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Old 05-12-06, 08:22 AM   #1
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Tying up your stuff

In the Marines...we rolled everything and stuffed it in the pack. I'm assuming I'll do the same thing on our U.K. trip, however I'd like to tie everything. What do you all do? Fold, roll, roll and tie? If you tie it up, what do you use? I was thinking some velcro straps maybe?
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Old 05-12-06, 09:11 AM   #2
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Do you mean for putting in the panniers? I just stuff everything in . For carrying stuff on the top of the rack, I've been using webbing with fastex buckles. Most folks use bungies, but I like the webbing better.
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Old 05-12-06, 09:17 AM   #3
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Actually I'll be pulling a Burley Nomad. No panniers for me. I'm thinking velcro straps to keep the clothes rolled nice and tight is the way to go. Just looking to see if someone has a better idea/method.
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I think that adding a stack of velcro straps is uneccesary. A decent job of folding and stacking should do the trick perfectly well. Keep loose items tucked in strategic places and you should be fine. If you're carrying a daysack for off-bike periods then this could prove useful for packing as well.
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Old 05-12-06, 09:37 AM   #5
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You probably right. Maybe just one or two straps across the whole load to keep it all tight. I knew I posted for a reason.
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Think about those plastic compression bags you see advertised on television. You can buy them in travel shops. Most of them you can roll up so you don't need a vaccuum. They save a lot of space but they also allow you to put your things in some order.
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Think about those plastic compression bags you see advertised on television. You can buy them in travel shops. Most of them you can roll up so you don't need a vaccuum. They save a lot of space but they also allow you to put your things in some order.
You can use garbage bags the same way. Just squeeze as much air out as you can and twist it shut like a bag of bread. While backpacking, I've even sucked air out the bags by mouth in order to make room in my pack for some of an injured companions gear. keeps stuff dry too.
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Actually I'll be pulling a Burley Nomad. No panniers for me. I'm thinking velcro straps to keep the clothes rolled nice and tight is the way to go. Just looking to see if someone has a better idea/method.
I roll and store in Ziplock baggies (1 gal) in case of a pannier leak, or in the case of a trailer...cover bag leak. Roll'em up, put'em in the ziplock, and squeeze the air out! Compact, double waterproof and in a real emergency, can be used for substitute water storage as well. Efficient use of space and very versatile!
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+1 for the Ziploc baggies. I roll my clothes and store them in these, with a few extras for dirty clothes or whatever else I may need them .
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The Burley Nomad is not a waterproof trailer, so you need to put your clothes in some kind of bag.
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I use Pack Cubes from Eagle Creek to keep things separated, depending on what is in them they are placed in a water proof container of choice; dry bag, garbage bag, whatever. I use a couple of different colors so I can tell at a glance what is what. Years ago we used to use small nylon ditty bags, but have moved away from that. You could also get one of the mondo sized dry bags and put everything in that. Similar to the Bob Yak bag.

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I fold my clothes, then I put them inside plastic baggies and roll my clothes up into small bundles. After that, I use rubber bands to secure them so everything stays nice and tight in the bag. Finally, when I close the bag, I compress the bag with bungee cords around the sides and from top to bottom.

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I just roll tightly. I have way more room than I use.
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I give my panniers a spray of waterproofing gloop before a big trip. Then I roll things nice and tight, and stuff everything into the panniers according to whatever logic makes the most sense at that moment. I carry some items in ziplock bags (e.g., toiletries), and store dirty laundry in a sturdy (maybe six mil) plastic bag that I can cram into whatever space is available. Any food goes in the pannier that does not hold dirty laundry.
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