Packing Tips for the Trip Home

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Packing Tips for the Trip Home

I'm great at packing up to leave on vacation. However my suitcase coming home is usually a giant MESS!

Is it just me who shoves everything back in their bags at the last minute and then can't find anything when they get home? How do you pack for the return home? Do you have any tips or tricks that you use on vacation to make the experience easier once you're back home?

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What I have recently found is that those vacum "space saver bags" really do work great, and save a lot of space in your suitcases. However the only caveat about those bags is to find a vacum with a hose to compress them on your rerturn trip. The vacum cleaners used by mousekeeping do NOT have the hoses.

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I've used the compression bags that you roll to 'burp'. Great for clothing, but keep in mind that the weight is the same! They are smaller bundles and you can pack more of them, but the weight is the same!

We also have a spare duffle that we bring and put all our dirty clothes in for return trip. New stuff gets careful folding and rolling, and any breakables get even better treatment and are in the carry on. The duffle is just stuffed full; dirty clothes don't care!

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Kristen K. wrote:
I'm great at packing up to leave on vacation. However my suitcase coming home is usually a giant MESS!

Is it just me who shoves everything back in their bags at the last minute and then can't find anything when they get home? How do you pack for the return home? Do you have any tips or tricks that you use on vacation to make the experience easier once you're back home?

I'm the same. On the way out, our bags are sooo organized and neat. On the way home, everything just gets stuffed in - if it fits, it goes there!

We always use travel size toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc., so there's no rush to find things when we get home. I always do laundry before we go too, so we come home to clean clothes and clean sheets - it makes the holiday feeling last a little longer if I don't have to rush and unpack, do laundry, and clean house right away.

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I fold everything I take home. I like organization to a certain degree

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As far as conserving space.......well, we ended up buying a new suitcase and stuffing it full of loot on our last trip. Not just from WDW, but Tervis tumblers and sharks teeth and shells from the beach, and random shopping.

I always roll all my clothes, dirty or not, and try to keep the dirty ones at one end of the suitcase. I do completely empty my suitcase and repack. It doesn't take any extra time. Unless we're only staying 1 night somewhere, I usually unpack the suitcase anyway. I bring a couple plastic bags for wet swimsuits.

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I haven't tried this yet, but it's a tip I read recently.

When you get to WDW, unpack your bags and use the drawers/closet Your suitcase is now empty and you should start "packing" it with dirty clothes as you wear them. That way, by the end of the trip, you already know what clean clothes you have left and most of your clothes packing will be done.

Sounds simple enough!

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Since we stay in timeshares, we usually have in-unit laundry facilities. So I do laundry a couple of times a week. At the end of the trip, stuff that hasn't been washed goes into a plastic grocery or trash bag, and everything else gets folded neatly in the suitcases.

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Molitva wrote:
I haven't tried this yet, but it's a tip I read recently.

When you get to WDW, unpack your bags and use the drawers/closet Your suitcase is now empty and you should start "packing" it with dirty clothes as you wear them. That way, by the end of the trip, you already know what clean clothes you have left and most of your clothes packing will be done.

Sounds simple enough!

that is what we do, it works well

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Molitva wrote:
I haven't tried this yet, but it's a tip I read recently.

When you get to WDW, unpack your bags and use the drawers/closet Your suitcase is now empty and you should start "packing" it with dirty clothes as you wear them. That way, by the end of the trip, you already know what clean clothes you have left and most of your clothes packing will be done.

Sounds simple enough!

I always unpack my suitcase upon arrival, but I hadn't ever thought of repacking the dirty as I go. That actually sounds pretty smart, maybe I'll give it a try on our next trip!

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If you have time, I like to wash everything I wore and repack and when I get home everything is ready to just be put away. Works great when visiting people but not sure how much time you will have leaving Disney mickey

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Pack less to begin with, then there's plenty of room for bringing goodies home! Roll don't fold and, dare I say it?...Do your washing whilst you're still on vacation! So much nicer unpacking a clean suitcase than having to unpack dirty laundry and start doing it at home when all you want to do is reminisce about your vacation and start pricing up the next one!

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