Going overseas – More things to do before you go
Electricals, email, computers, phones, and much more
Addresses – Things to cancel and addresses to change
- Council / Rates
- Bank accounts not being used that have fees
- Auto deductions
Blogging and websites
Take preparation photos before you start. Start writing word docs you can turn into a blog/website once you hit the road.Also, read other blogs/websites.
Register for any advertising – you want to link to your blog – great way to raise funds for the trip. Be aware that unless people click on the links, you won’t make money!
Camera and Phone – Downloads
Chargers and cords
Make sure your cords are International compatible for phone chargers. You can get retractable USB cords online for $1.
Computer – Back-up
Research your best options but consider theft, computer breakdown etc as two likely possibilities.
Set up backup photos to photo bucket or equivalent.
Computer – Modem
Computer -Mouse & Mouse Pad
iPod and iPhone
Battery backup Pack: We bought 2 as the iPhone and iPod can use the same pack, but you can be caught up in places with no electricity for days, so reduce the number of times your kid plays games on your phone and iPod in these places.
Pay mail transfer for 6 – 12 months. I suggest 12 months – there will always be someone you forgot to notify. Set up a family member or friend to read your mail – they can scan any bills you need to attend to etc. You can also leave them a bank account if they are kind enough to pay some accounts for you.
Mobile Phone – Apps for Travel
Download Apps for travel including: Maps, Gps, games, language translator, currency converter, flashlight, and any others that suit you. You might need to do this over several months so as not to use all your monthly GB allowance.
Also, a compass is a great App.
Mobile Phone – Contacts
Back-up your mobile and keep your contact list somewhere safe – copy it to a friend or send yourself an email. You can do this on iPhones when you sync.
Mobile Phone – International Sim Card
Mobile Phone – Number
Music and Movies
Copy a few movies into your hard drive for the trip or rip them to a USB Flash Drive memory stick.It relieves the stress of having to carry DVDs.
If going to third world countries, I found copies of DVD’s sold very cheaply, or they copy/burn a disk.
In places like Fiji, there are shops that rip the DVD directly onto your flash drive, instead of buying the disk if you ask them.
The Power Case doubles the battery capacity for your 3DS giving you more play time. Insert your 3DS into the Power Case and plug in your original 3DS AC adapter to charge both the Power Case and the 3DS.
USB Flash Drive
USB Slim Hub
Lodge your Personal and Business Tax Returns. Make sure you make an appointment with your accountant as soon as your home is sold or 6 weeks before you go. If it is close to end of financial year, just book one – you can always change it, but it’s hard to get into once June 30 comes.
You need to organize Group Certificates, and Centrelink since it proves difficult if requesting early as they can cease payments, so use caution here.