What type of packer are you?

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    Apr 10, 2011 6:02 PM GMT
    I find it so comical to see different people pack for trips.

    There are usually 2 types:

    The hoarder; meaning takes everything but the kitchen sink, just in case!

    Or the bare essentials; taking the bare necessities, just what is needed.

    Usually in a couple ive found each person is usually the opposite of each other when packing also.

    I take only what I absolutely need. I under pack because I hate carrying shit all around. Every single person ive ever been in a relationship with has been a hoarder when packing...they have to take EVERYTHING!

    I find this so hilarious. What type are you?
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    Apr 10, 2011 6:10 PM GMT
    Bare essentials: efficient and carry only what is required for the purpose of the trip.
  • Doug688

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    Apr 10, 2011 6:40 PM GMT
    Bare essentials. Spent 10 days in Europe (5 countries) and only took one wheelie backpack. Didn't have to buy anything either. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 10, 2011 6:41 PM GMT
    depends on so many things...

    1) What kind of trip am I going on? (will it require me to be really active or will it have lots of sitting around doing nothing - just an escape from reality)...
    2) What is the purpose of the trip? (vacation?, business trip?, visit to a friend's for a couple of days?)
    3) How many hours of sleep do I expect to have on this trip?
    4) Where is the trip located? (downtown? cottage? etc...)
    5) Will I be going with someone or alone?


    etc...

    need to be very specific about this.
  • Webster666

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    Apr 10, 2011 6:56 PM GMT
    I take everything.

    Travel tip that I learned from my Ex ( a flight attendant):
    Roll up each piece of clothing.
    You can fit more in, and with a lot fewer wrinkles (on the clothes). LOL.
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    Apr 10, 2011 6:56 PM GMT
    I underpack cause I know I will be buying stuff and bringing it back. Don't want that nasty weight overage charge!
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    Apr 10, 2011 7:48 PM GMT
    Two carry-ons for me. I hate checking in luggage. And I usually don't travel to places where I would need to bring a lot of formal clothes. T-Shirt, jeans, shorts.. stuff like that take up little space when rolled/folded the right way.
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    Apr 10, 2011 8:07 PM GMT
    I'm an efficient packer. I take the things I need. I don't overpack. I'm prepared for an emergency.

    Webster666 said
    Travel tip that I learned from my Ex ( a flight attendant):
    Roll up each piece of clothing.
    You can fit more in, and with a lot fewer wrinkles (on the clothes). LOL.


    I used to do that until I tried the packing bags. They're even better than the roll method. I can get more clothes to fit in a bag and they stay wrinkle-free.
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    Apr 10, 2011 8:08 PM GMT
    Overpack. I need choices, dammit!
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    Apr 10, 2011 8:28 PM GMT
    Ive spent the last 2 years flying to a different city every week for meetings. I started with a large roll on and now I only have a small backup- this backup has enough to last me a week and half without washing. I pack the lightest thinnest clothing. Ive got it down to a science. The essentials plus emergency stuff like benadryl and midol. .. and no the midol isnt for me- for my female coworkers when they stress out due to cancelled flights =p
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    Apr 10, 2011 8:39 PM GMT
    I way over pack and there is a lot of items I never touch while on the trip. Next trip coming up I have promised myself I am going to do a lot better and only take what I really need.
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    Apr 10, 2011 8:42 PM GMT
    Depends: If it's just me going someplace, a carry-on is fine for a week.

    If I'm going somewhere for a field project, I take the whole damned workshop. There's nothing worse than a dozen people sitting around on payroll while they wait for a part to be flown in.
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    Apr 10, 2011 8:47 PM GMT
    catchy_screen_name saidIThe essentials plus emergency stuff like benadryl and midol. .. and no the midol isnt for me- for my female coworkers when they stress out due to cancelled flights =p


    Midol works great for men too!

    I don't pack excessively for clothes, but I do pack excessive cosmetics; you must have choices.
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    Apr 10, 2011 9:20 PM GMT
    It's true

    I throw a few armfuls into the bag the night before...

    My Bf meticulously packs for a variety of climates and half a pharmacy a week or two in advance.

    No matter how many times I explain they'll still have Q-tips or several varieties of moisturiser, or socks and undershirts everywhere in the developed world if he runs through his ample supply or forgets something he never fails to panic
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    Apr 10, 2011 9:21 PM GMT
    bare essentials.
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    Apr 10, 2011 9:22 PM GMT
    Ariodante saidOverpack. I need choices, dammit!


    This!
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    Apr 10, 2011 9:22 PM GMT
    Depends on where I'm going how long the trip will be....just down the street or a very long trip I take the bare essentials. If I go on a shorter trip and don't know exactly what will be going on I tend to take a few extra things just in case. Never a hoarder though.
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    Apr 10, 2011 9:24 PM GMT
    The time you spend packing for a weekend is really not much less than for a week....

    I thought we wuz talking about fudge........ icon_cool.gif
  • BardBear

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    Apr 10, 2011 9:26 PM GMT
    Every couple? Surely you jest!

    Yeah, he's the one who brings next to nothing--I bring everything. But I spend less, since I have everything I already need on the road.

    Peace,
    Bardy
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    Apr 10, 2011 9:27 PM GMT
    It always depends what state I am in when packing.

    To be frank, for some unknown reason to myself, I am often inebriated when packing, and thus, "to be safe," I end up overpacking so much, that when I arrive at my destination I have so much useless crap and random objects that just make no sense. Also, I have had a problem of literally passing out while packing and waking up in my luggage (or at least, partly in it).

    On the other hand, when sobriety is my state of being, I pack the essentials only. Simple and light.

    The visible difference in the size of the luggage I take is so obvious that when I arrive at my destination (usually Toronto), my aunt and uncle know by now whether or not I was packing while "under the influence." If I show up with a big bag, I am asked how my hangover is. If I show up with a little bag, my aunt takes a photo as evidence of how rare an occasion it is.

    So yeah, it depends.
  • matt13226

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    Apr 10, 2011 9:28 PM GMT
    im a Green Bay Packer lol

    if im going somewhere i have never been too i will pack what i need plus leave room for souveniers plus i do bring extra clothes in case something happens i usually take 2 bags a carry one with extra clothes, toothbrush and tooth paste etc in case the airline looses my luggage.
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    Apr 10, 2011 9:28 PM GMT
    bare essentials - with a little thrown in for the just in case...icon_razz.gif
  • Hammer89

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    Apr 10, 2011 9:29 PM GMT
    I'm the "take everything" type. But I use that term loosely cuz I do take a variety of outfits but i jam it into one bag.
  • eddieross69

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    Apr 10, 2011 9:35 PM GMT
    Always overpack my travelling trunks. Just never know when you're gonna need a tux.
  • safety43_mma1...

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    Apr 10, 2011 9:36 PM GMT
    i take the what i need to make it fun and make it by. i am so not the guy tha tis like i need the kitchen sink and that.