So we are now under five weeks to "D" day and yes we have had a trial pack which we will explore in some depth later on. I'm going to focus on what we feel we need to pack in the way of technology. Twenty years ago the technology would have been a Kodak camera and ear plugs, in today's world of global communication and access, technology has a whole different meaning. We want to be able to stay in touch, to communicate, to record what we see and do and to share.
In considering what to pack we first started with who the users are going to be and what their level of tech ability is. Firstly there's Deb who tends to have a good grasp of most things that relate to today's devices, (that's a tick for Deb), then there's myself who operates on the principle if I don't know how to use it then I won't get asked to use it and Deb will use it! (that's a cross for Scott).
Firstly, I'm going to list what we are looking to take and then I will give an explanation as to why we need these devices:
Mac Air 10" + Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 + Fuji twin lens zoom camera, + small point & click camera + Go Pro + Kindle + Bose noise cancelling headphones + Sennheiser noise cancelling headphones + iPods + Samsung S5 phone + various cords/chargers = 6.7kgs of technology requiring its own carry on bag.
Here's our logic for what we intend to pack, this will be different for other people:
Mac Air 10": the magic of Apple, small, light and great for processing our pictures and movies as we travel. This is Deb's toy.
Samsung Tablet: excellent for email, internet, books, watching movies, facebook etc. This is Scott's toy to balance with Deb's toy plus it was given to us free from Scott's work.
Fuji Camera zoom zoom: a must for when you are standing at the bottom of the Himalayas in Nepal on a clear day or trekking in the jungle in Asia or in the desert in India. Incredible photos but a little manual adjustment required. This is Deb's toy.
Point & click camera: great for those couple selfies or that quick shot when you don't want to have a set up on the Fuji camera. Easy for Scott to use.
Go Pro: this is our action movie device. Be it underwater movies and photos, the mad jam of India's streets or biking through the rice fields in Ubud, this is a great device which works in with the Mac Air.
Kindle: no room for bulky books, we have all the Lonely Planets down loaded plus heaps of reading material. We anticipate plenty of down time and being stuck in airports, train stations and bus depots.
Noise Cancelling Headphones: Don't leave home without them, whether it's shutting out the passenger beside you on the plane who's snorting and sniffing or munching loudly on their food or you just want to zone out in to your own little world and listen to music or watch a movie. An additional plus for us is it helps Deb handle my occasional snoring.
Samsung phone: the device for emergency communications. For urgent calls and txts to family and friends.
So on the face of it we are taking a lot of tech with us but travelling for 12 month is such an opportunity and we want to be able to record as much as possible on the move plus share what we see with family and friends.