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Know of any good SWAP-ish ideas for packing for a trip?
Aleah

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Date: 1/5/12 7:10 PM

I'm going on an international trip with my extended family and my own family of four this summer. I'm trying to start thinking about packing now since I have two small people to pack for and want to make sure my own luggage is as streamlined as possible. Anyone found any good guides for packing in outfits? I'm thinking along the lines of x numbers of pants, x numbers of dresses, avoiding packing things that require both brown and black shoes and picking one color family, etc.

Thanks in advance!

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Date: 1/5/12 7:21 PM

Aleah, please let us know where you're going and what you plan to do! I, for one, would like to experience it vicariously... but also that will help us give you advice. It can make a big difference.

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Date: 1/5/12 7:23 PM

My only suggestion is to make sure every top you bring goes with every bottom - or at least almost all. Then if a messy accident occurs or laundry can't be done, you can at least change a portion of the outfit. You may get tired of seeing the same clothes, but other people won't see them again.

Depending upon the heat where it is you're going, roll up type clothing (usually polyester mostly) that doesn't need to see an iron is so much easier on a trip.

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Date: 1/5/12 7:27 PM

Good point, Margasweet! I'm going to northern Spain (relatively mild compared to southern Spain, summer weather-wise). This will be in July and my kids will be 13 months and four years old by then. So the four year old will probably not be wiping her hands on me as often, but the 13-month-old will still be a very new eater, so I think my goal is to look relatively put together, though hardly pristine or crisp! For some reason I'm thinking a lot of yellow clothes might be ideal--summer dresses, light tops, etc.

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Date: 1/5/12 9:00 PM

One of the "Annes / Annies" on this site made a great travel capsule and reviewed it. Maybe this post will trigger someone's memory and they can point you in the right direction.

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Date: 1/5/12 10:37 PM

Disposible!

When we travel I pack the stuff that I'm not thrilled with and throw it away when it's dirty! The top with the sleeves that twist, the weird shade of green top that was never very flattering, the capris with the minor stain that bugged me....they never came home. We even picked up a sportscoat at Goodwill for DH (had serious lining issues) which was a great dinner jacket on our European cruise, then pitched it too. (One of my friends thought it was funny that we were shopping at Goodwill for clothes to wear on our trip to Europe. I figured pitching a $3 shirt to make room for souviners made perfectly good sense!)

I packed colorful knit dresses, black bottoms, black cardi and an assortment of knit tops. It's easy to appear put together in a simple knit dress, even if it is little more than a long Tshirt.

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Date: 1/6/12 0:48 AM

I travelled to Ireland for nearly 3 weeks in June last year (Irish "summer" which requires packing for all seasons), and I took only carry-on luggage. It is possible to be very streamlined!

Take everything you think you'll need, lay it out, and put 2/3 of it back in the wardrobe. You won't wear most of it anyway.

Here is all I would pack if it was me:
A good go-with-everything pair of walking shoes,
a pair of sandals that can be worn with nice clothes,
1 x long trousers (not jeans as they are heavy and bulky),
2 x dress (one casual, one smarter),
1 x swimsuit,
1 x shorts,
2 x t-shirt or top (one casual, one smarter),
1 x cardigan,
1 x scarf. The scarf can add warmth or be worn as a light wrap.

I choose dresses because they can be made smarter or more casual with accessories, and are easy and quick to pack and wear.

EVERYTHING should dry quickly and require minimal or no ironing. A bit of lycra or spandex in fabric is your friend.

If the weather turns bad while you are away, buy warmer layers at charity shops or second-hand markets and ditch them before you go home.

Nobody else cares what you look like on holiday unless you're a celebrity, so don't fret about having everything look perfect

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Date: 1/6/12 0:48 AM

Forgot to say what we are going to do! We will mostly be just bumming around San Sebastian and local towns. With my two kids plus a 5 and and an 8 year old, we don't have high hopes of hitting every single cultural destination. We'll mostly be hanging around towns, sightseeing, eating, fitting in museums and hiking and a bit of beach time when we get the chance, though only one of the six adults we're going with is a "beach-person".The trip will be about two weeks.

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Date: 1/6/12 0:54 AM

Thanks for the breakdown, lareine! I was with you up to the two T-shirts or tops. Were you really able to get by with just two? Did you wash one in the sink every night? I don't feel like I need to look perfect by a longshot, but my sister-in-law and my mom (with whom I'm traveling) are really starting to invest more time and energy into their wardrobes and after recent pics from a family trip it occurred to me that I am still looking like a college student and I'm in my mid-thirties. I'm figuring if I focus on a fun travel capsule for this trip it'll really just be an excuse to work on/buy some nice-ish clothes I'd like to have in my closet anyways.

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Date: 1/6/12 1:48 AM

Hi Lareine, Please help me understand how this worked for you for 3 weeks. Did you find places there to wash clothes frequently?

I'll be travelling to France for 12 days this coming March and I always overpack. I want to avoid this but don't think I could manage on such a limited number of garments. I like Amy-Mays idea of taking things that could be left behind to make room for souveniers. I need to limit myself to 1 suitcase.

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