Having returned recently from a motorcycle trip to Oregon, I thought I’d share one of my favorite packing tips.
But first, some eye candy from the trip – Crater Lake.
Now for that tip.
This tip comes from “Her Motorcycle“, a website with great information on motorcycle apparel and gear for women, but I use this method now for all of my travel packing, whether it’s by motorcycle, car, or airplane.
Get some Hefty jumbo slider-lock plastic bags at the grocery store (2.5 gallon). Fill up a bag with folded clothes:
Put the bag on a chair, sit on it to compress the clothes and squoosh out the air, then zip it closed. This bag went from just under 4″ thick to just under 2″ thick.
This method works particularly well with fluffy clothing like sweaters or fleece. Much cheaper and easier than those specially-designed space saving bags.
I know a lot of people like to roll their clothes, which works fine with some clothing, like t-shirts. But I have trouble rolling bulkier items like pants and sweaters. Plus, I always seem to get a lot more wrinkles with the rolling method than with this method.
A bonus is that I can pack clothing that I’ll need for a particular day in one bag. For example, if I’m staying at a motel overnight on the way to a destination, I can put whatever clothes I need for that evening and the next day in one bag – that might include a swimsuit if I’m going someplace with a pool or spa. When I get to the motel, all I need to take out of the suitcase is just that one bag.