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The Kitchen Appliance You Should Be Using to Pack Your Suitcase - Travel Intelligence

The Kitchen Appliance You Should Be Using to Pack Your Suitcase - Travel Intelligence
From The Kitchn - November 17, 2017

When you pack your bags for a trip, you are bringing along something you do not need (something you probably do not even realize is in there!): air. It's in between your clothes, and inside the fibers of the cotton and the weave of the wool. Air might not weigh much, but it takes up valuable room that could be filled with necessities.

We have learned to live with it, but for those times when you need to get more stuff into your luggage, there's an appliance we can borrow from the kitchen.

The inexpensive FoodSaver vacuum sealer that comes in handy for storing frozen food in airtight packages can do the same thing for your sweaters that it does for your lamb chops. Its vacuum pump will pull all that cumbersome air right out, flattening your clothing into neat, amazingly compact plastic-wrapped parcels that slip into luggage with room to spare.

It also keeps them waterproof, dust-proof, and stain-proof (a virtue if you have ever had a bottle of shampoo explode in your luggage en route to a wedding and coat your nice outfit in blue goo), and neatly organizedthe socks with the socks, the neckties, cufflinks, and pocket square all bundled togetherand pressed to resist rumples.

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