Just out of curiosity
Haha. When I get home from my previous trip I throw the ponchos and othr vacation stuff into the suitcase. A few weeks beforehand I start collecting sunscreen, otc meds etc and then for real packing about a week out.
It’s our first Disney trip and I’ve been “collecting” stuff for our trip all year long. Lol
from the moment I book a trip
- start my lists of trip specific
- i have a general packing list that I reuse, that gets adjusted for various trips
- usually, i’ll start accumulating things in a corner 6 weeks prior and start organizing , as I have time as the weeks go.
- goal is to be packed a week prior and just minor things two days prior… I usually am flying out right after work or morning after work hence goals are to be done two-three days before take off
My siblings however… one will be packed 1 day prior… one is packed 3 hours prior to the flight…
I am the Type A one
I am a last minute packer. That’s probably why I am also an over packer. I’ll be throwing everything I own into a suitcase the night before our flight.
I’d like to be packed this week (trip is in two weeks) but I’m a minimalist when it comes to clothes (I hate clothes shopping) and I never own more than a weeks worth of clothes so I’ll be packing my clothes the day before.
Yesterday (I fly on Saturday)
Hey I packed the night before my last trip, bit I was going solo then. Now its a family trip (and 16 days long) so I’m freaked about forgetting things.
I have a ‘Disney Box’ in the spare bedroom where the Disney essentials go whenever I finish a trip (leftover ponchos, misting fan, cooling towels, first aid bag and such) to keep it all in one convenient place. Usually 2 weeks before I start pulling out the packing cubes (especially if we’re off season - like for our February trip, we’re not using shorts, tshirts and bathing suits here now, so I can start getting those in the cubes). Weekend before I get packing cubes into suitcases and make my ‘day of’ list (makeup, sound machine, ipads, wallet, etc) so I have a quick and easy way to not miss anything.
I’ve been packing the past week or so… We leave Saturday!
However DH will not start packing until Thursday… because I will make him. Otherwise he’d probably do it the night before (and forget a bunch of things!)
Last year we went for 10 days with our 4 kids and my parents. I started packing 3 weeks before we left. DH and I leave for an adults only 4 day trip in 15 days and I haven’t started packing yet but it’s so much less crap to pack I’m not stressed about it. Last year for our trip I also purchased packing cubes and have left several of them packed so that makes it tons easier getting ready to leave for trips!
I like to start packing 3 weeks before, sometimes it’s only 2 weeks but rarely closer than that.
I use a basic app called Clear Todos. It has my packing list that I use for every trip. There are some variances between trips (I.e. minnie ears & magic band only apply to Disney) but it has worked out well, as long as I reference it, I generally don’t forget anything. (I say reference, because I forgot to pack PJ’s one trip, but sure enough I had not cleared out off my list)
I keep some things set aside in a Disney box and my boys Disney shirts in a basket. I try to get the boys packed more than a week out. I plan out my outfits so I know what I’m wearing each day well ahead of time and get things into packing cubes. Somehow I’m always scrambling with the last minute items but that’s down to how I get ready.
Not until all my outfits are picked out …
Need to order some clothes for my kids first! They all grew since the summer! Luckily great deal on kohl’s.com right now with some Disney shirts.
I have 2 plastic containers in the closet for travel. One is for any trip. One is Disney specific with ponchos, cinch sacks, etc. Then, a couple of months before, I start a box of things as I buy them like an autograph book for the granddaughters and a baggie of many colors of markers, a roll of pennies, a baggie of quarters. About a month before, I start a stack of things that I won’t need in the meantime, like a swimsuit, beach coverup, pool shoes. DH packs the night before leaving.
Lol Good call!
I started today and we leave on Monday. I am doing laundry and setting aside the clothes I don’t want them to wear this week.
My local weather is below freezing now; I have my Disney suitcase packed with summer stuff for my April trip