When going away, how soon do you start packing before you go?

I'm off on me hols!!! - A picture of suitcases, to give an image of the fact that mine are packed and ready to go!!
@gemini_rose (16268)
May 22, 2008 7:42am CST
I am going off on my hols on Saturday and I have already got everyone packed and ready to go!! I started packing the cases on Tuesday and finished them off today, so I am quite pleased with myself, there are only a few bits left to go now!! So my question to all my lovely myLotter friends is how soon before a holiday do you start packing? Do you do it quite early, like me? Or Do you leave it until the last minute and then panic pack?
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@kiran1978 (4137)
• Australia
22 May 08
Gee you are an eager beaver, lol, I am not so organised. I usually pack the night before. I always worry though that i might forget something as I only packed the night before. I should be more effecient like you and pack earlier. So how long you going away for, it will be strange here on mylot without chatting to you on a daily basis? Or are you packing mylot in your suitcase too, lol.
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@gemini_rose (16268)
22 May 08
I know it will be strange not being on here every day, I am going to miss it, and you loads!! I go on Sat 24th May and then I will be back home on Sat 31st May, so just a week. I will be back on myLot the saturday night that I come home!! I cannot take myLot with me, my family would never forgive me ha ha!! I will be on here until friday night though so you got me for a bit longer yet!
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@kiran1978 (4137)
• Australia
23 May 08
A week isn't so bad, you have a fun time! Just think when you get back you will have lots to discusss on here about your trip. Will miss ya, go and kick back and relax.
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@kiran1978 (4137)
• Australia
18 Jun 08
Thanks for the best response, much appreciated. This best response means alot as their were so many responses.
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@mummymo (23707)
22 May 08
So that is where you have been - to busy packing to be on mylot! lol I like to try and be organised but we usually just end up putting half the house in the cases and the car the morning we leave! lol Mrs organised I am not! I do hope you have a great holiday honey! xxx
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@gemini_rose (16268)
22 May 08
I know I have hardly spent anytime on here at all this week, everytime I try to get near my lovely computer something else comes up!! I will be back on form though in a weeks time, hopefully lovely and refreshed and ready to tackle all my discussions that I will have waiting!!
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@mummymo (23707)
22 May 08
LOL Just so you know you were and will be missed! I look forward to seeing more of you when you come home again! Have a great holiday honey! xxx
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@ruby222 (4848)
22 May 08
Im a last minute panicker..thats a definate!!im always intending to be efficient and well equipped..but my master plans always fail me in the end!..the case just lays there..and the dog gets restless because he sees the case being packed..or rather things being dribbled into the case!!!I get to the end ..then im wondering if i have packed sufficient knickers..so I turn it all out again to check...and this goes on...and on...in the end i flip the lid down and decide that anything that i have missed out ..well it just will be tough!!!and if the worst comes to the worst..I can buy another whatever it is when i get there....But if i dont get chance to say to you ...have a wonerful holiday Rose...enjoy every moment x
@gemini_rose (16268)
22 May 08
Thank you, I will try to have a wonderful time, fish n chips all week "whey hey" I cannot wait!!!
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• Bahamas
22 May 08
Hi rose. When we go on our famly vacation we start early and check of things as we pack them. I have learned that this is the less stressful way to go. Seeing that it's so much of us there's alot to pack, and i have learned from past experience. So now we pack and check as we go, so if there's any last minute stuff {usually the kids} we dont have a melt down at the last minute.
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@webeishere (36349)
• United States
23 May 08
I shopuld try that. As I always seem to forget something and it's usually not an important item but I have to buy one. Things like shampoo toothpaste or other persoanl items. I pack the day I head out all the time. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@checapricorn (16049)
• United States
22 May 08
I always pack like early like you gemini. If quite far, I will get ready like a week before and have to have my checklist for everything that I need to bring, I am like this because I am very forgetful. But, when it's just close, I will be ready like 3 days before and same thing with checklist! Tendency will I will do it last minute, there will be several items I will forget and It's not very healthy for me. I will be stressed!LOL!
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@gemini_rose (16268)
22 May 08
I never make a list, I just do everyone one by one and go through the whole thing that way.
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• United States
22 May 08
I see..that's cool, maybe I am just very paranoid!LOL!
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@maddysmommy (16232)
• United States
22 May 08
I start getting things ready at least 3 days before we are due to leave. I start with my sons stuff, then my hubbys then I leave mine till last. If it's just my husband travelling, then I start two days beforehand. Most of his work clothes are already washed and ironed and then I pack his bag the day before as I have him go through it to make sure I have everything he needs/wants. It's easy packing his bag than my own though lol
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@gemini_rose (16268)
22 May 08
I packed my stuff today, I filled the case and left the hubby just a tiny corner for his stuff. Told him that if he wants to take any more clothes then I will get him a carrier bag!!
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@maddysmommy (16232)
• United States
22 May 08
haha tiny corner, how cute! I usually pack my hubby's bag and sons together in one and I have one of my own LOL
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@katsmeow1213 (28878)
• United States
22 May 08
I will usually make a list of what I need to bring, and I'll do that quite early, sometimes a month in advance, just to ensure I don't forget anything. I don't begin packing too early. Perhaps a week ahead of time I may begin to pack some clothing that I know we won't use during the week. The majority of the packing is done the last few days prior to leaving, then the morning of or night before is a bit of a scramble to gather the rest. We often bring things that we're still using, like our pillows and blankets, and toilettries, so packing too far in advance isn't an option, that is why I make the lists.
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@gemini_rose (16268)
22 May 08
I just have the toiletries to do, oh and we have to take my daughters bedding as she is having a cot and they don't give bedding out for that.
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• United States
22 May 08
We only take our bedding to be more comfortable. I have a contoured, memory foam pillow, the last time I tried to sleep without it I couldn't. Hubby can't sleep with anything but his blanket, he's attatched to it like a child. The last time we went on a vacation we stayed with a friend who did not have enough extra blankets and pillows for my large family, so we each brought our own. If we were staying in a hotel or something we probably wouldn't.
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@ellie333 (21018)
22 May 08
Hi Gemini_rose, I bet you are getting so excited eh! Not long to go now! I usually make sure everything is washed and ironed ready but do not usually pack until the previous evening and then in the morning will add the last minute bits of toiletries. I will also make food for the journey the night before also and fill old drinks bottles up with juice and like to get an early start in the morning. You have a lovely time, you deserve it. Ellie :D
@gemini_rose (16268)
22 May 08
Thank you, I am looking forward to it!! I could not do the packing the night before, it would take me all night!! I have 6 in the family, 5 of us I have to do the packing for, my eldest does his own now!
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@ellie333 (21018)
22 May 08
Yes I should imagine that it is some task eh! I only really have to worry about myself and my son, the girls do their own too. Ellie :D
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@jonesy123 (3949)
• United States
22 May 08
It depends on how long the trip will be. I make lists early so I can make sure I pack everything. I have a family of five to pack up which is not that easy with little kids. For just a two or three day trip, I pack the day before. For a two week vacation I start gathering up things a week in advance filling suitcases as I go. This ensures that nobody wears something we want to take with us and I have to do some last minute laundry, lol.
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@gemini_rose (16268)
22 May 08
I have 6 in my family, but my eldest son does his own packing now. We are only going for a week, but I like to be ready to go, hate leaving it until the last minute.
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@fluffysue (1457)
• United States
22 May 08
Oh I am bad, I take the "panic pack" approach, but then, I don't have anyone else to pack for but myself. I will usually pack the night before if I am leaving in the morning, or the morning if I am leaving later in the day. I know if I pack early, I will want something in the meantime. Besides, there are always things that cannot be packed ahead of time. Sometimes when I want to be organized, I try packing by leaving out a suitcase a few days early, and putting things in as I think of them, or after doing laundry, etc. But if I do that I tend to forget what I packed, and need to look through it and re-pack anyway. I am too scatterbrained for packing in advance to work for me. lol
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@Hatley (164094)
• Garden Grove, California
22 May 08
hi gemini rose I usually start several days before we go but its been so long since I have gone on a holiday I have almost forgotten how I did it. I am one of those people who like to be ahead of things so I do not have any last minute problems. I am not as bad as my mom used to be. she used to go to the bus station or train depot two hours ahead of the time she actually had to be there.I remember when she and my sister and I and my two kids left tempe arizona to come to California we were at the train station an hour and a half before we were due to leave. can you imagine with two kids two and three years old. lol thats been a lifetime away.
@gemini_rose (16268)
22 May 08
I like to be ahead of things too, if I have to rush last minute, that is when I forget something.
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@gabs8513 (48703)
• United Kingdom
22 May 08
The couple of times I went I would pack 2 Days before and then make sure I had not forgotten anything I hope you have a wonderful Time Sweetie, I will miss you but do enjoy it and relax Hugs to you xxx
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@gemini_rose (16268)
22 May 08
I really hope that I do not forget anything, I hate that. Thanx, I will miss you too, hugz back.
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@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
22 May 08
Going on a trip - Time to pack
I have a list all made up so that when I was to take a trip, all I had to do is print up the list and I'd know exactly what I'd need. I have a summer list and a winter list and it helps me a great deal so I won't forget anything. Now that hubby is retired from the army life, I don't use the list much now a days but I still have it in my computer in case I need it later on. So I usually start packing about three days before hand.
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@gemini_rose (16268)
22 May 08
Blimey, if thats your suitcase it looks huge in the picture!! I have never needed a list, which is quite surprising seeing as I am usually useless without a list of some description!!
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@golfproo (1841)
• Canada
22 May 08
Hi There, I have to say, like everything else in my life I tend to procrastinate when it comes to packing for a trip. I always pack the night before. It does not even matter how long the trip is...I always pack at the last minute. Not only that....but I always overpack as well! cheers,
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@gemini_rose (16268)
22 May 08
I always over pack, but it is always overpacked a few days before!!
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• India
22 May 08
I start packing the day before I have to go...before that I make sure that all the clothes r well washed n ironed...I just have to put everything into the bag finally...I try to avoid last minute pack as ill forget things in a hurry then...at last I just pack up my thoothpaste , brush etc...so finally I can relax n think bout the trip...thats it.... :-)
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@gemini_rose (16268)
22 May 08
All I have to do now is pack toiletries which I will do tomorrow.
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@shooie (4984)
• United States
22 May 08
I pack the night before or the morning I get up so I don't forget anything. Use to make people nuts when i did this but if I start sooner I will forget something.
• China
23 May 08
I do the same.Because I use almost everything that I need paked.If I start sooner I need take them out when I use them.Maybe start sooner is right,but isn't that too much of trouble?
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@syeryn (574)
• United States
22 May 08
Since most of our getaways are spur of the moment decisions, I always pack shortly before leaving. Sometimes we will set out without a destination in mind too so I would have to say that I never plan or pack ahead of time.
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@alienstar (5143)
• India
22 May 08
For me packing up things is day before teh journey and if it is a very short journey sort off, maybe the same day also i might start packing up and so, it alld epends on how long my journey is and how long i am going to stay in taht tour of mine..
@sk66rc (4257)
• United States
22 May 08
I usually don't take more then 2 days to pack... There were times I packed in the morning to go on a 4 day trip that afternoon... I guess it depends on how many people you're packing for & how much you bring & where you're going & what for... When I'm leaving for business trip, usually takes me about 2 hours, 2 sets of business suit, few pants & shirts & hygene stuff...
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• India
22 May 08
I like to travel light(make that feather light!!)So the luggage I carry can be just packed off an hour or so before I leave.The only time I was made to plan the packing routine was when we were travelling to Chennai for my Marriage.Oh What an effort that was!
• Philippines
22 May 08
I start packing in the last minute, i guess i got that from my mom. it's not like i'm busy... i dunno why, i just do... that's why I end up going with missing things coz i never bothered looking for them...~~sigh~~
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