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.