Things to do:
- Buy Permethrin at REI.
- Make final selection of clothing for Thailand. (I'm agonizing over this more than I feel comfortable admitting. Finding clothes that I like, that are conservative enough for most places in Thailand, that perform exceptionally well in hot humid weather, that are uber comfortable and easily washed/dried, and that do all of this at once - this has been very difficult for me.)
- Wash final selection of clothing for Thailand.
- Spray clothing for Thailand with Permethrin. (Needs some time to dry/set. Apparently it is very stinky until it dries and is then completely odorless.)
- Withdraw a small amount of cash to take and exchange into baht in Thailand. (Plus a little set aside for the visa for Cambodia.)
- Print out the most up to date flight itineraries. (Those flight times are always changing slightly!)
- Check in for flights. (This is when things get really real.)
- Check out the books I want from the library (ebooks - have to wait until the last minute on some of these so they last the whole trip - two weeks is not a long enough check out time when you want to do things in advance.)
- Final clean of the apartment (it is nice to come home to a clean home).
- Make sure there is enough cat food. (Maybe buy another bag just to set my mind at ease.)
- Take out window air conditioning units. (I think it is finally consistently cold enough to do this.)
- Buy travel snacks. (Food is important.)
- Oh, and you know, actually pack.
Things that are done:
- All lodgings are booked.
- All flights are booked.
- Vaccinations are up to date.
- General itinerary is set, with ideas for what to do in each city.
- Many small purchases have been made for items that we didn't already have that we knew would be useful.
- I know a few language basics
- Hello - Sawatdee
- Yes - Chai
- No - Mai
- Thank you - Khop Khun
- Female and Male phrase endings (Kha and Khap respectively)
- I've done a fair amount of research on a wide variety of topics (prices of things, things to watch out for, polite behavior, things to do) (although it always feels there is more I should know!).
- Most things are printed out so we have a copy in hand while we travel (I think the maps will be the most useful).
- We have a cat-sitter set up. Peaches will not be completely alone for two weeks (although she will be alone most of the time - which is very sad to think about).
- Rides are arranged to and from the airport. Thank you to those who are doing this for us!
Things to remember:
- When in doubt, don't take it. We can buy just about anything we might need there.
- Don't bring anything I would be heartbroken to lose.
I'm sure there are other things. Absolutely certain. But, those are the things near the surface! Sometimes I look at the "done" list and it looks...short. But then I remember that the two things at the top of that list were no joke. ;)