Packing is one part of travel that I will wait until the very last second on. Scrambling to get my bags together a few hours before heading out the door? That’s me! I’ll have my plane, train, and bus tickets, a list of all possible places to gorge on delicious local bites, but my suitcase or backpack will remain in a closet for the longest time.
Part of the reason I lag on packing is being overwhelmed by everything that has to fit into my luggage. I want everything that I will need without spending so much time on packing. Something else that bothers me – when it comes to the return trip, things also don’t fit quite the same way.
Here at Art of Backpacking, we have written on how to pack lighter in the past. However, if you must play luggage Tetris like me, packing and unpacking multiple times to get things to fit, you might consider using a packing aid.
One such packing aid is The Hoboroll. It is a luggage organizer from Gobi Gear with multiple compartments for storage that provides compression of items for more efficient travel. It’s made of a durable nylon that at 3.5 ounces doesn’t add much bulk to your belongings.
It comes in three colors – Blue, Green or Yellow. If you want to get all fancy with the names, officially they are Alaskan Blue, Bristlecone Pine and Sonoran Sun.
Packing with the Hoboroll
The Hoboroll is easy to use. With five sectioned compartments and drawstrings on each side, all I had to do was pack one compartment at a time, shifting items around for compression. I found that the best method for filling each compartment was to take each article of clothing, fold each item to about the length of the Hoboroll and slip the item into a compartment. Compression itself is simple. After tightening the top and bottom drawstrings, all I had to do was secure the two plastic clasps and pull on the single strap that forms the handle.
The Hoboroll was really created with versatility in mind. It can be carried over the shoulder with the strap or tucked away inside your bag.
I went with the latter option, packing additional items into my suitcase around the Hoboroll. I have had quite a few trips to test this out, and honestly anytime I’m about heading out the door with my suitcase, the Hoboroll is one of the first things I think about bringing along.
The five compartments are useful during the trip for staying organized. I hardly ever unpack into a hotel room’s dresser, so the Hoboroll fits right into my “travel out of a suitcase” style. They are also useful for the end of the trip when you want to keep certain unlaundered items separate since you have five to work with.
The compartments are a little on the small side, so I usually pack underwear, socks, and thinner items of clothing. You can fit quite a bit if you use the packing method I described above. The jeans and other bulkier items have to fend for themselves in the suitcase. On several trips, I’ve had to bring heels. I put them right into the compartments (see photo above), and the other clothing conforms to their shape without changing the shape of the shoes.
After quite a few trips of being stuffed to the brim, the only noticeable wear and tear is around the fabric by the drawstrings. Guess I tried to pull those drawstrings a little too tightly!
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