Cards on the table time. I hate packing. It’s stressful, anxiety-inducing, and no matter how much time I give myself to do it, it somehow always results in a mad panic where I’m stumbling out of the door with pants and socks falling from a zip that I can’t quite get closed because I’ve stuffed one too many items in yet again. What I’m saying here is that if packing leapt from a sinking ship and needed me to desperately throw it a life-jacket, I think I’d hesitate.
Numerous people have told me about various different systems they implement to make packing easier. You should write a check-list beforehand. You should put all your clothes in a bin-bag and then suck all the air out with a vacuum cleaner to save on space – a method which does admittedly help with space, but that also seems to crease up all your clothes in the process. Do this. Do that. Do this again.
I’ve tried a whole mixture of recommended approaches over the years but always seem to fall back into my old, chaotic, habits.
“…a variety of different sized bags that fit neatly inside your main bag like their part of some alternative, and yet perfectly played, game of Tetris.”
When Will Renwick of Outdoors Magic chucked me an Eagle Creek bag and a heap of ‘Packing Organisers’ just before Christmas, I wrestled with my own cynicism and hoped that finally I had found a solution to my luggage managing woes. The packing organisers, part of the Pack-It Specter System™, are a variety of different sized bags that fit neatly inside your main bag like they’re part of some alternative, and yet perfectly played, game of Tetris.
What with it being a few days before crimbo, and me going to Skye for the whole week, I need to find a way to not only pack all my outdoor walking gear, clothes, and DSLR camera into this bag; I also need to find room for all the wrapped presents I want to take with me. The pressure on Eagle Creek and my collection of Pack-It System™ organisers to deliver then is absolutely huge. An entire season of festive goodwill hangs in the balance. Will their products help me to finally become a master of packing, or will Christmas be cancelled?