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Save Space Packing Clothes

Ways to Save Space While Packing

Finding space for packing your stuff is an ongoing battle no matter what kind of traveler you are. We use multi-use items  to also save space and we also have a great solution for packing your clothes.

Now that we travel full time, and almost everything needs to fit in our backpack, every bit of space in our bags count. This tip is about how to save space packing clothes.

Our Clothes Packing Solution

That’s why compressor bags are our favorite space-saving item for our clothing. Dorene and I each carry three 8-liter compressor bags. This allows us to cut our clothing space in half. The reason we use three 8-liter bags is because they compress down smaller and will pack a lot easier than larger bags.

If you carry a lot of clothes that require ironing or don’t “unwrinkle” easily,  this method may not be right for you. Alternatively, you can carry one compressor bag and stuff t-shirts, underwear and any other clothes that don’t wrinkle into it and fold your other items as  you normally do. This will still help you free up space.

Currently, we use Outdoor Research Ultralight Compression Sacks. We’ve had the same bags for years, because they work.   Their video below will demonstrate exactly how they work. The colors have changed for the bag, but still the same great bag.

The Low-Cost Method to Save Space 

If you desire to go a more low-tech, low-cost route, one of our readers also recommended using plastic bags of various sizes to compress your clothes. We find they don’t last as long, nor do they compress to the same amount, but this suggestion is still a viable option.

What space saving products do you use for packaging clothes?  

We’d love to hear about them, let us know in the comments section below.

For more travel tips please check out our additional tips here

Shopping List: 

Outdoor Research Ultralight Compression Sack, 5-Liter, Lemongrass

Note: By using the links on this page (at no extra cost to you) it will generate a small commission from any sales. We recommend Outdoor Research Compressor bags because we have used them for years.  This helps us keep providing quality content and tips for you. Thanks for your support and enjoy space saving packing. 

About the Author Troy

Troy is an ex-TV editor and producer originally from Canada. He quit his 20+ year career to pursue a life of long-term, slow and transformative travel. Now with his wife Dorene, he helps people who want to redefine their midlife by making conscious changes at TravelLifeExperiences. He also works with travel and hospitality brands to create and share their video stories at

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