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Old 05-13-2013, 01:43 PM   #1246
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Love the shout wipes idea!
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Old 05-13-2013, 01:53 PM   #1247
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So many great ideas...so few vacations

How about what NOT to take (or is that a whole other thread)...never take NEW just about anything.

Everyone knows not to take new shoes...not until they are good and broken in; but there are other new things you might not expect to attack while on vacation.

I never take any "untried" product that goes on the skin. Lotion, sun screen, medications, soap, make up - even the temporary tattoos the kids love. Try them out on a sunny day well before the trip. Many more skin care products than you might expect make you more sensitive to the sun or can cause an allergic reaction.

And speaking of medications. Be sure to ask the pharmacist when filling any new prescriptions about sun sensitivity. Many meds will cause a burn in a very short amount of time. I can count the number of sun burns I have had in my life (and that's a long time ) on the fingers of one hand...and one of them was from just cutting roses for an arrangement while on antibiotics.

DD bought a new hat to keep the sun off, not realizing how hot it would make her head (no vents) or how uncomfortable the strap would be. (Not all straps are created equal.)

DH bought new "runners' socks" only to discover that they squished his toes worse than tight fitting shoes. (must have been runners with small feet )

I got the "back bag" because it was supposed to be easier on the back...it was, but it kept slipping around and dumping my sunglasses out of the top pocket.

Test any new "gadgets" before you go to make sure they work...and work for you. There are many great suggestions on the board for things that are absolutely great. But not necessarily of use to all of us. Even when I find something that wasn't particularly useful for me doesn't mean it isn't a great idea...just not what I would pack again. So now when I find a really neat (told you I was old) idea, I try it out before the big trip to see if it is worth the luggage space.

I'm sure you can all remember at least one such "error in judgment" ... so be sure to try it before you pack it...and have an "oops" free vacation.
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Old 05-13-2013, 02:06 PM   #1248
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Re: pills. We take several vitamins a day between us. Instead if taking each bottle I went to the craft section at Walmart and got a small bead organizer for a dollar. Each section holds more than enough for the 10 days we'll be gone.
Great idea...works great for DH....but I still need to get them down to breakfast (one needs to be taken with food). So this time I think I will get the little 2X2 inch ziplock bags (at any craft store in the beading section) and make up one bag for each morning. Then I can take it to breakfast and toss the bag in the trash instead of having to bundle them up in a Kleenex and hope it doesn't spill. lol
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Old 05-13-2013, 02:18 PM   #1249
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Thumbs up ooooh good idea

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This might not be that weird, but I pack color coded trash bags for dirty clothes. That way when I get home, I can dump my whites, darks, etc right in the wash. More neurotic than weird I guess.
We are not neurotic, we are well organized and anyone who says differently is just jealous. lol

So,tell me tell me....where did you find colored trash bags other than black and white?
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Old 05-13-2013, 03:50 PM   #1250
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Crystal Lite little squeeze things to add to water to make it into a funner drink. Easy to carry, small, and lots of servings in one little thing.
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Old 05-13-2013, 09:11 PM   #1251
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Crystal Lite little squeeze things to add to water to make it into a funner drink. Easy to carry, small, and lots of servings in one little thing.
I must say the most unusual thing to pike is pinkxav or bordeauxs butt paste. Chaffing is a huge issue with all the walking
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Old 05-13-2013, 09:17 PM   #1252
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I must say the most unusual thing to pike is pinkxav or bordeauxs butt paste. Chaffing is a huge issue with all the walking
There is a product called Body Glide available on Amazon I bought for us. It looks like a deodorant stick and goes on easily. I tested it this weekend and it worked wonders. Can't wait for the parks.

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Old 05-13-2013, 10:58 PM   #1253
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I just bought the mini keurig coffee maker for our 8 day trip- I like my Newman's Own coffee and I like it first thing in the morning! We are staying @ BWV so we have a small kitchen, can't wait!
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Old 05-14-2013, 11:17 AM   #1254
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Haven't checked in a while

But Wal-Mart used to carry trash bags in all sorts of pastel colors - pink, blue, green, purple - that I remember. They were smaller bags, for like the bathroom trash can, not the large kitchen trash cans.

Don't know if they still do, but I remember having to stock them way back when.

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We are not neurotic, we are well organized and anyone who says differently is just jealous. lol

So,tell me tell me....where did you find colored trash bags other than black and white?
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I know Dollar Tree carries them, but they are not sturdy. Pretty sure Walmart still carries some colors as well.

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But Wal-Mart used to carry trash bags in all sorts of pastel colors - pink, blue, green, purple - that I remember. They were smaller bags, for like the bathroom trash can, not the large kitchen trash cans.

Don't know if they still do, but I remember having to stock them way back when.
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We also bring a power bar with at least 8 outlets in it. We use the power bar to plug in our 4 cell phones, camera batteries, ipods, and anything else which needs charging. It helps when there are only 2 or 3 plus available to charge things at night.

What do you bring and use at WDW which are not normal items like a brush, clothes, extra sneakers ?
That is Brilliant! I always have issues finding enough outlets but for some reason it had Never occurred to me to pack my own power strip!
Adding it to the LIST!
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Old 05-16-2013, 09:02 AM   #1257
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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.
I use a pill bottle for this!
Also, before my trip I find actual copper pennies and pre-clean them so that I get pretty/shiny pressed pennies.
Worth the effort.
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Old 05-16-2013, 09:31 AM   #1258
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Vino

Might be strange
I bring boxed wine.
I like to relax with a little vino sometimes after a day in the parks. To save money I packed boxed wine in my checked bag. Whatever we don't drink will get left behind but since it is cheaper than buying there I do not mind too much.

I also bring my own crackers and other snacks.

That space they took up in my bag on the way there can be used for the souvenirs I buy on the way home!

So I save money and reserve space for new acquisitions in the same go!
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I use a pill bottle for this!
Also, before my trip I find actual copper pennies and pre-clean them so that I get pretty/shiny pressed pennies.
Worth the effort.
Copper pennies - is this a certain year range?
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Copper pennies - is this a certain year range?
Pre-1982 pennies are best. Newest ones have a lot of zinc and when pressed will show through grey.

This is from parkpennies.com: Circulated copper, pre 1982 cents can be found in every day change. Rolls of cents purchased at the bank are a great place to find copper cents and they are only one cent each! Just sort out the pre 1982 cents and youre done. (With a little hinting, a family member might help you by sorting out coppers from their pocket change too.) If you want "shiny" pressed pennies, Id suggest that you clean the cents before you press them. (It will make for a nicer looking coin than if you clean the elongated coin after pressing.)
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