Starting my pre-departure "to do" list to prepare things at home for while I'm gone. Add yours to mine!
I've contacted the bank to buy a few euros, increase my ATM withdrawal amount and let them know the dates I'll be in Rome.
Called my credit card company and let them know too!
I contacted the newspaper and postal service to stop delivery while I'm gone.
Contacted a neighbor to have him keep an eye on the house while we're gone and to water the plants.
Set up my "Photo Bucket" account to upload my photos of Rome from an internet portal.
Made 2 photocopies of passport, ATM & credit cards (front and back) and gave one copy to a relative and packed the other.
Before I go I'll:
Confirm my apartment rental and airport transfer by email.
Clean up the yard and cut the grass.
Turn off the water lines to my washer.
Put timers on a few lights in the house.
Double check that all windows and doors are secure.
Drop off the pet to my sister-in-law.
Update my I-Pod.
Choose a good book to take with me.
I'm sure there's lots of other stuff, routine and boring but necessary... So add your list to mine and none of us will find ourselves in a panic on the day we're leaving!