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Packing angst?

What stage of packing are you?

The list is in hand.

Your suitcases are out.

Things are laid out in a spare room.

You are ironing and things are at the cleaners.

You could care less, your spouse handles this.

You are all packed.

You will buy all new clothes in Florida.

You are crying in the corner, overwhelmed by how fast the the cruise,
is coming up & hoping if, you wriggle your nose, it will all magically get done.

I had good intentions, and I refuse to answer, on the grounds it may incriminate me

Anything sound familiar?
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Trip, referencing one point you made about buying clothes in Florida...just an FYI to any cruisers flying to Florida during the winter months expecting to find light, summery clothes and lots of bathing suits, not!

The stores in Florida are crazy, they are now full of heavy winter coats, sweaters, jeans, gloves, hats, etc., and the bathing suit department has shrunk to an eighth of its normal size. I live in Orlando and am going on a cruise in April and just finished my cruise shopping list which consisted of capris, short sleeve shirts, white shoes, sandals, bathing suit, etc., and just made it under the wire before all those light, colorful clothes suddenly disappeared and were replaced by heavy, dark, clothing, sturdy walking shoes and flannel nightgowns. I could never figure this out. If I needed to find a bathing suit during the winter months I had to travel to a specialty store near the ocean to find one. Visitors will still be able to find light weight clothing but the choices will be very limited compared to what the stores carry during the summer months.
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Packing angst?

What stage of packing are you?

The list is in hand.

Your suitcases are out.

Things are laid out in a spare room.

You are ironing and things are at the cleaners.

You could care less, your spouse handles this.

You are all packed.

You will buy all new clothes in Florida.

You are crying in the corner, overwhelmed by how fast the the cruise,
is coming up & hoping if, you wriggle your nose, it will all magically get done.

I had good intentions, and I refuse to answer, on the grounds it may incriminate me

Anything sound familiar?
ALL too familar ! As a matter of fact, you are several steps ahead of me.
By the way, I leave Saturday. Packing isn't my thing.
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Oh and by the way, I'm scheduled to visit Massachusetts next week as a port of call. My shore excursion is Lexington & Concord.
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Me and the lovely Mrs. Jones leave in 11 days, and my "stuff" is ready, but not packed in the suitcase. I don't think she has even given it a second thought yet, as she isn't even unpacked from the last cruise. (only a week ago). I'll pack on the evening before we depart, and she'll probably start this weekend.

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Thoth, boy thats a hike for an excursion...my store had a 2nd store there for a while..this place is a joy for history buffs...enjoy your time in and around Bawston
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I find it funny how people in Florida wear heavier jackets and clothes. I have been to Florida in January and I am wearing shorts and a tank top and I am dying from the humidity!!!!!! I live in a COLD northern climate where it can get down to -43C (damn f--king cold in F) and an average winter day is in the -teens to -20's Celcius! Now that is worthy of heavier pants and a nice warm winter coat (that leaves you sweating cuz it is too warm when you go indoors for prolonged periods of time).

As to the intent of the post-I leave in FOUR days for LA and the jump on the Splendor in FIVE days!!! Packing of clothing that can be packed is 100% done, what is left is what I am wearing right now. Last load of laundry will be Thursday night and Friday morning. The health/beauty is packed and there is around 25% that needs to be packed on Friday or when I get up and get ready to leave for the airport!

I do not worry as I always get myself prepared and ready to go two weeks in advance and spend the last few days just looking around at anything I forgot...

My motto is be prepared two weeks in advance!!!
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We drive to Ft Lauderdale Friday night for Saturday's cruise on Carnival Freedom. Won't be long now.

Just got the clothes from the dry cleaners, printed the list out and thinking about what to pack. Probably start tomorrow!!
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I sail on the 20th and havent done a single thing in preparation. No lists, packing, checking closets etc. Also havent printed boarding passes or reviewed my docs. I have done my FunPass however. I wont get serious until about 4 days prior maybe less. This last minute thing hasnt failed me yet and I dont expect it to now!
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Thoth, boy thats a hike for an excursion...my store had a 2nd store there for a while..this place is a joy for history buffs...enjoy your time in and around Bawston
thanks, I look forward to seeing Bawston. I guess Carnival will be the hiking since it's their tour, but I'll wear good walking shoes.
The weather is suppose to be in the 70's . That I can deal with.
It was hard selecting one shore excursion, being so many things sounded great.
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I find it funny how people in Florida wear heavier jackets and clothes. I have been to Florida in January and I am wearing shorts and a tank top and I am dying from the humidity!!!!!! I live in a COLD northern climate where it can get down to -43C (damn f--king cold in F) and an average winter day is in the -teens to -20's Celcius! Now that is worthy of heavier pants and a nice warm winter coat (that leaves you sweating cuz it is too warm when you go indoors for prolonged periods of time).
How can people live in that weather? Isn't it basic physics that water freezes at 0* C or 32*F ? And our bodies are mostly water.
So one doesn't simply "get used to it".
One can't cover all skin can you?
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Here's my packing priority. Went to LA County Fair Saturday for fun and wine tasting. We wanted to bring wine onboard (we are generally not wine drinkers), but cannot find the wines we liked at any store. Well I have 12 days to find the wine before be board Splendor.
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Rose is correct the stores are CRAZY during the winter months. I wear the same style clothes all year round. The stores offer hot heavy jackets, sweathers and wool items when its still 80 degrees outside. Winter months I throw on a light jacket. It does get chilly some months but I still wear light clothes. Buy your cruise wear during the spring and summer back home and just put it in a closet for when you go on your cruise and forget buying clothes in Florida during the winter for most of the stores carry the same heavy winter clothes you will find in your home state.
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I often don't unpack between cruises, but since my last cruise was to Alaska and my next is to Europe, I will be forced to do some reconciliation.
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All of the above

Leaving in 12 days
am normally fully packed by now
I do ALL the packing husband justs questions what I packed him
I wrote a list yesterday, will probably lose it before I pack
am always stressed out on how much clothing to bring
always say next year I'll pack lighter and don't
thank GOD I'm not a clothes horse or we'd have way too many clothes
swore I'd put my shorts in the suitcase last and forgot to. Shorts on the ship were $35. Washed the 2 I had placed in there several times in order to keep wearing them

Have no spare room to layout suitcase right now as we are remodeling and things are stuffed EVERYWHERE

know that anyone who regularly travels for business is laughing their butts off at us

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Ah, but traveling for business is not the same at all. I used to do quite a bit of that and packing was just part of the job. Packing for a cruise, on the other hand, is something I actually enjoy. I start well in advance and try to visualize each item's use as I choose it...or not...to go in the suitcase
Re. buying summer clothes here in Fl. The problem is that most stores are either part of a chain or owned by one. And most of the buying for stocking the stores is done out of New York. So, sadly, every store in every area gets basically the same stock depending on time of year. It may seem to make sense to the bean counters, but they would make more money tailoring inventory to climate a tad better.
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I don't leave for my cruise until Jan. but have already been thinking about what I want to take. We will soon be putting the summer clothing away and bringing out the winter stuff I plan on putting the summer items we will be taking with us in our big suitcase, store it back in the closet. Then around the end of Dec. I'll bring it out, re-wash it all and begin packing. We will be flying so I will need to keep the luggage count down to keep from paying extra. I should be ok in this area. I've learned that I don't need everything in my closet and can get by with a lot less.
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We will leave Saturday (2 more days!!) and I have a packing protocol: First - take out the clothes I would like to take; (2) second week, Halve that pile; (3) take only what will fit in the suitcase.

This year the problem arose when I purchased a new set of luggage with (8) pcs. This brought me to the new problem of choosing the right size. I wound up playing musical suitcases to find the right fit. Funny, I didn't have any problem when I only had the one suitcase . . .
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Toth--I have lived in the same city my whole life and when the temp drops to the -30's Celcius we just layer our clothes to stay warm. In parts of Canada the temp can drop and stay cold for weeks or months on end. After a few weeks of temps in the -20's Celcius range you get used to it. Now, when we have three days of -40 to -43 Celcius you make sure you have an extra layer on and only stay out as long as you need, cuz dang, it is cold. Everyone owns gloves, scarf, and perhaps earmuffs to keep the wind and chill out.
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Toth--I have lived in the same city my whole life and when the temp drops to the -30's Celcius we just layer our clothes to stay warm. In parts of Canada the temp can drop and stay cold for weeks or months on end. After a few weeks of temps in the -20's Celcius range you get used to it. Now, when we have three days of -40 to -43 Celcius you make sure you have an extra layer on and only stay out as long as you need, cuz dang, it is cold. Everyone owns gloves, scarf, and perhaps earmuffs to keep the wind and chill out.
It must an experience to take a Caribbean cruise in the winter....to go from very cold to very warm, back to very cold.
This time next year I'll most likely be visiting Alberta. Glacier-Waterton Lakes National Park , Calgary, and Banff....That's the plan. The weather IS nice this time of year right ?
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I find it funny how people in Florida wear heavier jackets and clothes. I have been to Florida in January and I am wearing shorts and a tank top and I am dying from the humidity!!!!!! I live in a COLD northern climate where it can get down to -43C (damn f--king cold in F) and an average winter day is in the -teens to -20's Celcius! Now that is worthy of heavier pants and a nice warm winter coat (that leaves you sweating cuz it is too warm when you go indoors for prolonged periods of time).
How can people live in that weather? Isn't it basic physics that water freezes at 0* C or 32*F ? And our bodies are mostly water.
So one doesn't simply "get used to it".
One can't cover all skin can you?
I'm a California girl, I have never had to warm up my car before driving. I have never been snowed in. I have never worried about getting lost in the snow and dying of exposure. When it does snow here once every 10 years or so. We are so excited, it melts by noon. Shoot right now it's 10:30PM and 73 F/23 C degrees. I will freely admit I'm a weather wuss, I don't know how you guys can go through winter without the sun.
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Here's my packing priority. Went to LA County Fair Saturday for fun and wine tasting. We wanted to bring wine onboard (we are generally not wine drinkers), but cannot find the wines we liked at any store. Well I have 12 days to find the wine before be board Splendor.
There is a wonderful wine store in Costa Mesa called Hi-Time Wine Cellars. My hubby and me went down there about 6 months ago. They have a large selection. I hope that helps.

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Trip, maybe you should add one:

"Talking about pulling the suitcases down..." !

We board the ship in 2-weeks...the Delseys have got to come down from the attic this weekend!

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i'm not leaving until may but i usually pack the night before i go anywhere~

my mediterannean cruise and my halloween cruise last year have been about the only exceptions....

i like packing late~makes me more excited lol!
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I'm also a last minute packer. Most of the time we drive to port, so no weight restictions on our bags. But my hubby nags about my overpacking. If I wait until the last minutes I can sneak in some extra pairs of shoes without him noticing.
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How can people live in that weather? Isn't it basic physics that water freezes at 0* C or 32*F ? And our bodies are mostly water.
So one doesn't simply "get used to it".
One can't cover all skin can you?
It's all relative. I lived in Alabama for four years and I found it miserable in the summer with the heat and humidity.

You can always put on more clothes but there is a limit to the amount you can take off. In the South you go from you air conditioned office to your air conditioned car and into your air conditioned home.

In the north, in the Winter, you go from your heated office to your heated car and into your heated home.

You do get "used" to it to a point. You learn not to leave bare skin exposed in "EXTREME" cold and a 40 degree day in January is like summer and you run around with no jacket and aren't even cold.

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How can people live in that weather? Isn't it basic physics that water freezes at 0* C or 32*F ? And our bodies are mostly water.
So one doesn't simply "get used to it".
One can't cover all skin can you?
It's all relative. I lived in Alabama for four years and I found it miserable in the summer with the heat and humidity.

You can always put on more clothes but there is a limit to the amount you can take off. In the South you go from you air conditioned office to your air conditioned car and into your air conditioned home.

In the north, in the Winter, you go from your heated office to your heated car and into your heated home.

You do get "used" to it to a point. You learn not to leave bare skin exposed in "EXTREME" cold and a 40 degree day in January is like summer and you run around with no jacket and aren't even cold.

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Well, the suitcases are packed, loading up the car now!!! Leaving within the half hour heading to Ft Lauderdale. It's finally time to go. Yea!!
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