A hidden storage bunker meets the best baby announcement ever is quite the bizarre title, I’ll admit it. I’ll also admit that I’m tying two somewhat separate things into this post, but stick with me. In fact, maybe to start off it’s best if you have a quick look at this 48 second long video I made recently about the announcement of my upcoming child (so yes, I’m super bias and I even called my own baby announcement the best baby announcement ever :P). But you can still trust me when I say IT’S WORTH WATCHING,
…even more so if you like old Nintendo games and Man United ;)
Ok ok, so now that you’ve seen that, I can properly set up my advice on how to unlock that secret hidden bunker deep without your suitcase where you can hide, or banish the clothes, books, souvenirs or whatnot that you don’t want to have to deal with again! So just like the tiny jersey was hiding deep withing the women’s jersey with the black sock arms, the same idea can be done in your suitcase! Aside from the fact that the Fold and File method, aka the Rock Star Method would have had a whole row of clothes sitting upright and vertically packed on top of the small jersey (key to this style of packing), it all ties together… i swear?!
While on the road, it’s inevitable that you are going to have something in your pack that you only need access to occasionally. Whether you finished your book in the first week, or you bought a souvenir, you’ll need to find a place to stash it where it won’t get in the way. By now you should know that the trick behind the Rock Star Pack is having everything in full view where you can see it at all times. Well in this case, that may not be entirely true. By under- standing the concept of this pack, you’ll see that it’s possible to create a hidden bunker underneath your clothes that never has to see the light of day. Use this to your advantage!
Books are simple to pack when you place them spine up and in a row, nestled between your clothing. Another effective use for a book is to utilize it as a divider; Try segregating your quasi-clean clothes from your actual cleans with that Lonely Planet book you finished last week.
The same concept can be used with all the CDs you purchase along the road. Separate your white tees from your blue jeans while protecting your newly acquired Springsteen CD. Okay, no one buys CDs anymore I know, but what about adding a new 45 to your vinyl collection?
Another option is to temporarily remove a complete row or two and pack away the “why-did-I-bring-these” items along the bottom as a subfloor. If you’re just tucking a few books underneath, you won’t notice much of a difference in height, but if you are taking a parka on tour with you to Brazil, be prepared for more of a challenge.
So there you go, I tied it all together just fine, right? Ok it’s maybe a weak connection but I bet you still learned something. And to finish, here are some bonus excerpts from the How To Pack book where I’ve asked a bunch of musicians a certain question in regards to what we’re talking about. Hope you enjoy it!
Q. Have you ever bought a souvenir that you immediately regretted due to space it took up in your pack?
KATHRYN CALDER _ THE New Pornographers
A. I once bought 5 bottles of really nice duty-free olive oil as Christmas presents at the Madrid airport in Spain. I lugged them the whole convoluted long trek to my gate, onto the plane, up into the overhead luggage compartment (I was also carrying my laptop, accordion, and my regular bag) only to immediately lose it to the security guards at Chicago O’Hare airport once I landed. I didn’t put it into my checked luggage in the 30 seconds that I saw my luggage after customs, and olive oil is of course a liquid. The good news: I made my connecting flight (barely), but the olive oil had to stay behind.
ROSTAM BATMANGLIJ _ Vampire Weekend
A. I always buy clothes in Tokyo when we tour there. Sometimes it means wearing a few extra layers onto the plane if you can’t fit everything in your suitcase!
KATE COOPER _ An Horse
A.The key to good packing is having minimal pieces. I leave with two bags. I return with 4-6. FaIL
ZAC FARRO _ Paramour
This happens to me all the time, I leave tour with a half empty suitcase and by the end I have little to no room left.