Pack A Backpack In A Pinch By Rolling Your Clothes

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Occasionally, we all find ourselves in a position in which we need to pack a bunch of stuff — including clothes — into a backpack. It might be as simple as heading to a friend’s house for the weekend. Or packing your kid up for a weekend at grandma’s. Or — maybe your life is a little more exciting — you’re catching an early flight for an overnight bachelor party in another state.

You want to travel light, but you don’t want to spend a ton of time rummaging around that backpack, wrinkling up your fancy night-out shirt. Reddit user surebegrandlike has a solution for that:

Travelling using a backpack full of clothes that only opens at the top? Roll them up and tie an elastic band around each roll and then pack them. You won’t have to re-fold each time you need to grab something at the bottom of the backpack, plus elastic bands always come in handy when travelling.

Now, as per one of the Lifehacker editors, I’m only allowed to write this post if I tell you that packing cubes are the superior option.

The roll method, therefore, is for those of you who either don’t yet believe in packing cubes (it’s only a matter of time, she says) or are packing at the last minute and wish you had packing cubes but don’t have time to purchase them (get them immediately upon your return home, she insists).

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If you want to take your roll to the next level, Booblicle suggests trying the “ranger roll” because “no elastic bands needed and the clothes can be thrown at a wall without unrolling”.

Either way, surebegrandlike also recommends stashing the clothes in plastic bags if you think they might get wet, and I think that is solid advice, too.


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