At BED BATH AND BEYOND here in Florida but I am sure you can go online to just order them... There is two kinds one that you have to use a vacuum to remove the air, (you DO NOT) want this kind,, The other kind they have which you want is the kind you have to roll or sit on to remove the air. This way it takes up hardly any room... I even took my own bed pillow using these it removed the air and was very compact...
You should be able to find them at WalMart.
You might even be able to find them at your local large chain grocery store. Our local chain grocery store has just started stocking them.
We have quite a few Canadian cruisemates on this site, you might want to ask your question over on the ChitChat Board, that board gets alot more hits than this one.
They are used for such items as t-shirts, underwear, anything that will "fold flat" in your luggage. The main reason to use them is that they take up less space in your luggage. Just put the items in them, roll them up to get the air out , seal them shut and flatten them out. They are a lot less expensive than the plastic ones that you have to vacuum out the air.
Systems such as pack-it folders sold by Magellan's and others are also good for shirts, etc.
Like I mentioned earlier, they take up less room in your luggage.
You can also put your bathing suits, beach towels, etc in them. They flatten out to almost nothing.
If you have kids going with you, they are perfect for extra t-shirts, socks, pj's. On our cruise with our grandchildren, my daughter just got a couple of packages of men's small t-shirts for the two children. They wore them to bed, going back and forth to the pool, great to put on when you're at the beach and the sun gets too hot and they need to cover up. You wll be surprised on how much stuff you can compress in one of those bags, they really save space in your luggage.
I use Space Bags, which I bought at Meijer. You can get them at other retail outlets and order them from the TV ads, too. They compress your clothes and add more space in the luggage. You can also use the big ones to store blankets and other seasonal items. Those you have to have a vacuum cleaner to suck out the air. I use the smaller ones and just sit on them to force out the air before zipping them shut.
You can use space Bags or regular zipper bags to put your cameras and film for easy access at airport checkpoints.
I found the big Ziploc bags at Home Depot this weekend. I was a bit surprised.
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I don't usually use the zip bags since we've previously driven to the ports. Now that we're flying, I'd rather not have my clothes "pawed" through by TSA if they decide to inspect my luggage !
We are driving to the port, do they go through the luggage there too, and if so, do they open these ziplock bags. Or maybe not, since they are flattened, that might mean to them, that nothing bad is in them right? Help with understanding please.
No, generally they don't go through your luggage at the ports. From what I understand (and I may be wrong!) they do scan your luggage. If there's anything really "suspicious" (guns, knives, etc.) they'll ask you to open the bag.
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You can buy "Pack-Mate" bags (am not sure of the name) at a BJ's Wholesale or in alot of the catalogs. Do you get QVC on your television?
I have seen yhem there numerous times. Or just go to your local grocery store
and buy the largest "zip-lock" bags (I like the Freezer type, stronger, myself) and squeeze the air out when almost full.