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Old 03-08-2013, 07:42 AM   #1126
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I use those plastic zipper bags that sheets or similar items come in as packing cubes. The ones from bedding sets (bed in a bag) are too big but I keep off season clothing in them (just an FYI). I have some thst seem bigger than sheets, smaller than bed in a bag but I don't remember what they're from. If you don't have enough yourself you can pick some up on Freecycle or the like. Of course, more companies are getting away from using them, thankfully, but I'll miss them when my zippers go.
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Old 03-12-2013, 04:57 PM   #1127
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The thing about packing cubes is that they are made of a super light fabric (rip stop nylon?) and mesh. You can really cram a lot of clothes in them. The mesh allows all the air to be compressed out while you push down on the lid and zip it up. I usually put two large, one or two mediums and a small in our suitcase. Toss in one or two pairs of shoes, our fold flat/spring open laundry baskets and it weighs about 47-49 pounds, just under the airlines 50 lb limit.

My hard-to-impress DH is always impressed by how much will fit in them. After my mother saw me using mine, she bought a set of her own. Actually, I don't know that I've ever read or heard anything negative about them from someone who has used them. Buy them when they are on sale on eBags and you won't be sorry!
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Old 03-12-2013, 05:46 PM   #1128
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I use those plastic zipper bags that sheets or similar items come in as packing cubes. The ones from bedding sets (bed in a bag) are too big but I keep off season clothing in them (just an FYI). I have some thst seem bigger than sheets, smaller than bed in a bag but I don't remember what they're from. If you don't have enough yourself you can pick some up on Freecycle or the like. Of course, more companies are getting away from using them, thankfully, but I'll miss them when my zippers go.
I just purchased new curtains, and they had really nice bags, ones with the zipper top. I kept them, thinking maybe I could use them to pack something. Glad to see I wasn't being crazy!
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:43 PM   #1129
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I just purchased new curtains, and they had really nice bags, ones with the zipper top. I kept them, thinking maybe I could use them to pack something. Glad to see I wasn't being crazy!
I hold on to them too. Most recently, I've used one to throw my Grid-it in. I use the Grid-it to help tame all the electronics cords and chargers. Those always travel with me in my carryon. Usually that bag gets an extra looksie from TSA, but now I take out the clear plastic bag with its neatly organized cords and toss it in the bin with my shoes. It saves TSA, the people behind me in line and myself the extra time. The TSA guy who saw it last actually gave me a smile and a thumbs up. LOL
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Old 03-12-2013, 07:13 PM   #1130
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I will be using a lot of tips from this board, I'll tell U that! Here's mine.

Sea-bands. You never know when motion sickness will rear it's ugly head and ruin your day. At least in my case. Dramamine puts me to sleep for the day, so I rely on these easy to use wrist bands.


Powder for "chafing". Do not... forget... your powder. My husband was sidelined one visit by shorts that just didn't want to be kind to his groin.

Disposable cameras for the kids. See Disney through their eyes.

If you are staying at CBeach, sand toys. Makes for a nice night watching Fireworks on a hammock, if your 3 year old is digging in the sand for hours.

Thermal totes filled with Wet Frog Togs for super hot weather.

Get ponchos at CVS or Walgreens. Have the kids ( or you) sharpie the Ponchos with their names, hearts, mickey ears, etc. Infact, I found a Lime Green Poncho once and was SO TEMPED to put a big fat Mickey head on it with the words DIS under it..... That would be a good tradition to start for Dis'ers!
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Old 03-12-2013, 10:26 PM   #1131
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I just walked thru one of our Walmart's last weekend and body glide was in an aisle in a fairly good size bin near the health and beauty aid section...
Monistat anti chafing gel works well, too.
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Old 03-12-2013, 10:50 PM   #1132
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Monistat anti chafing gel works well, too.
Completely OT, but I read in a magazine that the ministry anti chafing gel has the same ingredients (silicone, etc.) as Smashbox's photo finish primer. I have not tried it yet, but did compare the ingredients and they are nearly identical.
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Old 03-12-2013, 10:51 PM   #1133
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Completely OT, but I read in a magazine that the ministry anti chafing gel has the same ingredients (silicone, etc.) as Smashbox's photo finish primer. I have not tried it yet, but did compare the ingredients and they are nearly identical.
That'd be Monistat. NOT ministry. Lol.
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I will be using a lot of tips from this board, I'll tell U that! Here's mine.

Disposable cameras for the kids. See Disney through their eyes.
This is a brilliant idea....its a memory they can have forever from their perspective.
We gave our DD (then)11 our old digital camera on our last trip and she took some fantastic pics of the SpectroMagic light parade.

I will be looking for some disposables for my boys now too for the next trip (hope hope)
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Old 03-13-2013, 07:47 AM   #1135
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Powder for "chafing". Do not... forget... your powder. My husband was sidelined one visit by shorts that just didn't want to be kind to his groin.
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Bwah ha ha. I made a cute video on year of DD at age 2 1/2 interacting with a ladybug at a water park bus stop. She was talking to it and so sweet. I showed it to a friend who's immediate response was "what is your husband DOING?" Oops. I failed to notice that he was sitting behind her adjusting himself constantly because a day at the water park made his existing walking in the park issues worse.
One cute moment of my daughters life- deleted.
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Old 03-13-2013, 02:17 PM   #1136
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One cute moment of my daughters life- deleted.

You just cracked me up SO BAD! Yes we had a similar situation. I swear my husband, who is not over weight ( like me!) has skin made of celophane. He was utterly miserable for two days on our ten day vacay. It looked ferocious. Getting a rash from walking, sweating swimming 12 hours a day is NO laughing matter... but video taping the evidence of it? Priceless. LOL!

Who ever posted the hint about individual bins for bathroom stuff/clothes, thanks, I am doing that one. We're staying off-site in a condo with zero house keeping, so we are going to need serious organization help.
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Old 03-15-2013, 06:11 PM   #1137
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In my early planning stages I was trying to come up with a way to have all the great info I wanted to remember at my fingertips once I was at the parks. And that's when I thought, NOTECARDS! But I didn't want to be fumbling around with notecards at Disney so I thought of putting them in a photo album for easy access and durability! I just got a pack of 4x6 note cards and one of those cheap softcover photo albums they sell everywhere. Then I just gave every card a subject and went from there! So now I have 4 notecards for every park. One for attractions or rides we definitely want to do. One listing all the best snacks in the park and there locations(we are on DDP and wanted to make the most of our snack credits )and one for all the best counter service restaurants and there location! I also threw a couple more in there where needed to add any additional tips or tricks I've learned from the DIS! Looking forward to using it!
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Old 03-15-2013, 06:15 PM   #1138
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In my early planning stages I was trying to come up with a way to have all the great info I wanted to remember at my fingertips once I was at the parks. And that's when I thought, NOTECARDS! But I didn't want to be fumbling around with notecards at Disney so I thought of putting them in a photo album for easy access and durability! I just got a pack of 4x6 note cards and one of those cheap softcover photo albums they sell everywhere. Then I just gave every card a subject and went from there! So now I have 4 notecards for every park. One for attractions or rides we definitely want to do. One listing all the best snacks in the park and there locations(we are on DDP and wanted to make the most of our snack credits )and one for all the best counter service restaurants and there location! I also threw a couple more in there where needed to add any additional tips or tricks I've learned from the DIS! Looking forward to using it!
I had something similar years ago, it has since evolved into notes on my iPhone. I'm now putting all the info into notebooks in Evernote. One notebook for each park for easy access.
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Old 03-16-2013, 08:32 PM   #1139
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OMG so glad I found this thread. I am going to take notes!
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Old 03-17-2013, 12:55 AM   #1140
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Newbie to DVD all of these tips are absolutely great! I have been to Disney world a few times bit it has been 7 years need a refresher course in packing
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