As I plan to go to Italy alone my to-do list gets longer. Here are the entries from my trip planning journal.
Tuesday, April 26
Today I printed out 2 index cards. The first has my sister’s name, address, phone number and email and note saying this is my sister’s information and she speaks Italian – In case I have an emergency I want there to be someone to contact. The second card has my nephew’s contact information – that is in case I buy too much to fit in my suitcase and need some place to send my purchases.
I called Verizon today and found out that for $15 I can have my service suspended. That way I won’t risk roaming charges (I have a friend who ran up $1,000 in roaming charges on a trip!) but I can still play games and use the alarm clock and my camera if I need it. I have a Nikon Cool Pix, but it I would like to have my phone as a backup. I had service stopped starting Tuesday, May 3 which is the day I arrive in Milan. I need to call 611 to have my service restarted – we will see how well this works. So now I need to remember to take my charger, one more thing to pack! (Everything with the process worked great except I could not call 611 to have service restored, I had to do it from my computer.)
My Euros arrived today, one day early. I am glad I did not pay for the express service which was an option. I will pick them up at the bank tomorrow. I don’t want them in my house for too long since it is a lot of cash to have lying around – not that most thieves would know what they were.
I also had my prescription refilled today. I wanted to give myself a few days leeway just in case there are any problems. I would hate to sleep my way through Italy without my thyroid medication. I also, filled up all my small travel bottles with shampoo, conditioner, etc. so that is all done. I will use some of the hotel shampoos, that way I don’t have to take much, but they never have conditioner. I will buy some lotion when I am there along with toothpaste “dentifricio”. I only take enough toothpaste to get me through a couple of days – no way I can take enough to last 10 days.
The temperatures in Florence are in the high 60’s during the day and the mid-50’s at night which sounds wonderful. I am getting excited!!