I’m at the point in my trip where I’m taking care of the practical things that I feel need to be done before I leave. I more or less go through the same process for every trip, though this is my first long trip without Jess in awhile. When we travel together, we generally split up the roles, but since I’m traveling solo it’s all on me. Here’s what’s on my list of things to do:
1) Print out relevant itinerary documents
In the age of smartphones and the like, this is starting to become obsolete, but I still like to have copies of my itinerary with confirmation codes, flight numbers and times, and hotel confirmations (if applicable, though we’re not staying at a hotel). I generally put this in a folder so I can keep it all together, and I throw things out as I go along (Jess taught me that).
2) Photocopy passport
I always make photocopies of my passport before I go abroad. I’ve never actually used it but I think it’s good to have. It certainly beats carrying your passport around wherever you go, which is just inviting trouble.
3) Set up communication apps
Since I’m traveling without Jess and Baby M, it’s pretty important for me to find a way to keep in touch. I’ve downloaded Skype, Whatsapp, and Viber onto my phone – between the three of those I should be able to keep in touch. I recently switched to T-mobile because they offer free international data and texting (at 2G speeds though). I’m not totally counting on that but hopefully it’ll be enough to stay in touch with the girls.
4) Pack power related accessories
Most electronics can run on both 110/220V these days, but it’s important to make sure you have the right plug adapter. Supposedly, Brazil has both flat plugs (like the USA) and circular ones (like Europe), so I’m bringing my European adapter just in case. I’m not too concerned.
5) E-mail itinerary to family
Practical and self explanatory
Anything I missed?
This trip is so close I can already taste the cheese bread…
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