This $20 Amazon Find Is the Secret to Maximizing Your Suitcase Space

published Jul 6, 2021
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Back in January 2020, one of my goals for the new year was to travel more in a year than I ever had before; needless to say, those plans did not pan out. The return of traveling has been something I’ve been looking forward to for 15 months. So when vaccines became more widely available, I immediately began planning a monthlong trip to visit some family and friends I hadn’t seen in over a year. But as my departure date came closer and closer, I began to remember the one thing I’ve always dreaded about traveling: packing. While I’ve gotten better at it over the years, the thought of trying to fit enough things in my suitcase for a month — the longest trip I’d ever taken — was sending me into a tailspin. That was, however, until I stumbled across my new packing must-have: Acrodo’s Travel Compression Bags.

Designed to help you maximize your suitcase space, Acrodo claims these compression bags can help increase your packing and storing space by 300 percent. So how do they work? Once you’ve packed your clothes, simply use the included green zipper tab to seal the bag. Next, lay the bag on a flat surface and — beginning at the zippered end — roll the bag away from you, squeezing the excess air out of the bag. Repeat this step a couple of times to make sure all the air is out and voilà! You’ve instantly created more space in your suitcase.

Now, I will say that upon getting these bags, I discovered there’s a strategy to getting a perfect seal every time. My first tip? Once you’ve sealed the bag, I suggest folding that end under once before you start rolling; if you skip this step you’ll find that the pressure of the roll can sometimes pop the zipper open, leading to some unnecessary frustration. My second tip is to use your body weight to your advantage while compressing your bag. I like to place the bag on my bed and then gently use my body weight to squeeze the air out before rolling. In my experience, I’ve found this opens the air vents faster and easier, leading to a more secure and compressed roll.

Each set of these reusable travel compression bags retails for just $18.97 — but is on sale now for just $11.97 — and comes with 10 bags — five large and five jumbo bags — allowing you to fit all of your belongings comfortably. So if you’re ready to travel again but looking to nix the stress of deciding what to pack, add these convenient bags to your Amazon cart ASAP. I promise they’ll become a treasured part of your packing routine.

Buy now: Acrodo Travel Compression Bags (10-Pack), $11.97 (normally $18.97)