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renniekins From: renniekins Date: April 12th, 2005 11:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Already picked up some Woolite, which was recommended to me by the bike people. Perhaps a clothesline would be in order, and you're right I definitely need to get some ziplock bags!
magentablue From: magentablue Date: April 12th, 2005 11:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
for sure bring a clothes line and also a little rubber ball or something else that you can use to stop up a sink. some of the places you stay at may not have plugs for the sink drain. ziplock bags are invaluable packing tools! bring extra ones with you too.
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: April 13th, 2005 01:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Another hint, wash some of the things your want to take, wring them out, squeeze them in a towel to get as much water out as possible, then hand them up to dry to see how long they take to dry - I've had some coolmax shirts take over a day to dry.
From: lindaatzarquon Date: April 13th, 2005 03:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
"I definitely need to get some ziplock bags!"

I like Easy-zip, freezer bags. And like others said, bring plenty of extras, they're useful for so many things. If they get holes, and for stuff you buy.

Europeans often hang their clothes outside to dry. Be care doing this if you go to Venice, though. You DON'T want anything to escape the line and end up in the water.

I've heard that folding clothes around tissue paper helps keep them from wrinkling. I've never tried it, so if you do let me know how it works. :-)

Are you bringing your own bikes, or renting them there?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: April 14th, 2005 02:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
The tour group is providing the bikes, but I'm bringing my own seat (because it's comfortable) and my panniers (because it costs less).

I have a feeling that folding clothes around tissue paper would just leave me with wrinkled clothes AND wrinkled tissue paper! But I'm clumsey like that. (: One way or another, I'll figure it out -- or I'll just be a bit wrinkled. It won't kill me....
From: lindaatzarquon Date: April 14th, 2005 03:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
But I'm clumsey like that.

I'm the same way. We know to just buy clothes to begin with that don't wrinkle easy, or that look okay wrinkled. :-) Another suggestion I've heard of is to hang clothes in the bathroom and run a hot bath/shower. That only sorta works. Many hotels have irons, either in the room, or from the front desk, but who wants to bother with that?

Glad to hear you won't be trying to ship your bike. Be sure to check the tsa site and your airline for their rules on number of bags allowed, weight of luggage, and allowable contents. They just changed again.

theobviousname From: theobviousname Date: April 14th, 2005 06:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Actually, I'd recommend taking a bunch of plastic shopping bags (no holes). It'd take a lot of freezer bags to put all your clothes in, but only 2 shopping bags. And unless you're *positive* you're not going to get rained on, that's not a bad idea. In my experience, even plasticised-cordura, bottom-reinforced, "leak-proof"-zipper panniers with covers still get damp inside. And if you *need* to be in Avignon on Sunday to meet someone, you can't just sit out a day's rain.
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