Even with my fancy new Marmot backpack, I’m always looking for ways to save on space and take up as little room as possible. So I did some research and came up with a rather handy and inexpensive solution.
I picked up a pack of Ziplock Travel Bags and gave them a try. These things are real handy. They don’t need a vacuum cleaner to suck all the air out. Rather they use a unique system. All you do is pack in whatever it is you want to compress, seal the bag, then roll it up. As you roll, the air escapes through a one way valve and the bag compresses to a nice more smaller size, giving you extra room to pack more shit, or simply not have a bag so cluttered. I’ve been using them on my shorts and fishing shirts. They will work on most anything but no, they won’t work on compressing my ex-girlfriend’s head…or so I’ve been told. The concept is simple and the cost is low. I got a couple bags in the travel size, 18″ x 22″ for about $7. They are reusable and can fold up for future use.
In addition, if you go to the Marmot link you might notice the two straps on the side of the pack. There are 2 more on the other side as well. Once your bag is packed, you can cinch said straps down to compress the bag even more, giving you a bit more room for stashing said bag in those overhead compartments or elsewhere. Just make sure whatever you have inside can be compressed or is properly padded.
I like to travel light, very light, and anything I can do to save some space I will take advantage of. Using said Ziplock bags, and the compression straps on the pack allow me to do so. Anyone got any similar ideas on saving some space while traveling? Drop a comment and share.