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Old 04-18-2008, 03:27 PM   #1
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Packing Items - What strange/helpful items do you pack???

We are starting to pack for our vacation in a couple weeks and I am reading so many great ideas from the boards I wanted to see what other items people would mention.

This is our first trip with a child - DD will turning 1 at the park. Since we have never traveled with a little one - I wonder - what kind of items helped you during your trip.

Someone mentioned clothes pins to hang wet bathing suits (would never have thought of that). Or traveling with wire hangers to hang lots of clothes so not just living in the dressers.

Any other cool ideas on what non-traditional items to pack?

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Old 04-18-2008, 05:05 PM   #2
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My kids are older but I have a few things in quart szie ziplock bags that we always take along when traveling. The zip locks are packed with like items to make things easy to find. Off hand, one has several binder clips - can be used used as clothes pins but smaller and have more uses, a roll of tape, rubber bands, some safety pins in various sizes, a mini flashlight, caribener clips etc. Another has laundry items, travel size wrinkle away stuf and a tide to go stick, a few dryer sheets, a travel size of All small and mighty (does many loads) and a roll of quarters. Another has a travel size lysol, a nightlight and a glade plug in. I don't bring hangers (a good idea though) but we have always been able to get as many as we need from housekeeping upon request. I also bring along extra ziplocks in gallon and quart sizes.

Since you have an infant I would put together a bag with baby proofing equipment and maybe bring a monitor so you could sit on the balcony. With a child that age, in addition to the obvious, I would probably bring some dish soap and a bottle washer thingy. I think I would spend $ on disposable bibs, placemats and even the take and toss type cups and bowls, not something you may normally use but great for a vacation.

I also bring along two dollar store over the door shoe holders, they are great for keeping things neat but handy. Things like sunscreen, sunglasses, lanyards, and kids toys can be easly put away and then found for a quick am departure.

Not directly in reply to your OP but when my kids were babies a sling or snugly was a lifesaver for lines and in the pavilions where a stroller isn't allowed. We also bought a clip on umbrella for our stroller for extra coverage and a clip on fan for comfort and while noise while sleeping.

eta - An extension cord, I always bring one and more times than not I need it
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Old 04-18-2008, 06:16 PM   #3
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ziploc quart bags, keep a box with you.

A package for table toppers (babies r us) for baby's finger foods. A total must.

SHOES! for baby. I saw this little girl once bearfooted, rolling a cigurette butt between her toes. And my new white shoes got totally black, so bring something for baby's feet. Bleck!

A front baby carrier. There are places the stroller cant go that baby can. If its a front carrier baby can stay in it on rides and in shows.
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I always take lots of ziploc bags and duct tape. Since you're staying within the states duct tape isn't as crucial. Never ever buy duct tape outside the states. Oh and I always take new unopened bottles of liquid meds and throw them out at the end of the trip. For some reason if I fly with open bottles they leak like crazy even through the ziplock bags.
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Old 04-18-2008, 08:15 PM   #5
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Tummy medicine (just in case) and cherios (or whatever you usually munch on) -- food may be too rich for a 1 year old. And wet ones for the whole family!!!

And for any trip to DW, I cannot live without a collapsable laundry hamper -- everyone seems to generate much more laundry than at home and if you don't have a way to keep it together, your room will be a total mess!
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One of the best tips that I have come across is putting together a dining cup...1 disposable (take and toss) cup with sippy seal. Add 1 table topper, 1 bibster and a few wipes in a ziploc bag. Keep the cup with all of the neccessities in your diaper bag or back pack. Your can either throw the whole "pack" away after or meal or keep the sippy and replenish in your hotel room. I thought that was a nice, compact way to have everything all together.

I would probably add some Cheerios to it to keep your daughter happy as well...
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Thanks All.

All of these ideas are wonderful - thank you so much. I have some shopping to do this weekend

Hope all of you have a magical Disney vacation.

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Originally Posted by ljb9539 View Post
Someone mentioned clothes pins to hang wet bathing suits (would never have thought of that). Or traveling with wire hangers to hang lots of clothes so not just living in the dressers.
I am using both of these ideas this trip!! I bought the big plastic clothespins to hold a towel on the stroller too.
Also caribiner clips, they hold everything! We use one on the backpack to hang hats from, to keep shopping bags on the stroller, to hold an extra pacificer, tons of uses!!
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I just returned today and all I can think of is liquid hand soap! the soap is bar soap and it got stuck under my wedding ring and I now have a huge infection ring on my finger rather than my wedding ring.

This was also my first trip w/o my over the door shoe rack (a cheap one from the dollar store) and I wish I would have had it for all the bathroom stuff (tooth brushes, hairbrushes, hair clips, q-tips, su screen, bandaids, etc.)
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Most essential - gallon size ziploc bags and a pop up clothes hamper (along with detergent and dryer sheets). I can always think of a million things that would make life a bit easier (extension cord, clothes hangers, my own pillow)- but then I have no room in my suitcase for clothes.....
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I read this tip on here somewhere...Take a regular sponge; get it wet; saturate it w/ dish soap; let it dry out; cut it into smaller pieces; pack in ziplock baggie: diswashing equipment w/o the liquid mess.

Pop-up clothes hamper (or 2). Great for dirty clothes and for toys.

Over the door shoe organizer

Whole outfits packed in ziplock bags. This really makes dressing time a breeze. (I also pack all my under garments in ziplocks. I don't want anyone touching them if my bag gets inspected)
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-Something to identify your stroller with ie colorful bandana or scarf.
-pool toys or babyfloat for pool.
-white noise machine or music that the baby likes to help calm them.
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Never ever buy duct tape outside the states.
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We never travel anywhere without the cheap plastic over the door shoe holder. It goes in the closet (since most often it won't fit over the door since they are too thick) and we put all our toiletry items and misc stuff in it. When ds was a toddler it kept things off the counters and out of his reach. It puts things where you can see them so you're not digging through a bag looking for an item, and keeps the clutter off the sink area as well.

Just curious, what do people use duct tape for?

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The best thing for me was (as a previuos poster said) packing outfits in ziploc bags.

Put an outfit for each day (including socks, undies and any accessories)in a ziploc bag. Then each day pull out a bag get dressed and go. This worked very well for our last vacation with my four kids. My kids dressed themselves in cute outfits with no arguing! And my DH didn't need to worry about what would match for my 2DDs (or himself!)

Also, someone mentioned an extension cord! I used a power strip. I plugged in our phone chargers and the battery charger for my camera batteries all in the same place and used only one outlet in the room. Easy to find everything when you pack to leave, too.

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