Being as I drive to the ports, or to a friend near the ports and get driven in, I generally wait until the night before. I find I can better plan what I want to take that way. Since I am one of the 2 outfits a day types. Shorts and casual during the day, slacks and button down for MDR. Driving in definatly helps in that I have no qualms about using 2 suitcases on a longer cruise. (Gotta have somewhere to hold shoes.