Travel Smart – Compression Bags

Compression bags are a total game changer for the frequent business traveller and backpacker. I’ve had the same pair of compression bags for the last 3 years, and they have saved me at least a dozen times. Why are they so useful you ask?

  • Dirty and wet clothes can be sealed in these bags, preventing them from smelling up your entire backpack. I can guarantee that compression bags will delay your need for laundry for at least 3-5 days; a godsend on the road.
  • Compressing your clothes before a trip make getting on your first flight painless, as your bag will appear smaller.
  • Compression bags offer a nice method to divide up your clothing for a trip.
  • Compressing clothes around fragile cargo keeps everything nice and tight. This is useful for bringing your new found treasures home.
  • Compression bags are, well, bags! If your bag is overflowing, you can toss some things in these bags to drag around with you until you can lighten things up.

The only bad experiences I’ve had with compression bags are as follows: Having one come open during transit and smelling up my wardrobe. Bad timing as I needed clothing for a night out. The other, is actually allowing me to pack too much stuff. I filled my bag so heavy that it would have been uncomfortable to carry for almost a month. I ended up reducing the amount of clothes I had by opting out of the bags on the way to my destination. I used them during the trip and on the way home though!

Reminder: Pack light. Your spine will thank you!

-Mike

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