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Planing and Preparation

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A little insight to the planning and preparation for anyone interested:

Plane Tickets - there are many around the world (RTW) ticket providers out there that offer discounted rates on packaged flights around the world. Some are really ridged and come at a great price. Few are more flexible but must be used within a years time. We decided to spend a little more money on transportation and book as we go. This will give us the most flexibility and we do not think it is going to cost all that much more than a RTW ticket.

Immunizations - We have had all of our travel shots. Meghan was a little bit more prepared than I so I will list on my shots: Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, Rabies, Japanese encephalitis, Polio, Yellow Fever, and Meningitis. Meghan’s Health Insurance at the hospital covered all of this and we received about $2,000 in Immunizations for $120!

Travel Insurance- We have bought an insurance policy that covers all of our major medical needs. After long deliberation and review of countless travel medical providers we settled on International Medical Group. This policy is strictly medical and does not cover travel expenses. As we are traveling without reservations we do not have much to lose.

Gear– We plan to travel as light as possible and bring only the essentials and a few key non-essentials. Meghan will be carrying a 45 liter pack with a small attachable day pack and I will be carrying a 55 liter pack. Both packs are smaller than the backpacks we would use for a few days of camping in the states. Obviously this is not the whole list but it will give you an idea:

Clothing - A rain jacket and pants, 1 micro fleece, 1 pair of pants, 1 pair of convertible pants/shorts, A swim suit, 2 t-shirts, 2 button down shirts, 3 pairs of undies, 3 pairs of socks, Tough walking sandals like Chaco’s, and day hikers. Meghan’s list will obviously be a little different than mine.
Gear – Travel towel, umbrella, hat, water bottle, Leatherman multi tool, super thin sleeping bag liners, first aid kit, wash kit, travel clothes line, sink plug, money belts,
Electronics – After a lot of convincing Meghan has allowed me to bring a small netbook laptop computer! In addition to this we are bringing our compact digital camera, an Ipod, and a super portable external hard drive.

All of our stuff and responsibilities at home - At 35 years of age I am proud to say I can still cram all of my worthless crap into a 5X7 storage unit! Ok some stuff is at Meghan's parents house. Other than that all of our bills are on auto pay and we have made special arrangements for our taxes and vehicle registrations.

OK everybody... let us know what we forgot!

A great websight that provided allot of insight is below. Check it out.

http://www.travelindependent.info/index.htm

Posted by pmunson 13:53 Tagged preparation

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