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When traveling having everything you will need convenient and easy to find, can be a challenge. This guide is about packing for a trip.


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June 28, 2011

I always pack my luggage over twenty-four hours in advance when I am taking a trip. I pack everything that I need in the bags. Then I take out the necessary cosmetics, medication, toothbrush, etc. from the bags that I need during the day and night. This way if you have forgotten anything, it is pretty easy to rectify. It is easier to put things into the bags at home than to buy them while you are traveling (and cheaper).


By cheaperthancheap from Boston, MA

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March 11, 20130 found this helpful

This is a great tip 'because it works'. I have been doing this for as long as I can remember and, when I realize that something hasn't been packed that should be packed, it's never too late to toss it in.

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March 25, 2010

When traveling, I always throw in a few extra quart size zip lock bags. Then when I buy something on the trip, such as lotions or perfumes, I put them in the bag to avoid any dripping or spilling on to my clothing. They're also great to put any jewelry in that you might take on your trip.

By Rita from Rossville, IL

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March 27, 20100 found this helpful

I always use a bag for the motel remote control to the television. I read a nasty statistic about the germs found on them. Some remotes are larger than others so just to be safe I pack a couple extra large bags.

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May 27, 20160 found this helpful

Small packed suitcase open against a white background

This guide is about packing light when traveling. Carrying only what you will need can be a challenge when taking a trip.


July 10, 2008

In 1998, when we were expecting our first grandchild, I made a list of everything I needed to take with me to stay for a week, including my tooth brush and underwear.


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March 30, 2010

Packing for Traveling Families

When my children were small, I would put together an entire outfit for each of them for every day we planned to be gone. I would include panties or undershorts as well as socks for every outfit.


October 14, 20080 found this helpful

You know those storage bins that you buy with the lock on lids? Well when they are not in "use" and it is time to go on vacation, use them as your suitcase.


July 13, 20060 found this helpful

Mini Zip Bags for Travel Tip. My husband and I just got back from a trip to the west coast to attend our son's retirement from the Navy after 24 years, then on to our daughter's wedding as well as visiting friends and family.


May 31, 20060 found this helpful

When my 5 kids were younger and we were going to my mothers for a visit, I made a packing list. This was to make sure I took everything we would need. For each child I put how many clothes he/she would need, such as 4 pairs of underwear, 3 t-shirts, also toys, etc.


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August 3, 2008

I hate packing! There's so much to do before a trip that this chore is just an added nuisance! So those items that will ALWAYS go on trips with me, I just have them specifically designated for trips, instead of packing them when the time comes.


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May 28, 2012

Use the plastic pillbox/cases to store small pierced or clip on earrings. The larger sized pillbox/cases will hold larger earrings, rings, pins, etc. This method keeps jewelry organized and takes up very little space in the suitcase.


March 28, 20050 found this helpful

When traveling with children, use a plastic zip bag to hold one outfit together, from underwear, socks to clothes. The children can dress themselves and be coordinated.


October 30, 20040 found this helpful

When traveling, putting small items such as brushes, toothpaste, and undergarments in large zip lock bags, makes room for the larger items that have to be taken with you. By Della Gray


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January 13, 2010

What kinds of food should I bring on my trip? I will be spending two nights at a hotel and will need about 7 meals total. I need some food ideas (besides tuna and bagels) that I could bring with me so that I don't have to spend money eating out. Thanks!

By Bella Swan from Forks, WA

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January 17, 20100 found this helpful

I have a plug in hotpot meant to heat water for instant coffee.

In such a pot you can heat all kinds of canned soups and you don't need a microwave.

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January 18, 20100 found this helpful

We always take dry granola and fresh fruit for breakfast and snacks. Water and juices for drinks. Canned meat: small hams (if you have a larger family), canned tuna, canned chicken, a small package of pepperoni, and some cheese with bread or crackers. I'll bring along a couple of tomatoes, a small jar of olives and pickles. Maybe peanut butter. I take a roll of paper towels and some paper plates and glasses--think, PICNIC. We often look for a store rather than eat out, and if we need to pick something up, we look for a pizza, since we can all eat it and it's cheap.

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January 20, 20100 found this helpful

When we go to Walt Disney World, we always stop at SuperWalmart to pick up food to eat while we are there.

For you, I'd go to a grocery store at my destination and pick up the food. In the deli section, there will be already prepared foods you can take back to the room to eat. My grocery store has pizza, soup, salad, roasted chickens, subs, etc already prepared and ready to eat. Its much cheaper than eating at a restaurant and the food is freshly made. Plus you dont need to worry about keeping things cold or hot.

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May 30, 2008

My boyfriend lives out of state, and I'm flying down to meet him for an overnight trip. Does anyone have any picnic ideas I can pack and bring with me?

Here's my perimeters: I'm allergic to eggs, dairy and gluten/wheat. We won't have a refrigerator, though I can pack a small cooler with frozen things in my suitcase and check my suitcase.

I know my requirements are annoying, but I've wracked my brain and come up blank Could be because it's the end of the school year and I have report cards to finish! I'd hate to waste one precious second with him navigating traffic and dining out.

Shellee from Carson City, NV

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June 2, 20080 found this helpful

You should try recipegoldmine. YOu can get recipes for certain dietary restrictions there. Here is the link for gluten free recipes. Good luck with your trip. Hope you and your man have a wonderful time.

http://www.reci  /glutenfree.html

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June 2, 20080 found this helpful

black bean dip or salad, corn tortillas,cheese---if you have some heat source to melt the cheese. Corn chips and salad, deli meat or fajita steak or chicken with salsa and the same chips. Guacamole ( check for other options...type in gluten-free). Have a great time. There's also ham and cheese with rice crackers.

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June 3, 20080 found this helpful

I love raw, unsalted cashews, which I buy in bulk, a kilo at a time, and transfer to a lunch box, muesli bars, bananas and other fruit. If you take sultanas or dried fruit, wash first, as it gets the grit out.

Keep a bottle of cold water with you, and refill every chance you get. Borrow a story tape or CD from the library because you'll be between your fave stations on the radio. And take your own soap, antiseptic wipes, first aid kit and toilet paper in separate zip-lock bags, "just in case".

Suggest, too, that you 'phone him at certain major areas, pre-arranged. No matter the temptation, DO NOT USE your mobile whilst driving unless you are being threatened by another driver. Recent statistics show that using a cell phone is equivalent to being drunk whilst in charge of a vehicle. And enjoy your private "me" time, as well as the anticipation of seeing your boyfriend. Rest if you get sleepy. Remember, he would rather see you arriving alive but late than see you in a coffin or hospital bed. Sorry, I'm a Mum, it comes with the territory. lol

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June 30, 20110 found this helpful

How many outfits do I pack in one bag? Don't forget the hairdryer, the straightening iron, soap, hairbrush, comb, shampoo/conditioner, makeup, and cream for the face. I am just trying to pack everything in one bag. Thanks.

By c.c. from Seattle

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July 1, 20110 found this helpful

Depends on the size of the bag. Actually your clothing would probably be better off in one bag and your hair and face supplies, etc. in another bag.

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July 1, 20110 found this helpful

Depending on where you are going, will you need the hair dryer? Many hotels have them, and if you are staying with someone you know, you can likely borrow it. If you have sample sizes of the products, they won't take much room, and if you don't have sample sizes, you may be able to put a couple of day's worth of each product into a smaller container, which will save a lot of space, as well. Your underthings can be put into a ziploc bag, flattened well, and the air let out, so that they make a very flat package. Don't forget about shoes; you can put bagged sample-size bottles of your products in them, or socks or undies. Choose clothing that can do double-duty. Skirts can go casual as well as be a little dressier, depending on what you will be doing. If you will have your own room, you won't need a robe. Don't forget you will be travelling in an outfit, which can be used again. (There is no If you will be taking a sweater or jacket, wear it to travel, you can always take it off and hang it over the seat.

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May 21, 2012

How do I pack for 10 days without too many clothes?

By Marilyn K.

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May 21, 20120 found this helpful

First, take only easy to hand wash and quick to dry clothes. Coordinate, coordinate, coordinate - each item should go with several other items. Second, what can you buy there? Toothpaste? Soap? Etc. Buy when you get there.

This will save space in packing. Use shoes as containers - stuff little things into the shoes as undies, etc. Check the weather where you are going and what you are going to do.

Lay out everything you want to take, and then reduce to half.

Back to coordinate. Select a main color for clothes and pack only that color and things that will go with it. This will give you more time for other things when you reach your destination as you can just grab something to wear knowing it will go with whatever else you have.

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