“Pack as if you're going out for only a week during the summer. Then add what you'd need if you were going out for only a week in winter. That should pretty much cover everything.” –MrNoodly1)
“I can't be prepared for everything I can possibly imagine, so I prepare for things that are most likely to happen.” – MrNoodly2)
Hitting the road: a checklist
laying the groundwork
This section includes items that take a long time to do and/or that are beneficial to you whether or not you eventually hit the road.
or apply for
a passport. Having a passport makes getting a Real ID drivers license, etc, simpler. If your passport has expired, don't let it go more than 15 years from issuance for easiest renewal.3)
The passport card (seen at right) may be a good choice for some folks.4)
There are reports that getting a passport may be easier while you still have a sticks and bricks residence.5)
obtain originals or certified copies of birth certificate and other critical documents
shred unnecessary documents, save critical originals, and scan the rest.
starting the countdown
This section includes items that are best done while you still are in a physical residence.
the big day