Posted by: stacylynn12 | April 11, 2011

Ticked Off

No, I’m not mad.

According to our website, we have a mere 80 days until our departure. I am as determined to avoid last minute madness as I am to avoid clutter in our van so I’ve been diligently ticking things off our “to do list”.   I thought I’d accomplished quite a bit.  I’ve gone through our house room by room, made significant headway on spiffing up our van and put a serious dent in plans for school on the road.  But boy, there sure are still a lot of things to “tick off”. 

I guess when July 2nd arrives, everything will be crossed off… or… it won’t be.  Either way, were outta here.

Here’s “the list”… just in case you are planning a trip of your own.

  • House
    • Advertise for renters
    • Determine structure (include utilities, phone and internet or not)
    • Get contract from Pete if needed
    • Spring cleaning
    • Sort room by room
      • Downstairs bedroom
      • Downstairs bathroom
      • Basement back room
      • Downstairs family room
      • Upstairs living room
      • Kitchen
      • Bathroom
      • Master Bedroom
      • Kid bedroom
      • Give stuff away / sell
    • Clean
    • Set up auto pay – utilities, phone, internet, oil,
      car, Helen, etc  
    • Contact Rosso to get oil bill emailed to us
    • Cancel long distance phone service
    • Pack personal belongings and store
    • Find a place to store our Volvo and Randy’s motorcycle – cancel or reduce insurance (on car too)
    • Arrange for mail to be forwarded or picked up
    • Arrange for chicken care
  • Admin
    • Travel insurance – research and decide
    • Renter’s Insurance – auto pay?
    • Make copies of all documents, give copies to relatives and look into storing them on line (Randy to scan)
    • Write letter of intent
    • Cancel any email subscriptions
    • Set up relatives with Skype and test
    • City Health Care? Leave checks with City HR
    • Capitol One annual fee?
    • Taxes
  • Homeschooling
    • Meet with Todd re:  curriculum planning
    • Research / order curriculum materials
    • Complete schooling plan   
  • Gear
    • Purchase all items needed for First Aid Kit
    • Purchase any remaining gear (see gear lists)
  • Medical
    • Research emergency evacuation insurance
    • Vaccinations – determine what we all need and start getting shots
    • Finish getting shots
    • Doctor and dentist visits
    • Make sure we have travel vaccination records and they are up to date
    • Get new epi pen prescription filled
  • Visas and Passports
    • Check to make sure passports are good for 6 months past end of trip
    • Get extra passport photos
    • Research if visas are needed
  • Electronics
    • Research and purchase computer technology (after much research and debate, we’ve decided to get and iPad.  That is, if one actually ever becomes available.)
    • Purchase a data plan if needed 
  • Travel
    • Decide on international destinations and purchase tickets
    • Research International driver’s license
    • Need emergency evac insurance? Research
    • Van preparations
      • Take measurements for containers
      • Clean van
      • Sew curtains and seat covers
      • Build shelves for over cooler storage
      • Suction cups for storing stuff
      • Order new drink holder
      • Research and order awning / outdoor rug
      • Take the van in for a “check up”
      • Pack kitchen kit
      • Do a test run – packing everything we plan to take in the van

Plan going away party! 

Up Next – The van, before and after.

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Responses

  1. Um…it probably took a day just to make your checklist! 😉 I thought of a few things to add to your list. Check out the public use cabins in Alaska (you have to reserve early if you want to use them) – http://www.alaskacenters.gov/cabins.cfm, and make your reservations for the Teklanika campground in Denali! Oh and just keep repeating July 2nd – July 2nd – July 2nd….Can’t wait to see you guys pull into my driveway!!!!

  2. Getting closer!!! Let me take a crack at checking out the awning options.

    Cheers

  3. The Queen, The Queen! I have just seen the Queen of logisitics come fluttering round yon bend and she looks fabulous.


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