OMG: Passenger Uses 150 Ton Hydraulic Press to Pack Full Week Of Clothes Into Carry-On Bag

I’m a big fan of going to any length possible to avoid checking bags, but I think I may have found someone willing to take steps even I have never imagined. It turns out there’s a niche for everything on the internet. In this case, YouTube has a “Hydraulic Press Channel.”

And as part of preparing for a week-long business trip, the host decided to fit all of their clothes into a carry on bag by compressing everything using a 150 ton hydraulic press.

I don’t remember the last time I laughed as hard as I just did watching the host pick out items for their trip and compress everything.

We’ll explore the limits of packing efficiency and the strength of the suitcase, pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in travel packing. Will the suitcase withstand the pressure? Can we really fit a week’s worth of items into such a small space?

I fold, I roll, I pack expertly – but when I do it, it’s all designed to make sure I can use the clothes on the other end. A hydraulic press is great for sheer efficiency in cramming items into the luggage. But what happens when you reach your destination and need to unpack – and actually wear this stuff?

(HT: Paul H)

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  1. Obviously he plans ahead and finds a local shop at his destination willing to let him use their press for 5 minutes.

  2. Hydraulic presses are expensive. Vacuum cleaner storage bags on Amazon are cheaper and easier. Just sayin…

  3. So… who CANNOT get a week of clothes in a carryon? I regularly do 2-3 weeks without a hydraulic press. AND shoes, toiletries, medicines. It’s really not that hard.

  4. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

  5. Looks like a SNL skit that Dan Aykroyd or Chevy Chase would host. However, they would have used a watermelon or loaf of French bread as the 3rd or 4th item in the press.

  6. “I’m not sure how it will unpack at destination but we’ll worry about that later”. Translation- I’m a moron with a 150 ton press and way too much time on my hands. LMAO.

  7. I’ve done the vacuum bag thing with some very fluffy stuff in a checked bag before. But what happens if security wants a look? I wouldn’t want to do it now. And I wasn’t planning on bringing the stuff home, the lack of an ability to pack it again didn’t matter.

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