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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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  • v SECRETFUN
    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!!!!!!
    1501 days ago
  • v PHEBESS
    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!
    1513 days ago
  • v JLPNURSE
    Have you seen that thing that can be a dress/ skirt/ tube top/wrap? I tried to google it but couldn't find it.
    1513 days ago
  • v PHEBESS
    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!
    1514 days ago
  • v JLPNURSE
    I don't know about compression sacks, but what about those pants that can zip off and become shorts?
    1514 days ago
  • v PHEBESS
    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?
    1514 days ago
  • v PHEBESS
    Definitely my camera, my laptop (macbook air - light!!!!!), and a bunch of jump drives to store the photos. We'll have a blog!
    1515 days ago
  • v PLATINUM755
    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.
    1515 days ago
  • v JLPNURSE
    - 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)
    -
    1515 days ago
  • v ILOVEROSES
    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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    1515 days ago
  • v ROOSTER72
    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.
    1515 days ago
  • v BESEVEN
    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.
    1515 days ago
  • v PHEBESS
    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!
    1516 days ago
  • v WATERMELLEN
    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

    http://www.tilley.com/e
    catalog/canada_en/canada_en.html
    1516 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/5/2012 7:34:56 PM
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