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Spending time and money at IKEA so you don't have to!

Jeff Crawley

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A "Tourigrino" trip once Covid has passed, so 2023
Inspired by @trecile's Yuppienalle phone stand and because I was going to be near (well, 6 miles away) an IKEA today I dropped in to rummage around - an expensive way to spend an hour or two!

I've been using these packing cubes from Decathlon for some time now

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The three bags fit comfortably into a 40l carry on suitcase with room to spare, each has a zip around three sides and cost £10 in the UK

IKEA have these 3 Rensare cubes (at the top - largest Decathlon bag still sitting at the bottom):

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They are stuffed with: 3 pairs hiking socks, 3 pairs underwear, 3 teeshirts and FIVE long sleeve tees - and still only take up one half of the case volume. Cost £4 or €4.99 weigh 81g and have a zip along one side and across the end.

The Yuppiehalle phone stand is a delight, weighs 18g and looks like a little grey Christmas tree hanging on your keyring, add a small snap hook and hang it off your pack perhaps?

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The flop of the day is the Rensare drybag which I thought might work out as a scrub bag to wash laundry in. It might, at a pinch, but it seems the 2.5l capacity is for an open bag and not for one that is rolled down. £2 or €2.99 and weighs 56g

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could be used as a foldable bucket? weather proof lunch pail? wet clothes carrier?
 
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Thanks for checking all these products out!
I haven't seen any of them in person yet - the phone stand came to my attention on Facebook.

I had my doubts about the dry bag - I use a 12 liter ultralight dry bag from Osprey to wash my clothes, but I'm sure that you'll find a use for the Rensare bag.
 
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Is he embarrassed about the bag on his head or the other headwear and bow tie?😄
Bob is a Rescue Bear bought from a charity shop (US = Thrift Store) - who gives away teddy bears? Why?

According to Katherine he had a past life as a hoochie coochie dancer in an Egyptian night club under the name of Mr Sparkles - hence the strange attire.

I worry about that girl, I really do.
 
Bob is a Rescue Bear bought from a charity shop (US = Thrift Store) - who gives away teddy bears? Why?

According to Katherine he had a past life as a hoochie coochie dancer in an Egyptian night club under the name of Mr Sparkles - hence the strange attire.

I worry about that girl, I really do.
As well you should young Jeff. Lol. Lol. Re 'Who throws away TeddyBears"....I very much feel that the culprits are - Humans with very little brains and no Warm and fuzzie feelings"
 
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My favourite IKEA memory is overhearing a young couple in the car park, walking towards the store entrance, when the man said "no, I'm just saying, we aren't going to spend HOURs in here, are we?"
 
Inspired by @trecile's Yuppienalle phone stand and because I was going to be near (well, 6 miles away) an IKEA today I dropped in to rummage around - an expensive way to spend an hour or two!

I've been using these packing cubes from Decathlon for some time now

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The three bags fit comfortably into a 40l carry on suitcase with room to spare, each has a zip around three sides and cost £10 in the UK

IKEA have these 3 Rensare cubes (at the top - largest Decathlon bag still sitting at the bottom):

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They are stuffed with: 3 pairs hiking socks, 3 pairs underwear, 3 teeshirts and FIVE long sleeve tees - and still only take up one half of the case volume. Cost £4 or €4.99 weigh 81g and have a zip along one side and across the end.

The Yuppiehalle phone stand is a delight, weighs 18g and looks like a little grey Christmas tree hanging on your keyring, add a small snap hook and hang it off your pack perhaps?

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The flop of the day is the Rensare drybag which I thought might work out as a scrub bag to wash laundry in. It might, at a pinch, but it seems the 2.5l capacity is for an open bag and not for one that is rolled down. £2 or €2.99 and weighs 56g

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could be used as a foldable bucket? weather proof lunch pail? wet clothes carrier?
Recently when travelling I thought I'd drop onto one of those (expensive) tech shops you see in airports to look for a neat phone stand like this one.
The young store attendant said, "No, we don't have anything like that. But why don't you just fold a spare pair of glasses ( eg sunglasses) and stand your phone in it?"
Like this. (Couldn't illustrate with my phone - needed it to take the pic.)
So simple, has changed my life.
 

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Thanks for checking all these products out!
I haven't seen any of them in person yet - the phone stand came to my attention on Facebook.

I had my doubts about the dry bag - I use a 12 liter ultralight dry bag from Osprey to wash my clothes, but I'm sure that you'll find a use for the Rensare bag.
Hmmmm, dry bag for washing clothes? Curious about this, if dry bag is to keep clothes 'dry.'
 
Hmmmm, dry bag for washing clothes? Curious about this, if dry bag is to keep clothes 'dry.'
I use a dry bag as my portable washing machine. Here's my method:

Most albergues have laundry sinks and many have washing machines. But I use a ultralight 12 liter Osprey dry bag as my portable washing machine. I put my clothes in it as I'm getting into the shower with water from the shower as it's warming up. I add half of a laundry detergent sheet (some brands are Breezeo and Tru Earth) Then I seal it up and give it a few shakes.

I set it aside for everything to soak while I shower and dress. Then I shake it a bit more to agitate the clothes in the bag before dumping it out in the laundry sink and rinsing. The detergent sheets don't make a lot of suds, but get the clothes clean and it's easy to rinse out.

After wringing the clothes out as best I can I wrap them in my towel and twist it to get out more water before hanging them to dry.

Because of the long soaking time method gets my clothes cleaner with less effort than when I used just the laundry sinks or tubs.
 
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I use a dry bag as my portable washing machine. Here's my method:

Most albergues have laundry sinks and many have washing machines. But I use a ultralight 12 liter Osprey dry bag as my portable washing machine. I put my clothes in it as I'm getting into the shower with water from the shower as it's warming up. I add half of a laundry detergent sheet (some brands are Breezeo and Tru Earth) Then I seal it up and give it a few shakes.

I set it aside for everything to soak while I shower and dress. Then I shake it a bit more to agitate the clothes in the bag before dumping it out in the laundry sink and rinsing. The detergent sheets don't make a lot of suds, but get the clothes clean and it's easy to rinse out.
Brilliant!
 
Inspired by @trecile's Yuppienalle phone stand and because I was going to be near (well, 6 miles away) an IKEA today I dropped in to rummage around - an expensive way to spend an hour or two!

I've been using these packing cubes from Decathlon for some time now

View attachment 135701

The three bags fit comfortably into a 40l carry on suitcase with room to spare, each has a zip around three sides and cost £10 in the UK

IKEA have these 3 Rensare cubes (at the top - largest Decathlon bag still sitting at the bottom):

View attachment 135702
They are stuffed with: 3 pairs hiking socks, 3 pairs underwear, 3 teeshirts and FIVE long sleeve tees - and still only take up one half of the case volume. Cost £4 or €4.99 weigh 81g and have a zip along one side and across the end.

The Yuppiehalle phone stand is a delight, weighs 18g and looks like a little grey Christmas tree hanging on your keyring, add a small snap hook and hang it off your pack perhaps?

View attachment 135703

The flop of the day is the Rensare drybag which I thought might work out as a scrub bag to wash laundry in. It might, at a pinch, but it seems the 2.5l capacity is for an open bag and not for one that is rolled down. £2 or €2.99 and weighs 56g

View attachment 135705
could be used as a foldable bucket? weather proof lunch pail? wet clothes carrier?
Or, simply purchase a Segbag or Free Spirit backpack that has dividers internally to keep things separate and organized. Their site is here;


However, most of the stock is depleted. Responding to that issue, I have just sent off a note asking when they expect to be replenished. For now, these are still in stock;

 
Recently when travelling I thought I'd drop onto one of those (expensive) tech shops you see in airports to look for a neat phone stand like this one.
The young store attendant said, "No, we don't have anything like that. But why don't you just fold a spare pair of glasses ( eg sunglasses) and stand your phone in it?"
Like this. (Couldn't illustrate with my phone - needed it to take the pic.)
So simple, has changed my life.
I like that, but I need my glasses in order to be able to use the phone . . . . . though it made me realise I need to carry a spare pair JIC though I do have a spare pair in my car.

BC
 
Very light, comfortable and compressible poncho. Specially designed for protection against water for any activity.

Our Atmospheric H30 poncho offers lightness and waterproofness. Easily compressible and made with our Waterproof fabric, its heat-sealed interior seams guarantee its waterproofness. Includes carrying bag.
Of course you were banned from Ikea, Henry; dogs are not allowed.
😱 poor Henry!

Actually dogs are allowed in pilgrims friendly Decathlon (UK and France)! Also in the other outdoorsy shops in the UK, they were competing on who’s got the cutest dog friendly shop window…

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The thing about the phone stand is that @JustJack was looking for a tripod alternative so he could take selfies rather than a "stick on the back holder" and at C$0.99 it's a lot cheaper than C$20 to C$45 for a popgrip but chacun à son goût as you say in Quebec.

Buen Camino
 
😱 poor Henry!

Actually dogs are allowed in pilgrims friendly Decathlon (UK and France)! Also in the other outdoorsy shops in the UK, they were competing on who’s got the cutest dog friendly shop window…

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Good luck at my local Decathlon (Margate, Kent) - you access it through a Tesco!
 
Bob is a Rescue Bear bought from a charity shop (US = Thrift Store) - who gives away teddy bears? Why?

According to Katherine he had a past life as a hoochie coochie dancer in an Egyptian night club under the name of Mr Sparkles - hence the strange attire.

I worry about that girl, I really do.
I support Katherine's imaginative aspect!!
 
The one from Galicia (the round) and the one from Castilla & Leon. Individually numbered and made by the same people that make the ones you see on your walk.
Or, simply purchase a Segbag or Free Spirit backpack that has dividers internally to keep things separate and organized. Their site is here;


However, most of the stock is depleted. Responding to that issue, I have just sent off a note asking when they expect to be replenished. For now, these are still in stock;

That SegSack looks awesome. I am doomed. I have become such a gear geek.
 
The thing about the phone stand is that @JustJack was looking for a tripod alternative so he could take selfies rather than a "stick on the back holder" and at C$0.99 it's a lot cheaper than C$20 to C$45 for a popgrip but chacun à son goût as you say in Quebec.

Buen Camino
I missed the 99 cents part. A good deal!
 

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