The Sunday before departure
Surprisingly, I really am almost ready to go and will have little to do after today to prepare for Thursday's departure (Nov. 3). from L.A. I've sprayed several sets of clothes with permethrin, having decided to forgo the sick-making, systemic anti-malarial drugs. I've printed my e-ticket receipts for all flights, copied the travel insurance card and policy, got inoculations deemed prudent and the documentation of it, and I have it all in a large envelop with my passport. Moreover, I know where that envelope is, a not insignificant accomplishment given my habitual state of disorganization. The traveler's checks are bought; I've got a small but capable photo kit and a netbook onto which to download pictures. My toiletries are all packed, as are medications, sunscreens, bug repellent, etc. And now I have a travel blog.
In short, I am ready to stop talking about this trip and to fly away.
Your papers please!