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How you can win one of eight Space Bags TO GO

Some things in life are unavoidable, such as catching a cold, being late for an important meeting, and packing for a trip. Worse, not only is packing unavoidable, it’s also often one of the most stressful parts of a trip.

Frankly, packing is a pain. But I’m about to offer eight lucky Friendly Planet travelers some pain relief. A few weeks ago, I told you about some handy gadgets to get you going to your destination. One of those gadgets was the Space Bag TO GO.

These are bags that you can roll up or push down to compress the items inside, which decrease the bulk of clothing and other soft items. I have found you can fit a lot of stuff into a little space with a Space Bag TO GO.

After I wrote the post, I thought it might be fun to give a few of these bags away on the blog. So, I contacted the company for some samples and they generously provided me nine bags for a giveaway.

One bag I provided to one of our bloggers who is using it now on Friendly Planet’s Athens and 3 Day Greek Isles Cruise. We’ll have more from her when she comes back, including photos, hopefully some video and, of course, feedback about how helpful the Space Bag TO GO was on her trip. I still have eight more to give away to you, loyal readers and frazzled packers.

Here’s what you have to do to enter and win: Share your best packing tip in a comment on this post. It’s that simple. Click on “Post a Comment” at the bottom of this post. A comment box will appear. Write your best packing tip and click “Publish Your Comment” when you’re finished.

Here are some ideas to get you started. What makes packing easier and faster for you? What’s your strategy for fitting a week’s worth of clothes into an overnight bag? How do you make sure your shampoos and lotions don’t explode all over your clothes?

Your tips can be as simple as rolling your clothes instead of folding them. Or can be as complex as a detailed play-by-play plan on how you pack your suitcase. Whatever your advice is, I want you to share it here.

VERY IMPORTANT: Make sure you leave your name and an e-mail address where we can contact you if you win. If you don’t leave it and we pick your name, you will not be eligible to win. Eight winners will be randomly selected from the pool of applicants. Deadline for comment submissions is Friday, April 16, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. EST. I’ll announce the winners shortly after on the blog.

Note: This contest is open to anyone except employees of Friendly Planet Travel, Space Bag TO GO, and any Friendly Planet Travel vendors.

Good luck!


  1. Convince your husband to put his clothes in the same bag as yours. That way HE only has one bag to carry. 🙂

  2. zrealtopcat

    We’ve been using that ‘type’ of bag for years. Works great!

  3. Patty

    I stuff socks/rolled underware in my shoes. Depending on kind of shoes, uses up wasted space. I also have lots of “travel” clothes – the soft, wrinkle-free pants, tops and jackets. Lightweight and warm or cool, depending on weather. A weeks worth of this clothing would fit in a “space bag”. I would love one.

  4. I always pack zip-lock type bags of a variety of sizes on long trips. They come in handy, especially for packing liquids during flights, holding spare change, separating wet socks, or toting things like fresh fruit on day trips. It’s a low-tech, inexpensive way to organize and separate items during travel. Scoring a Space Bag TO GO would be even better!

  5. Get a bag that has two smallish side pockets- one for socks and underwear and the other that has a plastic bag for dirty laundry..This always saves routing around in the bag for those essentials.

  6. I use ziplocks too. Especially for “intimates.” That way if my bag is searched someone’s hands aren’t touching the personal items. A space bag would be good protection too 🙂

  7. For longer trips, we travel with wheeled pack (combo of suitcase, backpack, with attached zip-off small back pack for day trips) top and side holders for easy handling – would not be without one!

  8. Chari

    I travel alot and have come up with a few GREAT ideas… the 1st one is the roll technique…I roll all my clothes to fit more items into my suitcase. It is a little time consuming but it works. Also if you plan to carry a flashlight, camera or anything with batteries and plan to pack it…turn the batteries backwards in case the flashlight or camera get cut on by accident. I learned this lesson the hard way…Happy Travels.

  9. My best tip is to plan ahead and don’t wait until the last minute to pack. johnpedroza(AT)

  10. Take little as you can. take things which can be used for mulitiple times to save the space. like wrinkle free cloths, multiple zips bag to fit in all important things.

  11. When I pack, I start by checking the weather forecast and determining the type of clothing that will be best suited for the environment. Then I choose a “color scheme” (i.e. earth tones, blacks, colorful, etc.). Choosing pieces in the same tones makes it easier to mix and match and to minimize the number of pairs of shoes I’ll need to bring along. Before packing, I make a list of outfits in a way that minimizes or eliminates duplicates. Then I button up, or zip up, each piece and pack my suitcase like a lasagna: layering up each piece flat, to minimize wrinkles. I start by using four pants (or longer skirts or dresses) with the legs extended out of the suitcase at the bottom (the legs will be folded over at the end making it easier to close the suitcase and also creating a barrier to avoid losing small items). I pack clothing items first and then use the spaces “in between” to put shoes and miscellaneous. By making sure everything is extended flat on the suitcase, I am able to have maximum packing space!

  12. I always pack an extra compact zip duffle or light suitcase in my suitcase that way when I buy extra gifts or souvenirs I don’t have to buy an extra bag to lug those items home!

  13. More ideas for ziplocks: I buy the biggest ones and pack 2-3 tops in each; they get less wrinkled because they “slide” around rather than getting smushed. When looking for items in my suitcase, it is easier to find what I want and not disturb items I don’t want to use. You can pack by color combinations or clothing combinations (e.g.outfits or longsleeve vs shortsleeve). It protects the clothing from dampness or spills and also makes it easier to see what you have. Especially good if you have to “live” out of your suitcase.

  14. Anonymous

    Put some of your clothes in your husband’s suitcase and some of his in yours. If one of the suitcases get lost, both of you can still survive for a few days. Learned that one the hard way.

  15. Anonymous

    If we are traveling long enough to need a suitcase, I put enough essentials in my carry-on bag to last a couple of days if my suitcase gets misdirected: underwear, toiletries and of course, any medications stay in my purse. As others have noted, don’t put all your “eggs” in one basket when traveling!

  16. Chuck

    Take a bigger bag than what you need. That way if you find deals you don’t have to worry about shipping them. They’ll easily fit in your case.

  17. Anonymous

    Bring a bigger case than what you need. That way if you find deals (souvenirs, clothes, etc.) you’ll have plenty of room to bring it back with you. You won’t have to worry about shipping.


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