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    Concert going, gourmet cooking, yoga, travel, Miatas, friends, travel, wines and CRUISING!
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  1. I use Marie Kondo's method of folding, not necessarily her way of putting clothing in her bag. Certainly all methods will work, but I prefer the Marie Kondo method of folding because I was able to take more (the folded clothing was our trip to the Panama Canal). As was said, everyone has their preferences, but because we usually have more than one stop now, this one works the best for me.
  2. This is the method I use when when I bundle. I usually use this if I we are only going to be staying a day or two beforehand at our friend's home before leaving for our cruise. I've been packing in a carry on for about 10 years now and I really prefer it. I just pick out what I'm going to wear and bundle it.
  3. I'm with you....I now have four different kinds and I'm definitely not sold on them. We went with an eBags backpack only on our recent trip to Hawaii and while it organized my bag well, I still think I fare better either bundling or folding our clothing Marie Kondo style. Bundling actually has kept my clothing looking nicer, however it is work if you are doing multiple locations. If I'm just cruising, it works perfectly. I find Marie Kondo style packing works for me better all the way around though. We are going on a 16 day European trip next year to include a cruise and I'm going to have to creatively pack because I do not want to deal with anything more than a carry on when we begin in Venice. Everyone has what they believe works for them and while I love the organization part of the cubes, I can get more in with bundling.
  4. I want to jump in here because I was a HUGE Swimsuits for All fan, however I just bought two from Amazon that were less than what I paid for the one that I just got from Swimsuits for All and actually fit me better! They are definitely worth a look! I'll include the top I bought. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B073PWM6S4/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  5. My foot is a size 11 and I have two pairs of Rothy's that I went up the 1/2 size in. I have a fuchsia blue fun pattern of the pointed flat (feels very small still) and the rounded flat in pink, which while they do fit a tad better, I still have issues with. They are nice and I do like that you can wash them, but I find the Tieks fit much better.
  6. I get sparkly sandals at Boscovs. They have all sorts. I've also seen really nice ones at Beall's in Florida. I've never been ousted from the dining room, so they must be ok. I also have Tieks and Rothy's.
  7. OK....so I tried this tonight. My husband and I go to a diner near our home on occasion and as soon as I walked out, even in our oppressive heat, I could smell the food in my clothing. I decided when I got home, I would make a bottle up and spray it on my clothes....and this is in a word, AMAZING! I did 1:1 on the ratios and the food odors pretty much dissipated. I have to say this is exactly what I was thinking and it's a cheap fix! Even if you don't drink, you could get a miniature of vodka at the liquor store to make it up for your clothing.
  8. Celebrity cruiser here....shorts, t-shirts, swimsuit and coverup during the day. We change for dinner....business casual or somewhat evening chic (my Old Navy little black dress works!). I keep my packing light these days. I just refuse to stress out about packing any longer before, when I'm on or after the cruise and yes, I did all three.
  9. After this day of work and then meeting with a contractor about a bathroom demo and new carpeting for our condo, those vodka selections could very well be gone....LOL! I'm just eating lunch because it has been so crazy! I usually have a spray bottle with me as well. In my case, I usually spray water it on my hair as for some reason on a cruise, it's very unruly. This is my Panama Canal cruise....only 10 days and I still brought home some clean stuff. I know I can do this 14 days carry on business!
  10. In all fairness, it's a carry on backpack. It's the same one that we will be using to go to Europe next year, so we will be seeing how this goes. I have to make the up the bottle of vodka and water for Sunday. LOL, I need to see if I have any PLAIN vodka....lol, I'm thinking right now I have birthday cake, black cherry and orange whipped! =P
  11. I love making packing lists....we are going to Hawaii in a few weeks and I just so look forward to grabbing my ebags backpack from the overhead storage and going right to pick up the convertible we rented. No time wasted waiting for baggage. I've been finding some lighter fabrics in plus size recently and I am so happy that retailers are getting more inclusive with clothing offerings in all sizes. I have found some great stuff in a lot of places. I really can't wait to put my items together for Europe. I haven't been since 2003, so I am looking forward to it!
  12. LOL, well I am the queen of verbose sometimes, so we are birds of a feather! I also really enjoying packing light these days. I used to stress so much about my wardrobe, especially on a cruise. Our last cruise, my husband booked a flight for 10:00 out of FLL and of course I was sweating bullets. We did the walk off and actually had time for breakfast at the airport. I'm finding out a lot of things about myself at 57....one is I really don't need as much to make me happy....two, my best efforts are just that. I need to cut myself some slack. I'm going to try the vodka and water for sure. We have breakfast at a local cafe before church on Sundays and I often smell like breakfast food....it will be the perfect opportunity to see if it works for that. I usually wear my Sunday best on Monday and I definitely will know! :)
  13. I'm thinking more of neutralizing....because I have this issue myself with scent, I'm just looking more for something I may wear for say 3 or 4 hours to be *refreshed* in with a not so overpowering laundry scent or no scent at all (the vodka and water sounds intriguing!). Just having that Downy stuff in my ship closet would be positively nauseating!!! That stuff is beyond strong. I will be rinsing out things in the room....from what I'm reading with Venice, it's much better to not haul a huge bag.
  14. I'm the odor sensitive one, hence I cannot STAND the Downy (or Febreeze) stuff. But because I am odor sensitive, it's also because I can smell myself as the day wears on. My husband says he doesn't smell me, but he knows from experience that I have a highly developed sniffer! =P If I'm on the ship and I have something on for just a few hours, speaking from a dinner standpoint, I just want to be able to spritz an item and wear it again just for my peace of mind. I will be washing out stuff for sure. I know people send stuff out to the laundry, but most of my clothes I feel can't be handled in crazy hot water. I have plastic hangers I take on trips with me that fold up and are awesome! I also take knits....so this is more from the refreshing side opposed to the wrinkles.
  15. Oh, for sure I know the carry on is do-able. As we will be in Venice and Rome before hand, there is just no plan to overpack. I do it now for a little over a week travel, but I do have to think a little more out of the box with two weeks, if for no other reason that I know dress in Europe is a tad more conservative than I would head out somewhere here. I have two dresses that are quite similar to yours that I bought along with a few other pieces that I have in my *cruise wardrobe* (only time I use them to be honest), and they are so perfect for a cruise! I have plans to wear a swipe skirt from Poppy Row (a Kickstarter that I did) that I have to say I really thought was going to look pathetic on me, however it's a favorite piece of mine. I plan on taking a few tanks and wraps and changing what I bring for the evening a bit. I have a knit pair of pants that I've had for quite sometime and they will rinse right out in the sink. Just got a new Eileen Fisher tank in beige from Poshmark which I am sure will be getting a work out! I too am going to test out the water and vodka....I did just get a fabric spray from the Laundress online for my home and I'm very pleased with the scent....it's light, not crazy like Febreeze. I may just take some of it because what it reminds me of is the clean smell of sheets being on a line all day. It's not strong at all.
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