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Old 03-24-2013, 03:20 PM   #1171
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Oh yes ma'am!

Since we are driving from not too terribly far away, we can pack that mini-van till it's about to pop!

I feel like all I do from day to day is laundry. I'm not doing it on my vacation, no siree!

77 days till we go!

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Really...why should everyone get a vacation but me?

Same goes for a room with a kitchen!!!! No Thanks!! A frig to keep drinks is all I need.

Well...maybe a microwave to warm up the danish I picked up.
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Old 03-24-2013, 04:47 PM   #1172
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We think it's smarter to pack enough clothes for half of our vacation. So if we are staying for let's say 8 days we will pack for 4 then do laundry half way through. This way we have room in our luggage for souvenirs and are not lugging around heavy overpacked suitcases. Especially with all the airlines charging for extra luggage and overweight luggage, we think this is the smartest way to travel. Taking out a small amount of time to do laundry doesn't effect our vacation at all. We usually do it while we play at the pool. I go put the laundry in then get a cocktail and lounge at the pool with my family. Works out well and doesn't interfere with our fun. We also make sure to pack our own laundry detergent and softener in a ziplock bag so we dont have to buy theirs.
Me too! It's nice to take a pool break, and since the laundry facilities are right next to the pool, it's easy to combine the two. You can do multiple loads at once, and makes it easy for an over-packer like me to bring fewer clothes.
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Old 03-24-2013, 06:51 PM   #1173
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I read about a tip to help with germs in the room. You can put the remote to the TV in a baggie, and you won't have to touch it.

Also, while you may not need it, a small eyeglass repair kit (our Dollar Tree sells them) could be a huge lifesaver!
This totally saved us! But we ended up buying ours on site. All kids items have screw on battery covers! To include the clip on battery operated fan for the stroller! We could not put new batteries in! Looked EVERYWHERE for a screw driver! This was the saving grace! We take it everywhere now! Also helped when batteries ran out on those light up toys!! th
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Old 03-24-2013, 08:55 PM   #1174
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The eyeglass repair kit is a great idea! Will be packing this for our next trip.
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Old 03-24-2013, 09:01 PM   #1175
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I love the idea about the ankle wait for the stroller. Genius!
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Old 03-24-2013, 09:12 PM   #1176
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We make small cards with everyone's first name and cell numbers, then we laminate them. They're small enough to fit in pockets and are waterproof, and they're available for everyone to get in touch with someone if list. The kids know to show the card to a cast member if they get misplaced.
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Old 03-25-2013, 05:26 PM   #1177
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I have major heat issues. I drink gallons of water and seek out shade and/or AC when at the parks. I even get overheated in the shade just from the temperature and humidity. Consequently, I have been carrying and using those battery powered fan/spray bottles combos for years to stay a little cooler. I like the ones that hang from a lanyard so I don't have to carry it in my hand or dig it out of my pack.
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Old 03-29-2013, 04:59 AM   #1178
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I have major heat issues. I drink gallons of water and seek out shade and/or AC when at the parks. I even get overheated in the shade just from the temperature and humidity. Consequently, I have been carrying and using those battery powered fan/spray bottles combos for years to stay a little cooler. I like the ones that hang from a lanyard so I don't have to carry it in my hand or dig it out of my pack.
Sir William -- I don't know if I mentioned this anywhere else, but we have similar issues in our family. Have you ever had Vitamin Water Revive? Vitamin water is a lot like gatorade, with fun flavors, and witty little comments on the label. Available in the grocery store anywhere. The revive flavor has a lot of potassium, which for some reason, really helps when we are feeling that woozy, over-heated feeling.

Also -- I read somewhere that you can buy instant cold packs -- the kind in first aid kits for bumps and bruises. I think they are pretty cheap.

There's also a cooling neck wrap you can get -- probably at sporting goods stores. You wet it and wring out -- something about the fabric apparently creates a cool temperature -- cooler than just a wet bandana. I've seen these on Amazon too.
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Old 03-29-2013, 12:59 PM   #1179
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Me too! It's nice to take a pool break, and since the laundry facilities are right next to the pool, it's easy to combine the two. You can do multiple loads at once, and makes it easy for an over-packer like me to bring fewer clothes.
Exactly! People keep posting that it's so hard to do laundry. What's so hard about it? It doesn't even take away from my vacation. The laundry room is always by the pool. I just go put in a load then go back to the pool with a cocktail watching my family play in the pool. Then I go back half an hour later and put the load in the dryer. Takes a couple of minutes. Then I go back to my cocktail and pool. It's not like it's Little House on the Prairie and I have to wash all the clothes by hand in the river!
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Old 03-29-2013, 01:05 PM   #1180
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Exactly! People keep posting that it's so hard to do laundry. What's so hard about it? It doesn't even take away from my vacation. The laundry room is always by the pool. I just go put in a load then go back to the pool with a cocktail watching my family play in the pool. Then I go back half an hour later and put the load in the dryer. Takes a couple of minutes. Then I go back to my cocktail and pool. It's not like it's Little House on the Prairie and I have to wash all the clothes by hand in the river!
I also never understood families that have overflowing hampers at home. when we lived in an apt.years ago, and I had to go to the laundromat, I hated that. as soon as I had a house with my own washer and dryer, I swore I would never have an overflowing hamper again. every morning or 2, I throw a load in. come home and put it in the dryer. no big deal.

(I did have some clothes stolen at a laundromat in chicago many years ago. but this was cause I went a few storefronts down to a bar between loads!)
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Old 03-29-2013, 01:17 PM   #1181
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I plan to do laundry at our hotel. Much easier then bringing a weeks worth laundry for 5 people. It will force us to have some down time at the same time.!!
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Old 03-29-2013, 11:12 PM   #1182
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Being DVC, I ALWAYS do laundry when visiting. Even when it's just DH and I, every night before showering, I'd throw a load in the washer in the room (sooooo nice). Then right before getting in bed, I toss it in the dryer. REALLY helps cut down on overpacking. At least for me.

And honestly, unpacking once you get home is the worst. I would much rather come home and put away a suitcase full of clean clothes, opposed to knowing that I had loads of laundry ahead of me.

That's just me though
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Old 03-30-2013, 01:12 AM   #1183
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Exactly! People keep posting that it's so hard to do laundry. What's so hard about it? It doesn't even take away from my vacation. The laundry room is always by the pool. I just go put in a load then go back to the pool with a cocktail watching my family play in the pool. Then I go back half an hour later and put the load in the dryer. Takes a couple of minutes. Then I go back to my cocktail and pool. It's not like it's Little House on the Prairie and I have to wash all the clothes by hand in the river!
It's not that it's hard...I just want some time off. I have been cooking, cleaning and doing laundry for 50 years...since I was a kid. I’ve earned a break. Every one else gets to forgo their chores… why not me? It’s bad enough that I have to do all the packing…and unpacking.

Not saying it’s the way to go for everyone…just my choice.
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Old 03-30-2013, 01:17 AM   #1184
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It's not that it's hard...I just want some time off. I have been cooking, cleaning and doing laundry for 50 years...since I was a kid. I’ve earned a break. Every one else gets to forgo their chores… why not me? It’s bad enough that I have to do all the packing…and unpacking.

Not saying it’s the way to go for everyone…just my choice.
here's a thought.. why does it have to be the mom who does the laundry? how about the dad? or the kids? a 10 year old should be able to do a simple load of laundry.

all the while mom is in a lounger with a pina colada!!! as well she should be!
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And honestly, unpacking once you get home is the worst. I would much rather come home and put away a suitcase full of clean clothes, opposed to knowing that I had loads of laundry ahead of me.

That's just me though
I second this one...we've always stayed at a condo when visiting Disney and I'm able to do all of our laundry the night before we leave. So, when I get home and I'm exhausted from the travelling, I just unpack everything right into the closets. Then, I nap!
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