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Packing tips & tricks
« on: July 14, 2010, 03:12:26 AM »
Packing tips & tricks

How about dedicating this topic to:

What to pack and what not.

(Taking into consideration climates, babies, travelling just with hand luggage,...)

I'm sure most of you had already some ingenious idea, that helped a lot, and some things you shlep around every time but have never needed in the past 10 years.

Unless you have single tips, or tips for singles, try to summarize per category, so that it will be easy to overlook.
« Last Edit: July 14, 2010, 03:17:04 AM by SuperFlyer »

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Re: Packing tips & tricks
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2010, 10:33:12 AM »
The best travel related item i've bought in a long time is a hand held luggage scale, saved me so much trouble with over weight...... something similar to this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002Q3NU1A?ie=UTF8&tag=pp044-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B002Q3NU1A
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Re: Packing tips & tricks
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2010, 11:33:36 AM »
Thermal bag that keeps food hot or cold for three hrs (+ many more with a cold pack).

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Re: Packing tips & tricks
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2010, 02:03:00 PM »
The best travel related item i've bought in a long time is a hand held luggage scale, saved me so much trouble with over weight...... something similar to this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002Q3NU1A?ie=UTF8&tag=pp044-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B002Q3NU1A

Good idea, although, I manage to estimate b"h pretty well.

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Re: Packing tips & tricks
« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2010, 02:04:20 PM »
Thermal bag that keeps food hot or cold for three hrs (+ many more with a cold pack).

if its something that goes in the luggage and I'm taking towels along, I will wrap the food in the towels.

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Re: Packing tips & tricks
« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2010, 02:15:46 PM »
This is a cool thread.
Post how you do something and Super will tell you how to do it better...

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Re: Packing tips & tricks
« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2010, 02:37:38 PM »
if its something that goes in the luggage and I'm taking towels along, I will wrap the food in the towels.

This is a lot thinner then towels, but to each his own.

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Re: Packing tips & tricks
« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2010, 02:42:26 PM »
I've brought frozen food without any towels, etc. flying to Hawaii with a double connection a few times and it was still frozen upon arrival.
Granted that I've only gone during the winter...

We do go to LAX every year in April with frozen food and then drive 2 hours to Palm Springs and the food has always arrived frozen.

The trick is just to freeze the food a few days before leaving so that it gets to a deep freeze.
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Re: Packing tips & tricks
« Reply #8 on: July 14, 2010, 03:45:39 PM »
I've brought frozen food without any towels, etc. flying to Hawaii with a double connection a few times and it was still frozen upon arrival.
Granted that I've only gone during the winter...

We do go to LAX every year in April with frozen food and then drive 2 hours to Palm Springs and the food has always arrived frozen.

The trick is just to freeze the food a few days before leaving so that it gets to a deep freeze.
I took some frozen stuff from Melbourne to NY (don't ask). ~30 hours from  when it left the freezer, still frozen.

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Re: Packing tips & tricks
« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2010, 03:48:23 PM »
I took some frozen stuff from Melbourne to NY (don't ask). ~30 hours from  when it left the freezer, still frozen.
Yup, the belly of the plane is cold.
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Re: Packing tips & tricks
« Reply #10 on: July 14, 2010, 07:24:11 PM »
This is a lot thinner then towels, but to each his own.

Thats why i wrote "...and taking towels along", meaning, only if I anyway take.

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Re: Packing tips & tricks
« Reply #11 on: July 14, 2010, 07:30:51 PM »
pretty unusual, for me at least, to be taking food and towels along.  If I'm going to a place where food is not so accesable I'm usually staying in a hotel that provides towels and if I'm going to somewhere where I need my own towels it's a place where I can prepare my food there.

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Re: Packing tips & tricks
« Reply #12 on: July 14, 2010, 07:46:52 PM »
pretty unusual, for me at least, to be taking food and towels along.  If I'm going to a place where food is not so accesable I'm usually staying in a hotel that provides towels and if I'm going to somewhere where I need my own towels it's a place where I can prepare my food there.
I can't remember ever packing towels...
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Re: Packing tips & tricks
« Reply #13 on: July 14, 2010, 08:09:30 PM »
When traveling with and infant, theyre entitled to diaper bag plus a carryon, in addition to the stroller and car seat that u r entitled to check for free.  Check each airlines t &c, but, to the best of my knowledge, at least domestically, this is what you get. Additionally, when you walk down with a stroller, as least from experience, they do not check inside your stroller to c if u hav a carryon for the kid...

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Re: Packing tips & tricks
« Reply #14 on: July 15, 2010, 10:05:29 AM »
The best travel related item i've bought in a long time is a hand held luggage scale, saved me so much trouble with over weight...... something similar to this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002Q3NU1A?ie=UTF8&tag=pp044-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B002Q3NU1A
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