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Old 08-10-2017, 08:45 AM
 
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I find it more difficult when you are going from one climate to another. For instance, we went from Phoenix, AZ to Sydney Australia last month. In Phoenix it was summer, and temps were in the 110-115 F range, and in Sydney it was winter with temps in the 50-60 F range. I had to plan for what to wear on the plane and what to change into at each end as I didn't want to wear clothes for 115 degrees ad step outside in Sydney at 50, and vice versa. So, that took a bit more planning.
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Old 08-10-2017, 09:33 AM
 
Location: The analog world
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I usually travel in the early morning, so I pack the night before for short trips. If it's a long trip, usually a couple of days before.
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Old 08-10-2017, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Verde Valley
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and checking that we have adequate prescription drugs 34 weeks in advance.
lol!!!
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Old 08-10-2017, 06:35 PM
 
Location: home state of Myrtle Beach!
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I don't have a lot of clothes or duplicate toiletry items laying around. I'll start gathering things I don't need to use before I leave, several days in advance. I rarely forget things. As long as my clothes are laundered I can be ready to go in 30 minutes or less!
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Old 08-10-2017, 06:41 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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leaving for my next flight in an hour, haven't really given a second though to packing yet...(only for a few days)

When we did our 1 Yr long RTW, we packed a small backpack each, about a week before we left.
It was not perfect. ... never is. We survived ... always do (so far)


usually packing is done 20 min b4 departure. If I am smart, I do it one day b4.
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Old 08-27-2017, 11:46 PM
 
Location: Future Expat of California
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If I have everything ready the night before. If not a few nights before. If I don't have time and the energy the day of but those are usually driving trips.
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Old 08-29-2017, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Gulf Coast
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Start the day before, finishing just before heading out.
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Old 08-30-2017, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Saint John, IN
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I pack the day before typically because I need to do laundry to have fresh clothes to bring with. If I pack to much earlier then there might be something dirty that I want I bring. Toiletries I pack the day of.
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Old 08-30-2017, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I start planning outfits over a month in advance...in my head at least.


I probably start packing about 2-3 weeks out. I am horrible at packing. I overpack and have to take a bunch of stuff out. And then I'm still overpacked because I've got a huge huge checked bag. I am realllly trying to do better about this. I have a possible trip coming up in early October and I am not bring a huge checked bag--only a carry on. Period. I'm already starting to mentally plan what I will wear. I'm a female and I tend to overpack accessories, clothes and shoes. I was watching YouTube videos recently on how 'not' to overpack.


I think I will pack less printed stuff and stick to neutrals...things that can be mixed and matched. Everything will pretty much be black or gray honestly (maybe a few white pieces). I may have to re-wear some things which I have never done on a trip before actually. In addition, I am looking into AirBnBs or hostels/hotels with laundry on site. That would be a life saver for me although I hate to do laundry on vacation. That way I could pack closer to half the amount I need and do laundry half way into the trip. The altenative is to wash clothes in my room so I may pack some travel laundry detergent.
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Old 08-30-2017, 05:05 PM
 
Location: Kirkland, WA (Metro Seattle)
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LOL to OP. I've known a few like that. Two, to be exact. Both were successful guys. I think I never met others because they self-destructed before I met them. The two I know are so smart they can throw it together, it sticks, and they wing it successfully.

I'm not quite that smart. I stress out w/o plans and min half day of plans even for a 1 day flying trip. I have never winged it, ever, not once (chuckle).

Takes me 35 min to prep in the morning, professional level. My clothes are pre-prepped (ironed). 20 min if grabbing clean junk from the floor and closet to wear, quick shave. 10 min if going Commando and combing my hair in the car, wiping the sleep off my face w/an oily shop rag stuffed under a seat and breakfast is a old burrito under the other seat.

I have pretty good checklists, developed over past roughly 7 years when I traveled often (as much as half-time). I can run them, fast. Some take pre-check tasks (charge this or that, call this or that). All that could be let slide if I had to, what PMs call "crashing". If I had to crash it, I'd bring a big bag, toss stuff from my list in, and sort at destination. Onboard bag(s) would have critical computer(s), tickets (on cell phone). I'd bring aux charger for cell phone and download tickets at the airport, or have bag checker do it.

I am Global Pass so security is usually easier. Not always, but mostly a godsend.

Held a gun to my head, could do this in 95 min for eight day trip. Would be ugly, though! OP must be a magician.

My bugout plan is still about half-hour, and very ugly. I'd mostly shelter in place during a disaster around here, given the high ground and naturation fortifications, barring fire or fallout or other reason I needed to flee.
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