Occasionally I see references to the use of stuff sacks for items such as tents or pads. I use stuff sacks for Sleeping Bag, Main food (Breakfast and Dinner), Lunch and Snack food, Kitchen (including stove, pot, cup, utensils, fuel, filter, matches, etc.), First Aid and Ditty stuff, and Clothes. For years I've used rubber bands and left the stuff sacks home for sleeping pads and tents. I also use rubber bands to keep some clothing items compressed: Rain shell and pants, Thermals, etc.
Does anyone else make use of rubber bands in packing stuff? They're also fun to use to take pot-shots at gnarly squirrels that are trying to get into my food bag.