Monthly Archives: May 2010

The Checklist

As part of our sabbatical planning we’ve put together a checklist of everything we need to do before leaving.  We want this blog to be a resource for others planning a similar experience, so in the interest of sharing we’ll include below what’s currently on our list:


  • Set up appt with travel clinic- get immunizations
  • Sell, donate, store or trash all non-essential stuff in the condo
  • Make a packing list and see what we need to buy (electronics and personal clothing)
  • Plan possible cruise in Mediterranean in September???
  • List condo for rent
  • Get medical and financial POA (power of attorney) written up


  • Start looking at flights for first/second leg of trip
  • Visas for specific countries that require them
  • Rent out condo
  • Check into COBRA for medical insurance in the US


  • Get travelers health insurance/evacuation insurance for abroad
  • Safety deposit box for valuables
  • Reduce car insurance or cancel
  • Reduce home owners insurance to only cover furniture and fixtures
  • Forward mail to office/parents’ house (we’ll get an email every Monday with a summary of mail contents)
  • Move out of condo


  • Get all prescriptions filled (90 days worth preferred)
  • Cell phones (international plan…)
  • Get Lauren’s car serviced and hit the road!

Are we leaving anything out???


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