Weird packing technique gets five days’ worth of clothes into a small cabin bag

Written by on February 13, 2020

Don’t roll or fold. A new packing technique promises to fit five days’ worth of clothes in a small cabin bag by doing neither.

A frequent traveller has shared her bizarre method of packing that doesn’t include folding or rolling.

The traveller claims their method is so successful, they managed to get five days’ worth of clothes and accessories into a hand luggage-sized bag.

They shared their unique technique on a Reddit forum, which asked: “How to pack more clothes into a carry-on luggage?” The Sun reported.

“I stopped rolling and folding and my clothes are less wrinkled when I arrive and I can carry more in the same space,” the savvy traveller wrote. “I can also pack for a week in just a few minutes.”

They said they tried a stacking technique for their clothes instead of the classic roll or fold.

“I lay the first item on the bed or floor,” they said. “Then I lay the next item rotated 90 degrees on top of that.

“I keep rotating 90 degrees and layering until I have everything in a pile.

“I finish with my underwear and socks on top in the middle. Then I fold all four corners and shove it in my suitcase.”

The traveller said they were able to take five days’ worth of clothes, two pairs of shoes, as well as toiletries and make up in a carry-on sized bag.

“I thought it sounded idiotic when I read it, but it worked for me,” they said.

The reason the method worked is that by twisting the items, the hems and the waistbands were alternated to prevent bulk on one end.

Other travellers on the forum were torn, with some saying they’d stick to rolling clothes as it stops them creasing, while others said compression bags were better for organisation.

One mum said she always packs a “mothership bag” alongside her family’s suitcases, which contained essentials for each person for easy access when arriving at the hotel.

Another clever packing hack, called the “overnight burrito”, means you always have a fresh T-shirt and underwear on hand in case your suitcase got lost.

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