Monday, June 29, 2015

Did I Forget To Pack Anything?

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The line from the old movies was always, "Did you remember to turn off the stove".  This goes back to gas powered stoves and really doesn’t apply anymore.

But there are some electrical appliances you should turn off before you go.  I always turn off my power strip that powers my computer, since it will be with me.

I shut off the microwave and any other electrical appliances that won't be needed for three weeks.  About the only things I leave plugged in are the television, refrigerator, and stove.  Of course, all the lights have power and are on a timer to make it appear like I am at home.

With numerous checklists, it is difficult for me to forget anything.  I am a frequent traveler and use lists to ensure that I don’t forget anything important at home.

Technically, I could get by in Thailand with just my passport, plane tickets and an ATM card.  But I do like to have some clothes, gifts, and most of my toiletries with me when I go.

Plus, with all my electronic gizmos, I need all kinds of chargers, power cords, and batteries or I won't be able to function.  The computer, camera, DVD player, noise reduction headphones, and cell phone all need attention.

Having a detailed checklist makes it so much easier to travel and not forget anything.  It may be a bit anal, but it works for me.  It lists everything that I will need to bring for the 3 weeks, a list of gifts for friends, and also includes things I need to do before I depart.

This trip is a little different for me.  Usually my son takes me to the airport and takes in my mail.  However, he has moved to a city just outside of Las Vegas, so I am on my own.

I had to arrange for a shuttle to take me to the airport and fill out the little card for the post office to hold my mail.

I also have a list of items to buy as soon as I arrive in Thailand.  This cuts down on some of the packing as the items I want, mainly toiletries, are cheap in Thailand.

I bring a minimum of clothing because I know that I will do some shopping over there.  It just can't be helped.  The prices are so cheap; you just have to buy some goodies for yourself, family and friends.   I hate shopping with a passion, but love to bargain over the Land of Smiles.

It is much easier when you have everything written down.  As I get older, I tend to forget the simplest of things.  So, a travel checklist works for me.  If I just had to rely on my memory, I know that I would forget something.

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