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justplaingoofy
06-26-2006, 10:13 AM
Was wondering how many obsessive compulsives there are out there other than me??? :Pinkbounc

1. I usually start a week before my trip putting everything in to make sure I can fit it all in the suitcase.
2. Then I take it all out and wash it.
3. I put each outfit into its own zip lock bag.
4. I usually bring a (21" carryon and med suitcase, checked baggage) and pack 1/2 of my stuff in each suitcase, and 1/2 of my hubbys stuff in each. Of course things that we can't afford to loose like meds, toiletries, camera goes in the carry on.
5. I "officially" pack the day before and put the suitcase right into the trunk (we usually have to leave our house at 4am)

I remember the first time I vacationed with my husband(then boyfriend) I opened my suitcase and he yelled "ohhh nerd alert" like on Austin Powers!! too funny :rotfl:

juligrl
06-26-2006, 10:38 AM
Okay, I'll admit, I make a list of what needs to be in each bag. Over the top? Probably, but I always know where what I need is!

Karenj2
06-26-2006, 11:02 AM
wow - I usually write a list of what I need to pack, but I'm not that compulsive... and my husband is even less compulsive than me - he usually packs the night before or the morning of our trips! (Drives me nuts - and the only reason he can do that is because I've washed all the clothes that I think he might want/need.)

PigletFairy
06-26-2006, 01:45 PM
I tend to make a list about a month before. I plan an outfit per day then add extras. I then make a list of toiletries and medicine. Then a list for the dog-sitter with numbers and time schedule of walks. We drive, so the night before i pack a cooler with drinks and snacks. I like to make sandwiches or burritos (aka wraps). On the contrast, my DH's idea of packing is to throw everything into a laundry basket! Drives me crazy!! This year I think i will do the zip bags for outfits. I usually do zip bags for toiletries and medicines but i like the idea of just grabbing a bag. Just call me OCD! popcorn::

eeyoreland
06-26-2006, 07:54 PM
I'm big with lists. We're going in December and I've already started jotting things down I don't want to forget. Since we live in a cold weather state, as I put away our summer clothes in the fall, I'll actually do some deciding then about what we need to take so I don't pack that stuff away for the winter. So I guess that means I start packing about 2 1/2 months in advance :sunny:

Amyg
06-26-2006, 09:29 PM
I've had my list since I made our reservations in January. I just purchased and packed our medications, clean wipes, bandages, etc. in baggies (of course) but won't start packing clothes till the day before we leave.

Just another 7 days and we're off on our first WDW trip! WooHoo! :cheer2:

disneychickforever
06-26-2006, 10:19 PM
I'm always the one who wants to pack first, if it was up to me, we'd be packed 1 month ahead. I usually make lists and stuff, and have all my clothes as close to disney stuff as possible :rofl: I really get into Disney....

Angela&Kayla
06-27-2006, 12:34 AM
Although eventually my habit of being a habitual procrastinator will bite me in the butt, until then, I generally pack right before leaving to the airport. As I pack, I make a list of what I do pack. After a quick shower, I look over the list to see if I forgot anything, and then off I go!

I figure...if I forget something when going to a place that is industrialized, what's the big deal? You can always buy it there (and Disney sure is industrialized, so no worries in August).

Princess89
06-27-2006, 10:51 AM
I always try to do my packing the week I am leaving. However, there are always last minute things that we have to do and it never gets done. I leave in August, and so far, I have a timeline so this way the things that need to get done will been done X day etc. I am spending a week before Disney in our timeshare and plan on doing some cooking while there, I listed menus and a grocery list will go shopping on Thursday night freeze everything to place in a cooler on Friday night the day we leave. As for actually packing we drive and don't leave until that night. I took a half a day to get all the packing and left over laundry done. I will pack within 4 hours of our schedule departure time. But everything is laid out already thanks to the handy lists I will eventually make.

mousiemom
06-27-2006, 11:32 AM
I've had lists made up for about a month now for our Jan. trip! I keep it in my computer so I always remember what to bring. I start packing my suitcases about a week before the trip. I have things put back now. We do a lot of the vacumn packed bags. Love them! When we go we have a lot of big sweatshirts and jackets so the bags come in handy for the bulky things. We also have to throw in our thirty something plush disney pals for our hotel window. Have fun packing!

praisehim5
06-27-2006, 12:02 PM
I start packing as soon as the ressies are made. We leave in Sept and our plans started 1 year ago. I made a list then of what i needed, like toiletries and clothes. i started gathering things from around the house. Everytime i go to the store I pick up one or two of the items on the list and through it into the suitcase. I bought close out sweat pants in the spring and will buy end of the season summer clothing in Aug. I know I am over planning but hey this is our dream vacation 25th anniversary/honeymoon we never took/without the kids. I have been planning making lists and checking it twice. I cant wait until I can really pack and pull out the drive on our way to WDW.

Prairiemom
06-27-2006, 10:26 PM
Question about the vacumm packs. What do you use to vacumm them when coming home? Will the hairdryers in the hotel rooms work? I have thought about getting some of them for the bigger items like the sweaters as they do take up alot of room in the suitcases.I've had lists made up for about a month now for our Jan. trip! I keep it in my computer so I always remember what to bring. I start packing my suitcases about a week before the trip. I have things put back now. We do a lot of the vacumn packed bags. Love them! When we go we have a lot of big sweatshirts and jackets so the bags come in handy for the bulky things. We also have to throw in our thirty something plush disney pals for our hotel window. Have fun packing!

Mickey&Donald
06-27-2006, 11:46 PM
I remember the first time I vacationed with my husband(then boyfriend) I opened my suitcase and he yelled "ohhh nerd alert" like on Austin Powers!! too funny :rotfl:

:rotfl: :rotfl2: :lmao:

This made me laugh SOOOO hard! I read it aloud to my husband and he laughed too... God, I love the phrase "nerd alert"!! :lmao:

You all are SO organized compared to me -- I make a list of things about a week in advance, and then spend an hour or two, right before we leave for the airport, packing!! But I was a flight attendant, I'm used to packing quickly. :teeth:

This trip, I think I'll be a little more organized, as not to forget anything (on occasion I'll forget something little, like phone chargers.. or a bathing suit the time I got a last minute trip/layover in HAWAII... DUH!!! :rolleyes: ) and I really like the ziplock bags idea. Not only does it keep everything organized, it'll keep dirty stuff separate from clean stuff! Smart cookies here at the DIS... :thumbsup2

Mousema
06-28-2006, 11:58 AM
I'm making lists for our Sep trip already. Today I had extra time at Wal-Mart and picked up the travel sizes of a bunch of things and have them ready. It's been too long since my last trip.

I will start packing in earnest about 2 days before, using the lists.

Hef4545
06-28-2006, 12:14 PM
I make a list, buy what I need ahead of time, make sure everything is charged and then pack the night before.

DS who is 14 is (supposedly) old enough to pack for himself. I let him do it once and he had enough underwear for a day.

I get lectured by DH who says "Don't Overpack!" as he spills over with his things into everyone elses bags. :rotfl: I ignore him and pack what I want
It is all a tradition I look forward to.

justplaingoofy
06-28-2006, 05:21 PM
I noticed alot of people on this thread use lists... (me too)

You already know I am a nerd :guilty: or maybe with just too much time on my hands :teeth: ..however.. I have found it easy and less time consuming to make a packing list on my computer. (I used the excel program)Then, when we travel I can print it out.

I have two lists on there. A disney list because there are things like mini misting fans & ponchos. And the second is a packing list for the caribbean which is our vacation during the winter.
I find it helpful because I am always worried I will forget....things like phone charger, camera battery charger, etc.

Also, before we leave I use an index card for each day and write each parks hours and if they have EMH. Along with our ADR #'s. that way when you take off for the day you only need to bring one index card.

justplaingoofy
06-28-2006, 05:27 PM
Question about the vacumm packs. What do you use to vacumm them when coming home? Will the hairdryers in the hotel rooms work? I have thought about getting some of them for the bigger items like the sweaters as they do take up alot of room in the suitcases.


I am not the poster of the vacuum bags... however I am guessing this:

They make those bags that you need a vacuum to close and they also make travel ones that you do not need a vacuum for. I know alot of companies sell them. We got some from LLBean. They do work well.

I still have them, but the larger size ziplock baggies(not the kind with the zipper, they leak air) and put an outfit in each one.

taekwondo mom
06-28-2006, 05:49 PM
We are going in Dec..
I've already made my list .

Started packig stuff that I'm going to use to decorate the room with ..So far Mickey string lights, Mickey garland, mini ornaments for the tree, and yes the tree..

I can't wait..

suzimar57
06-28-2006, 06:01 PM
we're going in september, and i have items already in the luggage we'll be bringing - pretty much the same things we bring to disney year after year, we just store them in the suitcase, so they don't get misplaced

Va-bear
06-28-2006, 08:56 PM
I can out do you all! I've made no less than 4 lists for my trip in Aug/Sept. Why 4 you ask? Because I keep misplacing them!!

I need to make a list of where my different lists are!

I guess what I really need to do is move to a computer list like some of you smart people! Thanks for the great ideas!

Va.

Mr._The_King
06-28-2006, 09:08 PM
My wife's list has things like "hand-paint the outfits" :rolleyes: I had to make sure they were dry before I packed them :lmao:

mousiemom
06-29-2006, 08:20 AM
I am the vacumn bag person! My dh sits on the bags & gets all the air out! It is a funny sight but boy are they tight. Is there another way to make lists other than your computer? I'm at work all day and that's all I do is make lists. Now, I don't do the index cards, but I have our itineriary printed out and posted in every room w/the times, hrs, parade times, and our ADR #. We all are disney nerds aren't we?
Have fun!

justplaingoofy
06-29-2006, 08:56 AM
I am so comforted to know I am not the only "wacko" here!!! :rotfl2: :rotfl2:

pepe of ohio
07-01-2006, 06:15 AM
Okay, I'll admit, I make a list of what needs to be in each bag. Over the top? Probably, but I always know where what I need is!

I start making, or more in reality, add to my previous vacation lists. Always have made a list to what I'm packing. More to the point, after 35 some visits to WDW, I have a list that I print out and only have to add quanities, which depends on length of stays.

I don't forget anything, I check each item off as it goes into the bag from novels to binoculars, its all on paper, no guessing. When do I pack, about 2 weeks before we leave, I hate last minute scrounging for items and by the time the actual night before comes, I'm not in the frame of mind to go. Once I'm in WDW I don't want to leave but packing 2 weeks before I'm not jittery about forgetting something. Basically I have 3 drawers full of just vacation clothes, only worn on vacation from underwear to everything and my toilet kit is just for vacations, always ready to go, when we return I replace anything that needs replaced and its all there, no fuss no muss.

Dianewes
07-01-2006, 06:46 AM
Packing......such a chore... since we are going in November, and I live in NY... I will pack all of the summer clothes in Sept when I would otherwise put them away. Which means having to repack before our trip...BUT we are going to Disney, so it is all worth the hassle!!

However to answer your original question... I have a master list and give lists to the husband and kids, and use a lot of zip lock bags

:teeth:

munchkin bunchkin
07-01-2006, 07:21 AM
Dtto for the master list ! I usually start gathering things right after making all the ressies and put it in bagsin the closet, then break out the suitcases and start packing the weekend before we leave! :)

Figment's friends
07-01-2006, 10:18 AM
Hee HEe! We are going in Sept. and I started packing 4 months ago :blush: mostly the stuff we will not want to buy at the parks- like individual laundry detergent, sun block :sunny: pool noodles for the resort pool(we leave them with kids at the end of our trip and then we have more room to pack things we bought!) Our Shampoo and conditioner and all things potentially wet go in bags :thumbsup2

Happy Canada Day!!!!!

TeXaShOtTiE09
07-01-2006, 11:32 AM
Im going in July but my mom has been packing, making a packing list, and planning since she first knew we were going. Sometimes i think its a little bit to early when she starts planning like a year in advance but i get why she does it, it makes things alot more less stressed when do things early on because then you dont have to worry about it later. if i were you i'd start getting things together. . . start packing. . . start figuring out what you need to get for your trip that you dont have. . . so you wont have to feel rushed when it gets closer to the day your planned to leave.

gems_smiling
07-01-2006, 02:24 PM
I made a list over a month ago for our September trip. I have planned 2 outfits per day and then added additional items and toiletries. I have already packed most of my hand luggage and have a box which contains toiletries i have brought for our trip. I will start packing as soon as i get my suitcase out (probably about 3 weeks before our trip). My mum thinks I'm crazy but i am a planning person and plan everything i do, i have even decided what i will order at each TS and CS on our trip.

Swimnoid
07-01-2006, 08:01 PM
I make a basic list for clothes and stuff and another list for food/meals since we stay at the cabins and cook some.

About a month ahead of time though we start filling the "dis box" with treats and stuff that we dont normally buy. Every time I go to the store I pick up something for the box.

PocahontasLookALike
07-01-2006, 08:54 PM
besides obsessively plan? not much.

just kidding.

we did so good with the NO overpacking last year, since we are DVC members our villas have washer/dryers and i don't mind doing a few loads of laundry if that means less to pack.

and, always pack in your carry on what you will need within the first 24 hours after arrival. best tip i've learned.