Parctical, Boring, Necessary and Encourageing Information For The Long-Term Traveler

I believe I have mentioned the Verizon MiFi (internet for where there is no internet).  This works off the Verizon cellular towers and has a monthly charge and uses data.  We have 7G of data monthly and have never used it all.  We were told by the sales person that we could do streaming of music and/or video, but that was not true.  1) because it will eat up your data and 2) It is too slow to watch movies or TV shows (it stops and stops and stops…OMGosh, it is not worth the aggravation).  It is great otherwise, unless there is no cell coverage.

I don’t have a lot of fine jewelry, but the diamond engagement ring and the pearls my son gave me are safely locked in our safe deposit box with our wills.  You must have a safe deposit box.  The jewelry I brought with me is the bear minimum and I purchased a small jewelry travel box for them.

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We have this handy battery pack (rechargeable) that will actually jump our battery off if we ever get stuck with a dead battery.  Naturally sweet husband made sure we have a new battery, oil and fluids and new tires to start this adventure with.

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We have a good cooler for bottled water, Cokes, half-n-half (must have for my coffee and not all motels offer this), sandwich stuff, fruit (because we cannot always eat out).

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Good suits cases

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A Bible (NEVER leave home without it).

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Comfortable, wash and wear clothing and only 5 pair of shoes each:  Dress shoes, good sandals, hiking shoes, water shoes and good walking shoes.  Not these

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Lastly, thick skin.  Not everyone will agree with or be envious of your choices whether it is a trip like this or any decision you make from hair color to college education to faith.  Be fully aware there are arm-chair quarterbacks and critics in all our lives.  I found a speech by Theodore Roosevelt that addresses this for me with each negative encounter.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

HAPPY TRAILS

 

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