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In the middle of the desert you can say anything you want

18 Oct 2021

Traveling checklist

One week before

  • Add CHECK IN DATE to calendar!
  • Buy TRAIN TICKETS if any
    • Plan for contingencies if I’m late
      • Flex ticket or whatever it’s called
    • Is it the CORRECT AIRPORT?
  • Check my PLANS for the trip and PEOPLE there
    • Recent birthdays?
    • Planned special occasions?
    • Any appointments HERE when I’m away?
  • Check relevant TAGS in taskwarrior
    • +UA, +DE, +s
  • Check current CORONAVIRUS rules there and here?
  • Any DOCUMENTS for there/back that take time?
  • Need to REFILL any prescription medicines?
  • Expecting important POST?
  • Anything to eat before leaving?

Evening before

  • START CHARGING:
    • phone
    • laptop
    • headphones
    • powerbank?
    • fitbit
  • CHECK IN
    • Download BOARDING PASS
    • Note WEIGHT/size requirements
    • Is the AIRPORT correct?
  • Download podcasts or movies?
  • Laptop:
    • git push or backup:
      • Pages
      • DTB
      • qs
    • CLOSE programs before the battery does
    • Small BACKUP to external drive?

Bureaucracy and documents

  • Documents
    • PASSPORT
    • INTERNAL PASSPORT if needed
    • AUFENTHALTSTITEL + Zusatzblatt
      • Valid?
      • B/W copy
    • PROOF OF VACCINATION
    • BANK CARDS
    • Anything else needed there or on the way back?
    • LEAVE any unneeded documents
      • Health insurance
      • Metro tickets
    • Print BOARDING PASSES
      • Use the occasion to find and disconnect keyboard dongle
  • SIM cards
    • Take BOX with them
      • $thing to change them inside
    • CHARGE any SIM cards

Practicalities

  • KEYS for all potentially needed apts, both directions
    • LEAVE unneeded keys
  • Clean:
    • wallet
    • backpack
  • MONEY
    • Currency of both countries
    • In hand luggage and packed if any
    • 2x of what I plan to spend
  • Last time, what will be needed on the WAY BACK? (Docs/keys/…)

Electronics

  • Electronics
    • Laptop
    • MOUSE and the CORRECT (!) USB dongle
    • HEADPHONES
      • In- ear headphones
      • Old NC or new BT (they need different chargers!)
      • AUDIO CABLE + “lengthner”
      • CABLE for charging (microUSB or USB Type C)
  • CHARGERS/cables/…
    • Phone charger
    • Laptop charger
    • Correct headphones charger
    • Fitbit charger IF NEEDED
    • Powerbank IF NEEDED
  • DISCONNECT and leave the keyboard USB Dongle

Personal

  • Toothbrush
    • IF electronic - all needed BRUSHES
    • IF trip is long - CHARGER
  • MASKS
    • Some FFP2
    • Standard “OP” (at least one)
  • HAND SANITIZER
  • MEDICINES
    • The usual PRESCRIPTION stuff
      • HOW LONG will I be away?
    • For the trip:
      • Something agaist NAUSEA
      • Atoxil / Eliminal / Sorbex
      • Painkillers

Trip

  • What will be needed on the WAY there?
  • What is available / will be / is needed in TARGET?
  • Empty WATER BOTTLE
  • Кульки
  • Салфетки
    • сухие
    • мокрые
  • SLEEP MASK, беруши? Clothing with hood?
  • Рассческа
  • BOOK
  • PEN AND PAPER (or notebook)
  • Is any of the food liquid?
  • Instant tea/coffee

Clothes

  • WEATHER
    • Check weather at target point: Leipzig, Kyiv, Berlin
    • Take all needed layers
    • If it’s cold - pants are more important than upper body
  • Polo with BREAST POCKET for passport/docs
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Belt
  • N underwear
  • N socks

DEPARTURE CHECKLIST

  • LUGGAGE
    • WEIGHT within limits
    • Paper with date, flight, contact info
    • Take PICTURES inside, outside
    • Remove stray TAGS
  • ROOM clean
    • Take away the TRASH
    • Especially ORGANICS
  • Everything turned off
    • WINDOWS closed
    • Electricity off
    • Things disconnected from sockets
    • Water off
  • Go last time through stuff that was charging overnight
  • ESSENTIALS
    • Passport + Aufenthaltstitel
    • CORRECT TICKETS printed or downloaded
    • Phone, phone charger, laptop, laptop charger
Nel mezzo del deserto posso dire tutto quello che voglio.