Some people unpack their bag at every given stop putting all of their clothes in the closets and drawers then filling the bathroom with their toiletries. This is a procedure that is repeated numerous times if touring. When these types of travelers return home they unpack immediately and often have the laundry started even before they sit down. Their bag is then promptly stored for their next trip.
The other type of traveler lives out of their bag. They never unpack when traveling and when they get home they usually “get around” to removing stuff at a later date. Some explain it makes them feel the trip isn’t really over until the unpacking is done. Others never really unpack at all; keep the bag packed for the next adventure, ready to take off on short notice.
Both types of travelers can be considered well organized and efficient, but in different ways. Neither way should be thought of or judged as right or wrong, it is strictly an individual preference.
I am the never un-packer. Now that doesn’t really mean I never need to pack, it just means that sometimes it is just a matter of a clothing swap between trips, a few long sleeves to replace the tank tops or vice-a- versa. I also unpack the “dirties” immediately when I get home and then re-pack them “just in case.”
When traveling I never really got into the unpacking thing believing it is a waste of my precious time that could be better used exploring. I discovered that notion really early on. We had returned late in the evening/wee hours of the morning to our hotel room only to discover bags had to be out for the bellman extremely early in the morning (we were on a tour), so I had to pack instead of sleep. (Lesson learned!) Less unpacking also reduces the chance of misplacing or leaving an item behind.
So are you a unpacker or a slacker, let us know.