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Luggage for Disney
The many months of waiting are over and finally at long last the time to depart is nearly here and it is time to pack for our holiday to Disney.
The weigh limit on our luggage on the way over is usually not a problem as each family member usually only has one suitcase however we ensure that everyone takes an extra empty suitcase to bring home our purchases!
Not all airlines now give you luggage labels but in the UK W. H Smith sell packets of very brightly coloured luggage labels. You get a selection of red, blue, yellow and orange and these quickly help you identify your luggage when you arrive at your destination.
We tend to put just one of our parties names on our luggage labels. This is quicker to do and helps you remember quickly the name if any of your luggage goes astray. This has only happened to us once and I am pleased to say it was delivered by hand to our villa within hours of us arriving.
A tip I picked up from one of the guests that stayed at our villa was to put tumble dryer liners amongst our luggage to help the contents smell fresh.
We always include in our luggage “Drop-ins”. They are pre-measured pods that you just put in the laundry (just like the dish detergent gel packs). They are small and light, but make sure you pack them in a hard container like a Tupperware, so they do not burst.
We usually pack our own soap for face and body, wrapped up in a face cloth and packed in a large secure zipper-lock bag and keep this in our hand luggage. This is not only useful on the journey but also helps us avoid allergies using new soap products.
I also have a got a plastic coupon organizer (the accordion wallet type) and put bandages and plasters in one section, bug repellant in another, along with hand wipes, sunscreen, etc.
We always pack a magnetic Doodle pad. This is the sort that you write on with a special pencil and then can wipe clear and re-use. We find this very useful at the Water Parks where we have one central point from where we split up to do different things. We can then write messages to each other with the time and place we have gone to.
Returning home you always worry you have too much weight in individual cases. I recommend that you buy a fish hook. These can be bought at stores like Walmart and are only between $5 to $10. However I believe you can now buy a digital one for approx$20.
A fish scale is a hand-held scale that has a hook at the bottom and a handle at the top. You hold it up in the air and attach your luggage to the bottom hook and it weighs it for you. This way you can check the weight before you leave for the airport and re-distribute your items if necessary amongst your cases.
If you do not have a fish hook take a spare empty carry on bag with you to the airport and you can take some of the items out of a case should it be overweight.
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