Packing Light? Any Great Tips?

Feb 7th, 2007, 12:43 PM
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A couple of questions, We'll be in Italy in March so we will need layering. Where can I find mens micro fiber or tropical wol slacks? Also someone mentioned bringing an extra CD to burn pictures to, I have the concern of running out of space on my memory card, Do the internet cafes have the equipment to up load pictures then burn them? I'm know we'll have to do laundry but I would like to have to only do it once maybe twice. (we'll be there for 2 weeks) Compressed bags have been mentioned also, don't you need a vacuum for those? I have the travel one from Space bags put it didn't seem to work that good. Well that's all for now. I'm sure I'll have more later.
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Feb 9th, 2007, 06:48 AM
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Try LL Bean online and search for Microfiber Hidden-Comfort Pants. They even have a zippered front pocket to foil pickpockets. Also try Joseph A. Banks online. They have "traveller" wool pants that are stain and wrinkle resistant.

Compressed Bags-
I have the bags from Rick Steeves' website and they have been working great for me for years. You don't need a vacuum. They have a one-way valve, so all you do is kneel on the bag to push the air out and they stay sealed adn compressed until you open them. I roll everything carefully and most things come out wrinkle free.

Have a great trip!
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Feb 9th, 2007, 09:15 AM
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I used the Space Saver Travel bags once. They were $15 for a pack of 3 a number of years ago at Bed Bath & Beyond. Anyways, as BlueSwimmer indicated, you don;t need a vacuum cleaner. There's a small "hole" that allows the air to exit when you roll the bag. The bags definitely work in compressing the clothes inside. It probably got rid of 2/3 of the bulk. However, in my case our stuff came out all wrinkled. We traveled in the winter time, so it was mostly polyester, wool blends, and wicking fabrics, so I would hate to see what it would do to cotton and linen in the summer!
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Feb 9th, 2007, 10:23 AM
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I "road tested" our clothes to see what would resist wrinkles in the space saver bags.

I use them mostly for things like underwear and t-shirts (rolled as smoothly and tightly as possible into a bundle).

I've also had luck with packing things like silk/rayon sundresses, tops, pants, etc by laying each item flat on the bed in a dry cleaner bag, then layer each item and doing one big roll. All the dry cleaner bags between the layers seem to keep them from getting too wrinkled.

I've also taken an empty space saver bag in the bottom of my suitcase. I use it as the "laundry bag" during the trip and then smoosh all the dirty clothes in there so I have room for the things I bought on the trip.
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Feb 9th, 2007, 12:43 PM
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I don't give myself choices. I either pack the "black wardrobe" where everything can be interchanged or the "brown wardrobe" which is equally interchangeable.

I pack one pair of dress shoes and wear one pair of walking shoes dependent on which wardrobe was chosen. Both wardrobes are probably 100% polyester, can be wadded up to almost nothing in a suitcase, they don't wrinkle and dry overnight.

I take single use or travel sized cosmetics (lotions, serums, eye makeup remover, cleanser) so they can be tossed along the way.

I know this won't work for everyone but I have long straight hair and I get a salon shampoo and blowout before I leave which looks good for 4-5 days before I pull it up into a pony tail for the next 2 days. That way I can take very little in the way of hair styling products.
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Feb 9th, 2007, 01:14 PM
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I always take Aveda Calming Body Wash which can be used as shower gel, bubble bath, shampoo and clothes wash.

The clothes wash useage (my own invention!) is especially handy as it means you can cut down on your packing by washing/wearing limited numbers of garments several times. It's best for lightweight clothing in a warm climate, obviously, eg cotton, silk jersey, linen.

And it smells lovely too!

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