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Old 02-21-2016, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Central Mexico and Central Florida
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With connections and early arrival for international travel, our clothes will be in our suitcases a minimum of 12 hours.

Personally, I like to pack the evening before our departure and not feel rushed the next morning. My partner packs at the last minute, an hour or two before we leave for the airport.

He contends his clothes won't wrinkle as badly if they are in the suitcase for (only) 12 hours, versus my 24 hours of pre-packing.

I concede that last-minute packing for a 2 hour trip might make sense. However, it seems to me that 12 hours versus 24 hours of clothing packed in a suitcase won't make a bit of difference in the amount of wrinkles.

BTW we are seasoned travelers and know how to pack well....rolling clothes, etc.

I can't compare results as we are of the opposite sex and our wardrobes are vastly different (skirts v. slacks) as well as our materials (silk v. cottons).

Anyone have an opinion on this?
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Old 02-21-2016, 11:33 AM
 
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I'm like you, I pack ahead of time. But assuming you are both adults and each responsible for their own stuff, it wouldn't matter to me how my partner packed.

Personally, I'm always worried that I will Forget something important (you know, like passports and prescription medications), so I pack everything the night before, including toothbrush and medications which I will use from the suitcase and put right back. Weird, I know, but I never forget the important stuff.
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Old 02-21-2016, 12:04 PM
 
Location: SW France
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Do you split your clothes between the suitcases?

We put some of ours in each case, in case (Oh the English language!) one were to get lost in transit.
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Old 02-22-2016, 06:34 AM
 
Location: Cedar Park, Texas
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I pack about 4-5 days in advance, then gradually pull stuff out up until time to leave, as I tend to overpack (moreso if I wait until the last minute). If we are both checking bags, we also split our clothes between the two suitcases just in case one gets lost. After a lost bag incident in Rome, we learned that lesson the hard way!!
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Old 02-22-2016, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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I'm like you, I pack ahead of time. But assuming you are both adults and each responsible for their own stuff, it wouldn't matter to me how my partner packed.

Personally, I'm always worried that I will Forget something important (you know, like passports and prescription medications), so I pack everything the night before, including toothbrush and medications which I will use from the suitcase and put right back. Weird, I know, but I never forget the important stuff.
You are not leaving those meds in a checked bag, right?
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Old 02-22-2016, 03:59 PM
 
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I have a standard packing list and, if leaving early in the morning, I'd pack most stuff the night before and finish in the morning. I'm a relatively light packer and rarely need fancy clothes. I don't roll my clothes - pack them flat. If it's a piece that might wrinkle too much, I use tissue paper. Like clothing stores use. Totally helps.
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Old 02-22-2016, 04:55 PM
 
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With connections and early arrival for international travel, our clothes will be in our suitcases a minimum of 12 hours.

Personally, I like to pack the evening before our departure and not feel rushed the next morning. My partner packs at the last minute, an hour or two before we leave for the airport.

He contends his clothes won't wrinkle as badly if they are in the suitcase for (only) 12 hours, versus my 24 hours of pre-packing.

I concede that last-minute packing for a 2 hour trip might make sense. However, it seems to me that 12 hours versus 24 hours of clothing packed in a suitcase won't make a bit of difference in the amount of wrinkles.

BTW we are seasoned travelers and know how to pack well....rolling clothes, etc.

I can't compare results as we are of the opposite sex and our wardrobes are vastly different (skirts v. slacks) as well as our materials (silk v. cottons).

Anyone have an opinion on this?
If you pack the night before, you'll have time the next morning to include anything you may have forgotten. If you wait until the last minute, you may not be ready in time. I made the mistake of waiting until too close to departure time, and barely made my plane. Your husband sounds like he may be a procrastinator, and is trying to justify that.
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Old 02-22-2016, 04:57 PM
 
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I have a standard packing list and, if leaving early in the morning, I'd pack most stuff the night before and finish in the morning. I'm a relatively light packer and rarely need fancy clothes. I don't roll my clothes - pack them flat. If it's a piece that might wrinkle too much, I use tissue paper. Like clothing stores use. Totally helps.
I saw a TV show on how to pack to prevent wrinkles. The secret was using either tissue paper between folds, or plastic dry-cleaner bags will do the same.
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Old 02-22-2016, 05:02 PM
 
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I don't think you will have a wrinkle difference between the two timeframes. How you pack will have an impact
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Old 02-22-2016, 05:03 PM
 
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I saw a TV show on how to pack to prevent wrinkles. The secret was using either tissue paper between folds, or plastic dry-cleaner bags will do the same.
Yep if I take a dress or long skirt it's usually in a dry cleaning bag. I've even used plastic grocery bags in a pinch. So many people - including frequent travelers - are unaware of this little trick. It's my favorite packing tip.
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