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OOT Bags - Out of Control!

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So...I started putting together my OOT bags & I think I have lost all control, ha! I keep finding things I love & want to add so now my list:

 

Bags

Cabana Towels

Flip Flops

Underwater cameras

Regular cameras

Hand sanitizer

First aid kit

Tissues

Note pads

Pens

Post Cards

Chocolate candles (we are from PA)

Wine charms - starfish

 

How did you guys stop, ha!

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I'm the same way - love shopping for them and keep thinking of things that would be cute, not to mention my major VistaPrint addiction, but what has stopped me from buying anything else is realizing i'm going to need one entire suitcase just to get the stuff to Jamaica, and then put them all together once we get there.

 

After I put my Hangover kits together and saw how much work just those took, I realized i needed to stop...I have everything I need for them and I'm done...smile124.gif

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I definitely understand! It is sooo easy to get carried away with these things! At first, I had a huge lists of ideas. Then, I basically decided to just buy the welcome bags and make a mini welcome book and buy the rest of the stuff in Maui...local Maui treats. I think the guests will really enjoy that and it'll give them a nice Hawaiian welcome. Good luck! wink.gif

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LOL I remember this feeling. What makes me wish I reeled myself in was the fact that ALL of our bags were over weight and we almost didn't make the flight because of the fact that I was obsessed with my "stuff" I wouldn't agree to throw anything away. There are heavy airline restrictions for weight these days. So I say PLEASE check your airline restrictions and follow them because there are some EVIL gate agents that don't care if the Queen of England was getting married..they will veto your bags lol.

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Oh thats a scary thought...putting so much time, effort and money into the OOT bags and then to have an airline weight restriction veto them! Lucky for me we are paying for our three kids tickets and they will each have a baggage allowance...I imagine I will be packing all of them into one big suitcase and using the extra two for wedding stuff. That might be worth the price of their tickets alone!

 

It is hard to stop buying for the OOT bags because you can find cute stuff all over the place!! But BDW member Echo sent me a PM with a good point...try to find stuff that has some sort of value to the guests other than just cheapy filler stuff! I'm waiting for the $1 old navy flip flop sale and have a few more things to purchase and then I think I will be done!

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I am in the middle of doing mine right now and I need someone to stop me! I have gotten so much stuff I have no idea how to even put it all together and get it there! I'm sure my guests will LOVE them though!

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I am hoping to put them together before leaving & having them all in 1 suitcase. I only have 10 people coming with us so I don't think that will reach our weight limit but I will definitely check.

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I completely understand....I feel like I want to buy more sometimes and then I remember that we need to drag everything down there. Today i bought a box of those cool wooden fans at Michaels....and I love them. Then i got home and looked at the box and thought...."Sheesh, just more stuff to weigh my suitcase down with" LOL

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I totally understand! I have been going back and forth on items and have decided not to add stuff that I thought was a necessity at first! I would try and eliminate things that your guests really don't need. For example, I was going to put mini suntan lotions and realized it was silly because everyone will be bringing there own bottles, so the extra weight it's worth it. Hopefully your family can take extra items for you so you can bring everything you want! Good luck!

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Girasole...where are you from in PA? I'm moving back to PA in may! I totally understand, FI is so irritated that i keep adding stuff to the OOT bags, but I can't help myself either. I've decided i'm not adding anything to them now, though. I'm forcing myself to give them to our guests early, so I am not allowed to add anything else! Plus I won't have to worry about extra weight and space on the plane, as well as no custom issues!

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