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jkmmah April 28th, 2004 11:39 AM

Space bags
I hope this doesn't sound ridiculous but I'm wondering when it's time to pack up and come home from your cruise, how do you suck out the air from your space bag? Don't they have to have a vacuum to work?

Dixie April 28th, 2004 11:41 AM

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I was thinking the same thing.

jennifervail April 28th, 2004 12:40 PM

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Nope! I've got the American Tourister ones and you pack it full of stuff, close it like a zip-loc, and roll the air out the bottom. There's a little air passage that lets air out but not back in.

I've managed to pack 6 dresses, 4 skirts, and 4 shirts into one, and shrink it down into something no bigger than a small pillow. Amazing, and highly recommended from me!

FlawedAngel April 28th, 2004 12:43 PM

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Where can I get them and how much do they cost? I am going to really try to limit my clothes on my trip, I always OVERPACK!

jkmmah April 28th, 2004 12:44 PM

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Don't the clothes wrinkle like mad???? Just really curious..pardon all the questions!

pgmrdev April 28th, 2004 01:11 PM

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You just sit on them or roll them to squeeze the air out. It has a one way vent on the bottom that allows ari out but not air in. I bought mine at Bed, Bath and Beyond.
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Carey April 28th, 2004 01:20 PM

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I got some at Target (1 carry on size and 1 larger size) for about 8 bucks. Remarkably they dont wrinkle any of the clothes I have packed in them. I assume they would wrinkle nice men's shirts or something that wrinkles rather easily, but I use them all the time and dont know how I ever packed without them. If you roll your clothes first and then put them in the space bag and push REALLY hard to get any air out, you can fit a crazy amount of clothes in them. Sometimes its a team effort to get all the air out :)

FlawedAngel April 28th, 2004 01:38 PM

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Thanks for the info, I will have to try those!!

JAYCEE April 28th, 2004 02:09 PM

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just don't forget that they weigh the same with the air squeezed out!
I filled a suitcase so full, i couldn't lift it!
beware the airline weight limits!
every new toy has it's downside!!

Carey April 28th, 2004 02:20 PM

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Yes thats very true....I filled a bag with 56 lbs once and didnt think I brought enough stuff :) I had to take some out and put it in my friends luggage in order to not pay the airline fee. Just a tad embarrassing at the airline check in counter!
For anyone who doesnt know, most airlines will charge you about $25 if your luggage exceeds 50lbs.

Kenster April 29th, 2004 12:43 PM

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I don't find using Space Bags wrinkles clothes worse than other ways of packing. They may look a little wrinkled when you first roll them up to force the air out. Just unroll them and sort of pull them back into shape.
JKMMAH, there are very large bags that use the vacuum hose connection, but those are for large items like bedspreads, pillows etc. Things you're not likely to pack for a cruise.
We bought ours from a TV ad that gave us several different sizes. The smaller ones would be great for packing a day's outfits for children.

Kristine May 2nd, 2004 09:57 AM

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Has anyone used the type of space bags that you use a vacuum to suck the air out. I have both kinds, but the vacuum sort get much more air out. Does anyone know if they have a vacuum on board for guests to use?

Jim Bragg May 2nd, 2004 10:32 AM

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No vacuum onboard for the use of guests. I am not even sure if the ones that the steward use have hose attachments that they would let you use.

TinaBinaBoBina May 2nd, 2004 12:32 PM

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I have the kind that you vacuume the air out, as well as the kind you roll out. I have a airbed that came with a inflating device that you plug in, the opposite end of it has a deflating device. I used to travel with this, it not that big, size of a grapefruit. It worked great. You can buy these in a sporting good/camping section of stores. Just make sure it has the deflating option on it.

dien2cruize May 2nd, 2004 11:57 PM

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And just in case anything does happen to get wrinkled, don't forget to pack the Downey Wrinkle Releaser. GREAT stuff!!! I will have to look for these bags myself. Thanks!

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