Let’s Rock and Roll

Tomorrow, I’m leaving on a jet (yet again) to visit my beautiful sister, Jen, and even beautifuller niece, Mia! (“I mean, not FULLER, you don’t look fuller, but more beautiful…”) in Macon, GA. And the reason for this trip? Well, there is no real specific reason, actually! It’s a visit for the sake of visiting. And yes, I did just see them a month ago in Cabo, but hey, when it comes to little minions like this, can you really ever get enough?

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So this is kind of a random visit, but it’s also a visit that came at almost no personal expense because of the ridiculous deal that I got on my planet ticket. See, when Frontier Airlines launched their service to and from IAD, they had a crazy 12-hour flash sale where flights were as low as $15 each way. So I spent like three hair-pullingly frustrating hours on Frontier’s constantly crashing website, refreshing, refreshing, and refreshing some more, until I finally succeeded in securing a $30 roundtrip flight to Atlanta to visit Jenny.

That is not a typo.

THIRTY DOLLARS.

So yeah, it’s pretty sweet. Alas, Frontier is one of those nickel-and-diming airlines that charges for EVERYTHING, including in-flight beverages, choosing your seat assignment, and putting your carry-on bag in the overhead bin. Not just checking your bag, but actually putting it overhead. Womp womp. So I’ve decided that I’m going to try to fit everything I need for my entire trip in my single duffel bag and squish it under the seat.

I mean, if I’m not successful in cramming it under there, of course I’ll just pay the extra $25 or whatever to put it up top since all things considered, it’s still waaaaaayyyyy cheaper than a regular plane ticket anyway, but who doesn’t love a challenge, amiright?

So let’s discuss my action plan to fit all of this:

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Into this:

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There are a few different packing ideologies out there — traditional stacking, bundle wrapping, stuff ‘n’ go — but the one I personally subscribe to is rolling.

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Rolling not only makes your clothing super compact and easy to arrange, but also leaves you with far fewer creases than traditional packing. Somewhat ironically, the t-shirt I used in the example above was actually already kinda wrinkly to start with (oops), so it’ll actually end up coming out of my suitcase nicer than when it went in, haha!

And how is this space-saving packing mastery achieved, you ask? Here are the easy-peasy steps, as demonstrated in the photos above.

  1. Lay out your clothing item flat, then fold the bottom hem over about two inches.
  2. Fold the item into even thirds.
  3. From the opposite end, begin tightly rolling the t-shirt.
  4. Pull the folded part of the hem over the roll to lock it into place. Done!

The last bit’s a little bit hard to explain in words, but when you actually do it it makes perfect sense. Just make sure that the folded-over band is wide enough.

Rolling’s not just for t-shirts, of course. You can roll up everything from maxi skirts to workout shorts…

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…and even underwear! Although since they already take up so little room, I don’t bother with the fold-over band part when doing my undies.

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Sidenote: these eBags Slim Packing Cubes are the bomb.com. They make compartmentalizing your packing and keeping all your littler items together soooo easy. I use them for my delicates, for makeup/toiletries/brushes, for electronics, all that good stuff.

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So that’s how I roll (pun intended) when it comes to packing! As you can see, things are generally more compact, and it’s organized, too! Another plus for rolling is that each item is still clearly identifiable, even when wrapped (provided you actually know what your clothes look like), so if you really needed to grab something out at the last minute, it’d be easy enough to do so.

Some items, like my long maxi dress and romper I just kept folded, since they are made out of that thin, non-wrinkle material and I haven’t decided if I’m going to wear one or the other on the plane there.

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I’m happy to report that once I loaded all my clothing (shoes included!) into the duffel, there was still plenty of room to move and jive and squishhhhh. I maintain high hopes that this will indeed be underseat-crammable.

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Of course, this is excluding one more packing cube of makeup and toiletries, as well as the fact that I need to fit my purse in here as well, but I’m sure I can make it work. And, again, if not, I’ll suck up the bag fee, no big deal. Either way, hopefully at least one person will have found this tutorial on clothes rolling informative!

To finish out this post, here are some shots of my packing helpers (you might have already noticed Harry chilling in one of the photos above, hehe.) If only I could roll these fuzzballs up into my bag and bring them with me, too!

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5 Comments

  1. Your dogs are so sweet. <3
    I've only ever flown Frontier once, and it wasn't bad, but it was before all the nickel and diming crap went down (until then, I was pretty impressed). Since then, I fly Southwest mostly (I rarely fly anywhere besides Denver, where my best friend lives), because I get two free bags checked, and I really don't care where I sit for such a short flight.
    But rolling your clothes is brilliant. I need to remember this when I'm packing for my next trip to Denver (less than a month!).

  2. Yay! I hope you have a blast! In planning for a florida vacation one of my friends wanted to take a nickel and dime flight, but once we added all the fees, it was the same price as sun country. So thankfully we got to take the flight that I wanted instead!

  3. Rachelsays:

    Hey, you’re coming down to my neck of the woods! My husband and I went to Dovetail last weekend, which always makes me think of you and your stellar Yelp review of them. Their food and drinks are still oh-so-good! If your niece is ever interested in a play date with a handsome younger man (my 9 month old), shoot me an email! 🙂

  4. I heard on the radio this morning that cases of flight-rage are increasing because airlines are taking personal space inch-by-inch. The most recent one is where a guy used knee-guards so that the person in front couldn’t recline into his lap, and the person in front threw a glass of water in his face! And then one that made me chuckle was a mom doing the “walk of crying-baby-shame” and she just snapped “It’ll be FINE! All he wants is my boob. Just let me get to my seat and he can have my boob!”

    OMG

    So, in essence: I hope you have a wonderful flight, plenty of leg room, and no screaming babies XD

  5. Annesays:

    Just be careful with Frontier — if you gate check a bag, they charge you ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS instead of 25 or whatever to check it ahead of time. Absolutely ridiculous. I used to live in Denver and flew with them all the time, but now that they have made so many changes I try to avoid them whenever possible. So disappointing! But anyways, a thirty dollar round trip ticket is AMAZING!! have fun!!

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