List of things to check/prepare/pack for an observing trip or conference visit


 

Sort these out well in advance

Flight(s)
Transport to airport
Transport to hotel
Hotel(s)
Transport to observatory
Book nights at observatory
Transport from observatory
Transport from hotel
Transport from airport
Foreign currency
Credit/debit cards
Travel insurance documents
EHIC card
Passport
Visa

Sort these out advance

Confirm telescope/instrument setup
Which gratings/grisms/filters?
Which dichroic?
Order-sorting filters?
CCD binning and windowing?
Finder charts
Visibility plots
Observing plan
Standard stars?
Calibration observations?
   
Register for conference
Write conference talk
Backup talk / send copies to LOC
Laser pointer
Write poster
Print poster
Caffeine tablets
Travel guide

Pack these

Shoes
Socks
Underwear
Trousers
Shirts / T-shirts
Jumpers
Shorts
Coat / jacket
Gloves and hat
Handkerchiefs
Money belt
Swimwear
 
Toiletries bag
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Shampoo
Hair brush
Moisturiser
Deodorant
Razor
Shaving foam
Bubble bath
Soap
Cotton buds
 
Suitcase
Suitcase lock
Penknife (HOLD LUGGAGE)
Hand luggage
Any medicines
Clear plastic bag for medicines
Paracetomol/Ibuprofin
Papers to read
Other work to do
Pad of blank paper
Books to read
Travel guide(s)
Plasters / first-aid kit
Travel sewing kit
Plastic bags
Wallet
House keys
Car keys
Watch
Money
Foreign currency notes
Foreign currency coins
Passport
Photocopy of passport
Travel insurance documents
EHIC card
Details of flight(s)
Frequent flier cards
Details of hotel(s)
Glasses / contact lenses
Diary
 
Alarm clock
Torch
Torch batteries
Music (CDs/MP3s)
Mobile phone (CHARGED)
Mobile phone charger
Mobile phone credit
Camera
Camera batteries/charger
Camera film / memory / USB cable
USB memory stick
Laptop
Laptop power cables
Laptop mouse
Tablet computer
Tablet computer charger
Two/three-pin power adaptor
Pens and pencils
Ruler and stationery
String and sellotape
Pack of tissues
Tea bags
Spare food
Change heating of home

 


Last modified: 2015/06/23           John Southworth   (Keele University, UK)