I'm taking care of some stuff that needs to be done before we leave on Thursday. First off, I realized I should probably find out about power plugs in France. As I suspected, I need an adapter, but fortunately I already had one in a kit of adapters I had from a previous trip to the UK. I tossed that in my laptop bag along with a 3 plug power thingy that should allow us to plug in a couple laptops and a phone at the same time.
I also dropped $8.00 to unlock my son's old phone cell phone. As much as I'd like to unlock my iPhone and be able to get a SIM over there for it, I was not prepared to spend the $150 to do it. We'll take my son's old phone with us and pick up a prepaid SIM to pop in when we get to Paris. That way, we'll be able to make a few calls and send a few texts if need be.
I also made sure that my wife and I were both set up with Skype on our mobile phones, as is Nathan. This will be our primary way of calling home as all of our hotel rooms have wifi.
I don't want to have any issues in France with my credit card, so I sent them a note over the Internet telling them of my travel plans. Hopefully, that will ensure that we have uninterrupted access to our cash while in Europe.
I also figured that I better pick up a map. In the US, I wouldn't need to do this, but in France, especially without a live iPhone, and travelling on lots of little roads all over the south of France, I figured it would be a good idea to have a quality map. I picked of a Michelin map of France (#721) at Barnes and Noble just in case. I suspect we will get some use out of it.
Finally, I know that many people in France speak English, but many don't. I don't want to be totally screwed when having to try to communicate with the second group, so I picked up a Berlitz Just Enough French Phrasebook
while I was at B&N. Hopefully this won't get too much use, but better safe than sorry.