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Packing for a Trip

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Pack for a 7 - 10 day vacation or mission trip using 1 carry-on. I've traveled on short-term mission trips over the past 10 years and how many people OVER PACK:
1) Wear the same outfit going and coming back home - with comfortable shoes
PACK:
2) 3 outfits that tops and bottoms are interchangeable
3) 7 pairs of underwear:)
4) 1 extra pair of shoes
5) Hair/Body products should fit in the quart sized zip lock bag:
- toothbrush, toothpaste, sun protectant, shampoo, body wash, sun protectant
6) Make-up should fit in sandwich or quart-sized zip lock bag
8) Medicine for the entire trip plus 2 days extra; try to put in smaller container and put in quart-sized zip lock bag
9) Hair straightener OR curling iron
10) Do not bring a blow dryer most facilities have one
11) Brush/comb
12) Swimsuit
13) Jacket OR sweatshirt
14) Electronic chargers
15) Small LED flashlight
16) 1 pair of pajamas
17) 3 - 4 pairs of socks if needed

Humps in Shirts

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To avoid the humps in the shoulders of your shirt when hanging on hanger to long hang them wrong side out then the hump is on the other side :-)

Snack Bag

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I keep a snack bag and bottled water prepared and take it in the car. This helps when hunger strikes and it keeps us from spending money on fast food.

Keep Change in the Door

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I'm in my vehicle a lot during the work week, so I tend to drive-thru for food and drinks. It's unusual for the cost to be in even dollars. So, I keep loose change in my door handle. No more digging through my purse or wallet. It's also convenient for parking meters and car washes.

Cramps

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Every woman has those days where nothing gets done because cramps have you down and out. Midol might work, but not every time! You want to be rid of those cramps, and in a matter of minutes? Fill a glass half full of water, then add 1-2 teaspoons of vinegar, and guzzle away! In no time at all, you will be back up and feeling fine! Proven time and time again! Thank you Jesus for vinegar!

Kid Calendar

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I would love to have time to make amazing scrapbooks and memory books for my kids (and me) to enjoy as they get older. However, I know I don't have time for that and all I would get is frustrated with how behind on it I am. So, I compromised. Every year I have a calendar made for each of my children. Each month has a favorite picture of them from the previous year. I hang these up and every week or so, I write down things they have done (appointments, play dates, movies, games, etc.). I also write down interesting facts about them (funny sayings they have picked up, a new movie/book/show that they love, etc.). Even though they are still young, I have already smiled (and cried) reading their calendars from just a few years ago. I can only imagine how much these will mean to me when they get even older.

Rechargeable Batteries

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I simplify life by using rechargeable batteries. So many times I had to look at disappointed faces when the batteries of a favorite toy or game stopped. Amazingly the entire family has jumped on board. When the batteries lose power, we go to the zip-lock bag that holds the charger and 'already charged' batteries, pop the 'run-down' batteries in the charger and plug it in to the electrical outlet till charged. We put the 'already charged' batteries in toy, PRESTO- happy faces and less stress. I have used the same batteries for at least 3 years!

Shoe Shopping

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To make shoe shopping for kids shoes easier have your child stand on a piece of paper. Then trace their foot. Cut out the traced foot and label with your child's name and date. Keep the paper foot in your purse. Then when you are out shopping just place the paper foot into the shoe. You can then reach in and feel how much room they will have in the shoe.

Natural Conditioner

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Natural Conditioner - Instead of spending tons of money on conditioners and hair care products I've been using household food items such bananas, eggs, olive oil and yogurt.

Unsteaming the Mirror

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After a hot shower I use the hair dryer on my vanity mirror. It unsteams ( is that even a word?) the mirror and leaves no streaks that a towel would if you used it to wipe the steam away.