Ziploc Bags

May 7th, 2007, 01:34 PM
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Yes Barb, you are brilliant. Thanks for sharing. No more sink stoppers!!

I use the 2 gallon size Ziplocs for most of my clothes. They make it easy to sort shorts, shirts, socks, slacks, etc. Why does everything start with an "s?"

AFAIK, 2 gallon Ziplocs are not available in Europe. Please let me hear a correction to that.

I also write my name and phone number with a felt tip pen on each Ziploc in case everything goes overboard.

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May 7th, 2007, 01:54 PM
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For all bag users, some group that does studies on kitchen products did a study recently on zippy bags. The check was for seal failure, air leakage and splits in the plastic. Glad won on each count with the bags that you just push the zipper closed. All the ones (all brands) with the actual zipper pull lost air, so, though they were fine for veggies, salads, etc., when there was a spill, they became not really leakproof. Ziplock was second to Glad. The off brands and store brands failed frequently, especially with split plastic and the zipper part pulling apart. The researchers went into all the technical reasons some were better than others, but mostly some plastics are thinner and there is a tiny space around the pull zippers, etc. Hope this is useful when you are selecting bags.

When we travel, we buy fruits, like strawberries, and cheese at local street markets. After washing the fruits, we keep them and cheeses in the bags for snacks. A few times when we rented a car in summer, we've filled them with ice, and used them to keep drinks and fruits cold in cooler bags.
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May 7th, 2007, 03:08 PM
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Also, if you don't fill your mini-washer too full, you can pretend you are stomping grapes - works great. Best to do this in the shower, just in case of a leak.
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May 7th, 2007, 03:47 PM
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They also make handy "wet" bags when kayaking, canoeing, etc. That's but one of the reasons fellow travellers have been grateful that I've had ziploc bags along and been more than willing to share.

It's such a goofy thing, but once you throw a few in your luggage, you start finding all kinds of uses for them (and it seems that you never could have lived without them!).

I've used for most everything listed above (except washing, listen to you Barb!)

Are they critical to a great trip? No, but pretty darned nice to have anyway.
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May 7th, 2007, 05:04 PM
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I've used them to pack for several trips now. Depending on the type of trip, I pack differently. Sometimes I put all the same item in one ziplock. Other times, if I'm really organized, I'll pack a full day's clothing in each back. It's great for places where you'll only be staying one night--no digging through the suitcase to find what you need. Just pull out a bag.
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May 7th, 2007, 05:05 PM
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I echo much of what is here. Long before the liquid rules, the ziplocs were a great way to prevent liquid products from leaking all over your other items. I use them to group like clothing as described here, and also a day's outfit for a quick change, and later, for laundry as the trip progresses. They save on space and help speed packing when you are changing locales.The high quality thick plastic is great for packing a picnic or a meal for your train ride.
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May 7th, 2007, 05:15 PM
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Also: they are useful for anything you want to keep clean, yet compress as you enpty the pack, e.g. snacks, cotton balls, pantyliners, etc.
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May 7th, 2007, 05:40 PM
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Ziploc bags are God's gift to travel! I always pack a stash of many sizes (gallon, quart, sandwich, and snack) when I travel and they have saved the day many a time. I pad and pack glass items, like bottle food and other glassware, and put them in ziplocs so that if they inadvertantly break in transit, I won't have glass and foodstuff all over my clothes and suitcase. I can bring favorite snacks in bulk and package them in more convenient sizes for day trips. They are just the handiest things!
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May 7th, 2007, 05:51 PM
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Wet swimsuits. Damp laundry that hasn't properly dried. Stinky socks & dirty laundry. A full outfit if you need to change before getting into your hotel room. Separating electronic cables, power cords, memory cards, film etc for each contraption. Just a few.
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May 7th, 2007, 06:31 PM
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In addition to all of the above I find the snack size bags to be useful for storing different currencies and coins when you go from one country to another. The sandwich and quart sizes are also great for keeping maps, tickets, passport, receipts, etc together and secure.
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May 7th, 2007, 06:42 PM
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Also handy for the extra panini or pastry from the breakfast cart that one cannot eat early, but that will be great at 10:00am w/that second espresso, right? Also, at home, I marinate all my meats in them, especeailly the new XL one, double bagged, of course, and find that I store all leftovers, whatever, in them-I am so tired of looking for the lids to the plastic storage containers, I use only the baggies when I can-they are great.
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May 7th, 2007, 06:44 PM
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Flight regs. in the US now have what they call the "3-1-1" rule. 3 ounces of liquid or gel or cream allowed in 1(single) container(s) in 1 quart zip lock bag. Lots of us have enjoyed the many uses of zip locs, and now it has become a mandatory accessorie.
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May 7th, 2007, 06:48 PM
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I am picky about the toiletries I use so I take everything with me when I travel. No way would I risk having facial serums, cleanser, eye creams and sun block leaking onto my precious shoes or lingerie in my luggage.

I often put each of those items into a tiny snack bag and then put them all in a gallon bag as nail polish and serums have both leaked more than once.

Ziplocs are also great to seal up the smoked salmon, proscuitto, and smelly cheese I like to keep in the apt. or hotel fridge as it takes me two days to finish a package of those products and I'm not going to let that stink up the rest of the fridge. I also like to cut fruit for breakfast and it is easiest to keep fresh in a Ziploc rather than a bowl in the fridge.
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May 7th, 2007, 07:08 PM
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I'm probably the only one on earth who takes her own travel coffee pot to Europe (can't function in a.m. without 2 cups of coffee). I also take, in large, doubled zipper bags, my favorite brand of American coffee. I pack snack-size zipper bags to put the used grounds in so that I don't mess up the hotel/B&B wastebasket. I take a variety of sizes for all the above-mentioned purposes. Now, can someone tell me how you wash your back with the "plastic netty things"?
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May 7th, 2007, 07:16 PM
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Besides all the above VITAL uses:
1. Great place to stash all your receipts- I keep one for credit card and ATM receipts, and one for scrapbook items like maps, ticket stubs, etc. ( Yes, I still save them.)
2. Bringing home fragile gifts, souvenirs: Use a bag larger than you might need. After placing the item inside, fill the bag with as much air as possible before sealing. Many a delicate item has made it home with me that way.
3. What about the goodies you purchased at today's market, but didn't finish? It's going to be a great picnic lunch, tomorrow, and you'll be glad you have a place to stash it.

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May 7th, 2007, 08:20 PM
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I am probably one of the lightest packers I know; my husband and I carry one small bag each for 3 weeks, and we stay not only clean and fresh but also comfortable and happy. But I wouldn't go anywhere without at least 5 or 6 Ziploc bags -- which I've included in every bag I've packed since I started travelling blinkety-blank years ago.

And home uses -- infinite.

OK. I'm probably not being as good a greenperson as I could be, but hopefully I make up for it with all the other green things I do.

Anyway, I love ziploc bags. I would marry them if I could.

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May 7th, 2007, 09:07 PM
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I sincerely hope neither Lawchick or Walkingaround ever have their bags inspected and the contents dumped in a jumbled heap--whoops, those dirty shoes tumbled out of the supermarket bag and are now nestled in that special sweater!--with intimate apparel that fell all over the floor unceremoniously dumped on top of the pile (if you're lucky) before it's all squished down so the bag can be re-zipped and passed on.

Or have a bottle of ____________ explode in transit, ruining most of the contents.

Or open a perfectly-packed bag to find what appear to be orange Chee-Tos stains on a new white silk blouse, a legacy from a hungry screener who chose not to dump everything in one messy pile this time, evidently because they had only one hand free.

Even excluding the liquid/gel carry-on rules, these are all valid (and true) examples why the "dump it all in and zip" system no longer works for the modern traveler. Those who don't care to segregate clothing for the sake of cleanliness or desire to arrive neat and wrinkle-free or organize toiletries, medications, and incidentals in a manner that is easy for security to quickly identify and pass are free to use their own methods, or lack thereof. But it doesn't mean the use of Ziplocs to accomplish these ends is "non-sense" (sic) or those who do or don't use Ziplocs are superior beings. Everyone has different experiences and tastes.

If the worthless European Ziplocs were all I had access to I wouldn't use them much, either. Americans and others love Ziplocs because they are amazingly useful wherever you go, full stop.
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May 8th, 2007, 01:15 AM
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I fly on average a few times a week and to date - 20 years of flying - I have never had any of the misfortunes that cupid outlines.

I am sorry that this thread has turned into the usual slag.... "our bags are better than your bags" . We just don't use them here. I doubt if the greatest zippiest gallon glad whatever bags were available here we'd be using them much either. It's just a cultural difference.

Thank you though for all the helpful hints. I might keep one in the car for those long traffic jams on the autobahn!
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May 8th, 2007, 01:35 AM
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What's your basis for writing off the experiences of people who have used both types as "the usual slag"? Esp. since you personally have never used the U.S. brands.
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May 8th, 2007, 01:40 AM
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You people just sent me to the kitchen to compare my Auchan "sacs congélation à zip" to my imported Ziploc bags, and I saw absolutely zero difference other than a place to write on Ziploc bags. The plastic was identical, as was the zip.
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