Gift-o-Rama Day 8: Pack Like a Pro

December 6, 2011 | By | 14 Comments

Welcome to Day 8 of Cruise Critic’s Gift-o-Rama, in which we’ve been unwrapping our 2011 gift picks for the cruisers among us. Better yet: You can actually win some of our choices by simply being a Lido Deck subscriber. Today’s gift of choice is another practical pick for savvy cruisers — Eagle Creek Compression Sacs. By using compression sacs you can actually get up to 80 percent more space in your luggage, meaning you won’t have to toil over which ball gown to pack for formal night — you can bring them both.
Congratulations to adysueleft, who receives the Gargoyles Sunglasses. For more information on the cool stuff we’ve been profiling daily on our ever-growing gift-guide-in-the-making, click here.

Here’s the 411 on today’s gift-list-ready find:
What it is: Eagle Creek Pack-It Compression Sacs (From $10)
Why we like it: It can be a pain to pack for a cruise. Will you need a windbreaker? A cardigan? A tuxedo? Sometimes you just don’t know until after you’ve gotten a feel for the onboard vibe. By using these compression sacs you can save 80 percent of the space in your luggage, which will leave you room to pack for any weather conditions, special occasions or unexpected shore excursions. Plus, you won’t have to worry about trying to find the ship’s self-serve laundry or paying to have your clothes cleaned before the second half of your sailing. Eagle Creek’s space savers come in small, medium and large (or sets of all three), so you can choose to use them for some of your stuff or all of it. You can even bring along a few empty ones to stow souvenirs or your dirty duds.
Where to get it: Check it out here.
The fine print: We’ll be showcasing one gift each day through December 9 and picking a winner of either the gift itself or a Cruise Critic swag pack at random from among all subscribers to the Lido Deck. If you’re already a subscriber or you subscribe before 6 p.m. this evening (December 6), you’ll have a chance to win an Eagle Creek Pack-It Compression Sac i.
Check here for the rules, and be sure to come back each morning at 10 a.m. EST to see the gift du jour — and to find out if you won the previous day’s giveaway.
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    14 Responses to “Gift-o-Rama Day 8: Pack Like a Pro”

    1. LAURIE Hopper
      December 6th, 2011 @ 10:09 am

      Love those!! They are very handy!!

    2. ev heikens
      December 6th, 2011 @ 10:18 am

      What a great idea for the bags to save space in your luggage.

    3. annemarie dragt
      December 6th, 2011 @ 10:34 am

      Does that mean I can bring more shoes?!

    4. Linda S.
      December 6th, 2011 @ 10:42 am

      those would have come in so handy on the 28 day cruise I just completed.

    5. Dan
      December 6th, 2011 @ 11:39 am

      What a Great idea!

    6. Carol
      December 6th, 2011 @ 1:02 pm

      They still weigh the same amount.

    7. Sue
      December 6th, 2011 @ 5:50 pm

      Got to try them for sure!

    8. Theresa Schertz
      December 6th, 2011 @ 5:59 pm

      AWESOME ITEMS need to put this on my SANTA list :)

    9. Denise Viorde
      December 6th, 2011 @ 6:53 pm


    10. nannylynn
      December 6th, 2011 @ 7:05 pm

      as said by Carol it still weights the same. I used them, but do not see the point in it, so I stopped using them. It is the weight we are worried about.

    11. CONNIE
      December 6th, 2011 @ 7:49 pm


    12. Sharon
      December 6th, 2011 @ 9:43 pm

      We’re going to have to try these on our next cruise (16-day Asia cruise).

    13. Jennifer
      December 8th, 2011 @ 10:58 am

      Forgive my ignorance but, while these sound like a great idea, how do you get your stuff back in the suitcase at the end of the cruise? Don’t these bags require a vacuum cleaner to suck out the air and compress them? Do you borrow a vacuum from housekeeping to do this?

    14. Cruise Critic
      December 8th, 2011 @ 11:16 am

      Hi Jennifer! The Eagle Creek brand sacs do not require a vacuum. Check out a full review of the product on our sister site (Independent Traveler):

      And yes folks, you do have to watch the weight. But as Connie mentioned, they can save space in your carry on. And if you can drive or take the train or bus to the cruise port, you won’t have to worry about weight at all.

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