clothes & park hopping/resting mid-day

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clothes & park hopping/resting mid-day
Tue, 04-29-2003 - 11:38am
this may sound like a weird question, but i'm thinking about how much clothes to bring for each person... i don't want to do laundry, we're staying 11 days (14 days total including driving days), it's me, dh, dd(3½yo) & ds(21 mnths) and we're staying at the Grand (so laundry facilities i guess are there, but not very convenient, and i just don't want to take the time).

i was going to pack one outfit for each day, and maybe a sweatjacket each and 2 pants each... but then someone mentioned if you're swimming/napping mid-day, which we are planning for every day, you won't want to put back on your morning clothes if it was hot (which i'm sure it will be, we're going in mid-May)... so double the amount of shirts for dh and myself, and maybe not so much for the kids???

since we're driving, we do have the room, but of course dh is already nagging me about not overpacking (but it's so hard for me to not overpack)... then i had a thought i could pack a small suitcase of extra clothes and just leave it in the car in case we need it the 2nd week... think that's ok to leave it in the car? (an suv actually, that you could see in the windows... i don't want to give someone a reason to want to break in the car, knim?)

any advice is appreciated! Liz :)

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Tue, 04-29-2003 - 2:28pm
We take mid-day breaks all the time. A few times we have gone in Feb and it hasn't been as warm but we still like fresh clothes for the evening time.

Normally we only go for 6-8 days and I bring laundry detergent & dryer sheets to do laundry. I don't like to overpack and when we do bring extra clothes, we never end up wearing them and just wear the clothes that we launder since they are our most comfy and favorite outfits.

If you did decide to do laundry, you could do it during your mid-day break (or even your day off). I know I normally do laundry on one or both of those days (I think I end up doing 4-6 loads of laundry per week-2 loads per laundry time usually). But when we come back from the park to go to the pool, I grab my load of laundry (last year was great since I thru all the laundry in the stroller and carted it that way vs carrying it), and put the load in, go swim or sit by the pool for the 45 minutes or however long the cycle take and then switch it to the dryer. Yes it is a hassle to walk to the laundry but I like your dh would rather take less (your room is only so big too).

I think your bag would be safe if you left it in the car but who knows.

And if you didn't want to do laundry, I'd make sure there were 2 pairs of undies per person per day (along with socks and bras for those who wear them-I guess your 3½ yo wouldn't be wearing a bra, so just you!), and probably 2 shirts. I think you could get away with wearing the same shorts in the evening. But the thought of putting on sweaty or partially sweaty clothes from the morning wouldn't appeal to me (the shorts I could deal with but the rest nope!), and if you take a shower after swimming, you'd probably want new undies too! Plus the kids may get wet on a ride, or in the park from the water things that shoot up in some places or just from the occasional rain so extra clothes might be good for them too.

I guess I have to agree with your husband and not over pack. Actually, I loved doing laundry because it gave me alone time away from my dh (and dd too) so it was a nice break if you catch my drift.

If you do decide to do laundry, bring your own detergent and dryer sheets since it is costly to get a little one time use box.

I guess I'd say do laundry and pack less. Who knows how much stuff you will be coming home with so you will need room for that, right?


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Tue, 04-29-2003 - 7:47pm
I'd plan to do laundry one or two time while you are there. We are going for six days and I plan to do laundry once (but we are staying at OKW and will have laundry in the room). I don't think my kids even have 11 pairs of shorts. I know I don't have 11 pairs of shorts. I certainly don't have 11 bras. I am guessing we'll also wear two outfits a day since I can't imagine putting on stinky, sweaty clothes after our afternoon break. So that would be 22 outfits for you. Even if I had that many things, I wouldn't want to schlep the bags with them.

If I remember your itinerary, you are planning some down days to relax around the hotel. Those are perfect for laundry. Split up the task with your dh if that helps. One can put it in, one can take it out. Plus, with kids as young as yours, you'll also have time to do laundry after they are in bed.


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Wed, 04-30-2003 - 11:34pm
I agree with the others on doing laundry, and it's easier to pack those block type laundry soap things (not sure what they are called), you might have even gotten some samples in the mail.


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Thu, 05-01-2003 - 11:21am
thanks for everyone's replies! i checked my closet and i certainly don't have enough clothes to *not* do laundry anyway (glad someone mentioned that fact! i guess i would have realized when i was packing, but better to know now)... and i didn't think too much about all of us needing 2 outfits per day most days. i only have 5 pairs of shorts that i'd wear in public, so that answers that!

thanks again, and i'm now dreaming about packing (i can't wait!)

Liz :)