Pre packing

Everyone has different ideas about how early to pack. Read where packing rule is no more than 5 days before. According to my wife, 2 days out. Me.. I like to do as early as possible. Im already packed except for misc items as my chargers.. Tablets ..etc. Our cruise is Feb 7. I make out a check off list so I know what is packed..what needs to be . Crazy I know but leaves me more time to pack wife's case. Lays it all out but wants to pack since we have different ideas how to pack. Besides, Im the one having to handle all the cases. Less is better.

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We pack the suitcases the night before we fly to the embarkation port. Mostly because once the suitcases are packed I'm like "a gerbil on speed" according to my DH. We have check lists that are saved in the computer so that the essentials are not left behind. I also make a list of the days and outfits opposite those days (I don't adhere to it necessarily) so I know which clothes to take. I also tend to eliminate a good portion of those clothes and bring others, but that's a problem of my own. We also have different packing styles: his neat and orderly, mine not so much.Wink We sail on Feb 16th and I have some things set out in the guest bedroom already.Big Smile

We have it down to a science. thing is, we use different rooms to do it. I lay my stuff out one place, she does it another. then we keep asking each other did you bring ...whatever??..its like a tradition. but no matter what, each trip seems to cause us to bring less and less...since we get free laundry, it sure helps. Two smallish rolling suitcases, plus one carry on for the good stuff...that's it. we usually start 2 days or so before..only complicating factor is we always stay over in a motel at the pier the nite b4. stash the car safely for a week+ and cab we have to allow for that.

Some things are set aside if not needed before and the actual pack is done the evening 2 days before we leave with everything set aside and planned what will be worn the next 2 days. The next night, before we leave is to review what we have and ensure nothing is forgotten because departure day is usually a 5 am exit from the house.

You guys really think most cruisers are this organized? Or is it just us? based on observations over the years, most folks tend to massively overpack, and still screw things up...Packing is part of the fun. Leaving the suitcases out in the hall the night b4 and then stuffing em in the car, pulling away with that quote Im sure we all use..."we got everything?"

I'm saying this a lot lately... "I am an over packer". I agree with you on the packing early. I also have a method similar to Yankee with everything being in another room. I actually make a list of all the outfits that I plan on taking and then check them off once they make it to the guest room bed for me to pack. I think if i didn't make list of all of my over packing needs, I would be adjacent to that "gerbil on speed" lol

Some stuff I keep pre-packed: snorkel gear, waterproof camera, beach bag get cleaned when we return from a trip and then just stored in the suitcase. I start pulling out the clothes about a week before but don't pack until the night before we leave.

I think getting the packing done early is part of the ambience of cruising. Each cruise is different so I usually get the itinerary written out so I can plan my wardrobe for each day. The trip to Hawaii is 15 days and many sea days. Therefore, less to pack as I will double up many outfits. I started assembling my suitcases about a week ago and will throw stuff in there as I collect my wardrobe and necessities. Then about 2 days before I leave, I take everything out and mark it off my list as I put it in my packing cubes. I try to iron and roll everything that I can so I don’t have to do anything when I unpack on the ship. I don’t ever remember leaving anything important behind. And I enjoy the assembling, packing and unpacking for my cruise. I don’t like to pack again going home, but that’s the nature of the beast.

I pack the night before. I go with the thought of I I need it along the way I'll buy it, this keeps me packing light. I have done a month long cold weather trip (2 weeks cruise and 2 1/2 weeks land) in one roller checked bag and my back pack. I send out laundry on the ship (its nice to have free laundry service). My last trip was one week cruise and 5 days land I did that with my back pack and one carry on bag. I did laundry at the hotel after the cruise.

I'd rather spend a couple hours doing laundry then hauling around an extra bag.

And you looked good. I know because I was there! JCOAKML cheated because he went home mid cruise to do laundry (a port of call was near his home).Wink

We start a week before the cruise and pack until we leave. First aid stuff goes in first meds etc 3 days before. Looks like we will be on CCL Unless a great deal hits. We know the laundry ins and outs do that will cut down from where on the Brilliance there was not a self laundry.

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