Maybe I am blind along with recovering from carpal tunnel surgery--but I've looked at Costco and Wal-mart in the luggage, appliance, and other areas of the stores to look for these bags. Where should I be looking in the store? what departments??--I live outside Palm Springs any other ideas for stores??
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It was one of those annoying TV thingy's that are on really late at night when I can't sleep and will watch anything. Was concerned about how to get the air removed on the return home, but will cross that bridge when I get to it. Hopefully these things won't become one more of the brilliant things I purchase and then abandon when they prove to be less than useful.
Has anyone actually bought and used them for a cruise? How'd it work out?
I bought mine at a Samsonite outlet store. These are specifically intended for use while traveling so do not require a vacuum - you roll or otherwise squeeze the air out manually then "zip" them closed. So far, I haven't used these for a trip but have experimented and have mixed opinions about them. On the con side, they don't hold nearly as much as I'd expected - I might be able to get two sweaters in one if I work hard at it and my success rate at getting the zip-loc style seal to be tight is not 100%. On the pro side, I am impressed by how well they do work when they seal. I put a fairly bulky jacket in one and it flattened out quite well. I plan to use these on my Alaska cruise (12 days and counting!) for sweaters and other bulky apparel that won't be affected too much my the compression. Coming back, I think they'll also work well for dirty clothes and damp swimsuits.
I do remember getting the vacuum version at Costco a few years ago. I think those also were with or near the travel stuff, such as luggage.
Get them at Home Shopping Network. I just got the Pack-Max Variety Set 7 piece set for $20. Go to HSN site and do a search. They worked great. I put shorts, t shirts, socks, underwear, jersey items. They did not wrinkle that much at all. Highly recommend them!
Yes, we packed our things into space bags for a 10 day (no formal nights) cruise last year. Since we don't even have large bags anymore, we're talking 22" carry-ons!!!!
Of course things were pretty wrinkled, but I brought a small can of wrinkle-removing spray and that did the trick just fine. A little time in a steamy bathroom should also help.
We found ours at Walgreen's in Norhern California, half the price of the travel shops.
When you repack at the end of the cruise, just roll the filled bags up very tightly. The one-way valve keeps air from getting back in. It works! We could not imagine ever traveling without them again!