July 30, 2010
Over the past month I have shared with you all here my packing list for my trip. For easy viewing I split it up into 4 categories: Medicines, Bug Repellents, Clothes, and Electronics. I have waited to post electronics because I knew things would change until the last moment they were all tucked away in my bag. My bag even changed today and I decided to bring a smaller camera bag and add a zippered tote to use on the plane. I have decided for many reasons I won’t get into here that I will post my gear list after my trip when I return. But not to disappoint I will give a few pointers here.
Pack AA and AAA batteries in packed luggage and not carry on as they may be confiscated. Bring at least one portable external hard drive and preferably two if you really care about your data. I will also be uploading to carbonite, but that can be very slow so I don’t know how much I will be able to do with the third world internet connections I will be dealing with. Another tip is to have back up copies of every important document, you should have these copies printed out once (or even twice) and also back ups on your computer. I have multiple copies of my itinerary and then have them saved on my computer and ipad so I am good to go. I am a big fan of having everything very organized so I printed everything out in duplicates and organized it into 4 folders. If something goes very wrong like you miss a plane or the hotel has no record of you reservation it is great to be well organized and prepared so you can just pull out the proper document and problem solve. And my final tip is actually unrelated to electronics, but is something else I dealt with today: currency! I’m going to so many places it’s hard to keep all the money straight so a great idea is to make currency cheat sheets, which you can get from this website and then print out and stick in your wallet.
That’s it for the packing list series! I will continue to update to let you know if I packed the right stuff and what I wish I had or hadn’t packed! One day till I leave! Hope you’re all as excited as I am!