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Travel better with FRESHeTECH.
Travel better with FRESHeTECH.

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Confession time: We’re lousy packers.

In a perfect world, we’d be practical, spatially aware travelers who bring everything we need — but nothing we don’t — and leave plenty of room for souvenirs. But in reality? We have it all wrong.

We pack a surplus of shirts, pants, and shoes that we think we might use but never actually do. We include duplicates, because you can’t ever have enough white T-shirts, right? We pack chunky sweaters that only bulk up our carry-ons. As a result, we’re left paying a lofty fee for overweight luggage and giving ourselves a headache that could easily be avoided.

Look, we know we’re not going to change our packing technique overnight. We’re human, after all. So if we’re going to continue to overpack for the foreseeable future, we might as well be smart about how much space our stuff is taking up.

That’s where the comes in. Comprised of four bags and a vacuum unit, this kit can help revolutionize the way you pack. Simply place all your clothes in one of the kit’s vacuum bags and use the pump to seal ’em up. The vacuum unit will remove all excess air, leaving you with a surprisingly flat pile of clothes. The makers behind the kit even claim it can reduce the size of soft goods  — think sweaters and blankets — by up to 70 percent. 

Check it out:

Normally, the Dr. Save Vacuum Travel Kit costs $70, but you can currently buy it for $39.

This kit won’t magically reduce the weight of your 30-pound duffel. A heavy bag is a heavy bag, right? But if you’re looking to change your packing style for the better, this kit is a great way to start. 

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