(Closed) OOT Bags…

posted 7 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I got bags at the dollar store ( I posted them a while back).  I would keep it simple, keep it to small things that will make their stay alittle easier.  Water, aspirin, snacks, things that you would have to run out and get at a hotel.  I did mine for only a few dollars.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

This may be my favorite part of the planning. I’m serious. I think the most important things to go in there is FOOD. Just little snacks so they don’t have to spend 8 bucks on a burger if they are STARVING when they fly/drive in. I’m packing some water bottles, tea, homemade cookies, etc. Maybe a one pot dealie of some great coffee for in the morning. Sam’s Club or Costco are great places to go because you can get snack sized things and have enough to go around. Now they have these amazing salted caramels or smoked almonds or really anything that you could put in cute, super cheap cellophane bags.

Other than that maybe small yummy soaps, sun screen if they will be outside, perhaps small puzzle games, or crossword puzzles? Wedding mab-libs or word finds? Sudoku?

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

For a wedding in May of 2013 please hold off adding food to your bags. This is not something you can do ahead of time.

You could go to your local tourist bureau and see if thye have any handy little maps of the area especially things close to the hotel.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

I wouldn’t waste my time or money on the do not disturb signs. All hotels have DND signs and I probably wouldn’t take it home since it wouldn’t be used. Same with sunglasses which are a very personal choice that I expect most people would bring to Phoenix.

Out of Town bags to me are best filled with snacks, drinks, maybe asprin, tums, etc. All consumables.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I think we’re doing water bottles, map of Philadelphia with popular sites to check out, tastycakes (Philly based company), salt water taffy, microwavable popcorn etc. I would skip the ‘Do not Disturb’ sign only because it will be useless once they go home and the hotel probably will already have one.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

I travel a good deal on business, very frequently to towns that I know well. Definately YES to the sunscreen. Now that we cannot carry liquids and gels in our carry-on, that always has to be acquired at destination. Also, static-guard spray (you can get little tiny cans) especially for dressy events, since you cannot carry aerosols in either carry-on or packed luggage.

The things that make me feel welcome when travelling are:

  • flowers in my room when I arrive (but note I have no pollen allergies, some people do)
  • A TV guide for the stations that the hotel is carrying!!! They all have some sort of satellite, and it is nearly impossible, even with the internet, to figure out what is on. Not that TV is a big deal when you have a wedding (or a conference) to attend, but it is nice to feel in control.
  • Teabags in my preferred blends — especially in the States where many hotels provide coffee but not tea; or stale poor-quality tea
  • Fruit — the automat-dispense down the hall usually has bags of almonds and so on, but some grapes or an apple are often unobtainable in the hotel district. A bowl of fruit is as welcome as the fresh flowers are!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Yes, definitely suggest hotels- as long as you check them out first. It saves people a TON of time and you can reserve blocks and possibly get a discount. Some even throw a bridal suite in for free!

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