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Electrical, email, computers, phones, and much more
Addresses - Things to cancel and addresses to change
Council / Rates
Bank accounts not being used that have fees
see Phone home and see reference to mobile and internet.
Blogging and web-sites
Take preparation photos before you start either.
Start writing word docs you can turn into a blog / web site once you hit the road.
Read other blogs / web sites.
Web vs. Blog - Do your research as to which will work best for you.
Unless you want to be a writer, don’t bother, as it will just weigh your days down, and gobble up your time.
Register for any advertising - you want to link to your blog – great way to raise funds for the trip.
Be aware unless people click on the links, you won’t make money!
Thanks to Jakki for inspiring me to blog, and giving me my first lesson or two.
And thanks to Terri at Web Vixen for helping me with set-up.
Camera and Phone - Downloads
Download pictures from phones and camera's.
Try to download your photos every few days maximum.
That way if you lose your camera or it is damaged, you do not lose you memories.
Especially important if you are blogging / have a web page.
Remember to back-up too.
Draw up a list and laminate of everything that needs charging at night – or on your arrival.
You can make this your child’s job to plug in and charge all that is needed for the next day.
Chargers and cords
Label with Dymo all power cords, computer cords and chargers.
Make sure you have them all – you can choose to double up cameras etc to use the one cord, but I prefer to start out with one for each, as you may find you have limited time to charge items in an airport etc, and one cord won’t give you time to do all.
Make sure your cords are International compatible for phone chargers.
You can get retractable USB cords on-line for $1.
Computer - Back-up
I use a slim external drive for back up (Seagate).
ALWAYS keep separate from your computer!
Set up iCloud and use that too.
Organise a good back-up system whilst away (see above).
I know some one that lost ALL their holiday photos.
Research your best options but consider theft, computer breakdown etc as two likely possibilities.
If your computer is with your back-up flash drive or external drive, in the same bag and it is stolen, there go all your memories.
Set up back-up photos to photo bucket or equivalent.
Computer - Lap-top
Suggest a good laptop with a DVD drive – one is needed for parent and child each
Good protective but not bulky case for laptop.
Have your laptop updated with latest software and possibly serviced.
Computer - Modem
Cancel Modem services and return for refund
Computer -Mouse & Mouse Pad
Definitely pack if used to using a mouse or doing hours of work where laptop keyboard top mouse can be tiresome.
Tip - if you have a wetsuit computer case, this will double as a mouse pad, so no need to pack one.
Change email addresses inc. Facebook, ebay, Paypal, iTunes etc
Cancel all non essential email addresses – but before you do – make sure you email and advise the ones you want to know of your travel email address.
Open a Gmail account or equivalent.
Pack headphones or earphones, and a double jack.
Cancel home phone
iPod and iPhone
Battery back-up Pack - We bought 2 as the iphone and ipod can use the same pack, but you can be caught in places with no electricity for days, so limit the kids games on your phone and ipod in these places.
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