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Message posted by dozie77 on 20/5/2013 at 10:52pm
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Ordered ourselves some vacuum bags to try for our first camp of the year., really excited got loads in them, sucked all the air out, the kids were amazed watching them deflate, was fab, turned round to put them with the camp gear and caught the biggest one on the door catch putting a big hole in it! How typical! Still gutted now. Grrr

Message posted by duffs54 on 21/5/2013 at 8:02am
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Oh no can't you use some tenacious tape, is that the name of it not sure, quite expensive but very good.

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Used some duct tape for now, see if it holds. Just so typical of me :-). It's a wonder we ever get our tent up with no mishaps! :-)

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I've used parcel tape to fix a hole in vac bag, worked fine.

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Am I being a bit thick?
Ok you pack your clothes into vacuum bags and they take up a lot less space. When you pack for the return journey, your dirty clothes will not be vacuum bagged so will not fit in the space they fitted in the outward journey.
This space will have to be allocated unless you ditch your dirty clothes and not bring them home or take a vacuum with you, but that surely takes even more space

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Quote: Originally posted by Andy Higham on 22/5/2013
Am I being a bit thick?
Ok you pack your clothes into vacuum bags and they take up a lot less space. When you pack for the return journey, your dirty clothes will not be vacuum bagged so will not fit in the space they fitted in the outward journey.
This space will have to be allocated unless you ditch your dirty clothes and not bring them home or take a vacuum with you, but that surely takes even more space


Hmm like the idea of leaving the dirty clothes behind, nothing to wash on your return


Seriously though you can roll most of the air out the bags, they won't go quite as flat but not far off. Or you can just take a little 12v pump to do the job. Lots of people have these with them anyway for their air beds so it is not a problem to take one. If you don't need one for your air beds they really take up no room.

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We have used these for several years now and yes brilliant for sleeping bags and clothes ect but I did have the dilemma of how to I suck all the air out for the home word trip as taking the hover would defeat the hole thing. What I stumbled on was a small 12V pump that had a suck as well as blow facility. This did the job maybe not quite as good as a domestic hover but certainly did the job.

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Yes we use a small pump for the homeward journey, failing that the other half has said (half joking!) that he will try the car Hoover at the local garage! Hmmmm we shall see! They compressed really well just rolling the air out before I used the Hoover! So I am really impressed at the moment. I will let you know for the return journey. Another useful camping tip from ukcs! Thank you

Message posted by Ronni54 on 22/5/2013 at 9:59pm
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Bought some from Asda a couple of weeks back for 3!  Two large and three smaller ones.  As we have a pump for the airbeds, we will use the deflator to get as much air out as possible when we come home.

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We used to sit on our bags to push the air out or just roll them up a bit like getting the air out of a SIM...worked ok

Message posted by dawnconnon on 22/5/2013 at 11:17pm
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I've just posted a question somewhere else re vacuum bags. We bought some as an emergency on our last camp as we had made use of the sales in Mountain Warehouse......as you do!!! But the ones we bought from Wilkos were pretty much useless and wondered if you could recommend a decent make please.

We also use the pump that came with our air bed which doesn't do a bad job at all.



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We got our vac bags from lakeland and use the 12v pump to deflate them, works a treat.



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Message posted by bexamy on 23/5/2013 at 1:18pm
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If you put your dirty clothing in a suck down bag.just remember to stand well back when you get home and unpack the smell can be pretty bad .

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We use them for sleeping bags, blankets, bedroom pod inners, towels, but not for clothes clean or dirty, we use small soft hold alls for clothing. Dawn I ordered ours from studio catalogue and packed them and deflated them Monday. They are all still tightly packed down now except the one I broke :-( darn it! Lol. Will post back after the weekend :-)

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I'v never had much success with vac bags, I have bought several different makes but they all reinflate within a few hours

Message posted by groover57 on 24/5/2013 at 8:43pm
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Never had any probs from the ones that we brought from Lakeland. Perhaps a bit more expensive, but you pays your money and takes your choice !!

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