The night I got home from my week in LA I got a burst of energy and unpacked my suitcase, put away clean-enough clothes and tossed the others in the laundry. The high point (and it always is) was finding the TSA flyer inside my suitcase saying they’d gone through it at the airport.
This time I got a double delight in the TSA flyer department. Not only was there a flyer inside my suitcase but there was an additional one inside my packing envelope.
They actually unvelcroed the flaps, opened it up and put a flyer inside. Oh my gosh! I couldn’t have been happier.
I always expect the agents are looking at my suitcase contents and marveling at how well organized everything is.
This is how I imagine it went down in the TSA headquarters at LAX.
Charlie, take a look at this suitcase. I’ll give her a notice that we snooped through her stuff, but look at this long green envelope. I opened it up and there were two pairs of pants in there, two tops and a dress. And they don’t even look wrinkled. Now that’s pretty darn clever. She must be an expert at this packing stuff!
I couldn’t have been prouder than if I’d gotten extra credit in a subject that I was already getting an “A” in.
When it comes to packing, I’ve tried all kinds of systems. I’ve tried the layering and folding method (it’s probably on YouTube) but unpacking when you reach your destination is not quick. If the trip is heavy on specific outfits for each day, I’ll hang an entire outfit, with accessories and everything, on a flocked thin hanger and put a dry-cleaning bag over each ensemble. Then I’ll gather them together, fold them in thirds and put them in my suitcase. When I reach my destination, I just pull out the outfits and hang them in the closet. No wrinkles.
But for trips home to Minnesota or a working trip like this one was in LA, I find the packing envelopes are easiest.
Eagle Creek Packing Envelopes in use
I picked these up probably 20 years ago at the Container Store. They are by Eagle Creek. Ah, just went to get links for you and they are redoing their website. You can view their products but can’t order them from Eagle Creek. On the site they are called Pack-It Original Garment Folders.
I don’t know why they changed the name to folders. They’re really designed like an envelope. (Here they are at Container Store: Pack-It Folders.) Even the link uses the word envelopes. They flaps fold over onto each other and fasten with Velcro strips. You can pack as much or as little in them as you wish. I try to not overpack them as the clothes stay more wrinkle-free that way. They come in small, medium, and large. It was a splurge at the time to buy each size but I’ve gotten the cost per use down to about five cents each time I travel.
Working the envelopes for Cabo
Last November when we went to Cabo and stayed with friends I used all three sizes.
Going from top to bottom, I’ll show you what was in each envelope.
The green one held dresses and skirts.
In addition, I used ZipLoc gallon plastic bags to pack underwear and a black slip and another one to pack scarves.
To my dismay, I don’t think the TSA agents looked through my suitcase on that trip. At least they didn’t leave me a note. 🙁
When I unpack from a trip these envelopes get stored in my suitcase until the next time. These envelopes have been such useful friends, tried and true.
Oh! Some of you asked about my travel checklist. It sits on my website under Resources but I’ll grab you the link right here.
Any questions about using these envelopes? You probably have favorite packing tips too, right? Let’s talk travel. Do share!