NOTE: This list continues to change as I come back and update it. If I don’t cross off everything eventually, I should not be allowed to go anywhere South of Key West.
UPDATE: I’ve moved the list to it’s own page which can be found through the links at the top of The Guatebloga. I’m keeping this post here because without it I only have three entries. One of those is a test. I need content, ya’ll.
More things done! I promise that eventually this blog will cease being a to-do list and will actually become a place where I tell you what’s happening. When I say “you” I mean my dad because he’s the only person who reads this. Hi Daddy. Yeah, I still call him Daddy. Know what else? I still call my mother “Mommie.” In my family we spell it will an “ie.”
Anyway, in the spirit of providing actual information I will tell you what I’m doing with my life right now. I’m in Sanford, Florida with my best friend Amy and she’s teaching me how to juice, we’re playing with her dogs, we’re talking about joy and I’m generally trying working on being happy.
Which leads me to the updated list! Lists make me happy.
- Travel Insurance: Get some. I plan on looking into World Nomads, which seems to have good reviews.
- Utility Bills: Change utility bill names. UPDATE: Electric is easy, Time Warner is annoying, still need to do National Grid.
- Running: I need to look into the feasibility of running while on the go. If no, I can avoid having to pack my sneaks and running pants.
- Flat Iron with dual voltage: I’ve never done this, but I’m doing it this time. I know you’ll all think it’s not necessary and you’d be right. Except this is my ONE fancy thing to bring. That fancy underwear a few bullets above doesn’t count. Also, it will probably explode the first time I plug it in, so I’ll learn my lesson quickly.
- Bronner’s: Is this the soap, shampoo, etc that I should bring so that I only have to worry about one bottle? Let’s think about this a bit.
- Money: I’ll be keeping a stash of money that I can’t touch while I’m away. I need to get access for H&D or open a new account with their bank so they can have access in case they need my last savings to bail me out of some terrible prison. That would only happen if I get on the wrong plane and end up in South America. But, I could die of Yellow Fever before word even reaches the US so I’m not too worried.
- Gift cards: All those things you were holding on to could be spent buying rice and beans on the street. Sell those. Or use them. Just stop carrying them around. (NOTE: You can buy more than just shoes with gift cards! I once left a Saks gift card as a tip in a hotel when I had no cash. Another time I traded a City Crab gift card for an unused NJ Transit ticket on the train so I didn’t have to get off in Secaucus.)
- Refills: Refill all those Rxs that are up for refill. UPDATE: These need to be filled in NY if I don’t want to pay a thousand dollars (that figure might actually be literal and accurate.) Not done yet.
Phone plan: I’m bringing my iPhone, but only to use when I have access to wifi. Alternately, I can sign up for a global plan but that sounds expensive. I need to look into that. I’d rather get a cheap phone with SIM card at the airport. UPDATE: I can get a phone for under $30ish US once I arrive. I’m going this route.UPDATED UPDATE: Verizon will unlock my phone for free. I just need to suspend my service, which I’ll do for the end of February. Then, I’ll buy SIM cards along the way. I’m a genius. Actually, the person who wrote the blog post on how much she loves her unlocked phone is a genius. I can just read.
I need to decide on the smallest backpack I can manage and then see if LLBean carries it.Right now, I like the Osprey Farpoint 40 L, but I also like the $150 still sitting in my bank account. I also plan on picking up compression sacks and packing cubes. What about the Patagonia bag I got from Outside Magazine a few years ago? Probably too big. UPDATE: Got the packing cubes and a travel towel at Paragon using a gift card. Only shelled out something like $20 to cover it. I may still get a sleep sack, toiletry bottles and a nalgene attachment from LLBean. And the backpack question remains un-answered. I checked out the Farpoint 40 at Paragon and loved it. But, then saw the Farpoint 70 and felt happy and secure knowing I would have 30 glorious more liters to fill with things I don’t need. I’ll probably settle on the Farpoint 40. ALTHOUGH. LLBean has two similar versions that are less expensive.UPDATED UPDATE: Got the Farpoint 40 at LLBean along with some other things I needed. This includes: Duct tape (in two tiny rolls,) tiny squeezy bottles for shampoo and stuff, and something else that I just sat here trying to remember but can’t. Guess I didn’t need that. Need to find a day-bag.
Addresses: I need to make sure I have addresses stored somewhere. I should start that process now so I’m not rushing to gather this information at the last minute.UPDATE: I don’t think I’m worrying about this. If you read this and don’t think I have your address, send it to me! If I feel like I need to send you something through the mail and don’t have your address, I can probably send you an e-mail. E-mail is great.
Cancel hulu Change address: Wait! What happens in Albany? Will they still consider me a “resident” of NY if I do this? Need to figure that out. UPDATE: Albany doesn’t care where I live. Changed my address. Boom. Done. Visas: What do I need for the places I’m planning on being? What do I need for the places I can’t imagine I’ll go? Just in case. UPDATE: Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras are all part of the “Centro America 4.” Or, the CA-4. This allows for more easy movement of people and goods between each country, but also means that the 90-day visa extended to Americans counts for all of those places. I can extend an additional 90 days in Guatemala City if I want to stay. I can also go to either Mexico or Belize for 72 hours and start all over again with 90 days. I’ll consider this bullet complete. Vaccines: I have a bunch of weird ones already, but do I need malaria pills? If so, where do I plan on getting an Rx for those without health insurance? Does Obama just send them to me if I ask? Can I tweet him? UPDATE: Risk for malaria in Guatemala is considered “low” according to the CDC. I can probably skip the Rx for that considering I almost always forget to take them after about a week or so. I’ll miss the wacky dreams, but it’s one less thing to find crumpled at the bottom of my backpack on the flight home. I still need to call my doctor to confirm that I’ve got all the regular vaccines that are suggested – typhoid, polio, the Heps. Between Vietnam, India and Kenya, pretty sure I have all of those. The one vaccine I remember grappling with a few years ago is Yellow Fever. Looks like it’s generally not needed in any of the places I’d consider going in South America (no, SA is not on the itinerary but what if I get on the wrong plane and end up there?), so skipping that sucker as well. Clothes: I need that fancy underwear. Maybe LLBean carries that too? UPDATE: I don’t need that. Why did I think I needed that.