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    reduce the clothes and increase the money

    the thing about reducing the clothing.....
    in my case, i am in a bathing suit from early morning to my 5 pm shower and dress for dinner.
    then those clothes that I put on are on for maybe 3 hrs tops.
    the top and shorts/skirt/skort can and will be worn again.

    (caveat...unless i go into a smoky casino and the clothes smell like an ash tray. often, draping them over a chair on the patio/balcony in the sun and breeze eliminates the smike stench and infrequently so cigarette smelly that they do have to go into the pile of dirty clothes)

    i cannot survive with less than 3 bathing suits and 3 cover ups.

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    I have no problem doing laundry in Aruba so I had the kids pack only 4 or 5 outfits for our 2 week+ stay this year. It worked out well and I did 3 or 4 loads of laundry, coming home with clean clothes
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Now that we are checking snorkel gear for both of us this becomes an even bigger deal. It's not about checked baggage fees, but more about lugging everything around when we both have our favorite comfy vacation clothes. Instead of bringing something new for each day, I am just bringing my favorites and if that means doing a load of laundry or 2, well so be it. I'm actually excited to not have to count out everything.
    Now as for the money part...my plan includes winning at the casino every night so we should good on that, right? I mean I put it on my list of things to do, all that's left is checking it off once we are there.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    I like your way of thinking Tracey! ; )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    the thing about reducing the clothing.....
    in my case, i am in a bathing suit from early morning to my 5 pm shower and dress for dinner.
    then those clothes that I put on are on for maybe 3 hrs tops.
    the top and shorts/skirt/skort can and will be worn again.

    (caveat...unless i go into a smoky casino and the clothes smell like an ash tray. often, draping them over a chair on the patio/balcony in the sun and breeze eliminates the smike stench and infrequently so cigarette smelly that they do have to go into the pile of dirty clothes)

    i cannot survive with less than 3 bathing suits and 3 cover ups.
    I am getting a lot better each year. I am trying hard to have one less bag this year, we will see how I make out. I totally agree and do wear my skirts more than once. I do enjoy a different top each nigh though. I too cannot bring less than 3 bathing suits as well, mostly due to the fact that because of the humidity they do not seem to dry too fast. I don't enjoy putting on a bathing suit still wet from the previous day. I also pack one suit in my carry-on, god help me if my bathing suits were lost

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    lol, this is what my wife has packed so far, minus the shoes and purses. I have the snorkel gear and provisions in mine along with the small amount of clothes I need. Thank god for roller suitcases..
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeaveTheKidsWithMom View Post
    lol, this is what my wife has packed so far, minus the shoes and purses. I have the snorkel gear and provisions in mine along with the small amount of clothes I need. Thank god for roller suitcases..
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    Maybe you should take the kids and leave the clothes with mom . Just kidding, but we seem to take less clothes every year. Now the money is a different story, we've taken more money every year. Seems our tastes in restaurants and the bar tab requires it We also seem to stay an extra day or two every year now.

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    We've gone from a suitcase each to a carry on each and that's it. The condo we rent is equipped with a washer and dryer. We pick up the toiletries, food and beverage we need at Super Foods and call it a day. We figure that we save enough on the checked bag fees to make it worth while and it sure beats lugging everything around. We bring a small amount of cash for tips and cash only purchases. Everything else goes on the credit card, which we pay off when we get home.
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    We will likely never be carry on only travelers but we do pack lighter than we used to. I think part of the problem is Southwest and their free checked luggage which basically encourages over-packing. As far as money goes I bring enough cash for off the beaten path places and food trucks that may not accept credit cards but for the most part we charge everything and pay it off when we get back. We do set a budget prior to leaving but if we go over I don't worry about it too much, can't limit myself on vacation.











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    Quote Originally Posted by burghboy View Post
    We will likely never be carry on only travelers but we do pack lighter than we used to. I think part of the problem is Southwest and their free checked luggage which basically encourages over-packing. As far as money goes I bring enough cash for off the beaten path places and food trucks that may not accept credit cards but for the most part we charge everything and pay it off when we get back. We do set a budget prior to leaving but if we go over I don't worry about it too much, can't limit myself on vacation.
    We are very similar, always have a budget and always go over. Its worth it though, its what we work for.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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