I’m sitting here in the Atlanta airport still agog over what I learned last night. We had a bunch of folks over for a little farewell soirée, and as the evening grew late I started packing away all the necessities for my 3-week sojourn. As my backpack started to fill up, with lots of stuff still to be packed, my buddy Stinky stepped in. Obviously disgusted by my ineptitude, he took charge of the job. He removed all my clothes from the bag and methodically rolled each one, Fruit Roll-Up style, before repacking them. Within minutes, he had everything back in the bag with lots of room to spare!
I was in shock. Not only does rolling compress the clothes, it makes it much easier to see and find what you need in the bag — and prevents wrinkles! Plus it makes it possible to literally fill every corner of the bag, making the packing process much more efficient.
How could I, a veteran of so much backpacking adventures — not to mention numerous moves — have been ignorant of this brilliant stratagem? I feel like I’ve just had a religious experience. Thank you, Stinky, for opening my eyes.