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Pre-trip Checklist

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I'm leaving Tuesday for my next trip (yeah!), which will be a month in France, and since I was typing in my to-do list anyway, I decided to go ahead and add it to the FAQ section of my web site (wilhelmswords.com/faq/index.html). I figured I'd post it here as well in case someone else might find it useful - and so you can point out all the things I left out!

Select guidebook(s) and cut out selected sections. (Or buy and download chapters from Lonely Planet and print selected pages.)
Borrow books on tape from library and load iPod. (Include any podcasts related to the trip.)
Buy international SIM for unlocked quad-band cell phone, or check that old one is still working. (Or plan to buy country SIM on arrival.) Charge battery.
Find camera and charge batteries.

For a trip less than a month, tell post office to hold mail. For longer trips, have mail forwarded to a friend, and write checks so said friend can pay credit card bills. (Can now tell post office on-line, but it costs $1.00.)
Prepay any monthly bill not on bank draft (yard maintenance) or write checks and stamped envelopes and add to credit card checks
Get nice new $100 and $50 bills from bank for emergency stash and move enough money into checking account to cover expected ATM withdrawals
Tell bank and credit union I’ll be using my ATM cards abroad, and confirm non 1-800 contact phone nos.
Call credit card companies to tell them I’ll be using my cards abroad, confirm non 1-800 contact phone nos.
Deal with taxes if I’ll be gone over April 15th

Confirm reservation at first hotel
Check flight reservation and seat selection
Make copies of list of important numbers, passport, ATM, credit and insurance cards (both sides), airline tickets, rail tickets, etc. and put copies in backup money belt

Suspend newspaper delivery
Return Netflix DVDs and put membership on hold
Return library books and put any orders on hold

Give house and car keys to the friend who’s keeping an eye on the house and taking the car out occasionally (to keep the battery charged and the tires from going flat)
Set thermostat
Throw circuit breaker for electric water heater
Turn off water at meter (the town says I’m not allowed to do this myself, but they charge to turn it back it on!)

Check I’m carrying passport, airline ticket, ATM and credit cards...

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