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Old 05-13-2010, 01:22 PM   #31
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I bring a collapsible cooler which we take to the pool. In the cooler I fill from our in room cooler, soft drinks, water and adult beverages. I bought a plastic bottle with one of those freezer things to hold wine. Super money saver. NO glass at the pool please.
Gatoraid has the packet's that you pour into water, great on a hot day.
I bring my own pillows, must have!!!
Its a good thing that we drive.
So they don't say anything if you bring your own drink to the pool as long as it's not glass? I had wondered about this.
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Old 05-13-2010, 01:35 PM   #32
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We pack an extra suitcase inside another. 1) eaasier to pack all unfolded dirty clothes, but MORE importantly, luggage is bigger/heavier after souvenirs are purchased.

We also do the ziplock bags.
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Old 05-13-2010, 01:51 PM   #33
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Packing cubes! We used these last year for the first time. OUr suitcases held alot more and we bought one color for each person. Just take the cubes out of your suitcase and you are all unpacked! I'm a cubie addict!
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Old 05-13-2010, 03:09 PM   #34
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I like to have the address labels pre-printed for the postcards. Use a sandwich baggie for the labels & postcard stamp and all in one place when ready to send postcards.

Extension cord along with the power strip. If I am decorationg the window for Halloween or Christmas, a timer so that we come back to the lights on!

Alcohol wipes for any sticky residue left when removing the light from the window
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Old 05-13-2010, 06:55 PM   #35
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Here's my weirdest one: I cut off a piece of a flannel-backed vinyl tablecloth. It folds up very small, and packs into a ziploc bag. So nice to have when you want to sit on the ground (in case it's wet, dirty, sticky, etc.). Sit on it flannel-side-up! You can get those tablecloths at dollar stores - I keep one in the trunk of my car.

A swimmer's towel. They're also really small, but soak up so much liquid. If you're going on a ride after a rain shower, or on a water ride like Kali, you can wipe off the seat and wring out the towel.

Bandanas to keep cool. Soak in cold water, wring out, then wear around your neck.
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Old 05-13-2010, 07:13 PM   #36
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In January my husband put battery powered LED mini christmas lights on our stroller..it made it really easy to find and everyone loved it
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Old 05-13-2010, 09:44 PM   #37
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We pack an empty canvas duffle bag in the suitcase for extra room on the way home. Its lighter than putting a suitcase in a suitcase. When we are vacationing without doing laundry, I will pack the dirty clothes, daily, into the empty duffle bag. At the end of the trip, we will have an empty suitcase for souvenirs and most of the packing is already done!

Some other items I don't think were mentioned yet:
pocket knife
tweezers for splinters
can/bottle coozie to keep drinks cold
toothbrush divider
extra trash bags (good for wet clothes going back into the suitcase)

Also, I reuse the souvenir popcorn containers to bring snacks into the park. We'll put ice in the bottom and then add ziploc bags of grapes or other fruit, also good for other snacks like a half bag of chips to be saved for later. The handle makes it easy to hang on the stroller.

And I LOVE LOVE LOVE the lid idea for popsicles! Can't wait to use that one!!
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Old 05-14-2010, 08:07 AM   #38
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we bring a pump soap from home so we don't have the yucky bar laying at the sink.
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Old 05-14-2010, 12:20 PM   #39
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Thanks, everyone! These are great ideas! I've made many additions to my packing list from these!
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Old 05-14-2010, 01:16 PM   #40
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In our case, the powerstrip is a must. There are never enough outlets. lol

I think the only thing we always bring that wasn't mentioned was a nightlight. I really don't like waking up in a strange place in total darkness especially when I always travel with at least one teenage girl so you never know where they've laid a bag of a pair of shoes. haha

We also always bring a tide 2 go pen.

Neither of us care for Crystal light (or any of the others that taste like apsartame) so we bring the koolaid packs. Same concept, less after taste. haha

We also bring two mini M&M tubes. One green and one red. They're the perfect size. Green holds quarters and pennies for pressing. Red holds the pressed pennies.
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Old 05-14-2010, 02:33 PM   #41
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Packing cubes! We used these last year for the first time. OUr suitcases held alot more and we bought one color for each person. Just take the cubes out of your suitcase and you are all unpacked! I'm a cubie addict!
Where do you buy these packing cubes? Sounds like a great idea, but I don't think I've ever seen them.
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Old 05-14-2010, 02:33 PM   #42
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Night light - good idea....(I cheated last time and left the light on in the bathroom and then just left the door open a crack......when I woke up in the night at least I knew what direction to head in ...

and of course, I take a few bags of King Cole Tea - can't get that down there but if you're from Atlantic Canada, you understand why
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Old 05-14-2010, 03:05 PM   #43
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Where do you buy these packing cubes? Sounds like a great idea, but I don't think I've ever seen them.
You can get them at REI, eBags, Magellans and specialty luggage stores.
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Old 05-14-2010, 06:08 PM   #44
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All of these ideas are great.

I bring a "utility" bag. Think of it as a junk drawer for vacation. In it I put a few zip ties, caribiner clips, rubberbands, a flat pack of duct tape, small (credit-card sized) ziplock bags, a little twine or rope, clothes pins and other clips, safety pins, velcro straps/sticky velcro, etc. It sounds like a lot but really all fits in a quart-sized ziplock bag. There have been some trips where I didn't use any of it and others where it saved the day.
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Old 05-14-2010, 10:27 PM   #45
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We bring a small box fan, I can not sleep with some kind of air movement, and it creates white noise to help cover the sounds of our neighbors flushing at pop.
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