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lisadr
01-02-2009, 08:19 PM
After reading so many thread and posts about carry on luggage i have to ask-

1)How do you travel with only carry-ons?

2) What are you packing?

3) Do you have children or are you a single traveler?

4)How long are you going for?

I am truly mystified about this.I cannot imagine packing for my family in nothing but carry-ons. But if it's possible I would love to learn how:idea: .

TIA

maccagerl
01-02-2009, 08:58 PM
After reading so many thread and posts about carry on luggage i have to ask-

1)How do you travel with only carry-ons?

2) What are you packing?

3) Do you have children or are you a single traveler?

4)How long are you going for?

I am truly mystified about this.I cannot imagine packing for my family in nothing but carry-ons. But if it's possible I would love to learn how:idea: .

TIA


I learned to pack light after my first trip to Europe. I packed so much stuff and was so miserable hauling it all around that I ended up shipping over 1/2 of it back home by boat ( cheapest way to ship) , and it finally arrived around 3 months after I got home from my trip!
On the same trip, my friend's luggage got lost by the airline, and never did catch up to her until she got home!
Needless to say, I learned very fast to pack light and carry on whenever possible!

My tips:
1) If you're going away for 7 days, it's not necessary to pack a separate outfit for each of those days. Maybe jeans and a pair of casual dress pants, a pair of shorts, several shirts that you can layer (t's, long sleeve, light sweater, heavy sweatshirt), underwear, sneakers , sandals, and casual dress shoes. Bathing suit and flip flops. PJ's. NO heavy bathrobes, towels, shoes, slippers.

2) I don't pack toiletries that I can easily buy or that are provided in the hotel. I use the hotel hair dryer.

3)Roll your clothes instead of folding them

4) If you go through your clothes, then use the laundry facilities and wash them!

CarolA
01-02-2009, 09:05 PM
I am single and generally travel for a week at a time. I have done a much longer trip to Europe with the carryon.

For a week I generally wear one suit and take one. Everything has to cooridinate with the one pair of shoes. Three or four tops, undies, nightgown, running shoes, one workout outfit... and that's about it. If I go out at night I wear the work clothes.

I either do hand laundry or have things cleaned. Depends....

My make up and personal items are all in small sizes.

Try this site for more details.

www.onebag.com

I pack for the "best" and deal with the worst when it happens. I figure I am NOT going to the ends of the earth and whereever I go will have what I need. If they don't then, do I really need it, those folks live without whatever I think is so important!

lisadr
01-02-2009, 09:05 PM
Hey Maccagerl- I do most of what you said. I do pack interchangeable outfits and do wash them while there. I roll and wear crocs and flip flops. The only thing I don't do it but toiletries at Disney-I'd go broke:laughing: . Plus they usually don't have what I need or use.

I do well when I am going somewhere like Europe. After my first trip where I mistakenly though I was going to the rain forest and would not be able to find shampoo:rolleyes: -I learned quickly to buy stuff there. Including clothes! That actually made the trip sooooo much more fun:thumbsup2 . But for Disney I just can't seem to swing it???:confused3

bavaria
01-02-2009, 09:06 PM
You prioritize and bring what is necessary, not what might be wanted. You buy local, do laundry, wash things in the sink every night, wear the same clothes.

I just packed my 25 inch bag for a one month work trip, with a few days of pleasure, going to somewhere very cold and very hot all in one trip. My work necessities take up most of my suitcase, leaving little space for clothing, etc.

Two suits, 4 tops, jeans, sweater, polo shirt, 2 tshirts, 2 cardigans. Wearing work shoes and packing walking shoes. Fabrics are silk, cashmere, and good quality jersey knits, except for the suits which are light weight wool. The jeans are lightweight dark trouser jeans, not the heavy work style jeans popular in America.

That is obviously larger than a carry on but the premise is the same.

I can do 2-3 weeks in a 21 inch carryon style rollaboard: usually 2 skirts, 2 cardigans, 2 tops, 2 tshirts, trouser jeans, 1 sweater, 1 change of shoes. I pack one small and one tote size Longchamp le Pliage lightweight foldable handbags. My toiletries are samples from the freebie thread, along with l'Occitane samples for face products as I prefer my usual brand.

I never leave home without 2 changes of underwear and my passport in my purse; you can travel with just 3 pairs and 2 pairs of socks and wash out what you need every night.

iggbees
01-02-2009, 09:12 PM
just like maccagerl, i learned to pack light when i found that every time that i went on vacation i always overpacked and it was way to heavy to haul around. we've learned that although laundry might seem silly on vacation, it sure helps us with packing light! i bring a little more than a half a week's of clothing and we do laundry half way through the week. i will also make sure that i plan for the weather (i've learned that bringing a pair of jeans is a waste of space when you are in 70 weather). i only take the toiletries that i can't get at the hotel in the room, especially if i'm staying deluxe, they basically give you everything (shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, etc.) even at pop the shampoo/conditioner smells awesome and you can't beat h2o products. that being said, i don't have any kids so it's much easier for me to travel light. i'm betting that i'll be asking this same question some day of how do people pack so light when they have kids. haha.

lisadr
01-02-2009, 09:13 PM
I am single and generally travel for a week at a time. I have done a much longer trip to Europe with the carryon.

For a week I generally wear one suit and take one. Everything has to cooridinate with the one pair of shoes. Three or four tops, undies, nightgown, running shoes, one workout outfit... and that's about it. If I go out at night I wear the work clothes.

I either do hand laundry or have things cleaned. Depends....

My make up and personal items are all in small sizes.

Try this site for more details.

www.onebag.com

I pack for the "best" and deal with the worst when it happens. I figure I am NOT going to the ends of the earth and whereever I go will have what I need. If they don't then, do I really need it, those folks live without whatever I think is so important!

You know I think right now a lot of my extra stuff comes from my DD(7). There are some things that I will buy when I am there-but other things it just bothers me to pay theme park prices for-ie. light sticks. I know I could do it it if it was just me and the hubby-but with her there's so many things to not forget:rolleyes: . I know a lot of people will chastise me for bringing stuff like lightsticks and pins to trade-but to buy them at Disney just seems ...wasteful? We bring our ponchos, and water bottles and lots of other stuff and it adds up to no carry on only for us:laughing: .

Oh well-maybe when she's older. I don't know if carry on travel with kids is possible.

lisadr
01-02-2009, 09:30 PM
You guys have really intrigued me. I am not going anywhere soon-but I am going to pull out my 25 inch carry on and give this a try. Dh will be easy-he'd go with his drawers in a grocery bag:sad2: . And I am pretty basic-it's just the little one.

But now I have one more question-if I got on with 3 carry-ons wouldn't I be voted the plane PIA? Or am I not allowed 3??It's one carry on per person right?

I have to say, call me what you will, but I love checking my bags and having them show up at the resort when I go to Disney. I hate lugging!;)

bavaria
01-02-2009, 09:32 PM
25 inches is checked baggage - very few US carriers allow 25 inches for a carry on. Most limit to 21 or 22 inches.

lisadr
01-02-2009, 09:32 PM
You prioritize and bring what is necessary, not what might be wanted. You buy local, do laundry, wash things in the sink every night, wear the same clothes.

I just packed my 25 inch bag for a one month work trip, with a few days of pleasure, going to somewhere very cold and very hot all in one trip. My work necessities take up most of my suitcase, leaving little space for clothing, etc.

Two suits, 4 tops, jeans, sweater, polo shirt, 2 tshirts, 2 cardigans. Wearing work shoes and packing walking shoes. Fabrics are silk, cashmere, and good quality jersey knits, except for the suits which are light weight wool. The jeans are lightweight dark trouser jeans, not the heavy work style jeans popular in America.

That is obviously larger than a carry on but the premise is the same.

I can do 2-3 weeks in a 21 inch carryon style rollaboard: usually 2 skirts, 2 cardigans, 2 tops, 2 tshirts, trouser jeans, 1 sweater, 1 change of shoes. I pack one small and one tote size Longchamp le Pliage lightweight foldable handbags. My toiletries are samples from the freebie thread, along with l'Occitane samples for face products as I prefer my usual brand.

I never leave home without 2 changes of underwear and my passport in my purse; you can travel with just 3 pairs and 2 pairs of socks and wash out what you need every night.

Bavaria-you are one UBER-efficient lady:thumbsup2 . You remind me of military. My step-father was and right up until the day he died he rolled all his clothes when he put them away-just couldn't stop doing it:rolleyes: .

lisadr
01-02-2009, 09:33 PM
25 inches is checked baggage - very few US carriers allow 25 inches for a carry on. Most limit to 21 or 22 inches.

Oh crud-this assignment just got harder:scared: -lol.

crashbb
01-02-2009, 10:06 PM
But now I have one more question-if I got on with 3 carry-ons wouldn't I be voted the plane PIA? Or am I not allowed 3??It's one carry on per person right?


If YOU showed up with 3 carry ons you'd be in trouble. If you, your DH, and your DD showed up with a total of 3 carry ons, you'd be fine. It is one (plus personal item) per person with a seat/ticket (i.e. lap babies don't get a baggage allowance).

lisadr
01-02-2009, 10:11 PM
If YOU showed up with 3 carry ons you'd be in trouble. If you, your DH, and your DD showed up with a total of 3 carry ons, you'd be fine. It is one (plus personal item) per person with a seat/ticket (i.e. lap babies don't get a baggage allowance).

LOL-gotcha! I am starting to think it's possible......

bavaria
01-02-2009, 10:13 PM
Oh crud-this assignment just got harder:scared: -lol.

Remember - little people = little clothes. Unless you have a baby and are bringing diapers, etc little people stuff fits easily into a carryon. I have a colleague who is a size 2 and carries only a 21 inch suitcase for a month of work travel. We tease her but her clothes are so small that they fit much more easily.

Those of us who are quite tall and have big feet take up far more space in a suitcase than a smaller person.

Even if you have to take a few more spare clothes for your child, you should be able to manage in one carry on. If it is toys taking up the space, consider placing limits. We were allowed one small stuffed animal and the rest was a few books, crayons, etc. Even DVDs and electronics are small now.

lisadr
01-02-2009, 10:42 PM
Those of us who are quite tall and have big feet take up far more space in a suitcase than a smaller person.


Ahem.....how did you know:rolleyes1 .My DD tells me I am related to Bigfoot ...*sigh* it's those magic moments I'm gonna miss.

crashbb
01-02-2009, 10:53 PM
Those of us who are quite tall and have big feet take up far more space in a suitcase than a smaller person.


Ahem.....how did you know:rolleyes1 .My DD tells me I am related to Bigfoot ...*sigh* it's those magic moments I'm gonna miss.

My boyfriend refers to me, lovingly :scared1: , as "The Hobbit" - I'm short with big feet. He seemed surprised that I didn't take it as a compliment:confused3

bavaria
01-02-2009, 10:57 PM
I have been laughed out of GEOX stores from Salzburg to Rome to Manhattan... thankfully they do sell their largest women's size online.

lisadr
01-02-2009, 10:58 PM
DH knows better. Well actually he just moves real fast.......:headache:

crashbb
01-02-2009, 11:02 PM
The BF knows better too - now. I may not be able to reach high up, but the big feet can do some damage.

My feet aren't big enough to get laughed at in stores, but I do get a lot of "Your feet can't be that big; that can't be the right size." Right, I just thought I'd ask for a size 10 for the fun of it. Apparently women who are 5'1" shouldn't have size 9-10 feet - someone forgot to tell my feet though.

lisadr
01-02-2009, 11:07 PM
The BF knows better too - now. I may not be able to reach high up, but the big feet can do some damage.

My feet aren't big enough to get laughed at in stores, but I do get a lot of "Your feet can't be that big; that can't be the right size." Right, I just thought I'd ask for a size 10 for the fun of it. Apparently women who are 5'1" shouldn't have size 9-10 feet - someone forgot to tell my feet though.


When I was in England I was excited to get myself a real pair of Dr. Martens. So I went to the store and asked for my size 10/11 (depending on the shoe) and the lovely gentleman said "Miss, we don't have womens' shoes in that size. Perhaps you'd like to look in the mens' section?"

Needless to say I never got my boots.:snooty:

bavaria
01-02-2009, 11:23 PM
Size 10? LaraK and I have you all beat.... ;)

lisadr
01-02-2009, 11:37 PM
Size 10? LaraK and I have you all beat.... ;)

But are you clumsy? Because I have had these feet (size that is-I had the feet themselves for awhile now) since I was in 5th grade (around 10) and I STILL have not gotten used to them! I trip over the darn things all the time. Which only brings on another round of teasing from DH who is like a :cat:

PrincessKsMom
01-02-2009, 11:52 PM
I love picking up all the tips on this kinds of threads. For me, however, being plus sized, buying what I need isn't an option. I've NEVER seen shorts at WDW in a plus size. Even the 2x t-shirts are cut too small for me (around the belly area). I had to buy my DD13 at women's large in a t-shirt because they're just cut way too small. I have learned, from my past trip and this thread, other ways of cutting back though! Thanks for the tips and keep 'em coming!

jamstew
01-02-2009, 11:52 PM
I could easily pack for a week in my 21" rollaboard, but I can't lift it over my head to put it in the compartment. :sad1: I'd love to have all my stuff with me and not trust it to the airlines.

kaytieeldr
01-03-2009, 12:20 AM
Ahem.....how did you know:rolleyes1 .My DD tells me I am related to Bigfoot ...*sigh* it's those magic moments I'm gonna miss.
You should remind your daughter that foot size is a female hereditary trait.... ;)

lisadr
01-03-2009, 12:23 AM
You should remind your daughter that foot size is a female hereditary trait.... ;)

:lmao: The little bugger already is starting to get that Olive Oil look-big feet and a beanpole! And she's constantly "going to a flood" if you know what I mean:rolleyes1 . I could go to Disney 4 times a year if I wasn't always spending $$ on new shoes and pants.

duffy
01-03-2009, 08:43 AM
When my husband, daughters aged (at the time)17, 15 and 4 went to the World in 2000, each of us had a duffel bag. The older 2 daughters and I also had a big purse. We stayed for a week, in September.

Since September is usually warm, we only had shorts and tshirts. We only took about 4 or 5 of each, 1 or 2 pieces of nightwear, underwear of course, and swimming suits.

We took a day off mid-week, (our oldest wasn't feeling well) and just explored Downtown Disney, swam in the hotel pool, and did a few loads of laundry. It worked great.

We didn't bring glow sticks, or toys to play with while waiting in line, or snacks, or bathrobes, or slippers, or pillows, or a crockpot, or water filters, or our own beach towels, or misting fans, or a sewing kit, or clothespins....

Last Feb., we drove down, and I did the opposite and brought everything. Big mistake!! We were so overloaded with stuff we didn't need.

goofy4tink
01-03-2009, 09:44 AM
I'm one who has decided to do only carryon from now on...way too much hassle doing checked bags.
I will pack travel sized toiletries....shampoo/conditioner, toothpaste. I can buy what I need when I reach my destination. A pair of jeans on my body, 2 pr of shorts, 4 tees, or what the weather at the destination dictates.
My sister-in-law travels the world with just a large backpack!!!
Most resorts/hotels have laundry facilities...no big issue doing a load of laundry at night.

jodifla
01-03-2009, 10:54 AM
It's hard to do carry-on if you are traveling with young kids. I did pack an awful lot of "what-ifs" with a toddler/little kid. Besides all the diapers, I always made sure I had plenty of medicines, since sickness tends to strike in the middle of the night!


I do carryon if I'm going to places I travel to a lot. I have stuff stashed at friends' houses, and so I just need some clothes and I'm set.

Moomduck1
01-03-2009, 11:15 AM
I'm in the midst of packing right now (we leave tomorrow!!) and I am now rethinking some of my items! I have a bunch of "what-ifs" going that are not necessary. Thanks for the thread and the advice!

maccagerl
01-03-2009, 12:08 PM
I'm in the midst of packing right now (we leave tomorrow!!) and I am now rethinking some of my items! I have a bunch of "what-ifs" going that are not necessary. Thanks for the thread and the advice!


I'm packing today too! We'll be arriving at WDW around 11 am tomorrow!!
I'll have no problem packing light, but my DD26 is quite another story! I can't seem to get it through her 26 y.o. head that she does NOT need to pack co-ordinating shoes/sneakers for each outfit! :lmao:

duffy
01-03-2009, 12:25 PM
I'm packing today too! We'll be arriving at WDW around 11 am tomorrow!!
I'll have no problem packing light, but my DD26 is quite another story! I can't seem to get it through her 26 y.o. head that she does NOT need to pack co-ordinating shoes/sneakers for each outfit! :lmao:

Point out to her that Minnie/Mickey/Cinderella or whoever, only has one pair of shoes. :rotfl:

crashbb
01-03-2009, 12:28 PM
I've a few times on DIS (though possibly not this forum) the suggestion that you put a day's outfit in a ziploc bag - one bag for each day. While this may make getting dressed easier in the morning, it is definitely not the way to go if you want to pack lightly - there is no need for a completely new outfit for each day.

I admit that I (well, it was done for me) did this once - I was visiting my grandparents for a long weekend when I was 5 (I was flying as an UM, and flew the day after my fifth birthday, so I was pretty much exactly 5) and she was convinced that I'd go around completely mismatched if she didn't do so. It was only a long weekend, and being the messy brat that I was, I probably needed that many changed anyway.

My big issue is shoes - I run and have shoes that I only run in (I go through them quickly enough that way, without wearing them down by walking around in them) and running clothes - washing in a sink and hanging to dry doesn't work for me, as the slight extra stiffness from hanging dry rather than drying in a machine is enough to seriously irritate my skin. I do "stuff" my shoes though - socks etc. go in the shoes.

DisneyObsessive
01-03-2009, 12:36 PM
i am packing only for myself,\ this time, as im just going with friends, but even with the family, we traveled with only carry ons.

ive packed already for my 6 day trip. since im wearing an outfit down, i pack 5 tops, 5 pairs of socks and underwear, an extra pair of jeans, two pairs of pjs, a bathing suit... throw in a razor, a brush, and my little bag of toothpaste, shampoo and the like... thats it! then i put my wallet and all those things in a bag i carry on me and that i put under the seat on the airplane.

rolling shirts gives you more room than just folding them.

lisadr
01-03-2009, 02:18 PM
I've a few times on DIS (though possibly not this forum) the suggestion that you put a day's outfit in a ziploc bag - one bag for each day. While this may make getting dressed easier in the morning, it is definitely not the way to go if you want to pack lightly - there is no need for a completely new outfit for each day.

I admit that I (well, it was done for me) did this once - I was visiting my grandparents for a long weekend when I was 5 (I was flying as an UM, and flew the day after my fifth birthday, so I was pretty much exactly 5) and she was convinced that I'd go around completely mismatched if she didn't do so. It was only a long weekend, and being the messy brat that I was, I probably needed that many changed anyway.

My big issue is shoes - I run and have shoes that I only run in (I go through them quickly enough that way, without wearing them down by walking around in them) and running clothes - washing in a sink and hanging to dry doesn't work for me, as the slight extra stiffness from hanging dry rather than drying in a machine is enough to seriously irritate my skin. I do "stuff" my shoes though - socks etc. go in the shoes.

I like the sock stuffing idea!

Can anyone tell me how to just reply to part of a post???? I can't seem to figure it out:headache:

crashbb
01-03-2009, 02:31 PM
I like the sock stuffing idea!

Can anyone tell me how to just reply to part of a post???? I can't seem to figure it out:headache:

I just do the normal quote and delete what I don't want, I'm sure though, that there is a "proper" way. There is also a multiquote feature - if you highlight what you want and then click the multiquote button (bottom right) you can quote from numerous posts at once.

The other thing that goes well in shoes is small breakables - a bottle of perfume, for example. Saves room and protects the bottle at the same time.

chris7
01-03-2009, 03:20 PM
I've packed for a family of four in just carry on's for a week in Mexico. This included snorkel gear for all of us (but only one pair of fins). Ironically its my husband who has the most trouble with it. He usually has a stack of "I might want it's".

We also just got back from 10 days at WDW over Christmas in which we had one checked bag for the 4 of us. It makes it a lot easier that we were in a townhome with a washer dryer.

I don't mind having two outfits and alternating them and doing laundry every other day. The hard and fast rule is only two pairs of shoes. One pair of tennis shoes or hiking shoes and one pair of sandals/flip flops. Wear the heavy shoes on the plane.

I'm pretty low maintenance appearance wise so I don't really have any temptations to bring special outfits/shoes/lotions/potions. We're training our kids the same way.

suzimar57
01-03-2009, 04:55 PM
myself, whenever i've travelled solo to disney, have always been strictly carry-on with no problem (between 3 days and a week's worth - i can easily travel "light" alone!)

now, with DH, that's another story.....

forced him once to travel to disney with only carry-ons - he complained every single day how he didn't have a new, clean set of clothing (i had us wearing our shorts 3 times - they weren't dirty, just worn)

he's something of a prima donna with his changes of clothing on vaca... :rolleyes1

bavaria
01-04-2009, 04:22 AM
washing in a sink and hanging to dry doesn't work for me, as the slight extra stiffness from hanging dry rather than drying in a machine is enough to seriously irritate my skin. I do "stuff" my shoes though - socks etc. go in the shoes.

I take it that you don't like crunchy underwear either?!

For all that I do pack in a carry on size, I actually abhor taking carry on luggage. I even started a thread about it this year. I don't like to use the bin space and dragging it around behind me like a dog is annoying. Try and use the bathroom with your 21 inch carry on sitting in front of you.

It's a pain, and I will still do checked luggage whenever I can. Tonight I landed, cleared immigration, took the train to baggage claim and my suitcase came off the ramp just as I approached.

Excuse me, I have to go rescue my laundry from the sink now so that I will have dry (if crunchy) undies tomorrow.

fla4fun
01-04-2009, 07:00 AM
I take it that you don't like crunchy underwear either?!

Excuse me, I have to go rescue my laundry from the sink now so that I will have dry (if crunchy) undies tomorrow.

I have found if I use a shampoo/conditioner combo to wash out clothing in the sink, it dries a lot softer than if I use any other kind of soap. The shampoo leaves all the hand laundry smelling really good too. I find it to be a good use of shampoo if I'm buying a bottle on site instead of trying to go 3-1-1 or putting a bottle in a checked bag, since I never seem to use it all on showers alone.

aubriee
01-04-2009, 08:23 AM
I take it that you don't like crunchy underwear either?!

Excuse me, I have to go rescue my laundry from the sink now so that I will have dry (if crunchy) undies tomorrow.

I love it! Where's the Tag Fairy? You need a new tag Bavaria!:rotfl:

By the way, I can't do crunchy undies either. I want to reach for the Body
Glide just thinking about them.:rotfl:

DisneyWalker44
01-04-2009, 09:24 AM
For all you sink washers - I highly recommend these http://www.alltravelsizes.com/01-a-10-l.html which you can pick up in Target's travel-size section.

crashbb
01-04-2009, 09:59 AM
I take it that you don't like crunchy underwear either?!



Nope - not a fan of crunchy underwear. What can I say, I'm a sensitive soul:lmao: Actually I just have seriously sensitive (and allergic) skin. I cannot even deal with washing the running clothes in a washing machine but hanging dry (which, according to most people, is the best way to deal with running clothes as the dryer does "bad" things).

Okay, so shoes and underwear are the things I overpack.

LSchrow
01-04-2009, 10:06 AM
I can't seem to get it through her 26 y.o. head that she does NOT need to pack co-ordinating shoes/sneakers for each outfit! :lmao:

a confession from a bit of a "clotheshorse":rolleyes1 :
i finally managed to get around my "matching" dilemma by basing all outfits on black or white (no earhtones!!).
i had to leave some faves at home, but found not only did i pack less, mornings were much easier when almost everything was interchangable. packed only 1 pair of PJs & 1 bathing suit (note that we did do laundry). i made a list of outfits, & filled my suitcase from that.
sweater/sweatshirt were black, two pairs flip-flops (1 white, 1 black), etc. i wore the heavier items (sweatshirt, sneakers) on the plane. since i found most dressy outfits went unused, they were omitted.

finally, i've reduced my packing to almost half :thumbsup2

lisadr
01-04-2009, 12:27 PM
I have to say as much as I would love to travel lighter-I can re-wear pants, tops-maybe even socks-but I NEED new fresh underwear each day-sink washing doesn't cut it for me. :confused3 . I guess I am damned to checking luggage because I have sacrificed my soul to the gods of machine washed undies:snooty: .

;)

PrincessKsMom
01-04-2009, 12:38 PM
We went to Disney this past summer, in August, and I can't imagine being able to pack just in a carryon. Some days and I needed two outfits a day! In that heat and humidity, I just can't imagine wearing the same shorts or tops a few days before washing them. I also can't imagine having to take the time every day to wash out my clothing from that day. For me, if I take an outfit off (say to go swimming), I just cannot bring myself to put it back on. I DEFINITELY overpacked for our last trip, but I'm hoping to be able to cut back for the next. I would also be afraid that even if I could pack in a carryon, there's no way I'd have enough room to be able to pack my souvenirs for the trip back!

Misty89
01-04-2009, 12:42 PM
i would if traveling alone.

snarlingcoyote
01-04-2009, 01:40 PM
I cannot even deal with washing the running clothes in a washing machine but hanging dry (which, according to most people, is the best way to deal with running clothes as the dryer does "bad" things).

Okay, so shoes and underwear are the things I overpack.

I'm with Crash here. I pack a fresh workout outfit for every night because I sweat like a piggie when I workout. I am quite literally dripping with sweat and every stitch of clothing on my body is wet through and through. (Well, okay, my socks and shoes get stinky, but not soaked.) Everytime I read advice that says to only pack 1 workout outfit, I laugh. Half my suitcase is workout clothes. When I travel, the first night or two, I take my shower with my workout clothes in the tub. I let them dry until damp and sock them away in my luggage. The last nights, I just sock them away in a gallon ziploc bag or a shopping bag without washing. Then, like Crash, when I get home, I launder everything, I use tons of soap, pet enzyme (only sweat-smell cutter DH really can stand.) and I dry my workout clothes in the dryer.

I'm sorry, there's no way I could wear crunchy clothes when I workout. Not going to happen. EWWWWWW!

Now, I elliptical, I don't run (unless there is no elliptical anywhere I can use, even for a fee. Then I will get my aging knees and hips out there and run. Bah. :rolleyes2) so I don't mind wearing my workout sneakers through the airport, and that does save room in my luggage. When I pack my good running shoes, for whatever reason, I do have to reduce my other baggage significantly.

The things we do to stay healthy as we get older. . .

Tinkerbellandfamily
01-04-2009, 02:49 PM
1)How do you travel with only carry-ons?

Let me tell you, it's not easy. Sometimes it means that I bring half the shorts I need and wear them twice. If I am staying at a vacation club resort and know I will have my own washer and dryer I bring even less as I can wash them and wear them at my leisure.

2) What are you packing?

Normally its all based on weather. I was just there in November and it was cold in the am and pm but warm all day. I brought one pair of jeans which I wore on the travel days and one light jacket which I wore as well. I brought two pairs of shorts for myself, and a few shirts. I packed flip flops for shoes and only one pair of pjs for myself. I also try to roll and fold everything to make it fit. I do the same with my sons clothes. For him I pack a little bit more since he tends to be more messy than myself. I normally travel southwest and I am allowed one carry on bag for me and one for my son as well as a personal bag which is always alot smaller. If there's something I can't fit into the carry on luggage then I put it in one of the other bags.

3) Do you have children or are you a single traveler?

I have one 5 year old son and myself.

4)How long are you going for?

Normally when I go it's from a Sunday to a Thursday.