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Say one is bored on a Saturday afternoon. Is it permissible--if one finds it entertaining--to pack his suit case when leaving on a long trip the following day?

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There is a general Rabbinic prohibition, called "Hachana"1, against preparing on Shabbat for activities after Shabbat. Packing on Shabbat for a trip after Shabbat would seem to fall squarely within this prohibition.

1. See the linked Halachipedia article for lots of detail and sources.

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does this halacha apply to pleasurable activities as well? Great resource by the way! – Ani Yodea Aug 9 '13 at 19:19
The @username macro doesn't seem to work for the first few hours of the question. – Ani Yodea Aug 9 '13 at 19:22
@Ramin, If you comment on my post and start your comment with @-Myname, then the system assumes your @-ddress is redundant (since I get pinged anyway) and snips it out. I think this rule is lifted once multiple people have commented on the post. – Isaac Moses Aug 9 '13 at 19:24
Just another case of "it's not a bug it's a feature!" :) – Ani Yodea Aug 9 '13 at 19:25
@Dennis, if you can point to sources that back up this understanding, I recommend that you post an answer. – Isaac Moses Aug 9 '13 at 20:15

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