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Old 08-03-2008, 02:57 PM   #151

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Each trip as I neurotically obsess about what I might be forgetting,
my dh reminds me that they have stores in Florida (we always rent a car) and that if we forget anything, he will go buy it (he doesn't mind missing time at the parks). I find that I normally pack too much, and end up bringing a lot home unused.
To that end, I always bring duct tape and a door stop. I have never needed them, but I like to be prepared.
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Originally Posted by jwcollin View Post
Bought a bunch of cool snacks for the plane (if only we can stop ourselves from eating them before we leave!!!)
I bought some things already, and was thinking the same thing!
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Old 08-04-2008, 08:42 PM   #153
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Newspapers! If you wear tennis shoes and get caught in the rain, stuff the shoes full of the newspapers, they will dry out much faster.... We discovered this in June it really works. Dh had to go out in search of the newspaper but he found it.....
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Old 08-04-2008, 09:02 PM   #154
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I'm at WDW right now and boy, thanks to this thread we have just about everything! I have only had to buy an itch stick for my mosquito bites and sore throat lozenges when my son said, "My throat hurts" on the first day. I freaked out!!
My favorite packing items and ideas have been -
requesting more hangars

shoe holder - incredible

pop up hamper - this is the best. Now I am going to have each person put their clean things in the trash bags i brought. then when we get home, they can leave their suitcases downstairs and carry the trash bag up to their room and put them away. Wow!!!

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Old 08-04-2008, 09:30 PM   #155
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Old 08-09-2008, 12:25 PM   #156
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I'm new to this, but really like it. I have been reading all these posts and there is so much great info. I to obsess with my packing/to do/to get lists - you know with the check off boxes to check off as you pack. Ya'll have covered almost everything possible. The only thing I would add is Florida Water if your going when its hot. It's used by atheletes and school bands. They add it to iced water in a cooler and use hand towels to wipe down and cool off. I either put a wet towel in a zip lock bag or use baby wipes (in a ziplock or travel size container) and add the Florida Water to it. The baby wipes are easiest - use and throw away. It's great. I carry this with me for boy scout summer camp - you know in the woods...in a tent...no electricity....real hot during the day. Oh and a small flashlight - never know when it's dark and you have to read or need to see something. I have a mini LED light (WalMart) that has a mini clip on it to clip on your backpack/fannie pack.
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Old 08-09-2008, 02:53 PM   #157
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Great posts. At this rate I won't forget a single thing!
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Old 08-09-2008, 04:06 PM   #158
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I like those Shout color catcher sheets so I don't have to worry quite so much about sorting my laundry--or if I buy a new shirt and am afraid it will bleed or something. I also never go anywhere w/o my Pepto-bismol chewable tablets.
This is a great thread!
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I'm sure its okay to start packing now! 11 days to go!

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Old 08-11-2008, 10:43 AM   #162
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Enjoyed reading all the posts. We shouldn't forget anything this year. There was one thing not listed and that is postal stamps for mailing postcards.

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Old 08-11-2008, 07:44 PM   #164
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SUBSCRIBING!!!! A little too early to start packing but I AM making lists!!!
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Old 08-12-2008, 07:18 PM   #165
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This ought to be stickied somewhere (If it's not already - I'm awful at finding things that should be obvious in forums!)...

Here's my contribution:
A few folded-up pieces of tin foil and extra ziplocks. I'm a big leftovers fan, but the last thing I want to do is carry around styrofoam leftover boxes around the parks all day. So, if you wrap that lunch half-sandwich, wrap, partially munched turkey leg, or whatever in the tin foil and then seal it in a ziplock, it'll sit at the bottom of your backpack without making a mess. Of course, avoid doing this with anything containing mayonnaise or salad dressing or other quickly-perishable ingredients.

Also: I got a portable personal mister at the Gilroy Garlic Festival this year (yes, really!) - www dot mistymate dot com - this thing is awesome - fill with tap water, pump it to pressurize with the built-in hand pump, and zip it shut. Then, just stuff it into the bottom of your backpack and feed the tube out of the zipper. The sprayer end is tiny, can be clipped somewhere, and sprays mist when you turn the knob. Very refreshing, no batteries, and you can refill it at water fountains. Well worth the money, IMO. I have one of the 16 oz. ones with the canvas case - scroll down about 3/4 on their products (personal misters) page.

A poster in another thread suggested spraying backpacks with Scotchguard to keep them from getting soaked and soaking your belongings. Good idea.

Dressy clothes if you're eating at one of the restaurants with a dress code (!!!)

Swiss Army Knife (checked luggage only!).

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