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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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    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!!!!!!
    2222 days ago
    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!
    2234 days ago
    Have you seen that thing that can be a dress/ skirt/ tube top/wrap? I tried to google it but couldn't find it.
    2234 days ago
    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!
    2234 days ago
    I don't know about compression sacks, but what about those pants that can zip off and become shorts?
    2235 days ago
    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?
    2235 days ago
    Definitely my camera, my laptop (macbook air - light!!!!!), and a bunch of jump drives to store the photos. We'll have a blog!
    2236 days ago
    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.
    2236 days ago
    - 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)
    2236 days ago
    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.
    2236 days ago
    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.
    2236 days ago
    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.
    2236 days ago
    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!
    2236 days ago
    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
    2236 days ago

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