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Old 12-05-2014, 05:33 AM
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Originally Posted by apexgds View Post
Apparently the Vicks VapoInhalers have recently been discontinued. My father and I both use them quite a bit, and it's been harder to find them in stores. The past month or so, I've looked in numerous drug stores and grocery stores, even locations where I've purchased them before, and had no luck. I finally had to go on eBay and stock up on them, but even those have an expiry date of 12/14, so I believe they've stopped manufacturing them. (But if you go on eBay to purchase some, just know that there is surprisingly a counterfeit market ... if they just say "Inhaler" rather than "VapoInhaler", they're not Vicks.)
There are other equivalent products. Again for my purposes when traveling the saline nasal spray works as I haven't used anything else in recent years.
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Old 12-05-2014, 08:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Bluesmama View Post
Thin yoga mat to do back stretches.
Microwaveable hot-pack for my back.
Disposable hot-pack appliques (for my back).
Tens unit.
Lacrosse ball for my back (acupressure).
An electrical water heater for coffee cups if I know the room won't have a coffeemaker (and I'll take packets of Folgers coffee-in-tea-bags, which isn't bad).
A big duffle bag that I fold into the suitcase for purchases on trips.

And this is why I can't fit two week's worth into a carry-on.
I travel with carry on only and take a yoga mat everywhere. If I can, I bring my full size mat. Otherwise I use LuLu's hot yoga towel on top of mats borrowed from the studio or on the floor of my hotel. Rubbery side up for regular practice, towel side up for hot practice.

Instead of a duffel, considering a small roll of packing tape and acquire a box along the way. (Some airlines embargo checking boxes in some regions during certain times of the year, so be aware.)
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Old 01-02-2015, 02:23 AM
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Gallon size Ziplock baggies. Great for packing shells, etc. I find during my travels, wet clothes, food, keep sand out of stuff while I'm on the beach, all sorts of things. They come in really handy, every time!
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Old 01-02-2015, 02:57 AM
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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Tea bags, collapsible travel mug and travel water heater. I love a cup of hot tea before going to bed, or in the morning. Not every hotel provides in-room coffeemaker.
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Old 01-02-2015, 03:11 AM
Location: Texas
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I have a "med kit" with small splints, gauze, dermabond, bandaids, motrin, tylenol, benadryl, anti-itch ointment, neosporin, cold/cough meds, antacids, silk tape, steri-strips...I just leave it packed and toss it in the suitcase while packing. Low profile and has come in handy, especially with kids.

Empty plastic bags for dirty clothes, dirty shoes, food/drink souveniers, etc. We always use those up.
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Old 01-02-2015, 07:55 AM
Location: Dallas TX
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Wow people pack a lot!! The only somewhat odd item I pack is a bathrobe.
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Old 01-02-2015, 08:40 AM
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Heating pad and an extension cord. Even on trips where I'm packing as light as possible.

I used to bring my noise maker after encountering several hotels that didn't have fans. But now I use a "white noise" app on my phone.

Most times, I call ahead to find out what the coffee situation is, lol. If it's a Kerug, I might bring a few extra (different) k-cups from the home stash. If it's a regular coffee maker - like a two or four cup one - I bring a couple filters from home and my own coffee (I find that the pod things the hotels supply are way too weak for my taste).

We travel alot and often on short notice so I keep a pretty well stocked "go bag" (personal items, not clothes). It includes normal stuff - but also an emergency dental kit , a couple days of antibotics (z-pac), small amount of laundry soap and special clothes pins that have show rod hooks, travel steamer...
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Old 01-02-2015, 10:31 AM
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Since my trips often involve scuba diving or snorkling, I bring a 33 gal. plastic trash bag to stash my wet suit/and or swim suit so the rest of my stuff won't get soaked. Also it's good for dirty clothes if I don't have access to a laundry. Also a small ear canal dryer.

Ear plugs for the plane and ambient noise outside the hotel.

Small flashlight for looking into my carryon on overnight flights so I don't have to turn on the overhead and disturb my seat-mates.

I put my keys, coins, watch, wallet, etc., in a one-quart ziplock bag then put that bag in my jacket/vest when going through TSA so it's easy to collect after the x-ray machine. (just do it outside of the view of others).
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Old 01-02-2015, 11:20 AM
Location: Middle of the Pacific Ocean
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Honestly, just lotion and sometimes my own towel/washcloth, and I keep my loose change in the small compartment in my backpack so I don't have to go through the hassle of removing from my pants pockets at security.
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Old 01-05-2015, 08:28 PM
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Black electrical tape to cover up LED lights in the hotel room. I'm trying to sleep, not make an instrument landing on the deck of a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier.
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