A pre-trip checklist for that vacation abroad

17 Jan

Over the years I’ve developed a list that guides me as I prepare for an overseas trip:

Packing list – items to round up

Spare eyeglasses (or contacts)
Sun screen
Hat for sun protection
Rain poncho/umbrella
Money belt
Bug spray
Paper copies of passport, all tickets & reservations
Guidebooks, phrasebooks or printed maps/to-do lists
Medications, Ibuprofen, etc.
In-flight comfort stuff: earplugs, headphones, blindfold, neck ring, seat cushion
Large sealable bags for food, wet clothes
Addresses for postcards

Personal devices:
Cell phone – check about overseas access
Adapter plugs
Digital camera w/extra batteries

Things to do – a week before travel

Vacation hold on mail (done online)
Notify friends/family of dates out of town
Pay any bills that will come up while gone
Download books onto tablet
Call credit card company – alert to foreign travel
Register with State Department – https://step.state.gov/step/
Plan airport transportation/parking

Things to do – final 24 hours

Turn down electric heat
Withdraw cash/get foreign currency or traveler’s checks
Prepare Out-of-office message in Outlook
Confirm flight details/print boarding pass
Water plants

What am I missing?


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