This year, our extended family hauled off to Hawaii and stayed together in a house near Diamonhead. In packing I decided to go for minimalism, Hawaii being the perfect place to go for it, and managed to fit over a week’s worth of clothes with plenty of room to spare for everything else in my 24 Hour Rush backpack. I’ve got the black one, just like the one in the photo here:
It’s not a particularly large backpack, but it’s laid out very well, with many convenient pockets and a good load system which makes it comfortable to carry all day long. With the compression sack, I rolled my clothes and then cinched them down and compressed them about 50% smaller. Then it went in the backpack and I had plenty of room for my computer, various plugs and cables and all the other necessities for travel. Having been to Hawaii many, many times, I decided to leave the DSLR behind, saving another 50% of my load 😀
The key to using the compression sack is to lay your clothes on top of each other with the socks in the middle, then the shirts, then the pants in sort of an elongated stack. Not too long, but stretch it out, overlapping as necessary to avoid making it too thick to roll. Then roll it carefully so that it fits into the compression sack. Once that’s done, you cinch down until it’s gently snug, then move to an opposite side, then to one of the remaining two straps, then the last one. Then repeat, tightening as you go. When you’re done, your clothes will be in a pretty hard little lump, but you’ll find it’s very easy to deal with and drops right into the backpack.
Pack your ready wear stuff (scarves, jacket, other layers) as well as any magazines or books you may have. The 24 Hour Rush pack has a padded compartment for your camelbak, which also it perfect for slipping in any relatively slim notepad or laptop. Just the ticket for my 11″ MacBook Air. When I was done, it was comfortably-full not stuffed-to-the-gills.
Here’s my review of the compression sack.
CLOSEOUTS . This Alps Mountaineering Compression stuff sack helps reduce the volume of sleeping bags and other bulky items. Create more room in your backpack Top has zip pocket Webbing handle on bottom Double-stitched seams Bar-tacked stress points Multi-use mesh storage bag Length: 20″ Diamet…
Strong and reliable compression sack.
Pros: Compact, Easy to pack, Durable
Best Uses: Road Trips, Backcountry Camping, Survival
Describe Yourself: Casual/ Recreational
Was this a gift?: No
I just used this to compress all my clothes for a vacation to Hawaii. With the help of the compression sack, I managed to put over a week’s worth of clothes in my 24RUSH (mil style) backpack, with plenty of room leftover for a MacBook Air, cables, chargers, toiletries, the mandatory clear bag of liquids for TSA, etc… I have no regrets getting this and would recommend this to anyone looking for a good compression pack.
You can also get this at Amazon for a little over $20 bucks (as of today July 15, 2012)
Bottom line, I find compression sacks useful for packing in a smaller volume.