I pack like brennie. Instead of putting the summer clothes in the other closet, I put what I want to take in the suitcase. As December nears, I take a look at what I have packed and make adjustments. This year I swear that I will not over pack!!
Like brennie we live in a cold climate (Wisconsin) and we usually go the first week of December. I get the suitcases out when I am ready to put my summer clothes away, and just pack what I want from them then. I also pick up suntan lotion at the end of the season (hopefully it goes on clearance, and I can still get some) and then just pack that right in the suitcase. Then a couple of weeks before, I check all the main clothes and check my my hubby about what he wants. for shirts, etc. Then sometime during that last week I pack the unmentionables, etc. And on the morning we leave I pack the medications and other stuff we need that morning.
When we went in September 2010 I started packing 4 weeks out. It's hard for me to just walk into any store and find clothes that fit correctly so that way I figured I would have enough time to find whatever I still needed. Also, I didn't want to be doing laundry right before we left so if they were in the suitcase I wouldn't wear them. This year we are going at the end of December and I really don't plan on starting to pack until just a week or so before. I say that now, but the suitcase will probably be out at the end of October
61 day till CN!!!! We are soooo excited! I typically start packing for my husband and I around 5 days before the trip, and then then the day before I usually double check what I have packed and weed out anything I don't need. I find if I pack last minute I bring WAAAYYY to much stuff! I usually end up with WAAAYYY to much stuff regardless, but this year I am wanting to pack light, which is difficult for a clothes-aholic like me so wish me luck!!
We are going in Dec and I am already thinking of what I want to take. Every yr we take less and less because we are in our bathing suits most of the day. So we are looking at a little less than 6 months
I start packing for our December trips to CSA when the weather here in NY gets cold. Instead of putting all of my shorts and bathing suits away for the winter, I put a few of them in my Jamaica bound suitcase. Only 151 days to go before another awesome touchdown in Montego Bay!