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What is the strangest thing you have ever brought on vacation......

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For timeshare vacations I take a small bag with laundry supplies including a small clothesline that I can stretch along the top of the bathtub. I also carry a rubber bottle opener because sometimes bottled drinks are hard to open.
 

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In the late nineties we learned to travel with our fax machine. My husband was poa for his mother,she was ill, and we frequently had to fax proof of poa to doctors, hospitals, Etc.
Now I am trying to get rid of that fax machine. The charity thrift shop won’t take it, garbage men dug it out of can and left on curb, no one wanted it free on Facebook marketplace .
My first laptop had a data/fax modem built in. Never used it to fax when we traveled, but occasionally used it at home.
 

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My first laptop had a data/fax modem built in. Never used it to fax when we traveled, but occasionally used it at home.
I think I had a desk top back then in the nineties and back in2004 I remember still moving a desk top back and forth for awhile
 

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almost down to three!!
We packed all our food when going to the Bahamas and also to Kaui..It took some doing and planning but it all worked out, saved us a lot. The other odd thing we took but not really was the MAGIC JACK, Remember those. It saved us a ton of $$ when out of the country, we had a death in the family and had to get back to the states and had to rearrange all of our flights and stays.
 

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I bring Arthur the Mothman on every vacation.

 

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In the late nineties we learned to travel with our fax machine. My husband was poa for his mother,she was ill, and we frequently had to fax proof of poa to doctors, hospitals, Etc.
Now I am trying to get rid of that fax machine. The charity thrift shop won’t take it, garbage men dug it out of can and left on curb, no one wanted it free on Facebook marketplace .
You might check into whether your community has an electronics, paint, oil recycling program. In Los Angeles, we can drop things off every Saturday and Sunday but some cities and churches, community orgs, etc, hold their own waste recycling programs.
 

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For some reason I read the title to be “What is the strangest thing you ever bought on vacation?” That would make a good thread too, if not already done. For some, the answer would be a timeshare!
 

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For some reason I read the title to be “What is the strangest thing you ever bought on vacation?” That would make a good thread too, if not already done. For some, the answer would be a timeshare!
I bought French horns on vacation a few times.

Once on the way home from vacation I bought two -- 2 -- empty French horn carrying cases.

-- Alan Cole, McLean (Fairfax County), Virginia, USA.​
 
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Pure maple syrup in shampoo bottles
 

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I hope we have one
Periodically my old area had Toxaway Days, certain sites open to take electronic garbage. Outside of those events, it usually cost me to dump an old item, like $10. blech. My garage would build a pile until a toxaway day.
 

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I took 2 sewing machines and several tubs of fabric, notions, patterns, and had myself a sewfest at the beach, off season. Cold outside but I was cranking inside. I am likely to do same thing again within the next 6 months.
 

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I bought French horns on vacation a few times.

Once on the way home from vacation I bought two -- 2 -- empty French horn carrying cases.

-- Alan Cole, McLean (Fairfax County), Virginia, USA.​
My loving DW brought home a hunting horn from Czech Republic. We dragged it all over Europe, constantly worried it would get smashed.
 
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I took 2 sewing machines and several tubs of fabric, notions, patterns, and had myself a sewfest at the beach, off season. Cold outside but I was cranking inside. I am likely to do same thing again within the next 6 months.
Nice!

Not a timeshare vacation, but one of my fondest travel memories was accompanying my wife to a conference at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. The conference was small and held weekdays off-season, so there were very few guests.

This was pre-wifi/data. I pre-ordered that weeks Sunday NY Times, a bunch of other papers/magazines, and spent 2 days reading and drinking cocoa in front of a giant roaring fire by myself. It was lovely. I got some funny looks from the bell staff for my giant box of reading material.
 

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Nice!

Not a timeshare vacation, but one of my fondest travel memories was accompanying my wife to a conference at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. The conference was small and held weekdays off-season, so there were very few guests.

This was pre-wifi/data. I pre-ordered that weeks Sunday NY Times, a bunch of other papers/magazines, and spent 2 days reading and drinking cocoa in front of a giant roaring fire by myself. It was lovely. I got some funny looks from the bell staff for my giant box of reading material.
ooooh, I could dig that!! Weird that it takes a big ole trip to get around to a big readfest, but I always take a couple paperbacks, pluck a few Nat Geos from my massive collection, and like to read local papers. Something about small town news has always made me go back for more.
 

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ooooh, I could dig that!! Weird that it takes a big ole trip to get around to a big readfest, but I always take a couple paperbacks, pluck a few Nat Geos from my massive collection, and like to read local papers. Something about small town news has always made me go back for more.
I love reading local newspapers wherever I go as well. I find it really gives you a sense for a place.

I also compulsively check real estate listings wherever I travel.
 

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My loving DW brought a Hunting born for Czech Republic
I have a nice French horn in the collection right now made by Josef Lidl in Brno, Czech Republic.

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It's an eBay special -- not bought while staying at a timeshare, nor on the way to a timeshare, nor on the way home from a timeshare.

-- Alan Cole, McLean (Fairfax County), Virginia, USA.​
 
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When I go to Mexico I take clothes my children have outgrown(but still in a good shape)

I’ve always given clothing to an appreciate housekeeper, most times Ive had to meet them outside the resort to give them the clothing but it hasn’t been a big inconvenience.

basically I ask: when do you get off work?what time should I meet you outside?and where would you recommend the best meeting spot?
 

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When I go to Mexico I take clothes my children have outgrown(but still in a good shape)

I’ve always given clothing to an appreciate housekeeper, most times Ive had to meet them outside the resort to give them the clothing but it hasn’t been a big inconvenience.

basically I ask: when do you get off work?what time should I meet you outside?and where would you recommend the best meeting spot?
This is a great idea.

Dave
 

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After Cliff packs I slip additional underwear into his suitcase based on how many days of undies we'll need before we will have a convenient laundry day -- when combining hotels and timeshares on a longer trip, especially adding European stops to the mix, laundry timing is critical! He'd already worn the same shirt for three days one time when we met his sister in Santa Fe. I hadn't noticed. On the fourth day (only day two for her) she commented he was wearing yesterday's shirt. I thought it was weird of her to notice and comment out loud, but sure enough a trip to Ross was in order because he had forgot to pack any other shirts.
We pack light also - knowing that we will do laundry at least once a week, but when we go to beach vacations, we do pack even lighter since swimsuits do not take up much space and shorts and tops only get worn a few hours each day. My husband developed a philosophy back in 1991 - if we tip well enough, the waiter will not notice that you are wearing the same thing as yesterday AND there are always stores everywhere we go, so if you need something else, just buy it there! So we are carry-on only folks now! I also take less than I need so that I can buy something new! :)
 

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Hey folks, it has been a while since we had this post. Anything new?

For me, it was a last minute trip to St. Thomas. Frozen chicken, hamburger and steaks in my luggage.....snuggled right next to my bathing suit. It was still frozen solid when we arrived.
I bet a line of stray dogs was following you down the beach :banana:
 
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When my BIL came to visit MN from the Philly area, he got subs for us, packed them in a insulated bag, and put them in his suitcase. Then Delta lost the suitcase. :eek: We were in a panic, but they found the suitcase and sent it by a courier, who delivered it at 11 PM. We ate the subs right away to make sure they didn't spoil. They were delicious! Lesson learned... don't pack perishable food in a suitcase.
 

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I love reading local newspapers wherever I go as well. I find it really gives you a sense for a place.

I also compulsively check real estate listings wherever I travel.
oh yes, I do that, too!!!
 

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I love reading local newspapers wherever I go as well. I find it really gives you a sense for a place.

I also compulsively check real estate listings wherever I travel.
If we are heading someplace new I look online a few weeks, or even months, ahead of time to find the local paper that publishes online. I bookmark the site and glance through it every day or so until we arrive. I have found out about many events happening that we would have otherwise missed if we waited until we got to our destination to research local events. The best one was many years ago when we went to Nashville and the local radio station was having a contest for tickets to a show at the Ryman on the day after we were checking in. The contest closed about a month before we were to arrive and they were giving away quite a few tickets so I thought what the heck, so I entered and I won!

DH collects and reads all the real estate papers and magazines where ever we go. If I loose him at the grocery store I know he'll be at the big display of the real estate papers near the exit. We even have to bring some of the 'best' ones home so he can show the house prices to our family or the guys at the firehall. :shrug:


~Diane
 

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If we are heading someplace new I look online a few weeks, or even months, ahead of time to find the local paper that publishes online. I bookmark the site and glance through it every day or so until we arrive. I have found out about many events happening that we would have otherwise missed if we waited until we got to our destination to research local events. The best one was many years ago when we went to Nashville and the local radio station was having a contest for tickets to a show at the Ryman on the day after we were checking in. The contest closed about a month before we were to arrive and they were giving away quite a few tickets so I thought what the heck, so I entered and I won!

DH collects and reads all the real estate papers and magazines where ever we go. If I loose him at the grocery store I know he'll be at the big display of the real estate papers near the exit. We even have to bring some of the 'best' ones home so he can show the house prices to our family or the guys at the firehall. :shrug:


~Diane
That's a great idea checking in advance!
 
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