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Old June 8th, 2003, 12:18 PM
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Ok folks, I know this is a dumb question, but have any of you used the space bage for packing on a cruise?

If so how did you repack on return with out having a vacuum to seal the bags?
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Old June 8th, 2003, 12:22 PM
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Could you roll them to get the air out?

Or maybe borrow your room stewards vaccum cleaner?

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Old June 8th, 2003, 12:46 PM
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They sell travel space bags. You roll them to get the air out. No vacuum needed.
My wife and I used them on a seven day cruise. Most of our clothes fit into two carry on pieces of luggage. We had only one checked piece of luggage. We bought four medium size and one large at the Container Store. Happy cruising. :-)

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Old June 8th, 2003, 12:56 PM
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set2cruz,

Was the container store on the internet?

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Most of these bags have one-way valves so you just roll the air out. They really work quite well BUT....remember that as they are compressed and you can fit more in your luggage, they also WIEGH much more so do not go over the limit the airlines state or you will have to pay excess wieght fees.
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Old June 8th, 2003, 03:40 PM
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Hey Jim--

What happens when TSA opens your space bag at the airport, then can't cram all the stuff back into the suitcase? Watching that scene could qualify as high comedy!!

I know, I know. . .they shouldn't be opening it etc., etc.

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If they can't get you bag shut, they simply wrap it with strapping tape and toss it on the conveyor, same as when it pops open because the over burdened lock broke.
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Old June 8th, 2003, 06:29 PM
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When you guys say, one way bags, does this mean you can only use them once?

Sorry to be so dumb, just was wondering if that's what I reading in you one way or one use meaning.

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One way valves. The air can only flow through in one direction, so once you roll the air out, it says compressed. We bought some at Walgreens.
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Old June 8th, 2003, 08:53 PM
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Yes, the Container Store is online.



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AR!!! Bet they would have one heck of a time trying to stuff it back in there!
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I use a brand called Pack Mates. They have a one-way valve and I sit on them to get the air out.

However... be aware that with the bags totally compressed, your suitcase can hold lots more and it can end up VERY heavy.

Plus, the TSA people tend to want to open and look inside any "hard" plastic bags... then they don't know how to re-seal and re-compress them, which makes getting everything back in the suitcase difficult. That happened to me in the New Orleans airport... fortunately, at that time they were inspecting the luggage contents in front of passengers and allowed me to re-seal the bags.

I still use mine, but don't squeeze ALL the air out.
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Ziplock bags work as well and are economical. Just pack the clothing item inside leaving a little room at the top; place the bag on a flat surface; roll up, compressing, from the bottom; then seal the bag and unroll. The air will have been all squeezed out and the bag will be flat and packable.

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MIchelle, I use the Ziplocks, too, especially for socks and underwear. But I do an alternate version of closing 'em -- throw items in bag, place bag on bed; sit on back and zip!

Flat as a board!

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