As my Asian backpacking adventure draws near, I’ve been worrying more and more about the eternal question: “What am I going to pack?” So I thought I’d break down my packing list for you into several sections, starting with my mobile office.
1. Laptop: Macbook Pro Though I debated heavily if I really needed to lug my precious Macbook across Asia, in the end I knew it would be detrimental to my career as a freelance writer and blogger not to have a computer at hand.
True life: I’m a camera junkie. So on this trip I’m bringing a dSLR with two lenses as well as a point-and-shoot with a water-resistant case.
a. Canon EOS Rebel T2i with 18-55mm lens and 50mm lens.
While I also debated about bringing my dSLR, in the end I asked myself, “What’s the point of having a nice camera if I’m not going to use it to take pictures of my trips?” To protect my camera from scratches I bought a $3 screen protector, and I am also bringing along my two favorite lenses: the 50mm lens for close-ups and food shots, and the 18-55mm lens for landscapes.
b. Canon S90 with underwater case.
For this trip I’m bringing along my dad’s old camera as my point-and-shoot. I like the Canon S90 because it’s compact and has manual controls- and so far I’m quite happy with the pictures it takes.
As far as the underwater case goes, I was unwilling to cough up almost two-hundred dollars for the Canon underwater housing, so I opted for a $22 underwater case. Fingers crossed my camera survives!
My ancient iPod doesn’t have wifi or a touch-screen, but that’s just fine- I’m just using it for music. And plus, with a small screen it’s less likely to meet the same fate as my beloved iPod touch. (Ahem… the sidewalk.)
4. External Hard Drive and USB:
For the first 22 years of my life I didn’t back up and it’s one of my biggest regrets. How many memories did I lose due to PCs crashing? (Answer: a lot.) So now I can’t imagine traveling long-term without my external hard drive and USB.
But why bring both if one device would be enough to back-up important photos and documents? Well when Adventurous Kate underwent a shipwreck in Indonesia and her backpack was underwater for hours, her USB full of photos survived! While I hopefully won’t be shipwrecked at any point in the near future, there’s no reason to be imprudent.
Though THREE of my Kindles mysterious died while I was in France (okay, two kindles mysteriously died, one I dropped on tile) my love of the e-reader is still unwavering. I use my Kindle on a daily basis, and I especially love it for travel- it even has built-in, free 3G in case of an emergency.
6. Universal adapter
I tacked on a super-cheap universal adapter to my arsenal this year for obvious reasons.
Not pictured: charging cords for Kindle and iPod, Macbook Pro charger, USB, extra batteries for cameras, memory cards (Sandisk 4G, 16G and two 8Gs).
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