Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Packing it in


Hi, Duffy Brown here and

I’m going to Italy for three weeks!!!!! Yippee!! (I’m going to discover my Castelluccio roots)

Now I have to pack for it! Boooooo!

Without a doubt the worse part of a trip is packing. I never know want to bring. I’ve made this new rule that when flying I cannot pack more than I can carry. If it doesn’t go in the carryon that I can lift it stays home.

I know, I know... Duffy, honey, you can check bags! But then you have to lug the bags through the airport, onto trains, busses cars. I’m too old to lug.


So I made a few investments. First off I bought carry on luggage that fits the new international airline regulations. They are really getting cranky about that. And it only weights 6 pounds. I got that four-wheel swivel kind so I can push it along and I got a duffle that fits on top.

I put my 3 oz liquids in a zip-lock baggie and my daughter talked me into one of those Eagle Creek packing cubes that keep clothes from sliding around. When you get to where you’re going you simply lift out the cube and put it in the drawer. Bingo! It fits nicely into my carryon and I can pack shoes etc around it.

I have a thin cross body purse that has a flap and is pretty much pick-pocket proof. (Least that’s the plan). You can only carry two things on the plane so the thin purse slides in the duffle.

I have noise-reducing earphones for those crying babies (been there. No fun). I have the official Rick Steves under-garment holder for passport and credit cards and the protectors so my info can’t be stolen by some sneaky electronic devise.

I have a stash of candy and an apple and neck pillow and a book. But what else? Anyone have any suggestions? I can use all the help I can get…I hate packing for trips!


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27 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your trip sounds like so much fun. I'm envious! I have the Eagle Creek cube and love it. Clothes are much less wrinkled and are much more compact. Only word of advice is about medicine, prescriptions in particular, that you take on a regular basis. Take more than you will need for three weeks and divide it up. Put some in the suitcase and some in the duffle so if you lose one piece of luggage, you still have more. I didn't do this the last time I had an overseas trip, but you might see if the pharmacist would give you extra bottles with duplicate labels. No question then of you smuggling drugs. Cordella

Jen Scott said...

I don't have any suggestions but I hope you have a great time! The trip sounds like heaven.

Aurian said...

Have a great time in Italy! And yes, picking out what clothes to pack is so difficult! What will the weather be, what do you need. Of course, there are shops in Italy as well ;)

signlady217 said...

Maybe a scarf of some kind, like a Pashmina or similar, to wear while flying, can be used as a pillow or blanket if needed. Check Pinterest if you haven't yet, I've found some great hints about packing 2, 3, & 4 weeks in a carry-on.

mary kennedy said...

Duffy, it sounds wonderful!! I'm terrible about packing am in awe of people who arrive with a suitcase of perfectly pressed clothes. Have fun, be sure to take lots of pictures.

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

Have a great time. What a wonderful trip and to search for your ancestors will be fun. I have done most of my four grandparents sides. All went to Canada in the 1600's from France. I want to know more about them but I am stuck. Take lots of pictures to show us. I think you have all the things you need.

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

Have a great time. What a wonderful trip and to search for your ancestors will be fun. I have done most of my four grandparents sides. All went to Canada in the 1600's from France. I want to know more about them but I am stuck. Take lots of pictures to show us. I think you have all the things you need.

Duffy Brown said...

Oh I do need this.Great idea and thanks tons, Cordella.

Duffy Brown said...

Thanks Jen. I’m now at the holy cow what have I gotten myself into mode. LOL

Duffy Brown said...

I suck at packing but if I have to lug stuff around I can’t take everything. Thanks for the good wishes.

Duffy Brown said...

Pinterest!!! Yes, what a great idea. I’ll jump over there. And I have lots of scarves packed. I am truly a scarf person. Thanks!

Duffy Brown said...

My daughter is the picture gal. It should be a fun trip. Thanks so much, Mary.

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Diane. I think the Mormon Church has a huge ancestry data base. And there are those who go there and look up ancestors for a small fee. If I find out more I’ll let you know. You have a very interesting family indeed. I just love know about those who came before me.

emilia.m said...

Italy is so beautiful!!!!
As to packing - you're brave to pack for 3 weeks into carry-on :D :D :D I have no clue how to do it, therefore no smart idea from me, sorry! :)
good luck though and let us know how did you pack :D

Karen in Ohio said...

You'll love Italy, and the Italian food is so different from what we think of as Italian--it's so much better.

My tips: take comfortable shoes, but not white running shoe-types. They're too informal for almost every occasion, and you'll stand out too much as an American tourist. Black shoes are good, but make sure they're well broken-in.

Don't bother taking jeans. They're too heavy, and they are also too informal. Instead, take three pair of pants, dark in color, and wear the heck out of them, with just a few tops. Since you're taking a lot of scarves you'll have lots of different looks. For three weeks, I'd take five long-sleeved tops and five short-sleeved tops, plus a couple tanks/sleeveless tops, one jacket for cold, rainy days, and a dressier wrap top. Plus, you'll want one skirt, especially in Italy, which is a Catholic country, and where you'll be visiting churches. If you go to the Vatican you'll most definitely want to wear a skirt. Or a dress you can layer under both your jacket and your wrap, that would be versatile.

Take underwear you can rinse out at night, and that will dry by the time you have to pack again, and you won't need to take nearly as much.

Don't bother with hairdryers; most places have them, and the electrical system is very different from ours. If you can get away without anything electric, it will also save room and weight.

A lot of people buy guidebooks and rip out just the pages they'll need to save weight. I can't bear to do that, myself.

Grandma Cootie said...

Sounds like a wonderful trip - take lots of pictures!

You are absolutely right that even if you can check more luggage, you have to lug it around and that gets harder and harder, doesn't it? I used to travel for work so normally had 2 suitcases and a laptop plus purse to drag around. One time I thought I was okay with so much stuff since my husband had dragged it into the airport for me and I could get a cart and then shuttle at the other end. Didn't plan on cancelled flight with all checked luggage put in middle of terminal. Had to take it outside to cabs designated to take us to the other airport - cab drivers who were getting a set fee so didn't care to help with luggage. Glad I don't have to do that anymore. The only thing I don't like about a suitcase carry on is I have trouble getting it in the overhead - heavy, awkward and they are so jammed.

I love your carry on choices!

Annette N said...

When I traveled for a living, I used the packing cubes - and they helped, I think the comfy shoes - the meds idea - I would be gone for months at a time and always took too much stuff, so you are a much better packer /traveler than I was. Go, my child, and have a heck of trip - make beautiful memories and have joy.

Karen in Ohio said...

Grandma Cootie makes a good point--lugging luggage around. Everyone here uses suitcases with wheels, but in Europe there are very few curb cuts for handicapped users, as we have here, and they have a lot of cobbled streets. Worse, many hotels don't have elevators, or they're very small, so you end up hauling stuff up steps.

If you're taking public transportation from place to place, that's another reason to travel light. My husband, on our only trip to Europe together, took two big bags, and one of them nearly got left on the train platform in Paris.

LD Masterson said...

I think I'm going to save this post (and the comments) as a check list for the next time I travel. Just one item - if you're taking your phone or any other device that needs to be plugged in, you might need an electric outlet adapter for the European outlets.

Have a fantastic trip. Bring us pictures.

Duffy Brown said...

I have no idea how to do it either. LOL

Duffy Brown said...

this is great info, Karen. Thanks tons.

Duffy Brown said...

I know I’m going to need more than I pack but I’ll just live with it. Thanks for the tips, I really appreciate it.

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Annette. All I have to do is not embarrass my self. If I don’t look all that great I’m not sure I care. LOL

Duffy Brown said...

Oh, Karen, you are such great travelers!! I th think you’ve been everywhere.

Duffy Brown said...

Yes, an adapter and plugs. And all that funny money. LOL

Pamela Woodfield said...

U might want your trusty kindle/nook, etc in case u get stuck in an airport & finish your book. Don't forget an adapter for the plug. Have fun!!

Duffy Brown said...

Yes! The adapter! Thanks! Duffy.