Here are nine reasons why you should buy Ziploc bags before your next trip, too.
Some travelers carry small atomizers filled their favorite scents; one squirt in a hotel room evokes memories of home. Others swear by inflatable neck pillows that allow them to sleep like babies even when stuck in the middle seat of a crowded airliner.
Yes, I do that, too, but the one thing I absolutely couldn’t do without is my stash of Ziploc bags. My packing ritual always begins with grabbing boxes of bags of different sizes. Here are some reasons why I use these indispensable travel aids:
1 – Keep clothes neat
I fold all of my blouses with tissue paper in-between and place each one individually in a Ziploc bag. This keeps each garment remarkably wrinkle-free and clean. I use the same technique for lightweight jackets and sweaters, too. (By the way, slacks and jeans are usually folded in half at the bottom of my suitcase—underneath the bags.)
When I plan to re-wear an item, I return it to the same bag, folded as neatly as it was the first time. I almost fool myself when I take it out again because it looks so fresh, like it was just washed and ironed.
2 – Provide a barrier separating dirty from clean
When the outside pockets can’t accommodate all my laundry, I use jumbo size Ziploc bags to store dirty clothes and undergarments inside my suitcase.
3 – Make it easier to pack and repack
Travel often involves moving from one destination to another. If there is ample time and room to unpack, I do. It’s more pleasant than living out of a suitcase. But moving the bags from a suitcase to shelves and/or drawers (and doing that in the opposite direction) is far easier when items are bagged rather than loose.
When I bring some items home unused, they are ready to go on my next trip!
4 – Offer security against bringing bedbugs home
If you are bedbug-phobic, you probably cringed when I said that I place clothes in drawers or on wardrobe shelves on hotels or cruise ships. However, when Ziploc bags are sealed, there is less risk of bringing home bedbugs or other critters—than had you placed belongings in drawers without them.
5- Protect belongings from liquid spills
Of course, TSA has recognized the beauty of the Ziploc bag with its 3-1-1 policies. But there may be some liquids or sprays you can’t place in your carryon. Securing them in Ziploc bags provides insurance they won’t leak all over your belongings. Recently, I made the mistake of bringing along a bottle of hair conditioner with a tilt cap. Never again. The pressure of something in my suitcase leaned against it, tilting the cap. The contents poured into the Ziploc but didn’t get anywhere else. Saved by the Ziploc!
6 – Hold bathing suits and damp clothes until you can dry them
If you have ever hand-laundered underwear that didn’t dry by the time you had to check out of your room, or have gone swimming the night before packing, you’ll be happy to have a few Ziplocs stowed in your suitcase.
7 – Store foods and leftovers
If you want to eat like a local or bring back part of your half-eaten meal to your room, Ziploc bags come in handy for storing bread, cheese, fruit or whatever else strikes your fancy. (Mine often hold chocolate.)
8 – Keep cords organized
I keep a snack-size Ziploc in my purse to keep my cell-phone charger and cord handy. I can use charge the device at an airport (and on some planes) and then return it to its place in the bag so it doesn’t get tangled up.
9 – Keep dust bunnies away
If you ever had a “dust bunny” appear on sequential photos, you’ll appreciate this tip. Sometimes, placing a camera in your pocket exposes it to dust that glomps on to the sensor of the camera, which produces a small spot on each and every picture. Cleaning it off without the right tools or know-how can be difficult so prevention is the best approach. Keeping your camera in a sandwich size Ziploc can help avoid this vexing problem.
The Bottom Line on Ziplocs:
This is NOT a sponsored post. I pay for all my Ziploc bags and have no brand loyalty. I use Hefty and Glad bags, and generics as well, whichever brand seems to be on sale. I also recycle/re-use them to cut down on costs and be more eco-friendly.
I’ll never forget my dear mother-in-law, Sadie, who once said to me: “What, you throw out a Ziploc bag? They are meant to last for twenty years!”
Unfortunately, that one had been holding rotten lettuce.
*For additional suggestions on free and cheap travel gear and gadget, read Evelyn Kanter’s post on that topic on EcoXPlorer.
Do you use plastic bags for travel?