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Old 04-10-2016, 10:03 AM
 
Location: NE Mississippi
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Backpack.
I rarely carry anything more than that. I even spent a week in Bermuda with my backpack. And another week in Washington, DC.

The feeling of being free from all that luggage is priceless!

I learned by doing it wrong. I traveled a lot in business and retired in 2010. For those who are interested in learning how to pack light, there are plenty of resources on the web. It all STARTS with a list.
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Old 04-10-2016, 02:41 PM
 
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flip flops. they double as slippers, i wear them in the shower (dont' want to pick up a nasty athelet's foot), and it's nice to have something where my toes are free after a day of walking around.

meds, toothbrush, make up, extra undies and shirt go in my carry on.

"pashmina" - great for the airplane/train, use it as a blanket

water, power bars
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Old 04-10-2016, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Endless Concert
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Carry on - Airborne, Zicam and hand wipes. I find Zicam works the best if a cold is starting. Nothing is worse than to be on a plane and hear people coughing.

Great posts everyone !
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Old 04-10-2016, 08:01 PM
 
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Clean underwear is always a plus ...
I try to pack as little as possible, but always must take good care of my if the weather is coolfeet.
Clean OLD underwear.. use pantyshields to stretch the usable time, if the weather allows, and then DITCH 'em!
Also, my small supply of 'collectable' airline food dishes from when they were made REALLY WELL, are super useful to hold watches, earings, keys or keycards in motel or cabin staterooms. Lightweight, sturdy, pretty, and easy to store, I never leave home without one. (Of course I keep the really old 'good stuff' at home!)

ETA: Wow, I forgot one of the most important things for we who don't see as well as we used to - a lighted, handheld magnifier. I HATE it and LOVE it. Sigh...
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Old 04-10-2016, 10:20 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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A good stout pair of wool socks. When I get cold in a strange place, these can mean the difference between a night's sleep and insanity.
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Old 04-11-2016, 01:19 AM
 
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- Definitely a camera or camera phone.
- sketchbook, pens, pencils, etc
- maybe some music
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Old 04-16-2016, 02:42 AM
 
Location: Portugal
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If you're going to need to do laundry forget the powder or single use stuff, you can buy laundry bars that is about size of a small bar of soap. You fill the sink and that thing around and it creates soapy water, good for dozens of uses. Also is a stain remover if rubbed into stain before washing. To complete your laundry kit add a universal sink stopper and a stretchable drying line.

Another useful item is a big Aloksak water tight plastic bag. Use for dirty laundry since can zip shut tight, and if needed can double as washing machine since can hold a lot of water. Just fill with clothes, water, add laundry soap and shake the hell out of it before letting soak.

Bring a couple reusable 6" rubber twist ties. When at train station, on train/bus, even sitting at outdoor cafe you can easily attach your backpack to a chair, table, even your own shoelace so that nobody steals it. Obviously won't stop a determined criminal but all you're doing is not being low hanging fruit, nobody is able to just run by and grab it or stealthily slide it away from you since they've got to untwist it.

Kindle Paperwhites are great as flashlights simple if you turn the backlight to max.
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Old 04-19-2016, 04:52 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX and Las Vegas, NV
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A pair of tweezers and a small magnifying mirror are a must for me, also a shower cap.
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