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Recently, I visited snowy Park City, Utah for a week-long wintry stay in a Deer Valley and not only took lightweight clothing but also brought some bulkier items, while still managing to pack carryon only! Learn my secret!!
How to Pack Bulky Winter Clothing
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While I’m more of a fair-weather traveler, I do like a snow adventure every so often and recently visited Park City, Utah for a week-long wintry stay in a Deer Valley cabin. Even though I wasn’t skiing, I wanted to bring cute cozy clothing to spend lazy days in the cabin, enjoying the view, and being surrounded by nature.
In addition to my usual lightweight but warm winter clothes, I brought clothing that was thick, plush, and more than I probably needed yet I still managed to pack carryon only! My secret? VACUUM STORAGE COMPRESSION BAGS!
While I DO NOT recommend compression or vacuum seal bags for fast-paced multi-stop trips, they’re perfect for a single destination when all you have to do is unpack and repack one time. I’ve also used them for my many international moves and to store my clothing in storage to protect them from humidity and mold.
(For multi-stop or fast-paced trips where I have to unpack and repack frequently, I always use my 4-piece set of Compass Rose Carryon Packing Cubes to easily organize my clothing.) If you aren’t familiar with how to use packing cubes for carryon travel, watch this tutorial video and read our tips!
For this trip, I used two vacuum seal compression bags plus one Compass Rose Carryon Size Packing Cube for ALL OF MY BULKY WINTER GEAR!
Check out my 7-minute video to learn EXACTLY how I packed more than 25 clothing items into my carryon only despite having bulky winter clothes!
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If you want to read about all the clothing and shoes I brought for my cabin in the woods adventure in Utah, check out the full post here!
For the move from England to Mexico, I had to fit my entire life into five bags and learned that vacuum storage bags are excellent for a huge move! They’re perfect if you have a lot of clothing to pack and will only unpack your bags one time. For the move, I used four of these medium-size vacuum compression bags for all my clothing (mostly winter items).
Besides finding out about compression bags, read all the lessons I learned during my international move from England to Mexico!
Using vacuum storage bags to pack my life up!
When it came to my trip to Deer Valley, Utah, I wanted to travel light because I was traveling with five other people, some of which were skiing, and four of which checked bags. Even though we rented a large vehicle to drive from Salt Lake City airport to Deer Valley, a group of six people plus coats, luggage, and personal items quickly got cramped.
In certain packing situations, compression bags really come in handy and that happened to be the case for that trip!
Here are the top vacuum compression bags I use the most for slower travel or storage use when I’m at home:
GONGSHI Vacuum Storage Bags
These GONGSHI bags come in different sizes and can be used with either a typical standard vacuum cleaner or the provided pump.
The double-sealed zipper is specially designed for air to get out and they’re so easy to use! I put in my items, zip it up, and insert the pump to remove air. And the variety of sizes can fit everything from clothes to duvets.
SpaceSaver Premium Vacuum Storage Bags
The SpaceSaver vacuum bags are super handy for maximizing travel space in your suitcase, or for organizing your closet at home. These have a double-zip seal and the triple-seal turbo valve which are designed to get every last bit of air out of during the suction process. Plus, these bags can be used for travel, as they have a travel pump included.
And, here are more useful compression bags for travel:
VMSTR Vacuum Bags With USB Pump
This set of VMSTR vacuum seal bags has a technological advantage—it comes with a USB-powered pump! Pack them and suck out the air before your trip using your traditional home vacuum cleaner, and still fit clothes in on your return journey by using the small included vacuum (which only weighs a mere four ounces!). And, you can choose different sets for your packing suitcase!
RoomierLife Store Travel Space Saver Bags
If you don’t want to bother with a pump, these RoomierLife travel compression bags are easy to use. Simply fold and put in your clothes and zip and roll. There are valves at the bottom of each bag that will release air out. These are said to save up to three times the space in your suitcase and are TSA compliant!
For more vacuum seal bag recommendations, check out this blog post!
Product Comparison Chart
|BRAND | MODEL
|FEATURES | REVIEWS
|RATING | PRICE
|GONGSHI Vacuum Storage Bags
|These GONGSHI bags come in different sizes and can be used with either a typical standard vacuum cleaner or the provided pump.
|SpaceSaver Premium Vacuum Storage Bags
|The SpaceSaver vacuum bags are super handy for maximizing travel space in your suitcase, or for organizing your closet at home.
|VMSTR Vacuum Bags With USB Pump
|This set of VMSTR vacuum seal bags has a technological advantage—it comes with a USB-powered pump!
|RoomierLife Store Travel Space Saver Bags
|These RoomierLife travel compression bags are easy to use. Simply fold and put in your clothes and zip and roll.
What’s been your experience using compression bags? Tell us your thoughts below!
For more packing tips, please read:
- How to Pack and Safely Transport Souvenirs
- How to Pack Necklaces and Avoid Tangled Jewelry
- How to Pack Dirty Laundry While Traveling
- How to Downsize Toiletries: Save Space in Your Carry-On
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