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Last minute travel. Whether you love it or hate it sometimes it’s necessary. We gathered together to discuss last minute travel tips, getting deals on last minute travel, how to save money, and how to pack for last minute travel. Here’s a roundup of some great last minute travel advice from our August 5th twitter party.

WHAT’S THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE TO LAST MINUTE TRAVEL W/ KIDS? HOW DO YOU DEAL W/ IT?

@debmomof3 We do last-minute quick overnight or wknd trips to visit friends all the time. Have never done a ‘bigger’ trip last-minute (yet).

@CindyRichards Now that kids are teens,  biggest challenge is getting them to ditch school to hang w/ their slacker mom.

@ramblingstump I think last minute travel is the way to go w kids. No pestering for weeks about Disney trip. Surprise… it’s here!

@ihopeudancealot I am not really comfortable with last minute! I like to plan – type a!

@debbutterflys Getting all the clothes washed and packed.
WHAT’S THE SILLIEST MISTAKE YOU MADE WHEN BOOKING A LAST MINUTE TRIP?

@TheHealthyApple Not having enough time to pack and forgetting so much!

@barblikos My silliest last minute mistake with travel? Backing out cause I didn’t think I had enough time to plan.

@ramblingstump It wasn’t a family trip but on work trip I bought a 1 way ticket there, drove to next place & forgot to buy ticket home.

@CindyRichards I don’t really book last minute. I just go.

@luxurytravelmom I have lived in one pair of flip flops & slippers all month-also haven’t blown hair dry in 3 weeks.

@kimorlando One time I didn’t book hotel for night we landed in LA so we’re in iHop parking lot (only wifi) searching at 9pm.
WHAT ARE YOUR TIPS FOR PACKING A FAMILY FAST?

@ramblingstump Have one person bring the kids out. Pack while they are gone. One outfit per ziploc bag. Impossible to pack w kids around.

@debbutterflys I am so ocd organized my trip packing lists r in excel, just print out and check off. Done a lot of rv trips.

@heatheracts Enlist everyone’s help and make a list as you go. Reading over a list helps me realize when something is left out.

@barblikos Save all those little samples from stores & mailers. Toss them in a “travel” drawer.

@twokidsandamap I have the kids grab their stuff to pack. I tell them to go get three shirts. When they come back, I give them a new item & so on.

@WeekendinParis Keep a canvas bag w/each kid’s name on it & have them pack off a preprinted list x how many days the trip is for.

@desertchica Keeping toiletry bags packed and ready to go, definitely makes last minute trip packing faster!

@luxurytravelmom When Southwest had $39 fares I took off with panties and a toothbrush in my backpack.
WHAT HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN WHEN BOOKING A LAST MINUTE TRIP? WHAT HAPPENED?

@ConnieFoggles . I hate to admit this, but all of my meds. And it was Christmas.

@iDreamofJenn I forgot my wallet in the car once as I got dropped at the airport; had to call the fam back to hand it to me.

@barblikos You know what I hate forgetting? Headphones. Makes me cranky. Cranky Barb is not a pleasant traveler.

@YoliRealtor2 Notify my bank that there will be out of state charges; I was once in Vegas and they closed my account!

@twokidsandamap Somebody always forgets PJs during a last min trip. Proves to be interesting predicament depending on our travel partners. 😉

@RagdollKitty87 Nice feminine shoes, only packed hiking boots for my entire trip it was terrible.

@SPN_mom My phone, had to turn around and go back to get it.
WHAT ARE YOUR TRAVEL TIPS FOR SAVING $$ ON A LAST MINUTE TRIP?

@bbpinktaz For road trips, we always packed a cooler w/ snacks & drinks to save money.

@PaulEisenberg Check rates at/near big convention center hotels when no conventions are in town. You can get a sweet room for a lot less.

@DesertChica I also look at the popular deals site for cheap trips from our hometown. Then google cheap/free the destination for ideas!

@AnujadeSilva I’m checking deals like a maniac! So many combinations with travel & lodging.

@HillHouseRock Never be afraid to ask for a discount or an upgrade, if you’re nice about it, they’re very accommodating!

@twokidsandamap I always wanted to try one of those last min cruise deals but never had the chance. Priceline has helped us save $ last min.

@Happymom730 Always check the website and all their social media for discounts and look for coupons in area you are going.

@iDreamofJenn Sign up for those fare alerts; check for deals like flight-hotel-car or like combos.

@CindyRichards Be nice to the people who have the power to make your life better. Like front desk clerk who can give u room upgrades.
WHAT WAS YOUR BEST (OR WORST) LAST MINUTE TRIP? WHY?

@M_thirtymommy Hubby & I went to Jersey Shore w no hotel & got a nasty, moldy room We checked right out & never made it 2 the shore.

@kymri Worst: illness or death in family – related last minute travel. Not fun.

@maryheston We did a last minute fam reunion @Disneyland one yr. Amazing how it all came together.

@travelermom Worst- girlfriend getaway to Tijuana. I thought it was heartbreaking- not the “fun” I was expecting.

@sweetmatcha I think best was right after college, I flew by myself to asia, had the time of my life w/friends in HK.

@heatheracts Last minute trip to Colorado Springs. Decided to go in the morning and were there by evening!

@kimorlando Best/Worst = Vegas w boyfriend now DH, MIL & BIL. 1 room.

@HillHouseRock Best last minute trip was the 2600 mile road trip to say goodbye to FIL, sad but also a life-changing experience.

@YoliRealtor2 Best last minute trip was a trip I won to Vegas – all inclusive — had to leave the next day — forgot some but made do.

*Note: Comments are sometimes edited for spelling (the vs teh due to fast Twitter fingers!) and for abbreviation that our non-Twitter bretheren may not understand (DH vs dear husband). They are not edited for content as we feel it is valuable for everyone’s original thoughts to be heard.