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Packing Vario Cases Video or Pics

I am going on a one week trip and I was wondering if anybody had any tips on how they pack the BMW Vario cases. There seems to be tons of videos on you tube but I have found none specific to the Vario bags.
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Heavier crap down low, lighter crap on top with some forethought on what needs to be readily accessible. You camping/moteling, colder weather/warmer weather or what. Usually your question starts with "what shall I take" not "how shall I pack" For a one week outing you won't need much...tire patch, air, minimal duds, aeropress coffee, church key tooth brush water jug and a credit card?

I look like Mayflower Moving and Storage when I'm out for six weeks but I camp, cook and pass through various climatic conditions.
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Clothes and stuff I need to bring into the hotel in a waterproof bag on the back, travel gear and tools in the side bags.
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If you don't have them, bag liners help. I have these. They are reasonable and good quality.

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I've been using these for years. Cheap and designed for Vario bags!

Saddlemen BMW Saddlebag Liner Set fits BMW R1200GS Vario Bags
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I am going on a one week trip and I was wondering if anybody had any tips on how they pack the BMW Vario cases. There seems to be tons of videos on you tube but I have found none specific to the Vario bags.
Lay out everything you think you need, then reduce it by half. Look at what's left - and remove a third again. Anything remaining now should easily fit into a medium sized waterproof dry-bag. Tightly rolled tshirts & pants pack better than folded. All of a sudden you find you'll only fill up half of one pannier with clothes, and have room for camp gear or other stuff in the other one. Swimmers, flip flops, towel, sketch pad, mints, bucket hat and other light stuff go in the quickdraw topbox. Wash undies & socks in the shower daily - that way you neither attract carrion connoisseurs nor repel persons of interest ...

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Pack your stuff tighter than a whale's ass...


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Might want to keep the top box reserved for lightweight items only. That passenger seat behind me is good for dry bag. Side boxes are for tools etc.

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You might consider getting some nylon (rayon, etc., whatever) underwear. It is light and dries quickly after washing in the evening.
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The biggest thing to do is lay all the weeks cloths out on the bed. Then put 1/2 of it back in the dresser/or closet. Then take a real hard look at whats left and reduce even further.

For a week I take 1 pair of jeans (sometimes)
2 Pair of quick dry fishing pants with removable legs so they double as shorts. The also pack really small
6 Pair of socks
6 Pair of underwear
6 Under Armour type shirts as these also pack really small
Dopp bag for toiletries and meds

Then either learn to roll shirts and socks (lots of vids on YouTube) or lately I've been using the foodsaver vacuum sealer to package up shirt, socks and underwear per day. Dirty cloths go in a nylon rollie and you can really compact them in there.

Clothes for a week I can fir in the exhaust side Vario not extended in a Kathy's bag. The top Vario is left for stowing jacked and riding pants. Right pannier is for sneaker, dirty clothes rollie and flex space.

When i travel I try to leave with all the Varios in the retracted position. That way I have even more flex space along the way for picking up trinkets for the family.
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