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chunkygal
10-21-2011, 08:10 PM
I have been trying to come up with a list of the must take items for a weeks stay at DVC. I am interested in having others add, so I can come up with the UBER list. We susally drive and buy fresh stuff at Publix on the way in ( I am not counting that stuff).The publix at Hilton Head has a great "timeshare" section in the front with small ketchups, mayo, mustard... Anyway:

salt n pepper grinders
mustard
mayo
coffee
coffee filters
cream
cereal
peanut butter
laundry detergent
sunscreen
rice
butter
shampoo
spaghetti noodles
olive oil


Add on:

DVCconvert
10-21-2011, 08:34 PM
Our "uber" list includes:
coffe, filters and beer. We figure that "damn all" else...we can survive! :laughing: ;)

Pakey
10-21-2011, 09:02 PM
Beer, coffee and filters, trash bags.

geffric
10-21-2011, 10:27 PM
i bring

Laundry detergent
sunscreen
sponge
zip lock bags
cereal
bread
PB and J
cofffee and filters
towels

Deb & Bill
10-21-2011, 10:54 PM
Extra batteries of all sizes
Bathroom suction cup hooks to hang wet stuff in the shower
Tide with Bleach Alternative
Bounce sheets
Big beach towels
Stella Doro cookies

G'sMaman
10-21-2011, 11:23 PM
Instead of laundry detergent, I bring the Purex 3 in 1 sheets. They're very portable and you don't need seperate fabric softener sheets. I can't really take credit for this suggestion because someone recommended them for a DVC cruise I recently took, and now we are hooked.

G'sMaman
10-22-2011, 01:01 AM
Instead of laundry detergent, I bring the Purex 3 in 1 sheets. They're very portable and you don't need seperate fabric softener sheets. I can't really take credit for this suggestion because someone recommended them for a DVC cruise I recently took, and now we are hooked.

castleri
10-22-2011, 08:20 AM
laundry supplies, milk,coffee and filters, beer, shampoo

SamSam
10-22-2011, 05:24 PM
We have 2 Owners Lockers that are filled to the brim with things we 'need', in addition we always stop at Publix for deli meats, cheese, bread, fresh fruit, lettuce, wine, etc. From home we bring fresh ground coffee, because it's what we like...we use it in our mini Keurig that's in our Owners Locker.

vek239
10-22-2011, 06:03 PM
These coffee packets come in handy for us.
http://www.communitycoffee.com/product/Our-Traditional-Coffee/Dark-Roast/Dark-Roast-Ground-Coffee-Frac-Packs

G'sMaman
10-22-2011, 06:06 PM
We have 2 Owners Lockers that are filled to the brim with things we 'need', in addition we always stop at Publix for deli meats, cheese, bread, fresh fruit, lettuce, wine, etc. From home we bring fresh ground coffee, because it's what we like...we use it in our mini Keurig that's in our Owners Locker.

Not to hijack this thread, but the topics are related. Do you mind me asking what you store in your lockers, esp. since you have 2 of them. We are thinking about getting one, but not sure what other folks keep in theirs. Thanks!

Poppin
10-22-2011, 08:30 PM
Wine.

SamSam
10-22-2011, 11:29 PM
Not to hijack this thread, but the topics are related. Do you mind me asking what you store in your lockers, esp. since you have 2 of them. We are thinking about getting one, but not sure what other folks keep in theirs. Thanks!

We have an unbelievable amount of things in our Owners Lockers. One Locker is personal stuff, one locker is our 'office in a box' which enables us to stay for longer periods of time, but the trade-off is we work half days in our villa.

1st OL "Queen of Frugals Big Splurge"
1 Feather Pillow
2 Framed Pics of grandkids
7 magnet frames (for fridge) of all grandkids
1 Box Wipe-on OFF Repellant
1 Can insect Spray
1 Can Yard Guard
1 tube SPF 15 Suntan Lotion
Bandaids
1 Bottle Ibuprofin
1 Moleskin
1 Bottle Antacids
1 Bottle Gas Relief Pills
1 Dental Floss - Need Replacement

2 disposable razors
1 Tube Beyond Zone Hair Spike
1 Can Rave Hairspray - empty - replace
1 Small Can Root Boost- empty -replace
1 Degree Deodorant
1 Women's Deodorant
1 Flat Iron
1 Curling Iron
1 Manicure Set
1 Tin Fashion Tape
1 Small Sewing Kit
1 Booklight
1 Flashlight

1 Mini Keurig
1 Paring Knife
1 Box gallon size ziplock bags
1 Box snack size plastic bags
1 Pur Faucet Filter
1 Brita Water Bottle
1 Corkscrew
1 Handheld Drink Mixer
1 pack coffee filters
spoons & forks for studio
salt & pepper
2 Candles
Refill Mug
1 Stainless Steel Thermos
matches
1 Travel Folder
1 Backpack
1 Hip pack
1 pair white flip flops
2 rain ponchos
2 umbrellas

1 stick stain treater
1 box dryer sheets
1 Pack Laundry Detergent
1 Small bottle wrinkle release
1 Lint Roller
scotch tape
sticky notes
strapping tape
1 AA Batteries
2 AAA Batteries
1 travel router

Uncle Scrooges Office in a Box
2 Flat Screen Monitors
2 Keyboards
Brother Laser Printer
Misc. cords and cables

G'sMaman
10-23-2011, 09:49 AM
We have an unbelievable amount of things in our Owners Lockers. One Locker is personal stuff, one locker is our 'office in a box' which enables us to stay for longer periods of time, but the trade-off is we work half days in our villa.

Wow - what a great checklist! Thanks so much for posting.

supersuperwendy
10-23-2011, 11:09 AM
small pop up hamper
spatula for cooking eggs!

Our Kidani 2 bedroom didn't have one in 2010 so now it's on my packing list!

new for 2012 I'm brining my Keurig!

Deb & Bill
10-23-2011, 02:15 PM
small pop up hamper
spatula for cooking eggs!

Our Kidani 2 bedroom didn't have one in 2010 so now it's on my packing list!

new for 2012 I'm brining my Keurig!

If there isn't something that is supposed to be in the villa, just ask for one.

dianeschlicht
10-23-2011, 03:01 PM
If there isn't something that is supposed to be in the villa, just ask for one.
That usually works, Deb, but at AKV (Both Jambo and Kidani) if you ask for a spatula or pancake turner, they bring you a rounded bottom skimmer. NOT helpful at all for eggs or pancakes! We too keep one in our Owner's Locker just for those AKL visits.

Deb & Bill
10-23-2011, 03:11 PM
That usually works, Deb, but at AKV (Both Jambo and Kidani) if you ask for a spatula or pancake turner, they bring you a rounded bottom skimmer. NOT helpful at all for eggs or pancakes! We too keep one in our Owner's Locker just for those AKL visits.

Maybe they just don't understand the term. Someone needs to let DVC know about that problem. I probably won't be staying there, so I won't need one.

RatherBeWithMickey
10-23-2011, 10:16 PM
Wow - what a great checklist! Thanks so much for posting.

The Owner's Locker website has a discussion forum, with one of the threads all about what people have in their lockers, and also an ultimate packing list. We've got two now and don't know how we ever lived without them. :thumbsup2

Anal Annie
10-23-2011, 11:37 PM
I have been trying to come up with a list of the must take items for a weeks stay at DVC. I am interested in having others add, so I can come up with the UBER list. We susally drive and buy fresh stuff at Publix on the way in ( I am not counting that stuff).The publix at Hilton Head has a great "timeshare" section in the front with small ketchups, mayo, mustard... Anyway:

salt n pepper grinders
mustard
mayo
coffee
coffee filters
cream
cereal
peanut butter
laundry detergent
sunscreen
rice
butter
shampoo
spaghetti noodles
olive oil


Add on:

I don't cook anything beyond breakfast on vaca so from your list I only need to bring fresh coffee. I get a small grocery order from Garden Grocer to include a case of water, gatorade & beer & some breakfast stuff. We keep all the rest of our "essentials" in our Owners Locker. This would include: coffee filters, salt, pepper, paper plates, utensils, plastic cups & straws (for taking to the pool), collapsible coolers & "blue ice", Captain Morgan, wine glass, a set of sharp knives (we use studios and there are no knives), string backpacks, pool / beach bags, flip flops, can & bottle huggies (or cozies some call them), customized toiletries for each of us, a shave mirror for DH, scissors, a small sewing kit & an assortment of rubberbands, paper clips, packing tape & safety pins for those MacGyver moments, mini umbrellas & ponchos, sunscreens, various OTC meds, a sharpie, a can of air freshner, candles, flashlights, batteries, spray fan bottles, lanyards & FP holders, lint roller and an assortment of different size baggies....I have a list with about 120 items on it so this is just a general idea. Have fun making your own uber list!!

Hibernians
10-24-2011, 12:01 AM
we always ship a box of dry food to the hotel - cereals, breakfast bars/granola bars,a few bags of snacks, pop tarts, rice cakes, cookies, chips, etc. gum, crystal light, starbucks coffee. This has always worked out.

G'sMaman
10-24-2011, 01:12 AM
The Owner's Locker website has a discussion forum, with one of the threads all about what people have in their lockers, and also an ultimate packing list. We've got two now and don't know how we ever lived without them. :thumbsup2

I will check definitely check that out. Thanks.:thumbsup2

buzz5985
10-24-2011, 02:26 AM
I don't think I saw

Cling wrap
Tin Foil
gladware - a few bowls for leftovers - there are some in the villa's, so not really necessary.

I have a Leatherman that I bring. My DH gave it to me one Christmas. Best gift - wine opener, scissors, (small saw, knife, auger, needle nose pliers, screw drivers, wire cutter - not used at DVC).

Janis

georgeat
10-24-2011, 07:34 AM
You are all very "sweet" with the list of things to take. I and DW always take coffee and filters but I like my coffee with sugar. So we take some extra packets of sugar that we purchased. (Did not see it on any list so far.)

shortfieldno1
10-25-2011, 04:17 PM
I like the suction hooks.

com_op_2000
10-25-2011, 06:29 PM
Laptop
DVDs
A table top game
Coffee
Tea
Substitute sweetner
Cereal
Hard boiled eggs
One pot meal (Soup, Stew, Pasta, etc) - that can be warmed in the microwave - we use for lunch, dinner, or late night snack

SamSam
10-25-2011, 09:36 PM
I like the suction hooks.

Are there suction hooks large enough to hold jackets? I always tell DH that I wish there were hooks in the hall by the door to hang jackets, etc.

DenLo
10-25-2011, 10:22 PM
We usually stay in a studio so many of the items we take have been mentioned except:

small Chip clips - works on the candy bags too.
a sharp knife and small cutting board (we might want some cheese with our wine or limes in our beer or cokes)
and a bottle opener (the one on the can opener doesn't always work well).
A flat rubber jar opener (I have trouble sometimes opening even gatorade bottles.) http://www.amazon.com/Fox-Run-5647-Jar-Opener/dp/B000GG9UP4

adminjedi
10-25-2011, 10:58 PM
wdw annual passes
tables in wonderland card
dvc cards
resort conf me packet
plane tickets
disney Magic Express tags
dining itinerary confirmations
Drivers licenses/ids/passports

sunglasses
dvd movies
PJs
badge lanyards
dvc totes
disney backpack
cameras and tapes chargers/batt.
router & cables & locks
purex laundry sheets

Mole Skin--for blisters
bandaids
neosporon
bday decorations
glowin the dark stuff
swim suits
hats
Sunscreen
Rain Ponchos
ziplock bags
first aid kit
lipbalm w/sunscreen

Grocery List:
fruit cups
beef jerky
easy mac n cheese
coffee & filters
crackers
cereal
granola bars
candy

marynvince
10-26-2011, 08:59 AM
I always bring the family

dgaston
10-26-2011, 09:50 AM
I don't always bring the family -- most often just DH. Next week though, we'll bring a bunch of the family! :banana: :woohoo:

chunkygal
10-26-2011, 05:48 PM
This list is awesome!

I forgot sugar and the rain ponchos from the dollar store so we don't pay the "disney" price for one with a mouse on it. And rain gonna happen.

I also bring the crock pot... cause 2 nights we do put it in the pot and forget it!

Kidanifan08
10-26-2011, 09:52 PM
Are there suction hooks large enough to hold jackets? I always tell DH that I wish there were hooks in the hall by the door to hang jackets, etc.

You could always get some of the 3M removable hooks, but they would not be reusable.

The suction cup hooks were probably the most useful things we had on the most recent trip. There are few places to hang towels and swimsuits to dry.

We also have night-lights in our Owner's Locker. It is nice to have softer light through the villa when walking around at night.

As a PP stated, it is good to have batteries, too, especially if you have little ones and buy stuff for the kids. We bought a remote control monorail on our most recent trip, and we could not find a 9 volt battery or AAA batteries anywhere. You would think that Disney would sell batteries that are needed for their toys.

GGOOFY1
10-27-2011, 09:13 AM
I pack a flat griddle, great for cooking pancakes and french toast.

TammyNC
10-27-2011, 10:12 AM
I also like to bring a couple of power strips, can never have enough electrical outlets:).

I also love the Purex 3 in 1 so now I don't have to bring laundry detergent and dryer sheets separately. I also have learned to bring a spot remover (shout).

Ziplock bags have also become handy.

AKLFan3
10-27-2011, 11:28 AM
We buy sparkling wine in the gift shop and from home we bring:

Allergy and cold medication
Plastic silverware and cups
Disinfectant wipes
large foam egg crate (it takes up a lot of room in my suitcase, but I am 29 and cannot sleep well on any WDW sofa bed. So until we save enough points for a 2 bedroom, I won't leave home without it)

DenLo
10-27-2011, 11:38 AM
. . . . .
large foam egg crate (it takes up a lot of room in my suitcase, but I am 29 and cannot sleep well on any WDW sofa bed. So until we save enough points for a 2 bedroom, I won't leave home without it)

Have you ever thought about using one of those travel vacuum bags, where you roll out the air to make the item smaller? It still weighs the same but takes up less room in the luggage.

RweTHEREyet
10-28-2011, 02:10 PM
The most often used item in our OL is our Brita water pitcher with extra filters, and plastic glasses that are larger than anything in the villas. We love our OL. :goodvibes

BlakeNJ
10-29-2011, 04:18 PM
You could always get some of the 3M removable hooks, but they would not be reusable.

The suction cup hooks were probably the most useful things we had on the most recent trip. There are few places to hang towels and swimsuits to dry.

We also have night-lights in our Owner's Locker. It is nice to have softer light through the villa when walking around at night.

As a PP stated, it is good to have batteries, too, especially if you have little ones and buy stuff for the kids. We bought a remote control monorail on our most recent trip, and we could not find a 9 volt battery or AAA batteries anywhere. You would think that Disney would sell batteries that are needed for their toys.

We have a magnetic hook from Michaels Craft Store that we use to hang a wreath on our SSR door. It doesn't leave a mark. I am sure you could use it on the inside of the door for a coat. Otherwise, SSR has a nice coat rack in the second bedroom of a 2br. We use that for our coats.

We have most of the above in our locker plus lots of extra hangers. There are never enough in the closets!

ruadisneyfan2
10-30-2011, 03:56 PM
Do they provide a small trial size box of laundry detergent?

We'll be renting points for 2 nts precruise and don't want to pack dirty clothes onto the ship. It would be nice to wash a load or 2. We own a TS off site and have traded often through RCI but never stayed at a DVC resort. Most TS resorts have a box or 2 near the W/D. Does DVC do this also? I'm packing now so any tips would be great.

Thanks! :goodvibes

hakepb
10-30-2011, 04:05 PM
Do they provide a small trial size box of laundry detergent?

We'll be renting points for 2 nts precruise and don't want to pack dirty clothes onto the ship. It would be nice to wash a load or 2. We own a TS off site and have traded often through RCI but never stayed at a DVC resort. Most TS resorts have a box or 2 near the W/D. Does DVC do this also? I'm packing now so any tips would be great.

Thanks! :goodvibes

There usually seems to be a single-use Tide in the 1BR+ units (not studios).

ruadisneyfan2
10-30-2011, 08:13 PM
There usually seems to be a single-use Tide in the 1BR+ units (not studios).

Thanks, that's perfect.:thumbsup2

Who's your Mickey?
10-31-2011, 01:16 PM
Beer, scotch and advil... and don't forget to pack a good wine key (bartender's corkscrew)

DenLo
10-31-2011, 04:00 PM
There usually seems to be a single-use Tide in the 1BR+ units (not studios).

On your Trash and Towel day and if you stay long enough for a full cleaning, they will give you another single use box. But since we always do two loads when we do laundry we always bring extra detergent and bounce dryer sheets. Or if we are flying the Purex 3 in 1 sheets which are much easier to pack in a suitcase.

K9pal
11-03-2011, 06:44 PM
Chip clips
clothes pins
a few extra wire hangers

OH - and travel size DUCT TAPE!! Good for a hundred different things

wcw57
08-16-2012, 11:54 AM
there is a coffee pot but no filters?! never thought of that...

staying @ Kidani in 6 days! Thank goodness for all you good people!!!

kirstenb1
08-16-2012, 03:23 PM
the smallest bottle of Shout (or the like) for laundry stains. The kids are always eating goopy stuff on vacation!

Crystal Light

DH is the only one who drinks coffee, so he likes those single serve packs, kind of like a tea bag. It's like having a built in filter

Cokes/mixers/rum/tequila

Snacks and juice boxes

Ziploc bags--they come in handy for all kinds of stuff, like wet swimsuits, etc