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Old 06-03-2009, 09:47 PM   #286
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I just came across a GREAT new product while shopping for our trip! They are laundry cloths w/ detergent, fabric softener, & dryer sheet in one. They are made by Purex & are $6.00 for 24. Just put one sheet in w/ your laundry & then transfer it w/ the clothes to the dryer. Perfect for packing also!

Our local news station does a segment called "does it work Wednesday" and they test new products that the viewers write in and ask to be tested. They tested those this week.....they gave it a "B" Grade. I think that it is a little pricey but would be totally worth it for the use of traveling!
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Old 06-03-2009, 10:05 PM   #287
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here are the few things I took last week that I am glad I did take:
1.Power Strip - we had the laptop and a few other things to plug in and charge each night -this kept them all in one place.
2.liquid dish soap to wash the refillable mugs with.
3.laundry detergent - took a small bottle and went and did laundry - don't for get extra cash or quarters for this one too!
4. suction cup hooks for the shower - helped keep stuff straight.
5.back pack (but after seeing people at the parks they had back packs with the rollers on them - hello i wish i had that idea).
6. misting fan - it got warm people
7. wish i would have had - pool toys for my son to play with at the pool
8. 2pr of shoes for each of us - did not do this for my 6yr old and wish i would have - by the end of the week he was not happy with his feet.
9. we took food (we did not buy the food plan and had a fridge in our room) saved us from buying 2 meals a day - we ate cereal and toast in the mornings and some sort of sandwich for lunch.
10. wish i would have froze my bottles of water before i left - even tho we had the fridge it was not the coldest i have seen.....this would have helped in many ways.
11.do not bother taking chocolate chip cookies for snacks at the park - omg - we took famous Amos cookies and my son made a mess every time he ate them since the chocolate was melted.
12.plastic containers for your snacks - if you do not want them crushed....we took the bags of cookies and then cheese its and things like that....by the end of the week we were dumping bags of crumbs into our mouths.

that is all the tips/things to pack i can think of now - my brain is tired - have a good night and will post more later if i can think of anything - hope this helps some!
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Old 06-04-2009, 09:44 AM   #288
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Here's what worked for me...

Last year, I knew I was going to WDW in late August, so I bought a new pair of sneakers in the spring for the expess purpose of having all summer to break them in for my trip. Worked like a charm! Because, no matter how much money you have, you can't buy broken in shoes at WDW!

It is always a great idea, as the PP suggested, to bring a 2nd pair of broken in shoes, in case one gets wet, etc. It is no fun walking around anywhere in wet shoes!
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Old 06-05-2009, 04:04 PM   #289
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You all just scratched me where I itch!!! LOVE THIS THREAD!!!
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Old 06-06-2009, 11:42 PM   #290
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Boudreaux's

I live in south Louisiana and we have a product called Boudreaux's Butt Paste which is for diaper rashes in babies. It is also great to use for "chaffing" between the legs from pants constantly rubbing when hot and sweaty. My DS 7 already asked me if I packed it for our upcoming trip!! I guess some memories are still there form our last trip!! Anyway my suggestion for adding to this packing list is SOMETHING, ANYTHING for chaffing.
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Old 06-08-2009, 09:42 AM   #291
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I'm not sure if this has been mentioned already...

...but if you have young children and will be staying in a room that has a door leading to a balcony, bring a small string of bells (like jingle bells) to tie onto the handle of the sliding door.

The doors do have "locks" but they are not child-resistant!

At least if you hear the jingling bells, you know someone is wiggling that handle!! Of course, children should be supervised at all times, but its so easy for them to get into mischief when you turn your back "for only a minute...."

*Also, to be safe, never leave the chairs outside when not in use. Little ones can push them up to the edge of the balcony and climb up on them so they can see.

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Old 06-08-2009, 11:54 AM   #292
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Thanks for the tip on Butt Paste, I personally took some Vaseline. I had heard to get something called Body Glide but could not find it here in my town.

Great idea about the bells!!! Never thought of something like that.
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Old 06-16-2009, 12:43 PM   #293
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We bought a playard tent from Tots In Mind for about $45. DS2 can climb out of his playpen and I was so worried about him getting out to the balcony while we are sleeping. He has the crib tent at home so I don't think he will mind it.

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I'm not sure if this has been mentioned already...

...but if you have young children and will be staying in a room that has a door leading to a balcony, bring a small string of bells (like jingle bells) to tie onto the handle of the sliding door.

The doors do have "locks" but they are not child-resistant!

At least if you hear the jingling bells, you know someone is wiggling that handle!! Of course, children should be supervised at all times, but its so easy for them to get into mischief when you turn your back "for only a minute...."

*Also, to be safe, never leave the chairs outside when not in use. Little ones can push them up to the edge of the balcony and climb up on them so they can see.

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Old 07-23-2009, 07:15 PM   #294
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I printed out this list and the only thing I needed to add was a "regular" size bar of soap (personal choice!) and may have been on this great list, but I missed it!!
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Old 07-24-2009, 01:00 PM   #295
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This thread is really excellent and just so much fun to read. I'm not through all the posts however...here is one for consideration. A couple of years ago I had 8 teenagers with me in one of the Grand Villas in Old Key West (ohhh was that nice!!!!!!). In any case, before leaving for Orlando, I printed out all the park schedules and taped them to all the bedroom doors and the fridge. That way they could easily see the extra magic hours. We also left a shorthad pad on the dining table so they could log in where they were or what their plans for the day were. It's turned out to be a funny dialog and a wonderful keepsake!
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Old 09-15-2009, 10:35 PM   #297
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One thing I always bring are those 3M hooks and a dark shower curtain. The value resorts don't have a privacy curtain between the bed area and vanity. This always helps when changing or when my daughter is still sleeping and someone needs to get up early to start getting ready...it helps block out the light. You can find a cheap shower curtain at the dollar store.
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One thing I always bring are those 3M hooks and a dark shower curtain. The value resorts don't have a privacy curtain between the bed area and vanity. This always helps when changing or when my daughter is still sleeping and someone needs to get up early to start getting ready...it helps block out the light. You can find a cheap shower curtain at the dollar store.
hmmm... ASMu had a curtain up already . But, I was also in a handicapped accessible room- not sure if that makes a difference. That's a good idea!
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Old 09-28-2009, 12:34 PM   #300
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A couple of big metal clips to keep curtains closed tight if you prefer a really dark room to sleep in.
My DW has long hair. She takes large hair clips to put her hair up. We've learned these also help to keep the curtains closed tight.

Also, we use the Purex laundry sheets. Work great if you plan on doing laundry.

When we travel, sometimes we bring home some of the travel size bottles of shampoo, conditioner and lotion hotels leave for you in the room. Once we use them up, we rinse them out and fill them up with our own shampoos and stuff. We usually bring one with dish soap to rinse out our portable cups.

Maybe I missed them somewhere, but I didn't see sun visors or caps. I'll admit I have a bald spot and my hair is slowly falling out. So I take a cap along to keep my scalp from getting burned.

I also take along a Leatherman (all in one tool). Been times I've had to fix luggage or other stuff from the airport attendants just tossing luggage around. Gotta pack in your checked baggage though. They won't allow it on your carry-on. DW wife used to laugh at me for taking this along, until one year I had to fix her luggage. Luggage handle wouldn't release because it got bent. My leatherman had a screwdriver on it, so I was able to take off the handle, fix the bend and put it back on.

My last item for now; DW bought me a portable manicure kit for Christmas 2 years ago. Inside it, it has nail clippers of all sizes. It also has a shoe horn, nail file, tweezers, comb, lint brush and corkscrew with bottle opener. It came in a leather zip up case and travels very well. I think she bought it at Walmart.

If I think of anything else, I'll be sure and list it. Seems everything is pretty well covered. Great thread.

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