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Old 07-14-2015, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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I think it also depends on where you are going. Packing for French Polynesia took a lot more planning as we couldn't assume we'd be able to "just buy it there," whereas London was quick as we knew there was nothing we couldn't buy there, right down to toothpaste and my favored brand of hairspray.
I agree. Forgetting something when you're visiting Outer Nowhere is a bigger deal than when you forget something on a city trip. I have two packing lists, one for more outdoorsy trips where I may be camping, backpacking, hiking, snorkeling etc., and one for more "civilized" trips, and both lists are very inclusive. Before I start to pack, I go over the appropriate list carefully and cross off anything I won't be needing for that specific trip. Then the actual packing part goes quickly.
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Old 07-14-2015, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Canada
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I start sorting about a month before. I spread everything out on the bed or hang it on an adjustable rack in our spare bedroom. Then I start choosing and discarding items throughout the month. This gives me lots of time to iron/press outfits to wear.

Everything goes into my suitcase two days prior to the trip.
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