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Packing tips for long trips?

tamaramunoz Platinum 11 Reviews
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What are your best packing tips when going on an extended trip? Of course weather and destination will influence what you need, but there have to be some basics. We've got some of our best ideas in this article: Packing Tips for Extended Travels - TurtlesTravel, but wanted to see what we might be missing!

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    lindseyh Community Manager Marriott Associate Member
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    Great topic to post, tamaramunoz, and a great article you've shared! The tips it provides are what I would have listed out myself. Especially the compression bags-I love them! I organize and pack everything into compression bags.

    If you are unable to get compression bags, my tip would be to tightly roll your clothes up rather than fold them. I find it gives me more space in my backpack/luggage, and your clothes come out wrinkle free (well..less wrinkly)!

     

    Thanks for posting this! Would love to hear what others have to share.

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      tamaramunoz Platinum 11 Reviews
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      Rolling! Of course. I am a big fan of rolling clothes....saves SO much space. I just arrived in Toronto, and extracted a rolled long-sleeved shirt from each of the boots I had packed in my carry-on bag!

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    john_thai Platinum 8 Reviews
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    When I go on extended trips the dressiest I plan on getting is a clean t-shirt. Don't care if it's wrinkled. 4 or 5 t-shirts, a pair of shorts, a pair of jeans, exercise shoes and shorts, underwear and socks, toiletries. 1 medium sized bag and you can travel for months. Replace worn out t-shirts with new tourist t-shirts.

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    marymary Platinum
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    I recently spent a week in Spain and a week in England In March, we're talking about 2 different types of weather-warm and sunny and cold and rainy. The goal was one medium suitcase, a small carry on and a purse.

    I color coordinated my entire wardrobe for the 2 weeks. I used layers to stay comfortable. I had thin sweaters, a couple of fleece jackets and and 2 quilted jackets. I also had a couple of cotton scarves. It all worked out very well and I was comfortable. The hardest part was having to wear hiking boots on the plane because it's hard to change your shoes in the seat. I had to bring them because we walk miles in the city and the countryside.

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    eb5147 Alumni Steward Platinum 7 Reviews
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    Thanks for the site, tamaramunoz .

     

    I was looking for a place to share tips on traveling from AAA, so this also seemed to be a good place to do that.  The url changed so if it doesn't come through right, it's on page 8 of the current issue of GO. 

     

    Online Publishing Guide

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    77paris Platinum 17 Reviews
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    tamaramunoz,

     

    Good post, thanks!  I just returned from a trip that required several changes of business casual outfits each day & a lot of bulky sweaters.  Compression bags saved me lots of space, but gave me a little surprise @ the airport - my bags looked lighter than usual because of the space, but weighed more than I had counted on.  Oh well, lesson learned !!

     

    eb5147, so good to hear from you!!!

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    itinerant_bibliophile Silver
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    chris0311 Platinum
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    I will admit to being a terrible packer. I always start off with the best of intentions and just end up tossing stuff in my suitcase and having it ironed at the hotel. Super efficient I know

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    profchiara Alumni Steward Silver 3 Reviews
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    As someone who travels 10-12 times a year to Europe and the Middle East, I learned back in the 80s that the first rule of packing is to pack what you 'need' then take half of it out. TSA has made life more difficult, especially for women, but my rule of thumb is to wear one pair of shoes that is comfortable for airports and sightseeing and at most one other that is slightly more upscale (in New England that means boots much of the year).  I try to stick to a color scheme so that I pack less.  And above all I roll up my clothes so in case there is not an iron in the room they will be wearable.

     

    I NEVER check baggage despite the international trips.  Two times of lost luggage that nearly ruined trips was enough, plus it limits your ability to make/change connections or negotiate with the airline.

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      7 Gold 1 Reviews
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      I agree with never checking, but have found it difficult to do whenever I leave Portugal as I always find myself carrying bottles of wine to take to friends. For my flight tomorrow my wife managed to fit 4 bottles plus all of my clothes for a week into my carry on sized bag. But, because of the wine I'll have to check it (and will probably end up carrying a backpack in addition with emergency clothes should that bag get lost.)

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        chris0311 Platinum
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        I can see the wisdom in never checking luggage in however it wouldn't work for me. I prefer to take longer trips instead of frequent ones and so I need to bring more clothes. Plus I always end up buying a bunch of stuff that I can toss in the suitcase

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    istworldview Member
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      Those are all exciting travel heavy occupations.....but If I had aspired to be any of those....my parents would have said....."Get a haircut and get a real job".

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    jjett30169 Member
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    Take plenty of underwear. Never know what laundry facilities are available!

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      Platinum 4 Reviews
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      Haha....yeah, going commando is way overrated.

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