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Thursday, May 23, 2013

We're going to Montana in July to see my brothers. I can hardly wait! The thing is, we're flying and my suitcase was the size of an SUV.  So at my prodding, hubby went and bought me a mid-size suitcase, somewhere between an SUV and a Geo. I can live with that.

But here's the thing. We'll be gone for ten days and I have to fit everything in the smaller luggage. I dare not complain after hubby went to the trouble to get me a new one. So please, please, please tell me how you pack for trips to get everything into your luggage. I've seen Kristin, Colleen and Denise fit so much into small luggage and I am just amazed that they can do that. They always laugh at me with my SUV.  So now I've joined the ranks of those with smaller luggage but have no idea how to make it all fit in there.

Suggestions? Please tell me you have some or I'm doomed to wear the same clothes over and over. :-)

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Diann Hunt  
posted at 9:25 AM  
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At 9:34 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Finally, something I'm good at! LOL

1. Use travel size bottles of your toiletries. Put favorite lotions/sprays in travel size bottles.
2. Plan what you'll wear each day and pack only those things. Stick to the same color palette to reduce the number of shoes/belts you need.
3. Roll your clothes to fit more in and reduce wrinkles.
4. Put socks and underclothes in gallon size ziplock bags and squeeze all the air out before zipping.

At 3:23 PM, Blogger Nellie Dee said...

What Denise said. :-)
When you roll your clothes, its amazing what will fit.
I wear my walking shoes on the plane, then just throw the lighter sandals in the suitcase.
I also layer my jackets to wear on the plane. It's usually cold anyway.
Coordinate all outfits in the same color to mix and match depending upon the weather.
If there is a Good Will, second hand store or even Walmart or Target where you are going, you can always buy a few cheap tops to wear while you are there and then donate them to the local organization where proceeds go to help the poor before you go home.
We always pack too much anyway!
Have fun!

At 4:35 PM, Blogger Iola Goulton said...

The key is shoes - pick a colour, pick two or three pairs of shoes (depending on what activities you will be doing), then pick your clothes to match (and wearing your heavier shoes/jacket on the plane is good advice).

Mix and match where possible. For example, find two tops that match a skirt so you can wear the skirt twice. Same for jeans and trousers (pretty much anything goes with denim or black trousers).

And remember there are laundry facilities almost everywhere. Use them. You're not the Duchess of Cambridge: no one expects you to be wearing a different outfit very time they see you.

I keep all the free samples of cosmetics/skincare and use those as my travel supplies. WalMart often sell travel-sized versions of other products (e.g. toothpaste).

Take a Kindle and charger, then you don't need any other books.

I once did a seven-week holiday through Greece, Egypt, Israel and Jordan. My luggage weighed 24 pounds at check-in, yet I seemed to have more clothes than the American lady on our tour with the 50-pound suitcase.

At 6:44 PM, Blogger jel said...

have ya every use them bags that you put your clothes in,then suck the air out. and you can pack 2weeks worth. "Space bags" I think they call them.

hope ya have a very good time.

At 8:43 AM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

An alternative to rolling your clothes is just fold each in half (with tissue to eliminate wrinkles). It's the folding 3 and 4 times that takes up the room.

I take 2 pair of Chico's travel pants and 1 pair of jeans. Then a variety of tops. The color coordinating is the key.

Remember, Di, you don't need your entire wardrobe. :)

At 3:01 PM, Blogger dave c said...

How much packing information is needed to pack 4 or 5 bikinis and a pair of flip flops for vacation.

At 6:24 AM, Blogger Deborah Raney said...

Di, I actually did a tutorial with photos on this very subject on Facebook a couple years ago. Here's the link:

At 8:06 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Wow! Thanks for all the great advice!! I have no doubt now that I can make it work! Whoohoo! You guys are great!!

At 9:29 AM, Blogger Sandie said...

Hubby always call daughter to come and pack for him when he goes on a trip. She is amazing. She does the roll up thing. I might add that you buy a bottle of the Wrinkle Release, transfer some to a small spray bottle and put it in a plastic bag in case it leaks or better yet buy a bottle when you arrive at your destination. That stuff is a miracle worker for getting out unwanted wrinkles. I can't lay hands on our bottle but it's a blue bottle in the laundry section at the grocery store. :-)


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