Several cruises ago I made a packing list and made copies of it so each time I start packing I just check things off the list. It took a few cruises to get everything on the list. About a week before we go I select all the clothes and put them in one location so one day before we go I can put everything in the suitcases. If I follow the list I don't forget things. The last thing I do before I pull out of the garage is to check to make sure my ID/passport, credit cards, cash and directions to the port and fun pass is in the car.