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Old 01-16-2013, 11:35 AM   #29
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I am trying to decide if I belong in this thread or not. Admittedly, I'm not taking trips in an Interstate. There are 5 us though. When we're packing it helps to remember we're in a small(ish) space.
Since you brought this up, my wife and I were wondering where you put everything during the open house at Canopener.....It didn't look like you did the "fluff and stuff" and put everything in the truck.
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Maybe it's a man thing, but I prefer a packet of activated charcoal to any kind of sissy dried flowers for odor control.

Of course, there's the old standby, the box of baking soda, but what a mess if you tip it over!
Well, ya know, it probably is a man thing. And, that's okay!

We girls like sissy dried flower things, and are generally in charge of laundry issues when we are around.


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Old 01-16-2013, 11:53 AM   #31
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We girls like sissy dried flower things, and are generally in charge of laundry issues when we are around.
Probably one reason why I'm still single after all these years…
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Old 01-16-2013, 12:05 PM   #32
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Since you brought this up, my wife and I were wondering where you put everything during the open house at Canopener.....It didn't look like you did the "fluff and stuff" and put everything in the truck.
We put it away. Next time ask for a closet tour.
The kids have one large drawer a piece. (Has to fit in the drawer or you can't take it.) Brian and I have a small drawer a piece + closet place.

We use a few "backpacking" items to make it all fit... but we have found that taking less makes for a happier space. Maybe we take it to the extreme. We used to travel with a table but recently kicked it out in favor of more space!

Matt, I did put one thing in the truck. It was the dinner rolls for the pot-luck. (All 100 of them!)
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Old 01-16-2013, 12:32 PM   #33
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Maybe we take it to the extreme. We used to travel with a table but recently kicked it out in favor of more space!
Not extreme at all.

After our first long trip in 2007, we took the pedestal table that took up one entire under-bench area in the rear and put it in the garage.

We have never used it again, and don't miss it. We need that space for other things, and have gotten very accustomed to eating on our laps or the picnic table outside.


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.....and going back to the discussion earlier about how nice it is to have paper copies. We're (I guess) gen-x who usually embrace all things digital. We do travel with three cellphones, two of which are iPhones, three iPods, and iPad, a gps on the dash and a laptop or two.

But what's open on the center console while we're underway? That's right, the good old-fashioned atlas. It's always nice to be able to see a "big picture" of the days travel or to throw it out in the picnic table and plan out a day or two.
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We do travel with three cellphones, two of which are iPhones, three iPods, and iPad, a gps on the dash and a laptop or two.
Ug! It's all of this stuff!! These things are my nemesis in small space living.... especially in the everything-needs-charged department. I have cables and electronics out my ears! We had the foresight to put a 12v outlet in one cabinet but there are so many electronics that need homes! I'm still looking for a cable-reducing simplified charging station for all of our gadgets.

Come to think of it... I doubt all of these things take up less space than the recipe box.
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Ug! It's all of this stuff!! These things are my nemesis in small space living.... especially in the everything-needs-charged department. I have cables and electronics out my ears!
As long as different manufacturers don't share charging devices due to patent laws, don't hold your breath waiting.

I just put each charger in a labeled ziplock bag, and drop them all in a box in one of the overhead lockers. Then when I need one, even though I still have to look through the box, I can tell at a glance which charger is which. They don't get tangled up with each other, either!
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Plastic bags are wonderful organizers and space-reducers. We move pasta, crackers, etc., into ziplock bags before we put them away. Leftovers can also be stored in these in the tiny frig.

We keep chargers, pet things and other small items in Duluth Trading company's back seat organizer and Cab Commander, which sit on the back of and behind the passenger seat. Perfect, easily accessible and washable.

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I know there are some wireless inductive charging pads that work with specialized device cases. Drop the device on the pad and it charges. Last time I looked at the prices, it was worth it to deal with the wires....

Most of our stuff gets charged in the truck while we're on the road or left alone because if we get it out it means working and who wants to deal with that on vacation?
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Plastic bags are wonderful organizers and space-reducers. We move pasta, crackers, etc., into ziplock bags before we put them away. Leftovers can also be stored in these in the tiny frig.

We keep chargers, pet things and other small items in Duluth Trading company's back seat organizer and Cab Commander, which sit on the back of and behind the passenger seat. Perfect, easily accessible and washable.

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I use one of those, too, on the passenger seat. Behind the front passenger seat I've got a Mercedes Benz Sprinter coat hanger, where I hang my raincoat, or whatever jacket I'm using for cold-weather trips. It's a lot better than the el-cheapo aftermarket seat-back coat hanger I used to use.
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I know there are some wireless inductive charging pads that work with specialized device cases. Drop the device on the pad and it charges. Last time I looked at the prices, it was worth it to deal with the wires....

Most of our stuff gets charged in the truck while we're on the road or left alone because if we get it out it means working and who wants to deal with that on vacation?
We recently bought an inverter for the dash that allows two items to charge at once, also a small, unobtrusive thingy for one of the kitchen outlets that adds an outlet and has a little port on the side for a computer, camera, phone, etc.(Pardon my lack of appropriate techno-speak.). Extension cords just take up too much space on the counter.

We charge while driving, too, especially when doing a lot of dry camping---but then there's all those things sliding around up front. What to do with that?

We have one of those little pads for the dash, that is supposed to prevent sliding of phones, etc., but it is small and not terribly effective but for a straight and uninteresting road.


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We charge while driving, too, especially when doing a lot of dry camping---but then there's all those things sliding around up front. What to do with that?
Velcro. Long strip of Velcro hooks on the dash, short strips of Velcro loops on the backs of the devices. The loops are kinder to hands and pockets, so the loops go on the devices.

Can also work in the galley or wherever you plug in your 120vAC-powered chargers, to stick the devices to the wall, or the front of an overhead locker, or wherever else happens to be out of the way.

Plus, if you put Velcro hooks on the door of an overhead locker, you can put some Velcro loops on the back of a clipboard, and use it to hang whatever recipe you're using at the time so it doesn't take up counter space. Same clipboard can then be used on your dashboard (where you've put Velcro for charging your devices) to hold your road atlas in place in transit.

I did something similar with the television remote; Velcro loops on the back of the remote, a strip of Velcro hooks on the back of the television, taking care not to cover up any of the vent slots on the TV. Then, when I'm not watching TV, the remote is stuck to the TV where I can find it next time I need it.

I didn't do the other stuff I've suggested, though. Not yet, at least. But having suggested them, I think I will.
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Hmmm, Velcro hooks are a great idea! I can think of lots of ways to use those in cabinets to hold small items up and in view. Am always trying to think of ways to use that dead space on the sides and backs of cabinets.

I have strips of Velcro in the back of the spice shelves in the galley, then attach a piece to the back of whatever and it is secure for travel---rather than bouncing out onto the floor, leaving its' contents everywhere.

I wonder if the heat that the dash gets would detach the Velcro strips when in use? We have had that problem with other small things we have tried to attach up there.

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