Cell phone with an international SIM card and a battery pack. BTDT with cameras, laptops, sat phones, two phones, etc. Conclusion was too much stuff, trips now are minimalist.
I forgot about that. We do use our cell phones for an alarm.I take my cell phone and a good camera. I send an e-mail home to let my family know I arrived, and disconnect it after that, and only use it for the alarm.
I forgot about that. We do use our cell phones for an alarm.
Still debating on taking a small laptop for movies on the plane and a journal. It just seems like “one more thing” that I have to be concerned about. Keeping the battery changed, what if it gets damaged, holy crap where is my laptop?!?!
Probably just stick with a cell phone each and a hand written journal/scribble pad. Less is more. Sending an email to let everyone know we have arrived or are departing can be done from a cell phone anyway. Keep it high speed and low drag.
That's great! Take whatever you feel you might need. On your second trip, you'll have a good handle on what to take and what to leave home. Good luck hunting!First trip to Africa coming up in just under two months. (HOORAY!)
I do not own a cell phone and never have. I have a sat phone but don't think I'll be taking it.
I bought a small tablet for this trip specifically, mostly for the long hours in the air; storing movies and books, it just seemed like a good way to go for very little money. I do plan to have a couple of paperbacks as back-ups.
I am shopping for a new small digital camera; I've never totally warmed up to the one I have, and I may take two just in case one craps out.
I also considered - am considering - a nice leather bound journal (I like to write anyway), and maybe a small instant camera, with the idea being I could snap a picture or two in the moment, put the pictures in the journal, and write a few sentences each night. I don't plan on this being my only trip. But I also acknowledge I am 54 and life is never certain, so maybe I should do what I can to take advantage in as much as possible while I am there.
Probably on one of the first timer threads, but something to consider is a subscription to Global Rescue or Ripcord.Thanks Hogpatrol. I don't pretend to believe I have all the answers. I have a plan. I hope it works. I'll surely learn from it. I am very open to suggestions that others who have been there might have.