Posted February 24th, 2014, 06:46 PM
Thanks to everyone for their input.
I was really looking for double-duty items but these packing tips are fun, too.
Medicines: (especially for Yggdrasil98) My mom travels with about 20 meds. I ask the pharmacy to print an extra label for each. Then I use snack size Ziplocks. The secret is to use a straight pin to puncture the Ziplocks in a couple of places. Then the bags pack really flat and take up very little room. I usually take one of her med boxes that holds a week of meds and just refill it when the time comes. For over the counter meds, I just peel off the label from an old bottle or Xerox it. (I also take a few extra days of meds, in case of a travel delay.)
Scarf trick: To "iron" a scarf overnight, just wet it and stick it on the mirror. It will fall off the mirror when it dries, nice and flat! This also works with ribbons. (Of course, be sure the material is washable.)
There is a great little, inexpensive ebook on Amazon that has lots of packing tips, including what kind of cloth works best for hot and cold weather. If anyone is interested, let me know and I'll look up the actual name.