Day 4: 30 days of the Vitamix S30 — Packing it for travel
Ask any serviceman.
Packing a lot into a small bag is a skill.
It’s not luck.
Servicemen could fit a bowling ball into a lunch bag.
Plus, they could also run ten miles with said bowling ball on their back!
Most servicemen, anyway. Not sure about the British. 😉
But, running with a heavy bag is another lesson for another day.
Today, we’re talking about packing your Vitamix in a carry-on.
I’ve always wanted to travel with my Vitamix
Even as a savvy traveler (and packer), the full-sized Vitamixes were simply too big.
Sure, I could have made it work.
But I probably would have had to forgo packing a few pairs of underwear. That would mean I’d have to wear dirty underwear.
Having my Vitamix with me on the road would have been AMAZING for my health and wellness.
But I don’t think it would have outweighed clean underwear every day.
Yes, several times I tried to justify the trade off (clean underwear vs Vitamix)
NOTHING makes me happier than my Vitamix.
Now, with the introduction of the Vitamix S30, I can have my Vitamix and clean underwear, too.
Just a little savvy packing…
5 steps to easily fitting your Vitamix into your carry-on without breaking your bag or being forced to wear dirty underwear
Without further ado, here’s my strategy for packing a blender in a carry-on.
1. Get a Vitamix S30.
2. Fold & roll.
Use the army-method of packing. It’s called fold & roll.
- Keeps your clothes wrinkle-free.
- Uses space in your bag most efficiently.
- Makes organizing (packing / unpacking) much easier.
For those not familiar with the fold and roll method of packing, it’s just like it sounds:
- Fold like normal.
- Roll it up like a yoga mat.
The space savings are incredible.
3. Fill shoes.
Shoes, especially big men’s ones like mine, have a lot of room for stuffing. Fill the shoes with stuff that doesn’t need to folded. Socks, underwear and the like work great.
4. Carve out a slot.
I do this with my toiletries bag, too. Since your blender is usually the last thing you pack, you want a slot for it to easily fit into.
Plus, you’ll probably have to take it out during security screening. If it’s on top of your bag, your life will be much easier.
5. Temporarily use the extension.
Most bags have an extension. The extension is similar to a recreational vehicle’s side panels that extend out.
The problem is, when the extension is being used; it can be difficult to put the bag in the overhead compartment of a plane.
Use the extension temporarily to get your bag zipped. Here are the steps:
- Pack your bag.
- Open the bag extension.
- Close the top of the bag.
- Zip the bag shut (should be easy with the extension open).
- Zip the extension zipper shut (might need to sit on the bag or smash it a bit).
Now, you have an extension-less carry-on that fits easily onto the overhead compartment.
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So the question remains
When bringing a high-speed blender, specifically the Vitamix S30, in a carry-on suitcase, is it worth it?
Let me ask you. What are your lean packing secrets?
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