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Travel Checklist
Travel Plans: Checklist

We're probably not going to have much notice before setting out on our journey to greet our Marines when they return stateside. I'm going to have to have a check list to make sure I don't forget anything, and I thought I'd share it with you. This is certainly not all-inclusive; it's just what I could come up with on the fly. Many of these things can be pre-arranged to help keep the last-minute details from adding stress to your travel.

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Pre-Arrange the Following:

  • Travel plans, maps, phone numbers
  • Car checkup: oil change, tire pressure, etc.
  • Get prescriptions filled early
  • Mail/Newspaper delivery and/or pickup
  • Pet care and/or pet boarding
  • House sitter and/or house keys to the neighbors
  • Inform your neighborhood watch association

Portable Office & Communications

  • Address book and phone numbers
  • Lap top computer
  • Lap top cords, battery, mouse, phone cord
  • Cell phone & battery
  • Cell phone charger, car charger, internet adapter
  • Electrical power strip
  • Extra batteries

Cameras and Video Equipment

  • Digital camera, storage cards
  • Regular camera, film, flash
  • Video camera, cassettes
  • Electrical power strip
  • Extra batteries, chargers

Medical and/or Special Care Needs
(Prepare these items ahead of time if at all possible.)

  • Inform hotel and airline of any special needs
  • Prescriptions, vitamins
  • Special care items
  • Special dietary items
  • Contact lens care items, spare glasses
  • Extra batteries

Entertainment to Pass the Time
(I'm going to assume down-time is very likely. Be prepared to entertain yourself or if you're traveling with kids, bring things to keep them occupied.)

  • Books, magazines, reading material
  • Paper, pencils, crayons for the kids
  • Pens, journals for the adults
  • Portable games, gameboys, deck of cards
  • Extra batteries

Pack Your Suitcase
(Indeed, I have to have a list of what to pack in my suitcase, but I also need a list when I go to the post office to buy stamps.)

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Comforable clothes
  • Socks, undies, pajamas, robe
  • Toiletries
  • Extra batteries

Items for Your Marine
(Okay, so this is the most useful tip on this page. Your Marine has stored all civilian clothes and may not have immediate access to them. If you have clothes and/or shoes for your Marine, you will get an extra hour of hugs. My son will also want a pair of contact lenses.)

  • Civilian clothes and a pair of shoes
  • Clean socks and undies
  • Contact lenses and/or civilian glasses if you've got them
  • Photos and articles from home
  • 6-pack of beer
  • Extra batteries (just kidding)


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