Earning My Ears
- May 17, 2019
Febreze is the worst for people with chemical sensitivities. I hate it.
We use packing cubes. I pack an extra outfit per person, just in case. Always extra socks and everyone has at least 2 pairs of shoes.
If you need to pack jeans and sweatshirts buy a travel size bottle of Febreze. It's a lifesaver. I refuse to do laundry on vacation!
I meant to add this to my previous post. A lot of chemical fragrances are endocrine-disruptors and the cause of neurological disorders. Even if you don't feel you are affected by them, they doesn't mean you aren't. And what a kindness to not expose others to unneeded fragrances.the Febreze tip doesn't work for me as using that would send me to the ER for at least 6 hours. I do the laundry on vacation
I meant to add this to my previous post. A lot of chemical fragrances are endocrine-disruptors and the cause of neurological disorders. Even if you don't feel you are affected by them, they doesn't mean you aren't. And what a kindness to not expose others to unneeded fragrances.
I ALWAYS cross pack checked luggage unless it’s a direct flight. I remember the first time we flew to Antigua for a work event my husband was so impatient while I was trying to cross pack. My luggage didn’t arrive, in fact it was a week after we returned home before I had it. Luckily I had few things. Each evening was a special dinner and I was getting creative trying to mix things. One night I returned and housekeeping had cleaned some of my clothes and left me a few things from the very expensive gift shop. Never again! The next trip I packed enough for 2 weeks in each suitcase!I have 2 kids age 4 and 9. They both have their own suitcase and their own carry on. I use packing cubes to pack everyone's clothes. I put everything we need for the first day (bathing suite, pajamas, extra outfit and toothbrush/toothpaste) plus an extra outfit in our carry-on just in case luggage is lost. I also cross pack clothes so that if one or 2 of the suitcases are lost, each person would still have a couple of things to wear.
I almost always over pack and end up not wearing things and we tend to do laundry half way though the trip. For my kids, for a 1 week trip I bring an outfit for each day plus 4-5 additional outfits, We tend to go in the summer and it can be hot and sweaty so its nice to have something fresh to change into. Since we go in summer we don't usually pack pants or long sleeve shirts or coats, but going in December, you may want to pack some light weight warmers clothes that are easily layered as it can be quote warm during the day, but cool down at night.
even that Febreze sends me to ER. so far have not reacted anywhere at WDWI am insanely sensitive to fragrance. The Febreze I use barely has a scent and it's specifically for allergens.
Disney is pumped to the gills with chemical fragrance. You know that, right?
I must admit I'm impressed! I cannot even fathom a family of 5 in one suitcase (and one backpack) for 10-12 days trip....I have 3 kids, ages 5, 3, 2. We travel in one suitcase as a family of 5 plus usually one backpack and my crossbody purse. At Disneyland I did a Kavu bag instead of my crossbody. We can get away with the one suitcase for even 10-12 day trips.
We use packing cubes. Each child gets 1medium cube and then a small cube for smaller items. Each adult usually needs at least one large cube, sometimes a medium too. We don't put coats/sweatshirts and shoes in cubes and if our main suitcase is too full, then those go in the backpack (also helps with keeping things under the 50 lb limit).
I've found this method works pretty much anywhere (Disneyland, international trips, local trips, roadtrips, whatever) because then I don't even "unpack" the cubes but just place them in the drawer and unzip/tuck under the top. When we get to the end of the trip, I transfer anything unworn into one cube and place that cube back into the backpack, and the whole suitcase can be for laundry that needs to be done. If we're only going to be some place for one night at beginning/end of trip or if, for example, I'm concerned about luggage getting lost, I'll put pajamas and a backup outfit for each person into 1 medium sized cube and tuck that cube into the backpack that won't be checked.
When my kids were younger, I did the outfits in plastic ziploc bags method, including sock/hairbow/etc. That worked well for that phase of life too.