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Organize Your Personal Information Before Traveling

Before you leave for your trip, make sure you have a copy of your important information with you and with a family member or friend. This will make it easier to get help when an emergency arises. The Gal Gear Travel Information Form includes contact information for you and your emergency contact, ID numbers, medical information, credit card numbers and your flight numbers and times. The form prints as an 8.5″  x 11″ page that contains two copies of the form. One for you and one for your emergency contact.

Step 1 – Download the Form … its free.

Step 2 -You can print a blank form, and fill in your personal information by hand or you can fill out the form when the document is open with Adobe Acrobat.

If you are completing the form before printing, click on the blue highlight and fill in your information. You will see that as you complete the information on the left form, your information is automatically added to the second form on the right. You can easily print or email the completed form.

If you want to print the form and add your information later, please note the blue boxes displayed in Adobe Acrobat will not print.

For a free, full size copy of this form, click here:    Gal Gear Travel Information Form

Do you have any other information that you would include in this form? Let me know in the comments section below.


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Packing: what should I take?

First things first…

Things I just won’t leave home without:

You may never use these items, however if you need them, you don’t want to spend time looking them.

  • Emergency Rain Poncho
  • Tide Powder Laundry Soap
  • Motrin, Aspirin and Tums
  • Neosporin and BandAids
  • Thermometer (old school… it takes up very little room)

This is why I carry rain ponchos in my bag when we travel…

After spending the day on a walking tour of Chicago, we boarded a boat that would take us out on Lake Michigan for a beautiful view of the city at dusk. A quick moving storm front made this a memorable adventure. The rain ponchos really came in handy.

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PC World’s 20 Best U.S. Airports for Tech Travelers

The last question I ask before leaving on a trip is, “Do you have your charger with you?” Each person in the family has an electronic device that requires an outlet charger. It’s very frustrating to discover you don’t have one when you have a miniscule amount of battery power left. So, I carry a car/iphone charger in my purse for the roadtrips. However, air travel sometimes requires us to split up in a terminal looking for an outlet to recharge our devices, so we each carry an outlet charger. It’s a common concern for many travelers.

PCWorld’s Mark Sullivan did a series of stories about the best U.S. airports for the tech traveler. He ranked airports, terminal, and airlines for outlets, cell and Wi-Fi signals. For more information… check out the articles, here.

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