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Thread: Aruba trip preparations, procrastination and obsessing.

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    I agree that panning makes the trip more enjoyable. It helps you get cheaper flights and good seats on the plane. A good deal on a rental car waiting for you at the airport. Nice to have a cheap phone at check in too. A nice room with no surprises. Cant forget papasons, woozies, coozies, tumblers, soft sided cooler, vacation vault and clothes pins. Its the little things that matter. We play it more by ear when booking dinner due to our ever changing schedule. That beautiful Aruba sand and surf dictates our plans for the day. Just 30 days to go! Got to go and start packing now that you guys got us thinking about that "list" again!
    Sean and Susan

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    I too am the family planner, but not a list maker (I forget to look at them; I'm the logistics queen. I tell everyone when, where, how... And, if someone doesn't put their event on the calendar, we'll end up with conflicts that I need to fix (i.e. 17 year old son who told me to schedule and pay for his SAT test on the same morning he has honors band performance). We will hopefully soon be planning our April trip. I fret more over making the right decisions on flight times, fares, accommodations, car rental/no car rental. Once it is all booked, I calm down, pack, unpack and repack for a month prior to the trip, and everyone now is responsible for their own packing. Last year we did it with all carry-ons and one checked bag. I am the one asking the neighbor to get the mail and take the garbage can to the road, arrange for cat care. And, what about the lawn?

    We have a friend (that we met while in Aruba many years ago) who made it all simple when leaving for vacation. As he shut his door to his house he repeated to his girlfriend, "money, tickets, ID, everything else can be purchased or done without". I now add "prescriptions"

    But, I think we all agree, IT IS SO WORTH IT!!!!








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    My husband and I live by the rule "less clothes, more money" as far as packing for vacation or business trips. Works every time. We each pack our own items and never pack until the night before - Aruba and most beach destinations are, by far, the easiest trips we ever pack for.

    Just relax and don't make it so hard....packing should be fun and not stressful.
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    ~Amy~ - 35th trip to Aruba: New Years Eve 2017/2018 -- Zihuatanejo, MX: March 2018 -- Ireland: June/July 2018 -- 36th trip to Aruba: Sept. 2018




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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacki View Post
    My first visit to the island (my honeymoon) I forgot short! SHORTS!! I brought a few pairs of jeans & a pair of nice pants.
    On our first trip I took a sports coat and tie because I had read an article that said you had to "dress" for the casinos there and they wouldn't let you in if you weren't wearing a jacket. Wish I had known about this site then. That was in 1996 though so I don't know if this site existed then. I always wear slacks, sports shirt and slip on dress shoes on the plane because Im comfortable in them. One year I forgot to pack my sandals and tennis shoes.

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    maybe in your case it is not hard or stressful, but we have 2 cats and a dog that reqire much planning
    but, that is our choice
    also too, by choice, i prepare a few dinners and freeze them and bring with us, that adds to the "to do list"
    we have plenty of clothes and not plenty of money

    but here now, unpacked, having a drink and feet up!

    QUOTE=~Amy~;264380]My husband and I live by the rule "less clothes, more money" as far as packing for vacation or business trips. Works every time. We each pack our own items and never pack until the night before - Aruba and most beach destinations are, by far, the easiest trips we ever pack for.

    Just relax and don't make it so hard....packing should be fun and not stressful. [/QUOTE]

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    19 days and counting, I started packing today and YES I had fun doing it!!!! Much more fun than unpacking that is for sure. I do have a spreadsheet in computer that I keep each year and find it easy to cross off things as I pack to avoid forgetting anything. One year I ended up getting sick just before vacation and didn't have the energy to pack or enjoy it so now I like to start earlier and as the trip gets closer relax and anticipate what a great time it will be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    but here now, unpacked, having a drink and feet up!
    Well worth all the packing stress
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Should have mentioned this before, but one of the best things I bought my son when he was getting old enough to pack his own suitcase is a pad of "Pack This!" preprinted checklists. He sits down with it prior to packing, crosses off what he won't need and hi-lites the things he does. I think I got it on Amazon.

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    Yes packing lists are imperative for many.

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    Great thread as I have about two and a half weeks till we go. The stressful part is having the Holiday the day before and all of the expectations that go with it like being somewhere at a certain time. The best part about Aruba is I will be on island time. We make a list and my better half packs a med kit that could be part of a MASH unit. Like she says, there is nothing we ever needed at the pharmacy. That is the nurse in her. I have to make list and the problem is I don't look at it till two days before going. This year I intend t start two weeks out so we can be stress free on the holiday which will include a room in Boston the night before. It does not make sense to be in Boston Thanksgiving eve, drive home south to get up early to go to airport. My electronics list with headphones, notebook, ipad, phones, kindles and charges just seems to keep growing or become more complicated. I take each charger and place them in small ziplock and label each on small piece of paper so I can see what it is. They all go into one big zip lock and have many wires together but tangle free. It is my way of making TSA scratch their heads. It seems we always have two big suitcases and a carry on. I promised myself, thanks to this forum to roll everything and reduce the suit case size. If I remember right you also had to place in some sort of plastic to reduce the wrinkles. Need the break at the Ren and starting to feel a bit like waiting for Christmas AM as a kid.
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