Set up an advisory team. You can have one or more people do these jobs:
Locate the following important records. Mail yourself a copy and give them to your secretary to mail to you as needed:
Secure your valuables. You can’t trust anyone to take care of them as well as you would, so you should either bury your valuable items in a watertight container or get a safe deposit box. If you would like to save cash, convert it to bullion before storing it with a friend, in a safe deposit box, or in the ground.
As soon as you get your self-surrender address, circulate it to family and friends.
Visit the dentist to treat any cavities or root canals. Prison dental care is primitive, so take care of your teeth while you can.
Visit the optometrist to get new glasses which you will wear on the day you surrender. (Contacts are not permitted.)
Get copies of all your medical records. Do not assume you will have access to your prescription medications. You will need to be evaluated by the prison medical staff and re-prescribed any medicines they decide to give you.
Budget $300-500 a month for commissary purchases. This includes the $290/monthly commissary limit and the additional $200 you can spend on stamps and phone calls. If your sentence includes restitution, you are required to make payments in prison from the money on your books. Keep this in mind when you plan your monthly budget.
Western Union is the easiest and quickest way to get money on your books. All you need is an inmate number and the operator will help you with the rest.
You can take $1000 cash with you on the day you surrender. Take at least a few hundred dollars to put on your commissary account immediately for phone calls, stamps, and food.
Use ink to write important phone numbers and addresses on your hands. Tell your loved ones that it will take a few days, maybe even a week, to get your inmate phone account PIN set up so that you can make outgoing calls.
You are permitted to take your eyeglasses, wedding ring, and one religious jewelry item. Bring your driver’s license so that you are eligible for any jobs that involve driving. Leave your wallet and watch at home. Wear throw-away clothes because they may or may not make it back to the address you designate.
Your attorney should request self-surrender privilege at sentencing. This way, you will be notified of your designated prison in advance and can make some preparations. Otherwise, you will be subjected to the Bureau of Prison’s unique form of Diesel Therapy, in which you are shuttled by U.S. Marshalls from holding facility to holding facility across the country until you arrive at your designated prison. This document should help you as you prepare to self-surrender to federal prison.