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Lessons learned and now we pack better

Just doing some list making (trip isn't until Sept) because when I remember something I know it will be lost in all the other good ideas.

One of the ideas that popped up was this:

After all the traveling, what do you know know what to pack or handle your "stuff" that you didn't know on the earlier trips?
( I already know take less clothes and twice the money).

I will kick it off:
I have figured out how to put some alcoholic beverages in small plastic containers (in ziplock to prevent spills) in check in luggage to be able to enjoy a room drink for at least the first night and this year I will add the mini wine bottles.

I carry Sink-size Tide detergent so I can wash out the undies in the room and hang them up to dry. This way I can take 1/2 of what I would if I took for every day.

I also have a couple packages of single use machine detergent and a bunch of quarters in my purse,then about midweek I run to laundromat and wash, especially the outfit I traveled in the first day and just wear it on the return trip.

Finally I take a travel size Downy wrinkle release, so when the clothes come out of the suitcase (and vacuum bags) I can let the wrinkles fall out.

Input?

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I always pack a small flashlight and throw away ponchos (from the dollar store..2 sets) and I pack the 3 in 1 laundry sheets along with enough quarters to do 3 loads of wash. I know but I hate to come home and have to spend one day doing laundry all day.

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Yep..Three ponchos that don't come home with us..Refillable bottle for juice in our room fridge..Wine opener..Small first aid kit..Oh and I practise my biggest grin of the year for the photos..

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Yep..Three ponchos that don't come home with us..Refillable bottle for juice in our room fridge..Wine opener..Small first aid kit..Oh and I practise my biggest grin of the year for the photos..

DH has a combo knife that has the wine opener for those few bottles left with a cork. We went with collapsible water bottles a while ago so it's easier to put in a pocket when not in use. Yeup, Yeup on the ponchos and ziplock bags.
Good idea about the washing sheets; better than carrying the liquid packs!

I knew I was asking the right people!

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here is my stuff:

nature sounds and white noise therapy CD
aroma therapy candles
combo heated stone message set and fondue maker
a complete set of white 600 count Egyptian cotton linens
my feather bed mattress topper and pillows
one gallon of baby oil
my cashmere bathrobe and slipper set
a complete set of turkish cotton bath towels
my Aqua di Parma bath soap set

other than that I travel pretty light

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King Fergus

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here is my stuff:

nature sounds and white noise therapy CD
aroma therapy candles
combo heated stone message set and fondue maker
a complete set of white 600 count Egyptian cotton linens
my feather bed mattress topper and pillows
one gallon of baby oil
my cashmere bathrobe and slipper set
a complete set of turkish cotton bath towels
my Aqua di Parma bath soap set

other than that I travel pretty light

LOL...There's no answer to that list... laugh

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King Fergus wrote:
The Colonel wrote:
here is my stuff:

nature sounds and white noise therapy CD
aroma therapy candles
combo heated stone message set and fondue maker
a complete set of white 600 count Egyptian cotton linens
my feather bed mattress topper and pillows
one gallon of baby oil
my cashmere bathrobe and slipper set
a complete set of turkish cotton bath towels
my Aqua di Parma bath soap set

other than that I travel pretty light

LOL...There's no answer to that list... laugh

Yes there is ... this isn't the Colonel's packing list it is his butlers ...

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I've just decided it's easier to mail a big box ahead of time. Then I can carry everything, but the kitchen sink! laugh

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The Colonel wrote:
here is my stuff:

nature sounds and white noise therapy CD
aroma therapy candles
combo heated stone message set and fondue maker
a complete set of white 600 count Egyptian cotton linens
my feather bed mattress topper and pillows
one gallon of baby oil
my cashmere bathrobe and slipper set
a complete set of turkish cotton bath towels
my Aqua di Parma bath soap set

other than that I travel pretty light

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We always divide everything between the suitcases. So we each have a couple of days clothes in each one. Just incase one is delayed. And we wear our park shoes while flying.

Nothing worse than getting to your destination and a suitcase doesn't.

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Oh, Colonel. You're awesome. laugh

I take a poncho. Not an umbrella. Please don't take an umbrella. Please.
I always take a visor. I put as much as I can into travel size containers (lotion, sunscreen, etc) to save room. I roll all my clothes. Oh! I take a plastic bag (like a big Macy's or other large store bag) to put all my dirty clothes in as the week goes on. Then I just put the bag in my suitcase.

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here is my serious items-aside from general,wear clothes and stuff.

I do carry-on almost all the time. I use those vacuum bags. They save a ton of space.

DEET towelettes
Multiple 1.5 oz sun block tubes- easy to carry
1% hydrocortisone cream for bug bites
Mole skin
Shout stain remover towelettes
Ponchos from my extensive collection
K Swiss Tube 100 sneakers - the most comfortable I've found
Bubba mugs
Chilly toggs towels
Lysol towelettes for doorknobs and remote control
Collapsible flask
Extension cord for charging- I find it smaller and just as good as a power strip
All the silly geek clothes I can only wear in the world
My "Disney wallet" with DVC card, disney visa, annual passes, important disney phone numbers, etc

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NHShorty has an Owner's Locker where we keep stuff like shampoo, ponchos, wine glasses, etc. Basic stuff that we don't want to haul back & forth. This means we can pack lighter.

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The Colonel wrote:
here is my serious items-aside from general,wear clothes and stuff.

I do carry-on almost all the time. I use those vacuum bags. They save a ton of space.

My "Disney wallet" with DVC card, disney visa, annual passes, important disney phone numbers, etc

I thought about buying some of these as it looked liked they would really save room. The reason I haven't is because I couldn't figure out how you would get the air back out for the return trip? Don't you have to use a vacuum cleaner or is their another kind where you don't?

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The Colonel wrote:
here is my serious items-aside from general,wear clothes and stuff.

I do carry-on almost all the time. I use those vacuum bags. They save a ton of space.

DEET towelettes
Multiple 1.5 oz sun block tubes- easy to carry
1% hydrocortisone cream for bug bites
Mole skin
Shout stain remover towelettes
Ponchos from my extensive collection
K Swiss Tube 100 sneakers - the most comfortable I've found
Bubba mugs
Chilly toggs towels
Lysol towelettes for doorknobs and remote control
Collapsible flask
Extension cord for charging- I find it smaller and just as good as a power strip
All the silly geek clothes I can only wear in the world
My "Disney wallet" with DVC card, disney visa, annual passes, important disney phone numbers, etc

Tide stain remover in a stick, I find to work better than the towelettes;however, once the tip is badly stained (ie ink) or the cap comes off in my bag, it's toast. So I guess it's a trade off.

What is mole skin? I have "liquid skin" that I use for open sores of cracked skin (winter dry skin). Same?
What is K Swiss Tube 100 skneakers?
Good idea about the extension cord. We have electronics plugged in all over the room, but with only two of us in a room this time I think we can charge phones, tablets, and battery charger for camera and portable video camera.

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I found the shoes on line, but unfortunately, they too don't come in my size..... I wear a 12 narrow and they are hard to find.

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You can sit on the vacuum bags and it works almost as well.

Mole skin is found in the drug store near the foot stuff. At the first sign of an irritation use it. It can prevent blisters from forming or getting bigger. It really comes in handy.

The K Swiss tubes are really fantastic. They are so light and airy that you can't even wear them in cold weather- your feet would freeze. The wind goes right through the fabric. Perfect for the long hot days in the parks

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The Colonel wrote:
You can sit on the vacuum bags and it works almost as well.

Mole skin is found in the drug store near the foot stuff. At the first sign of an irritation use it. It can prevent blisters from forming or getting bigger. It really comes in handy.

The K Swiss tubes are really fantastic. They are so light and airy that you can't even wear them in cold weather- your feet would freeze. The wind goes right through the fabric. Perfect for the long hot days in the parks

Alas, they don't have them that I can find in women's 12N, or Men's 14, 15, or 17 (the respective sizes of the men in my family). I wonder if they make them in a ski????? laugh

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VelcroPooh wrote:
The Colonel wrote:
here is my serious items-aside from general,wear clothes and stuff.

I do carry-on almost all the time. I use those vacuum bags. They save a ton of space.

My "Disney wallet" with DVC card, disney visa, annual passes, important disney phone numbers, etc

I thought about buying some of these as it looked liked they would really save room. The reason I haven't is because I couldn't figure out how you would get the air back out for the return trip? Don't you have to use a vacuum cleaner or is their another kind where you don't?

I just got a box of these at Costco. Most of them need the vacuum but it included 3 just for travel that you roll to get rid of the air. They are ziplock brand.

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Courtney wrote:
VelcroPooh wrote:
The Colonel wrote:
here is my serious items-aside from general,wear clothes and stuff.

I do carry-on almost all the time. I use those vacuum bags. They save a ton of space.

My "Disney wallet" with DVC card, disney visa, annual passes, important disney phone numbers, etc

I thought about buying some of these as it looked liked they would really save room. The reason I haven't is because I couldn't figure out how you would get the air back out for the return trip? Don't you have to use a vacuum cleaner or is their another kind where you don't?

I just got a box of these at Costco. Most of them need the vacuum but it included 3 just for travel that you roll to get rid of the air. They are ziplock brand.

Ziplock allows you to use them either way. I actually just have large ones that zip on the top. The ones for vacuums also allow you to push air out manually. Sometimes it's easier than hauling out the vac for just one bag.

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"George Banks and all he stands for will be saved. Maybe not in life, but in imagination. Because that's what we storytellers do. We restore order with imagination. We instill hope again and again and again." Walt Disney