Packing ??'s, Vacuum Bags

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  1. TheLeonhardts

    TheLeonhardts Disney Addict

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    Okay, we're about 35 days out from our land/sea, and I'm getting figidity. Hopefully, our cruise documents will arrive in the mail this weekend and give me something to focus my energy on. . .

    I've been intrigued by some of the packing lists and hints I've seen here. Since we're going to be at WDW when you need everything from sweatshirts and light jackets to swimwear and shorts, followed by a cruise that involves island wear and dressing for dinner -- I think we're looking at more luggage than our usual 7-10 day trip to WDW in the Spring. I'm thinking about giving the vacuum bags a go.

    For those experienced folks out there who have used vacuum bags:

    *Has anyone used them on a land/sea?

    *Do you separate out your land clothes from your sea clothes, to minimize the opening and closing of the bags?

    *I understand you can borrow a vacuum on the ship to "reseal", how about at the resorts? Do you just call housekeeping, and how quickly do they respond? We'll be at the Polynesian.

    I'm thinking that I can at least save space by packing our dinner clothes in these bags, since those will be "ship only". I'm actually dying to break out the suit cases and start organizing, since most of the clothes I'll be packing won't be needed in January in DC.

    Thanks for all the help!!

    Judy:Pinkbounc
     
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  3. tkd lisa

    tkd lisa <font color=blue>I didn't make the Osborne Lights

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    Instead of vacuum bags, we just used zip locks. The 2 gallon ones work okay for most adult short type outfits, and the gallon size are perfect for my kids outfits including underwear and socks.

    I just fold up the outfit, slide it in, start the seal closed, then sit on the bag (it looks pretty funny)!!That makes it easier re-packing on the other end.

    As far as packing, when we went last May, I was completely packed by February. Like you say, we had no need for those clothes in Southern MD in the winter!!

    This year, we're going in January, so I've got the summer type clothes packed, and I'm throwing in a couple pair of jeans the last day before we go.

    Have fun!
     
  4. TinkHappy

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    I have to agree with tkd...I have tried both and I have to say the zip lock work just as well, if not better. I spent a lot of $ on those vacuum bags "as seen on TV" and I have to say it was a HUGE waste of $.
     
  5. cruisnfamily

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    I love the "spacebags". We bought the travel ones though.....they don't require a vacuum....just roll the air out. You can get ziplocs to do the same basic thing but I like the spacebags better and the sizes were much larger than ziplocs.

    We did separate our cruise clothing from our 2 days at Kennedy space center clothing......but we had a car to leave the unneeded stuff in while on the cruise.
     
  6. TheLeonhardts

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    Thanks for all the good info!! I forgot that we'll have a rental car parked at the port -- no need to drag everything on-board!!

    Of course, it is the in and out of the airport that gets interesting -- especially when you get the 9 year old involved in lugging the suitcases. We could always just get a cart -- but I thing DD would be offended if we didn't let her lug her case through the airport.

    I might try a little bit of both bags -- I've noticed that CostCo has some version of the vacuum bag -- I'll look at it more closely the next time I'm there. I've already bought a big box of the 2 gallon ziplocs, and I have my over the door shoe holder ready for all our toiletries.

    I am just so ready to go! I'm having major WDW withdrawal, and this is our first cruise. . .:wave:
     
  7. Bev J

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    We have been using bags that are similar to the vacume bags but have a double zip at the top and you roll the bag to force the air out through vents that reseal at the bottom of the bag. These work great and you don't have to hunt down the vacume. These bags will really extend the amount of stuff you can pack and hopefully with the new packing requirements if your bags are opened they will be able to just see everything and not unpack.
    When we cruise we always have a seperate bag that we pack for the prehotel stay that way we are not repacking all the time.
    If we have a car we just leave that case in the trunk.
    I have found the above bags at wallmart and sometimes target. Also advertized on tv but for more money of course.

    Have a great trip.
     
  8. BriarfoxinWA

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    Just a word of warning on the vacuum bags. If you by chance fly out of an airport where they will manually search your bags - the vacuum bags can be a big hassle. They will have to be opened to allow the security people to search the contents.

    We used them on a trip to Las Vegas and they work great - but since they back so hard & tight - the security officer had to run them through the x-ray machine. If the airport had been busy we would have had to open them up to be searched.
     
  9. idontknow

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    ROFLMAO Lisa! I thought I was the only one looking really silly sitting on the ziplock bags to get as much air out as possible! I tried rolling the air out, but it looked like quite a bit of air was still in the bags. I ended up sitting on it on the floor (hard surface) and it looked like all of the air came out. I could have packed 12 complete outfits (4 outfits for 3 people) in one carry-on bag! But, even with the air out of the picture, the clothes were still pretty heavy and I didn't want to lug that much weight around. DH was amazed at how little luggage we took last time.
     
  10. disneykins

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    We thought we came up with this idea but I saw American Tourister selling them on late night TV and now I see it on the boards. LOL. We used ziplock bags for DLP but only for underwear and socks for 4 of us and it was great. Have a stupid guy question. Could I pack dress pants, shirts, suit in zip locks or am I gonna have major wrinkle problems? I think I know the answer but wishful thinking.
    Tony
     
  11. hydster

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    ziplocs and the space bags for our trip in November and they were nice. With us having 3 kids and doing WDW before, Cruise, and then WDW after we took 3 suitcases. I packed stuff for each "leg" of the trip in each suitcase so basically I packed all the stuff we would need for WDW before the cruise in space bags and ziplocs in one suitcase (and I put an outfit for each kid in a ziploc bag complete with underwear and socks and their name on it) so that in the morning we werent looking for a shirt or socks or something we just used a new package every day. Then at the end of the day I put them all back in their respective ziplocs and put them in a drawer in the hotel or the ship. When it came to packing up to go to the next location or home I just chucked all the bags into the suitcase along with souveniers and we were off. I did the same thing for the clothes we would need on the Ship and also after at WDW again. I think this was the most hassle free vacation as far as clothing goes ever for us (and we have taken ALOT of trips in the last 2 years) but it was nice because we only had to open one suitcase at a time and the others stayed in the closet until we needed it. I have heard that the space bags make the delay at the airport longer because of the new bomb sniffing equipment in most airports but I think you could call the airline and ask their specific requirements or what they would suggest.

    Heidi
     
  12. TheLeonhardts

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    Well, I spent the weekend experimenting with all options. Gotta say, I love TKD Lisa's approach. It was fairly theraputic to body slam each ziploc full of clothing, while watching the 4-6 inch "light dusting" of snow in my yard. My daughter has a friend over, and they are already talking about a "no school" sleep over (We live in the DC area, it doesn't take much snow to close schools -- I grew up in Cleveland, where we never heard of a snow day).

    Anyway, I love having each day's clothing organized and ready to go in a space efficient manner. It's also a great solution to shoving the mountain of dirty clothes into the suitcase at the end of the trip and hoping they fit.

    Judy:smooth:
     
  13. tigercat

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    Everyone is talking about 2 gallon sized Ziplock bags, here in Canada we have litre bags. Is a 3.7 lt. bags the same as the 3 gallon bags in the U.S. or are they bigger in the States?
    Tigercat
     
  14. disneykins

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    hi tigercat, I think the 3.7 litre bag would only be about 1 gallon. Where do you get 3 gallon bags, I could get all my clothes in one of those. LOL.
    Tony
     
  15. tigercat

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    Sorry disneykins I meant to write 2 gallons not 3.
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  16. ldb1030

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    Where does anyone find the 2 gallon size? I've searched and I can not find them in my stores?!:confused:
     
  17. cathy59

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    ldb1030- I used to find the 2 gallon size at Walmart, but I haven't looked for them in a while. I am going searching for them tomorrow, so I will let you know!
     
  18. eml

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    I've searched everywhere, including WalMart for 2 gallon bags and over the door shoe bags and haven't been able to find either.

    Does anyone have any ideas where else I should look?

    Thanks!
     
  19. jdm_dkm

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    We just bought a pack of 14 - 2 1/2 gal bags at Target. They are made by Hefty and called "jumbo" size.
     
  20. Niagara2

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    I am packing now for a cruise next week- question - WRINKLES????? How do the clothes, cotton dress shirts, matching kids short sets, etc. look when you pull them out of the bags? I have packed Downy Wrinkle remover and hope that helps with clothes that wrinkle from regular packing, but sqishing (sp) them scare me. So tell. how much work do theclothes need when you pull out of these bags?
     
  21. Cinderellamommy

    Cinderellamommy Mom to a Prince and a Princess

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    This is going to be a dumb question but why do you use the bags for your clothes? Is it just a convenience thing? I like the idea of having the whole outfit including underwear and socks for the kids in one bag. But doesn't everything get all wrinkled that way?
     

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