Ziploc Bags

May 7th, 2007, 08:05 AM
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For organization and protection from moisture.

LawChick, do you use a washcloth at home? If so, you'll probably want to pack your own to Europe - because you won't find them in most hotels. I have a washcloth per person in individual ziploc bags.

I organized my suitcase contents for the trip. Paris clothes in one big ziploc. Capris and tops in another. "Dressy" cashmere sweaters, etc for evenings in Paris in another. Travel info - pages from guidebooks and printouts from Fodors in another.

Then, as the trip progressed, I moved used items or items no longer needed in the duffle (that was stashed in the outside pocket of the suitcase) and used the room in the suitcase for the clothes still needed and souvenirs.

Worked great for me.
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May 7th, 2007, 08:08 AM
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Same reasons as Dukey and Likeswords. I also find that items wrinkle less (I only squish them down for space for winter trips) when separated by ziplocks. But I also use them at home for clothing storage to freezer and fridge storage. Luv um.
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May 7th, 2007, 08:08 AM
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If you're asking why we use them on vacation:

1. To contain a spill if a bottle leaks in the suitcase.

2. To put anything damp in such as washcloths or bathing suits, undies that didn't dry. This keeps the other clothes from getting wet and mildewing.

3. Some people like to organize their packing this way. Such as one for socks, one for undies, one for odds & ends. It lets the TSA screeners see what's inside without totally messing up your suitcase should you get selected for special screening.

4. Please don't laugh but there is that one occasion where we were stuck in a 3 hour traffic jam in Italy. The men had no problem responding to nature's call out in the open. (There was no cover to be had for miles around) I wasn't quite that liberated. Now I always have at least one in the car when we travel.

If you're asking why we use them for everyday the list is endless, but partially:

1. Salad greens. If you wash and dry them well, place them in a zip lock bag with a paper towel on each side and squeeze out the air, they will keep for weeks.

2. Almost anything I feeze (homemade muffins, biscuits and cookies especially) will last longer without getting freezer burn. The trick is to squeeze out as much air as possible and seal tightly.

3. Unlike plastic wrap, they can be rinsed out and reused, marked on outside as to contents & date, hold liquids such as gravy, homemade stock, pasta sauce, homemade pesto.

4.They don't take up as much room as plastic containers and by reducing the airspace the food stays fresher longer.
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May 7th, 2007, 08:10 AM
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I think its just a cultural difference.

It appears we Europeans may not be such organised packers. I place the clothes in the suitcase - full stop.

Starrsville, no I don't use washcloths. I use a plastic netty scrubby thing that doesn't really hold water. most europeans don't tend to use washcloths which is why you don't find them in hotels here.
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May 7th, 2007, 08:13 AM
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Just a friendly reminder, reuse your ziplock bags as many times as you can (except Linda's ingenious use #4 of course).
I use them too, since we have to for carry-on liquids as well as in case anything leaks, but I shudder to think of the millions of zippers degrading at a glacial pace in landfills, thanks to TSA.
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May 7th, 2007, 08:22 AM
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I place the clothes in the suitcase - full stop.

i zipping bags, no packing cubes, no packing envelopes or other non-sense. i wrap dirty shoes in a plastic bag from the supermarket.

i don't have a problem if my dirty clothes come in contact with my clean clothes (doing this for years and it never killed me). excess air is squeezed out clothes when i squeeze the case shut. simple and effective for millions of miles of travel.

zip-loc bags are handy for other reasons but i don't care to fit everything into bags and then put them all in my case.
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May 7th, 2007, 08:27 AM
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You know, Walkinaround, we are all trying to be nice to each other on this thread and then you roll in with your "nonsense" adjective and then the implication that people are being less than MR/MS STRONG because they don't like mixing dirty clothes in with the clean ones.

What is with that, anyway?
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May 7th, 2007, 08:37 AM
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As I said earlier - SNIPPY

or should I say - ZIPPY
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May 7th, 2007, 08:45 AM
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Hi Lawchick, I prefer the 'plastic, netty' things to washcloths myself but I am a fan of ziplocs but for environmentally incorrect purposes - they are cheap, resealable (plastic wrap never seems to be sticky enough) and disposable.
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May 7th, 2007, 08:45 AM
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Great for:

Damp bathing suits
Virgin Olive Oil---especially if just corked
wine/liquor--same as above
any shampoos
any liquids

The liquids for your check on baggage.The differential in pressure at high altitudes will force some liquid out of most cotainers unless fully sealed.

Also,as protection in the event a container is broken during baggage handling.

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May 7th, 2007, 08:55 AM
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A gallon size ziplock makes a wonderful little mini washing machine when you don't have a sink big enough. Just put your undies or whatever in the bag, a little soap and water, zip it up and shake vigorously - voila! Works for me.
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May 7th, 2007, 10:35 AM
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Barb, I love your idea of using a Zip-Loc as a mini washing machine. Since I find that many hotel sinks don't have stoppers, I'll now try your idea.

I pack all of my clothes by type in different size bags - undies, socks, blouses, etc. Having watched TSA people and customs inspectors rummage through others' bags and just stuff items back in, I'm happpy to have mine all neat and organized. My undies won't be littering the luggage carousel if the suitcase pops open (seen that happen more than once.)

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May 7th, 2007, 11:00 AM
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In the UK, you will find the more robust kind in office supply shops.
They definitely have zips that you pull.
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May 7th, 2007, 11:50 AM
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I use snack or sandwich size for keeping paperwork sorted. I like to save the tickets and stubs you collect along the way, along with business cards and postcards. I have a nice little packet from each city by the end of a trip.
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May 7th, 2007, 12:39 PM
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Ziploc bags are the best luggage organizers, domestic or international. The "no leak" feature is also valuable.

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May 7th, 2007, 12:59 PM
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Which office supply store are you talking about? They don't sell them in my local WHSmith. I just tried to find them on and I don't see them.
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May 7th, 2007, 01:06 PM
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Lakeland Ltd also do zip locks in the U.K.
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May 7th, 2007, 01:10 PM
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Lakeland's are not the "real" zip locs, they offer something similar but not quite the same. The closure is different and I wonder about the bags themselves...I suspect they're as flimsy as all the others we've seen in Europe.
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May 7th, 2007, 01:21 PM
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Barb. You are brilliant.
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May 7th, 2007, 01:23 PM
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I use them for most of the same reasons listed above. As for the scrubbby vs. wash cloth debate, whichever one uses the plastic bag comes in handy. When I'm on a long plane ride, I always like to wash my face at least once to refresh myself and use the bag to keep the cloth/scrubby from getting other stuff in my toiletries bag wet/damp.

My mother buys really small bags (approx 6 x 4 cms) to separate out her jewellry. This way earrings and necklaces don't get all tangled up.
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