I have been tearing around these first few weeks of January trying to get everything organized for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. Every time I made a little progress, a client issue or need would arise, and of course I have coursework for two different classes I am enrolled in. Ugh, yesterday I was working in Douglas, AZ, tomorrow in Phoenix for a board meeting, Sunday a board meeting here in Tucson, and a meet up with a cousin that just today notified me that she will be in Tucson from Saturday to Tuesday. Monday is for packing, all other spare time will be for the assignments that are due. I am looking forward to actually leaving on Tuesday to get some rest!
Packing list for the institute:
- my research list for microfilms and books at the library
- background research for the above research list
- printout of registration for SLG and Tech day, hotel confirmation
- Flash drives with my name and phone number (I have lost one before – it will never happen again!) You can also add your name and phone number on the back of your copy card at the library with a Sharpie
- healthy snacks
- cables for electronics
- back up batteries for my computer mouse
- compact portable charger (external battery power)
- portable hot spot
- Belkin 3-Outlet Surge Mini Travel – I never travel without it
- laptop and briefcase
- moisturizer, I may live in the desert but SLC dries me out!
- prescription medications and over the counter allergy, headache medications
- comfortable clothing that can be layered – you never know if a room is going to be hot or cold, same with the library.
- comfortable shoes – or in my case one shoe if I am still sporting my boot
- shampoo, conditioner, hair styling aids, hair brush, deodorant and other tolietries
- paper towels, clorox wipes – useful for wiping down keyboards in labs
- mug, PAM [I use PAM to coat the mug for my scrambled eggs made in the microwave], plastic silverware
- My password notebook
- pens, pencils, highlighters, sticky notes, paper for taking notes
- winter coat, gloves, scarf, and warm socks!
We usually take a trip to Target or a grocery store to stock up on items. I prefer to drive to Salt Lake, I find driving very relaxing and I like having my car available. I am already schedule for two pickups at the airport, one am and one pm on Friday to greet and transport several SLIG attendees to the hotel. If you see a tungsten colored Subaru Outback with Arizona plates at the airport wave me down for a ride!
A special note to share with all – your perfume, aftershave, etc. may smell nice to you but can overwhelm others in the elevators and classrooms. Spray lightly. I was in an elevator in the morning when someone’s fragrance caused another elevator passenger to have an asthma attack.
Be sure to thank all the SLIG volunteers that make the event possible. The amount of time and effort that they put in is extraordinary!