We’re getting better and better at this packing nonsense and have learned a travel packing hack or two. And we’re getting better and better at living out of a suitcase, although we don’t exactly enjoy it.
We returned to Canada with pretty much nothing but shorts and tank tops. Hey, Canada just had its warmest winter ever, why would we need more clothes? And with a wardrobe that puts most “minimalists” to shame, why would we WANT more clothes?
Well, Canada’s warmest winter seems to have been followed by the coldest Spring. It. Sucks.
And because of this sucky spring we’ve had to stock two suitcase with some cold-weather clothing. Our suitcases were going to be bursting at the seams with these added layers, but with this sucky Spring weather came a sucky idea.
Our situation isn’t all that unique. As travelling house sitters we travel as light as possible. Our problem is that we don’t really have a home-base, although we were able to store some cold-weather clothing at some relatives, you know, just in case we have to return to Ontario in the dead of winter…I really hope we don’t have to…that would suck on so many levels.
You’ve probably heard of the travel packing hack where you roll your clothes. We’ve tried it. Can’t say it does much for volume other than your clothes become less wrinkled. Then there’s the travel packing hack of using plastic tupperwares to store things and re-use the tupperwares for meals or storing other stuff. Been there, done that. Neither of these hold a candle to this travel packing hack, because…
This is the BEST Travel Packing Hack…EVER!
We’re always underweight at the airport when it comes to our luggage. Except for the time we didn’t know any better and tried to pack our life in Canada into two large and two small suitcases. So this travel packing hack is perfect for us, and even more so now that we have to have some warm-weather clothing to lug around. So what is this amazing way to pack, you ask?
Pack with vacuum bags!
I don’t know why we didn’t do this when we moved down to Panama. Probably because we had more odds and ends then actual clothes, but whatever. Anyway, here’s the deal with vacuum bags. You buy some vacuum bags, pack said bags, suck out the air, then seal it. It’s that easy. And yes, even when I say “sell all your stuff”, I’m telling you to buy something. If you want to store clothes or textiles, buy these bags before storing. If you want to travel, buy these bags. These vacuum bags will help maximize the smallest of storage spaces and are a must for anyone thinking of long-term travelling, decluttering, or looking for some extra storage space.
Live in a tiny home and need to find more space? Clear out some shelf space every season by vacuum packing the stuff you don’t wear!
Moving? Suck the air out of those bags and fill less boxes saving you time and money!
Storing stuff? Vacuum bags will provide the same benefits as they do for moving, just make sure you check out our post on some of the better storage containers on the market.
But what if there’s no vacuum where I’m travelling?
That’s the beauty of these things. Even without a vacuum you can still pack them, seal them, and by folding and rolling over them you can still get rid of A LOT of unnecessary air, if not all of it. Chances are, though, you’ll be able to find SOMEONE with a vacuum to help you with this sucky travel packing hack.
Now if only they sold bags of chips like this so I wouldn’t have to pay for that air!
Now go sell all your stuff!