being my favorite packing invention. As of yesterday evening at 8:34pm, they have been dethroned.

A good friend of mine came to visit me in South Carolina from Chicago. She flew down with only a small duffle bag and backpack, both of which were pretty full. Packing for a trip to SC in winter can be a nightmare because you never know what the weather will do. Recently, we had 20 degree temperatures and 70 degree tempreatures in the same week!

During her time in South Carolina, my friend acquired two bulky, pastel, shoulder-pad-enabled pantsuits. They are glorious. Soon after purchasing them, we realized it would be hard to cram these garments into her full duffle bag for the flight home.

We toyed with the idea of mailing them, but that can get expensive. We also thought about those bags where you can remove the air with a vacuum hose, but that seemed obnoxious to deal with. And they aren’t the best for traveling. While its easy enough to vacuum pack things at home before leaving, few of us bring our vacuum on vacation to pack everything back up at the end. So we decided to do what my mom always had us do as kids: put everything in a regular plastic freezer bag and sit on it until you get all the air out. Then zip it up as fast as you can! Portable and (somewhat) effective!

We went to Walmart to find some normal plastic freezer bags and we stumbled upon what is now my favorite packing tool! They are Ziploc travel space bags, and they don’t require a vacuum but they somehow magically get all the air out.

We put all my friends clothes for a week, including the pantsuits, into two large bags. Seal the bag and sit, roll, squeeze, whatever it takes to get the air pushed out through the bottom seam. Somehow the seam defies all laws of physics and the universe and does not allow air back in the bag!

I am floored. How have I gone through my life not knowing these are a thing? In my post about packing cubes, I mentioned that one thing the packing cubes lack is compression. Well these bags take care of that. And a pack of five bags runs for about $10 at Walmart.

Everything is packed up with room to spare!

Here are a few real quotes my friend and I said while packing her duffle: 

“I have more room now in this bag than I did before the pantsuits!”

“Think of the things I’m gonna be able to do with a suitcase! Why haven’t I been packing like this all along?”

“How did I not know about these when I moved? This is a game changer”

If you are looking for a simple and budget friendly way to get more space when you pack, check out Ziploc travel space bags! I can’t wait to use them myself on my next trip!

Happy Travels,


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Erin · January 15, 2017 at 5:20 pm

Love it!!!

Christine K · January 16, 2017 at 10:41 am

Nice discovery. I did not know that Ziploc made space bags but it makes total sense. I have used other space bags in the past, even brought a pillow home from Italy in one. Great reminder to start doing this again!

    Nic · January 16, 2017 at 10:55 am

    Wow getting a pillow home from Italy is quite impressive!! I agree, I can’t wait to see how this transforms my packing for my next trip 🙂

Only By Land · January 17, 2017 at 10:17 am

Wow, there are some great things in America! I’m in the UK, I’m going to check out if we have those in our supermarkets! I hope so, I’ll use them on my next trip.

Lisa · January 17, 2017 at 11:59 am

Great tip. I saw them but haven’t tried yet. I think I will now. Would be nice to bring a few extras back from a trip.

Megan · January 18, 2017 at 2:15 pm

did you find that these left your clothes very crushed? I love the idea of freeing up more space.. but not if i have to spend an hour ironing!

    Nic · January 19, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    That will be a good thing to test! I haven’t used them with any iron-prone fabrics yet, but they worked well with casual clothes 🙂

Adriana · January 20, 2017 at 3:34 pm

Yes to extra space for other necessary items. I always pack my things in this sort of space bag because I can ensure that my clothes are protected and that I can plan for space for souvenirs or what not.

Agness of a TukTuk · January 20, 2017 at 6:19 pm

That’s an unordinary idea, Nic! I’ll probably utilize it too next time 😀

Gokul Raj · January 23, 2017 at 3:33 pm

Wow…that is a pretty good find. A real game changer indeed.

Romy · January 23, 2017 at 4:46 pm

This is the most amazing tip ever! I was going to get packing cubes, but this seems better. Hope we can get them in the Netherlands though.

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