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Old 01-19-2013, 12:57 PM   #31
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I'm a proud overpacker

Personally I think it is totally unnatural to leave home for a 10 day trip with 1 19 inch suitcase.

Travelling with me is like riding on Cleopatra's Bag and I'm not trying to change.

First of all, all the tips people give me to cut pack imo are ridiculous. When I go on vacation....

1) I am not washing my undies or bras in the hotel sink. forget it.
2) I am not wearing the same pair of servicable black shoes. Really people go to paris and wear the same pair of sneakers for 7 days? no wonder they think Americans are tacky. lol
3) I go to wdw during the summer, I take at least 2 showers a day, no way am I putting back on the same sweaty clothes. That's just nasty.
4) I am not looking for a laundramat in the middle of Italy or Vegas to wash clothes. remember it's a vacation

So I'm a proud over packer. there is nothing worse than going on vacation an remembering that you have a really cute pair of sandals to match your outfit back at home.

Overpackers unite.
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Old 01-19-2013, 01:10 PM   #32
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When my kids were little, we quickly got tired of all the stuff we were hauling for them.

So we brought less toys with us, used pool noodles as bed rails for the 6 year old (put under the fitted sheet on the bed and it stopped him from rolling off) and only brought 2 sets of sheets for the pack n' play that we brought with us for our DD when she was 2 years old.

I laid out all of our clothes and then put half away and only packed half that was left out.
Only travel size toiletries were allowed. I put what we needed into the travel size containers instead of hauling full size.

Only one pair of sandals, one pair of tennis shoes and one pair of flip flops for the adults came along, the kids had an extra pair of sandals and tennis shoes since they tended to get them wet more.

I couldn't do much about the diapers and wipes that we needed but I had cut down so much on other things it was great.

I did have to do laundry twice that trip instead of only once but that was fine.

The kids didn't miss having all the toys especially since we were buying a few new toys at the parks for them so they were happy.

We did put movies into a CD older for them to use with the portable DVD player so that also saved space.

Dang - typing this made me realize that I need to follow my own old rules on the next trip. We want to keep suitcases down to one per person and that includes shoes!
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Old 01-19-2013, 01:46 PM   #33
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I think part of overpacking is dependent on where you are going when. We have done Disney in oct/nov/ dec and the weather can be warm or cold. You never know and it can change in an instant. We also go for 10 days, so we don't have a forecast we can rely on that far ahead (especially because intakes 2-3 days to drive there.) so you have to pack for almost every weather scenario and that takes up a lot of room. I think it would be easier to have less stuff in the summer when you know it will be hot and you don't have bulky winter clothes to deal with. It also would be easier if I didn't need to pack 4 princess dresses for dd! (Or if she would be consistent! Two years ago she only wore princess dresses. Every day. So I had TONS of clothes she never wore. Last year she only wore the a couple times so we did better. Next year who knows! So I have to pack for the justo case! Thank goodness ds doesn't wear princess dresses!)
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Old 01-19-2013, 01:52 PM   #34
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I think part of overpacking is dependent on where you are going when. We have done Disney in oct/nov/ dec and the weather can be warm or cold. You never know and it can change in an instant. We also go for 10 days, so we don't have a forecast we can rely on that far ahead (especially because intakes 2-3 days to drive there.) so you have to pack for almost every weather scenario and that takes up a lot of room. I think it would be easier to have less stuff in the summer when you know it will be hot and you don't have bulky winter clothes to deal with. It also would be easier if I didn't need to pack 4 princess dresses for dd! (Or if she would be consistent! Two years ago she only wore princess dresses. Every day. So I had TONS of clothes she never wore. Last year she only wore the a couple times so we did better. Next year who knows! So I have to pack for the justo case! Thank goodness ds doesn't wear princess dresses!)
Yes. we always go in November and bring a summer and winter out fit per person per day plus swimwear, PJ's, towels, winter coat, scarf gloves, and shoes to wear if it rains all day. I do not like to pack a different pair of shoes for each outfit. I just bring a good pair of tennis shoes, boat shoes for water parks, and crocs for each person. oh and make sure we also have a light weight jacket for weather that changes from morning to night. We have found that we have needed all of these things on our trips. its funny because we always have our pocket books and cell phone/ bill fold case, a cooler, two bags for technology to keep kids entertained while traveling, a suitcase for each person, a travel bag for toiletries, a bag of dry groceries, a bag of extra shoes, 4 winter coats with gloves and scarfes stuffed in the pockets, beach towels stuffed in our 4 extra pillows. i guess its a little crazy when i think about it because there is barely room left to sit but i like to be prepared.

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Old 01-19-2013, 02:06 PM   #35
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You have all made me giggle SO MUCH reading your posts- thank you for brightening my day!!!

I am also suffering from over-packing syndrome! I think it comes from all of my training as a Girl Scout and Girl Scout Leader. The GS motto is "Be Prepared" and I have always made it a point to be prepared for anything!

I keep a change clothes, granola bars, and bottled water in my car just in case we ever break down in the middle of nowhere. I also have a road side emergency kit with flares and a first aid kit. YES- I am THAT neurotic about being prepared!

So when packing for Disney, I find it REALLY hard to NOT "be prepared" for anything and everything!

We live in Virginia and almost always go to WDW by plane so we don't have access to a car in case we need to run out to the store. The first few times we went with 3 young kids in tow, I swear I packed everything but the kitchen sink!

Since then, I have found a few tricks that REALLY help. Here they are:

-Put your packing list on your computer. Put everything you are even considering packing onto that list. First, go through and look for things that are very similar or things that can serve 2 purposes. Next, look for anything that you can find in miniature. I bring little coloring books instead of full-size ones, got travel size toiletries, etc.

-In your computer packing list, write down how MANY of each item you packed. When you return from your trip, make notes for next time like "Too many pants" and "not enough shorts." Also delete anything that you really didn't need afterall- or write yourself a note about it so you are not tempted to bring it the next time you travel.

-If you don't have to carry it in your suitcase, DON'T. When my kids were really little, we used to go online and order diapers, wipes, baby formula, etc. and have them delivered right to the resort so they would be waiting for us when we arrived. Then I could just carry a 24 hour supply in my carry on.

These days, the kids are bigger but we always need snacks, bottled waters, etc. so we order from Garden Grocer which is a delivery service in Orlando that will shop for you and deliver right to your hotel. The nice thing is that they can even bring you fresh foods and refrigerated foods as well as baby supplies, snacks, and such.

-I never pack heavy coats even though it can get quite cold at WDW at night during the winter. Instead, I bring solid colored long-sleeve shirts that can go under our fun Disney T-shirts if it's cold. I also bring hoodies for everyone, plus gloves & scarves. Then, I have a few smaller fleece blankets that I can roll up and shove into a bag. They can be wrapped around a person to stay warm but they can also be used to lay out on a hard/cold/damp bench or to drape over the stroller and provide shade.

-AND remember that there are no fashion police at Disney. Nobody is going to care if you wear the same jeans for 2 days or the same hoodie over your T-shirt every morning. No body expects you to change to dressy clothes for every dinner (unless you are at one of the signature restaurants). Of course, I still can't trust my kids to stay clean for more than 12 hours so I have to pack more clothes for them than I do for the grownups, but this philosophy has certainly helped me to cut down.

I look forward to reading some hints from the rest of you!
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Old 01-19-2013, 02:27 PM   #36
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I can relate to all of you! On our first trip, I packed everything I think I ever read on these boards - over the door shoe holder, a power strip, a sponge to wash out the reusable mugs, body glide, mole skin, etc etc etc. Only thing I used was the mole skin! However, I would rather have had it all than not have had it and needed it. On that trip, I ended up getting sick and needed cough medicine which is one thing I did not have and had to buy it in the store for $15. I think I am going to make sure we have more medicines we might need next time.
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Old 01-19-2013, 09:36 PM   #37
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I am the world's best traveling pharmacy, stomach, sinus, migraine, toothache, cough, blister troubles? Come to me. I have your cure. ;-).

I'd rather buy a tshirt or sweatshirt than be without any of my preferred brands of meds. LOLOLOL

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Old 01-19-2013, 10:14 PM   #38
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I know just how you feel.......And its not just Disney that I overpack - its any vacation. But Disney is probably the most!!
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Old 01-19-2013, 10:27 PM   #39
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Family of four here. We have a rule of one bag per person, carry on only. It is very doable. We go to Europe this summer for two weeks and will follow that plan. We don't want to have huge bags as we travel. Plus I can't stand to pay checked bag fees.
Everyone gets two pairs of shoes. The trick is to wear your bulkiest shoes on the plane. Pack clothes that go together and clothes that layer nicely. We also do laundry when we are traveling. To me j would rather do laundry a few times than have ten days of clothes with me.
Also I never bring a purse with me when we travel. I use a much smaller travel wallet. That way it is one less thing I worry about and I can use my personal item for something else like a bookbag.
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Old 01-19-2013, 11:04 PM   #40
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Loved reading all these responses! Made me feel I am NOT alone...

I also am the goto girl if you have any ailment and need medicine, along with any type of bandaid. And yes I know they have Walgreens because trust me I end up there on every trip as well, no matter how prepared I THINK I am.

I also pack for myself(of course), my DS12, and my DH..Which I find odd, because he is the one who complains of all my bags when we are at the airport. Yet WHY have an over packer pack for you, YEAH HUBBY, ...Love the guy just sometimes want to wring his neck, especially at the airport when the bags are about to be weighed and I am sweating bullets...

Also I agree about what the above poster said, I am on vacation, I personally don't want to wash clothes on vacation. I like my shoes, and we also go at Spring Break and sometimes showers can be mandatory and well clothes change needed....

But hey, last trip found the Walmart and do you know you can get a huge EXPANDABLE duffel bag for like 15.00? GREAT for dirty clothes, so more souvenirs can be bought...

Yes, Hello all, I am an over packer, and well I don't see at this age it will ever change, even though I try...it just NEVER works out...
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Old 01-19-2013, 11:25 PM   #41
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Hello I am Jami and I am an over packer. When I went on vacation last summer it was for three weeks 12 of which were at Disney and I brought four suitcases, a duffle, and a carry-on. Luckily we drove but I wanted to be prepared for everything. I would rather have too much than not enough. This was even after we did laundry twice. I as other previous posters have stated shower more than once a day and will not put on yucky sweaty clothes.

My dilemma is that I am doing the Disney College program in a few weeks and I'm so worried that I'm going to overpack for this occasion. I will be in Florida for six months, but am trying to limit myself with the amount of things I bring with me. If I brought four suitcases, the duffel bag, and the carry-on for three weeks I can't even imagine how much I am going to bring for this experience.
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Well, I drive, so I can take a lot of bags if I want to. For a ten day trip, I usually have two carry on size, one large (maybe 30") suitcase and a medium duffle bag, plus a 24 pack of bottled water and a 12 pack of soda. One carry on bag is just my electronics (camera, laptop, travel alarm, assorted wires, power strip) with my temperature sensitive toiletries in the outside pocket. That bag stays with me until I get a room - it goes into the office with me if I'm checking in after work, and if my room isn't ready it stays by my side until I do. The other carry on has my comfort items - the small box fan, a couple paperback books, baggies, laundry bags, rain gear, any grocery or snack items, etc. The other two bags are clothes. The other three bags and the drinks stay in the car until it's time to check in. I've pretty much got it down to a science now, and other than the "just in case" meds, I use everything I take, but I still have a check list so I don't forget anything.

I don't consider it overpacking if you use what you take. Some people just like to bring the comforts of home with them while others would rather travel lighter and make do with what the hotel offers. My sister would say she travels light with just a carry on, but she also ships a big box of stuff in advance wherever she's traveling - so I'm not sure I would classify her as a light traveler, lol!
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Old 01-20-2013, 08:02 AM   #43
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I am a member as well! Every year I promise to bring less stuff but still we bring 4 large suitcases and tons of carry on for 3 people. then we have to buy an extra suitcase in Flordia because we can't fit everything we buy But try to rationalize to DH that we are coming for almost a month and we have to bring winter and summer clothes because it's January We arrive at CR tomorrow and I've already bought so many new clothes in FL that we are definately going to have to buy another suitcase
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I am also suffering from over-packing syndrome! I think it comes from all of my training as a Girl Scout and Girl Scout Leader. The GS motto is "Be Prepared" and I have always made it a point to be prepared for anything!
As a former Girl Scout and daughter of a Girl Scout Leader -- This makes SO much sense! All my years of overpacking finally make sense! (*It is a really great motto! Just also possible to over-do it at times)
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I am already packed- we leave on Thursday. I am trying soooo hard not to overpack. I usually bring tons of stuff- and use it. When we drive the minivan, we can fit whatever we want/need. But this is our first time flying, so we really have to cut back this time.

It shouldn't be hard to pack lightly this time. It is an adults-only trip, so I don't have to fit anything for the kids in our bags. And we are only going for four days. But- in the winter at WDW you never know what the weather will be. So I have to pack a little of everything.

Now I just ned to resist squeezing more and more into the suitcase everytime I think of something. I am done- I need to be done and stop fooling with it!
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