If you or someone you know is old school or a nervous/forgetful traveler, this 92-page (3.25″ x 6.75″) hardbound book might be a game-changer. “The Essential Checklist for Smart Travelers“—released at the end of 2019—comes from Godfrey Harris, a Los Angeles public policy consultant who once served in the U.S. Foreign Service, and travel and tourism consultant Kenneth Katz. The two joined forces to create a resource they thought could help many travelers.
The seeds of the project were planted when Harris began creating checklists for his future trips, after forgetting things like headphones and extra shoes on earlier ones. “When he discussed his forgetfulness with [Katz],” per the press release, “they decided to expand the idea of a single checklist into comprehensive help for other absentminded travelers. Nothing, they vowed, should ever again be left behind, at home or at hotels.
The book is “packed with helpful notes based on decades of international travel and — most important — 13 forms that allow a traveler to keep track of everything from getting a pre-trip haircut to planning the amount of medicine needed for the days away and contingencies. Readers are encouraged to photocopy the forms for repeated use.”
“The Essential Checklist For Smart Travelers” by Godfrey Harris and Kenneth M. Katz ($9.99 on Amazon)
Here’s the book’s description direct from Amazon:
“A new kind of reference book to help readers determine what they need to have with them on holiday, business, personal and emergency trips and to ensure that nothing intended to be taken or brought home gets inadvertently left behind.”
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