Travel Tip: Vacuum-Pack Packing

If you're going on a trip and are strapped for space, one thing you might consider is vacuum packing your clothing before putting it in your luggage. We've done this a couple of times and it saves a ton of space...

Sure, you can go out and get a compression kit for vacuum-packing storage, but you can also simply use plastic bags and a vacuum cleaner. The store-bought kits will claim they can reduce sizes by something like 80%. Our DIY results have been more like 50%, but, hey, even just cutting your luggage volume in half can be a big help. One final tip, though: be sure that once you reach your destination you'll be able to have wrinkled clothing pressed.

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.