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Old 06-04-2014, 04:26 PM   #16
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We were on the 15 night Panama Cruise last month (we are a family of 5 with the little one (2 years old) still in diapers). Honestly, I just packed what I wanted and didn't concern myself too much with overpacking. Between bringing diapers, wipes, snacks, formal dresses, princess dresses, shoes etc for 3 girls, we wound up with 7 checked backs and 3 carry ons. But we pretty much used everything. And, if you book the transfer through Disney, we didn't worry about the checked bags at all, they went from the porter at the airport to the porter at Disney. My husband was nervous with the all the bags, but in the end, it wasn't a big deal. And, there was plenty of room in the family verandah room to store all the luggage :-)
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Old 06-04-2014, 04:57 PM   #17
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Oh! So these packing cubes are not the actual suitcase, they are more of an organization item for your suitcase! They really save that much room in the suitcase??
I will say that packing cubes do help you save space when packing, but you actually don't need to invest in the actual cubes to save on cost. It's really about tight packing/rolling your clothes to minimize the air in between clothes and to fit that them down to common shapes so that they fit in your luggage better.

Also one down side I've found with the travel cubes is that while they work great when you are packing all clean clothes from home, it tends to be a challenge to fit the exact same clothes back into the exact same way b/c some items are clean some are dirty, etc....

I would suggest the FuL rolling duffel bags, they combine the space of a duffel, a hard shell bottom, and rolling wheels. but the biggest thing is that they are light. Regardless of what bags you get you want to minimize the weight in the bag as much as possible. Also as others have suggested be realistic in your packing, saw a study that said average travelers return home with 6 clean unworn outfits.
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Old 06-04-2014, 05:00 PM   #18
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I love the ziplock trick that was mentioned on the boards. I've been doing it for years now.

Pack up a complete set of clothes for each child and place them in a ziplock bag. Makes getting dressed each day very easy.

I don't do this with my clothes but I do put all my socks in one ziplock and all my underwear in another.


I've taken my nieces (one at a time) to WDW for quite a few years. They have always pulled along a suitcase. I gave them the smaller carry on sized one. Do mix up the clothing between bags. I had a direct flight and the one with my niece's clothes got left and then sent to another airport and who knows where before it made it to Orlando almost 24 hours after we landed. Thankfully, I had one complete change of clothes for our first park day, which was the day it arrived in our room at Pop Century.
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Old 06-04-2014, 05:19 PM   #19
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I love the ziplock trick that was mentioned on the boards. I've been doing it for years now. Pack up a complete set of clothes for each child and place them in a ziplock bag. Makes getting dressed each day very easy. I don't do this with my clothes but I do put all my socks in one ziplock and all my underwear in another. I've taken my nieces (one at a time) to WDW for quite a few years. They have always pulled along a suitcase. I gave them the smaller carry on sized one. Do mix up the clothing between bags. I had a direct flight and the one with my niece's clothes got left and then sent to another airport and who knows where before it made it to Orlando almost 24 hours after we landed. Thankfully, I had one complete change of clothes for our first park day, which was the day it arrived in our room at Pop Century.
Zip locks are great, us old military guys have been doing that for years to keep stuff dry. Pack each bag with shirt, socks and underware. Larger bags hold one uniform each.
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Old 06-04-2014, 05:32 PM   #20
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I love the ziplock trick that was mentioned on the boards. I've been doing it for years now.

Pack up a complete set of clothes for each child and place them in a ziplock bag. Makes getting dressed each day very easy.

I don't do this with my clothes but I do put all my socks in one ziplock and all my underwear in another.

I've taken my nieces (one at a time) to WDW for quite a few years. They have always pulled along a suitcase. I gave them the smaller carry on sized one. Do mix up the clothing between bags. I had a direct flight and the one with my niece's clothes got left and then sent to another airport and who knows where before it made it to Orlando almost 24 hours after we landed. Thankfully, I had one complete change of clothes for our first park day, which was the day it arrived in our room at Pop Century.
I did the ziploc bags as well and it worked out very well. I looked into the packing cubes but it wasn't suitable for me as it was more for organization rather than space, and space was what I truly needed as I was packing all 4 of us strictly on carry-ons to avoid checked bag fees. Thus the ziplocs worked out beautifully because I was able to squeeze the air out of them and made them super compact. I went through a heck of a lot of ziploc bags but it sure was convenient.

My kids are a little older than OP's so they were able to pull/push their own rolling luggage. I got the hard case Ricardo luggage from Costco and LOVE them. They held up very well and super easy to maneuver even for the little ones.
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Old 06-04-2014, 05:54 PM   #21
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My advice is not to spend a lot on it. I may be in the minority, but almost every cruise we've taken has had a suitcase damaged while in possession of DCL. One cruise I had bought my daughter this expensive, "pretty," tween luggage and she was heartbroken when they broke it.
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Old 06-04-2014, 06:28 PM   #22
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My advice is not to spend a lot on it. I may be in the minority, but almost every cruise we've taken has had a suitcase damaged while in possession of DCL. One cruise I had bought my daughter this expensive, "pretty," tween luggage and she was heartbroken when they broke it.
This is why we love LLbean for our luggage. Very durable and lifetime warranty. We have used them for WDW and DCL multiple times and they are in great shape!

I agree that I wouldn't spend the money on expensive luggage. LLbean is having a sale on discontinued patterns right now.
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Old 06-05-2014, 05:59 AM   #23
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Oh! So these packing cubes are not the actual suitcase, they are more of an organization item for your suitcase! They really save that much room in the suitcase??
You can also partition outfits into ziplocs and squeeze the air out.
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Old 06-05-2014, 07:08 AM   #24
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Back to the luggage issue. From my last trip, I am now sold on spinners, especially if there is anyone in your party who would not be able to pull rolling luggage with two wheels over a distance of a few hundred feet. We unexpectedly had to take our luggage three blocks in the older area of Barcelona, from tour agency's drop off point to our hotel, and would not have been able to do so without our new spinner luggage. Going to get some spinner carry on bags soon!
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Old 06-05-2014, 08:24 AM   #25
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I would get hard case spinner luggage. I travel a lot for work. It's so easy you barely need any force to push it along. Pulse if it's bad weather in and out the airport your things won't get wet. My mom actually had to push my luggage around while I pulled hers because it was easier on her back. And also with the spinners airport personal like them because they don't have to be thrown thy can push it on the plane etc. and if u have breakables it gives it more protection.
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Old 06-05-2014, 08:44 AM   #26
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I agree with the LL Bean rolling duffle bags. They are perfect to pack and fit easily under the bed after unpacking. My 8 year old daughter can handle the extra large size even when really heavy.
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Old 06-05-2014, 08:45 AM   #27
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LL Bean also has many sizes and colors so we always see our bag right away!

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Old 06-05-2014, 08:53 AM   #28
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I would get hard case spinner luggage. I travel a lot for work. It's so easy you barely need any force to push it along. Pulse if it's bad weather in and out the airport your things won't get wet. My mom actually had to push my luggage around while I pulled hers because it was easier on her back. And also with the spinners airport personal like them because they don't have to be thrown thy can push it on the plane etc. and if u have breakables it gives it more protection.
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Old 06-05-2014, 12:25 PM   #29
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I would get hard case spinner luggage. I travel a lot for work. It's so easy you barely need any force to push it along. Pulse if it's bad weather in and out the airport your things won't get wet. My mom actually had to push my luggage around while I pulled hers because it was easier on her back. And also with the spinners airport personal like them because they don't have to be thrown thy can push it on the plane etc. and if u have breakables it gives it more protection.
You bring up some good points here. Thankfully, we don't ever have to lug it around much, even if the rolling duffles are easy, it would be taxing for a long distance. And the weather issue as well. The only thing that held me back from hard luggage, was the weight and the limitations with packing space. My duffles can take a LOT!
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Old 06-05-2014, 05:58 PM   #30
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My hard case luggage is very light. I think my 28in is 12lb. Which is just over what any large piece of luggage would weigh. And I think my 24in is less than 10lb. And I'm definitely an over packer. I only had one issue coming back from my wedding/honeymoon which consisted of 4 days at home then 7 in Disney and 4 for a cruise. I had to take my coat out of my bag.
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