This is one of my duffles full of winter clothes. Duke wanted to help model for today.

By Laura Gee,

Okay, so maybe issued sea bags ARE meant to be just for military personnel, but civilians should old ones or purchase something similar because the bags are GREAT for storage. A sea bag is not the prettiest thing in the entire world, but it is incredibly functional. When it comes to storing large piles of clothes, nothing beats a sea bag. Whenever I move or change out my season clothes, I use duffle bags and sea bags for storage containers. There are pros and cons to using a sea bag though.


-Holds a lot of items: I can fit my entire dresser’s worth of clothes in a sea bag. I’ve been known to sit on a sea bag to push out some of the air and squish down items to fit more in them. 

-Flexible shape can be shoved in tight places: With a box, either their is room for it or there isn’t. With a sea bag, you can bend it and squeeze it into tight place. This is great when you’re trying to transport items from one place or another. Far too often car seats cannot move forward enough to let a square box through, but a bag and be manipulated enough in most cases to fit. 

-Cheap/free at many flea markets or resale shops: Old sea bags come a dime a dozen at flea markets– well, practically a dime a dozen. You can usually pick them up for fairly cheap at a yard sale, flea market, or resale store. People (for some reason) want to unload them when they’re done with them. I’ve seen people giving them away at our local flea market many times. Free is good when you’re moving because so many expenses pop up throughout the process. 

-Easy to carry:I’m not very big or very strong, but I can carry a giant sea bag on my back. The bags (should) have nice straps on them that make them easy to carry. It’s easier to maneuver stairs with a sea pack on your back than it is to carry a cardboard box.

These are some of the newer bags that have air vents so you can compress the bags down.


-Don’t stack well: Unlike uniform sized boxes, duffle bags don’t stack up nicely. You can toss bags on top of each other in a pile, but you can’t really achieve a clean, organized stack like you can with boxes. 

-Clothes get wrinkled: You can (and should) fold items before you put them in a sea bag, but they still aren’t going to be as nicely kept as if they were in a box. They’ll get tossed around and might get messy. For me, that’s okay though because I often was everything before I put it away anyway. 

-Not pretty: Lets face it, a green sea bag just isn’t attractive. A nice plastic bin or even a cardboard box looks nicer than a drab sea bag. 

-Not as easy to label: Boxes are so easy to label  because you can write all over their nice, flat sides and the labels are easy to read. Sea bags are a little different though because the material is more difficult to write on and since it is a tube shaped bag, there aren’t any “front” or “top” sides really to prominently label. 

I never say “no” when somebody offers me a sea bag. We use them not only to store clothes, but to store dog toys, garden stuff, sports equipment, hats, shoes, etc. I’d say we have at least 11 in the house right now–some of official sea bags and others are duffle bags I picked up from the store that are the cheap, knockoff versions of the real deal. In fact, it’s about time for me to go grab my duffle of winter clothes out of storage and exchange out my summer clothes (yikes!). Give it a shot. Next time you see one or hear of somebody getting rid of one, jump on the chance to get a sea bag and see the storage possibilities.