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Old 03-21-2013, 04:03 PM   #1156
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Bring the hangers with the clips. so instead of draping your swimsuits over the tub or shower curtain bar to dry, clip them on the hanger and hang on the shower curtain bar. Saves on space
Just throwing this out there, all Disney resorts have a retractable line to dry wet items in the showers.
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Old 03-21-2013, 04:31 PM   #1157
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Bring the hangers with the clips. so instead of draping your swimsuits over the tub or shower curtain bar to dry, clip them on the hanger and hang on the shower curtain bar. Saves on space
That's a good idea for those resorts that don't have a clothesline, or for being able to move a still-damp suit out of the way when someone needs to use the shower.

I like to bring a few clothespins for gaps in curtains, to hang up odds and ends, close bags, clip towels to beach chairs, etc.
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Old 03-21-2013, 07:30 PM   #1158
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Really great tips here! Although with all the repeats it could have been condensed quite a bit......people must post without reading!

I have a couple ideas that I'm pretty positive haven't been mentioned....

I plan to organize all my pills (ibu, beano, vitamins, tums, pepto pills, arnica etc..) in one of those jumbo daily pill organizers. Maybe label them on the bottom. Should cut down on all the containers rolling around in my toiletry bag!

I found a clear plastic backpack today at job lots for $2! Which excited me because I thought that maybe it would be easier to get through the bag check, and also deter people from grabbing my bag if they see that there is only a change of clothing in there.....not to mention the fact that it is water resistant (and I can put the bag that I will be carrying in it if it rains)

This has been mentioned but having an extra pair of undies saved my day at the park last time we went. Late August.... changed mid day and tossed the old ones away and also changed from shorts to a skirt. I couldn't believe how much better I felt. I don't think I will ever do shorts in the park again. Skirts are so much more comfortable for me!
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Old 03-21-2013, 07:52 PM   #1159
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This has been mentioned but having an extra pair of undies saved my day at the park last time we went. Late August.... changed mid day and tossed the old ones away and also changed from shorts to a skirt. I couldn't believe how much better I felt. I don't think I will ever do shorts in the park again. Skirts are so much more comfortable for me!

Ummmm....TMI? That's kinda gross......why would you want to change your undies....although I'm not quite sure I wanna know
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Old 03-21-2013, 08:52 PM   #1160
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tigerbelly: What seems to work even better for me now for pills than the daily organizers is the little plastic baggies. I get mine in the craft store (bead section), but I think they have them in pharmacy sections now. I presort most things by the day, but some that are at different times or occasional I put the full supply in just one bag. Easy to label with a sharpie if you need to. And if you have some you take at different times, they're easy to take along during the day; just take the pack you need, rather than the whole organizer. (Like a few ibuprofen if a headache might pop up midday, or tums, etc.). The little bags are handy for containing other small items to keep dry [or damp] also (like if you are partial to one kind of sweetener or something, or need a couple of moist alcohol pads, etc.).
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Old 03-21-2013, 08:58 PM   #1161
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I finally thought of something I don't think anyone else has mentioned! :D

Chamomile tea bags. I'm just an overgrown kid at WDW; sometimes I honestly have trouble sleeping, now matter how far I've walked that day. Chamomile knocks me OUT.
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Old 03-21-2013, 10:21 PM   #1162
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Ummmm....TMI? That's kinda gross......why would you want to change your undies....although I'm not quite sure I wanna know
sweat??? I am a runner and I sweat bad. Especially as I get older.
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Old 03-22-2013, 10:40 AM   #1163
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sweat??? I am a runner and I sweat bad. Especially as I get older.
I was thinking she meant being wet from a water ride. Last time we rode the river rapids at Animal Kingdom I was soaking wet for hours...like water was dripping from my khaki skirt wet. It was worth it though.
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Old 03-22-2013, 11:27 AM   #1164
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White noise people -

There's an app for that - lol!

Amen - my hubby tries to freeze me out!!!

Oh my, love this idea for the rides! Last time my hubby gave our then 4 year old (now 6) his watch that had a back light to use when he got scared. He never let it go off on dark rides!

Also if you don't have time to collect the lids to the fastfood places - we use coffee filters for the drips on Popsicle and ice creams! Just poke the stick through it and voila!

Oh my goodness, I have gotten SOOOO much from this Thread! Thank you!

My list has grown and grown....
dish soap, M&M tubes for pennies and quarters, shout wipes, ear plugs for the kids, clothes pins, tylenol PM, click sharpie, detergent/softener sheets, lysol, body glide and water shoes!
Cupcake liners would work well too I think!!
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Old 03-22-2013, 11:47 AM   #1165
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My husband likes to bring props for photos ex: on Dinosaur the picture from the ride showed a bunch of people screaming and DH looking very intrigued by the Hidden Mickey book he was reading... and on TOT he's in the photo holding a Mickey doll and a giant lollypop crying! He's kind of a nut.
He sounds like my hubs...love it!
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Old 03-22-2013, 11:52 AM   #1166
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straws for drinking out of refillable mugs in the room! We had no need for a sippy cup.
Wet bag (we cloth diapered) for bringing home wet swimsuits
Dryer sheets in a ziploc to through in with dirty clothes

Not really a packing item, but a tip - We take pictures of our kids each morning before we leave the room. If we lost them, would we have a picture of them in what they are wearing that day. I leave the camera on top of my park bag to remind me to do it!

freeze a water bottle and roll your aching feet on it when you get back to the room!
Also along those lines...take a picture of your key card/ticket in case you lose it so you have all the info. You can also take a pic of it with phone and set it as your lock screen in case you lose your phone they know where to return it...hopefully
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Old 03-22-2013, 01:07 PM   #1167
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I started carrying ziploc baggies during DD first trip - she was 3 and never finished everything on meal plan. So as soon as we got her food, I put the veggies/fruit in the baggies and had her eat the non-portable part of her meal. Because you all know children, 5 minutes after you walk away from the restaurant where they weren't hungry, they are magically starving!
We also use the baggies for the washcloth that we soaked overnight in the icebucket. When the ice melts it makes the cloth supercold, wring it out a little and put in the bag - when the child (DD or DH) gets hot, wipe their face or neck or arms so they stop!

We have also always taken along the flushable wipes (even before DD) because the TP is not the same as home.

My DH likes to take along Rice Krispy treats and granola bars for snacks when nowhere has food.

Every trip we also go for the cheaper rain ponchos from the local dollar store and the glow necklaces. (Did I mention he bought the glow sticks over the summer WAY before we had any plans of going next year??)

The last weird thing HE packs is hand sanitizer (lots of little bottles that fit in his pockets) to be used on toilet seats. He has a major phobia of anyone in the family using a public seat - you just never know about the last person using it!

Remember to take your own bandaids and cleaning foam for those blisters that always form.
Frogg Toggs makes a great cool wrap that does not leave your clothes soaking wet.
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Old 03-22-2013, 02:12 PM   #1168
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Just throwing this out there, all Disney resorts have a retractable line to dry wet items in the showers.

Exactly and we use them. I dont see a need to pack hangers etc.... just another item in my suitcase. We try to pack as light as possible.
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tigerbelly: What seems to work even better for me now for pills than the daily organizers is the little plastic baggies. I get mine in the craft store (bead section), but I think they have them in pharmacy sections now. I presort most things by the day, but some that are at different times or occasional I put the full supply in just one bag. Easy to label with a sharpie if you need to. And if you have some you take at different times, they're easy to take along during the day; just take the pack you need, rather than the whole organizer. (Like a few ibuprofen if a headache might pop up midday, or tums, etc.). The little bags are handy for containing other small items to keep dry [or damp] also (like if you are partial to one kind of sweetener or something, or need a couple of moist alcohol pads, etc.).
I just get three ziplock bags. Put my husband's vitamins in one bag, mine in one bag and our son's vitamins in one bag then mark them all with a sharpie. Easy Peasy.
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Old 03-22-2013, 02:35 PM   #1170
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I am only on page 20 of the tips and i have found so many i will be using for my vacation.

One tip i can share is Evernote. I create a trip notebook and a new note for each day/park of my trip i can access it from any computer and my cell phone has the evernote app for when i am at the park. Keeps everything organized and its free.
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