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    When we went on our month driving trip I had no idea DH brought a tool box. It came in handy because we ate outside at our lodge and the big guy could hear my voice but not see me. He was pushing on the accordion type material that is on either side of a window air conditioner. He almost sent the whole thing flying 2 stories. DH looked up and noticed. We brought him down with us and after dinner he fixed it with his tools. I was surprised he brought them.

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    I now bring mounds of dive gear when I travel, all by car.

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    It really depends on the weather.

    I tend to pack light: for 5 weeks in Europe this spring I brought my carry-on suitcase and small backpack.

    I only bring a couple pairs of socks and underwear and wash them as I go.
    One pair of black pants, one stretchy jeans, one pair of leggings (can use as pants, tights, long underwear, pajamas.)
    Blue, black, white t-shirts.
    One bra.
    Linen blouse.
    Oversized grey cashmere sweater.
    Pashmina (light shawl)
    Lightweight sneakers and Keen walking shoes.
    Homemade 'buff' type neck warmer.
    Light rain coat.
    Umbrella.
    Sunglass readers (bifocal - normal lens at top, readers on the bottom. I bought them for the trip but I use them all the time.Great!)
    Paperback book.
    Toilet kit.
    Phone.
    Reading glasses.
    Wallet.

    Everyone discouraged me from bringing a warm coat and I really wish I had. I was wearing pretty much all of my clothes a lot of the time and still cold. I ended up buying a coat at a thrift shop in Edinburgh. (Lots of thrift stores in the U.K.) The neck warmer was a lifesaver. The umbrella got a lot of use.

    I also wish I had splurged and rented a phone with international cell service (not an option on my plan.) We kept running around looking for MacDonald's or Starbucks because we knew they'd have wifi.

    I almost exclusively wore my sneakers, so could have brought one pair of shoes (though they got soaked on a few occasions and I was glad to have the spares.)

    I brought a black bralette and had black underwear, so I figured if there was a hot tub or something they could pass as a swimsuit. Never came up.

    We did laundry once and I handwashed my t shirts several times. Shampoo works better than body wash for hand washing clothes.

    BTW, no one in Europe wears leggings as pants, the way we do here (except for running. Seriously, no one - you just look like you forgot your skirt. They still came in handy as long underwear.

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    I don't have a list of packing items, but for trips up to 3-4 weeks I take 1 carry on bag and 1 small handbag. Generally just pack for 3-4 days and do laundry as needed to make it to 3-4 weeks. My carry on bag is about 12-14 lbs fully packed.

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    On top of the normal clothing/toiletries, I typically bring a small kettle if traveling by car or an immersion heater if flying for tea or oatmeal. Nice to have a cup of herb tea to wind down before bed.

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    I travel mostly for business. I pack in colors: one business trip will be my tan/brown trip; another trip will be my red/black trip, and the other will be my navy/white trip. then I can mix and match between presentation outfit, business casual, casual casual, and athletic.

    I usually keep toothpaste, deodorant and extra stockings in my suitcase at all times, then I add to that my toiletries, hairbrush, one extra pair of shoes, and pjs/underwear.

    In my computer bag I keep my chargers and my iPad mini as well as my computer and my phone. I also make sure I have a notebook and pencils--also a mini-umbrella.

    Need for outerwear depends on where and when I'm traveling. I have a very light fake down jacket with a hood that scrunches up and packs in a little bag, which I bring in the winter.
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    It depends on where I am going, who I am traveling with and for how long. Last trip to S. Korea was for 10 days - took a carry-on only for flight there but had a checked bag (gifts!) on the way home.
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    As a retiree and infrequent flyer, I'm just packing casual clothes. But even when I worked I was an infrequent flyer and therefore never able to get on an airplane before all of the overhead bins were full. So because I knew I had to check a bag, I wasn't a minimalist when it came to packing.

    But on Lainey's Airlines, that overhead situation would be reversed: a charge for using overhead bins and no charge for checking baggage. Or, how about those of us who don't use overhead bins get off the plane first and then let everyone else wrestle with their suitcases and block the aisles ...

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    [QUOTE=Lainey;313741

    But on Lainey's Airlines, that overhead situation would be reversed: a charge for using overhead bins and no charge for checking baggage. Or, how about those of us who don't use overhead bins get off the plane first and then let everyone else wrestle with their suitcases and block the aisles ...[/QUOTE]

    I would fly Laineys Airlines! I think if you have nothing in the bins, you absolutely should get off first! Maybe even seat those persons in the aisle seats, so they can easily clear out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lmerullo View Post
    I would fly Laineys Airlines! I think if you have nothing in the bins, you absolutely should get off first! Maybe even seat those persons in the aisle seats, so they can easily clear out.
    Mmm.. sounds good but it wouldn't work. a) people have strong preferences for both aisle/window and carry-on/check. You can't meld the two. And b) Have you ever been on a plane that gets to the gate late, and the flight attendants ask passengers who don't have connecting flights to stay seated so that those with close connections can dash out first? You see first-hand how self-absorbed people can be.
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