When do you pack?

Out of pure excitement, how soon do you start packing? I'm a well known over packer and over thinker so I start about a month before hand. Clothes go in and out and by the time the trip comes, I know I'm positive about my choices. I have a neighbor that starts 3 months in advance and a co worker who packs the night before. Where are you all on that time line?

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This is only for the eyes of all those cruising Dear Hubbies: At the first hint of the overpacking 'discussion' mention that Dear Lovely Wife would be even more beautiful and some outfit more stunning with ust one more pair of shoes😘

I start my process as soon as I get off the previous cruise. After I do the laundry, I put away any clothes I might want to wear on my next cruise in a specific designated spot in my closet. Over time, this area fills up, as I keep up this routine as I do laundry or buy new clothes. Then, all I have to do the night before is throw everything in a suitcase and I'm good to go! The same goes for electronics, books, and water gear (snorkels, water socks, etc.)

The only exception is the formal dresses. Yes I still dress for Formal Night! These dresses are kept in a separate closet once they're dry cleaned. Then they'll be put in a specific area of that closet before being packed into the garment bag.

I start collecting things a week before the trip. But there are things that I remember at the last moment)))

We pretty much follow the same process as CruiseQueenNH with closet shelves and hanging space dedicated to cruise wear, travel accessories toiletries, etc. In addition to this locating of items we add a couple of processes. The first is that the formal dresses and sun dresses go on the most recently worn end of the hanging space along with my coordinated tux accessories, so that leaves the not so recently worn outfits in the selection area for the upcoming cruise. The second is that our packing time is related to the travel time so if the beginning of the travel is mid morning we pack the previous evening, but if our travel is at 0'dark 30, for a first flight out for example, we will begin getting all of the items in the luggage the morning before travel day. Either way is supported by the spreadsheet we work on weeks before the cruise leaving packing as a processes of grabbing the item and checking it off on the spreadsheet. Maybe the spreadsheet sounds a little geeky, but it helped us avoid taking unnecessary shoes and other clothing items that we found are often unused.

Today we found our Princess Travel mugs that we bought on our first cruise. They have been added to the Go-Bags. A charging station for all out devices has been set aside as well. We are soooo ready.

I as well have a spare room closet and dresser that I use solely for travel clothes. Once one trip is over and another trip is booked the sorting and organizing begins. My dresses and shoes are organized in the closet while my bathing suits, shorts, shirts etc are folded neatly in the dresser. A few days prior I will go over my master list as I begin the actual packing process. I also keep my snorkel, backpack, suitcases all in the closet with clothes and buy all my toiletries about a week in advance. My next cruise is January 19th on-board NCL Bliss!

I am already thinking about it and making a list. Thinking I should just set some things aside in a spare room, my family thinks I am nuts.

CastleT and those of us who do the planning for the future cruises may seem a bit nuts to our friends and family, but when it gets down to the last couple of weeks, from my experience, they tend to be very very happy with our efforts. Happy

I also have a timing on the original question. This past Sunday morning, 89 days before the next cruise, Dear Wife tried on 3 Formal Dresses and we picked the 2 favorites. I had copied the last spreadsheet and renamed it to "2019 ...". I updated the formal dresses, we matched her shoes and my tux accessories to her dresses. We did a quick update of sundresses her matching sandals, and my coordinated dinner outfits. Excursions were booked months ago and the only thing left is finalizing the date for mail stop and Police Department "Home Watch" service. The whole clothing selection took only 2 hours.and the actual packing and marking the checklist items as "Packed" will take less than 2 hours.

I typically start thinking about it a few months out and start gathering items. If you wait until the last minute, you will either over pack, forget something, or be unorganized you can't find where you packed things.

As soon as I realized Halloween would occur during my next cruise, I gathered some of my Halloween shirts together so I wouldn't forget them. Just over 80 days left ... can't wait!

Will i took same magnets with me Happy so any papers i had i could put on the wall


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