Backpackers will go to great lengths to maximize every square inch of real estate in their packs. When it comes to food storage, taking the time to vacuum-seal those zip-locked bags not only saves space but also keeps food fresh over the long haul. But who wants to carry a vacuum sealer into the backcountry? Fortunately, a few practical and inexpensive methods exist. Here are two we’ve seen in practice.
Want to vacuum-seal that macaroni you’ve repackaged to save on weight and waste? This kid-pleasing method works on all sorts of bags, even larger ones, although it might take a few tries to master.
Note: These methods are recommended for dry goods; avoid using them for raw meat and fish.