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Hey! The taxi is waiting! What did you forget?
Here is a last-minute set of checklists to help ease you into your tiny seat on that big silver bird. I can hear the engines revving up already. Oh, what a thrilling sound. Then we bounce down the runway, the power of those engines throwing us back in our seats. Then it's up and up and up. The earth drops away. The loud clank of the wheel assemblies being retracted into the belly of the bird gives us a short shudder. She smoothes out as we rise into the Luft above the clouds, to arrive tomorrow at a distant place on our third sphere. Ah, the genius of the Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur.
Oops, I got carried away there. Let's get back to Earth for a minute and look at what you need to do and pack to enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in distant lands.
Not all of this is last minute stuff. You will want to do some of these things at least a day, or maybe months, in advance. Remove the N/A stuff as you see fit. E.g., if you don't have a dog scratch out the kennel line item.
+ For your records . . . . . . . . .
Keep your essential logistics data handy.
+ Checklist . . . . . . . . .
If it was not for the last minute a lot of things would not get done. anon.
Thirty Miscellaneous Cost Items
+ Packing Lists . . . . . . . . .
What to pack and what to pack it in.
Don't be a burro. Let it roll.
Reference: Chapter 7
Personal Care Items
Look your best.
Reference: Chapter 6
Scrub-a-dub, or stink, or send it out.
Reference: Chapter 6
Hardware for the road.
Reference: Chapter 6
For when your stuff breaks down.
Reference: Chapter 6
Guidebooks, Maps, Dictionaries
Know where you are going. When you get there know how to say:
"See you later."
Practice them constantly.
Reference: Chapter 10
Plugging in is not easy to do. In fact it is a continuing pain in the neck.
Reference: Chapter 11.
Bring back the memories.
Reference: Chapter 12.
+ Travel Records . . . . . . . . .
Write it down for your posterity.
Reference: Chapter 9.
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