ideas to pack very light on a trip

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   Posted 3/15/2009 7:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I will be going to buffalo for a week next month and I am pre-planning how I can do this the easiest now. I need ideas on how to pack light for the trip. I have to have one bag for bead work, I am teaching there. My question is ideas for my clothing bag, I have skin allergies so I have to have my own toiletry items. Ideas please as everyone here also has pain and may know how to do this easier. I will be traveling by train also. Thank you so much.

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   Posted 3/15/2009 11:29 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Angeline,  Whenever we travel, we take only one carry on bag (per person) - even our month long trip to Europe.  I found some tips on Rick Steves website.  What I do is take clothes that can mix and match with each other: tans and blacks and blues work well for me, but other colors are good.  I usually wear basic colors for pants and skirts and jazz up the shirts. I got underwear from Ex Officio.  They dry quickly, so you can wash them and wear the next day.  I took three pairs with me.  Take warm socks to wear as slippers if your feet can handle it.  If you take colorful scarves or pretty necklaces, you can change your look without changing the entire outfit. Wear some of your own jewelry.  Your students will love that.   Layering is good too.  You can wear a button up top or sweater with a tank or tee, without one, or the tank or tee by itself - that gives you many looks.  We always travel in the summer and take pants and tops that are lightweight that can be washed and dried easily in the hotel room.  If you need heavier stuff, take things that do not wrinkle easily or the wrinkles hang out, or are supposed to be wrinkled. Crinkle tops and skirts are nice for that.  If you need a coat, wear it on the plane.  Wear your heaviest shoes on the plane.  My bulkiest thing is shoes because I must change them often. 

hmmm, what else - if you are going on a plane for awhile, take fuzzy warm socks in your purse to wear on the plane.  Take a blow up neck pillow because those feel good in the small of your back.  We always always take little individual packets of wipes.  If your allergies will allow you, those are lifesavers.  If you take books, try taking one and trading it in at a used book store if you finish it while you are there.  Some hotels let you leave books and pick up books - or others who are traveling like to trade. 

Hope that is helpful.


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   Posted 3/16/2009 4:51 AM (GMT -6)   
thank you for the ideas. bead bag will always way a ton, no choice there but at least it is also on wheels. My mother is making me a couple very basic dresses that I can just change jewelry and the cloth belt to something else. I have found this stuff called Downy wrinkle releaser. I am telling you it is a godsend for wrinkles. It really really works, no more iron for me, lol. Well actually the shower, I just steam wrinkles out, hehe.

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   Posted 3/16/2009 11:21 AM (GMT -6)   

Stat is an expert packer.  There's not much I can add - Rick Steves has great ideas on how to pack.

You might also check out  A lot of practical stuff.  Most are synthethic blends.  They are easy to take care of, pack well, and resist wrinkles.  If you're a jeans person - wear them on the plane - they are heavy and take up a lot of bag space.  A lot of things pack better if you roll them rather than fold them.

I always think it's a  good idea to have a light weight fleece jacket in your carry on.  You can wear it or put it over your legs. 

I'm usually warm but I always take a light fleece jacket.  If I don't wear it, it ends up on my wife's lap. yeah

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   Posted 3/16/2009 1:44 PM (GMT -6)   
You've gotten some good advice already.  I found that it's important as to how you fold your clothing.  I used to take a top, fold it in half and then in quarters.  That was bulky and took up a lot of space in the suitcase.  Now, I will lay a top face down on the bed.  I'll fold one side until it is close to the middle of the garment and do the same with the other side.  Then I fold the top in half.  It doesn't get wrinkled as much and  you don't have a fold mark going down the middle of the top!  With slacks I will hold them like I'm going to be putting them on and then fold them so that it's folded at the seams.  This way there will be no creases down the middle of the legs of the slacks.  Then I will fold them in half and lay them in the suitcase.  It's amazing how much space this saves.  I learned how to fold clothes this way from a friend that was an airline stewardess.  I hope you can understand my explanation!   shocked  
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