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Pack Your Parka
by Mark Hamilton
I find traveling with a winter parka can often be a challenge. I don't want to wear my parka if I'm in a heated space, so I take it off. The problem is then I have something about half the size of a sleeping bag to carry or, on an airplane, pile on my lap. That raises the question, "Why did I bother to take this thing off?" Have you ever tried to stuff such an item into one of the overhead storage compartments of an aircraft? I guarantee your fellow travelers are going to think less of you for doing so. Here's my solution to the problem:
Lay the fully zipped parka face up on a suitable surface with all snaps,
buttons or velcro fasteners closed. Smooth it so that it’s uniformly flat.
From the point where the hood joins the shoulder
of the parka, fold one side over onto the parka.
Fold the sleeve down parallel to the body of the parka.
Now repeat that folding process with the other side of the parka.
Starting at the bottom hem, tightly roll the parka up upon itself. A down parka
will be somewhat easier to compress in this manner than a fiberfill one.
Once it has been rolled all the way up to the neckline, fit the body of the parka into the hood. Use the drawstrings, velcro or snap closures or a compression strap to secure the hood around the parka to hold it in place.