Gearing up

Posted by: skuldugary

Gearing up - 06/27/05 10:27 PM

In preperation for my trip to Japan, I'm looking at what gear I have and don't. For the kind of traveling around, not just flying, I need a lot of versatility, and I didn't have anything that would fit the bill. <br><br>After looking around I finally decided on the Eagle Creek Explorer.<br><br><br>It's got a smaller pack for day trips while the bigger bag holds clothes and such that can stay in the room. It comes with a cover bag that the whole shabang fits into and it looks like a duffelbag. <br><br>I'm pretty pleased with it, though I have some concerns about security. <br>I've been looking at the Pacsafe 120<br><br>The upside is that it does secure your bag from more than a simple slash and grab. But some people have the opinion that it screams 'I have valuable stuff inside'. It would keep it safe from the airport baggage handlers, unless they put it aside for a later time when they can spend more time on it. I know theft by these guys was pretty bad at one time. I don't know if it's changed with all the terrorists security going on.<br>I haven't decided about it yet. I'll be staying in bed & breakfasts, called a ryokan.<br><br>and from everything I've read, it is extreamly rare for anything to go missing while staying at one of those. <br><br>I don't know if it's over kill or not. I'll be taking my camera, travelers checks or cash, iPod, maybe a loptop. <br><br>I also got a Manfrotto mini tripod for the camera. It feels much more solid than the tube aluminium ones I looked at. It's not as light but I trust my camera with it more.<br><br>Another thing I'm considering is the best way to store the pictures I'll be taking. My friend is taking his laptop so he can download his photos to it. I don't know if I want to subject a laptop to that much traveling. If the harddrive takes a bounce, bye bye pictures. <br>Anyone have some thoughts on this?<br><br>Any other gear you might think of?<br><br>
Posted by: Bryan

Re: Gearing up - 06/27/05 10:35 PM

<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>Any other gear you might think of?<p><hr></blockquote><p>Why yes, you're forgetting one thing....<br><br><img src=http://imagex.homedepot.com/f/248/13340/7d/www.homedepot.com/cmc_upload/HDUS/EN_US/asset/images/eplus/040688768427_4.jpg><br><br>
Posted by: carp

Re: Gearing up - 06/27/05 10:41 PM

Take a Samurai Sword with ya - otherwise you would be thought of as a lesser or worst a servant and treated as such.<br><br>Just kidding<br><br>If you are just doing the normal touristy things the smaller Eagle Creek sack should work, even the larger one too. The sack with the netting ? Are you planing on some hiking ? or do you leave your stuff all over the place that where it can get stolen ?<br><br>
Posted by: carp

Re: Gearing up - 06/27/05 10:44 PM

Bryan is that a kitchen sink ??<br><br>
Posted by: Bryan

Re: Gearing up - 06/27/05 10:46 PM

Why yes...quite stylish, isn't it? It's a Kohler...only $1,084 at Home Depot. Also comes in white, which is a bit cheaper. <br><br>
Posted by: carp

Re: Gearing up - 06/27/05 10:52 PM

I only asked because who the hell uses a bar of soap to do their dishes ? ?<br><br>
Posted by: Bryan

Re: Gearing up - 06/27/05 10:54 PM

I think it's more along the lines of a utility sink. Hell, I don't know...it's just the first thing that came up when I typed "kitchen sink" in at Homedepot.com. <br><br>Stop ruining my joke!!! <br><br>
Posted by: carp

Re: Gearing up - 06/27/05 11:08 PM

Okay that one hell of a kitchen sink.<br><br>Skul<br>Ya gonna need to pack that too, you just don't know when you going to need to wash your chopsticks with a bar of soap. Your gonna need the large netted security bag.<br><br>
Posted by: drjohn

Re: Gearing up - 06/27/05 11:20 PM

I know one guy that used his iPod for picture storage on a trip to China. Put over a thousand pictures on it.<br><br>
Posted by: iRock

Re: Gearing up - 06/27/05 11:49 PM

What an exciting trip. Take care of those pictures, we are looking forward to seeing them.<br><br>
Posted by: OSXaddict

Re: Gearing up - 06/28/05 02:48 AM

I would carry on the plane any expensive electronics (Laptop, iPod, and camera).<br><br>What you could do is when you get back to the bed/breakfast at the end of the day, download your pics to the laptop then burn a CD of the images as backup, just in case.<br><br>
Posted by: skuldugary

Re: Gearing up - 06/28/05 06:36 AM

Got one!<br><br><br>
Posted by: skuldugary

Re: Gearing up - 06/28/05 06:44 AM

The picture doesn't provide any scale; my bad. <br>The smaller bag is about the length of my forearm. <br><br><br>It'll be good for things I want to keep near me all the time. <br><br>The main bag is a front loader, which I like since I won't have to stuff everything in from the top.<br><br><br>I have 30 days to return the pack if I don't like it. This weekend I'm going to do a dry run and pack it the way I would for the trip so see if it's larger than I need. If so there's a slightly smaller pack I can get.<br><br>Plus, there must be room to bring home lots of goodies.<br><br>
Posted by: skuldugary

Re: Gearing up - 06/28/05 06:45 AM

How would I download from the camera to the iPod?<br><br>
Posted by: skuldugary

Re: Gearing up - 06/28/05 06:48 AM

I would absolutly get a Pacsafe if I took my laptop for no other reason than I'd be so upset over losing all the pictures. The laptop can be replaced, not the pics. <br><br>
Posted by: iRock

Re: Gearing up - 06/28/05 10:11 AM

You would have to download to your friend's or your laptop first than mount the iPod as an external drive and copy them. Or isn't there an iPod to camera adaptor or is it only for iPod Photo?<br><br>
Posted by: skuldugary

Re: Gearing up - 06/28/05 10:21 AM

I've never heard of a camera direct to iPod connection before.<br><br>
Posted by: garyW

Re: Gearing up - 06/28/05 10:42 AM

Some options:<br><br>Buy a few gig memory sticks.<br><br>Use you buddy's laptop to write DVDs/CDs of the images.<br><br>Upload the images to a webserver (idisk, gmail?)<br><br><br><br>
Posted by: iRock

Re: Gearing up - 06/28/05 11:41 AM

Belkin (F8E477) Digital Camera Adapter for iPods<br><br>
Posted by: skuldugary

Re: Gearing up - 06/28/05 11:58 AM

I'm starting to check this out, but it looks AWESOME. <br>You're the best, Shelly. Thanks.<br><br>
Posted by: OSXaddict

Re: Gearing up - 06/28/05 12:53 PM

I hope it's better than their first one!<br><br>Not sure what kind of card you have (compact flash?), but the cheapest and best way I think is a USB2 card reader SanDisk Imagemate Memory Card Reader / W... 2.0 Interface. for $15.95 (or any other card reader [url=http://www.adorama.com/catalog.tpl?page=searchresults&searchinfo=card reader]here[url] )and writing to CD or DVD.<br><br><br><br>
Posted by: skuldugary

Re: Gearing up - 06/28/05 01:23 PM

I've been reading peoples experiences with the direct link to iPod. They are pretty mixed. I'll keep looking at it, but it may not be as reliable as I had hoped. <br><br>I'm searching around for a well padded travel sleeve for the laptop.<br><br>
Posted by: OSXaddict

Re: Gearing up - 06/28/05 01:34 PM

We were lucky to have such a good friend as Waleed who got us this as a wedding present. Granted you don't need all that camera space, but you can take out all the inside partitions and put whatever in that area. The laptop fits in a slot by the straps. Had 0 problems with it on our flight to Maui.<br><br><br><br><br>For around here, I use this to transport our iBook. It's not exactly this case, but looks similar.<br><br><br><br><br><br>Their site is http://www.shopcaselogic.com/index.asp<br><br>
Posted by: skuldugary

Re: Gearing up - 06/28/05 02:21 PM

Thanks OSX. I was just looking at a ZeroShock sleeve, which is prompting me to start a new thread. <br><br>
Posted by: carp

Re: Gearing up - 06/28/05 09:12 PM

All good suggestions by everyone.<br><br>Since we are talking about a trip - - Please please do NOT forget the chargers and where ya going, your gonna need a A/C adopter as-well <br><br>
Posted by: skuldugary

Re: Gearing up - 06/28/05 09:36 PM

Already got one. hahaha watch me bring the laptop and adapter and forget the power cords. Gaaaaaaaa!<br><br>
Posted by: carp

Re: Gearing up - 06/28/05 10:26 PM

Noooooo don't forget the cords either<br><br>My daughter did that she went on a trip and forgot the charger for the camera and only took 1/4 of the pictures. She did think ahead and brought extra memory cards - LOL<br><br><br>
Posted by: Trog

Re: Gearing up - 06/28/05 10:43 PM

I have the Belkin card reader for the 3rd generation iPod. I used it last month during my tour of Europe and stored almost 1200 photos on it. I have one 1Gig Flash card that I use during the day and then I dump them to the iPod at night, and wipe the flash card.<br><br>The only downside is that you MUST have the ability to charge the iPod. It really saps its battery. In fact, I wouldn't recommend downloading more than 500MB of photos on even a full battery.... but that's still a lot of photos in .jpeg format.<br><br>
Posted by: skuldugary

Re: Gearing up - 06/29/05 11:16 AM

Thanks for the info. I was leaning away from the Belkin, but I'll reconsider it. I did read that it's very draining on the iPod. <br><br>
Posted by: skuldugary

Re: Gearing up - 06/29/05 11:18 AM

Oh, now that sucks. I've made some screw ups in packing for a trip so now I write up a list of things to take. The thing is, I never considered using it to come home and have left behind things too. <br><br><br><br>