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1. Posted by jadeverell (Respected Member, 255 posts) 18 Jan '08 08:14

Has anyone gone travelling and used Vacuum Storage Bags to store their clothes in and reduce space in your rucksac.

I Have only just discovered them, and looking at the description/picture they seem to dramatically reduce space.

Do they work? and are they worth taking on an epic adventure around the world?

Thanks

2. Posted by hobo1985 (Inactive, 52 posts) 18 Jan '08 10:56

they do work but you need some sort of device to suck out the excess air. I use mine in the home for storing seasonal clothes and use the vacuum cleaner to seal them. I am not sure if there is something more convenient for when travelling on the road.

3. Posted by fuzzypuppy (Budding Member, 62 posts) 19 Jan '08 18:31

You can get the kind you roll up to squeeze out air. I find them very helpful for dirty laundry and reducing the size of my t-shirts.

Eagle Creek makes them.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 19, 2008, at 6:31 PM by fuzzypuppy ]

4. Posted by mim (Travel Guru, 1276 posts) 21 Jan '08 05:22

everyone I've meet who can be bothered with these say they're really good, I definately may try them out...there can't be anything wrong with keeping your grungies separate!

alternatively you can just use cheapo ziplock bags...

5. Posted by jadeverell (Respected Member, 255 posts) 21 Jan '08 08:29

Hi,

Thanks for your answers, but if you need a Vacuum cleaner to reduce the air in the pac's, where do you get these whilst travelling? Might be a little unpractical to take my Dyson with me to Vietnam

Is there another device you can use?

6. Posted by Hien (Moderator, 3906 posts) 21 Jan '08 12:51

I use ziplock bags for some of my stuff while travelling, and I all do is squeeze the air out from the bag using my hands/arms/legs before zipping it up. :)

7. Posted by fuzzypuppy (Budding Member, 62 posts) 21 Jan '08 14:18

Quoting jadeverell

Hi,

Thanks for your answers, but if you need a Vacuum cleaner to reduce the air in the pac's, where do you get these whilst travelling? Might be a little unpractical to take my Dyson with me to Vietnam

Is there another device you can use?

Did you even read my post? The link I showed you is for compression sacs that you roll up to squeeze out the air.

They are also called vacuum bags because "vacuum" is also the term for an absence of gaseous molecules (esp air molecules when you're on earth). Hence when you squeeze the air out, you are creating a near vacuum inside the bag.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 21, 2008, at 2:26 PM by fuzzypuppy ]

8. Posted by jhetland (Budding Member, 43 posts) 21 Jan '08 16:22

I would recommend something like this:

Compression bags

I would be hesitant to rely on anything that required it to be sealed. If you find yourself in the positions where you need these things due to too much stuff, you will most likely also find yourself in the position where you are stuffing things in with force. If any of those things ripped, it would be very hard to stuff it back in again. Compression straps are just as effective, and much more reliable!

Jo

9. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member, 531 posts) 21 Jan '08 22:30

I just use a good quality ziplock bag and it works just as good as any compression bag does. The ones you're probably talking about require an actual vacuum cleaner and there's no point saving room only to use it to store your compressor.

10. Posted by laurim (Respected Member, 260 posts) 21 Jan '08 22:32

I use the bags when I travel and they work great. Just fill it up with clothes, zip it closed and lie on it until the air is out. Used to use big ziplocs but eventually they would stop keeping the air out. You just need to be careful that all the extra space doesn't make you pack more and make your sack really heavy.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 21, 2008, at 10:33 PM by laurim ]