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Relative spends all night packing for her annual 2 week trip to Europe

Relative spends all night packing for her annual 2 week trip to Europe

Oct 5th, 2007, 08:14 AM
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I could probably pack for 20 people in that amount of time.
For myself, I take only the things I've worn and know are comfy. I pack the night before, or the morning of an afternoon flight....it takes about 20 minutes. I leave the bag open to drop in 1 or 2 items that I'll need to get dressed before I leave. Zip zip...done!
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Oct 5th, 2007, 08:38 AM
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Your realtive should be able to do better than that, given all the flexibility that she has as a teacher. Maybe she doesn't realize that she is ruining her vacation that way.

We mostly travel as a family and we make sure that we get a good night sleep the night before, since we will never be able to get a good sleep on the plane.

As some other people on this forum, we have a packing list, which we customize before each trip. Year after year of travel you learn what you really need to take and leave out.

We don't pack too early but start thinking about it, since there are always a few things that we need buy.
We make sure that the documents are fine, way in advance, make all the copies etc. The actual packing doesn't take that long. If I go to bed a little late the night before the trip, I will sleep longer in the morning.

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Oct 5th, 2007, 09:18 AM
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I am guilty of this - has happened to me twice and ever since then DH has made me vow never to do it again! Since then, I have learned my lesson and try to pack ahead of time.

I never take the day off before vacation and I would often stay until 8 or 9pm cleaning things up in preparation of being away. At that time I was the only person in my role so no delegating possible!

I am so impressed that some of you can pack with so little effort! Even laying out the clothes and shoes takes me time! I was and continue to be responsible for all aspects associated with our(DH and I) travel - reservations, planning, etc. I'm the one who prints out all the car and hotel reservations, itinerary, directions, all the fodor recommendations, etc. Then there's all the extras like chargers, adaptors, guide books, reading material, camera, umbrella, medical kit, and the list goes on.....

Add to that, all the arrangements that need to be organized for when we are away - house/pet sitter, maids, phone numbers, etc.

Packing for a 2/3 week holiday is much different for us than a weekend away - I just wish it were easier sometimes!
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Oct 5th, 2007, 09:20 AM
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Hi, Distant,

are you related to the other poster on this board at the moment? - the one who is so stressed she's got cold sores?

perhaps you should get together?

regards, ann
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Oct 5th, 2007, 09:30 AM
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I don't think it's common, but this is a personal characteristic, not really anything to do with what is required. Some people do have a lot of anxiety about traveling (I do myself) and she obviously has issues about stress, anxiety, and certain things she does. I'm sure this isn't the only area of her life she approaches this way.

Both my parents were teachers, and I've known plenty, some very personally -- and being a teacher is no guarantee whatsoever of being organized in your personal life.

Some folks on Fodors talk about test-runs of packing and start packing weeks ahead. I hate packing so can't imagine such a thing. If I really left it to the last minute and did nothing at all beforehand, I could probably take that long to pack.

It is a lot easier to pack to return than going, so it doesn't take as long. You have no choices, and don't have to get things from different places, clean them or mend them, decide between colors or items, etc. YOu have a finite amount of things and just have to fit them back in. It is a whole lot easier to pack to come home than to go. Everyone I know whom I've discussed traveling and packing with has said the same thing.
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Oct 5th, 2007, 09:33 AM
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No offense but you sound a little judgemental about this. Maybe it is because I thought you were my sister writing about me! Except, I don't stay up all night packing. What difference does it make to you that she is staying up all night packing? To each her own.
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Oct 5th, 2007, 09:39 AM
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I don't usually get sleep the night before a trip...because of excitement, not because I'm packing. I've learned to pack light and I pack the day before. Maybe it's just how she handles her nerves!
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Oct 5th, 2007, 12:07 PM
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Wait a minute, distant traveler. You get so stressed on a plane that you actually had to be carried kicking and screaming off one and missed your flight, and you're inquisitive about the stress of someone else who packs all night?
Thanks for the laugh.
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Oct 5th, 2007, 12:09 PM
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Even if you wait until the last minute, how on earth does it take "all night" to pack a suitcase?
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Oct 5th, 2007, 12:15 PM
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Day 2 before leaving: I pack my suitcase.
Day 1 before leaving: I re-pack my suitcase and try to take out a few garments, depending on the weather forecast.

Day 0: I take everything out and go through my things step by step. Sometimes I add but usually I take out more garments from the suitcase.

It's a case of nerves and being a control freak.

Day 0 and on the plane: I finally realize what I have forgotten and start making a list of things I need to buy at my destination. Then I have a stiff drink and try to relax.
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Oct 5th, 2007, 12:36 PM
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My checklist actually gets checks on it as I pack the items - that way I don't have to worry if I've packed something. I have so many electronics, I've also labeled each cord (pda power, pda USB, phone charger, camera USB, video charger, video USB, etc.)

I am going to start having a travel toiletries bag seperate from my day-to-day stuff, so I won't even have to pack that - just stuff it in the case and go. That would have travel-sized containers of shampoo, etc., extra cases for contacts, extra razor, toothbrush, hairbrush, etc.
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Oct 5th, 2007, 12:40 PM
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No, that's not normal. But why should you care? You've got enough of your own issues to worry about, I should think.
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Oct 5th, 2007, 02:03 PM
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I love packing! Sure, I have a list not to forget anything! Keep it in computer in the Travel file, print a new one for each trip to mark things off. So the stress of packing is out.

Now, the travel anxiety is a different thing. I can't sleep for 2-3 nights before the trip, but sleep a little on the plane.

No way would I wait till the last night to pack! It's only added stress.
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Oct 5th, 2007, 02:12 PM
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Hana, make a list. Break it up in sections: clothes, medications, toiletries, documents, things to do before the trip.

Don't worry if it's incomplete, you'll add to it later.

A month before the trip, start packing. Take maybe a suitcase you know you won't take, or several paper bags, or just toss things on a couch.

One day, pack medicine. Another, toiletries. Put a check mark next to each item on the list - so you'll see what is packed, what is not, and still can read what it was.

A week before the trip, make sure most is done. Double-check the reservations. Call credit card companies.

So on the day before the trip, all you need is to print the boarding pass and charge your cell phone
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Oct 7th, 2007, 01:15 AM
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<<< I have so many electronics, I've also labeled each cord (pda power, pda USB, phone charger, camera USB, video charger, video USB, etc.) >>>

I used to be like that then I wised up - now I'm down to one mains charger (multivoltage in, 12V out), 2 chargers (AA & SLR camera), spare batteries and a plug adaptor. If I'm travelling light I dump the SLR stuff and use a AA powered camera
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Oct 7th, 2007, 03:48 AM
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It depends on the meaning of "packing". Is it actually placing items in a suitcase? Or is it organizing items---ready to go in the case?

I think of it as the latter. For a long trip, I start gathering items about 3 weeks in advance. The suitcase doesn't come out until the weekend b/4 we leave.

Travel clothes go in the spare bedroom. Over the 3 weeks, I go through it several times, paring down to maximize coordination (reminding myself constantly of sore shoulders/back when I overpacked!). I put one of those plastic drawer dividers next to the bathroom sink...start to gather toiletries there. And I put a basket next to the computer for printed items: tickets, passport, travel notes, guide books, check-off list before leaving.

By the last weekend, everything is gathered in those 3 places, ready to go in suitcase or carry-on. Actually packing my suitcase is now the easiest part. The last few days are now free to concentrate on the chores to be done before leaving. No stress over forgetting something. And, as a bonus, I've found this stress-free routine seems to eliminate jet lag. I can't even fathom leaving everything for an all-nighter just before leaving!
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Oct 7th, 2007, 04:06 AM
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I have a packing list that I've used for the last ten years. I only need to decide on whether the tops should be mostly short-sleeved or warmer.

The 3oz bottles of liquid in a one quart bag has changed things up for me. All liquids used to be in my 'bathroom' bag and in my carry-on. Now there must be room for that in my suitcase. Of course, now I must carry a CPAP in my carry on. The end result is that I must be more selective about souvenirs so that they will fit in on the way home.
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Oct 7th, 2007, 04:35 AM
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Your post reeks of jelousy: >>Every month, I enjoy hearing about how stressed she is about packing for the trip.<< You wish you could have a summer off and on to Europe for 2-weeks....

The question you posed at the end also reeks of sarcasm, so do yourself a favor: instead of wasting people's time feeding your insecurities, go plan a trip somewhere and leave your relative be.
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Oct 7th, 2007, 05:57 AM
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Alas, viajero, apparently you haven't read many of the distant traveler's threads. There's no point in planning a trip by plane since he doesn't like the configuration of the aisles and seats. He doesn't want to go to a resort because it was terrribly boring. He can't really fly by plane anyway, because he was so attacked by anxiety he had to get off the plane before departure screaming. Also there's no place to go, because distant traveler has an eternal foreshadowing of doom and gloom everywhere he goes. In fact his "enjoyment" of his relative's packing is the only thing I think he's ever mentioned he "enjoyed". So I think he might as well stick to it.
Distant traveler is a nut case.
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Oct 7th, 2007, 07:07 AM
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NeoPatrick has a knack for getting to the "nut" of any issue. You crack me up!
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