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16 hours ago, Birdie And Sue said:

I start packing about an hour before I go to bed the night before we leave.  Anything earlier than that is just plain silly.

Totally agree.  Plus, if I start any earlier than that, the possibility of me not remembering if I did, or didn’t previously pack certain item(s) increases dramatically, causing me to either double pack some things, or forgetting them entirely.

 

I’ve been known to take a flight in the day of, and pack the morning of the cruise.

 

Everything I’ll take will fit in a “roll-aboard” and a back pack.  So, I can usually knock it out in about 30 minutes, tops.

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I keep a box for travel items like wallets, extra glasses, noise machine, adaptors, containers, etc. So I can pull out when needed and everything is always in one place. Books, papers, etc are piled up on a chair that I never use. As for clothes, I like to have a list but I tend to lay out everything I think I want to take the weekend before I leave. Then I can do laundry or replace clothes with others or remove some when it looks excessive. But I will only pack the night before. I'm single and child-less so this works well for me. If I had kids, I would start two weeks before I think!

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I will start staging clothes on my dining room table.  I make outfits (sometimes too many).  Then the day before I begin to pack the suitcases.

 

As for toiletries, sun glasses, etc.  I have a bin that I collect all of them in so I don't forget anything.

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That last time I waited until the night before I left to start packing, I discovered that my suitcase was falling apart. Far too late to get a new one. I left a trail of wheels and plastic pieces everywhere I went. I now start seriously packing about 2 weeks out to make sure that I don't miss anything and have time to correct problems.

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I travel so much for work that I keep a toiletry bag packed at all times.  Usually 2 nights before the cruise I throw my clothes in a bag and I'm ready to go.  Entire process takes no more than 20 minutes for me.

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2 hours ago, ZsaZsa2019 said:

I bought packing cubes after reading comments on this board about how great they are.  I'm not sold on it yet, but then again, haven't started the process.  How can I possibly fit some XL hoodies in those little bags??

 

Packing cubes come in different sizes, and not everything has to be in one. I find them helpful for organization, and in a hotel or aboard ship it makes unpacking easy. Also, I sometimes travel with a rolling duffel bag that has no internal dividers, making packing cubes almost essential. It even came with a diagram suggesting sizes and arrangement of them.

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I bought packing cubes too and they are useful but I don't use them for everything. The hoodie generally goes on the plane with me as I get really cold and shoes are tucked into the corners of the suitcase. I also don't always take the cubes with me. They are useful for organization though.

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I get antsy way too early. Considering all my cruises have been to warm weather , I have a closet with just Tommy Bahama ready to go ; some jeans ; flipflops, etc. I keep a ziplock bag with cruise " crap " nearby.

I pack the nite before !!!!

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oh the joy of packing  l love it

 

I  have been packed for 4 months

 

husband charges me $10 every time I open the suit case to rearrange the contents

 

long time ago took so many bags to the airport that a stranger asked me "Lady did younleave anything at home?"

 

I replied  "I hope not"

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Night before for both of us. Takes a little longer if I am packing DH's stuff as well.

The last couple of vacation's DH has flown in from business trips to leave the next day for vacation so I have done all the packing.

Trying to get our 7 day in October to just 2 carry on's.

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80 days out for my trip on the Joy.    

 

Ive started getting things together and thinking what I’ll be bringing.  

 

I hate forgetting anything

 

and yes cubes are awesome.  

 

I have a few sets.  .  

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Our last trip we had a red-eye flight...

I worked, came home, packed for both of us (Johnny had selected most of his clothes), showered & dressed for travel...

Called Cab & they arrived about 20 mins later...

Traditionally we pack the night b/4 - but not always 🙂

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Cruising on 15th...everything packed EXCEPT for hubby's list. 

I swear...for someone who wears XXXL who literally will have no clothes if he forgets something....he likes to live dangerously!!

Amy

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