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From: Dunellen, NJ, USA
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posted 05-28-2005 13:59     Click Here to See the Profile for PastorJeff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote Post A Reply
My family is going to be enjoying a week at Horizons Marriot in Orlando in just a few weeks. We're fairly new to timeshare, and wonder if anyone has ever posted a standard "Timeshare Packing List"? For instance, do we need to bring soap, towels, salt & pepper?

FYI, my wife and I have three kids, ages 8, 8, and 7.


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From: Windsor, CA Own at Lake Condominium, Big Sky, MT
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posted 05-28-2005 14:47     Click Here to See the Profile for swift   Click Here to Email swift     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote Post A Reply
I think alot depends on wheather you are driving or flying and how much cooking you plan to do. I always bring my own tolitries. For the kitchen we usually eat our breakfasts and lunch in and eat out for dinner. You will have a full kitchen so most of your supplies should be there but you may want to bring zip lock bags, foil and small containers of condiments. Someone posted this site awhile back http://www.minimus.biz/default.aspx I also bring my own beach towels because they are larger than the pool towels you usually get. You might also want to pack a small container of laundry soap and a bag to put dirty laundry in. Pack you clothing lightly you hardly ever wear all that you pack and you can always wash and reware. I find that my kids basicly live in their swim suits so I will pack 2-3 of those.

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From: FT. LAUDERDALE, FL, USA , Harbor Club at Palm Coast; Celebration - Orlando; Seawatch at Island Club, Hilton Head Island
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posted 05-28-2005 15:03     Click Here to See the Profile for MULTIZ321   Click Here to Email MULTIZ321     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote Post A Reply
Pastor Jeff,

If you go to the Tug Home Page, and look at the column on the left,
under Timeshare News/Info click on the Advice hyperlink, scoll down the page under General Advice and click on the A.R. Checklist of things to take on your timeshare exchange hyperlink

or click on this link to take you there http://www.tug2.net/advice/AR-checklist.html


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posted 05-28-2005 15:43     Click Here to See the Profile for sfwilshire   Click Here to Email sfwilshire     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote Post A Reply
I always bring a muffin tin because I like to use the instant muffin packets where you just add milk or water. We never take time to do this at home, so it's a traditional vacation treat.

I also bring a few ice trays because most ice makers can't keep up with my family of six.

I guess the moral of the story is that the standard stuff will probably be in the unit or available for special request, but if there is anything at all unusual that you really like to have, you may want to bring it along if you have room.

I remember once finding myself without a colander. Went and bought one and left it in the room rather than carry it home with me.


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From: Bismarck,N.D TownCenter at Jackson Hole, week 25, Marriott Harbour Pointe, week 27
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posted 05-28-2005 16:38     Click Here to See the Profile for cindir4   Click Here to Email cindir4     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote Post A Reply
Most timeshares you do need to bring salt and pepper, plus any other condiments you think you might need.

I always pack (in freezer bags)some of the brick type laundry detergent, several dryer sheets and those little single gel pacs (Electrosol) for the dishwasher. They usually give you a starter amount, but only enough for one load of laundry and a few loads for the dishwasher.

There is a wonderful Publix very near Horizons that has everything you need (or forgot) so don't worry too much.

And don't over pack. Just plan on washing clothes occasionally. You can throw a load in and leave for the parks and then throw in the dryer when you return. Much easier than carting way too much luggage through the airport and into the unit.

And have a wonderful time! Your kids will love Horizons.

Edited to add that I also pack a zip lock bag with my coffee plus some coffee filters. Most of the timeshares do not have coffee filters.


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posted 05-28-2005 17:37     Click Here to See the Profile for 2hokies     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote Post A Reply
You shouldn't need soap (unless you need something special) and they provide towels, though you can see that the previous poster likes to bring his/her own for pool and beach. We brought some salt/pepper packs that we picked up at fast food restaurants. We were surprised to find a laundry basket and plenty of dishwasher detergent on our last stay. And they replaced the dishwasher detergent when we ran out. Have a good time!

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From: Twain Harte, Ca. Float Week Hanalei Bay Resort
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posted 05-28-2005 18:01     Click Here to See the Profile for barndweller     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote Post A Reply
On our first exchange the kitchen had EVERYTHING...plenty of dishsoap, coffee filters, a colander & even a coffee grinder. On the last trip the kitchen was extremely basic...good quality kitchenware but only one pot, one pan, one lid, etc. We only had 4 steaknives for a sleep six place but we just shared.

I've started keeping a list of items it would be nice to take and I figure the others I'll just make do if it isn't provided. It's not really worth the packing space to take that kind of stuff if you fly. The only thing I always take is my favorite corkskrew and I have to put it in checked luggage since 9/11. We like to go with just carry ons so I may even leave it home next time.

If you are driving and can pack extra stuff I recomend: your favorite CDs and videos, small baggies of seasonings, salt & pepper, extra laundry soap, baggies and ziplock containers(good for leftovers and seashell collecting or packing picnics), your favorite paring knife and vegetable peeler, your own beach or pool towels. Other than that you can usually get anything that you really need from a local source once you are there.

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posted 05-30-2005 08:32     Click Here to See the Profile for PastorJeff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote Post A Reply
Thanks, everyone, for the great advice. I'm sure you've saved us at least one trip to the store! Can't wait to go.


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