Skip to comments.Survey finds most men wait until last day to pack for vacation
Posted on 04/25/2013 2:38:10 PM PDT by JoeProBono
WASHINGTON, - Women vacation more than men, and half the people going on vacation wait until the day before they leave to pack, a national travel survey indicates.
Women go on vacation every 10 months while men go every 12 months, a survey released Thursday by Springhill Suites by Marriott indicates.
Fifty-four percent of the men queried said they wait until a day before departure to pack. Only 46 percent of women said they procrastinated that long.
Some 85 percent of those surveyed said they would be willing to give up something during their vacation if it meant they could cut 25 percent off the cost of their hotel stays. For 54 percent of those of drinking age, that "something" was alcoholic beverages.
The survey found nearly a quarter of Americans don't get paid vacation days. Less than half of workers who do get that perk are given less than 15 days of paid vacation.
Americans also have mixed feelings about how to treat the housekeeping staff as their vacation comes to an end. Some 26 percent said they don't think the room maid should be tipped, but 74 percent still leave a tip. The average? About $8 for each night's stay.
The poll by Kelton Research surveyed 1,048 Americans more than 18 years of age March 12-19.
Men take less stuff on vacation then women do. Me, I pack everything I might possibly need and my husband just figures whatever he doesn’t bring he can buy along the way if it’s important enough.
Women have this thing about packing in some kind of order. Men say...shove it in there and lets get out of here.
George Carlin (back when he was good) did an amusing routine on how men and women pack for vacations and overnight trips. Its way to lewd to post but this reminds me of it.
"...she wanted me to go, he didn't...he compromised..sort of"
You mean when he was alive?
Vacation? I remember being on vacation once... 2004 or 2005 I think it was. Before that it was 1978...
Man, that is advance planning!
Most guys probably shove stuff in a bag 1/2 before they leave home.
(full disclosure: I am frequent traveler and have a pre-packed bag ready all the time)
Because that’s the RIGHT time. Everything but the toiletries right before going to bed, toiletries as soon as you’re done in the morning.
Yeah — but he stopped being good way before he died. Somewhere around the mid to late 80s he went from being funny to simply ranting and raving about evil Republicans, Christians and conservatives. His whole act became about how intensely he could say “F.U.” It got old real quick.
Because I don't want to get to the hotel and find my favorite pair of RealTree skivvies is in a laundry basket back home, that's why.
At least Gallagher is still good.
I might drag the suitcase out of the closet the day before, but having everything packed more than an hour or two before departure time would be advanced preparation for me.
When we head to Miss. to check on our house and property my wife is packed the night before. For me it is a last min. prep! Extra pare of jeans, clean socks and underwear and my pistols and extra ammo. She always asks how long we will be gone, I always say as long as it takes.
Why would you pack earlier than the day before? So you can live out of a suitcase in your own house? If it’ll take you more than a day to pack ... you’re bringing WAY too much.
NOT in THIS house....haha....I always wait until the last minute....but, my husband starts packing a couple days before....he’s kinda analytical like that!
“Me, I pack everything I might possibly need...”
As does my wife, which is exactly why we don’t vacation together.
$8 tip per night? I didn’t realize the 18% tip rule had been extended to hotel rooms.
For extended trips, there is always the problem of washing clothes. Washing them in the hotel sink and drying on the shower rod doesn’t really work that well. If you do extended stays in places with laundry service, fine, but I heard of one couple traveling to Europe who had a good system. They packed all the old clothes that were ready for Goodwill or the trash and threw them away when dirty. They bought new ones as needed.
I once ended up on a business trip that was supposed to be one over night stay in Chicago. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the stay lasted the whole week. The only solution was to buy more clothes at a department store.
What is this thing you call a “vacation”?
Wait...46 % of men pack early ?
I don't know they existed...
Also, a man can start getting dressed to go to a wedding 15 minutes before it’s time to leave, and be ready on time.
I pack as I’m loading the car the morning of departure..
I always have clothes folded at the top of my closet and several packs of underwear and socks that are unopened. when it’s time to take a trip I just toss two or tree packs of each item in a suitcase or bag, grab some shirts slacks/shorts and some stuff from the bathroom and I’m done in under 5 minutes
I caught that, too. IMHO, if I’m paying your hotel close to $200 a night, you can afford to pay your cleaning staff better, so I don’t have to make up the difference.
That’s not chump change, either. Most cleaning crews are 1-2 people, and they clean probably 50 rooms a day. Not a bad gig, at an additional $400 a day, all in cash, so no taxes paid by those who choose to not report.
Incidentally, I did a little research, and the going rate is nowhere near $8 a day. It’s $1-2 for a regular hotel, $3-4 for a luxury hotel. And only if you get great service.
I am in the ‘what is a vacation’ crowd but the picture in #7 is one I can’t see enough.
Just the thought of that ‘tribe’ WALKING AWAY and STAYING GONE is vacation enough for me.
Pretty much my opinion. Used to funny...then became just angry and unfunny.
Must have been BEFORE all the ‘health food fad’ started.
My cats don’t even like BO and tribe.
Every time they come on the tube - without saying a word - both of them leave the room.
I wonder if every time I see either one of their pictures I start throwing stuff and ‘scream’ STFU YOU DUMB MF! STFU!
GO AWAY! has anything to do with my cats ‘leaving the aree’
And is there something wrong with packing that early? (snicker) Actually, my wife starts packing at least a week before a major trip. Then she shrieks at me "when are you going to start packing?!!!? " I yawn and reply that the morning of departure is usually enough time. As if you forget to pack toothpaste or shampoo, you won't be able to buy any along the way.
I fondly remember the times when all of my stuff fit in the car at the same time.
Once out the door, made sure the right numbers of bags were in the car and the stuff I needed for the instruction.
THEN, HE MIGHT SAY, “PERHAPS I SHOULD CHANGE THE OIL IN THE CAR", or he would say, “I HAVE TO STOP FOR GAS”. MEN.
The wife and I took a trip to Ireland a few years ago. Great trip, but most places in Ireland do not have laundromats. We ended up having to take our dirty duds to a laundry when we wanted them washed.
i pack early. when i was on training teams i would wash and pack the “go bag” with my kit the day after i got back home. pack the muffti bag and whatever i was going to read the night before. my frau always waits until the last minute.
Remember, if you run out of socks, underwear, toiletries, etc., stores that sell those items do not exist outside your area. (snicker)
I don’t want cleaning people in my room, period. I put the “Do Not Distrub” sign on door so they won’t come in.
I think that means that 46% of men pack on the day of departure.
They have no choice about reporting. In any job where there are tips the IRS calculates how much you "probably" make in tips and if you do not report that amount or more you get the fun of an audit.
Try proving that you did not get a tip.
Well, duh! Why would I pack until I’m going somewhere? Just how stupid are some people?
This year, nearly everyone will wait until next year, or the next, to pack for vacation. Have fun. Enjoy the slide. ;-)
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