If the stars align and Covid willing, we will depart for Frankfurt 3 months from today to begin a 6 week trip. We have traveled that long before, but there has always been someone at our house to take care of things. That is no longer the case. I have some thoughts and questions, and others may chime in with something I haven’t thought of. I hope this topic will be informative for everyone.
Mail - The post office will only hold it for 4 weeks. Even then I don’t really trust this system. We were gone for less than 3 weeks in November and I had our mail held at the post office. We decided to come home a day early, so 2 days before our mail was supposed to be delivered to us. When we arrived home there was several days worth of mail in our box. Two days later they delivered a bundle of mail to us. We have a community mailbox where the entire block has a box and there are 2 large boxes for packages. What do you do with your mail if you’re on a long trip?
Bills - I have everything set up to pay automatically, but if you don’t, how do you manage your payments?
Prescription Medications - If you travel for any extended period how do you take enough meds for your trip if you can’t get a refill before you leave to give you enough? I always refill mine as soon as I’m allowed so I’m way ahead of what I need. How do you manage medications that need to be refrigerated?
Packing - Covering both cold and warm weather. I know this has been discussed from time to time. Layers are discussed and I think it’s a good strategy. The exception for me is if I know it will be cold the entire trip. In that case I want a warm coat. For the upcoming trip I’ll take a fleece, packable down jacket and packable waterproof raincoat. What about shoes to span both conditions?
Grooming - If you’re on an extended trip do you get haircuts while you travel? For the ladies who color their hair, get manicures, etc., how do you manage these things?
Purchases - Do you buy things while traveling? Souvenirs, other items for yourself or others? If you pack with only a carryon bag, what do you do with those things? Do you ship things home or bring another packable bag with you?
Are there other things to consider while traveling for an extended time?