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Posted By: MongOBX - (Send PM)
Member Since: 1/23/2013
Location: Massillon, Ohio
Total Posts: 924

Date Posted: 4/18/2017 9:26 AM

...is it a solo project or group effort?

I tackle this on my own and it becomes like a game of Tetris. Finding the right shapes to fit in the spaces available once the bulk items are in. The back of my Commander ends up looking like a calico wall.

This year, we'll most likely take my Commander and my wife's car, six of us now.

In the past, we would plan on taking paper plates, TP, paper towels, napkins and cups, but now we're like "if we have the room great, if not, another $30 isn't going to break us" Plus, it saves me from trying to find a spot for it.

Having my wife or older kids help, just throws things off.

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Posted By: Bill - (Send PM)
Member Since: 7/28/2004
Location: Sinking Spring, PA
Total Posts: 4316

Date Posted: 4/18/2017 9:28 AM

My wife has nicknamed me the Packing Police.

It is my job, and like Russia at the UN I have veto power on anything that enters the cargo hold.

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Posted By: 2boysmom - (Send PM)
Member Since: 8/2/2014
Total Posts: 527

Date Posted: 4/18/2017 9:34 AM

My husband usually packs the van when we go on vacation. Last year, he worked the 24 hours before we left, so my 16-yo son did it. He would put some things in, then take them out and redo it, trying to get it all to fit just right. He did a great job with it. You can't see the dog crates in front of the back seat, boogie boards under the back seat. The cooler, hubby's camera stuff, and my bag with hair dryer, makeup, etc. to be added right before we left. I think the clear tote ended up getting turned the other way so my bag would fit in that space, and something got stuffed to the left of the one suitcase. I don't like for things to stick up over the back of the seat where I can't see out..

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Posted By: JoyinVirginia - (Send PM)
Member Since: 1/20/2014
Location: New Kent VA and Nags Head
Total Posts: 515

Date Posted: 4/18/2017 9:46 AM

Mr. Virginia is in charge of packing. We will help carry things to the car and identify what has to be up front. He has great packing skills!

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Posted By: Greg MD - (Send PM)
Member Since: 3/10/2014
Location: Fallston, MD
Total Posts: 598

Date Posted: 4/18/2017 9:49 AM

Usually me that does it, mainly because I'm the first one ready to go in the morning. The fishing gear, umbrellas, boards and chairs get packed the night before. The main thing I make sure of is that nothing heavy or hard is up high enough to become a missile if we slam on the brakes.

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Posted By: OBX_Kool - (Send PM)
Member Since: 2/2/2010
Location: MD
Total Posts: 651

Date Posted: 4/18/2017 9:52 AM

I do most of the packing myself. We've gotten pretty good at narrowing down what we need to bring. Kids are older now too, so less stuff there. I have a full size PU, so it's pretty easy to fit everything.

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Posted By: PaulOinMA - (Send PM)
Member Since: 8/27/2014
Location: MA
Total Posts: 2721

Date Posted: 4/18/2017 10:17 AM

Anyone else marvel at how small a vehicle they used to pack 20+ years ago?

First trips, 1990 - 1996, were in my 1987 VW GTI 16v. My wife and I laugh that we used to take that for vacation.

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Posted By: Brad Z - (Send PM)
Member Since: 2/13/2016
Location: Alexandria VA/ Frisco NC
Total Posts: 873

Date Posted: 4/18/2017 10:25 AM

Most of our trips down are by airplane, so I am the load master, making sure that things not only fit, but that they're within weight and balance limitations. While our four seat Cessna 182 is not huge, with careful packing I can usually accommodate everything I could otherwise fit in the cargo compartment of our Honda pilot in the cargo area of the plane.

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Posted By: Raine - (Send PM)
Member Since: 8/19/2014
Location: Western PA
Total Posts: 202

Date Posted: 4/18/2017 10:30 AM

It's usually DH's job to pack. He manages to fit in everything no matter how tight we are on space. He just loves it when we're ready to pull out and I hand him the 'first day' bag and my camera(s). And my pillow so I can nap.

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Posted By: hatterasnc - (Send PM)
Member Since: 6/25/2007
Total Posts: 3741

Date Posted: 4/18/2017 10:52 AM

Oh, heck no! On anyone else loading.
When we travel, all gets put in the front room, and I pack it in the truck.
Bride walks out as we leave with her "carry-ins" and we go.
No shaking, no rattling, all secure in the back.
I guess that makes me a control freak.
A happy control freak.
Big grin

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Posted By: Kai Avalon - (Send PM)
Member Since: 7/25/2012
Location: SW Virginia
Total Posts: 388

Date Posted: 4/18/2017 11:22 AM

I do the "staging" but only the hubs is allowed to pack the car. Since we do 12-14 ren faire trips a year its become a well oiled process - I am waiting, however, for that one time we pick up a ren bucket rather than the beach bucket - just not too sure what good a sword and hoopskirt would do us at the beach.

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Posted By: NCSU Dad - (Send PM)
Member Since: 1/24/2017
Location: Colington (Kill Devil Hills) NC
Total Posts: 161

Date Posted: 4/18/2017 11:44 AM

I switched to duffel bags. I would carry the packed duffel to the car. Unload the contents and pack the contents into the trunk. Fold up the duffel bags. Then reload the duffel once here. Trust me you can get lots more packing the trunk that way.

Of course what's best is not taking bringing all the stuff with you. No doubt 25% of what we brought was never used.

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Posted By: Gettysburg Lady - (Send PM)
Member Since: 5/4/2005
Location: Gettysburg, Pa
Total Posts: 2274

Date Posted: 4/18/2017 12:28 PM

My hubby packs the Jeep. He is really good at it. We have traveled so many years together that we sort of know where things should go. WE travel with our Westie and usually go a day early which means we need access to his bed, food etc and an overnight bag for us. Everything else remains in place with some room for groceries taking up any unused space. The cooler is on the outside and gets filled as we make our way. Every year we TRY to take less with us. He always reminds me that there are stores in the Outer Banks! We're giving up a Spring trip this year for a trip to Maine, so it will be October until we head to the Outer Banks. All of you who go earlier - ENJOY - and that's an order!

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Posted By: judyk - (Send PM)
Member Since: 11/1/2008
Location: eastern PA
Total Posts: 14513

Date Posted: 4/18/2017 12:34 PM

Hubs alone packs the stuff in the car. I do my fair share of packing items, but he is a stickler for placement thereof, somewhat obsessive, but that's okay. Works for us.

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Posted By: DeanK - (Send PM)
Member Since: 4/19/2015
Location: Indy
Total Posts: 287

Date Posted: 4/18/2017 12:37 PM

Everybody brings their stuff to the garage, and I put it in. This year will be our first year taking the pick-up, so things will be a bit different. Usually we're packing a van or SUV. My son is 16 this year, and will probably begin to learn the packing process. Car

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Posted By: junepath - (Send PM)
Member Since: 8/29/2007
Location: Lake City, PA (West Erie County)
Total Posts: 3411

Date Posted: 4/18/2017 1:43 PM

I do it. Husband is always working, so I handle it. This was for our trip in 2015 when we were there for two weeks. We'll have less stuff this year since we plan to eat out more and will only be there one week.

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Posted By: Scratch - (Send PM)
Member Since: 8/19/2015
Total Posts: 149

Date Posted: 4/18/2017 5:25 PM

My wife usually packs the car. She's always been good at it so why not? There are things we keep down here in the owners closet (no booze) so we don't have to pack/buy each time. That helps. This time we needed to bring a pick and a shovel (to loosen up landscaping stones that are all sanded in) and she fit them in somewhere. I used to make the mistake of bringing socks so I have stopped doing that except in the off season.

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Posted By: MarylandMike - (Send PM)
Member Since: 6/30/2009
Location: Mt. Airy, MD
Total Posts: 1151

Date Posted: 4/18/2017 6:14 PM

Reading the replies to this awesome thread actually made me laugh out loud. My answer is ME, ME and ME. When the kids were little, I would complain about it, but, looking back it was easier than it is now, with 2 grown boys and their girlfriends in tow. Somehow, we went from 4 people in one car to 6 people in at least 2 cars, and it seems worse now!!

They all now have my speech about "Don't pack too much" down pat now too. We will see how it goes this year! Really enjoyed all the replies!

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Posted By: obxny - (Send PM)
Member Since: 10/2/2015
Total Posts: 11

Date Posted: 4/18/2017 7:01 PM

My husband does it all mostly the night before we leave and makes it clear he doesn't want help.

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Posted By: Liz-WV - (Send PM)
Member Since: 4/23/2005
Location: Bridgeport, WV
Total Posts: 9405

Date Posted: 4/18/2017 7:28 PM

Oh my husband is the packer/arranger. I too tell him if and what needs up front the rest is left up to him and he has it down to a fine art. Now that my daughter and family have moved to the OBX we have made 6 trips since October. Hopefully someday soon it will be soon be a permanent one for us as well

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Posted By: SwimmingByrds - (Send PM)
Member Since: 2/25/2015
Location: Ohio
Total Posts: 15

Date Posted: 4/19/2017 12:10 AM

We only have 3 totes and an overnight bag to carry out and pack. As simple as it is to load, I still give the task to my hubby because the totes are heavy. Anything not in the totes or overnight bag are the responsibility of the owner. For me it means my purse and camera bag. The kids pack their own on the road bag.

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Posted By: MarvelousMoondance - (Send PM)
Member Since: 10/7/2006
Location: Wild and Wonderful WV
Total Posts: 11158

Date Posted: 4/19/2017 7:23 AM

We share the job and it's generally done over a 2-3 day period.

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Posted By: chief5130 - (Send PM)
Member Since: 10/8/2013
Location: Melbourne FL / Corolla
Total Posts: 1071

Date Posted: 4/19/2017 7:55 AM

It is all me. No help needed or wanted, just tell me what has to be accessible for the stop over and I got it. Control freak, a little ADD, who can say??

This was almost all packed for a Christmas trip that included the tree, decorations and the presents and still had to pack the overnight items and get the dog in the back seat. As mentioned above, it is a 3D Tetris game and I have to win.

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Posted By: MikeW - (Send PM)
Member Since: 2/9/2004
Total Posts: 4851

Date Posted: 4/19/2017 7:57 AM

When we got Liam the hound we also got a Honda van to take him and all his gear to dog shows. This eliminates any issues with any packing as we now have plenty of space.

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Posted By: jdj1991 - (Send PM)
Member Since: 2/11/2010
Location: Mechanicsville, VA
Total Posts: 1557

Date Posted: 4/19/2017 11:26 AM

Great thread!!!!!!!

Hubby (Linemanfx4) also considers this a Tetris game. I think he actually enjoys the "game" and who am I really to interfere with that joy???

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