When it comes to packing lightly, there is one clothes packing solution that is head and shoulders above the rest – bundle packing. One Bag guru Doug Dyment (Follow him on Twitter) recently advised NBC News for their bundle packing video. Doug commented on the video in his explanation of bundle wrapping:
…it’s head and shoulders above anything else I’ve seen. Don’t ask me to point out the (modest) errors, because I think you should be learning from the written description, but you’ll almost certainly find it helpful to give you an overall perspective on the procedure. Just appreciate that you’ll get better results if you use the (firmer, somewhat wider, more dimensionally constrained) type of core object that I suggest. And don’t be frightened off by Ben’s giant “bundle”
I’ll agree with Doug on the size of Ben’s bundle. Ben is bringing 9 shirts, 3 pairs of pants, and a suit coat. That includes the clothes he is wearing. Yikes! That’s way more than any light traveler carries. Ben also comments that the bundle isn’t very friendly to TSA searches. I have never had a problem with bundle packing and security screening. I only put clothing in my core/bundle. The screening machine detects nothing because there is nothing to detect.
Doug has some interesting observations on why people hate bundle wrapping:
I occasionally read claims that this is the downside of bundle wrapping: the need (or at least, desire) to unwrap your bundle whenever arriving at a new location. I personally believe that unpacking/hanging one’s clean clothes upon arrival is always a good idea, whatever the packing method. If you do find this a significant inconvenience, your problem is more likely to be with overpacking than bundle wrapping. Typically, the task takes but seconds, as few items are involved. Further, a little practice makes one quite proficient, and even the full (re)wrapping process should take less than a minute.
I couldn’t agree more. Bundling is by far the lightest method to organize clothing in your bag. The lightest weight packing cube is none at all.
The NBC News video by Ben Popken (Follow on Twitter) is at: