I'm the packer for us. And have always been. And I have found that I pretty much have to start a couple of days prior to going anywhere or else I do forget something.
Daughter packs for her sons but her hubby does his own pretty much. She even had to pack for Michael for him to go to his new job with Norwegian in Hawaii.
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I am responsible to put all the clothes that I wish to take in the spare bedroom one or two days before the cruise. She then will "pack" them into the suitcase and rolling suit bag. She is an excellent packer and can accomplish it with no wrinkles. I, on the other hand, even after years of business travel still screw up and arrive at my destination with wrinkled suits and trousers. I use all the "tricks" but to no avail. I'm not saying that my clothes look like they have been rolled in a ball but they will have a few wrinkles that would need to be pressed in order to be suitable.
On our last cruise my daughter was so busy with her work she asked her mom to take care of putting together and packing all the kids clothes and "stuff". Now that was a hard job. She spent 4x more time on the kids stuff than she did on ours.
I am responsible for packing my own carry-on, electronics, cameras and documents.
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i am the main packer in our family, i take over our small guest room, put the suitcases on the floor, and lay out the clothes on the bed, make a list and pack against that list. DH is responsible for the camera his passport, loading the car and getting us to the airport.
My wife does everything...I can say nothing nor suggest anything, as she is perfect even if things are forgotten it is somehow my fault..."you didn't SAY you need black socks!"....well there are formal nights....
Some answer questions...I also question answers
To get your family packed for a cruise? Are you the packer for your family, or, do you trust the 'others' to pack for themselves?
Being single, I pack for all three of us -- me, myself, and I. ;-)
Originally Posted by You
Did you ever forget to pack something you really needed ,and, have to go without, or, were you able to buy before you walked onboard?
I have always managed to obtain a substitute or replacement for a forgotten item. On one cruise, I discovered that I had forgotten to pack studs and cuff links for the "formal" evenings, so I rented a set through the cruise line's tuxedo rental service for $5.00. On my most recent cruise, I forgot to bring a second bar of my preferred shower soap so I bought three bars at a CVS in the first port of call and brought two of them home unopened. And on one cruise to a warm clime, I somehow forgot to pack shorts so I bought a couple pairs -- one in the ship's shop and another ashore in a port of call.
On a tangent, the cruise lines would do well to ensure that the onboard shops have a good inventory of items that passengers might forget or might need to replace unexpectedly. This includes clothing suitable to the local climate that conforms to the line's daytime and evening standards of dress, jackets or sweaters that passengers might need in case of inclement weather, toiletries and grooming items, sunscreen, etc. The shops on Princess's ships seemed to be very good in this regard when I was cruising with Princess, but the shops on Celebrity's ships seem not to have many items that one might need.
Originally Posted by You
Did your baggage ever go missing, and all you had,, was what you had on to wear for days, till you got you luggage?
Yes, twice. I ended up buying clean shirts and underwear to get by and washing things out by hand. On the first occasion, I had a two-night precruise hotel package in Rome and the luggage arrived on the night before embarkation with three shirts missing. On the second occasion, the flights to the ship got disrupted so several of us spent a night in New York and two nights on Santorini to embark at the first port of call, missing the first "formal" evening, and our luggage caught up with us a couple days later thanks to the efforts of the ship's concierge.