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Vacuum bags for clothes for travel?

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by skeet_man, Aug 2, 2010.

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  1. skeet_man

    skeet_man Well-Known Member

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    Does anyone have any experience with these bags? Going to the World Skeet in October. At this point, I plan on buying a Pelican 1700 case (or similar), putting my gun in a boyt takedown case in it, then packing the rest with clothes, to cushion the gun, and cut town on a checked bag if possible.

    Anyone have experience with the vacuum space-saver bags? Most of the stuff I'm taking isn't that "fluffy" (most of the ads i've seen show fitting alot of pillows or comforters in them), so I'm not all that sure how well it'll work with regular clothes.
     
  2. recurvyarcher

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    I'm interested, too. Do the clothes get extremely wrinkled?
     
  3. neofight

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    I haven't tried one of those products, but i did learn to pack a little differently when my wife was in the clothing business and the line of clothes she sold lended themselves to being rolled up tightly. Since i can dress in the dark and always be in style, i find rolling my clothes, especially my collared shirts, t-shirts and jeans, takes up a little less space and when i arrive at destination, i can unroll them and they come out just fine.

    When i go on a long range fishing trip, i don't have to worry about rolling and packing for the return trip home as everything gets chucked except the clean change of clothes i brought with me. More room for fish! I think the vacuum bags are a gimmick, like so much of what is being offered on TV.
     
  4. butch's90t

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    I use them for packing for my annual trips from FL to IA and vice/versa BUT I have a vacuum cleaner for suction at both residences. Will wrinkle clothes slightly. HarryC
     
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    For storing all kinds of stuff that takes up a lot of space the vacuum bags are great. You pack it until you can't get anything else in there then suck the air out. A 12" high packed bag becomes 3-4" high.


    Eric
     
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    Skeetman,

    Get there early enough to find a Goodwill or similar outlet. Take underwear only. You can buy shorts for $3-4, and shirts for the same or less. For $20-25, you can buy outfits to shoot in, one to wear home, save the packing, and help out the charities.

    Danny, Always Thinking

    PS - Don't look too closely at my attire.
     
  7. recurvyarcher

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    Clothes from thrift shops need to be steamed or washed before wearing, otherwise you risk contracting scabies.
     
  8. ChetH

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    I use the kind where you expel the air by rolling the bag up. I only use them for underwear and things I don't mind getting wrinkled. For shirts and pants, I use the bundle method. I put a link above. It actually works quite well.

    chet
     
  9. Savage99Stan

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    Went on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic in June. My wife and I packed our pillows and our bulky sheets/towels in these things and they were great. Used a shop vac to suck the air out.

    Didn't use them on clothes but if you fold them nicely the vac/bags should act like you were pressing them. I'd suggest putting each item in a dry cleaner's bag after folding, then carefully layering them in a vac/bag and sucking the air out. Should work great.

    Good luck.
     
  10. slic lee

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    I use vacuum bags home they are great for storage. On a trip where go you get a vacuum to repack?
     
  11. Big Jack

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    Uncle Sam taught most of you how to live out of a duffle bag. It worked then, it still works. Most all of your clothes can stand to be rolled & if your fussy about wrinkles, consider a "steamer" When it's time to return home, everything gets rolled and packed securely.

    Big Jack
     
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