Hey. I am headed to Australia to work for 6 months then travel.Because i will need a fair bit of luggage initially (suites, smart clothes for work) I have been thinking about packing. At Christmas I was bought some of these bags that you put clothes into and then suck the air out of using a vacum/hoover-thus shrinking the bags. This sounds a good idea for packing but i have a few concerns about whether I will be able to take these on an aeroplane due to both security risks and also changes in pressure. Does anybody have any ideas about this?
The pressure won't be an issue as if they have no air in them they're not going to be affected by altitude. If they were pumped to almost bursting point on the ground here then that would be a different story as when they reached 36000 feet there would be less air on the outside pushing in on them so the risk would be for them to explode but if they're vacuum packed that's not going to happen.
I don't think you need worry about the security aspect either as bags get x-rayed and a vacuum packed suit probably wouldn't look that different to a towel.
Have a nice trip!
I wouldn't bother with the bags, as I would be afraid that my clothes would wrinkle too much. I also consider the use of a vacuum cleaner too much hassle - how do I know that I will be able to get my hands on one when it is time to pack again? At the very least I would try to get a mechanic pump, one I could use with my hands, in order to achieve the vacuum. Also keep in mind that the vacumized bags are stiff and hard, it might be difficult to get them to fit.
I much prefer the old rolling and squeezing method which means:
1) roll one or two shirts very tight, being careful not to get any creases in
2) place the nice roll into a plastic bag
3) squeeze all the air out repeatedly
4) twist the plastic bag so that the clothes remain deflated
5) Stuff the roll next to the others into your bag.
as long as you just put clothes in them you wont have a problem, i do this all the time.
I'm travelling round at the moment and have been using these bags since I left home. The ones I've got don't use a vacumn but are more like huge zipper bags - They've really helped in me keeping my bag small and organised and would definetly recommend them.
[quote=t_maia]I wouldn't bother with the bags, as I would be afraid that my clothes would wrinkle too much.
If you fold your clothes and make sure they are flat when you put them in the bag your will find they don't wrinkle any more than packed normally. I have been using the bags that your roll to get the air out for years - generally use them to keep my kit dry when sailing but have found them very useful for travel as well.
I have never had any problem with them flying.
On my last trip to Europe I used the vacuum bags you roll up, no actual vacuum required.
They were great. They helped me get 3 weeks worth of dirty laundry into the front pocket of my luggage.
i would say, vaccum bags are already a passe creative invention for minimising the space in a pack.
i have stopped using ziplock bags now that i found another way to pack my clothes. they call it the Pack-it-Sac.
it is a a4 size zipped bag, with 1 - 1.5 inches allowances along the perimeter of the bag. the bag opens along 3 sides of the bag you can easily pack in 10 tops inside (folded nicely) and then zip the whole thing up, and put it in your pack. its way better than ziplock bags and ziplock relys on your butt to get all the air out in the bag but the pack-it-sac is able to compress your 10 tops liek the ziplock bags easily.
so far, i found such bags only under the brand, eagle creek.
so try checking it out.