Using Space Bags

November 7, 2011

We live in a camper all summer and one of the best things we have come up with is to use space storage bags that deflate with a vacuum. We can store our heavier clothes that we use at the beginning and very end of the season under the bed or even outside under the camper in these bags. They stay safe, clean, and dry.


This takes up less than half of the amount of space the clothes would usually take and gives us much more room in the camper than if we had to store them normally at full size. They can be used during the winter to store the linens and bedding and pillows so they won't be affected by the cold and weather. The larger bags are great for storing things under the trailer through the winter also.

We also pack clothes this way to travel on a long vacation, like a week or two, so we don't take up so much room in the car when we travel.

By diane szlucha from Owego, NY

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April 10, 2007

A few weeks ago I posted about using space bags to shrink down a giant stuffed animal for traveling from Ohio to Texas. It became an extended visit, lol, just returned home last week.


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July 12, 2010

I have bought 2 boxes of original Space Bags from Costco. None of the bags are holding air. It isn't rocket science. Could I really be doing something wrong? This is a sad day!

By Lynnie Bee


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July 12, 20100 found this helpful

Call the store and explain your problem.


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July 12, 20100 found this helpful

Costco is very good about taking returns even if you don't have the receipt. Get your money back.

July 13, 20100 found this helpful

We're sorry to hear you have had issues with Space Bag products deflating. Space Bag is committed to quality and we have recently made improvements in our line. All Space Bag products now come with a double zipper and Turbo Valve to vacuum out air 35% faster than before. We also guarantee that our products will be free of manufacturing defects for one full year from purchase date.


If you would like to speak to our customer service department for an exchange, please call 1-800-469-9044 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. (Monday-Friday, PT). We hope you will consider Space Bag for your future storage needs.

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July 13, 20100 found this helpful

I'm so glad to hear I'm not the only one who has this problem (not glad for you though)! I really hate those things. I have bought them 4 times over the last 10 years (2 years ago is the most recent) and not one single time has it ever held for me!


I thought I was doing something wrong because everyone else says how wonderful they are, but I have more luck with plain trash bags!

July 21, 20100 found this helpful

I loved mine at first. I am a military spouse so we move a lot. However, during the actual move most of the air came out and we even stored the space bags in plasic totes.

November 15, 20100 found this helpful

Most definitely talk to the space bags manufacturer. They are excellent in trying to help and get the problem fixed. I've used their bags for almost 8 years. They are, however, more for storing and not for being bounced around on a move (being military I, too, used them during the move).


For regular storage I have been able to keep them in the bag for 3-4 months without having to revac or reseal.

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August 31, 2014

It has been a long time since I have used a space bag and can find no instructions.
I thought you zip it up with the garment inside and then take vacuum cleaner nozzle, insert it in hole and it automatically lets the air out and shrinks it and you close it with the cover given with it. It is not working!

By g.m

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