Sixteen tons (of number 9 coal)
For our upcoming trip to France, Jackie and I are trying to pack light. We're taking a duffle bag and a medium-sized backpack. She will also take a sling bag for moving about during the day. We're trying to keep the weight to under 45 pounds between the 2 of us in order to make moving between locations easier. I've allocated 60% of our pounds to my pack.
If you know me, you know I love to photograph things. Of the weight allowance, I'm allocating 8 pounds to camera gear. I hope I can get everything I need in that amount of weight. Jackie, on the other hand, is buying a new Canon Powershot G10 camera, which has a lot of bells and whistles for something that will fit in a shirt pocket. I'm half tempted to just use the G10, but I know I would be miserable if I did. In addition to the Pentax K10D, I'm taking my two DA* zoom lenses, which add significantly to the bottom line but they take exquisite photos. I'm debating whether to take my travel tripod or just get by with the GorillaPod. I know many of the locations around Paris won't let visitors use a tripod, but I want to get some sunrise and sunset photos and I'm more comfortable with a traditional tripod.
As for computer gear, I'm taking the Asus EEE netbook that I bought last month. It weighs less than 2 pounds and has enough ooomph to do light work. We'll be able to get emails and post dispatches along the way, but I won't be editing photos until I get home. It's fine for looking at photos on the data card, watching movies, and reading email, but I wouldn't dream of trying to run Photoshop or Lightroom on it.
I will be taking a phone that makes calls. But, I will also be trying out an Android phone. I have the Android Developer Phone (ADP) that I will load with apps and guidebook info. I'm curious to see if I can travel as easy with the ADP as I could with my Treo or the Moto Q.
We will take the Garmin Nuvi 270 because it has European maps and can do turn-by-turn routing. It also has a pedestrian mode which should be useful in Paris. I will take the Garmin Vista Cx with European maps so we can do some light Geocaching along the way. I've found caches in France before, but we can add Switzerland to our list easily and Italy with a little bit of effort.
We both have our iPods. Mine has plenty of movies on it. I'm ripping season 1 of The Tudors to watch on the plane going over. Yes, I know Henry VIII was the English monarch, but I've been keen to watch that show for quite some time. I may also convert a couple of baseball games off the Tivo just for fun. Of course, there are the old standby: Firefly, V for Vendetta, LOTR… I bought a rechargeable battery pack for the iPod which will come in handy on the train and the planes.
But what about clothes, you ask? I have a good selection of travel clothing that is stylish and lightweight. I've removed cotton from my travel pack in favor of lightweight, moisture-wicking synthetics. I've said this before on this blog, but Ex-Officio underwear is worth every cent. Jackie doesn't have as much travel clothing, but after a visit to REI last weekend and some online purchases, she'll have what she needs. We will pack 3-4 days of clothing and do laundry before we leave Provence for Paris.
Next up, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles!