When you go on vacation or holiday, when do you normally pack?

United States
July 15, 2008 11:27pm CST
I drive my wife crazy, I wait until the day we are leaving or at least a couple of hours before we go. I hate packing everything up 3 days before, I need half of the stuff I wear so I don't want to pack it if I'm going to need it before we gas up and head out. I don't mean to boil her blood but I just don't see the need to pack until the day we leave. Who's on my side? Anyone? Can I get a witness?
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@sudalunts (5527)
• United States
17 Jul 08
That is what my husband does. He waits to the last minute. I remember a couple of years ago, we were going on a 4 day camping trip. I was working, he was not. The evening before we were to go, I came home from work, (I had already gotten most of my things together) I found him slouched on the couch watching tv. He hadn't brought any camping equipment down from the attic or gathered his things. I got angry, said something to him, he got angry, bottom line we did not go on the trip. Since he was home all day, why couldn't he get the stuff together? GRRRRRRRR Men
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• United States
17 Jul 08
You sound hotter than steamed veggies. Is he still sleeping on the couch?
@taface412 (3177)
• United States
17 Jul 08
I like to start packing within the week I am going and yes I repack, unpack, repack, I get a little OCD about it...and through all my nervousness of maybe forgetting something...I usually forget something...MAJOR like the phone charger...or even once my checkbook.....UGH you know hting you can't pick up at the rest stop.
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• Philippines
16 Jul 08
Well, I usually pack a day before the trip to be sure I don't miss anything I need for the trip. Sometimes I put in the pack little by little a day before and I have a list of important things to take with me. Well, I also understand your point. Keeping all the things packed including the stuff you still need is also annoying. But the point maybe of your wife is not to miss anything because the tendency when you pack the day you leave, you will miss many stuff that you need. I experienced that many times that is why I want to pack earlier.
• India
16 Jul 08
Hi friend, I like things to be done in systematic manner.If i go on vacation,firstly i will write on a piece of paper as what i should carry with me as per the days i stay there.I do this 2 days before we go.The next day i will pack all the things and be ready to go for the next day,so that we can happily move from our house without any irritation on anybody.I would be enjoying in doing that.I think it is the best way to approach. Have a nice day..............
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@Pose123 (21671)
• Canada
16 Jul 08
Hi gitfiddleplayer, My wife also likes to pack three or four days before we leave, but like you I also like to wait until at least the night before. There was a time when I would get the same reaction, but we're both more relaxed about things now. Blessings.
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• United States
16 Jul 08
I pack about a week before we leave. I am usually so excited that I have to start packing things as soon as possible. I am on your wife’s side lol sorry.
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@ivylrc (57)
• United States
16 Jul 08
i normally pack 3 hours before leaving the house or just one hour before leaving the house, i like to cram.. lol
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@irishmist (3843)
• United States
16 Jul 08
I would be packing as I go at least 3 days ahead of time, as I would be deciding what to take with me. There are however the last minute things the night before and the day upon leaving. Although with my job I'm away every weekend, so I have to pack up on Thursday for Friday. And I do take a lot of things with me, just for one weekend.
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@AJ1952Chats (2340)
• Anderson, Indiana
16 Jul 08
I'm so lazy that I'll often just leave a lot of stuff packed and live out of my bags for awhile. When I know that I'm going to be taking a trip, I might have some things packed the day before (or even several days before--if I've even unpacked them in the first place from my last trip) but will be using them in my place just as if I'm using them in a motel. In other words...packed! My trips have been in my own vehicle, so there's no special way to pack them for security. Just so long as I can take them into whatever motel with me when I settle in somewhere is all that matters. I think that I would drive BOTH you and your wife crazy!
@hellcowboy (7383)
• United States
21 Aug 08
Usually when I go on a vacation I make a list of everything I need to pack and then I start packing a couple weeks ahead of time,and I pack everything I can,and after I pack something I mark it off the list,last year me,my brother,my mom,and my grandmother went to the beach,and not only did I make a packing list for me,but I made a packing list for my brother,and it drove him crazy,because I made sure he packed the things on the list,he does not like following a packing list lol.
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• United States
21 Aug 08
What brother does? Glad to know that you are orgainzed, its a curse, embrace it.
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• United States
21 Aug 08
That is true I am sure no brother likes following a list when it comes to packing,and yeah organization is a curse,but I do always try to embrace it,and use it to my advantage,have a great day,good luck in your life,and Happy Posting my friend.
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@Daffodil20 (1754)
• India
16 Jul 08
For going on a vacation I usually pack one day before the journey because I tend to forget some essential items.If I pack early,I get time to recollect and think the possible required stuff for the journey that i might have missed to keep in my travelling bag.
• India
17 Jul 08
Thanks Jeff for the correction.I am going to replce it right now.
@drannhh (14997)
• United States
16 Jul 08
Must be a guy thing. Mine not only waits until the last day to pack but he doesn't unpack from our arrival until well after I have already completely packed for our departure. This summer, we got to our location in April and yesterday I found his suitcase in the foyer. He had covered it up with some other things of his. Finally I stumbled over it one time too many and picked all the things up until the suitcase was in view, and said "What is this?!" He smiled me the cutest smile and shyly said, I haven't unpacked yet. It is halfway through July ferevinsakes. We are starting home again in less than two weeks. You think I am siding with you, rflmao? Dream on!
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• United States
16 Jul 08
Go easy on him and me. I'll pack tomorrow since we leave on Thursday, mmkay?
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@drannhh (14997)
• United States
16 Jul 08
Oh, all right :-) Have fun!
@ShepherdSpy (8563)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
20 Jul 08
Did You Forget Something?? - My SO's Cat,Declan,Making sure the bags are packed!
I think I'm with You on this one..Normally,I've pretty much still got packing to do at Midnight when I have to Leave at 4am for a 2 or 3 hour trip to the Airport,depending on where I'm going,and which Airport I'm using (I have Belfast and Dublin International Airports that far away from Me,and City of Derry under an hour away for London connections.) It also depends on what I'm going away for..My Brother's bachelor Party was a Snowboarding trip to France,so packing started with buying the clothing about a Month before,and they were first into the Bag...there's always something You remember you need as you're zipping the bag up before going to the car!
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
26 Jul 08
There was this tourist planning a trip to Ireland,and He was asking his Travel agent "Can you recommend What clothes do you think I should I be bringing with Me on my trip to Ireland?" The response was simple.. "ALL of them!" (We have a well deserved reputation for Rain,Here!)
• United States
17 Jul 08
I have never gone on a real vacation. However, when doing trips as a kid I did it both ways. Sometimes I was packing as the horn was beeping! But now that we are planning our first vacation, I have been trying to start thinking of the things needed to pack already and it is six weeks away! Of course I will be packing my husband, me and our two year old son. Here is the tricky part. We are going on vacation with my husbands family. We will be driving from Texas to Michigan in two days (about 21 hours on the road if all goes well which it probably won't with that many kids). There are 11 of us in a 12 passenger van. This means we have to pack on the light side! Plus we will be staying on Lake Michigan which could be warm, cold, or in between... Oh and we are going to a wedding as well
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• United States
17 Jul 08
Toss in a museum tour and you should be crazy by the end of it. Have fun.
@zeny_zion (1284)
• Philippines
17 Jul 08
i usually pack things a week before the schedule. I don't want to be rushed! I want all things that i will need will be packed. I don't want to forget something that i plan to bring. I want all of my things in order. Specially if it's out of the country.
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• United States
17 Jul 08
Welcome to myLot. Good thinking, I usually just travel within the USA.
• United States
17 Jul 08
I pack the night before we leave because I like to do all the laundry and there's always stuff that I'm going to be using up until we leave (bathroom stuff, makeup, etc) so I pack those things the morning of after we're done showering and getting ready. I love packing and the excitement that surrounds vacation time! :)
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• United States
17 Jul 08
I'm doing laundry right now, so I'm packing at the last minute.
@shinymood (406)
• China
17 Jul 08
I must say I'm on your wife's side because I'm a wife too. There's no winner for family war. And it's the way that men and women deal with things differently. Men like to pack lightly and go faster. Women have so many things to take because they don't have pockets in their t-shirts (just a metaphor). I forgot to pack important items last time because i packed in a hurry.
• United States
17 Jul 08
Welcome to myLot. I can pack in a hurry, that's why I wait, not because I'm beligerent.
• United States
17 Jul 08
dear gitfiddleplayer, everybody procrastinates! you're not alone. usually i pack the night before and if i need any essentials, i just keep them at the top of my handbag. wwell im on ur side budyy, but i guess everyone has thier own style!!!
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• United States
17 Jul 08
Welcome to myLot. I like that I pack right before, its me that will forget something, nobody else.
• China
17 Jul 08
I can be your witness.I hate to get stuck in packing stuff before a trip.For me, one kitbag is enough.
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• United States
17 Jul 08
Welcome to myLot. Awesome, thanks.
@jesus777 (664)
• Bermuda
16 Jul 08
that would drive me bonkers im glad im not you wife i think i would have too bring out the skillet and hit you over the head lol being prepared is always good so i think you should pack at least a few nights before i am into preparation so you are not rushing and u dont leave anything behind!!!!!!!!!!
• United States
17 Jul 08
I'm pretty quick, better not miss me.