Laura I leave for our big trip in about a day and a half. So for the last couple of days we’ve been doing last minute preparations. Here’s some of the things we’ve done:

1. Cleaned of our camera’s memory card. And bought a new, 8 gig card. Hopefully that and our old 4 gig card will be enough for all the pictures we’re going to take.

2. Bought some new clothes that we needed. (I got some socks. Laura’s out shopping now so we’ll see what she gets.)

3. Cleaned up the guest bedroom of my parents house, where we’ve been living for the last month.

4. Altered clothing. I added a button to a shirt (which included me learning how to sew a button hole), and turned a long-sleeve shirt into a short-sleeve shirt. I also cut off a pair of pants so I’d have some shorts.

5. Found backpacks to use. (Specifically, I found a small-ish backpacking backpack in my parents garage that I’m using).

6. Printed out tons of documents that we’re taking.

7. Bought some travel apps for our new ipod touch with an old iTunes gift card.

8. Bought Rick Steves’ Europe Through the Back Door 2010.

9. Bought other guidebooks from as ebooks from the Kindle store. That was a new experience, but infinitely better than lugging 50 pounds of books around with us.

10. Lots of other things that I’ll have to go over later, because right now I need to go continue packing.

Written by Jim Dalrymple II

Urbanism and travel writer. Also a journalist covering the news.

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