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suitcase bag floorWhat’s the first thing you do when you arrive home after a trip? For me, it’s usually catching up on e-mail, downloading photos off my camera or taking a shower to wash away all those hours on a plane. But one thing it isn’t is unpacking.

Some travelers are fanatical about unloading their suitcases as soon as they arrive home. “I can’t relax until I’ve put everything away,” says fellow IndependentTraveler.com blogger Jodi Thompson. “I do it immediately.” Meanwhile, I might leave my own bag sitting on my bedroom floor for a week or more, pulling out an item or two at a time as I need them.

My partner, who generally unpacks within a few days, has accused me of being a slob. And, well, it’s a fair accusation. (I have a similar problem putting away my newly clean duds on laundry day, or putting junk mail in the recycling bin instead of leaving it strewn across the kitchen counter.) But I don’t think that’s the whole story.

4 Signs You Have a Packing Problem

For me, it’s always a little depressing to come home from a trip, and unpacking is the final sign that my vacation has reached the end of the road. Refusing to unpack is my subconscious way, however futile, of pretending that my trip isn’t truly over.

Or maybe I’m just a slob.

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— written by Sarah Schlichter

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3 Responses to “Confessions of a Reluctant Unpacker”

  1. MelissaP says:

    There have been times that the suitcase sat on my bedroom floor, unpacked, until I needed the bag for the next trip. Slobs unite!

  2. carole says:

    I do it right away, but it’s not because I want to make a clean break. It’s because I need to get the laundry started! :)

  3. Peter says:

    I do it right away because I travel a lot for business. There is nothing more aggravating than to be looking for your nickers or toothbrush when you want to get to the job site. I need everything put in it’s place so I don’t have to actually wake up before I arrive at work. The same at home. I need everything ready to go otherwise I go nuts. And I don’t mean lined up perfectly and numbered etc., just vaguely organised.

    Your not a slob. You simply don’t travel for business.

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