Overpackers Anonymous

Discussion in 'Disney Resorts' started by neptuneflame, Jan 18, 2013.

  1. married2mm

    married2mm DIS Veteran

    May 15, 2011
    hi Denise!

    I love this post.
    me and dd have already started packing for August!:lmao:
    in fact we both have our carryons ready to go,and 2 cases ready to rock.
    if we could drive,we most definitely would,but a bit difficult as we're in the UK.:rotfl:

    before Christmas dh and I had one night away,in fact we left at 3pm and returned home at 11.30am,so not even 24 hours.
    I packed a full size suitcase,and a carry on size holdall,and a very large handbag.it's always best to be prepared!:banana::banana:
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  3. wencherous

    wencherous Mouseketeer

    Jan 2, 2013
    I think this is the place for me.....Hi, I'm Wench and I'm an over-packer.

    We usually fly, last trip was OS for three weeks. I spent hundreds of dollars shipping boxes of stuff to our destination and still had two large, full, suitcases and three carry on bags for myself, DH, and baby DS.

    Granted that we sent some Christmas gifts ahead, and formula for baby, but other than that, I don't know why we had so much.
    We were staying with my parents, they have a washer/dryer and there are even stores in the town they live in.

    I packed all our stuff in individual ziplock bags of various size. When we came home there were 5 bags of clothes that had never been opened.
  4. Indy Denise

    Indy Denise Mouseketeer

    Mar 25, 2010
    I have another addiction...England! Even falling and breaking my arm in front of Buck Palace has not cured me. I am also addicted to Clotted Cream, London black cabs, and the the Tower crows.

    I am driving to Disney as to be able to shlep my crap across many state lines.

    My overpacking addiction is so bad I even offered to bring bottled water, soda, beer, any other grocery offerings to others staying at PO-Riverside during my timne frame. I guess now I have became an enabler.

    I do not use half the stuff I bring ( shop vac, anyone? ) but I also find that I left something home I needed ( grey men's necktie, don't ask )
  5. ArieBella

    ArieBella Earning My Ears

    Jan 16, 2013
    Great! I'll make sure to pack every mug I own, some sugar, splenda, milk ( both whole and skim), half and half, spoons, stirrers, placemats, napkins, DD's karoake machine, notebooks, stenography pads, pens, pencils, and a tape recorder. Oh it might be cold with the AC, better bring a sweat shirt too. Oh but what if someone brings kids and they get restless? I'll bring the DVD player with a movie... But what if they don't want to watch what I bring? Better bring every DVD I own. And some snacks! You know what, I'm just going to start a new list because I'm sure I'm forgetting something!
  6. Misti315

    Misti315 Mouseketeer

    Jan 2, 2011
    I am also guilty if this. It doesn't help that we are a family of 6. We are finally gonna break down before our trip and buy one of those bags that go on top of the can. We are going to have sooooo much stuff!!!
  7. married2mm

    married2mm DIS Veteran

    May 15, 2011
    you would be no good in England at the moment,as it's mainly covered in snow- quite large snowflakes falling at present here.
    that's an awful thing to happen outside the palace,glad it didn't spoil your fun though.
    we are at the other end of the country,in the northeast,but still have black cabs! :)
  8. The Wise One

    The Wise One Mouseketeer

    Jun 21, 2012
    Oh my I am a complete over packer! We just got back from 8 days at the POP and I loaded our Ford Explorer until we could barely close the back hatch. I blame unpredictable Disney weather. It's January so I packed long sleeved shirts and sweaters and ended up wearing shorts and tank tops all week. And let's not even start on how many shoes I pack...
  9. disneyag

    disneyag DIS Veteran

    Apr 29, 2001
  10. Pixie Dust Maven

    Pixie Dust Maven Earning My Ears

    Nov 15, 2012
    I am a reformed over packer for myself, DH and our DS. When our DS17 was younger, I would come up with every scenario I could possibly think of. I must have packed his whole toy chest, medicine, clothes, etc. when we used to go on vacation. We would also go for the first 10 days in December, so the weather was unpredictable. Thus leading to the over packing. Now we go in June as we can't take our DS17 out of HS, so less packing.

    I have soon learned that over the years as he got older, the less stuff, I would have to take for him. I still brought a ton of clothes and shoes for him. That didn't change for me until 2007. It was like a :idea: went off that hey I really don't need to take an additional 10 outfits for everyone. Mine included the shoes and pocket book to match every outfit.:lmao: So if we went on a 10 day vacation, I had 20 outfits for everyone. I know crazy and stupid.:scared: My DH used to argue with me to no avail.

    I used to have 3 of our DS's favorite blanket and toy. I found out the hard way, after a very heart broken trip for him and myself when he was 4. Still to this day I can't figure out how he lost both on that trip, but after that trip I would bring two of each with us and leave one the others home.

    Being organized from the start makes for a very easy transition when you have to unpack in the hotel room. Once you get the hang of it, it will be a breeze.

    Hope you all have a wonderful trip.pixiedust:pixiedust:
  11. stargazertechie

    stargazertechie Toy Story Midway Maniac

    Jun 17, 2009
    I used to be an overpacker. IT was bad. Between my husband and I, for a 10 day trip we ended up taking 13 bags/suitcases (we drove, we were there for the marathon).

    Utterly ridiculous.

    Now, I take out everything I think I need to pack. I then immediately put half of it back in the closet. The rest of my packing list looks like this

    2 more pair of underwear than days that I'm going to be there
    1 pair of shorts/jeans for every 3 days
    1 shirt for every day
    1 bra for every 2 days.

    The one thing I DO NOT skimp on is footwear. I will take twice as many pairs of socks as days we will be there (unless we're staying DVC and can do laundry), two pairs of sneakers, and 3 pairs of flip flops.

    I also pack makeup that is at the end of it's shelf life, half-empty toiletries, and disposable razors.

    I can pack for my husband AND I in one 21" carry-on now, with each of us taking a backpack as well for our computers, cameras, etc.
  12. eliza61

    eliza61 http://www.wdwinfo.com/dis-sponsor/images

    Jun 2, 2003
    Personally I think it is totally unnatural to leave home for a 10 day trip with 1 19 inch suitcase.

    Travelling with me is like riding on Cleopatra's Bag and I'm not trying to change.

    First of all, all the tips people give me to cut pack imo are ridiculous. When I go on vacation....

    1) I am not washing my undies or bras in the hotel sink. forget it.
    2) I am not wearing the same pair of servicable black shoes. Really people go to paris and wear the same pair of sneakers for 7 days? no wonder they think Americans are tacky. lol
    3) I go to wdw during the summer, I take at least 2 showers a day, no way am I putting back on the same sweaty clothes. That's just nasty.
    4) I am not looking for a laundramat in the middle of Italy or Vegas to wash clothes. remember it's a vacation

    So I'm a proud over packer. there is nothing worse than going on vacation an remembering that you have a really cute pair of sandals to match your outfit back at home.

    Overpackers unite.
  13. GaSleepingBeautyFan

    GaSleepingBeautyFan DIS Veteran

    Aug 12, 2007
    When my kids were little, we quickly got tired of all the stuff we were hauling for them.

    So we brought less toys with us, used pool noodles as bed rails for the 6 year old (put under the fitted sheet on the bed and it stopped him from rolling off) and only brought 2 sets of sheets for the pack n' play that we brought with us for our DD when she was 2 years old.

    I laid out all of our clothes and then put half away and only packed half that was left out.
    Only travel size toiletries were allowed. I put what we needed into the travel size containers instead of hauling full size.

    Only one pair of sandals, one pair of tennis shoes and one pair of flip flops for the adults came along, the kids had an extra pair of sandals and tennis shoes since they tended to get them wet more.

    I couldn't do much about the diapers and wipes that we needed but I had cut down so much on other things it was great.

    I did have to do laundry twice that trip instead of only once but that was fine.

    The kids didn't miss having all the toys especially since we were buying a few new toys at the parks for them so they were happy.

    We did put movies into a CD older for them to use with the portable DVD player so that also saved space.

    Dang - typing this made me realize that I need to follow my own old rules on the next trip. We want to keep suitcases down to one per person and that includes shoes!
  14. GusGus77

    GusGus77 DIS Veteran

    Nov 10, 2012
    I think part of overpacking is dependent on where you are going when. We have done Disney in oct/nov/ dec and the weather can be warm or cold. You never know and it can change in an instant. We also go for 10 days, so we don't have a forecast we can rely on that far ahead (especially because intakes 2-3 days to drive there.) so you have to pack for almost every weather scenario and that takes up a lot of room. I think it would be easier to have less stuff in the summer when you know it will be hot and you don't have bulky winter clothes to deal with. It also would be easier if I didn't need to pack 4 princess dresses for dd! (Or if she would be consistent! Two years ago she only wore princess dresses. Every day. So I had TONS of clothes she never wore. Last year she only wore the a couple times so we did better. Next year who knows! So I have to pack for the justo case! Thank goodness ds doesn't wear princess dresses!)
  15. jojomoore

    jojomoore DIS Veteran

    Jul 18, 2009
    Yes. we always go in November and bring a summer and winter out fit per person per day plus swimwear, PJ's, towels, winter coat, scarf gloves, and shoes to wear if it rains all day. I do not like to pack a different pair of shoes for each outfit. I just bring a good pair of tennis shoes, boat shoes for water parks, and crocs for each person. oh and make sure we also have a light weight jacket for weather that changes from morning to night. We have found that we have needed all of these things on our trips. its funny because we always have our pocket books and cell phone/ bill fold case, a cooler, two bags for technology to keep kids entertained while traveling, a suitcase for each person, a travel bag for toiletries, a bag of dry groceries, a bag of extra shoes, 4 winter coats with gloves and scarfes stuffed in the pockets, beach towels stuffed in our 4 extra pillows. i guess its a little crazy when i think about it because there is barely room left to sit but i like to be prepared.
  16. TheCapellsMom

    TheCapellsMom Mouseketeer

    Dec 6, 2008
    You have all made me giggle SO MUCH reading your posts- thank you for brightening my day!!! :flower3:

    I am also suffering from over-packing syndrome! I think it comes from all of my training as a Girl Scout and Girl Scout Leader. The GS motto is "Be Prepared" and I have always made it a point to be prepared for anything!

    I keep a change clothes, granola bars, and bottled water in my car just in case we ever break down in the middle of nowhere. I also have a road side emergency kit with flares and a first aid kit. YES- I am THAT neurotic about being prepared!

    So when packing for Disney, I find it REALLY hard to NOT "be prepared" for anything and everything!

    We live in Virginia and almost always go to WDW by plane so we don't have access to a car in case we need to run out to the store. The first few times we went with 3 young kids in tow, I swear I packed everything but the kitchen sink!

    Since then, I have found a few tricks that REALLY help. Here they are:

    -Put your packing list on your computer. Put everything you are even considering packing onto that list. First, go through and look for things that are very similar or things that can serve 2 purposes. Next, look for anything that you can find in miniature. I bring little coloring books instead of full-size ones, got travel size toiletries, etc.

    -In your computer packing list, write down how MANY of each item you packed. When you return from your trip, make notes for next time like "Too many pants" and "not enough shorts." Also delete anything that you really didn't need afterall- or write yourself a note about it so you are not tempted to bring it the next time you travel.

    -If you don't have to carry it in your suitcase, DON'T. When my kids were really little, we used to go online and order diapers, wipes, baby formula, etc. and have them delivered right to the resort so they would be waiting for us when we arrived. Then I could just carry a 24 hour supply in my carry on.

    These days, the kids are bigger but we always need snacks, bottled waters, etc. so we order from Garden Grocer which is a delivery service in Orlando that will shop for you and deliver right to your hotel. The nice thing is that they can even bring you fresh foods and refrigerated foods as well as baby supplies, snacks, and such.

    -I never pack heavy coats even though it can get quite cold at WDW at night during the winter. Instead, I bring solid colored long-sleeve shirts that can go under our fun Disney T-shirts if it's cold. I also bring hoodies for everyone, plus gloves & scarves. Then, I have a few smaller fleece blankets that I can roll up and shove into a bag. They can be wrapped around a person to stay warm but they can also be used to lay out on a hard/cold/damp bench or to drape over the stroller and provide shade.

    -AND remember that there are no fashion police at Disney. Nobody is going to care if you wear the same jeans for 2 days or the same hoodie over your T-shirt every morning. No body expects you to change to dressy clothes for every dinner (unless you are at one of the signature restaurants). Of course, I still can't trust my kids to stay clean for more than 12 hours so I have to pack more clothes for them than I do for the grownups, but this philosophy has certainly helped me to cut down.

    I look forward to reading some hints from the rest of you!
  17. nkereina

    nkereina Last chance to lose your keys.

    Feb 11, 2009
    I can relate to all of you! On our first trip, I packed everything I think I ever read on these boards - over the door shoe holder, a power strip, a sponge to wash out the reusable mugs, body glide, mole skin, etc etc etc. Only thing I used was the mole skin! :rolleyes: However, I would rather have had it all than not have had it and needed it. On that trip, I ended up getting sick and needed cough medicine which is one thing I did not have and had to buy it in the store for $15. I think I am going to make sure we have more medicines we might need next time.
  18. SingingMom

    SingingMom DIS Veteran

    Jul 4, 2001
    I am the world's best traveling pharmacy, stomach, sinus, migraine, toothache, cough, blister troubles? Come to me. I have your cure. ;-).

    I'd rather buy a tshirt or sweatshirt than be without any of my preferred brands of meds. LOLOLOL

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  19. FantasiaMagic

    FantasiaMagic DIS Veteran

    Jun 11, 2012
    I know just how you feel.......And its not just Disney that I overpack - its any vacation. But Disney is probably the most!! ;)
  20. holbie18

    holbie18 Earning My Ears

    Dec 10, 2012
    Family of four here. We have a rule of one bag per person, carry on only. It is very doable. We go to Europe this summer for two weeks and will follow that plan. We don't want to have huge bags as we travel. Plus I can't stand to pay checked bag fees.
    Everyone gets two pairs of shoes. The trick is to wear your bulkiest shoes on the plane. Pack clothes that go together and clothes that layer nicely. We also do laundry when we are traveling. To me j would rather do laundry a few times than have ten days of clothes with me.
    Also I never bring a purse with me when we travel. I use a much smaller travel wallet. That way it is one less thing I worry about and I can use my personal item for something else like a bookbag.
  21. jemmouse

    jemmouse DIS Veteran

    Jan 10, 2010
    Loved reading all these responses! Made me feel I am NOT alone...party:

    I also am the goto girl if you have any ailment and need medicine, along with any type of bandaid. And yes I know they have Walgreens because trust me I end up there on every trip as well, no matter how prepared I THINK I am.:rotfl2:

    I also pack for myself(of course), my DS12, and my DH..Which I find odd, because he is the one who complains of all my bags when we are at the airport. Yet WHY have an over packer pack for you, YEAH HUBBY, :rotfl2:...Love the guy just sometimes want to wring his neck, especially at the airport when the bags are about to be weighed and I am sweating bullets...

    Also I agree about what the above poster said, I am on vacation, I personally don't want to wash clothes on vacation. I like my shoes, and we also go at Spring Break and sometimes showers can be mandatory and well clothes change needed....

    But hey, last trip found the Walmart and do you know you can get a huge EXPANDABLE duffel bag for like 15.00? GREAT for dirty clothes, so more souvenirs can be bought...

    Yes, Hello all, I am an over packer, and well I don't see at this age it will ever change, even though I try...it just NEVER works out...:welcome:

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