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Old 05-13-2014, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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What physics?
You're not changing the volume of the clothing by the way you fold it. You're only re-distributing its folded shape and potentially compressing some air out of it. This can be confirmed by measuring the volume displacement. Put a shirt in a bucket of water and see that the water line does not raise or lower according to the way you fold, roll or wad the shirt.

If the rolling method works for you it's because it fits together well with the way you pack and probably also because you're not a good folder. There are pros and cons to either method but the clothing's volume never changes. If you really want to compress your clothing, use a compression bag, or fold them carefully and then put them under your mattress for a few days.
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Old 05-13-2014, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, QC, Canada
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Of course the volume of clothes is always the same, but the distribution of usable space won't always work in your favour. I can get several rolls of shirts or pants across in a bag before starting a new layer, but if I fold, I get one shirt or pant per layer which depending on the fabric, can already be just as thick as a single layer of rolls. By the time I'm done packing everything in to a bag, it doesn't work out as well. And again, it doesn't wrinkle. And I don't have to plan to fold stuff under my mattress a day ahead of time either.

Though these compression bags could work. I don't know anything about them.
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Old 05-13-2014, 04:14 PM
 
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I roll pants, tanks, tees, and lightweight sweaters.

I fold and bundle cotton shirts around packing cubes.

When I arrive at a destination, I pull out the next day's outfit and hang it in the bathroom to steam. Never have to use an iron.
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Old 05-13-2014, 04:17 PM
 
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I can get several rolls of shirts or pants across in a bag before starting a new layer, but if I fold, I get one shirt or pant per layer which depending on the fabric, can already be just as thick as a single layer of rolls.
Rolling makes things easier to find, too. You don't have to separate or pull out the layers or unpack the whole bag.
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Old 05-13-2014, 10:14 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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I used to hate packing but since retiring I travel so much that it's become a routine and easy task. I don't even think about it, just throw stuff in and go. Using packing cubes really helps.
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Rolling makes things easier to find, too. You don't have to separate or pull out the layers or unpack the whole bag.
And rolling stuff in the packing cubes makes things extra easy to roll AND to find. We just went away for ten days, stayed in two different places and I never really unpacked. The cubes sort of acted like drawers INSIDE my suitcase. Now my husband wants a set! Love those packing cubes.
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Old 05-14-2014, 03:16 AM
 
Location: North West Northern Ireland.
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Love it.

Our holiday is under 6 weeks away but at the 7 week point my mum started packing.

Although I think she is doing it earlier as she is fed up staying up all night packing. The last time we went to America we were all still up at 3am packing. We had to get up at 7am that morning.

This time we have to get up at 5am so that will not be happening. We need our energy to stay awake to 11pm American time.
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Old 05-14-2014, 03:18 AM
 
Location: North West Northern Ireland.
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I don't love or hate packing. I pack the night before the trip and if I'm going on a long trip I will pack my big suitcase because I get a free checked bag. If I'm going domestic then I just pack my carry on. Packing for me is a 15-20 minute process.
Yes I don't actually see why it takes so long. It takes my mum hours and hours and hours.

She always puts in far too much stuff!!!! This time we are going to try and get her to put hardly anything in as our holiday is for 5 weeks. You can't pack for 5 weeks and we want to bring back loads of stuff.

But yes really can't understand why it takes people so long.
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