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Suggestions for packing and travelling??

Saturday, May 05, 2012

I'm calling on the collective wisdom of all my Spark buddies and not-yet-met Spark buddies.

DH and I are in the process of getting rid of our possessions, packing a few personal items, and then taking off travelling for our retirement. (After a farewell tour of the USA, we head to New Zealand in October. After that, we go where the wind - or whim - takes us.)

I plan to take a backpack and a rolling carryon - but I'm looking at possibly being in rain, heat, snow, who knows.

So - please share your travel and packing ideas. What items do you always pack? What do you wish you DID pack? What items do you leave at home? And yes, I know I can always (usually) buy things - but I'll admit I'm a bit of a fashionista, and I hate looking like a slob. (Which my husband enjoys, LOL.)

Please share your packing/travelling tips!

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SECRETFUN 5/20/2012 2:24PM

  I do not like the zip off pants since they rub my legs when I wear at pants, although they have utility for many. I think the compression bags help a lot, myself. Things can be wrinkled, but that can be fixed. Do not put wet clothes in them. I also use them to seal my dirty clothes so then my clean clothes in the same bag do not smell. Many trips I go out with the compression bags empty and then fill them on the return, making room for trip treasure:-) I also have a rollerbag that has the expandable top. That usually is not great, but sometimes when packing I expand, then zip closed, then zip down the expandable part. Compresses better than I do. Rolling ironed clothes also saves space.

I am a fan of the black base then colorful jackets/scarves/a cool multi-colored necklace (in glass or plastic).

Hope that you have a fab time!!!!!!

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PHEBESS 5/8/2012 11:07AM

    JLP, I've seen some skirts that can convert to a strapless dress - haven't seen one that turns into a wrap, though.

I'll admit, my clothing tends to run to creative - I like a pencil short skirt with a long top, with capri leggings - very artsy!

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JLPNURSE 5/8/2012 9:29AM

    Have you seen that thing that can be a dress/ skirt/ tube top/wrap? I tried to google it but couldn't find it.

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PHEBESS 5/7/2012 7:37PM

    All the zip off pants that I've seen are mostly nylon - which, to me, feels like wearing a plastic bag! I'm a natural fiber kind of person, even in cold weather.

I do tend to take items that can be worn in different ways - a shirt that can be worn over or under something else; a skirt that doubles as a shirt (it has straps). And yes, I layer a lot.

I'm just not sure I can do world-wide clothing in one small bag. But I refuse to schlepp a giant duffle!

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JLPNURSE 5/7/2012 3:22PM

    I don't know about compression sacks, but what about those pants that can zip off and become shorts?

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PHEBESS 5/7/2012 8:22AM

    I tend to wear a lot of black and white, with bits of blue, red, pink. But white is not a great color for travel, since it tends to get dirty so easily.

Has anyone tried those compression sacks? Do they make a big difference in the amount of stuff you can carry?

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PHEBESS 5/6/2012 2:38PM

    Definitely my camera, my laptop (macbook air - light!!!!!), and a bunch of jump drives to store the photos. We'll have a blog!

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PLATINUM755 5/6/2012 2:29PM

    My suggestions have already been mentioned with the exception of a good way go capture and keep all of your adventures, visually and written...sounds like a trip you'll want to remember forever and share with others.

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JLPNURSE 5/6/2012 8:03AM

    - Take up space in your DH's suit case :)
- Don't bring PJs, sleep naked :)
- Pick one color scheme so everything mixes/matches
- Waterproof jacket with zip out liner
- I've seen some closed toe Clarks you could wear to the opera as long as you had a nice dress and fabulous accessories. No one looks at feet.
- Buy and donate stuff along the way (find local Goodwills, etc)

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ILOVEROSES 5/6/2012 6:20AM

    New Zealand is a just hop, step & jump from Australia, so why not pop in to Melbourne? You'll be most welcome.
Spring Down Under-Oct/Nov is the perfect time for a visit.
We are going away for a couple of months in the middle of June, as usual, and will be back around 20th August so we can welcome you here 3 months later.

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ROOSTER72 5/6/2012 12:10AM

    A few basic bottoms, more tops (since they need more washing), scarves and a few other nice accessories. Invest in a nice jacket - something that will be warm, but also looks OK for an evening dinner with a scarf or something.
Once you are packed - carry it all on a mile walk. If you are at all uncomfortable, throw out half of what you have.
How fun! Enjoy the planning.

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BESEVEN 5/5/2012 11:49PM

    My best advice is that if you're going to be doing a lot of travel and backpacking especially--get comfortable looking like a slob! You just can't bring that much, and you need to bring what you'll be comfortable in.

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PHEBESS 5/5/2012 7:41PM

    Yeah, I do a lot of black and white with red or pink accessories - and definitely layers.

Shoes are my worst enemy, though - I'm a sandals kind of person, and figuring out one pair of closed shoes that will go from hiking to the opera just has me stumped! Well, unless I go with cowboy boots, LOL!

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WATERMELLEN 5/5/2012 7:31PM

    Layers. Black. Quick dry. Crush proof. Colourful accessories to change it up.

That said, Tilley Endurables is a great line of Canadian travel clothing: here's the link

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