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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I start pulling clothes together in a spare bedroom 6 to 8 weeks out. 4 weeks out, I pull all the non-clothes items (snorkeling, water bottles, etc,) This is also when a trip to the Target is made to get anything needed (Sunscreen, Tums, Etc,) 3 weeks out everything is in the suitcases. 2 Weeks out all documents and tickets are printed and put in a travel folder. 3 days out, I pack pre-cruise clothes and carry on items (Chargers, power strip, etc.)

I am happy and heart warmed to a tear or two that you wear the Class A uniform for formal nights. Thank you! I last wore mine 47 years ago and moths got to it 20 years ago. All the best to you and your commander in house. A few cruises ago, the personnel officer on RCCL Freedom of the Seas, a retired Master Chief, organized a Veterans meeting where 4 WWII Veterans told their story. Vets, young and old, as diverse as any place, spouses, who we know are veterans also, filled the Schooner Bar and when the 4 veterans spoke, you could hear a pin drop. Thank you, and many Blessings and Cruises to you and your loved ones. Sincerely, Specialist 5th Class, USASA.

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We start mentally packing about 6 months out. This allows us time to purchase anything that is missing or worn out. We start loading the suitcase about 7 days out and about 1 day out we make any adjustments, based on forecasted weather, etc. We have not gone as far as making an Excel spreadsheet, but that could be in our future!

Under current conditions, the night before I catch the plane.

Originally we were using spreadsheets for packing so we did not forget anything. However, now the spreadsheet helps us to keep from overpacking. We like to dress well and since we like longer cruises we want to make sure that everything from shoes all the way up work with multiple outfits from shipboard casual, to the main dining room, to specialty dining, to formal nights. All of that aside, our fantasy goal is to be able to pack for a cruise in an hour:-)

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