With everyone going on their final vacation blitz for the summer, I thought now would be a great time to mention a very handy-dandy item that I recently tried out. It’s BugZip. It’s marketed as a travel accessory, but I think it is also perfect for around the home, too.
BugZip is an all-vinyl, zippered encasement that you can use to protect your clothing and linens from bugs, especially [insert creepy organ music] BED BUGS. The plague of bed bugs has been the #1 reason why I rarely stay over at hotels or motels. I don’t care HOW clean those places “look” or even “smell,” bed bugs are tiny and are very good at hiding themselves. And I HATE them. I am horribly allergic to bug bites- even a black flea bite or flea bite causes me to break out into hives, and my lymph glands swell up like golf balls. I have to be very, very careful about bugs. The thought of bed bugs makes me feel very queasy. :S
BugZip has a tear-resistant vinyl case with a reinforced plastic zipper. Whoever invented this was really smart– the BugZip cases come in various sizes, including Drawer Liner, Luggage Encasement, Medium Suitcase Encasement, and Garment Bag Encasement. BugZip is specially designed to resist bed bugs from creeping into the clothing and linens. There are no seams or cracks in the vinyl for bed bugs to hide– plus, everything is clear colored and visible. The BugZip people recommend that if you use the BugZip cases for travel, the last thing you do before leaving a hotel/motel room is that you leave the BugZip cases at the hotel/motel for disposal. That’s an extra precaution, just in case those bed bugs find a way to nestle into the zippered area. Bed bugs are insidious critters. It’s been said that most hotels/motels now have bed bugs at some level. :S Be extra, extra careful. Bed bugs are very invasive and are very difficult and costly to get rid of.
OK, on to my review. The BugZip packages are very lightweight, and very flat– perfect for taking along in your suitcase or camper, because they don’t take up much room. Or, you can pre-load your clothing into the BugZip cases and then tuck the cases into your camper or suitcase, whichever you prefer.
I opened the Drawer Liner case package and attempted to shape the case. The vinyl is durable. The zipper enclosure seems a little stiff at first. The corners of the case must be zippered slowly and carefully. I was afraid the zipper would break, but it didn’t. After a few times zippering and unzippering, the zipper softened up a little and it was easier. But I advise you zip slowly around the corners.
Overall, I like the sizes of the cases– they seem to be measured with most drawers and suitcases in mind. Clothes and blankets fit easily into them. It’s MUCH better than digging your travel clothes out of garbage bags at the hotel!
They are perfect for home storage, too, and can be used indefinitely for home use. The plastic cases would prevent critters like moths, fleas, ants, and nasty earwigs from creeping into your clothing. The cases would also keep the clothing dry in storage. I think they are great!
So I give the BugZip a thumbs up. Depending on the size of case you need, BugZip cases can be anywhere from $10 to $20. That’s a little pricey, but if you are getting just a few from travel and work it into your budget, it’s not too bad. And it is WAAAY better then bringing home bed bugs and having to pay an exterminator $5,000.
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