Posted By Earl On MAY 16,2016
The line from the old movies was always, “Did you remember to turn off the stove”. This goes back to gas-powered stoves and really doesn’t apply anymore.
But there are some electrical appliances you should turn off before you go. I always turn off my power strip that powers my computer, since it will be with me.
I shut off the microwave and any other electrical appliances that won’t be needed for three weeks. About the only things I leave plugged in are the television, refrigerator, and stove. Of course, all the lights have power and are on a timer to make it appear like I am at home.
With numerous checklists, it is difficult for me to forget anything. I am a frequent traveler and use lists to ensure that I don’t forget anything important at home.
Technically, I could get by in a lot of places with very little. But I do like to have some clothes, gifts, and most of my toiletries with me when I go. Plus, with all my electronic gizmos, I need all kinds of chargers, power cords, and batteries or I won’t be able to function. The computer, camera, DVD player, noise reduction headphones, and cell phone all need attention.
Having a detailed checklist makes it so much easier to travel and not forget anything. It may be a bit anal, but it works for me. It lists everything that I will need to bring for the time I am traveling, a list of gifts for friends, and also includes things I need to do before I head home.
If traveling by air, arrange for a shuttle to take you to the airport and if you are gone for an extended period of time, fill out the little card for the post office to hold my mail.
It is much easier when you have everything written down. As I get older, I tend to forget the simplest of things. So, a travel checklist works for me. If I just had to rely on my memory, I know that I would forget something.