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1. Posted by dsguasc (Budding Member 27 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

How do you fit everything in one bag!
Are there any special techniques that I should know?


2. Posted by hey_monkee (Respected Member 430 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Lol maybe you need to re-assess your packing list!! You really won't need as many clothes as you think, so start by cutting back there and see if that makes a difference Also, 2 pairs of footwear is all you need - 1 pair sneakers/walking shoes of some sort, 1 pair sandals or flip flops, depending on the type of travelling you're doing and the activites you'll take part in. Just a couple of pointers to help you out;)

3. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Rolling all your clothes will reduce wrinkles in them and save space.
Put socks in your shoes.
Don't take huge bottles of toiletries, just take enough for the trip or a few days if you can buy more where you are going.
Remember, clothes can be worn more than once and can even be washed. You will never use all of the clothes you pack.

Have a look at the packing list in the Tools section of this page. It has helped me countless times.

4. Posted by dsguasc (Budding Member 27 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Thanks heaps!! I'm trying to cut down what i'm taking, but even when I do... i'm heading over during winter... so i think that it's the jackets and jumpers that are taking up all the room!

hmmmmm maybe I should do layering.....

5. Posted by Jase007 (Respected Member 8870 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Jackets/jumpers? the best way to cut down on this is a jacket with a zip-out fleece, that way one thing will do both jobe (saving space/weight).
I'm not at the stage of being able to go away for a month with just a large day-pack. wear one, wash one, one in reserve. it works.

6. Posted by Taffski (Travel Guru 182 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

WE managed to get all our stuff for Antarctica into the one bag...

So... we used Space saving Bags.... they're quite cheap and well worth it.

We put our really cold weather gear in the bags at the bottom of our rucksacks to save space.

We then wore one jacket (wind proof fleece or the likes)

We only have one pair of sandals / one pair of walking boots, one pair jeans, one jumper, one waterproof jacket, one wind proof jacket, one pair waterproof trousers etc. etc.

remember.... better to spend and buy ONE good something as opposed to buying cheap and having to buy again when you're there!

other than that..... take less as the guys have already suggested



PS.... I'm still training my other half in this concept of "taking less"...... it's been 4 years now and we're still in the training phase I reckon ;)

7. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

How do you fit everything in one bag!

Buy a REALLY big bag

Seriously, with an average sized bag, if you can't fit it all in, you are trying to take too much. Revise your packing list, to dump out some of the clothes and most of the "just in case" stuff, which you will never need. There is very little I would advise taking beacsue it might come in useful or just in case. Most of these things you might only use once every couple of years or so (or less), and thus I don't think are worth the effort.

Layers is the way to go clothing (both as a traveller, and as somebody who lives/has lived in some REALLY cold places).

Multiple use items and improvisation is also good.

But basically, cut down on the amount of clothing you have.

8. Posted by zimszimer (Inactive 5 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

We rolled everything and used elastic bands to keep em together, bit of work in it but it was worth it. If in doubt about anything leave it behind, you'll end up wearing the same things over.

9. Posted by jasonh2015 (Full Member 156 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

The best advise i have been given is, pack your bag, then walk around the block, then take everything out again, and re pack. Then you can have a think about what you really need.

10. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Rollin rollin rollin....