Wintermute here bringing you your daily dose of Dumbr. It’s hard to know all of the things you should do before you fly out, and then when you land after the first week of hindsight you sit and wish you planned a bit better. I doubt I could ever cover all of the important things you need to do, also I’m sure there are a lot of variables that only apply to some.
1. 1. Identity. Make about 3 copies of everything, and have them all printed out. Your diploma, passport, contract, health check form, have at least 10 or more passport sized photos of yourself, itinerary, e-mails from your employer, anything that can prove you are who you say you are. There was a teacher at my school, slept on the plane, had his passport stolen, and was stuck in like Russia or Europe or something, don’t let that happen to you.
2. 2. Backup Files. If you are like me and don’t have a laptop to take with you, e-mail yourself anything important prior to leaving. Or get a site that lets you store data and files on it. You should also back up all of your important files on DVDs. Be sure to e-mail your passwords and usernames to yourself. Some banks require you to phone in to reset your password, and when you are halfway around the world, that can be very difficult.
3. 3. Money Strap. They are plastic and fit around your body tightly. Also when converting dollar to won or won to dollar, do it in Korea, America has no idea what they are doing, sorry.
4. 4. Camera. Pack a Digital Camera, this is very important and I will explain in a later post. It’s not for taking pretty pictures. But you can do that too I guess.
5. 5. Immigration. Write a list of everything you pack and your new address and keep it on you for the flight. Don’t worry about the small stuff, but if you are packing a PS3, PSP, or laptop, write that up and its worth. When you are moving to a new country they will ask you at the airport what you have with you and its dollar worth, they want to know everything you are bringing in.
6. 6. Hygiene. Korea fails at this. Bad toothpaste, hardly any deodorant, they do have Gillette razors, and shaving cream. For women you are okay unless you have a particular brand of stuff you use. They do have birth control pills there. Go to a clinic, rub your tummy and say “baby no.”
7. 7. Movie Recommendation: “Taken”, and forever fear international travel.
I think that’s about it for your pre departure to do list. Tomorrow we will go over a few things that will help make your airport and international flight experience just that much better. So be sure to come back and I’ll see you tomorrow.
Your flight coach,